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POTLATCH LUMBER COMPANY

Records, 1901-1979
111 Cubic Feet


The records of the Potlatch Lumber Company were donated to the University of Idaho by the Potlatch Corporation in November, 1983. They were processed by Judith Nielsen between January 1984 and December 1984.

BRIEF HISTORY OF POTLATCH LUMBER COMPANY

The Potlatch Lumber Company, Potlatch, Idaho, was incorporated in 1903 under the laws of the state of Maine, with Charles Weyerhaeuser named as its first president. For timber the company relied on the holdings of the Northland Pine and the Wisconsin Log and Lumber Companies. Soon it acquired mills and timber of Codd Lumber Company of Colfax, Washington, and Palouse River Lumber Company of Palouse, Washington. The Codd mill did not operate and the Palouse mill served only to cut lumber to build the Potlatch town and plant.

In 1904 the building of the largest white pine mill in the world began. It was steam powered and driven by belts and shafts. W. A. Wilkinson of Minnesota was in charge of the design, plans, and construction. The company believed a company town was a necessary investment and a proper step in labor relations and community improvement. When the mill began operating in the fall of 1906 the company had finished 128 houses, 2 boarding houses, 2 schools, a hotel, 2 churches, a store, bank, post office, and an opera house. Saloons were barred and gambling was not allowed in the bunkhouses. In 1952 the town of Potlatch was incorporated and houses were sold to those who wanted to purchase them; the last property was sold in 1982.

Under the general managership of William Deary the mill began operation on September 11, 1906. Assisting him in the management of the mill were Allison W. Laird, assistant manager, and timber cruiser, William Helmer. According to the Palouse Republic, September 14, 1906, "The first log cut will be white pine and the lumber will be fashioned into a desk for assistant manager A. W. Laird."

In 1910 the company built a mill in Elk River which operated until 1930. They also supported their operations through the creation of other companies. In order to haul logs to the mill and lumber from the mill to an existing railroad at Palouse, the company built a 50 mile long railway, the Washington, Idaho, and Montana, which ran from Palouse to Purdue, Idaho. The Townsite Company and its commercial center, the Potlatch Mercantile Company, as well as Potlatch Brick Company, were located at Potlatch, Idaho. They also operated the Palouse Flour Mill in Palouse, Washington.

In 1930 the Weyerhaeuser conglomerate faced the possibility that, due to heavy taxation of privately owned timber land by the state, all of its North Idaho mills would go bankrupt. So, in 1931, they merged Potlatch Lumber Company, Edward Rutledge Timber Company, and Clearwater Timber Company to form Potlatch Forests, Inc., with headquarters in Lewiston. The mills were modernized, managerial talents pooled, and by the early 1940's the business was making a profit. The Potlatch mill was again modernized in 1962 and a new office building was completed in 1964.

The mill continued to operated until August 14, 1981 when, due to a depressed lumber market, it closed. It was thought that this closure, like several before it, was temporary, but on March 16, 1983, announcement of a permanent closure effective April 1 was announced. Shortly thereafter dismantling of the mill began.

Sources:

"End of an Era: Potlatch Unit Closes." Potlatch Times (Lewiston), March/April 1983, pp. 4-5.

Hidy, Ralph W., Frank Hill, and Allen Nevins. Timber and Men: The Weyerhaeuser Story. New York: Macmillan, 1963.

Petersen, Keith. "Life in a Company town, Potlatch, Idaho." Latah Legacy, Spring 1981, pp. 1-11.

Petersen, Keith. "Farewell to the Potlatch Mill." Latah Legacy, Fall 1983, pp. 16-25.

SCOPE AND CONTENT

The records of the Potlatch Lumber Company, Potlatch, Idaho, span the years 1901 to 1979, with the bulk of the material dated 1906-1950. Prior to receipt by the library, the Potlatch office manager removed all personnel records and other sensitive items. The remainder includes 41 c.f. of correspondence, alphabetical files containing both employee and company related materials, contracts and agreements for work to be done or equipment purchases, specifications and blueprints for plant machinery, annual and monthly financial reports, and property tax lists and receipts. In addition, there are 128 ledgers and journals, 24 maps of timber holdings, 285 blueprints of buildings and 355 photographs.

Due to the inter-relationship of the Potlatch organization there are also some records for the company mills at Palouse, Washington, and Elk River, Idaho, and the Washington, Idaho, and Montana Railway Company, the Potlatch Brick Company, and the Palouse Flour Mill. Since the town of Potlatch was a company town there are also records for the Townsite Company, the Potlatch Mercantile Company, and the company ranch.

As part of the Weyerhaeuser conglomerate the lumber company received annual reports for the Humbird and Standard Lumber Companies, and various circular letters and reports from the Weyerhaeuser Sales Company.

Other records include material from the Columbia/Appledale Land Company, 1910-1912, and the Northland Pine Company, 1901-1905, companies in which William Deary, the first general manager of the Potlatch Lumber Company, had ,an interest.

The University of Idaho Library also has other material relating to Potlatch Forests, Inc., which complements these records: George Frederick Jewett Papers (MG 43); Potlatch Forests, Inc., (Coeur d'Alene & Bonners Ferry operations) (MG 96); Potlatch Forests, Inc., Camp 6, Bovill (MG 52); and the records of the Washington, Idaho, and Montana Railway Company (MG 139).

In addition, the archives of the Laird Norton Company in Seattle, Washington, contains 16 cubic feet of Potlatch-related material from the years 1903-1955.

ARRANGEMENT AND DESCRIPTION

The records of the Potlatch Lumber Company were stored in the basement of the office building in Potlatch and had suffered various shifts over time. When they were collected by University of Idaho library staff and removed to the library there was no discernible arrangement to the material; therefore, the series and sub-series designations were created during processing.

