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Special Collections: Guide to Ames Family Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
March 2004

Collection title: Ames Family Papers
Collection number: MS 17
Dates of collection:
 1849-1961 (inclusive); 1870-1934 (bulk)
Size of collection: 32 boxes
Restrictions on access and use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval

Biography

The collection contains the business records and personal papers of members of the Ames family of Machias, Maine. It centers on papers of John K. Ames and his sons, Frank and Alfred Ames, and also has records of S.W. Pope & Company and the Machias Lumber Company.

John K. Ames was born in East Machias, Maine, on November 7, 1831, a son of Alfred and Mary Gardner Ames. He was in the lumber business in Machias for nearly fifty years. As a young man, he was employed by S.W. Pope and Company, lumber manufacturers, becoming their agent and manager. This company had been formed by Samuel W. Pope and operated sawmills in East Machias, Whitneyville and Columbia Falls. It also owned the railroad at Whitneyville, Harwood Mills, wharves at Machias, and timberland in three townships and parts of three others. It had a business in Boston conducted by William Pope and Sons; John Ames was William Pope's nephew. In 1880 he bought an interest in the company and operated its mills until 1899, when he formed the Machias Lumber Company. He had interests in timberland holdings, a log-driving company on the Machias River, a sawmill and a company store in Machias, as well as involvement with schooners sailing from Machias. The Machias Lumber Company owned about 100,000 acres of timber as well as nearly all of the waterpower, sawmills and wharves on the Machias River. It also had interests in the booms and canals in Machias. By 1908, the company employed thousands of men and shipped its products throughout New England and New York. It produced long and short lumber, shingles, laths, and box shooks.

John Ames was also president of the Machias Water Company, director of the Washington County Railroad, the Bucks Harbor Packing Company, and the Machias Electric Light Company, and a trustee of the Machias Savings Bank. He and his sons were also incorporators of the Old Stream Dam and Improvement Company in 1897 and the Machias Lake Dam and Improvement Company in 1899. Mr. Ames was a selectman in Machias for thirty years and served in the Maine Senate from 1893 to 1897. He was also Collector of Customs from 1897 until 1901.

John Ames married Sarah Sanborn in 1855 and they had six children: Edwin G., Anna M., Julia P., Frank S., Alfred K. and Lucy T. Ames. John Ames died in 1901.

Frank S. Ames was treasurer of the Machias Lumber Company and also operated F.S. Ames & Co., dealers in fine groceries, dry goods, boots and shoes in Buck's Harbor, Maine.

Alfred K. Ames was born in Machias on September 4, 1866. In 1900 he married Nellie E. Hill and they had one son, John Keller Ames. Alfred Ames succeeded his father as president and general manager of the Machias Lumber Company. He continued the company's logging and mill operations until 1930 when the firm's holdings were sold to the Seaboard Paper Company. He was also president of the Machias Water Company and the Machias Savings Bank. He served in the Maine Senate from 1915 to 1919 and had an unsuccessful run as the Republican candidate for governor of Maine in 1934. Alfred Ames is also known as the creator in 1930 of a film called "From Stump to Ship," which documented his lumber business and the changing nature of lumbering in Maine. He later worked for the Burrowes Corporation in Portland. Alfred Ames died on May 19, 1950.

Scope and Content Note

The Ames family papers consist primarily of the business and personal papers of John K. Ames and his sons, Frank S. and Alfred K. Ames. Also included are records of S.W. Pope and Co. and the Machias Lumber Company; John K. Ames worked for and then owned S.W. Pope and Co., and he and his sons founded and ran the Machias Lumber Company.

The collection was largely unarranged upon its arrival at the Fogler Library so the processing archivist imposed an arrangement scheme. Many of the records were found in tri-folded bundles, often with labels presumably attached by a member of the Ames family. These groups were re-foldered as found, leading to the overlap in dates in the content of many of the folders.

The collection is arranged in seven series: records of S.W. Pope & Co., papers of John K. Ames, records of Machias Lumber Company, papers of Frank S. Ames, papers of Alfred K. Ames, papers of Ames family members, and ancillary materials. Several series are divided further into various sub-series. The series outline and description which follows lists the major types of records found in each series.

Printed materials which were found with this collection, mostly annual reports of the town of Machias, have been removed. All such material is listed in the separation record found at the end of this finding aid.

Series Outline and Description

Series I: Records of S.W. Pope and Company

Sub-series 1: Correspondence

This sub-series contains incoming correspondence, 1862-1879, and includes correspondence from Wm. Pope & Sons, the Boston branch of the company. Many of the letters are addressed to John K. Ames in his role as company agent and manager. Letter books of outgoing correspondence, much of it from John Ames, are also included.

Sub-series 2: Bills, receipts, orders

This group of records seems to document primarily the operation of a general store owned by S.W. Pope & Co. A large group of daybooks, 1856-1880, lists daily purchases and prices of groceries with totals given for each customer. Orders to S.W. Pope and receipts for purchases are also found in this sub-series.

Sub-series 3: Notes

Notes, 1850's-1869, give an indication of the financial arrangements made by the company.

Sub-series 4: Invoices

This sub-series contains invoices, 1863-1878, for items purchased by S.W. Pope & Co., primarily for the general store.

Sub-series 5: Lumbering

Here are gathered the various documents concerning the company's lumber business. Included are permits, 1878-1880, statements and accounts, bills for labor and records of time worked. Also included is a ledger with a record of wood cut, 1871-1873; surveyors' records, 1872-1881, recording the mill, the kind of lumber, the total, by whom sawed and sold and the purchaser; and information about lumber surveyed and shipped and lumber sales.

