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Crescent Silver Company records, 1870-1877.
BANC MSS 98/119 p
Collection Overview

Title:

Crescent Silver Company records, 1870-1877

Creator/Contributor:

Crescent Silver Company, creator

Creator/Contributor:

Mendenhall, Charles.

Creator/Contributor:

Mendenhall, Cyrus.

Creator/Contributor:

Mendenhall, William, fl. 1870-1879

Abstract:

Contains letters from Crescent Silver Company agents in Bakerville, Clear Creek Co., Colo. reporting to the Executive Committee in Cincinnati. 78 lengthy letters, chiefly from William Mendenhall, give a detailed picture of the everyday workings of the mines, and his duties as accountant and agent. Letters recount the trials of weather, equipment, and frontier intrigue: conflicts between Mendenhall and other employees such as Theo. H. Lowe and E.W. Thayer, Lowe's attempt to take the mine by force, lawsuits, Mendenhall's continued defense of his position and actions to the Board of Directors, etc. Mendenhall requests clear instructions from the Committee, and requests funds to pay continuing Company debts in Georgetown and workers' back salaries. Letters also contain detailed analyses of financial reports and receipts. Letters from T.H. Lowe and E.W. Thayer pertaining to their appointments as agents are also included.
Financial records include account summaries, receipts from vendors, receipts and vouchers from the Company, and checks, some of which have been described in detail in the letters. Also contains legal documents, including contracts, lawsuits, agreements, leases, etc., a few notes from meetings of the Executive Committee, and ballots from their elections.

Date:

1870 (issued)

Subject:

n-us-co
Lowe, Theodore H
Thayer, E. W
Stevens Mining Company.
Mines and mineral resources -- Colorado -- Clear Creek County
Silver mines and mining -- Colorado -- Clear Creek County
Accountants -- Colorado
Frontier and pioneer life -- Colorado
Georgetown (Colo.)
Bakerville (Colo.)

Note:

Mendenhall letters from 1875-1880; Denver Public Library Western History Department.
The Crescent Silver Company, also known as the Crescent Silver Mining Company, was based in Cinncinnati, Ohio and operated mines in Colorado. Title to the company's property was sold due to financial difficulties in 1874 to Charles Mendenhall (formerly president of the Crescent Silver Co.) who created the Stevens Mining Company to mine this property. William Mendenhall served as agent for the Crescent Silver Co, and later with his uncle Cyrus Mendenhall was agent for the Stevens Mining Company. cf. Ellis, E.H., The saga of Upper Clear Creek, 1983, pp. 96-101.

Type:

Receipts.
Vouchers.
Leases.
Contracts.
Business records.

Physical Description:

print
2 boxes (.8 linear ft.)

Language:

English

Identifier:

BANC MSS 98/119 p

Origin:

Colorado