The first three series consist of Potlatch Mill records; correspondence arranged alphabetically by year; alphabetical files divided into employee-related and company-related materials, and contracts, agreements, specifications, and blueprints.

The fourth series contains financial reports. The annual reports for 1909-1930 include the Elk River Mill and balance sheets for the Potlatch State Bank and Potlatch Mercantile Co. The monthly financial statements from 1905 to 1915 include Potlatch, Palouse, and Elk River Mills, Palouse Flour Mill, Potlatch Mercantile Co., and Potlatch State Bank.

Material identified as relating to the Land Department or the Logging and Woods Departments form two series; the affiliated companies, e.g., the Mercantile Company, Company Ranch, Townsite Company, etc., were all placed in one series. This is followed by material from Weyerhaeuser Sales Company, part of the parent company, and loose material related to timber and forestry organizations.

The financial ledgers and journals are arranged by department or organization. The forestry maps and building blueprints were collected into one oversize series. The photographs have been separated into three groups: the illustration printing blocks, the mounted photographs, and the oversize photographs.

Where ledgers and journals contained the same information, the journals were removed. Also removed were minor accounting records, such as lath books, invoice record books, order books, transfer binders, and vouchers. In all, the records were reduced by approximately 53.5 c.f.

SERIES LIST

Container

I. Mill Correspondence and Other Papers, 1906-1979 1-10

A. Letterbooks, 1903-1907

B. Correspondence, 1902-1979

C. Other Papers, 1917-1963

II. Alphabetical Files, 1905-1962 10-16

A. Employee Related Material, 1910-1959

B. Company Related Material, 1905-1963

III. Contracts and Specifications, 1905-1953 16-20

A. Contracts and Agreements, 1905-1950

B. Specifications and Blueprints, 1906-1946

IV. Financial Reports, 1905-1950 20-26

A. Annual and Monthly Reports, 1905-1950

B. Property Taxes, 1927-1934

C. Other Financial Material, 1906-1948

V. Land Department, 1903-1942 30-31

A. Correspondence, 1903-1939

B. Other Material, 1910-1942

VI. Logging and Woods Department, 1906-1919 31-32

VII. Affiliated Companies, 1901-1963 33-39

A. Potlatch Mercantile Company, 1906-1963

B. Potlatch Lumber Company Ranch, 1916-1937

C. Palouse Flour Mill, 1909-1918

D. Potlatch Brick Company, 1908-1927

E. Potlatch Townsite Department, 1906-1961

F. Town of Potlatch, 1910-1962

G. Washington, Idaho and Montana Railway Company, 1903-1952

H. Elk River Townsite, 1912-1941

I. Other Companies, 1901-1912

VIII. Weyerhaeuser Sales Company, 1925-1959 40

IX. Forestry Organizations and Forestry Reports, 1907-1962 41

X. Ledgers, Journals, etc., 1901-1955

A. Potlatch Lumber Company, Potlatch, Idaho, 1903-1951

B. Potlatch Lumber Company, Palouse, Washington, 1901-1912

C. Potlatch Lumber Company, Land Department, 1903-1955

D. Potlatch Brick Company, 1912-1913

E. Potlatch Townsite 1907-1951

F. Elk River Townsite and Mill, 1910-1931

G. Others, 1901-1926

XI. Maps and Blueprints, 1906-1979 O.S.

XII. Photographs, 1906-1952

A. Illustration Printing Blocks, 1910-1937 42

B. Mounted, 1906-1952 o.s..

C. Oversize o.s.

INVENTORY

POTLATCH LUMBER COMPANY

Box Folder Description Items

I. Mill Correspondence and Other Papers, 1906-1979

A. Letterbooks, 1903-1907

1	1	Orders, 1904-1905	1
1-4	2-30	Letterbooks, 1903-1907	29

B. Correspondence, 1902-1979

5	31	1902-1903 (William Deary)	74
	32	1903-1904	7
	33-47	1905	2173
	48-50	1906 A-C	486
6	51-61	1906 D-Z	2047
	62-67	1907-1908	821
7	68-79	1909-1911	1695
	80-90	1912-1923	601
8	91-94	1924-1940	50
	95-115	1941-1949	1897
9	120-152	1950-1979	1465

C. Other Papers

	153-167	Speeches and Reports, 1917-1961	27
10	168-181	Circular Letters Sent to Employees, 1944-1957	438
	182	Railway and Meal Tickets and other papers, 1907-1939	19
	183-185	The Family Tree, Correspondence and typescripts, 1935-1956	97
	186	The Potlatch Pine Cone, January-October 1955	10
	187-188	Brochures, articles, newspaper clippings, 1942-1963	18
	189-191	Laird Park, 1932-1938	72

II. Alphabetical Files, 1905-1962

A. Employee Related Material, 1910-1959

	192-196	Accidents and Illness, 1947-1962	132
	197-199	Employees Information, 1953-1956	11
	200-206	Insurance Plans, 1930-1957	107
	207-209	Job Descriptions and Instruction pamphlets, 1940-1958	65
	210-214	Labor Force Reports, 1944-1948	94
	215	Management Meetings, 1955-1958	22
	216	Organizational Charts, 1951	8
11	217-226	Personnel policies and reports, 1943-1958	17
	227-228	Safety and first aid meetings & programs, 1952-1959	21
	229-230	Sales Trainee Program, 1953-1958	17
	231-237	Security, 1941-1943	324
	238	Suggestions, 1949-1959	31
	239	Training Institute Program and Reports, 1958	19
		Unions
	240-248	4L, 1933-1936	127
	249-257	AFL & IEU, 1937-1940	233
	258-260	AFL, 1941-1942	159
12	261-265	AFL, 1943	214
	266-269	AFL & CIO, 1944	119
	270-288	CIO, 1945-1956	644
	289-291	AFL-CIO, 1957-1959	61
		Wages
	292-293	1910	21
	294	1916-1918	5
13	295-303	1933-1959	347