Series II: Papers of John K. Ames

Sub-series 1: Correspondence

This sub-series contains incoming correspondence and telegrams, 1869-1900. Correspondents include lumber dealers, wholesale lumber commission merchants, especially Walstein R. Chester & Co. of Boston, ship brokers and commission merchants, and suppliers of goods such as marine hardware, groceries, machinery, parts and equipment. A group of letters, 1893-1895, is written to and from John Ames while he was serving in the Maine Senate in Augusta.

Sub-series 2: Legal and financial records

Included here are notes, contracts and deeds, notes and bills payable, as well as account books of J.K. Ames in account with S.W. Pope & Co. A large run of daybooks, 1857-1898, contains information from both S.W. Pope & Co. and John K. Ames and records purchases made at the general store. Journals and ledgers give further information about the financial workings of the company.

Sub-series 3: Records of the grocery business

This sub-series contains information on the merchandise in the general store, including petty and stock accounts, grocery tally bills, and bills for merchandise sold in the store, 1871-1900.

Sub-series 4: General bills, receipts, orders

One of the largest sub-series, this group contains bills and receipts, 1860's-1900, for goods and services bought and used by John Ames in his Machias mills and lumber operations.

Sub-series 5: Lumbering

Included here are documents from various lumbering accounts for sawing, stumpage, and other lumber-related activities. Also included are surveyors' records, especially from Township 24, bills for logging operations and dam repairs, survey bills, 1879-1897, order books for lumber, and time and payroll bills.

Sub-series 6: Shipping

This sub-series primarily contains financial information about various vessels in which John Ames had an interest. It also includes listings of the kinds of materials being shipped, especially lumber.

Sub-series 7: Ancillary records

Included are records of incorporation and minutes of meetings of the directors of the Mopang Dam and Improvement Company, the Old Stream Dam and Improvement Company and the Machias Lake Dam and Improvement Company.

Sub-series 8: Personal papers of John K. Ames

This small sub-series contains the only personal material of John Ames found in the collection, and includes pocket diaries, information about his 25th wedding anniversary, and detailed information about his estate.

Series III: Records of the Machias Lumber Company

Sub-series 1: Executive and administrative records

This sub-series begins with documents about the incorporation of the company, minutes of meetings of its directors and information about its stock. It also contains records of notes and bills payable and receivable, tax returns, information about its property, and copies of outgoing correspondence, 1899-1912.

Sub-series 2: Financial records

Included here are trial balances, cash disbursements, daybooks, journal pages for selected years, and ledgers.

Sub-series 3: Bills, receipts, etc.

This large sub-series contains bills and receipts, 1900-1927, for items bought and received by Machias Lumber Company. It also contains orders to be charged to the accounts of various customers.

Sub-series 4: Sales

This sub-series is made up primarily of store ledgers, 1900-1930, for purchases made at the company's general store. It also contains a selected group of invoices, 1914, 1920, an order book, 1933-1934, and daybooks of general store purchases, 1933-1935.

Sub-series 5: Lumbering

This small sub-series contains mostly records of logs cut and delivered to the mill, time and payroll records, and information about sales and orders.

Series IV: Papers of Frank S. Ames

This series contains incoming correspondence, 1880's-1914, including that dealing with Ames's campaign to become Collector of Customs. It also contains sales and financial information from his business in Buck's Harbor, Maine.

Series V: Papers of Alfred K. Ames

This series consists mainly of correspondence to and from Alfred Ames, 1899-1939. Included is correspondence documenting his unsuccessful campaign for governor in 1934.

Series VI: Papers of Ames family members

This series contains correspondence, 1955-1961, to and from John Ames, the son of Alfred Ames, much of it concerning the Machias Lumber Company and other property in Machias. A group of Ames family photographs, most unidentified, is included here, as well as information about Edwin G. Ames, brother of John K. Ames, and Lucy Ames, his sister. Miscellaneous pamphlets and documents not clearly identified with any family member are also grouped here.

Series VII: Ancillary materials

The last series in the collection contains material from various companies and individuals with no clear relationship to the Ames family. Included are volumes of financial information from Daniel and J. Murray Hill, who appear to have had a general store and lumber business in Calais, Maine; order books and financial information from W.C. Leighton & Co., a custom and ready-made clothing business in Machias; financial information from an unidentified blacksmith shop; and store ledgers belonging to Elmer C. Bowles.

Contents of Boxes

Series I: Records of S.W. Pope and Co.

Sub-series 1: Correspondence

Box 1

Folder

1 Letters and bills, 1862-1877, 1885, 1889, 1895, 1908
2 Letters, 1864-1865
3 Letters, 1864-1868
4 Letters, 1866
5 Letters, 1866-1871
6 Letters, 1868
7 Letters, 1869
8 Letters, 1871-1872
9 Letters, 1873-1875
10 Letters, 1875
11-12 Letters from Wm. Pope & Sons, 1876-1877
13-14 Letters, Sept. 1, 1876-Sept. 1, 1877
15 Letters, 1877
16 Letters, 1878
17 Letters, 1878-1879
18 Letters, 1879
Ledger Letter books, outgoing correspondence, 1867-Jan., 1879

