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Manuscript Group 315

Jerome James Day, 1876-1941

Papers, 1905-1941
7 cubic feet


The papers of Jerome James Day 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 Clay Williams in November 1987 with funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Processing was completed by Judith Nielsen in October 1991.

BIOGRAPHY

Jerome James Day, the youngest son of Henry and Ellen Day, was born in Truckee, California in 1876, and was working as a union miner when his wealth from the Hercules thrust him into business and politics. He studied at Gonzaga College and the University of Idaho, taking an accelerated program in mining when the Hercules began to turn a profit. He married Lucy Mix of Moscow, Idaho, in 1902 and fathered one son, Jerome James, Jr., b. 1911, and one daughter, Bernice Eugenia, b. 1904. He and his wife lived in Moscow for approximately fourteen years, and he became president of the Moscow State Bank, and president and major stockholder of the Idaho National Harvester Company, a venture with his in-laws. He was state senator from Latah County for three terms, 1909-1912.

Although the most socially active of the Days, he never cast off the sorrow of his son's drowning death at seventeen, the result of a boating accident while at prep school in the Seattle area. His daughter was married twice; the first time in 1925 to an Alaskan by the name of John Fuller Malony, the second time to a man named Sharkey about whom little is known.

Jerome remained closely connected with the Day mining companies, and in 1912 became president of the Tamarack & Custer Consolidated Co. When the Days bought the old Northport smelter Jerome moved from Moscow to be its president, and organized a bank at Northport. He was president of the Idaho Mining Association, 1919-1922, and for twenty years a leading spokesman for the Idaho mining industry.

He was prominent in the Idaho Democratic party and served on the Idaho State Board of Education and as regent of the university from 1933 until his death in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 9, 1941. He established several scholarships at the University of Idaho and his library of English classics and western Americana was donated to the University.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The papers of Jerome J. Day span the years 1905 to 1941. Included are correspondence, both personal and business, and financial records.

ARRANGEMENT AND DESCRIPTION

The papers of Jerome J. Day were in no discernible order when received; therefore a series order was imposed during processing.

The first series contains correspondence and two miscellaneous items. At least two alphabetical groups and two loose-leaf note books were found during the initial processing of this group, therefore there are three subseries for the correspondence. The first spans the years 1905 to 1941 and appears to be remnants of several filing systems, probably merged by Henry in an incomplete attempt to create a subject arrangement; these folders were placed in alphabetical order during processing. It contains personal as well as some business correspondence. There are letters from his wife, daughter, and son, with a few of Jerome's letters to them included. There is also correspondence with the head of the Moran School for Boys which Jerome Jr. was attending when he drowned which detail local efforts in the search for the boy's body. Letters to his brothers and sisters comment on family matters and the business of the mining companies. Other letters concern his political life and a wide variety of business interests, including mining properties, mining stocks, the Northport and Pennsylvania smelters, the Tamarack and Custer mine, and other investments.

The second subseries was already in alphabetical order. It spans the years 1928-1933 and is similar to the previous subseries in content.

The third subseries was originally contained in two loose-leaf note books. Notes pasted on the front covers explain that one volume was given by Jerome's widow, Lucy Mix Day, to Henry L.V. Day on September 4, 1962, and the second passed to Henry from Lucy's estate on May 31, 1969. The contents of the first volume are classified as "Miscellaneous," "Labor Conditions," and "Code File." They relate to the economic development of north Idaho, the effect on the mining industry of recent and proposed legislation, the North Idaho Chamber of Commerce, and the North Idaho Press Association, industrial insurance, taxation, the market for mining stock, metal production and prices, appointments of public officials, the drafting of mine employees for military service, activities of labor unions - particularly the I.W.W., and of labor organizers, reports of local gossip about members of the Day family, labor legislation and labor advisory boards, planning for strikes, and arrests of I.W.W. members. The contents of the second volume relate entirely to activities of the Democratic Party in Idaho and actions in the state legislature. Contents of these two notebooks were removed and placed into file folders.

The two miscellaneous items are a carbon typescript titled "Report of Labor Troubles by Operators and McWade, June 1919," which consists of transcripts of meetings held in the office of Jerome Day between Robert M. McWade, U.S. Conciliation Commissioner, and local mine operators on June 25, 27, and 28, 1919, and a printed "Brief of Defendant in Error" in the C. Fred Kratzer vs. Jerome J. Day case in 1926.

The second series consists of personal financial records including 2 ledgers and 15 voucher registers.