B. Company Related Material

	304	Airplane Stock Statements, 1918	16
	305	Airstrip, 1959	2
	306	Arkansas Mills, 1960	10
	307	Army-YMCA Fund, 1917	22
	308	Automatic Trimmers, 1955	1
	309	Automobile License Applications, 1923-1931	244
	310-313	Bond Drives, 1940-1945	76
	314	Boy Scouts, 1947-1957	7
	315	By-Laws, Potlatch Forests, Inc., n.d.	1
	316	Car Loading, 1955-1958	13
	317-319	Claims, 1952-1962	178
	320	Company History, 1936-1960	5
	321	Corliss Engine, 1947-1959	4
	322	Crane, 1955-1956	9
	323	Dry Kiln, 1951-1958	31
	324	Elk River Mill Production Statements, 1915-1917	20
	325	Fast-on-Lumber, n.d.	1
		Financial Statements
	326	Accounts receivable, Local, 1953-1954	6
	327	Balance Sheets, 1915-1916	6
	328	Budget reconcilements, 1950	11
	329-335	Budgets, 1950-1959	7
	336-338	Costs, 1905-1917; 1951-1960	12
14	339-340	Fire Program & Survey of Equipment, 1954-1960	33
	341	Fuel & Power Plant Data, 1952-1961	25
	342	Glued Lumber, 1951-1955	15
	343	Grade simplification & standardization, 1961	1
	344	Harsh Fire, 1919	27
	345-346	Honor Roll: Company & Community, 1946	2
	347-353	Inspection reports: Fire & Safety, 1934-1963	208
	354-355	Insurance Coverage, 1932-1959	219
	356-365	Insurance Inspection Reports, 1941-1963	222
	366	Jamboree Programs, 1937-1949	6
	367	Knot slices used as badges, 1951-1954	12
	368-371	Logs, 1952-1960	63
	372	Logging Department Horses, 1927-1941	95
	373	Lubrication Requirements, 1954-1958	7
	374	Lumber Purchased Reports, 1953	15
	375-376	Maintenance & Modernization, 1946-1961	59
	377	Moulding, 1951	4
	378	Noise Survey, 1962	1
	379	Office Equipment, 1928-1943	124
	380	Paneling, 1954-1956	8
	381	Particle Board, 1956	2
	382	Patty-o-Panel, 1955-1957	5
	383	Planer, 1956-1957	9
	384	Plant Operations, 1954, 1957	2
	385	Pres-to-Logs, 1952	7
	386	Price Lists/Tables of comparative value, 1948-1953	45
		Production Reports
15	387	10/4 Match Data, 1951	18
	388-389	Arches, Glued & Laminated, 1946-1948	23
	390	Briquette Statements, 1938-1940	35
	391	Comparative Logging, 1915	15
	392	Cup Split Grade & Unstacker Grade, 1957-1959	24
	393	Custom Milling, 1947-1948	15
	394	Cut-up operations, 1946-1948	31
	395-396	Dry Kiln, 1953-1963	114
	397	Elk River Mill Cut, 1923-1930	21
	398	Glue Dept., 1948	6
	399	Green Chain Scale Check, 1951-1953	20
	400-401	Green Lumber Check, 1957-1962	52
	402	Knot Seal Dept., 1947-1948	16
	403	Lath & Lumber Shop, 1913-1914	5
	404	Lath Inventory, 1946-1948	33
	405	Loading Report, 1960-1962	24
	406	Log Lengths, 1960-1961	4
15	407	Log Scale Sawed, 1914-1935	2
	408-410	Lumber Movement, 1946-1948	38
	411-413	Monthly Production Reports, 1946-1948	36
	414	Moulding Dept., 1946-1957	70
	415-416	Overrun, 1960-1963	71
	417-418	Planer production, 1953-1963	131
	419	Pond Inventory, 1957-1963	49
	420	Power plant distribution, 1947-1960	55
	421-423	Pres-to-Logs, 1940-1958	223
16	424	Production Comparisons, 3 units, 1952-1953	6
	425	Rafter Dept., 1947	2
	426	Report of Grade from Unstacker, 1957-1958	18
	427	Report of Production, 1915, 1925	2
	428-430	Sawmill, 1947-1958	154
	431	Shipments, Production & Purchases, 1955-1957	28
	432	Trim & Edging, 1947-1948	41
	433	Progress Reports, May & June, 1956	7
	434	Quality control, 1959	3
	435	Releases & permits to cross company property or graze cattle on company land, 1936-1939	26
	436	Robinson Post-American Legion, 1927-1943	21
	437	Sales Analysis, Oct. 1959-May, 1962	56
	438	Sel-Set Information, 1956-1958	52
	439	Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area, 1961	7
	440	Shipping Office, 1951-1956	18
	441	Taxation of Mineral Reservation, 1918-1920	80
	442	Teletype, 1955	1
	443	Tree Farms, 1955-1956	13

