Manuscript Group 298
5 cubic feet
The records of the Day Development Company are part of the records of Day Mines, Inc., donated to the University of Idaho by Henry Day in 1984 and 1985. Initial processing of this manuscript group was done by Dixie Miller in April 1988, with funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Processing was completed by Judith Nielsen in July 1992.
The Day Development Company was created in October of 1930 when the Hercules Exploration Company, which had existed since November 1928, officially changed its name. Day Development was a geological exploration company whose purpose was to "seek for and secure openings for employment of capital in the U.S. and throughout the world, and the view thereto to prospect, inquire, examine, explore and test, to dispatch and employ expeditions, commissions, experts and other agents." The company was organized under the laws of Delaware and maintained an office there as well as in Wallace.
The stockholders in the company were Eleanor Day Boyce, Harry L. Day, Henry L. Day, Jerome J. Day, Wray Farmin, W.B. Heitfeld, F. Wallace Rothrock, Frank M. Rothrock, and William H. Simons. After Jerome's death in 1941, part of his stock went to his wife directly and part went into trusts for his wife and his daughter. Ownership of stock in the company was quite expensive. There were only 10,000 shares, each with a par value $100 and only 518 shares were ever issued.
Harry Day and Eleanor Day Boyce were the principal shareholders, each with over 100 shares. Apparently ownership of stock in the company was by invitation only. All the stockholders were either members of the Day family or close family friends. Whenever the company needed money, it invited the stockholders to buy more stock.
Information on how successful the mines were is not contained in this record group. Most of the correspondence represents the efforts of persons attempting to get the Days to invest in their properties. The exploration included properties primarily in the western United States. Several companies located outside the U.S., usually in the Northwest Territories of Canada, did ask Day Development to have a look at their property. But, for the most part Henry Day refused to expand out of the United States, no matter how good the prospect might have looked.
The board of directors of the Hercules Exploration Company consisted of Jerome, Harry, and Henry Day, Frank Rothrock, and J.M. Perry of Yakima Washington. John Wourms acted as designated agent until his death in 1945; Paul Jessup was appointed to replace him.
In 1936 Day Development sold all of its machinery. The company was dissolved on December 29, 1947 apparently because Day Mines had its own exploration arm.
The records of the Day Development Company span the years 1917 to 1963, with the bulk of the material covering the years 1928 to 1935. Much of the early material consists of reports or correspondence describing mining properties. Included are a minute book, correspondence with suppliers, information on the mining properties, tax returns, reports to state agencies, capital stock records, and financial records.
The records of the Day Development Company are divided into four series.
The first series, Records of the Board of Directors and Stockholders contains a minute book spanning the years 1928 to 1933
The second series, General Correspondence and Related Records, is divided into two subseries. Series A appears to have been maintained by Harry L. Day and includes mainly organizational records relating to the company such as correspondence with suppliers, tax returns, reports to state agencies, and financial statements. There is, however some material related to specific mining properties such as the Bresnahan Group and the Center Star Group. The Hercules Exploration folder contains many letters from Henry to Harry about mining properties, as well as financial reports, and minutes of meetings. Series B contains records relating to each of the properties in which Day Development Company had an interest. Folders are arranged alphabetically by property or correspondent and include reports on the property, assays for ore sent to the Days, maps showing the location of the property,
Capital Stock Records, the third series contains a combined stock journal and ledger.
Financial Records, the fourth series, contains a voucher register, general ledger, property distribution ledger and check register.
By combining less bulky folders and discarding duplicates the bulk of this group was reduced by three cubic feet.
