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Riverside Irrigation Company Records

Collection 296

Riverside Irrigation Company Records, 1896 - 1991 

6 ft.

The Riverside Irrigation Company was founded on 22 March 1895 in Jennings, Louisiana by Edward F. Rowson, Orin S. Dolby, and S. J. Johnson. Dolby soon sold out to C. A. McCoy who served as the company’s president for many years. The company purchased land along Bayou Nepique containing a sawmill, and quickly added a rice mill and warehouse. Canals were soon dug. Fourteen land owners signed on with the company in 1895. Lowell Stagg, a graduate of Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette), served as Secretary, Treasurer, and General Manager from 1945 to 1978.1 In the 1990s it stopped operating the canals and turned into a land management operation.

This collection contains business records from 1895 to 1991. Many administrative records including minute books and correspondence are at the McNeese State University Archives, Collection 33.

This collection was donated by Joseph W. Freeland.

Inventory:

Vol. 1 Ledger, 1896 - 1898
Vol. 2 Ledger, 1898 - 1902
Vol. 3 Ledger, 1902 - 1907    [235 pp.]
vol. 4 Ledger, 1908 - 1912    [339 pp.]
   
vol. 5 Journal, 1901 - 1904
vol. 6 Journal, 1904 - 1910
Vol. 7 Journal, 1910 - 1914
Vol. 8 Journal, 1914 - 1920
Vol. 9 Journal, 1931 - 1934
Vol. 10 Journal, 1934 - 1941
Vol. 11 Journal, 1941 - 1947
Vol. 12 Journal, 1948 - 1953
Vol. 13 Journal, 1954 - 1956   [262 pp.]
   
Vo. 14 Account book (cash), 1909 - 1912
Vol. 15 Account book, 1913 - 1930
Vol. 16 Account book, Nov., 1956 - April, 1957
Vol. 17 Account book, May, 1957 - Sept., 1959
Vol. 18 Account book (Book 3), 1959 - 1962
Vol. 19 Account book (Book 4), 1962 - 1966
Vol. 20 Account book (Book 5), 1966 - 1970
Vol. 21 Account book (Book 6), 1971 - 1976
Vol. 22 Account book (Book 7), 1976 - 1982
   
Vol. 23 Account book, 1950 - 1953
Vol. 24 Account book, 1956 - 1968
   
Vol. 25 Canal expense operation book, 1921 - 1991   (Includes individual grower’s accounts)
   
Vol. 26 Rice Mill records, 1900 - 1902
   
Vol. 27 Rough rice records book, 1900 - 1923
   
Vol. 28 Personnel expenses, 1965 - 1985
   
Vol. 29 Subscribers records, 1950s - 1980s: yields, acreage, etc.
   
Binder 1:  Subscriber accounts, 1972 - 1975
Pocket books 1, 2 and loose  Subscriber accounts, 1954, 1960-64, 1969-80   rice acreage, etc.
 
Binders 2 - 7:  Equipment contracts, specifications, etc. 1930s - 1940s
 
Pocket books 3, 4:  Weather observations, 1940-1944, 1945-1948: barometric pressure and temperatures
 
Pocket book 5:  Miscellaneous pocket book, n.d.: property notes, equipment, finances