Sub-series 2: Bills, receipts, orders

Ledger Daybooks, Vol. 2-24, Sept. 3, 1856-Jan. 7, 1880 [20 vols.]
Ledger Petty ledger, S.W. Pope & Co., 1873 [to 1878]; 1879-1880 [2 vols.]
Ledger Ledger, Pope Bros., 1874-1880
19 Orders, 1849, 1850, 1859
20 Letters and bills, 1849, 1858-1860
21 Receipts and orders, 1849, 1858-1869
22 Orders and bills, 1857-1863
23 Orders and receipts, 1859-1863
24-25 Orders, 1860-1861
26-27 Orders, 1860-1863
28 Letters and bills, 1861

Box 2

Folder

1 Orders, 1861-1871
2 Orders, 1862-1863
3 Orders, 1862-1872
4 Orders, 1862-1872, 1885
5-7 Orders, 1862-1873
8 Orders and receipts, 1865-1871
9 Orders, 1866-1867
10-11 Orders, 1866-1872
12 Orders and bills, 1867-1872, 1885
13 Orders, 1869-1871, 1875

Sub-series 3: Notes

14 Notes, receipts, etc., 1850's-1863
15 Receipts, 1860-1861
16-18 Notes, receipts, etc., 1865
19-23 Notes, receipts, etc., 1866
24 Notes, receipts, etc., 1867

Box 3

1 Notes, receipts, etc., 1868
2-3 Notes, receipts, etc., 1869
4 Orders, 1877-1878

Sub-series 4: Invoices

5 Invoices to, 1864
6 Bills, merchandise, 1863-1873
7-8 Bills, orders, etc., 1865
9 Bills paid, 1865
10 Invoices to, 1865-1866
11 Bills and receipts, 1865-1879
12 Invoices to, 1867
13 Invoices to, 1868
14 Invoices to, 1869
15 Bills, merchandise, 1869
16 Invoices, 1870
17 Bills, merchandise, 1870
18 Bills, 1870-1889
19-20 Invoices to, 1871
21 Invoices to, 1872
22 Bills, merchandise, 1872-1874
23 Receipts, 1878
24 Invoices, undated and miscellaneous

Sub-series 5: Lumbering

25 Permits, etc., 1878-1880
26 Statements, accounts, etc., 1860's
27-28 Statements, accounts, etc., 1870

Box 4

1-2 Statements, accounts, etc., 1871
3 Statements, accounts, etc., 1872
4 Statements, accounts, etc., 1873
5 Statements, accounts, etc., 1874
6 Statements, accounts, etc., 1875
7 Statements, accounts, etc., 1876
8 Statements, accounts, etc., 1877
9-10 Statements from Sept. 1, '76 to Sept. 1, '77
11-12 Lumber-related accounts, 1870's-1880's
13 Bills, labor, 1873
14-15 Bills for labor, 1864
16 Record of time, lumber hauled, etc., 1865-1897
Ledger [Record of wood cut], 1871-1873
Ledger Surveyors' records, 1872-1885 [4 vols.]
17 Lumber surveyed and shipped, 1876-1878
18 Lumber surveyed and shipped, 1877
Ledger Lumber sales, May 1858 to July 1864
Ledger Lumber, 1871-1882

Series II: Papers of John K. Ames

Sub-series 1: Correspondence

19 Letters, 1869-1875
20 Letters, 1877
21 Letters, 1878
22 Letters, 1879
23 Telegrams, 1879-1881
24 Letters, 1880

Box 5

1 Letters, 1881
2-3 Letters, 1882
4 Letters, 1883-1884
5 Telegrams, 1885
6 Letters, 1885
7 Letters, Jan.-Feb., 1886
8 Letters, Mar.-Apr., 1886
9-10 Letters, May-June, 1886
11-12 Letters, July-Aug., 1886
13 Letters, Sept.-Oct., 1886
14 Letters, Nov.-Dec., 1886
15 Telegrams, 1886
16 Letters, Jan.-Feb., 1887
17 Letters from Feb. 28 to May 1, 1887
18 Letters, May-June, 1887
19 Letters, July-Sept. 1, 1887
20 Letters, Sept.-Oct., 1887
21 Letters, Nov.-Dec., 1887
22 Letters, Jan.-Feb., 1888
23 Letters, Mar.-Apr., 1888

Box 6

1 Letters, May-June, 1888
2 Letters, July-Aug., 1888
3 Letters, Sept.-Dec., 1888
4 Nov.-Dec., 1888
5 Telegrams, 1888
6 Letters, Jan.-Aug., 1889
7 Letters, Mar.-Apr., 1889
8 Letters, May, 1889
9 Letters, June-Aug., 1889
10 Letters, Sept.-Oct., 1889
11 Letters, Nov.-Dec., 1889
12 Telegrams, 1889
13 Letters, Jan.-July, 1890
14 Letters, Aug.-Sept., 1890
15 Letters, Nov.-Dec., 1890
16 Letters, Jan.-Mar., 1891
17 Letters, Apr.-May, 1891
18 Letters, June-July, 1891
19 Letters, Aug.-Sept., 1891
20 Letters, Oct.-Dec., 1891
21 Letters, Jan.-Feb., 1892
22 Letters, Mar.-Apr., 1892
23 Letters, May, 1892

Box 7

1 Letters, June-July, 1892
2 Letters, Aug.-Oct., 1892
3 Telegrams, 1892
4 Letters, Jan.-Feb., 1893
5 Letters, May, 1893
6 Letters, June, 1893
7 Letters, July, 1893
8 Letters, Aug.-Sept., 1893
9 Letters, Augusta, 1893-1895 [to and from J.K. Ames]
10 Letters, Oct.-Dec., 1893
11 Letters, 1894-1900, undated
12 Telegrams, 1894
13 Telegrams, 1896
14 Letters, incoming, 1879-1899
15 Letters, incoming, 1879-1899, 1900
16 Letters, incoming, 1886-1899 re buying cattle Series II: Papers of John K. Ames cont.

