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Louisiana Irrigation and Mill Company Records

Collection 160

Louisiana Irrigation and Mill Company. Records, 1902-1925, 1960s, n.d.

7 feet, 1 inch; oversize

The Louisiana Irrigation and Mill Company was formed to construct a lock or locks and a dam on the Mermentau River, in the state of Louisiana. This was approved on March 12, 1903.

This collection consists of correspondence, telegrams, a fair amount of financial records, documents and other miscellaneous material.

Series:

A. General Records 1-01
B. Correspondence 1-02 through 1-61
C. Telegrams 1-62 through 1-63
D. Financial Records 1-64 through 3-03
E. Reports 3-04 through 3-12
F. Documents 3-13 through 3-50
G. Publications 3-51 through 5-35
H. Blueprints 5-36
I. Miscellaneous 5-37 through 5-39
J. Oversize Map Case 15-04

Inventory:

Box 1
  A. General Records
    1-01 List of Louisiana Canals, no date
  B. Correspondence (Subject: Mermentau Locks and Dam)
    1-02 Correspondence, 1901
    1-03 Mr. Geo H. Tinker, Mgr. Rice Irrigation & Improvement Association, Crowley, La.,14 December 1902
      Mr. Geo H. Tinker, Mgr. Rice Irrigation & Improvement Association, Crowley, La., 1902
    1-04 Material from Crowley, New Orleans, 1903
    1-05 Material from New Orleans, Cameron, 1904
    1-06 Material mainly from New Orleans, January – September 1905
    1-07 Material from Crowley, New Orleans, October – December 1905
    1-08 Material from Crowley, New Orleans, January 1906
    1-09 Material from New Orleans, Jennings, Crowley, February 1906
    1-10 Material from New Orleans, Jennings, Cowley, March 1906
    1-11 Material from New Orleans, Crowley, Gueydan, April 1906
    1-12 Material from Crowley, New Orleans, 1-10 May 1906
    1-13 Material from New Orleans, Crowley, Jennings, 11-31 May 1906
    1-14 Material from New Orleans, Crowley, Grand Chenier, June 1906
    1-15 Material from New Orleans, Lake Arthur, Crowley, July 1906
    1-16 Material from Grand Chenier, New Orleans, August 1906
    1-17 Material from Grand Chenier, New Orleans, September 1906
    1-18 Material from Grand Chenier, New Orleans, Jennings, Crowley, October 1906
    1-19 Material from Grand Chenier, Lockport, Westlake, November 1906
    1-20 Material from Crowley, Grand Chenier, December 1906
    1-21 Material from Crowley, Mermentau, Grand Chenier, January 1907
    1-22 Material from Crowley, New Orleans, Grand Chenier, Jennings, February 1907
    1-23 Material from Crowley, New Orleans, Grand Chenier, Lake Charles, March 1907
    1-24 Material from Grand Chenier, Crowley, April 1907
    1-25 Material from New Orleans, Crowley, May – June 1907
    1-26 Material from New Orleans, Grand Chenier, Alexandria, July – December 1907
    1-27 Material from Crowley, Grand Chenier, 1908
    1-28 Material from Crowley, Grand Chenier, Jennings, 1909
    1-29 Material from Grand Chenier, Jennings, Crowley, 1910
    1-30 Material from Jennings, Crowley, Mermentau, January – June 1911
    1-31 Material from Jennings, Grand Chenier, Crowley, July – December 1911
    1-32 Material from Cameron, Crowley, Jennings, 1912
    1-33 Material from Grand Chenier, Crowley, New Orleans, January – June 1913
    1-34 Material from Jennings, Crowley, July – December 1913
    1-35 Material from Crowley, New Orleans, 1914
    1-36 Material from Crowley, Jennings, 1915
    1-37 Material from Grand Chenier, Crowley, 1916
    1-38 Material from Cameron, Grand Chenier, 1917
    1-39 Material from Crowley, Cameron, 1920-1925
    1-40 Material from Crowley, no date
    1-41 Letters of Complaint, Mermentau Dam (River), circa 1905
    1-42 The H. N. Strait Mfg. Co., 1916
    1-43 U.S. Food Administration, 1918
    1-44 Chamber of Commerce, Lake Charles, La.,1918
    1-45 Dept. of Agriculture, 1926
    1-46 The Rice Millers Association, NOLA, 1927
    1-47 C. J. Freeland, 1929
    1-48 Bolinders Company, 1926-1929, 1933-1936
    1-49 L. B. Brackin, 1929-1930
    1-50 F. N. Johnson, 1932-1933
    1-51 Fairbanks, Morse & Co., 1933-1935
    1-52 W. C. McManus, 1933-1935
    1-53 May Brothers, 1934
    1-54 Ole K. Olsen, 1934-1935
    1-55 Ficket Manufacturing Co., 1934-1935
    1-56 Mente & Co. Inc., 1934-1935
    1-57 Louis Ferre, 1934-1935
    1-58 First National Bank, 1935
    1-59 Tulane University, 1935
    1-60 Louisiana, 1934
    1-61 Different State, 1934-1935
  C. Telegrams
    1-62 Telegrams, 1934-1935
    1-63 Shipment of Supplies, Concerns of the Dam, 1903-1917, n.d.
  D. Financial Records
    1-64 Cancelled Checks and Deposit Slips, 1960s
    1-65 Bank Statements, 1960s
    1-66 Working Logs, January – March 1907
       