III. Contracts and Specifications, 1905-1953

A. Contracts and Agreements

16	444	Allington & Curtis Manufacturing Co., 1911	27
	445-452	American Car & Foundry, 1905-1910	194
	453-454	American Hoist & Derrick Co., 1916-1923	99
	455-456	American Locomotive Co., 1905-1910	105
	457	American Steel & Wire Co., 1909-1910	4
	458	American Steel Co., 1926	1
	459	American Woodworking Machinery Co., 1905-1909	27
	460	Anderson, Axel, 1935	23
	461	Armstrong Machinery Co., 1920	2
	462	Bean Brothers Lumber Company, 1939-1940	41
	463	Benewah County, 1938	7
	464	Bloyed, Robert, 1948	2
	465	Bradstreet Company, 1914-1917	8
	466	Breckner Trespass, 1948	7
	467	Browning Engineering Company, 1907	20
	468	Burns (H.J.) Co., 1909, 1921, 1935	15
	469	Burroughs Adding Machine Co., 1919-1932	8
7	470	Carnegie Steel Co., 1906	1
	471-476	Chapin (E.T.) Co., 1912-1924	239
	477-478	Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co., 1906-1949	52
	479	Clark, Arthur B., 1906	6
	480	Clarkia Highway District, 1927	9
	481	Clyde Iron Works, 1905-1925	21
	482	Colby Engineering Co., 1917-1919	20
	483	Colorado Fuel & Iron Co., 1910	40
	484	Columbia Lamp Division, 1921-1924	14
	485	Commercial Boiler Works, 1911	2
	486	Commonwealth Toy Corp., 1917	2
	487-488	Continental Oil Co., 1912-1924	64
	489	Continental Telegraph Co., 1911	1
	490	Diamond Boiler Works., 1905	1
	491	Diamond Match Co., 1908-1910	2
	492	Dion & Horstkotte, 1915	3
	493	Ditto, Inc., 1939-1940	4
	494	Dwyer, E.C., 1907	1
	495	Edison Lamp Works, 1918-1928	21
	496	Eggers Pole and Supply Co., 1922	1
	497	Electric Storage Battery Supply Co., 1906	2
	498-499	Elk River, City of, 1927-1937	42
	500	Eslick & Hartnett, 1926	9
	501	Fairbanks-Morse, 1924	14
	502	Fisher, Clyde, 1924	1
	503	Ford Motor Company, 1929-1936	7
	504	Garlock Packing Co., 1921-1922	4
	505	General Appraisal Co., 1910-1929	25
	506	General Electric Co., 1908-1926	35
	507	General Motors Corp., 1936-1940	4
	508	General Timber Service, 1932	3
	509	Goodyear Lumber Co., 1911	17
	510	Granger & Davidson, 1907	2
	511	Grinnel Co., 1925	44
	512	Hadden, Lynn, 1937	3
	513	Hallidie Machinery Co., 1909	1
	514	Hayes (P.J.) Sheet Metal Works., 1920-1935	6
	515	Hein, Ernst T., 1905	3
17	516	Holley Mason Hardware Co. 1917	5
	517	Holt Manufacturing Co., 1920	11
	518	Illinois Steel Co., 1910	9
	519	Inland Forest Products, 1930	1
	520	International Endless Chain Saw Co., 1911	12
	521	Interstate Utilities Co., 1923-1924	8
	522	Jeffrey Manufacturing Co., 1906-1920	95
	523	Johnson, Art, 1936	1
	524	Kessler, Otto, 1948	1
	525	King & Milbert, 1944-1945	1
	526	Kirkpatrick, L.E., 1927-1928	10
	527	Knight Brothers, 1936-1938	17
	528	Kutulas, Gust. 1934-1935	19
	529	Latah Realty, 1910	3
	530	Lima Locomotives, 1906-1922	47
	531	Lind Air Products, 1916-1923	14
	532	Lomax, M., 1939-1941	3
	533	Lovsted (C.M.) & Co., 1922-1929	84
	534	McDonald, R.C., 1936	2
	535	Mann, William J., 1936-1945	36
	536	Mill Machinery, 1905	5
	537	Minneapolis Steel & Machine Co., 1905-1936	16
	538	Morgan Engineering Co., 1910	25
	539	Morrison-Knutsen Co., 1927-1934	12
	540	Moscow Telephone & Telegraph Co., 1920	1
	541	Munro, Donald, 1939	6
18	542	National Lumber Manufacturers Assoc., 1930-1931	22
	543	Nelson, Ralph S., 1918-1920	10
	544	Norris Safe & Lock Co., 1910	20
	545	North Coast Dry Kiln Co., 1906-1910	15
	546	Northern Pacific Railway Co., 1906	1
	547	Northwest Blower Kiln Co., 1911-1924	70
	548	Pacific Car & Foundry, 1919-1920	27
	549	Pacific Fire Extinguisher Co., 1906	1
	550	Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co., 1934	4
	551	Pawling & Harnischfeger Co., 1924	6
	552	Phillips, L.H., 1906	1
	553	Phoenix Manufacturing Co., 1910	1
	554	Potlatch Highway District, 1937	4
	555	Prest-O-Lite Co., 1918-1928	22
	556	Renfro Lumber Company, 1923-1931	51
	557	Roberts, M.A., 1921	5
18	558	Roberts, Robert, 1906	4
	559	Shell Oil Co., 1918-1931	41
	560	Smith, Homer R., n.d.	1
	561	Sodahl, John, 1939	2
	562	Spokane Oxy-Acetylene Co., 1926-1928	5
	563-564	Standard Oil Co., 1911-1953	81
	565	Standard Steel Works, 1913-1928	81
	566	Thompson, George P., 1918-1924	5
	567	Union Carbide Sales Co., 1924-1927	14
	568	Union Iron Works, 1912	5
	569	U.S. Government, 1918-1936	37
	570	U.S. Steel Products Co., 1913-1920	108
	571	Wagner Electric, 1909-1911	41
	572	Ward, W.D., 1938	7
	573	Washington Machinery & Supply, 1910	5
	574	Wells Fargo, 1911	11
	575	Westinghouse Air Brake Co., 1915-1925	29
	576	Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Co., 1912	5
	577	Witt, John G., 1909	1
	578	Woods (S.A.) Machine Company, 1906-1924	54
	579	Woods, W.A., 1937	14
	580	Workmen's Compensation Commission, 1913	41
	581	Workmen's Compensation Exchange, 1921-1939	39
	582	WIM Railway leases, 1913-1945	34
	583	Legal Retainer contracts, 1903-1932	14
	584-589	Logging Contracts, 1910-1915, A-M	191
19	590-593	Logging Contracts, 1910-1915, N-Z	100
	594	Logging Contract cancellations, 1915	48
	595-598	Lumber purchase agreements, 1934-1950	98

