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MS-21

 

PIQUA FURNITURE COMPANY COLLECTION

 

INTRODUCTION

 

The Piqua Furniture Company Collection was accessioned into the Flesh Public Library Archives on December 15, 1980.  The collection fills eleven Hollinger boxes and sixty-one file folders.  The collection covers the years 1906-1913. 

 

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection and the literary copyright has been deeded to the public.

 

SCOPE AND CONTENTS

 

The Piqua Furniture Company Collection is divided into three series:  Financial Records, Production and Order Records, and Employee Time Records. 

 

SERIES I-FINANCIAL RECORDS: covers the business prospectus, 1907 inventory, blue prints of building, factory size, deed search, building permits, incorporation articles, capital stock certificates, tax receipts and statements, personal notes, check book stubs, cancelled notes, statements showing commissions paid to salesmen.  A loose folder holds a cash book.  Bank books, as well as cancelled checks are in this series.  The account ledgers are in loose folders.

 

SERIES II-PRODUCTION AND ORDER RECORDS: cover their price list –miscellaneous correspondence, production book, cutting orders for table slides, material purchases, order books.  An index of companies and their orders and accounts is included.  Copies of letters, written copies of invoices, order index books, and a listing of lumber, are also included. 

 

SERIES III-EMPLOYEE TIME RECORDS:  cover weekly time and payroll books from the following departments:  Cabinet, Finishing, Glue, Packing, Veneer, Machine, Shipping, and Yard.

 

HISTORY

 

By June 1907, the Piqua Novelty Wood and Turning Company, located on the northeast corner of South Avenue and Clark Avenue in Piqua, Ohio, had been in business sixteen months and realized sales of $15,000.00  Partners in the business were Charles H. Miller, John H. Young, Joel W. Flesh, and H.E. Whitlock.  They manufactured library tables, and other novelty furniture.  On June 13, 1907, they organized a corporation with an authorized capital stock of $25,000.00 (250 shares at $100.00 each).  The stock was sold as follows:

 

Charles H. Miller et al.

100 shares

John G. Stein

7 shares

Fritsch brothers

4 shares

W. S. Eby

10 shares

Charles Furrow

10 shares

Bernard Groven

2 shares

David Routson

5 shares

J.B. Miller

5 shares

W.A. Snyder

30 shares

G. H. Rundle

10 shares

A. G. Rundle

10 shares

J. B. Wilkinson

2 shares

 

The firm was incorporated under the name: Piqua Furniture Company.  J.W. Flesh was elected president and Charles L. Suessman, secretary.  On December 18, 1908, the officers representing the stockholders agreed to increase the capital stock from $25,000.00 to $75,000.00 (750 shares at $100.00 each) 

 

On February 11, 1913, a final transfer of the checkbook balance ($7.05) was made to the company’s receiver, S. Mendelsohn.  The Klanke Furniture Company bought the property on November 2, 1913.

 

CONTAINER LISTING

 

SERIES I-FINANCIAL RECORDS

 

Box 1

File

            1.  Prospectus – Inventory of 1907 – blue prints – Factory – Deed Search – Building Permits – Articles of Incorporation – Capital Stock Certificates

            2. Tax Receipts-December 20, 1905-June 20, 1911

            3. Tax Statements, Drafts and Bills received -1910-1912

            4. Personal Notes – Flesh, Rundle, Snyder, Brown & Young - 1912

            5. Check book stubs - #3551-#3856 incl., May 14, 1912-February 11, 1913

            6. Cancelled notes - 1907-1913

            7. Commission Statements - 1910

            8. Commission Statements - 1911

            9. Commission Statements - 1912, 1913

            Loose #1 Cash Book –June 21, 1907-December 31, 1908

 

Box 2

File

            1. Bank books – February 12, 1906-February 11, 1913

            2. Cancelled Checks – Piqua Novelty and Woodworking Company - #197-#303 incl. – Feb. 15, 1907-June 20, 1907, Piqua Furniture Company #1 -150 incl., June 21, 1907-Oct. 19, 1907

            3. Cancelled Checks - #151-#399 incl, Oct. 19, 1907 - Jan. 3, 1908

            4. Cancelled Checks - #400-#650 incl., Jan. 3, 1908 - May 15, 1908

            5. Cancelled Checks - #651-#949 incl. May 16, 1908 - October 12, 1908

            6. Cancelled Checks - #950-#1199 incl. October 12, 1908-Jan. 30, 1909

            7. Cancelled Checks - #1200-#1450 incl. Jan. 30, 1909-May 28, 1909

            8. Cancelled Checks - #1451-#1749 incl. May 29, 1909-Nov. 9, 1909

            9. Cancelled Checks - #1750-#2049 incl. Nov. 9, 1909-April 22, 1910

 

Box 3

File

            1.  Cancelled Checks - #2050-#2348 incl. April 22, 1910-Oct. 17, 1910

            2.  Cancelled Checks - #2642-#2800 -#3299-#3408, Feb. 14, 1911-April 29, 1911 ---Jan. 19, 1912 - March 16, 1912

            3.  Cancelled Checks - #3551-#3856 incl. May 14, 1912-Feb. 11, 1913

            Loose #2 Account Ledger – Dec. 31, 1908-Jan. 1, 1911

            Loose #3 Account Ledger – January 1, 1909-Dec. 31, 1910

 

SERIES II-PRODUCTION AND ORDER RECORDS

 