Box 2
In addition to receipts and disbursements folders includes invoices, statements, etc.
    2-01 Trial Balance with Vouchers, November 1905
    2-02 Trial Balance with Vouchers, February 1906
    2-03 Trial Balance with Vouchers, March 1906
    2-04 Trial Balance with Vouchers, April 1906
    2-05 Trial Balance with Vouchers, May 1906
    2-06 Trial Balance with Vouchers, June 1906
    2-07 Trial Balance with Vouchers, August 1906
    2-08 Trial Balance with Vouchers, September 1906
    2-09 Trial Balance with Vouchers, October 1906
    2-10 Trial Balance with Vouchers, November 1906
    2-11 Trial Balance with Vouchers, December 1906
    2-12 Trial Balance with Vouchers, January 1907
    2-13 Trial Balance with Vouchers, February 1907
    2-14 Trial Balance with Vouchers, March 1907
    2-15 Trial Balance with Vouchers, April 1907
    2-16 Trial Balance with Vouchers, May 1907
    2-17 Trial Balance with Vouchers, June 1907
    2-18 Trial Balance with Vouchers, July 1907
    2-19 Trial Balance with Vouchers, August 1907
    2-20 Trial Balance with Vouchers, May 1911
    2-21 Trial Balance with Vouchers, September 1912
    2-22 Tax Receipts, 1903-1917
    2-23 Post Office Receipts, 1903
    2-24 Receipts and Disbursements, 1903
    2-25 Receipts and Disbursements, July 1904
    2-26 Receipts and Disbursements, 1905
    2-27 Receipts and Disbursements, 1906
    2-28 Receipts and Disbursements, 1907
    2-29 Receipts and Disbursements, 1908
    2-30 Receipts and Disbursements, 1909
    2-31 Receipts and Disbursements, 1911
    2-32 Receipts and Disbursements, 1912
    2-33 Receipts and Disbursements, 1913
    2-34 Receipts and Disbursements, 1915
    2-35 Receipts and Disbursements, 1916
    2-36 Receipts and Disbursements, 1917
    2-37 Receipts and Disbursements, 1918
    2-38 Receipts and Disbursements, no dates
    2-39 Bills of Lading, 1906
    2-40 Freight Bills, 1903
    2-41 Freight Bills
    2-43 Freight Bills, re: J. A. Doxey, 1906-1909
    2-44 Account Material Owed, re: Geo H. Tinker
    2-45 Payroll, re: Jno. Mallet
    2-46 Specifications, Estimates of Cost, Bills of Material, re: Mermentau River
    2-47 Tow Boats and Barges, 1903-1904
    2-48 Statement of Accounts: Mrs. J. A. Doxey; J. L. Wright; People’s Mill Office, 1906-1913
    2-49 Statement of Receipts and Disbursements, 1904-1905
    2-50 Expense Account, February 1906 – February 1907
    2-51 Repairs Account, February 1906 – February 1907
    2-52 Detail Statement of Receipts, February 1906 – February 1907
    2-53 Freight Bills, 1929, 1930, 1934, 1935
    2-54 First National Bank, 1934
    2-55 Jorgen O. Larsen – Cancelled Checks, January 1965 – November 1964 RESTRICTED
    2-56 Jorgen O. Larsen – Cancelled Checks, October 1964 – June 1964 RESTRICTED
       