Sub-series 2: Legal and financial records

17 Notes due and other business papers, 1881-1897
18 Note re estate of George W. Pope, 1882
19 Contracts of machines and lime, 1895

Box 8

1 Deeds
2 Miscellaneous financial information
3 Miscellaneous notes, etc., undated
4 Miscellaneous account books, 1870's
Ledger Account books, 1871-1878: J.K. Ames in a/c with S.W. Pope & Co.
[3 vols.]
4a Pope Bros. in a/c with J.K. Ames, 1881-1897
Ledger Notes and bills payable and receivable, 1869-1886
Ledger Cashbooks, 1860-1900 [12 vols.]
Ledger Cashbooks, 1878-1881 [2 vols.]
Ledger Daybooks, Pope Bros., J.K. Ames, July 11, 1855-Dec. 3, 1898 [109 vols.]
Ledger Daybook, Mar. 10-Apr. 2, 1888
Ledger Daybook, Apr. 23, 1888-Dec. 3, 1890
Ledger Daybooks, Apr. 7, 1898-Sept. 30, 1899 [2 vols.]
Ledger Daybooks, Dec. 6, 1898-May 18, 1900 [2 vols.]
Ledger Journal, 1866, 1879-1883
Ledger Journal 1-20, Dec. 11, 1878-Sept. 24, 1887 [19 vols.; vol. 6 missing]
Ledger Journals, Sept. 26, 1887-July 13, 1889 [3 vols.]
Ledger Journals, vol. 26-41, July 15, 1889-Oct. 26, 1899 [16 vols.]
Ledger Journal 3 & 4, Jan. 22, 1890-Nov. 14, 1899
Ledger Journal: References for every day, 1894-1899
Ledger Journal, 1894
Ledger Journal, Oct. 27, 1899-Aug., 1901
Ledger Ledger A, 1878-1882; Ledger C, 1882-1885
Ledger Ledger D, Nov., 1884-[Apr.?], 1888; Ledger E, Apr., 1888-[Feb.], 1892
Ledger Ledger F, Ledger G [through 1898] + index volume

Sub-series 3: Records of grocery business

Ledger Petty accounts, 1848-1849
Ledger Stock account, 1863
Ledger Merchandise, Sept. 13, 1870-1899 [10 vols.]
Ledger Petty store ledger, 1879
Ledger Petty store ledger no. 1-no. 6, May 1, 1882-1892 [6 vols.]
5 Grocery customer tally books, 1878-1879, undated
6 Bills, merchandise, 1871-1883
7 Bills, merchandise, Jan.-June, 1885
8 Bills, merchandise, July-Oct., 1885
9 Bills, merchandise, Nov.-Dec., 1885
10 Bills, merchandise, Jan.-Mar., 1886
11 Bills, merchandise, Apr.-Oct., 1886
12 Bills, merchandise, 1887
13 Bills, merchandise, Jan.-Mar., 1888
14 Bills, merchandise, July-Sept., 1888
15 Bills paid, merchandise, 1888
16 Receipts for bills paid, 1888
17 Bills, merchandise, Oct. & Dec., 1889
18 Bills, merchandise, Apr.-May, 1890
19 Bills, merchandise, Aug.-Sept., 1890
20 Bills, merchandise, Oct.-Nov., 1890
21 Bills, merchandise, Nov. 17-Dec. 31, 1890
22 Bills, merchandise, Mar.-Apr., 1891

Box 9

1 Bills, merchandise, May-June, 1891
2 Bills, merchandise, July-Aug., 1891
3 Bills, merchandise, Nov.-Dec., 1891
4 Bills, merchandise, Jan.-June, 1892
5 Bills, merchandise, Mar.-Apr., 1892
6 Bills, merchandise, May-June, 1892
7 Bills, merchandise, Nov.-Dec., 1892
8 Bills, merchandise, Mar.-Apr., 1893
9 Bills, merchandise, July-Aug., 1893
10 Bills, merchandise, Nov.-Dec., 1893
11 Bills, merchandise, Sept.-Dec., 1896
12 Bills, merchandise, 1890-1900

Sub-series 4: General bills, receipts, orders

13 Personal bills and accounts, 1860's-1890's
14 Freight bills, 1868-1891
15 Bills, receipts, 1870's
16 Bills, receipts and orders, 1870-1878, 1885
17 Orders, bills and notes, 1876-1883, 1888, 1891
18 Bills, 1878-1885
19-20 Bills, receipts, 1878-1899
21 Bills, receipts, 1880-1883

Box 10

1 Receipts, 1880-1894
2 Bills and receipts, 1880-1899
3 Bills and receipts, 1881-1886
4 Receipt book, 1882
5 Receipts, 1885
6 Sundries [bills, statements, etc.], 1885
7 Bills and orders, 1885-1891
8 Receipts, 1886
9 Bills and receipts, 1886
10 Bills settled, 1886
11 Bills, receipts, 1886-1887
12 Bills and receipts, 1886, 1890-1892
13 Bills and receipts, 1886, 1891-1898
14 Bills, receipts, 1887
15 Bills and receipts, 1887-1888
16 Bills and orders, 1887-1890
17 Bills and receipts, 1887-1890
18-19 Sund[ry] bills, 1888
20 Bills, receipts, 1888-1889
21 Orders, 1888-1889
22 Bills and orders, 1888-1890