B. Specifications and Blueprints, 1906-1946

	599	Battery Charging Equipment, 1924	9
	600-604	Boiler House and Equipment, 1923-1931	55
	605	Box Factory Addition, 1925	13
	606	Crane Rail Support, 1924	1
	607	Cut up Plant and Dry Shed, 1923	5
	608	Draw Bridges, 1924	10
	609	Dry Kilns, 1924-1925	48
	610	Dry Sorter, 1924	6
	611	Electrical Installation, 1906	18
	612	Fire Dept. Equipment, 1925-1928	33
	613	Gravity Conveyor, 1926	6
	614	Jet Condenser Turbine, 1923	9
	615	Laboratory Kiln & Scales, 1923	9
	616	Loaders, n.d.	2
19	617	Locomotives, 1920-1927	7
	618	Log haul-up chain, 1918-1925	2
	619	Low Pressure Receiver, n.d.	2
	620	Lumber Carrier, 1928	7
	621	Monorail, 1923-1924	11
	622	Motors & transformers, 1924-1925	48
	623	Office heating & plumbing, n.d.	3
	624	Planing Mill, 1923-1929	19
	625	Power plant - feed water heater, 1923	8
	626	Reduction Gears, 1924	9
	627	Rock Garden, 1935-1939	34
	628-629	Sawmill Equipment, 1925	11
20	630-631	Steam Turbines, 1910-1946	136
	632	Steel Dipping Tank, 1924	11
	633	Steel Rails, 1925	24
	634	Switch Board, 1924	15
	635	Tractors, 1923-1925	40
	636	Truck, 1929	2
	637	Unstacker, 1924	8
	638	Woods Dept. Equipment, 1925	6

IV. Financial Reports, 1905-1950

A. Annual & Monthly Reports

	639-661	Potlatch Lumber Company Annual Report, 1909-1931	67
21	662-676	PFI. Annual Statement, 1932-1950	15
	677-678	Potlatch Lumber Company. Summary of Annual Report as submitted to stockholders & Board of Directors, 1925, 1928	2
	679-681	PFI. Annual Report to Directors, 1933-1936	3
	682-689	PFI. Annual Report to Stockholders, 1932-1950	8
	690-700	PFI. General Manager's Production Recommendations to Board of Directors, with budget, 1939-1949	11
	701-705	PFI. General Manager's monthly reports to Board of Directors, 1940-1944	61
22	706-798	PFI. General Manager's monthly reports to Board of Directors, 1945-1947	37
	709-722	Potlatch Lumber Company. Yard Department. Annual Reports, 1906-1923	14
	723-731	Potlatch Lumber Company. Monthly Financial Statements, 1905-1915	102
	732	Forest Development Company. Annual Report to Board of Directors, 1935	1
22	733-734	Humbird Lumber Company. Annual Reports, 1910-1914	7
	735	Potlatch State Bank. Cashier's Annual Report, 1935	1
	736	Standard Lumber Company. Annual Reports, 1915-1916	2
	737	Wood Briquettes, Inc. Annual Reports, 1940- 1946	3
	738-739	Potlatch Lumber Company. Auditor's Report, 1907-1930	19
	740	Potlatch Lumber Company. Yard Dept. Auditor's Reports, 1911-1930	15
	741	Elk River State Bank. Auditor's Reports, 1911-1931	17
	742	Potlatch Investment Co. Auditor's Reports, 1923-1931	7
	743	Potlatch State Bank. Auditor's Reports, 1911-1930	15
	744	Standard Lumber Company. Auditor's Reports, 1911-1924	12
	745	Washington, Idaho & Montana Railway Co. Auditor's Reports, 1911-1917	6

B. Property Taxes

23	746-753	Benewah County, 1927-1934	72
	754-759	Boundary County, 1927-1932	75
	760-764	Clearwater County, 1920-1934	98
	765-773	Latah County, 1921-1934	989
	774-779	Shoshone County, 1927-1932	37
	780-785	Whitman County, 1927-1932	76
24	786-791	Clearwater County Tax List, 1927-1932	6
	792-798	Latah County Tax List, 1927-1934	7

C. Other Financial Material

25	799-815	Income Tax Working Papers, 1909-1924	214
	816	Withholding Tax Information, 1943-1945	7
	817	War Tax, 1914; Tobacco Dealers Tax, 1916	4
	818-823	Office Payroll, 1926-1931	70
	824	Account with R.E. Irwin, 1924-1930	7
	825	Account with Mark L. Seymour, 1909-1925	10
	826	Anticipated Revenue & Expenses, 1942-1948	2
	827	Bills Receivable, 1914-1929	2
	828-830	Board Accounts, 1906	50
	831	Capital Investments, 1903-1921	1
	832	Census of Manufactures Returns, 1910-1932	52
	833-836	Comparative Costs, Potlatch and other mills, 1909-1930	24
25	837	Expense Book, 1906-1907	1
	838	Freight and Demurrage, 1931-1947	69
	839	Government Bonds, 1921-1929	79
	840	Indemnity Bonds, 1906-1925	23
26	841	Inventories of supplies, 1908	3
	842	Inventories, Electrical Dept., 1919-1920	2
	843	Inventories of Lumber in Transit, 1928-1939	20
	844	Stock held in other companies, 1915-1928	48
	845	Stockholders, List of, 1916	1
	846	New Mill Dept. Accounts, 1906	44
	847	Profit & Loss by Species, 1918-1929	4
	848	Promissory Notes, 1909-1930	51
	849	Sale contracts (livestock, land) 1905-1912	4
	850	Student Loan Contracts, 1936-1942	29
	851-852	Writs of Attachment, 1921-1925	182
	853	Year ending cash reports, 1940-1942	9
	854-856	General Appraisal Company Reports, 1916-1926	11