Box 3
    3-01 Jorgen O. Larsen – Cancelled Checks, June 1964 – February 1964 RESTRICTED
    3-02 Price Quotation, 1929, 1934, 1935
    3-03 Invoices, 1934-1936
  E. Reports
    3-04 Inventory of Assets [includes the cost of the property]
    3-05 Capital of Stocks, Crowley, La. [includes the number of shares written with signatures], no date
    3-06 Showing Acreage, Crops, Livestock for Cameron Parish, 1895-1912
    3-07 Showing Acreage, Shares, and Amounts for Gueydan, Jennings, Lake Charles, New Orleans, no date
    3-08 List of Spare Parts for 2-500 H. P. Oil Engines, Type R-600, and 11,556/59 Port
    3-09 Rice Acreage and List of Rice Mills (La.)
    3-10 American Rice Growers Co-op Association
      Crowley Association of Commerce
    3-11 Test Results (Chemical and Machinery)
    3-12 Dept. of Commerce – Tides: High & Low Waters, 1931
  F. Documents
    3-13 Act of Congress, Approved January 10, 1903, Entitled “An Act to Authorize and Empower the Rice Irrigation and Improvement Association of the State of Louisiana”, Approved January 10, 1903
    3-14 Parish of Acadia: Agreement between the undersigned with Rice Irrigation and Improvement Association that for a period of 90 years, each of the subscribers will pay each year on or before December 15…. dated April 4, 1903
    3-15 Parish of Acadia: Rice Irrigation & Improvement Association owes approximately 6,000 for labor, expense and insurance incurred during the year 1904.  It is estimated that the expense of maintaining the Mermentau Lock and Dam during the year 1905
    3-16 Parish of Acadia: Success of the Rice Industry in Southwest Louisiana and particularly in that port known as the Mermentau Basin. Charter dated November 28, 1902
    3-17 18th District Court, Acadia Parish, La., McCain Bros. Transportation Co. vs. Rice Irrigation and Improvement Association, et al.
    3-18 18th Judicial District Court System, a petition of Steerett Maz vs. Rice Irrigation and Improvement Association. Petition entered into the contract for 6,278.00 for labor, tools and appliance necessary for building a dam and locks in the Mermentau River near Grand Chenier, La.
    3-19 Parish of Acadia: Success of the Rice Industry in Southwest Louisiana, and particularly in that portion known as the Mermentau Basin, because of the said interest desire that the objects and purposes of the Rice Irrigation and Improvement Association domiciled in Crowley, and organized under the laws of Louisiana. Charter dated November 28, 1902
    3-20 Senate Bill 122 to create a Mermentau district levee, 1904
    3-21 Crowley, La. List of subscribers agree to pay the Rice Irrigation and improvement Association the amounts set for the purpose of repairing the damage done to the Mermentau dam by dynamite explosion. Dated April 20, 1906
    3-22 An Agreement: Rice Irrigation & Improvement Association a corporation organized under the laws of the state of La., in consideration of the sum of one dollar to it paid by Southwestern Louisiana Waterways Association. April 26, 1918
    3-23 Petition, Cameron Parish, 7th District of Louisiana: The Eastern portion of the parish of Cameron has been placed as a result of the construction of the dam across the Mermentau River. Since construction of this dam, thousands of acres in have been inundated by water held back by this dam
    3-24 Insurance Policies: Several policies the company owns
    3-25 Assessment List of Rice Irrigation and Improvement Association, Parish of Cameron, 1906
    3-26 18th Judicial District Court, Acadia Parish, W. L. Doss vs. Board of Commission, Mermentau Levee District, 1906. Testimony of J. E. Sturles
    3-27 Captain G. W. Caldwell of Mermentau known to me to be the person name is signed. A senior partner in the firm of Caldwell-Ray Boat company, operating boats upon the Mermentau River, May 1906
    3-28 Calcasieu Parish, W. A. Balle resides in Lake Author and operates different kinds of boats upon the Mermentau river and its tributary bayous and lakes. Signed and sworn May 18, 1906
    3-29 Parish of Acadia: Chaptain T. P. Pearson has been navigating in different kinds of vessels and boats for over forty years. He has operated different kinds of boats on the Mermentau River, its bayous and lakes; and that he knows it to be a positive fact that the locks and dam at Grand Chenier is thoroughly familiar.  Signed and sworn May 24, 1906
    3-30 Mermentau River Dam and Locks, Correspondence which includes list of supplies, 1903-1904
    3-31 Mermentau River Dam and Locks, Agreements, Miscellaneous, 1903-1904
    3-32 Notarial Affidavits, 1916
    3-33 Crowley Wood Yard (Wood and Coal), 1916
    3-34 United States Fuel Administration, 1918
    3-35 Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, 1918
    3-36 IRS Treasury Dept., 1919
    3-37 Tariff Act of 1922 with Index
    3-38 National Rivers and Harbors Congress, 1930, 1931
    3-39 Oil, Gas and Mineral Lease and Deeds
    3-40 Special Mortgage, 1909, 1921
    3-41 Trust and Liquidation Agreement, 1907
    3-42 Letter of Testamentary, 1918
    3-43 File Copy of Unexecuted Oil Lease – TWP 9-ZW
    3-44 Court Papers – August M. Finley vs. La. Irrigation & Mill Co.
    3-45 Mgmt. Deeds, 1917
    3-46 Intracostal Waterway Fr. The Mermantu River
    3-47 Made by Mr. Derouen at the Hearing on Lake Charles, La.
    3-48 Supreme Court of Louisiana
      State Ex. Rel., A.V. Coco vs. Riverside Irrigation Co.
      La. Irrigation Mill Co. vs. Sixth Ward Drainage District
    3-49 Texas Canal Companies
    3-50 Miscellaneous
  G. Publications
    3-51 Dept. of Commerce – Foodstuff ‘Round the World, December 1927
    3-52 Dept. of Commerce – Foodstuff ‘Round the World, January – June 1928
       