Box 4

File

            1.  Price list –orders

            2.  Misc. correspondence and notations

            3.  Production book

            4.  Table Slides –Cutting Orders

            5.  Purchases Material –Jan. 1, 1909-Feb. 10, 1913

            6.  Orders Book –November 1, 1906-June 3, 1907

            7.  Orders Book –January 4, 1910-July 31, 1910

            8.  Orders Book –August 1, 1910-Dec. 31, 1910

            9.  Orders Book –January 10, 1911-Sept. 30, 1911

            10. Orders Book –Oct. 1, 1911-May 31, 1912

            11. Orders Book –June 1, 1912-Feb. 1, 1913

 

Box 5

File

            1.  Index Book

            2.  Index of Companies

            3.  Customer Orders – Disbursements – Payroll: Feb. 17, 1906-June 14, 1907

            4.  Customer Purchases – Jan. 13, 1909-April 23, 1912

            5.  Company Accounts Ledger – June 17, 1907-Dec. 31, 1908

 

Box 6

File

            1.  Copy letter Book #1-Aug. 23, 1907-May 25, 1908

            2.  Copy letter Book #3-March 31, 1909-Feb. 1, 1910

            3.  Copy letter Book #4 – Feb. 3, 1910-Oct. 31, 1910

            4.  Copy letter Book #5 - Nov. 1, 1910-Aug. 31, 1910

 

Box 7

File

            1.  Copy letter Book #6 - Sept. 1, 1911-Aug. 3, 1912

            2.  Copy letter Book #7 – Aug. 6, 1912-Feb. 19, 1913

            3.  Copy Invoice Book #2 – July 5, 1908-June 30, 1909

            4.  Copy Invoice Book #3 – July 1, 1909-June 30, 1910

 

Box 8

File

            1.  Copy Invoice Book #4 – July 1, 1910-June 30, 1911

            2.  Copy Invoice Book #5 – July 5, 1911-June 28, 1912

            3.  Order Index Book #1 – Jan. 3, 1908-Dec. 31, 1910

            4.  Order Index Book #2 – Jan. 1, 1911-Dec. 31, 1911

            5.  Order Index Book #3 – Jan. 1, 1912-Feb. 10, 1913

            6.  Listing of Lumber

 

SERIES III-EMPLOYEE TIME RECORDS

 

Box 9

File

            1.  Weekly Time Book – Payroll – June 21, 1907-July 2, 1908

            2.  Weekly Time Book – Payroll – July 9, 1908-Dec. 30, 1909

            3.  Weekly Time Book – Payroll – Jan. 6, 1910-Aug. 24, 1911

            4.  Weekly Time Book – Payroll – Aug. 31, 1911-Feb. 10, 1913

            5.  Weekly Payroll Listing – Feb. 7, 1913-Feb. 10, 1913

 

Box 10

File

            1.  Time Book –Piqua Novelty and Turning Company-March 9, 1907-Nov. 22, 1907

            2.  Time Book –Cabinet Department:Sept. 3, 1908-Sept. 2, 1909

            3.  Time Book –Cabinet Department -Sept. 9, 1909-Sept. 8, 1910

            4.  Time Book –Cabinet Department –Sept. 15, 1910-Dec. 31, 1910

            5.  Time Book –Cabinet Department –Jan. 5, 1911-Feb. 1, 1912

            6.  Time Book –Cabinet Department-Feb. 8, 1912-Feb. 6, 1913

            7.  Time Book –Cabinet Department – Feb. 13, 1913

            8.  Time Book –Finishing Dept.-Sept. 3, 1908-Sept. 2, 1909

            9.  Time Book –Finishing Dept. – Sept. 1909-Jan. 5, 1910

            10.Time Book –Finishing Dept. – Sept. 9, 1909-Sept. 8, 1910

            11.Time Book –Finishing Dept. – Jan. 5, 1911-Sept. 21, 1911

            12.Time Book –Finishing Dept. –Sept. 28, 1911-April 18, 1912

            13.Time Book –Finishing Dept. –April 25, 1912-Feb. 13, 1913

            14.Time Book –Glue Dept.-Sept. 4, 1908-Oct. 21, 1909

            15. Time Book –Glue Dept. –Oct. 25, 1909-Oct. 27, 1910

            16. Time Book –Glue Dept. –Jan. 5, 1911-Jan. 18, 1912

            17. Time Book –Packing Dept. –Nov. 8, 1907-Aug. 27, 1908

            18. Time Book –Veneer Dept. –Feb. 1, 1912-Feb. 13, 1913

 

Box 11

File

            1.  Time Book –Machine Dept. –Nov. 28, 1907-April 17, 1908 

            2.  Time Book –Machine Dept. –April 24, 1908-Aug. 27, 1908

            3.  Time Book –Machine Dept. –September 4, 1908-June 10, 1909

            4.  Time Book –Machine Dept. –June 17, 1909-June 16, 1910

            5.  Time Book –Machine Dept. –June 23, 1910-Feb. 16, 1911

            6.  Time Book –Machine Dept. –Jan. 5, 1911-Jan. 11, 1912

            7.  Time Book –Machine Dept. –Jan. 18, 1912-Sept. 19, 1912

            8.  Time Book –Machine Dept. –Sept. 26, 1912-Feb. 13, 1913

            9.  Time Book –Shipping Dept. –Sept. 3, 1908-Dec. 30, 1909

            10. Time Book –Shipping Dept. –Jan. 4, 1910-Dec. 31, 1910

            11. Time Book –Shipping Dept. –Jan. 5, 1911-Jan. 11, 1912

            12. Time Book –Shipping Dept. –Jan. 18, 1912-Jan. 16, 1913

            13. Time Book –Shipping Dept. –Nov. 3, 1910-Jan. 5, 1911; Jan. 23, 1913-Feb. 13, 1913

            14. Time Book –Yard Dept. –Jan. 7, 1909-July 22, 1909