V. Land Department, 1903-1942

A. Correspondence

27	857-859	Letterbooks, 1903-1908	3
		Letters
	860-863	1911, A-I	755
28	864-870	1911, J-Z, Intercompany	1162
	871-879	1913, A-Z	1766
29	880-881	1913, Intercompany	284
	882-888	1918	956
	889-897	1919	1122
	898-902	1927, A-Z	508
30	903-904	1927, Intercompany	136
	905-914	1928	925
	915-919	1935	403
	920-924	1936	352
	925-929	1937	364
	930-934	1938	315
	935-939	1939	299

B. Other Material

	940	Land Dept. Booklets	2
		State Land Deal
31	941-943	1910-1911	192
	944	1914	2
	945	1919	64
	946	1920	1
	947	1925	20
	948	1941-1942	9
	949-950	Timber Holdings: Lists & Maps, 1907-1916	64
	951-952	Mason & Stevens Report to Potlatch Lumber Company, 1927	70
	953	Western Forestry Association Report to Potlatch Lumber Company, 1.927	9

VI. Logging and Woods Departments, 1906-1919

	954-955	Camp Financial Records, 1907-1908	246
	956	W.I. & M. Ry. Co. Invoices, 1907-1908	91
	957	James Lusk Benefit Fund, 1907	9
	958	Bovill & Elk River Logging Statements, 1914-1918	24
	959	Field Book Instructions, n.d.	1
32	960	Logging Contractors Time Checks, 1916-1919	1
	961-986	Lumberman's Log Scale Records, 1906-1909	26
	987-988	Cruise Books of Frank G. Prain, 1907	2
	989-1006	Cruise Books of William Helmer, 1906-1913	18

VII. Affiliated Companies, 1901-1963

A. Potlatch Mercantile Company

33	1007	Accounts, 1906	20
	1008-1012	Monthly Reports, 1907-1911	44
	1013	Balance Sheets and Inventories, 1918-1929	14
	1014-1018	Profit & Loss Statements., 1936-1959	63
	1019-1032	Accounts Receivable, 1957-1963	246
	1033-1046	Yearly Reports, 1907-1923	21
34	1047-1060	Annual Reports, 1924-1941	14
	1061	Auditor's Reports, 1912-1931	19
	1062	Summary of Depreciation, 1923	1
	1063	Year End Inventories, 1922-1938	8
	1064-1065	Budgets and other financial material, 1935-1963	8
	1066-1069	Correspondence, 1907-1964	65
	1070	Rules for employees, 1907	1
	1071	Merle C. Fisher File, 1959-1961	22
	1072	Sale of Mercantile Company, 1955-1960	9

B. Potlatch Lumber Company Ranch

	1073-1085	Livestock and Machinery inventories; operating expenses, 1916-1937	352
34	1086	Corn-Hog Reduction Contracts, 1934-1935	48

C. Palouse Flour Mill

1087-1095 Correspondence, 1909-1918 308

D. Potlatch Brick Company

35	1096-1098	Correspondence, 1910-1911	377
	1099-1111	Correspondence, 1911-1917	624
	1112	Sales Reports, 1913-1914	16
	1113	Trial Balance Sheets, 1913-1914	19
	1114	Accounting Book, 1908-1909	1
	1115	Potlatch Clay Products. Correspondence re: Boss Dryer, 1925-1927	46

E. Potlatch Townsite Department

		Correspondence
	1116-1117	1906	192
	1118	1907	50
	1119	1908	143
	1120	1909	29
	1121	1933-1939	156
	1122	1940-1943	21
	1123	1951-1956	11
	1124-1125	Circular letters to residents, 1930-1949	46
	1126	Budgets, 1934-1950	21
	1127	Townsite Accounts (including Elk River) 1932-1941	50
	1128	Rents collected, 1906	2
	1129	Miscellaneous Accounts, 1906-1950	16
	1130-1132	Construction requirements and costs, 1905-1954	34
		Building construction, remodeling, inventories and leases
	1133	Apartments, 1935-1940	9
	1134	Bank, 1937-1955	4
	1135	Boarding Houses, 1912-1944	18
	1136	Churches & Parsonages, 1928-1949	16
	1137	Confectionery, 1939-1953	3
	1138	Faculty House, 565 Sixth St., 1932-1939	3
	1139	Federal Building, 1940-1950	8
	1140	Fire House, 1937	2
	1141	Hospital, 1923-1956	5
	1142-1143	Hotel, 1912-1957	96
	1144	Houses, 1916-1939	66
	1145	Implement, 1932	1
36	1146	Jail, 1936-1937	3
	1147	Laundry, 1936, 1945	2
	1148	Lodge Hall Rentals, 1932-1955	36
	1149	Post Office, 1914-1955	28
	1150	Schools, 1934-1954	59
	1151	Service Station, 1925	1
	1152	Teachers' Dormitory, 545 Oak, 1921-1939	10
	1153	Theatre, 1916-1955	2
	1154	Carpenter Work, Specifications for, 1924-1933	5
	1155	Cemetery, 1914	1
	1156	Heating, 1932-1952	23
	1157-1159	Improvements, Street, Sewer & Other, 1925-1960	50
	1160	Summary of work performed by Townsite Crew, 1935-1942	8
	1161-1165	Incorporation & Sale, 1951-1959	229
	1166	Safety Inspection Reports, 1936-1938	28
	1167	R.B. Ward Paint Co. Contracts, 1906-1928	6
	1168-1172	Reservoir, Sewer & Water Works construction 1906-1952	158
	1173-1174	Water Analysis, 1926-1956	173
	1175	Water Rates, 1930-1951	32
	1176	Water Supply, 1928-1939	22
	1177	Law on Contagious Diseases, n.d.	2
	1178-1179	House Rental Records, 1908-1909	128
	1180-1185	House Rental Record Books, 1931-1936	6
37	1186-1205	House Rental Record Books, 1937-1961	20