Box 4
    4-01 Dept. of Commerce – Foodstuff ‘Round the World, July – December 1928
    4-02 Dept. of Commerce – Foodstuff ‘Round the World, 1929
    4-03 Dept. of Commerce – Foodstuff ‘Round the World, 1930
    4-04 Dept. of Commerce – Foodstuff ‘Round the World, 1931
    4-05 Dept. of Commerce – Foodstuff ‘Round the World, 1932
    4-06 Dept. of Commerce – Foodstuff ‘Round the World, 1933
    4-07 Dept. of Commerce – Foodstuff ‘Round the World, 1934
    4-08 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Foreign Agricultural Service, March 1931
    4-09 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics and Bureau of Public Records – Drying Combine Harvested Rice on the Farm
    4-10 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Seed Rice Survey in La., Texas and Arkansas, Spring 1929
    4-11 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Grain Investigation, May 1929
    4-12 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Foreign News on Rice, 1925
    4-13 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Foreign News on Rice, 1926-1929
    4-14 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Foreign News on Rice, 1930
    4-15 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – The Rice Market Situation, 1928
    4-16 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Rice Market Review, 1931
    4-17 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Rice Market Review, January – June 1932
    4-18 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Rice Market Review, July – December 1932
    4-19 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Rice Market Review, 1933
    4-20 Dept. of Agriculture – Crops & Markets, 1930-1934
       