Box 11

1 Bills and orders, 1888-1889, 1891-1892
2 Receipts, 1889
3 Bills and receipts, 1889
4 Freight bills, 1889-1890
5 Bills and receipts, 1889-1891
6 Bills, 1880's-1890's
7 Tax bills and receipts, 1880's-1890's
8 Bills, receipts, 1890's
9-10 Bills and orders, 1890
11 Bills and receipts, 1890
12 Receipts, orders, 1890, 1892
13-14 Bills and orders, 1891
15-15a Bills and receipts, 1891
16 Receipts, 1891-1892
17-18 Bills and orders, 1891-1892
Ledger Receipts A, 1891-1900
19 Receipts, 1892
20 Receipts, 1892

Box 12

1 Bills, orders and receipts, 1892
2 Bills and orders, 1892
3 Bills and receipts, 1892
4 Bills and orders, 1892
5 Bills, 1892-1893
6 Bills and orders, 1893
7 Receipts, 1893
8-9 Bills, orders and receipts, 1893
10-11 Bills and orders, 1893
12 Receipts, 1894
13 Bills and receipts, 1894-1897
14 Letters and bills, 1894-1898
15 Statements, 1894-1900
16 Receipts, 1895-1896
17 Receipts, 1897
18 Sundry bills and receipts, 1898-1899
19 Bills, orders, etc., 1900, undated

Sub-series 5: Lumbering

Box 13 [oversized material]

1 Logs marked ... in a/c with J.K. Ames, 1880-1887
2 Harwood Mills sawing account with John Ames, 1880-1898
3 Statement of stumpage cut on Townships 31, 37 & 43, 1881-1890
4 Calais stumpage accounts, 1881-1899
5 W.C. Holway a/c John K. Ames, 1881-1901
6 Statement of Albee & McLain a/c by years, 1882-1888
7 Frank Morang in a/c with John K. Ames, 1884-1886
8 Frank McLaughlin in a/c with John K. Ames, 1894
9 Miscellaneous logging accounts

Box 14

1 Lumber-related accounts, 1873-1895
2 W.C. Holway accounts, 1879-1902
3 Woods a/c's, winter, 1882-1883
4 Sawing accounts, 1891, 1896
5 Amount of lumber manufactured on Machias River, 1874-1875
6 Account of lumber on Township 24
Ledger S. Higgins survey book, Machiasport, Jan. 26, 1878 [through 1880]
7 Scale bills, record of lumber hauled, time worked, 1879-1899
8 Surveys, lumber-related documents, 1879-1881
Ledger Surveyor's records, Machias, Me., no. 4, 1889-1892
Ledger Surveyor's records, no. 5, 1893-1897
Ledger Surveyor's records, 1897-1899
Ledger Log records B, 1847-1891
Ledger Township no. 24 records, 1870-1877
Ledger Township no. 24, no. 2, 1877-1894
Ledger Township no. 24, no. 3, 1894-1903
Ledger Scale of logs cut and hauled, 1881-1899
9 Logging, labor bills and cost, 1876-1891
10 Bills, etc., re logging, 1877-1883
11 Bills, etc., re logging, 1879-1896
12 Bills, Asa Worcester, Mopang Drive, Tibbet & Drisco, 1885-1886
13 Bills, etc., for logging operations, 1885-1888
14 Bills, etc., for logging operations, 1890's
15 Bills, lumber-related documents, 1892
16 Harwood Mills repairs, fall, 1899, Mopang Improvement a/c. Mopang Dam repairs
17 Scale bills and survey bills, 1860's-1890's
18 Scale and survey bills, 1879-1884
19 Logs hauled and survey bills, 1882-1888
20 Survey accounts and bills, 1880's-1891
21 Survey bills, 1885
22 Survey bills, 1886
23 Survey bills, 1887

Box 15

1 Survey bills, 1888
2 Scale bills and stumpage, 1888-1900
3 Survey bills, 1889
4 Letters and survey bills, etc., 1889
5 Survey bills, 1890
6 Survey bills, 1891
7 Survey bills, 1892
8 Survey bills, 1893
9 Survey bills, 1894
10 Survey bills, 1895
11 Survey bills, 1896
12 Survey bills, 1897
Ledger Orders, 1883
Ledger [Orders], 1883-1889
13 Memoranda, notes, etc., re lumber orders, 1892, 1899-1900, undated
Ledger Daybook [of lumber shipped], 1882-1889
Ledger Order book, lumber, 1899-1900
Ledger Daybook of W.E. Lynn, Machias, 1899-1900
Ledger Petty lumber ledger no. 2, 1885-1888
Ledger Petty lumber ledger no. 1, 1888-1898
14 Sales of lumber, 1886
15 Account sales lumber, 1890
16 A/c sales, 1896 [lumber]
Ledger Time and payroll books, 1877-1894 [3 vols.]
17 Workmen's time books, 1861, 1887
18 Isaac Leighton orders; Leighton Pierce & Co. bills for time,
1879-1886
19 Bills for men's time and other logging expenses, 1888-1889
20 Bills for men's time, 1890's
21 Time book, 1898-1899

