The West Cache Irrigation Company, a corporation since 1898, still exists and has its headquarters in Trenton Utah A majority of the records of this corporation still reside in the company office there. Founded in 1898, the West Cache Irrigation Company built a large irrigation canal system starting at Riverdale, Idaho and ending in northwest Cache Valley in northern Utah. Although the canal was completed in 1908, the company still exists, with a office in Trenton, Utah. The company had to borrow large sums of money in order to build the canal system. Primary lenders were two Illinois banks (Illinois Trust and Savings Bank and Peoples Bank and Trust Company) and the Utah Mortgage and Loan Corporation.
The papers found in this collection therefore cannot be considered complete. Since the Utah Mortgage and Loan Corporation had a vested interest only in the lands and finances of the canal company, they didn't find it necessary to obtain copies of all West Cache papers Present in the collection are copies of West Cache Canal meeting minutes that deal with funding and financing. Found also are cancelled checks, correspondence and deeds titles and leans concerning lands on the canal route. A fairly complete financial history of the West Cache Irrigation Company can be obtained by researching these papers.
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Permission to publish material from the West Cache Irrigation Company : records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.Preferred Citation :
West Cache Irrigation Company : records, 1898-1933. (COLL MSS 97). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.
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Acquisition Information :
In November 1985 George Herbert Champ donated the papers and ledgers of the Utah Mortgage and Loan Corporation to Utah State University. These papers represent the history of one of the pioneer lending institutions of Cache Valley. Along with the records of the banking firm were found documents and papers from several companies which the Utah Mortgage and Loan Corporation had financially associated with. Among these were the American Falls Canal Company, the Topon Canal Company, and the West Cache Irrigation Company.Processing Note :
The West Cache papers were held in two black tin storage boxes measuring 17 x 40.5 x 30 cm. The second box was shared with material from the American Falls Canal Company. Typical of the methods of record storage at the turn of the century most of the papers and correspondence had been stored in legal sized brown envelopes some stuffed past the tearing point. Many of these envelopes had short notes written in pen concerning contents and dates. A portion of the papers had been rolled up tightly and fastened with rubber bands. These papers at time of discovery were still rolled up although many of the rubber bands had deteriorated leaving black streaks and residue on the paper. One of the tin boxes had suffered the introduction of water some years ago causing the documents near the bottom to rusts rot and mold.
The processing of these papers was begun by some of the students in professor A.J. Simmonds Archives Management class. They were able to remove most of the contents from the tin boxes and envelopes and do a preliminary breakdown of the materials. The task confronting me when I began was that of picking up where they left off. The only original order the collection had had at time of discovery was the segregation of materials in envelopes. Since the original order had been disturbed by the archives class, and since such an order, if maintained, would have limited patron accessibility to the materials, it was decided to separate all of the materials and either place them in like groups, as with deeds and stockholder meeting minutes, or by date as with the correspondence and cancelled checks.
Special care was taken to make sure the papers were clean and in good condition Tears were repaired with Archival Tape and papers suffering deterioration due to high acid content were treated using WEI TO, a de-acidifying agent. Documents with mold were brushed clean A few papers had rotted past the point that they could be salvaged. All papers have been placed in acid-free Folders and stored in acid-free Hollinger boxes.Related Materials :
West Cache Irrigation Company Secretary's papers COLL MS 199
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