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The records of the Sunset Mercantile Company are part of the records of the Day Mines, Inc., donated to the University of Idaho by Henry L. Day in 1984 and 1985. Initial processing was done by Judith Nielsen in March 1988 as part of a project funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Processing was completed by Judith Nielsen in February 1993.
The Sunset Mercantile Company, with offices in the Day Building, Wallace, was a reorganization of the Sunset Brewery. The new beer produced for the first time in 1938 was called "Gem State." The directors in 1938 were Joseph Reubens, president; O.L. Jones, vice president; S.E. Heitfeld, secretary; Theodore Galland, and Philip Bitner. In 1940 Reubens died and Bitner was not re-elected; they were replaced by Edwin Schiller and Henry L. Day. In 1941 Schiller was replaced by Wray Farmin.
In 1943 the company was in serious financial difficulties and the directors were authorized by the shareholders to sell the property if a fair price could be obtained. The contract between Sunset Mercantile and Mutual Brewing Co., Inc., dated July 7, 1943, was cancelled a year later because of Mutual's failure to comply with the terms, and its failure to make agreed upon payments. The Sunset company then borrowed money to protect the property until it could be sold.
The year 1949 brought several board changes; Galland, Farmin, and Heitfeld resigned and were replaced by William D. Bryan, Paul B. Jessup, and Gertrude A. Bryan. The officers of the company were then empowered to make necessary arrangements for securing abstract of title to the premises on which the company's brewery was located.
The records of the Sunset Mercantile Company consist of minutes and other records of annual meetings of directors and stockholders, 1938-1944; financial statements, 1935-1943; and a small amount of correspondence.
1 1 Annual meeting of stockholders and directors, January 17, 1938 2 Annual meeting of stockholders and directors, January 16, 1939 3 Special meetings of directors, May 3 & 22, 1939 4 Annual meeting of stockholders and directors, January 15, 1940 5 Annual meeting of stockholders and directors, January 20, 1941 6 Annual meeting of stockholders and directors, January 19, 1942 7 Annual meeting of stockholders and directors, January 18, 1943 8 Annual meeting of stockholders, January 17, 1944 9 Special meeting of directors, 1944-1945 10 Financial statements, 1935-1936 11 Financial statements, 1937 12 Financial statements, 1938 13 Financial statements, 1939 14 Financial statements, 1942-1943 15 Correspondence, 1935-1937