I. Records of the Board of Directors and Stockholders, 1928-1933 1 II. General Correspondence and Related Records, 1917-1963 1-4 A. Organizational Records, 1928-1948 B. Property Records, 1917-1963 III. Capital Stock Records, 1928-1943 5 IV. Financial Records, 1922-1951 5
Box Folder Description
1 1 Minute book, 1928-1933
1 2 Alexander Freidenrich Company, 1930-1931 3 Annual reports - Delaware, 1930-1947 4 Annual statement - Idaho, 1929-1947 5 Assays, 1930-1931 6 B; Leo Bresnahan - Note and mortgage, 1930-1939 7 Bresnahan - Lease and bond, 1929-1931 8 C (Cracker Creek District, Oregon), 1930 9 Center Star Group; Center Star - Lease and bond, 1930-1932 10 Claim for exemption - Capital stock tax, 1933-1945 11 Corporation Trust Company, 1928-1930 12 D; Day, Harry L, 1930-1943 13 F-H, 1929-1932 14 Hercules Exploration Co., 1928-1930 15 Special stockholders meeting, November 6, 1930 16 I, 1931 17 Income tax return, Federal, 1928-1948 18 Income tax return, State, 1931-1948 19 K-M, 1929-1933 20 Minutes of meetings, February 16, 1931 21 Rogers Peale; R; F.M. Rothrock, 1929-1933 22 S; State Inspector of Mines - Reports, 1929-1948 23 Statements, Financial, 1928-1942 24 Stock subscriptions; Stockholder list; W, 1929-1943
25 A; Adams, J.E.; Advance; Ajax, 1928-1941 26 Alaska Continental; Alaska Dano; Alaska Treasury; Allan, 1931-1939 27 Allison Ranch; Alps; American Eagle; American Mine, 1930-1931 28 American Property; American Tungsten; Andy-O; Arizona, 1928-1939 29 Arizona Placer; Atkinson, S.K.; Atlantic; Auxer, 1929-1934 30 B, 1929-1947 31 Baker District; Baltimore, Barkas; Basin Bell, 1926-1936 32 Basin Placer; Batopilas Silver Mines; Batchelor; Bayhouse, 1928-1935 33 Belshazzar; Bennett, C.E.; Beowawe; Bertois, Mr. & Mrs., 1930-1938 34 Betsy Baker; Billy Mack; Blackbird Mining District; Black boy, 1927-1939 35 Black Friday; Black Pine; Blossom; Blue Bell, 1930-1933 36 Blue Bird; Blue Bird Consolidated; Blue Creek; Blue Creek Mining Company, 1927-1937 37 Blue Point Mine, 1932 38 Blue Ribbon; Boulder; Boss Tweed & Clipper; Boundary County; Boyer, 1929-1942 39 Bresnahan, 1928-1931 40 Brooklyn; Brooklyn & Olympia; Buckeye; Buckhorn, 1926-1939 41 Budge, Hon. Alfred; Buffalo; Buffalo Hump, 1928-1938 42 Bullion, 1929 43 Bunker Hill Copper; Burns; Burnt Cabin; Butte; Butterfly Consolidated, 1925-1938 44 C, 1931-1939 45 California Placer; Callahan, California; Canyon Placers; Carissa; Carpie, 1929-1938 2 46-49 Center Star, 1930-1936 50 Century Drift; Chandler; Channel Gold Mines; Chapman, 1927-1939 51 Cherry Hill, Manzanita, & West Bend properties; Cimmaron; Cinnabar, Clancy, Clark, George C., 1928-1939 52 Clarks Creek dredge, 1932 53 Clarksfork Mill, 1928-1930 54 Clayton; Clearwater Timber; Cochron Hill; Columbia Northern, 1928-1935 55 Combination; Comeback; Commonwealth, 1929-1935 56 Continental, 1932 57 Copper Queen; Corbett, 1931-1933 58 Corncracker; Cornucopia; Cow Creek, 1932 59 Cracker Creek, 1926-1963 60 Critic; Crystal, 1928-1929 61 D, 1929-1943 62 Darrah, Ben; Davis, P.M.; Day, H.L.V., 1928-1939 63 