Guide to the Sidney Stevens Implement Company papers,
1891-1915

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Sidney Stevens Implement Company
Title: Sidney Stevens Implement Company papers
Dates: 1891-1915 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 52 boxes and 30 volumes (26 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 007
Summary: Records include all types of correspondence, invoices, receipts, credit and debit memoranda, stock orders, freight bills, shipping orders, employee time reports, journal daybooks, etc. Much of the material relates to other branch stores in Montpelier and Preston, Idaho, and Ogden. Includes letters from company agents who canvassed Utah and Idaho, including E. T. Dobson, Wilford Chatterton, James Meikle, William A. Norton, and George H. Fisher.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Historical Note

Located in Logan, Utah from 1891 to 1915, the store's main business was the sale of agricultural implements and the sale and resale of farm commodities.

Content Description

The Sidney Stevens Implement Company was founded in Ogden, Utah, in 1865 as hardware store. It grew with Ogden and Weber County and came, by the mid-1880's, to concentrate on the sale of agricultural implements and the purchase and resale of farm commodities.

In 1890 a branch store was opened in Logan at 65 West Center Street with E.Farley as first local manager. Incorporated under Utah Laws in 1896, the company eventually established branch houses in Preston, Montpelier and Downey, Idaho; and in Garland, Utah, as well as in smaller surrounding communities. About 1920 the entire chain was purchased by Ogden-based Eccles family interest and the name changed to Mountain States Implement Company, a company which continued in operation until 1969.

The papers of the Sidney Stevens Implement Company in the holdings of the Special Collections Department of the U. S. U. Library are those of the Logan Branch from 1891 to 1915, virtually the entire life of the branch. While Logan operated directly under Ogden headquarters, it would seem that the two other main branches of the company, those at Montpelier and Preston, Idaho, were subordinate to the Logan Office.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Sidney Stevens Implement Company must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Sidney Stevens Implement Company papers, 1891-1915 (COLL MSS 007). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

collection has been divided into two parts: Manuscript boxes and Bound Ledgers and Journals.

Acquisition Information :  

