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MARK P. MILLER MILLING COMPANY

Records, 1940-1960
8 Cubic Feet


The records of the Mark P. Miller Milling Company of Moscow, Idaho, were donated to the University of Idaho by Palouse Producers of Moscow in March 1984. They were processed by Judith Nielsen in December 1984.

BRIEF HISTORY OF MARK P. MILLER MILLING COMPANY

In 1904 Mark P. Miller took over the Cochran & Sons flour mill on the corner of Jackson and 6th Street, Moscow, Idaho. The mill's chief product was Blue Stem Flour, a blend of wheat varieties which was very popular with housewives in the northwest. According to the 1903-1904 Polk directory, the steam powered roller mill had a capacity of 75 barrels a day. In 1908 the mill was converted to electricity and its capacity increased to 125 barrels, and by 1914 this capacity was doubled.

The Mark P. Miller Company was incorporated in September 1911. In 1922 Miller left Moscow for Portland where he also had flour mills and it is probably about this time that Moscow mill became a branch of Terminal Flour Mills, a Portland based firm. The company also operated a grain storage warehouse at the 6th and Jackson location and had two other warehouses in Oakesdale and Seabury, Washington. About 1959 the Moscow warehouse was sold to Latah County Grain Growers and the Washington warehouses were purchased by the Oakesdale Grain Growers.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The records of the Mark P. Miller Milling Company span the years 1940 to 1959, with the bulk of the material from the 1950's. Included are office files (primarily correspondence and brochures), financial files consisting of accountant's year-end reports and tax records, a grain ledger, and nine bound ledgers. There is also approximately one c.f. of Latah County Grain Growers tax returns and other papers for the years 1949-1960.

ARRANGEMENT AND DESCRIPTION

The records of the Mark P. Miller Company retain the original order of the records as received. The office files are alphabetical by subject, the financial files are separated by type of material such as accountant's reports, insurance inventory, payroll taxes, and county and state taxes. The ledgers are arranged first by type, then chronologically. The final series consists of tax related material of the Latah County Grain Growers, arranged chronologically.

When individual items such as invoices or check vouchers were recorded in a journal, the individual items were removed from the collection. In cases where journals and ledgers contained the same information only the ledgers were retained. As a result, the records were reduced by approximately five cubic feet.

SERIES LIST

I. Office Files, 1948-1959 1-2

II. Financial Files, 1940-1959 2

III. Ledgers and Journals, 1942-1959 o.s.; 3-4

IV. Latah County Grain Growers, 1949-1960 5

INVENTORY

MARK P. MILLER MILLING COMPANY

Box Folder Description Items

I. Office Files, 1948-1959

1	1	American Federation of Grain Millers, 1956	1
	2	B & B Manufacturing Company, 1954	16
	3	Bags - General Information, 1952-1959	57
	4	Cadillac Winch Hoiste, 1957	3
	5	California Spray Chemical Corp., 1951	2
	6	Chamber of Commerce, Moscow, 1957-1959	6
	7	Charter Seed Company, 1952-1957	68
	8	Crites Moscow Growers, 1951-1952	18
	9	Feed, quarterly tonnage fees, 1952-1958	40
	10	Feed laws and analyses, 1951-1959	32
	11	Feed letters and data, 1952-1954	6
	12	Feed registration, etc., 1952-1959	33
	13	Fischbein (Dave) Company, 1956	5
	14	Freight Rates - North Pacific Coast Freight Bureau, 1957	1
	15	Friden Calculating Machine Agency, 1952-1959	32
	16	Fumigant Information, 1957-1958	3
	17	George (Henry) & Sons, paid invoices, concrete for annex #262, 1954	150
	18	Grain Dryer, 1956	10
	19	Grain Grading, 1950-1954	5
	20	Great Northern Railway Company, 1953-1958	5
	21	Hot Spot Detector, Inc., 1956	5
	22	Idaho. Department of Agriculture, 1952-1958	7
	23	Idaho. State Insurance Fund, 1954	2
	24	Idaho Public Utilities Commission, 1958-1959	8
	25	Industrial Fumigant Co., 1958	7
	26	Inland Advertising Co., 1955	2
	27	Inland Power & Light Co., 1955	2
	28	Insects - Control in Grain Storage, 1950-1955	6
	29	Insurance Policies, Old, 1948-1951	19
	30	Jones Farm Chemical Co., 1954-1955	10
	31	Latah County Extension Advisory Committee, 1957-1958	7
	32	Northern Pacific Railway Co., 1951-1958	8
	33	Pendergrass, Spackman & Bullivant, Attorneys at Law, 1955	1
	34	Pictsweet Foods, Inc., 1950-1952	34
	35	Price Supports - Wheat, Oats, Barley, 1954-1956	49
	36	Pure Line Seed Co., 1952	9
	37	Reid-Strutt Company, Inc., 1955-1959	48
	38	Rodent Control, R & M Exterminators, 1959	4
	39	Ross (J.J.) Mill Furnishings, 1949-1954	17
	40	Safflower, 1954	3
	41	Seed Data, 1951-1957	51
	42	Seed Regulations, 1953-1958	7
	43	Seed Treatment - Panogen, 1952-1956	18
	44	Seedburo Equipment Co., 1954	3
	45	Shaw Borden Co., 1952	10
	46	Smith (R. Robert) & Company, 1951-1958	41
	47	Smith Frozen Foods, Inc., 1952-1955	41
	48	Soil Sterilent, 1957	3
	49	Songstad, Merle, Contractor., 1951-1952	9
	50	Stonehard Company, 1954	4
	51	Terminal Flour Mills Co., 1951-1959	105
	52	Terminal Storage - Loans, 1958	16
	53	Thomas (J.N.) Co., 1955-1958	8
	54	Towmotor Lift Truck, 1954	5
	55	Union Special Sewing Machine, 1956-1958	6
	56	Van Waters & Rogers, Inc., 1953-1959	5
2	57	Wage and Hour Laws, 1950-1956	10
	58-60	Warehouse License, Bonds, CCC Uniform Grain Storage Agreements, 1951-1959	110
	61	Washburn-Wilson Seed Co., 1952-1955	6
	62	Washington Water Power Company, 1954 

II. Financial Files, 1940-1959

	63-64	Accountant's Reports, 1948-1959	32
	65-66	Insurance Inventory, 1950-1959	107
	67-68	Payroll Tax Records, 1951-1959	46
	69	Latah County Taxes, 1940-1959	88
	70-71	Whitman County Taxes, 1940-1959	194
	72	Washington Excise Tax Returns, 1946-1959	196
	73	Capital Stock Tax, 1945	1

III. Ledgers and Journals, 1942-1959

3-4	74-75	Grain Ledger, 1950/51-1957/58	3150
O.S.	76-77	Employment Records, 1943-1958	2
	78-79	Accounts Receivable Ledger, 1946-1955	2
	80	Payroll, 1942-1958; General Administration & Expense Ledger, 1942-1957; General Journal, 1942-1947	1
O.S.	81	Cash Received; Check Record, 1942-1956	1
	82	General Journal, Cash Received, Check Record, 1956-1958	1
	83	Purchases & Sales Record, 1942-1958	1
	84	University of Idaho. Grain and Feed Deliveries, 1942-1959	1

IV. Latah County Grain Growers, 1949-1960

5	85	Fair Labor Standards Act - Unpaid Wages, 1949-1951	26
	86-89	Quarterly Tax Reports, 1949-1950	76
	90-1,10	Annual Information Returns, State and Federal, 1953-1960	2162


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