Daybreak; Deer Creek; Demming Mines; Detillian H.G., 1928-1937 64 DeVaux, Mrs. Renee; Dewey Dailey; Diamond Butte; Annie Dillon, 1930-1938 65 Dodge Mine; Dominion; Dull Pick Mine; Dunphy Dyke, 1824-1935 66 E, 1928-1942 67 East Camp; Edison-Ajax; Edna Mae; El Crucero, 1927-1934 68 Electrum; Eliza; Elk City; Elkhorn Mine (Sofia Syndicate), 1930-1938 69 Elliott; Dr. Robt. H. Ellis; Emmons Hydraulic Placers, 1932-1939 70 Empress; Enterprise; Enterprise Quartz; Era Mining and Development Co., 1928-1939 71 Ermont, 1930-1940 72 F, 1928-1943 73 Falcon; Falls Creek; Fausnat, J.L.; Fical, 1929-1934 74 Financial, etc, 1928-1947 75 Fisher Mine; Flint; Forty Five, 1927-1932 76 Fremont; Frisco; Fryett, 1931-1936 77 G, 1927-1941 78 Gallagher; Garrett-Walsh; Gem; General Custer, 1927-1938 79 Gilt Edge; Giraffe; Goat Mountain; Gold Blossom, 1929-1934 80 Gold Coin; Gold Creek; Gold Crown; Gold Dust, 1928-1932 81 Gold Fissure Group; Gold Flotation Development Co.; Gold Fork; Gold Hill, 1929-1935 3 82 Gold Leaf; Gold Mountain; Gold Nugget; Gold Valley Placer, 1930-1933 83 Golden Bowl; Golden Eagle; Golden West; Goldstone, 1926-1932 84 Granite, Fall & Canyon Creek dredging area, Boise Basin; Granite Group; Granite-Poorman; Grattan Placers, 1932-1936 85 Great Bear Lake; Green; Grunter, 1930-1932 86 H, 1930-1938 87 Hahns Peak; Hall-Interstate; Hansom Mine; Hartery Property; Haywire Mining and Milling Co., 1932-1935 88 Helena; Helena Silver-lead; Hennessy; Henrietta, 1928-1947 89 Hercules Exploration, 1928-1930 90 Hermit; Hewer; Hidden Treasure; Hobby Horse, 1929-1932 91 Homestake; Homestead; Horse Heaven Mines, inc.; Horse Mountain Copper Co., 1929-1939 92 I; I.X.L.; Ibex, 1924-1931 93 Imperial Group, 1934 94 Imperial Mine, 1934 95 Independence Mine, 1928-1942 96 Indian Creek Placers; Indio Gold-Silver Prospect; International Lead & Iron Co., Iron Mountain, 1927-1939 97 J, 1930-1940 98 Jacy; Japan; Lean Lee; Jefferson & Franklin, 1928-1934 99 Jewel Box; Jib Consolidated; Johnny, 1929-1931 100 K, 1930-1942 101 K.C.; Katherine; Kennon Property (Pony Gulch); Keystone (California), 1930-1939 102 Keystone (B.C.); Kimberly Placers; Kleesattel; Klondyke Mines, 1931-1938 103 L, 1927-1941 104 LaBelle Mine; Lady Brian; Lee's Ferry; Lehigh, 1931-1935 105 Letterman, T.S.; Liberty; Liberty Gem Co.; Liberty Gold Mining Co., 1929-1939 106 Lindberg, Jafet; Linden Property; Little Arctic; Lion Hill, 1931-1939 107 Little Chieftain; Little Gem; Log Cabin (Collins); Log Cabin (Massam), 1926-1932 108 Lone Star; Long Chance; Long Tom, 1927-1937 109 Lowden Hydraulic Mine; Lucky Boy (Oregon); Lucky Boy (Idaho); Lucky Strike, 1927-1935 110 M, 1927-1945 111 Mackay Mine; Magrath; Mammoth; Marysville Gold, 1929-1938 112 Mascot; Masonic; May, J.A., Mayflower, 1930-1931 113 McBroom; McCaffrey; McConnel Creek Placer Area; McKinnon, D.B., 1929-1934 114 McPhee; Meadow Creek; Melrose; Metal Cove, 1929-1939 115 Mexican Graphite; Mica Bay - Kroetch; Midas Mine; Middleport, 1932-1935 116 Mike Horse; Mill Creek Mine, 1928-1929 117 Minerva Mine; Mohawk; Molybdenum; Montana