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Manuscript Group 296

Dakins Company

Records, 1938-1942
1 cubic foot

The records of the Dakins 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 Clay Williams in May 1987, with funds provided by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Processing was completed by Judith Nielsen in July 1992.


The Dakins Company was a mining partnership organized on September 1, 1938, for the purpose of purchasing the stock of the Kanaka Corporation, a California gold dredging operation. The three Dakins partners were Henry L. Day, Henry B. Kingsbury, and Max G. Smith, all of Wallace, Idaho; they had been major holders in the Kanaka Corporation and held notes on that company. Herman Marquadt of Wallace was apparently a silent partner, owning onethird of the interest which appeared in H.B. Kingsbury's name.

Dakins Company undertook dredging operations on leased properties at Wolf Creek, Champion Flats, Indian Creek, and the Sherman claims in the Grass Valley region of northern California. The superintendent was a mining engineer named R.D. MacAfee.

In September of 1939, Dakins sold its Champion Flats lease and the equipment on that claim to the Yuba Gold Recovery Syndicate; and in 1940 sold additional dredging equipment to the Parks Bar Company.

Dakins never showed a profit and was dissolved March 31, 1942, having sustained losses of $51,000 from August 1940 to August 1941.


The records of the Dakins Company span the years 1938 to 1942. Included are, financial statements, correspondence with suppliers, financial ledgers and journals, voucher and check registers, tax returns, insurance records, location notices, leases, mint reports, records of equipment sales and leasing, photographs of dredging operations, and other records.

Related materials can be found in the records of the Kanaka Corporation.


The records of the Dakins Company are divided into two series.

General Correspondence and Related Records, the first series, contains insurance records, location notices, leases, mint reports, financial statements, records of equipment purchases, sales and leasing, photographs of dredging operations, extensive correspondence with the mining engineer in charge of the properties, ore settlement sheets, tax returns, and other records. The material is arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent or subject.

The second series, Financial Records, contains a stock ledger, a cash book, check register, voucher register, and payroll records.


I.	General Correspondence and Related Records, 1938-1942	1
II.	Financial Records, 1938-1942	1


Box	Folder	Description                

I. General Correspondence and Related Records, 1938-1942

1	1	A; American Smelting and Refining Co., 1938-1942
	2	B; Bank of America; Bodinson Manufacturing Co., 1938-1941
	3	C; California, County of Nevada; California Department of Employment; California gasoline refund, 1948-1941
	4	Champion Flat, 1938-1939
	5	Champion Flat and Sherman summary; Contract - Conditional sale (Long Bar Gold Dredging Co.,); Corey Ranch, 1939-1941
	6	D; Dragline, 1938-1942
	7	E-I, 1938-1941
	8	Indian Canyon property; Insurance; Insurance, Compensation; Inventories, 1938-1940
	9	J-K; Lease, Champion Flat, 1938-1942
	10	Long Bar Gold Dredging Co., 1941-1942
	11	M, 1938-1941
	12-13	MacAfee, Robert D., 1938-1941
	14	Map of Wolf Creek, Gilman Ranch, Yue Ranch, and vicinity; Miscellaneous financial records, N, 1939-1940
	15	Northwest Engineering Co., cancelled notes, 1939-1941
	16	O; Option - Bickel & Bisland; Ore record sheets; Ore settlements, 1938-1940
	17	P; Parks Bar Co., E.C. Jacobs, manager, 1939-1942
	18	Q-S; Searls, Robert; Sherman claim, 1938-1941
	19	Snap shots of Kanaka and Dakins operations; Social security, 1938-1940
	20	Statements, Financial, 1938-1942
	21	T; Tax - Income (Partnership); Taxes, 1938-1940
	22	U; U.S. Bureau of Mines; U.S. Treasury Department; U.S. Director of the Mint, 1938-1941
	23	W; Wilson Wesder & Metals Co., 1939-1940
	24	Wolf Creek Operation; Wolf Creek progress, 1938-1939
	25	Working papers--depreciation schedule, 1939-1941
	26	Y; Yuba Gold Recovery Syndicate, 1938-1940
	27	Yuba Gold Recovery Syndicate, Operations, 1939

II. Financial Records, 1938-1942

	28	Financial ledger, 1938-1941
	29	Cash book, 1938-1942
	30	Check register, 1938-1942
os	31	Voucher register, 1938-1942
os	32	Compensation records and payrolls, 1938-1940

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