The collection was presented to Utah State University in 1967 by Mrs. Nettie Anderson of Logan through the good office of Dr. S. George Ellsworth.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Part I:  Manuscript boxes
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 General Correspondence
boxes 1 through 8 contain "General Correspondence. Includes inquires, carbons of collection notes, correspondence with wholesale houses, letters to and from the branch houses.
Jan. 1892-July 16, 1895
2 General Correspondence 1895-1897
3 General Correspondence 1898-1902
4 General Correspondence 1902-1903
5 General Correspondence
(1904 missing)
1905
6 General Correspondence 1906-1907
7 General Correspondence 1908-1909
8 General Correspondence 1910-1911
9 Collection letters
Includes carbons of letters asking payment and replies from purchasers regarding payment of debts to the Company. Similiar correspondence was earlier filed under the heading "General Correspondence."
1896-1901
10 Invoices and Receipts
boxes 10 through 14 contain "Invoices and Receipts." As the designation implies these are invoices and receipts for purchases by the Logan Branch directly from wholesale suppliers and to and from the Ogden Office and the various branch stores. Also included are receipts for payments of local bills--electricity, telephone, etc.
1890-Feb. 13, 1895
11 Invoices and Receipts Dec. 1895-1897
12 Invoices and Receipts 1898-1899
13 Invoices and Receipts Sept. 1, 1903-Sept. 1, 1911
14 Invoices and Receipts March 30, 1912-Dec. 31, 1914
15 Ogden Letters
boxes 15 through 26 contain "Ogden Letters." These are usually letters of instruction or inquiry from the main office to the manager of the Logan Branch (and less often carbons of letters from Logan to Ogden). The early letters also contain shipping lists of material sent from Ogden to Logan, a form later called "Ogden Transfer Invoices" (see also Book 25).
1890-1891
16 Ogden Letters 1892-1895
17 Ogden Letters
(incl. Transfer Invoices)
1895-1898
18 Ogden Letters
(incl. Transfer Invoices)
Jan. to Nov. 1898
19 Ogden Letters
(incl. llransfer Invoices)
1898-1899
20 Ogden Letters 1899-1900
21 Ogden Letters
(1902 missing)
1901, 1903
22 Ogden Letters 1904-1905
23 Ogden Letters 1906-March 1908
24 Ogden Letters April 1908-1909
25 Ogden Letters Jan. 1910-June 1911
26 Ogden Letters
(incl. 1914 correspondence with branches)
July-Dec. 1911, 1914
27 Note Receipts
boxes 27 and 28 contain "Note Receipts." Receipts indicate Ogden numbers given to the Notes when forwarded to the Main Office by the Logan branch.
April 30-Dec. 30, 1908
28 Note Receipts, Ogden: Jan. 1, 1909-April 1, 1912, Preston: 1904 1908
29 Preston Letters
boxes 29 through 33 contain "Preston Letters, including letters from agents E. T. Dobson (1892), Wilford Chatterton (1892-98), James Meikle (1895-1902), letters from the Preston Branch to Logan, including Preston Transfer Invoices. Also included are letters from company agents who canvassed northern Cache Valley, Malad Valley, Marsh Valley, and Gentile Valley for Sidney Stevens Implement Company.
1896-1898
30 Preston Letters 1899-1900
31 Preston Letters 190l-1904
32 Preston Letters 1904-1911
33 Preston Letters
(incl. 1912 correspondence wtih Sidney Stevens Branches at Montpelier, Garland and Downey)
1911-1912
34 Montpelier Letters
box 34 contains "Montpelier Letters," correspondence from the Montpelier Branch with Logan. Also included are letters of William A. Norton (1898), resident agent at McCammon, and George H. Fisher (1905-1906), traveling agent in the Bear Lake, Bear River, and Cache Valleys.
1896-1911
35 Ogden Transfer Invoices
boxes 35 through 43 contains "Ogden Transfer Invoices," shipping lists with prices and serial numbers of stock forwarded from Ogden headquarters to the Logan Branch (see also Book 25).
Jan. 1892-Feb. 13, 1895
36 Ogden Transfer Invoices Feb. 1895-Feb. 1898
37 Ogden Transfer Invoices Dec. 1898-Dec. 1900
38 Ogden Transfer Invoices Jan. l901-July 29, 1902
39 Ogden Transfer Invoices April 30, 1903-Feb. 1, 1905
40 Ogden Transfer Invoices Feb. 1, 1905-Feb. 1, 1907
41 Ogden Transfer Invoices Feb. 1, 1907-Feb. 1, 1908
42 Ogden Transfer Invoices
(also incl. Preston and Montpelier Transfer Invoices)
Feb. 1, 1909-Feb. 1, 1911
43 Ogden Transfer Invoices Feb. 1, 1911-1915
44 (a) "Credit and Debit Momoranda" (a book showing of the profit and loss of the Logan Branch and its "accounts" at Ogden headquarters) and (b) "Ogden and Branch Collection Reports."
45 Stock Orders
box 45 contains "Stock Orders," orders for material from the warehouses at the Ogden headquarters.
1900-Oct. 1912
46 Logan Transfer Invoices
boxes 46 and 47 contain "Logan Transfer Invoices," stock shipped from Logan to the other branches.
Feb. 9, l911-Jan 31, 1913
47 Logan Transfer Invoices
(also incl. "Miscellaneous Inventories and Memoranda," 1911-1912).
Aug. 1, 1913-Feb. 1, 1915
48 Freight Bills
(incl. "Bills of Lading," Feb. 5, 1897 - April 8, 1898). boxes 48 throuqh 50 contain "Freight Bills," OSLRR charges on shipments sent from the Logan Branch.
1894 - April 8, 1889
49 Freight Bills Jan. 18, 1899 - Feb. 1, 1906.
50 Freight Bills
(inc. "Cashier's Memo - Freight Bill," June 9, 1908-Aug. 11, 1913)
Feb. 1, 1906-Aug. 11, 1911
51 Shipping Orders, #100 L April 8, 1898-Aug. 11, 1914
52 (a) employees' "Time Reports" and branch office "Deposit Slips" and (b) a blank checkbook of Sidney Stevens Implement Company, Logan Branch -- (a) Sept. 12, 1907-Mar. 1, 1913.