Park, 1930-1934 118 Moore's Creek dredging proposition; Morning Star Group; Morrison Carlock; Mother Lode, 1931-1935 119 Mountain King; Mulkey, Charles, 1929-1933 120 Muscovite; Musick Mine; Mutual Gold; Myheerah, 1927-1932 121 N; Naciemiento; National Gold, 1925-1941 122 Neely; Neocene; Nesbitt, A.P.; Nevada Creek, 1927-1933 123 Never Sweat; Norambagua; North Fork Mining Co., Northern Consolidated, 1928-1935 124 O; Oest Mine; Ohio-Keating, 1929-1940 4 125 Old Baker Mine; Old Dominion (1931); Old Dominion Mine (1924), 1924-1933 126 Olympia; Ophir Consolidated Mining & Milling Co., Oriental Mine; Oro Mine, 1925-1938 127 P, 1928-1940 128 Pacific McGregor; Paramount Mines Corp., Peerless; Phillips, C.A., 1928-1934 129 Phoenix Group; Pidgeon, A.J.; Pine Hill Mine; Pioneer Lode Mining Co., 1934-1939 130 Platner; Plymouth Mining Co., Port Wine Channel; Portland Consolidated, 1927-1938 131 Primrose; Prospect; Prowell, M.W., 1925-1932 132 Quail Mining Property; Quartz Hill; Queen of the West; Quick Action, 1930-1936 133 R, 1926-1940 134 Rae-Wallace; Rainbow; Rand Group; Rasche, 1917-1930 135 Red Bird; Red Chief Mine; Revenue Mine, 1933-1935 136 Revett, Ben Stanley, 1922-1923 137 Revlis Co., Rice, B.W.; Rice Placer; Ross, J.M.; Rowland, R.L., Ruby Creek, 1930-1938 138 S, 1931-1941 139 Financial Statements, 1935-1943 140 Sacramento; Sadie Lynn; San Juan Queen; Scossa Red Top, 1929-1933 141 Selle; Shamrock Mine; Sheep Ranch Mine; Shenandoah, 1931-1935 142 Shenandoah Wulfenite; Shook, H.H.; Silver Butte; Silver Dome; Silver Hill, 1927-1938 143 Silver King; 1926-1927 144 Silver Star; Simons, W.H., 1927-1933 145 Simmons Group; Smigaj; Snook, 1931-1935 146 Snow Creek, 1926-1933 147 Snowdrift; Snowshoe; Snowstorm; Sofia Syndicate; Sombrio Placers, 1927-1938 148 South Eureka; South Fork; South Mountain; South Mountain District; Spring Hill, 1926-1932 149 St. Elmo Mines Co.; Stein, H.; Sterling; Stroble; Sulphide, 1926-1939 150 Summit; Sunbeam; Sunny Slope Mine; Sunset, 1926-1935 151 Sunshine Silver Queen; Surprise Claim; Sylvanite; Syringa, 1930-1933 152 T, 1927-1942 153 Tango, 1928 154 Theodore; Three Queens; Tri-Metal, 1928-1931 155 Troy Canyon Mine; Trust Buster; Twenty Grand; Tyson Creek, 1932-1936 156 U; United Treasure; V; Vermillion, 1928-1942 157 W, 1929-1938 158 Wagner Mines; Walker, H.G.; War Eagle; Warm Springs Mining Co., Waterloo, 1931-1936 159 Waverly Mining Company, 1921 160 Weaver Mine; Weed Estate; Weisenberger; Wells, 1931-1934 161 Wenatchee; Westerner; White Elephant, 1926-1931 162 Whitedelf Mine (Compton I. White), 1939 163 Wild Rose Prospect, 1935 164 Winchester Copper; Wishard; Wishard Mountain; Wolf Lake; Wonder; World's Fair Mine, 1928-1935 165 Y; Yakima-Shoshone Mining Co., Yellow Nugget; Young America, 1929-1946 166 Ypres; Yuba Mine; Yukon Gold, 1931-1935 167 Z; Zaballos; Zulu Property; 1933-1938
5 168 Stock journal and ledger, 1928-1943
169 Voucher register, 1928-1948 170 General ledger, 1929-1948 171 Property distribution ledger, 1922-1934 172 Check register, 1938-1951