Sub-series 6: Shipping

Box 16

Ledger Shipping records P, 1864-1879
1 Bills, accounts, etc., various vessels, 1879-1899
2 Accounts settled, towage bills, etc., for various vessels, 1882-1895
3 [Invoices]. Schooner Hampton, 1887
Ledger Schooner Mansur B. Oakes, 1883-1889 [financial information]
4 Invoices, etc., Schooner Mansur B. Oakes, 1884-1890
5 Settlements, Schooner M.B. Oakes, 1894
6 Documents re Schooner Mansur B. Oakes, 1899-1900
Ledger Sch. Nellie Walker, 1872-1882 [financial information]
7 Dividends from Schooner Nulato, 1880's
8 Schooner Para accounts, 1882-1895
9 Bills, accounts, etc., Schooner Para and other vessels, 1884-1894
10 [Bills and accounts settled], Schooner Para, 1885-1886
11 Bills settled, Schooner Para, 1887-1890
12 Schooner Para accounts, Schooner Lucy Wentworth, 1891-1893
13 Bills, accounts, Steamboat Samuel B. Jones, 1883-1894
14 Bills, correspondence, etc., re Samuel B. Jones and other vessels, 1889-1894
Ledger Tow boat Sam'l B. Jones, 1894
Ledger Tug Samuel B. Jones, 1894 [daybook and cashbook]
Ledger Journal, S.B. Jones and owners, 1894
15 Bills, accounts re Schooner Swallow, 1880's
16 Account, Schooner Swallow; Sch. Hampton, 1882-1889
17 Invoices, Schooner Yulan, 1887-1890
18 Yulan, 1893-1894
19 Bills of lading, 1897

Sub-series 7: Ancillary records

Box 17

Ledger Record book of the Mopang Dam and Improvement Co., 1899
1 Ledger of Mopang Dam and Improvement Co., 1893-1899
Ledger Record book of the Old Stream Dam and Improvement Co., 1899
Ledger Record book of the Machias Lake Dam and Improvement Co., 1899

Sub-series 8: Personal papers of John K. Ames

2 Pocket diaries, 1879-1881, 1888
3 Pocket diaries, 1882, 1885
4 Pocket diaries, 1893, 1894, 1899
5 Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Ames: 25th wedding anniversary, 1880
6 Butter made by the cows owned by J.K. Ames, 1880; cow book, 1864, undated
6a Artifact: sample piece of wood [Located physically in Box 31]
7 Frank S. Ames: estate correspondence, 1904-1905
8 Frank S. Ames: estate correspondence, 1906
9 Land values, 1864 and 1902 [estate of J.K. Ames]
10 J.K. Ames v. Wm. Holway, 1902 [estate of J.K. Ames]
11 John K. Ames estate, 1901-1904
12 Documents re estate of J.K. Ames
Ledger Daybook, Jan. 4, 1900-1901 [estate of J.K. Ames?]

Series III: Records of Machias Lumber Company

Sub-series 1: Executive and administrative records

13-14 Documents re formation of Machias Lumber Co., 1899
15 Corporate papers
Ledger Machias Lumber Co. no. 2, Feb. 4, 1904-Sept. 12, 1911
Ledger No. 3 record book, Mar. 5, 1912-Mar. 2, 1926
Ledger Machias Lumber records 4, 1926-1930
Ledger [Record of stock held in Machias Lumber], 1899-1932
16 Stock dividend information, 1908
Ledger Notes and bills payable and receivable, 1900-1912 [2 vols.]
Ledger Notes and bills payable and receivable, 1905-1911
17 Annual reports, 1920, 1923, 1924
18 Property and rights, timber values, 1920's
19 Tax return, 1926
20 Machias Lumber Co. v. Maine Central Railroad, Rossing Pulp Mill, Whitneyville, Me., fire of May 8, 1933
21 Bog Lake, Northfield: cottage lots, 1927
22 Correspondence, 1900, 1904, 1910
Ledger Letter books, outgoing correspondence, Oct. 6, 1899-Dec. 31, 1912 [18 vols.]
23 Miscellaneous notes
24 Hayward house papers and map, 1921
25 General type map of Machias Lumber Co.'s lands, 1922
26-27 Maps

Sub-series 2: Financial records

Box 18

Ledger Trial balances, 1899-1900
Ledger Trial balances, 1910-1912 (3 vols.)
Ledger Cash no. 6, 1931-1949
Ledger Cash disbursements, 1950-1955
Ledger Daybook, Apr. 15-June 24, 1911
1 Journal entries 2-4, 1905
2 Journal pages 27-40, 51-52, 80, 1905
3 Journal pages 891-898, 1905
4 Journal pages 901-922, 1905
5 Journal pages 917-933, 1905
6 Journal pages 933-951, 1905
7 Journal pages 952-977, 1905
8 Journal pages 978-992, 1905
9 Journal pages 64-72, 1906
10 Journal pages 73-89, 1906
11 Journal pages 91-137, 1906
12 Journal pages 138-162, 1906
13 Journal pages 239-261, 1907
14 Journal pages 262-282, 1907
15 Journal pages 282-299, 1907
16 Journal pages 300-317, 1907

Box 19

1 Journal pages 319-339, 1907
2 Journal pages 340-363, 1907
3 Journal pages 364-380, 1907
4 Payment vouchers, Jan.-June, 1909
5 Payment vouchers, June-Aug., 1909
6 Payment vouchers, Aug-Sept., 1909
7 Payment vouchers, Sept.-Dec., 1909
8 Payment vouchers, June-Sept., 1911
9 Payment vouchers, Sept.-Dec., 1911
10 Material from vouchers, 1911
11 Payment vouchers, 1912, 1914, 1917
Ledger Journal, Apr., 1912-Dec., 1919
Ledger Journal 6, Journal 7, 1924-1949 [2 vols.]
Ledger Ledger, 1925
Ledger Ledgers, 1927-1931 [3 vols.]
Ledger Ledger, 1939

Sub-series 3: Bills, receipts, etc.