SERIES LIST

I.	Correspondence, 1905-1941	1-4
	A. 1905-1941
	B. 1928-1933
	C. Note Books, 1917-1921
	D. Miscellaneous, 1919-1926
II.	Financial Records, 1907-1941	5 + os

JEROME JAMES DAY
INVENTORY

Box 	Folder	Description							

I. Correspondence, 1905-1941

A. 1905-1941

1	1	American Smelting and Refining Company, 1921
	2	Aurum Mining Company, 1927-1928
	3	Aurum Mining Company at Republic, 1934-1939
	4	Development, 1938-1939
	5	B, 1924-1925
	6	Boyce, Eleanor Day, 1924-1939
	7	Budge, Alfred, 1934-1939
	8	Caledonia Oil Company, 1914
	9	Candish property, 1914-1915
	10-11	Cardoner Case, 1916-1919
	12	Clearwater County timber lands, 1911-1919
	13	Clearwater Improvement Company, 1909-1915
	14-15	Coeur d'Alene Mine Owners Association, 1927-1930
	16	Minutes, 1918-1926
	17	Consolidations, 1925-1940
	18	D, 1924-1927
	19	Day, Agnes Loretta, 1922-1923
	20	Day, Bernice, 1923-1925
	21	Wedding, 1925
	22	Day, Eugene R. 1910-1917
	23	Estate of, 1922-1923
	24	Day, Harry L., 1924-1927
	25	Day, Henry Lawrence, 1919-1928
	26	Operations in Burke Canyon, 1933-1940
	27	Day, Jerome. Discovered assets, 1958
	28	Funeral notice, 1941
	29-30	Personal, 1908-1935
	31	Wills, 1923-1938
	32	Day, Jerome J., Jr., 1915-1929
	33	Bank statements, 1925-1928
	34	Day, Lucy Mix, 1917-1926
	35	Travels, 1938
	36	Day Development Company, 1931
	37	E, 1918-1936
	38	Education, State Board of, 1915
	39	Electric Point Mining Company property, 1919
	40	Ellis, 1923-1939
	41	Ellis, Leslie E., 1929
	42	Florence Mining and Milling Company. Stock certificate, 1917
	43	French, Permeal J., 1933-1939
	44	Garland Company. Industrial stocks, 1930
	45	Gladstone Mountain Mining company, 1926
2	46	Hennessy-Burns Mining Company. Stock certificate, 1923
	47	Hercules-Tamarack sampling, 1925-1929
	48	Idaho, University of. Oil prospects publications, 1923-1927
	49	Idaho National Harvester Company. "The Little Idaho," 1916
	50	L.F. Parsons file, 1918-1923
	51	Operation, 1913-1916
	52	Stock, 1910-1921
	53	Sundry, 1912-1917
	54	Industrial Workers of the World and Unamerican, 1918-1927
	55	Jayaness property, Pershing County, Nevada, 1928
	56	Jessup, Paul B. Liquidations, 1936-1940
	57-58	M, 1917-1939
	59	Malony, Bernice Day, 1925
	60	Degree information and essays, 1932-1939
	61	Malony, John F. 1933-1941
	62-63	Marsh, Harry W., 1930-1939
	64	McCarthy, James and David Shearer accident, 1914
	65	McKenna, Mark, 1929-1937
	66	Mica Bay residence, blueprints, 1918-1925
	67-68	Construction, 1915
	69	Sundry, 1913-1935
	70	Mica Rural Electric, 1935-1937
	71	Miller River, Washington, property, 1927
	72	Mine prospects, 1929-1930
	73	Miners & Smelters Bank, Northport, 1917-1923
	74	Mining properties, Sundry, 1914-1925
	75	Mining stocks, Various, 1910-1922
	76	Moran, Frank (Moran School for Boys), 1929-1930
	77	Moscow residence, 1933-1941
	78	N, 1919-1923
	79	Nez Perce County. Sale of agricultural land to Herman C. Lohman, 1935
	80	Northport Smelting & Refining Co., 1923-1938
	81	Prospects, 1922-1927
	82	Smoke, 1936-1937
	83	Northwest Mining Company stock certificate, 1923
	84	O, 1917-1923
	85	Ore contracts, 1919-1920
	86	Orofino Portland Cement Co., 1915-1918
	87	Orofino Reorganization Co. stock certificate, 1925
	88	P, 1917-1923
	89	Packer Creek consolidation, 1940
3	90	Pennsylvania Smelting Company, 1917-1926
	91	Reorganization, 1922-1923
	92	Photographs, n.d.
	93-95	Political, 1918-1924
	96	Harry L. Day, 1918
	97	J.C. Reynolds, 1918-1919
	98	Portland Hotel, 1918-1924
	99	Press-Times, 1921-1922
	100	Powder permits, 1917
	101	R, 1917-1940
	102	Ramstedt, Axel P., 1933-1936
	103	Real estate, 1917-1918
	104	Recommendations, 1917-1921
	105	Republic Mines Corporation. Report on Lone Pine, 1914-1917
	106	Roanoke Mining Co., 1906-1925
	107	Ruth, Joseph P., patent, 1932-1933
	108	Settlements, 1925-1928
	109	Sherman Lead Company, 1919-1930
	110	Shoshone Country Club, 1927-1941
	111	Snowshoe Mining Co., 1914
	112	Social Securities legislation, 1936
	113	Star Mine, 1920
	114	Statements about properties, 1926-1930
	115	Tamarack & Chesapeak Mining Co., 1905-1928
	116	Tamarack & Custer Consolidated Mining Co., 1912-1939
	117	Excess profits tax, 1921-1925
	118	Tamarack Mill feed, 1929
	119	Tuscumbia Mining Co. stock certificate, 1923-1937
	120	U, n.d.
	121	V, 1929-1930
	122	W, 1937-1940
	123	Wallace Bank & Trust Company, 1918-1937
	124	Wallace Meat Company, 1924-1937
	125	Wallace Powder Company, 1925
	126	Wallace Realty, 1927-1938
	127	Wourms, John H., 1933-1940
	128	Water analysis, Coeur d'Alene Lake, 1940