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Part II :  Ledgers
Description
Dates
Book 0 : Letterbooks
(largely Logan to Ogden office, see also Book 22). Books 0 through 10 are "Letterbooks" containing copies of letters sent by the Logan Branch.
Feb. 17, 1891-Jan. 22, 1892
Book 1 : Letterbooks Feb. 1, 1891-Jan. 22, 1892.
Book 2 : Letterbooks July 1, 1893-Feb. 2, 1895
Book 3 : Letterbooks Feb. 4, 1895-April 26, 1896
Book 4 : does not exist
Book 5 : Letterbooks Dec. 18, 1897-Oct. 28, 1898
Book 6 : Letterbooks Oct. 29, 1898-Aug. 2, 1899
Book 7 : Letterbooks Aug. 2, 1899-March 16, 1900
Book 8 : Letterbooks March 17, 1900-June 9, 1900
Book 9 : Letterbooks June 11, 1900-July 7, 1902
Book 10 : Letterbooks July 22, 1901-Oct. 7, 1902
Book 11 : Invoices
(see also Book 25). Books 11 throuqh 16 contain "Invoices" for items sold by the Logan Branch including transfers to other branches.
Fe. 28, 1892-June 23, 1893
Book 12 : Invoices Nov. 14, 1898-May 28, 1900
Book 13 : Invoices
(Invoices, June 8, 1900 to March 16, 1901 in Book 8)
March 18, 1901-June 20, 1902
Book 14 : Invoices June 21, 1902-Aug. 14, 1903
Book 15 : Invoices Aug. 15, 1903-Oct. 16, 1906
Book 16 : Invoices Oct. 22, 1906-July 22, 1909
Book 17 : Transfer Invoices
Books 17 and 18 contain "Transfer Invoices": Stock shipped from the Logan Branch to the other branches or to Ogden.
March 2, 1905-Jan. 31, 1908
Book 18 : Transfer Invoices Jan. 11, 1908-Feb. 28, 1911
Book 19 : Journal Daybooks
Books 19 through 21 are "Journal Daybooks," daily income and expenses of the Logan Branch.
April 1890-July 16, 1890
Book 19a : Journal Daybooks October 1891-Nov. 10, 1892.
Book 20 : Journal Daybooks Nov. 19, 1892-Oct. 9, 1894
Book 21 : Journal Daybooks
(incl. letters, June 23-24, 1896)
Oct. 10, 1894-May 31, 1895
Book 22 : Remittance Books
(largely letters from Farley, manager at Logan, to Sidney Stevens in Ogden). Books 22 and 23 are labeled "Remittance Books," but they seem to have combined the functions of daybooks and letterbooks. The designation seems to come from the fact that they contain account totals forwarded from Logan to Ogden.
Feb. 9, 1891-Nov. 22, 1892
Book 23 : Remittance Books June 25, 1896-Nov. 14, 1898.
Book 24 : Journal (Daybook),
(posted to Ledger "B"). Books 24 throuqh 29 are "Ledgers" or in "Ledger" format.
Jan. 1, 1891-May 31 1895
Book 25 : Invoices
(largely original Ogden Transfer Invoices tipped in, see box 35ff.)
Aug. 5, 1890-Nov.12, 1891
Book 26 : Ledger "A" 1890
Book 27 : Ledger "B"
(with index in pocket)
1891-1898
Book 28 : Ledger "C" 1893-1904
Book 28a : Index to Ledger "C"
Book 29 : Trial Balance
(incl. annual statements, Logan Branch 1903ff.)

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Chatterton, Wilford. correspondent.  ( contributor)
    • Dobson, E. T. correspondent.  ( contributor)
    • Fisher, George H. correspondent.  ( contributor)
    • Meikle, James. correspondent.  ( contributor)
    • Norton, William A. correspondent.  ( contributor)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Mountain States Implement Company--History.
    • Sidney Stevens Implement Company.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Agricultural implement industry--Utah--History.
    • Agricultural implement industry--Utah--Logan--History.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Logan (Utah)--History.

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