F. Town of Potlatch

38	1206	Newspaper clippings & typescripts, 1951-1959	10
	1207	Public School Wages, 1910	5
	1208	Highway District Petitions, 1919-1925	26
	1209	Riverside Park, 1941	38
	1210-1220	Potlatch Area Boosters, 1953-1962	239
	1221	Potlatch Election Returns and Poll Book, 1930 Republican Primary

G. Washington, Idaho, and Montana Railway Company

	1222	Engineer's Reports, 1903-1904	5
	1223	Original contract, bond, and license, 1905	3
	1224	School land Rights of Way, 1905	6
	1225	Construction costs of depots and section houses, 1907-1908	28
	1226	Financial Material, 1915-1916	6
	1227	Correspondence, 1907-1952	9
	1228	Correspondence in re: Tank Cars from M.K. Northam, 1910	47
	1229	Isaac B. Hibbard Deposition, 1917	2

H. Elk River Townsite

38	1230	Construction Costs, 1912-1928	20
	1231	Sale of Houses & Lots, 1933-1941	139

I. Other Lumber Companies

	1232	Columbia/Appledale Land Company, 1910-1912	87 
		Northland Pine Co.
	1233-1234	Deeds from Wisconsin Log and Lumber Co., 1901-1903	67
	1235	Trial Balance Sheets, 1902	3
	1236	Purchase Book, 1901-1903	1
	1237	Timber holdings book, 1903-1905	1
39	1238-1241	Letterbooks, 1900-1903	4
	1242	Financial Records & Timber Purchases, 1902-1903		1
	1243-1252	Check Stub Books, 1901-1905	10

VIII. Weyerhaeuser Sales Company, 1925-1959

40	1253-1261	Correspondence, 1943-1959	140
	1262	Library Bulletins, 1945-1951	7
	1263	Weyerhaeuser Log, 1926	3
	1264	Weyerhaeuser News, October 1955	1
	1265	Weyerhaeuser News Notes, 1945-1959	76
	1266	Service Letter, 1944	2
	1267	Washington Office Memos, 1944-1947	31
	1268	Operations Committee Meetings, 1943-1946	4
	1269-1275	General Manager's Reports, 1943-1949	7
	1276	Budget Reports, 1943-1945	8
	1277-1282	Budget of Shipments with supporting statistical data, 1945-1950	6
Oversize	1283	Modern Lumber Merchandising, 1925	1

IX. Forestry Organizations and Forestry Reports, 1907-1962

41	1284	Forest Products Research Society Meetings, 1954, 1956	2
	1285	Forester's Council Meeting, April 26, 1958	2
	1286	Idaho Forest Practice Committee, 1955-1959	9
	1287	Idaho & Montana Erosion Studies, 1955	1
	1288	Inland Empire Sawmill Club, 1954, 1957	2
	1289	Latah County Forestry and Mining Committee, 1958	4
	1290	North Idaho Forestry Association, 1916, 1920, 1954-1959	13
	1291	North Idaho - Montana Forest Pest Action Council, 1957	1
41	1292-1293	Northwest Wood Products Clinic, 1947, 1954-1959	17
	1294-1295	State Cooperative Board of Forestry of Idaho, 1925-1927	97
	1296	Timber Products Manufacturing Association, 1957-1959	4
	1297-1299	Clearwater Timber Protective Association, budgets, reports, correspondence, 1944-1951	95
	1300-1312	Potlatch Timber Protective Association, budgets, reports, correspondence, minutes of meetings, 1907-1951	576
	1313-1314	White Pine Blister Rust Corp., 1922-1934	42
	1315	Advertisements of PLC in American Lumberman, Retail Lumberman, Lumber World Review, The Timberman, 1913	5
	1316	Clearwater Log (PFI Lewiston), 1962	3
	1317	Palouse Cooperative Investigation blueprints	4 1914
	1318	Ground Line Donkey Sawing, time study report, 1921	12
	1319	Time and output studies, 1921	53

X. Ledgers, Journals, etc., 1901-1955

A. Potlatch Lumber Company, Potlatch, Idaho

	1320-1339	Cash Journals, 1906-1932	20
	1340-1343	Journals, 1915-1932	4
	1344-1347	Trial Balance Books, 1903-1931	4
	1346-1360	Ledgers, 1904-1932	13
	1361-1378	Voucher Registers, 1906-1932	18
	1379-1395	Sales Registers, 1903-1951	17
	1396-1405	Payroll Records, 1905-1936	10
	1406	Construction Ledger, 1905-1907	1
	1407	Transfer Ledger, Manufacturing Expense, Distribution, 1946-1949	1
	1408	Equipment & supply accounts ledger, 1926-1927	1

B. Potlatch Lumber Company, Palouse, Washington

	1409	Mill Ledger, 1903-1905	1
	1410-1411	Bank Journals, 1903-1905	2
	1412-1414	Ledgers, 1901-1907	3
	1415	Journal, 1905-1906	1
	1416-1417	Voucher Registers, 1903-1907	2
	1418	Sales Register, 1907-1912	1
	1419	Payroll Record, 1907	1

C. Potlatch Lumber Company, Land Dept.

	1420	Script record from office of McFarland & McFarland, Lewiston, Idaho, 1903-1905	1
	1421	State Forester's Land Status Record, Shoshone, Benewah & Nez Perce Counties, 1927	1
	1422	Land Inventory, 1927	1
	1423	Land Classification and ownership, 1926-1929	1
	1424	Bills Payable/Receivable, 1903-1914	1
	1425	Ledger, 1909	1
	1426	Current Long Scale Record, 1934-1955	1
	1427	Land and lot contracts, 1923-1935

