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Lindsey Wagon Company Records

 Collection
Identifier: M444

Abstract

Ledgers, journals, office files of the largest manufacturing company in early 20th century Mississippi.

Dates

  • 1905-1984

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

The Lindsey Wagon Company was founded in Laurel, Mississippi in 1900 by John Lindsey, designer of the patented Lindsey Eight-Wheel Wagon (patent dated 3 Jan 1899). Lindsey Wagons were designed for the transportation of felled timber through marshy areas and other difficult terrain and were sold throughout the Western Hemisphere. The last Lindsey wagon was produced in 1964. The Company was the oldest manufacturing company in Laurel and the largest manufacturer in a primarily agrarian state. The last remaining building and its contents are owned by the City of Laurel.

The collection includes twenty-seven journals and ledgers, office files, maps, and architectural drawings. There are also office files of the Fuller Hickory Mill and the Gorman Lumber Company. The Lindsey Family was related to the Fuller Family by marriage and both the Lindsey Wagon Company and the Fuller Hickory Mill did Business with the Gorman Lumber Company. Based on these records it seems that Fuller picked up where Lindsey left off and conducted operations, at least for some time, in both names. It is unclear when the property last changed hands. Economic issues seem to have impacted all three businesses, with only Lindsey successfully rebounding. For Lindsey it was the Great Depression; account books tell the tale of growth and shrinkage of trade. Fuller and Gorman both dealt heavily with Masonite Corp. and were severely hit when that company closed or shifted operation, as was the case when there was a strike in the 1960s. Difficult fiscal times are reflected in the tale told throughout the Gorman records.

Extent

15.25 Cubic Feet : MC2/D10

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

The three companies involved make for three series in the collection:

Series I: Lindsey Wagon Company (1905 - 1943)

Series II: Fuller Hickory Mill (1957 - 1965)

Series III: Gorman Lumber Company (1977 - 1984)

Series I contains primarily ledgers and accounting records from 1905 to 1943. Included in this are very detailed accounts for 1925 in the form of a Running Ledger and a Master Accounts Ledger. The correspondence in this series ranges from 1921 to 1939 and includes some hand-crafted diagrams. Commercial advertising brochures and catalogs from the 1920s and 1930s also appear here.

Series II picks up with the Fuller Hickory Mill in 1957. However, some of these records also refer to the Lindsey Wagon Company. The preponderance of this series is concerned with bills, banking, sales and taxes. One folder within detailed quarterly employee tax information from 1964 is Restricted but can be sanitized of Social Security numbers on a few forms and then released.

Series III addresses the Gorman Lumber Company, primarily in the early 1980s. The office records included in this series form a snap-shot of sorts of the business in 1981-1982 with occasional records before and after that window. The series concludes with pulpwood receipts from 1984.

Provenance

Transferred by the City of Laurel.

Title
Lindsey Wagon Company Records
Author
Collection processed and finding aid written by Yvonne Arnold and Linda Matthews, July 2009.
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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