Box 5
    5-01 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Foreign Crops and Markets, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1931
    5-02 Dept. of Agriculture – Weather Crops & Markets, 1922
    5-03 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics (La.) – Crop, Sugar Cane, Rice Review, 1930
    5-04 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – La. Rice Report, 1923, 1931-1935
    5-05 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Agricultural Economics – Miscellaneous Publications, 1927-1933
    5-06 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Crop Estimates (La.), 1917-1919
    5-07 Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Markets & Crop Estimates (La.) – Rice Reports, 1920-1922
    5-08 Dept. of Agriculture – Dept. Circular, 1920, 1923, 1925, 1928
    5-09 Dept. of Agriculture – Bureau of Agricultural Economics
      Handbook of US grades for Milled Rice, 1927
      Handbook of Official Standards for Milled Rice, Brown Rice & Rough Rice, 1928
    5-10 Dept. of Agriculture – Farmer’s Bulletin, 1916, 1917, 1920, 1924
    5-11 Dept. of Agriculture – Weather Bureau
      Annual Meteorological Summary, 1933
      Climatic Summary of the United States – Sec. 61 & 62, 1930
      Climatological Date, Vol. XXXVII, 1932; Vol. XXXVIII, 1933; Vol. XXXIX, 1934; Vol. XL, 1935
    5-12 Louisiana Bulletin, 1920
    5-13 Charter of the Consolidated Rice Milling Company, 1907
    5-14 American Rice Growers Coop. Association, Lake Charles, La.
    5-15 Louisiana State Rice Milling Co. Inc., 1926
    5-16 Farmers Record and Account Book – First National Bank
    5-17 The Rice Millers’ Association
      Rice Acreage, 1923, 1924, 1926-1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1935
      Rice Crop, 1923-1927, 1929, 1932
      Statistics of Rice Crop, 1925-1930
    5-18 List of Louisiana Lands for Sale, April 1922
    5-19 War Industries, Board of the Council of National Defense, 1918
    5-20 War Department, 1918
    5-21 Workmen’s Compensation Law of the State of Louisiana, 1920, 1922, 1924
    5-22 The La. State Market & Warehouse Commission
      Act. No.223 of 1934 Legislature of the State of La. Also Act. No. 221 of the 1908 Legislature
    5-23 State of Louisiana
      Act. No.5 of 1932 – Soft Drink Tax
      Act. No.6 of 1932 – Electricity and Power Tax
      Act. No.8 of 1932 – Corporate Franchise Law
    5-24 Louisiana State Market and Warehouse Commission, 1934
    5-25 Senate Bill No. 24, 1934
    5-26 Treasury Certificates of Indebtedness, 1919-1920
    5-27 20th Biennial Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture & Immigration, 1920, 1921
    5-28 National Rivers and Harbors Congress Bulletin No. 1, 1931
    5-29 Protest Against Consumption Tax on Rice Imposed by Cuba, 1933
    5-30 National Recovery Administration, 1933
    5-31 Pump and Lumber Catalogues
    5-32 Pump, Wrenches, and Stationery Catalogues
    5-33 Machinery and Equipment Brochures
    5-34 Insurance Brochures
    5-35 Miscellaneous
  H. Blueprints
    5-36 R-K Graduated Step-Action
      Yard Dragline Bucket
      Test of Jamison Relift
      Pump Test – Midland Canal
      The Midland Flour Milling Co.
      Method of Counterboring Extension Engine Shaft
      Special 45 deg. Groove for 1 ¼ Rope, 2” Rope Centers
      Ton Single Girder Hand Power Crane
      Min. Height Required to Remove Pistons Exclusive of Lifting Tackle
  I. Miscellaneous
    5-37 The Rice Irrigation and Improvement Association, Crowley, La., Letterhead: Stationary and Envelopes (samples)
    5-38 Record of Qualification – Leonard R. Kirst
    5-39 Blank Forms
       
Box 6
  J. Oversize
  Newspapers
    1. The Acadian-Signal – Crowley, La., 1 January 1942
    2. The Acadian-Signal – Crowley, La., 8 January 1942
    3. The Acadian-Signal – Crowley, La., 26 December 1941
    4. The Acadian-Signal – Crowley, La., 28 December 1941
    5. The Acadian-Signal – Crowley, La., 18 December 1941
    6. The Acadian-Signal – Crowley, La., 11 December 1941
       
Map Case 15-04
  Posters
    1. An Answer to Railway Attacks Upon Waterways by Cleveland A. Newton
    2. To the People of the State of Louisiana – Standard Oil Co. of Louisiana
    3. Official Statement of Blue Eagle Division, National Recovery Administration
    4. Specimen Section – Roller Canal, September 1911
    5. Grand Canal – Results: Engine and Pump; Broiler Test
  Blueprints
    1. 12x18x18 Single Vacuum Pump
    2. Improved Steam chest for Single Pumps, 14 & 16 Cylinders
    3. 6” Water Valve
    4. 8” A.S.M.E. Standard Dia. Of Flange 13 ½
    5. Steam Pipe to be 8” in Diam.
    6. Burham Air Pump and Jet Condenser 14x20x24
    7. Oil Burning Furnace for 400 H.P. Atlas Horizontal Water-Tube Broilers
    8. Setting Plan for H. P. Atlas Horizontal Water-Tube Broiler
    9. Standard Pipe Connections for Atlas Horizontal Water-Tube Broiler
    10. Foundation Plan for 400 H.P. Atlas Water-Tube Broiler
    11. The Canton Hughes Pump Co.
    12. Sectional View of Canton-Hughes Simplex Pump
    13. Canton-Hughes Simplex Pump Steam End with N.S. Valve Gear
    14. The Howe Scale Co.
    15. East Elevation of La. Mill and Irrigation Co’s. Grand Canal Plant
    16. Plan of Setting of La. Mill and Irrigation Co’s. Grand Canal Plant
    17. Section of Side Wall Thru Blower Frame for Atlas High Water Tube Broilers
    18. Foundation Plan for 22x42 Special R.H. Corl. Engine for Boland and GSchwind
    19. Plan Elevation of 20x20, 40x42 Tandem Compound Hamilton Corliss Eng.
    20. Map Showing Proposed Calcasieu Irrigation Project