D. Potlatch Brick Company

	1428	 Cash Journal, 1912-1913	1

E. Potlatch Townsite

	1429	Townsite Accounts, 1907-1908	1
	1430	House Record, 1912-1919	1
	1431-1439	Townsite Record, 1916-1951	9
	1440	Townsite Repairs, 1946	1

F. Elk River Townsite and Mill

	1441	Elk River Townsite Lots, 1910-1923	1
	1442-1445 Elk River Mill Sales Registers, 1911-1931	4

G. Others

	1446	Northland Pine Co. Ledger, 1901-1903	1
	1447	Northland Pine Co. Script Book, 1901	1
	1448	Potlatch Timber Protective Association. Voucher Journal, 1911-1926	1

XI. Maps and Blueprints, 1906-1979

o.s.	1449	Maps of company timber holdings, 1952-1979	24
	1450	Potlatch townsite maps, n.d.	2
	1451	Churches (Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Union), n.d.	19
	1452	Depots (Bovill & Deary), n.d.	6
	1453	Garage, n.d.	1
	1454	Garbage Can, n.d.	1
	1455	Gymnasium, n.d.	9
	1456	Hose Cart House, n.d.	6
	1457	Hospital Heating Plans, n.d.	3
	1458	Hotel, n.d.	17
	1459	Houses (19 designs), 1906-1956	87
	1460	Houses, Boarding (3 designs)	14
	1461	Office building	12
	1462	Potlatch Mercantile (includes store and barn)	34
	1463	Potlatch Theater	11
	1464	Reservoir	7
	1465	Schools (2 designs)	15
	1466	Service Station	1
	1467	Store and Lodge Building	7
	1468	Telephone office buildings (Potlatch & WIM)	15
	1469	Elk River Post Office & PTPA building, Elk River	3
	1470	Unidentified buildings (7 designs)	14

XII. Photographs

A. Illustration Printing Blocks

42	1	Map of Elk River, Idaho, 1910	1
	2	White Pine King, 1911	1
	3	Potlatch (Steamboat)	1
	4	American Legion Cabin, Potlatch, Idaho, 1937	1
	5	Pres-to-Logs (Advertisement)	1
	6	Community Christmas Tree, Potlatch 1937	1
	7	Pres-To-Logs (Advertisement)	1
	8	Potlatch Amateur Athletic Club, 1937	1

B. Mounted (in three unnumbered boxes at the end of mg135)

	9-10	Panoramic views of the mill (190-)	2
	11-19	Dry sheds & remanufacturing sheds, 1927	9
	20-22	Exterior views of buildings (1949?)	3
	23	Interior view of office	1
	24	Lumber yard, 1928	1
	25	Fork-lift truck, 194?	1
	26-30	Lumber yard & pond	6
	31	Water storage tank	1
	32	Logging truck, 1948	1
	33	Converted garden tractor, 1949	2
	34-35	Landscaping of plant, 1949	2
	36	Dry shed	1
	37	Community Christmas tree (1937)	1
	38	William Deary	1
	39	View of Gymnasium & hotel with Deary memorial, 1921	1
	40-59	Office interiors, 1918	20
	60-61	High School	auditorium construction	13
	62-64	Exterior of	mill	8
	65-71	Individual	employees	8
	72-86	W.J. Gamble's winter pictures	15
	87	Group of employees	
	88-89	Honor Roll Memorial (1943?)	2
	90	Presbyterian Church, Potlatch	1
	91-96	Laird Park Dedication, 1937	6
	97-104	Laird Park, Views	8
	105-127	Company picnics, 1948-1949	33
	128	Memorial Day celebration, 1950	6
	129-130	Sawmill overhaul.- 1942	4
	131-134	White Pine King, 1912	4
	135	Mabel A. Kelley (1950)	3
	136	Exterior of Office Building	1
	137	Washington, Idaho & Montana Mail Car, 192?	1
	138-164	Logs & Logging	27
	165	Spokesman Review Group visit to Potlatch & Steptoe	7
	166	Proposed Potlatch Runway site	1
	167	Fire truck	1
	168	Cedar Mountain Lookout tower, 1917	2
	169	Relief map of Potlatch area?	4
	170	Cyclone Seed Sower	2
	171	Solar eclipse, 1918	2
	172-178	W.I. & M. Locomotives	13
	179-202	Logging & Slash Burning, 1923	28
	203	Prairie Music Festival Parade, 1952	5
	204	Memorial Day Parade	4
	205-209	Potlatch Elementary School Lunch Program	5
	210	Potlatch High School class of 1939	1
	211-212	Potlatch High School girls basketball team, 1939, 1942	2
	213	Potlatch junior high classroom, 1940	1
	214	Clearing of land, 1913	2
	215	Home workshop	1
	216	Earl and Edward T. Compton, 1941	1
	217	Charles A. Weyerhaeuser	1
	218	Horse drawn cart	1
	219	Cabin (William Deary on porch?)	1
	220	Potlatch unit exhibit	2
	221	Group standing by spray plane used in pest control	1
	222-257	Farms & farming (including Silver Birch Farm, 	Newport, Wash.)	37
	258	Exhibit of Potlatch Lumber Company, Hearing before the Board of Equalization, Moscow, July 28, 1913	24

C. Oversize

O.S.		The New Home of White Pine. 5 color photos of Potlatch mill	1
		Potlatch, Idaho, January 17, 1913, 12 prints		1
		Views of white pine stands	4
		Laird Bell	1
		J. L. Norton	1
		A. W. Laird	1
		Aerial view of Clearwater Plant, Lewiston, color	2
		WIM train carrying 1,100,000 feet of logs	1


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