12 Bills, etc., 1900-1901
13 Bills, receipts, 1902, 1905, 1907, 1911
14 Bills, receipts, 1902-1917
15 Bills, receipts, 1905-1909
16 Bills, receipts, 1907-1909

Box 20

1 Bills, receipts, 1907-1909
2 Bills, receipts, 1907, 1911-1913
3 Bills, receipts, 1907-1908, 1914-1915
4-6 Bills, receipts, 1908
7-14 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909
15 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909, 1912
16 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909, 1911-1912

Box 21

1 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909, 1913
2-3 Bills, receipts, 1908-1913
4 Bills, receipts, 1908-1914
5-6 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909, 1912-1914
7 Bills, receipts, 1908, 1913-1914
8 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909, 1913-1914
9 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909, 1911, 1913-1914
10 Bills, receipts, 1908, 1914
11-12 Bills, receipts, 1908-1916
13 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909, 1912, 1916
14 Bills, receipts, 1908, 1912, 1913, 1916
15 Bills, receipts, 1908, 1912, 1916

Box 22

1 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909, 1913-1914, 1916
2 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909, 1912-1914, 1916
3 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909, 1912, 1914, 1916, 1921
4 Bills, receipts, 1908-1914, 1916, 1920-1921
5 Bills, receipts, 1908-1909, 1913-1914, 1916, 1920-1921
6-8 Bills, receipts, 1909
9 Bills, receipts, 1909-1910
10-11 Bills, receipts, 1909, 1912-1913
12-13 Bills, receipts, 1909, 1912, 1914
14 Bills, receipts, 1909, 1914, 1916
15 Bills, receipts, 1909-1917, 1927
16 Bills, receipts, 1910-1911

Box 23

1-2 Bills, receipts, 1910-1911
3-4 Bills, receipts, 1910-1916
5-9 Bills, receipts, 1911
10 Bills, receipts, 1911, 1912
11-12 Bills, receipts, 1911-1913
13 Bills, receipts, 1911, 1914
14 Bills, receipts, 1911, 1914-1915
15-16 Bills, receipts, 1911, 1915
17 Bills, receipts, 1912-1913
18 Bills, receipts, 1912, 1914

Box 24

1-2 Bills, receipts, 1912-1914
3 Bills, receipts, 1912-1913, 1916
4-6 Bills, receipts, 1912-1914, 1916
7-8 Bills, receipts, 1912-1916
9-12 Bills, receipts, 1913-1914
13 Bills, receipts, 1913-1915
14 Bills, receipts, 1913-1914, 1916
15-16 Bills, receipts, 1913, 1916
17-20 Bills, receipts, 1914

Box 25

1-3 Bills, receipts, 1914
4-6 Bills, receipts, 1914-1915
7 Bills, receipts, 1914-1916
8-12 Bills, receipts, 1915
13-17 Bills, receipts, 1916
18 Bills, receipts, 1917

Box 26

1 Bills, receipts, 1917
2 Bills, receipts, 1926-1927

Sub-series 4: Sales

Ledger Payments, 1896-1900
3-7 Invoices, C to Di, July-Sept., 1914
8 Invoices, E and F, Jan.-Mar., 1920
9-10 Invoices, Ma, Jan.-Mar., 1920
11 Invoices, Mc, Jan.-Mar., 1920
12-13 Invoices, Me-Mz, Jan.-Mar., 1920
14-15 Invoices, T-Y, Jan.-Mar., 1920
Ledger Store ledgers, A-D, 1900-1903; G-Z, 1906-1930
Ledger Indexes to store ledgers, A, C-I, K-X
Ledger Order book, 1933-1934
Ledger Daybook of general store purchases, 1933-1935 [4 vols.]
16 Bills of lading, shipping information, etc., 1908-1913

Box 27

Sub-series 5: Lumbering

1 Sund[ry] logging a/c fro J.K. Ames in connection with Machias
Lumber Co., 1900
2 Logs cut and delivered, 1910, undated
3 Cut of logs, 1910-1927
4 Documents from Machias Log Driving Co., 1929-1931
Ledger Stock book, lumber on hand, 1916-1922
Ledger James Hanscom mill records, 1922
Ledger Account of logs hauled, 1927
Ledger Time and payroll, Sept. 9, 1905-May 1, 1909
Ledger Lumber sales journal, 1910-1913
Ledger Sales journal A, Nov., 1920-Dec., 1933
Ledger Wholesale orders, 1910-1912
Ledger Purchase ledger no. 2, 1927-1929
Ledger Wholesale lumber orders, 1929-1933
5 Coupons: trade-check payable ... in merchandise

Series IV: Papers of Frank S. Ames

6 Letters, 1880's-1890's
7-10 Letters, 1899-1904
11-12 Collector of Customs campaign, 1901
13-16 Correspondence, 1901-1902, A-W
17 Machias Lumber Co., correspondence, incoming to Frank S. Ames, 1903-1904
18-19 Correspondence and bills, 1909
20-21 Correspondence and bills, 1910

Box 27a

1-2 Correspondence and bills, 1911
3 Correspondence, 1911-1914
4-5 Receipts, 1899-1904
6 Receipts, 1905-1906, A-E
7 Receipts, 1905-1906, F-J
8 Receipts, 1905-1906, M-R
9 Receipts, 1905-1906, S-W
10 Special, 1905-1906
11 Misc. receipts, 1907
12 Machias Lumber Co. receipts, 1907
13 Receipts, 1907-1908, A-G
14 Receipts, 1907-1908, H-M
15 Receipts, 1907-1908, N-W
16 Receipts, 1912-1914, A-C
17 Receipts, 1912-1914, D-E

