Guide to the Oregon Central Military Road Company records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon Central Military Wagon Road Company, Eugene, Or.
Title: Oregon Central Military Road Company records
Dates: 1864-1877 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.2 cubic feet (5 document cases and 1 custom box)
Collection Number: Mss 993
Summary: Records of an Oregon company that constructed and ran a military road from Eugene to the Owyhee River. Records date from 1864 to 1877 and include correspondence, organizational records, legal records, road superintendents' reports, financial records, stock books, and certificates.
Repository: Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Contact Information: Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
Languages: Materials in the collection are inEnglish 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

The Oregon Central Military Wagon Road Company was incorporated in Eugene, Oregon, in 1864. Among its stockholders were some of the leading citizens of Oregon, including Simeon G. Reed and William S. Ladd. The company constructed and maintained the road, which ran from Eugene to the Oregon border near the Owyhee river. One of its superintendents was Byron J. Pengra (1823-1903). The final dividend of the company was paid out on January 11, 1877.

Content Description

The collection includes correspondence, financial records, organizational records, stock books and certificates, and legal documents. The organizational records include a bound journal, mintues, treasurer's reports, and committee reports. Also included are road superintendents' reports; field notes of a preliminary survey of the road route by B. J. Pengra, 1864; stockholder records; documents concerning the case of the company vs. H. C. Victor; letters of B. J. Pengra and Ben Simpson; and bills and receipts.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

The collection is open to the public.

Restrictions on Use :  

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation :  

Oregon Central Military Road Company records, Mss 993, Oregon Historical Society Research Library

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is arranged in the following series

Acquisition Information :  

The collection was acquired in 1962

Bibliography :  

    Beckham, Stephen Dow, The Oregon Central Military Wagon Road : a history and reconaissance ([Eugene, Or.] : Heritage Research Associates, 1981)

Related Materials :  

Related materials can be found at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library in the John Miller Drake papers, Mss 80; and the John Marshall McCall papers, Mss 911

Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A:  Correspondence, 1865-1873
General correspondence
1/1 1865 January-May
1/2 1865 June-December
1/3 1866
1/4 1867-1869
1/5 1870
1/6 1871 January-June
1/7 1871 July-December
1/8 1872 January-May
1/9 1872 June-December
1/10 1873-1876
1/11 Re: military escort 1865
1/12 Re: Oregon Central Military Road Company vs. Victor 1866-1868
1/13 Letters from Byron J. Pengra 1866-1875
1/14 Letters from Ben Simpson 1865-1873

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Series B:  General files, 1864-1875
1/15 Board of directors materials 1867-1875
1/16 Bonds for deeds 1865-1869
1/17 Committee reports 1864-1874
1/18 Incoporation papers 1867
1/19 Legal documents 1864-1876
6 Minutes (ledger book) 1867 May 24-1876 June 25
2/1 Oaths of officers 1865-1875
2/2 Organizational records, including by-laws and minutes 1864-1867
2/3 Promissory notes 1865-1874
2/4 Proxies 1864-1875
2/5 Report of the recent survey and progress of construction of the Oreogn Central Military Wagon Road, by B. J. Pengra (Salem : Statesman Job Office, photocopy) 1866
2/6 Road superintendents' reports by B. J. Pengra and W. H. Odell 1864-1870
2/7 Secretary's reports 1865-1875
2/8 Survey notes and report by B. J. Pengra 1864-1865
2/9 Treasurer's reports 1865-1875

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Series C:  Financial records, 1864-1877
2/10 Financial statements 1866-1874
2/11-14 Paid bills 1864-1875
3/1 Paid bills 1864-1875
3/2 Paid bills and cancelled checks 1864-1877
3/3 Receipts 1865-1875
3/4 Treasurer's book 1864-1867
3/5-7 Check books (6 books) 1865-1877
5/4 Journal (financial records) 1864 June 27-1877 January 11
5/5 Ledger 1864-1877

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Series D:  Stock records, 1864-1877
4/1 Lists of stockholders 1867-1874; undated
4/2-3 Stock certificates (filled in) 1865-1875
4/4 Cancelled stock certificates 1865-1876
4/5 Stock certificate book 1865-1875
4/6 Stock ledger 1865-1877
4/7 Stock ledger 1873-1874
4/8 "Stock book 'B'" 1864-1865
5/1 Stock book 1864-1870
5/2 Stock transfer records 1865-1875
5/3 Strock transfer journal 1865-1874

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

    • Corporate Names :
    • Oregon Central Military Wagon Road Company, Eugene, Or.  ( creator)
    • Geographical Names :
    • Eugene (Or.)--History
    • Oregon Central Military Wagon Road
    • Subject Terms :
    • Military roads--Oregon--History
    • Roads--Oregon--History
      • Form or Genre Terms :
      • Accounts
      • Ledgers
      • Letters (correspondence)
      • Minutes
      • Stock certificates
      • Other Creators :
      • Pengra, B. J. (Byron J.), 1823-1903
      • Simpson, Benjamin, 1816-1910--Correspondence

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