A Guide to the Lobdell Car Wheel Company Account Books, 1881-1902 Lobdell Car Wheel Company Account Books Ms1940-019

Lobdell Car Wheel Company Account Books, 1881-1902

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1940-019


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1940-019
Title
Lobdell Car Wheel Company Account Books, 1881-1902
DIGITAL CONTENT
Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online.
Physical Characteristics
2.9 cu. ft. 9 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Records of Smyth and Wythe County, Virginia furnace and store operations of the Lobdell Car Wheel Company, including customer store accounts, payroll records, and furnace operation reports.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Lobdell Car Wheel Company Account Books must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Lobdell Car Wheel Company Account Books, Ms1940-019, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Lobdell Car Wheel Company Account Books were donated to Special Collections prior to 1941.

Alternate Form Available

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Lobdell Car Wheel Company Account Books commenced and was completed in January, 2013.


Historical Note

The Lobdell Car Wheel Company had its beginnings in 1830, when Jonathon Bonney and Charles Bush established a small foundry in Wilmington, Delaware. By 1867, the year it was incorporated as the Lobdell Car Wheel Company, the business had added partner George Lobdell and become the world's largest manufacturer of wheels for railroad cars.

White Rock Furnace, located five miles from Rural Retreat and near the head of Cripple Creek in Smyth County, was among the Lobdell Car Wheel Company's operations in Virginia. Built in 1875, and originally known as the Panic Furnace, the White Rock was purchased in 1880 by Lobdell, which also bought Brown Hill Furnace in neighboring Wythe County. The White Rock ceased operation in the early 20th century, when the company found it more cost effective to purchase, rather than mine and manufacture, its iron.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains account books relating to the southwestern Virginia business concerns of the Lobdell Car Wheel Company. Most of the records seem to have originated with the White Rock Furnace in Smyth County. Included are customer account records from the company's store, payroll ledgers, invoices, correspondence, and furnace operation records and reports. Much of the correspondence is addressed directly to Jacob W. Lantz, who managed Lobdell's farm and conducted other business for the company.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by ledger type, then chronologically.


Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Iron foundries--Virginia
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South

Contents List

Portions of this collection have been digitized and are available online.

Box-folder 1-1-2
Store customer accounts, 1881-1883
Box-folder 2-1
Store customer accounts, 1885-1889
Box-folder 3-1-2
Store customer accounts, 1889-1891
Box-folder 4-1
Store customer accounts, 1891-1894
Box-folder 4-2
White Rock Furnace monthly account balances, 1884-1887

[also contains store customer accounts, 1888-1889]

Box-folder 4-3
Freight accounts, 1888-1893
Box-folder 5-1
Store day book, 1882-1883
Box-folder 5-2-3
Store day book, May-Oct 1900
Box-folder 6-1
Incoming correspondence, 1890-1895
[bound volume]
Box-folder 7-1
Invoices and receipts, 1887-1890
[bound volume]
Box-folder 8-1
Invoices and receipts, 1890-1893
[bound volume]
Box-folder 9-1
Brown Hill Store inventories and reports, 1881-1883
Box-folder 9-2
Labor expenses, 1897-1901
Box-folder 9-3
Farm and stables payroll records, 1892-1895
Box-folder 9-4
White Rock Furnace daily operation reports, 1881-1902
Box-folder 9-5
White Rock Furnace payroll records, 1881-1890