Box 28

1 Receipts, 1912-1914, G-J
2 Receipts, 1912-1914, K-M
3 Receipts, 1912-1914, P-W
4 Miscellaneous receipts, 1911-1915
5 Receipts, 1915-1916, A-D
6 Receipts, 1915-1916, E-J
7 Receipts, 1915-1916, L-M
8 Receipts, 1915-1916, N-W
9-11 Receipts, 1916-1919
12 Miscellaneous receipts, etc.
13-14 Orders, invoices for flowers, 1899-1919
Ledger Journal: F.S. & A.K. Ames, 1887-1892
15 F.S. Ames in account with F.S. Ames & Co., 1904-1906
16 F.S. Ames diary, 1930

Series V: Papers of Alfred K. Ames

17 Correspondence from Furber, Stockford & French, 1891
18 Correspondence, 1900-1904
19 Correspondence, 1928
20 Correspondence, 1929

Box 28a

1-2 Correspondence, 1929
Ledger Letter books, Apr. 8, 1899-Mar. 29, 1906; Sept. 15-Dec. 30, 1912 [2 vols.]
3 Correspondence, 1930
4-7 Correspondence, 1931

Box 29

1-4 Correspondence, gubernatorial campaign, 1934
5 Correspondence, Burrowes Corp., 1938
6 Correspondence, 1938-1939
7 Correspondence, undated
8 Pocket diaries, 1937-1938, undated
9 R.C. Bailey accounts, 1923-1927, 1937
10 The Panama Canal, 1912 [printed pamphlet]

Series VI: Papers of Ames family members

11 Correspondence of John Ames, 1955-1956
12 Correspondence of John Ames, 1956
13-14 Correspondence of John Ames, 1957
15-16 Correspondence of John Ames, 1958
17-18 Correspondence of John Ames, 1959
19 Correspondence of John Ames, 1960
20 Correspondence of John Ames, 1961
21-24 Ames family photographs

Box 30

1-3 Ames family photographs
4 Engraving of Capt. William C. Talbot
5 Illustration of A.J. Pope
6 Negative: Mrs. Alton Bridgham
7 Negatives, some identified
8-9 Unidentified negatives
10 Miscellaneous information re Edwin G. Ames
11 E.G. Ames, Prov. High School: Derivations and definitions of words
Ledger E.G. Ames, date book, 1932, Seattle; pocket calendar, 1934
Photograph Residence of Mr. & Mrs. E.G. Ames, Seattle, 1928
[Located physically in Box 32]
12 Lucy Ames: Correspondence, 1886-1887; bills, 1901-1908
13 Article re firm of Pope & Talbot, Nov. 24, 1995, Bangor Daily News
14 Sanborn family material
15 Unidentified correspondence
16 Civil War letters from F.M. Skillin, 1864, 1866
17 Miscellaneous school exercise books and publications
18 Introductory sermon delivered at the York Assoc., Lebanon, Sept. 14-15, 1859
19 Miscellaneous pamphlets
20 150th anniversary celebration, the pageant of Machias Valley, 1913
21 Song sheet used at meeting of Washington and Hancock timberland owners, 1931
22 Primary nomination papers, treasurer, Washington County, 1934, 1938
23 Portraits [illustrations of politicians, etc.]
24 Log book, Sch. Lucy Evelyn of Machias, Maine, 1932-1933
25 Loose materials from log book of Sch. Lucy Evelyn

Series VII: Ancillary materials

Ledger D. & H. Hill Co., Ledger E, 1855-1864
Ledger Daniel Hill cashbook, 1880-1883, Calais, Me.
Ledger Journal, Daniel Hill, Calais, Apr. 9, 1880-1883, Ledger F [general store and lumber]
Ledger Journal, Calais, May 31, 1879-Mar. 12, 1881
Ledger J. Murray Hill's book, Book A, 1883-1894 [general store]
Ledger Ledger, C.W. Beverly, Machias, 1880
Ledger W.C. Leighton & Co., custom order book, 1887-1892 [clothing]
Ledger W.C. Leighton & Co. daybook, 1889-1892
Ledger Cash, 1888-1891 [Leighton?]
Ledger Journal, 1891-1894 [Leighton?]
Ledger Blacksmith shop: Orders, 1898-1900; daybooks, 1896-1900; journals, 1893-1895, ledgers, 1893, 1896-1900 [7 vols.]
Ledger Elmer C. Bowles store ledgers, 1931-1940 [2 vols.]
Ledger Unidentified ledger, 1848-1857
Ledger Unidentified ledger + index, 1857-1859
Ledger Unidentified ledger, 1879-1893
Ledger Unidentified daybook, 1890-1892 [clothing store?]
Ledger Unidentified daybook, 1891-1894 [general store?]
Ledger Blotter, 1913-1914 [of items sold at auction]
Ledger Unidentified memo book, 1890's
Ledger Index E, unidentified index [2 vols.]

Box 31

Artifact

Box 32

Oversized photographs

Separation record for Ames family papers

The following printed materials found with the Ames family papers have been removed from the collection:

About Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax Board of Trade, 1904.
Annual report of the municipal officers of the town of Centerville, 1927-28.
Annual report of the municipal officers of the town of Jonesport, 1927-28.
Annual report of the municipal officers of the town of Machias, 1927-1940-41.
Annual report of the municipal officers of the town of Northfield, 1927.
Jonesport Fourth of July celebration, 1964.
Statement of the financial condition, county of Washington, State of Maine, 1909-1948.
The stock exchange. Information and Press Department, The Stock Exchange, London, undated.

 

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