B. 1928-1933

	129	A, 1932
	130	Accident reports, 1931-1932
	131	American Institute of Mining Engineers, 1931-1932
	132	American Mining Congress, 1932
	133-137	American Silver Producers Association, 1928-1932
	138	American Smelting and Refining Co., Lead prices, 1931-1932
4	139	Applications, 1931-1932
	140	Aurum Mining Company; Automobiles, 1930-1932
	141	B, 1932
	142	Books, 1932
	143	Boyce, Eleanor Day, 1932
	144	C, 1931-1933
	145	Calispel Duck Club; Chamber of Commerce of the United States, 1932
	146	Coeur d'Alene Hardware & Foundry Co.; Coeur d'Alene Mine Owners Association, 1932
	147	Conoboy, Jessie T.; Consolidated Insurance Agency, 1932
	148	D, 1931-1932
	149	Day, Harry; Day, Henry Lawrence, 1930-1932
	150	Day, Mrs. Jerome, 1932
	151	Depletion, 1932
	152	E; Employment circulars, 1932
	153	F, 1931-1932
	154	Federal Mining & Smelting; Freight rates, 1932
	155	G; H, 1932
	156	Houston, H.B., 1932
	157	I; Idaho Mining Association, 1931-1932
	158	Insurance, 1932
	159	Inventory; Itinerary, 1932
	160	J; K; L; Last Chance Mining Co., Lead settlements, 1932
	161	M; Maggy, P.J., 1932
	162	Malony, John & Bernice; Harry W. Marsh, 1932
	163	Mines Employment Office; Mining claims, 1932
	164	Mix, Mary; Montana Power Co., 1932
	165	N; Newspaper Clippings; New York Produce Exchange, 1914-1933
	166	O; P, 1932
	167	Park Copper Mining Co.; Pennsylvania Smelting Co.; Plummer School District bonds & warrants, 1933
	168	Political, 1932
	169	Porter, V.R.; Portland Hotel; President's Report - Tamarack & Custer, 1932
	170	Proxies, 1924-1933
	171	R; Ramstedt, A.P.; S, 1930-1932
	172	Sales tax on stock; San Francisco Mining Exchange, Shoshone County Country Club; Speeches, 1930-1933
	173	T; Taxation; Tiger Hotel; Travels, 1931-1932
	174	University of Idaho, 1932
	175	V-W, 1931-1932
	176	Wage schedules; Wallace Bank & Trust Co.; Wallace-Kellogg Gun Club, 1931-1932
	177	Wallace Meat Co.; Wallace Relief Association; John H. Wourms, 1932

C. Notebooks, 1917-1921

	178	Notebook #1: Miscellaneous, 1917-1921
	179	Labor Conditions, 1917-1921; Code file, 1917
	180-182	Notebook #2, 1917-1921

D. Miscellaneous, 1919-1926

	183	"Report of Labor Troubles", 1919
	184	Brief of Defendant in Error: Kratzer vs. Day, 1926

II. Financial Records, 1907-1941

5	185	Transfer binder (Ledger) 1922-1941
	186	Property transfers, 1912-1935
	187-189	Bank statements, 1916-1931
os	190	Ledger, 1907-1908
	191	Distribution of income and expenses, 1917
	192-206	Voucher registers, 1915-1941
	207	Photostats of tax returns for 1920-1923 for protest, 1926

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