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1 John N. Downing family business records, Overview of the Collection Creator Downing Family Title John N. Downing family business records Dates (inclusive) Quantity 5 boxes, (3 linear ft. ) Collection Number USU_COLL MSS 264 Summary This collection offers a picture of Montpelier, Idaho, history. The collection consists of the financial documents and records of J. N. Downing, his son, Edgar, and his grandson, Paul N. Richelson, starting in 1903 and continuing until Repository Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division Special Collections and Archives Merrill-Cazier Library Utah State University Logan, UT Telephone: Fax: Access Restrictions Restrictions Open to public research. Biographical Note Languages English. Sponsor Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, This collection contains the financial records of John Newton Downing ( ) and his various businesses: the Burgoyne Hotel, the Downing Apartments, and the Downing Ranch all located in Montpelier and Georgetown, Idaho. A local history of Montpelier discusses both the Hotel and Apartments: The original Burgoyne Hotel was in a building constructed by Edward Burgoyne for a Y.M.C.A. After some years the building reverted to Mr. Burgoyne, who sold it to J. N. Downing in He retained the pioneer name of Burgoyne to designate what became the three-story hotel on Washington Street with seven business rentals. The original building was moved from Washington Street to North Ninth Street and converted into the Downing Apartment. In 1908 the east wing of the new building was built, followed in 1915 with the construction of the west wing. The space between the two wings was enclosed in1925. (Rich 76) 1

2 John Newton Downing was married to Hannah Katherine Nelson Downing. They had a son named Edgar L. Downing, who by 1937 was also a partner in the Burgoyne Hotel. The bank records from First Security Bank of Idaho appear in Edgar's name after the death of J. N. Downing suggesting that Edgar took over his father's businesses. Paul N. Richelson, a grandson to J. N. Downing, is also listed in these records by Paul W. Richelson, who donated this collection, is a great-grandson to John Newton Downing. There are references to several other Montpelier banks in this collection: The Bank of Montpelier, The First National Bank, and the Eccles-Browning Bank. J. N. Downing had accounts and interactions with each of these institutions. The Bank of Montpelier was started in 1891 by G. C. Gray and survived until The First National Bank was opened by E. A. Burrell in 1904 and remained open until The Eccles-Browning Bank began in 1925, after the other banks had closed. In this collection, the Eccles- Browning Bank records are for the years of 1925 and Many of the names and businesses mentioned in this collection appear in the A. McKay Rich thesis sited below, which also contains photographs of the Burgoyne Hotel and the Downing Apartments. There is another photo of the Hotel in Earl F. Passey's book An Account of the Settlement and Development of Montpelier, Idaho. Sources: Rich, A. McKay. The History of Montpelier From 1864 to Thesis. Utah State Agricultural College. Logan, Utah: Content Description This collection offers a picture of Montpelier, Idaho history. The collection consists of the financial documents and records of J. N. Downing, his son, Edgar, and his grandson, Paul N. Richelson, started in1903 and continuing until Included in this collection are warranty deeds and mortgage papers that were turned over to J. N. Downing. There is also a series of bank statements and checks from several banks. Most are from the First Security Bank of Idaho ( ). From 1941 to at least 1943, the accounts (and other records) are in Edgar L. Downing's name. By 1954 the accounts had been transferred to the name of Paul N. Richelson. There are checks from the Bank of Montpelier, The First National Bank, and the Eccles-Browning Bank. The collection contains Loan Statements from the Federal Land Bank of Spokane, as well as correspondence and records dealing with Utah Light and Power, the State of Idaho, life insurance companies, and other businesses. Additionally, there are tax papers from Eight ledger books are included in this collection which are the financial records for Downing's businesses. Ledger 3 in box 3 is labeled "Apartment House Rent Book" with records for the Downing Apartments. The other ledgers are not clearly labeled and seem to be a mix of all his accounts and expenses. Some of the ledgers are indexed in the front tab section of the book. The first box consists of tax papers, separated by year. Following the tax papers are various legal size documents including deeds, mortgage papers, loan papers, and the guest register for the Burgoyne Hotel. The second box consists mostly of bank statements and checks from the First Security Bank of Idaho. (Account no. 2 at the First Security Bank of Idaho is the Ranch Account) Also in this box are more records for the Hotel and the Downing Apartments, along with correspondence from the Department of Agriculture and several life insurance companies. The third box holds four ledgers. The fourth box holds four more ledgers and some oversize items including tax papers and financial figures. The fifth box contains loose papers that were tucked in the pages of the ledgers. These papers are in folders labeled with the ledger and page number indicating where they were found originally. 2

3 Use of the Collection Restrictions on Use Copyright It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright. Permission to publish material from the John N. Downing family business records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head. Preferred Citation. (COLL MSS 264). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department. Administrative Information Arrangement Grouped by document type and chronologically. Acquisition Information The donor of this collection is Paul W. Richelson. He is the great grandson of John Newton Downing, the founder of the Burgoyne Hotel and Downing Apartments. This collection came in two installments, the first in June 1997, and the second in December Detailed Description of the Collection Business records 5 contains loose papers found in books Container(s) Description Dates 1 1 Tax papers Tax papers

4 1 3 Tax papers Tax Papers Tax papers Tax papers Tax papers Tax papers Tax papers Tax papers Tax papers Tax papers Tax papers Tax papers Tax papers Tax papers Warrantee Deed Between Mary A. Burgoyne, E. L. Burgoyne, Sarah E. Williams, and Martha E. Cruikshank (sole heirs of the estate of Edward Burgoyne) to Abbie Richardson Warranty Deed Between Lewis Zitzman of the city and Jacob Jones January August Chattel Mortgage, Wm. Perkins to John N. Downing December Warranty Deed, Winnie Wright and Frank Wright to Hannah Downing March

5 1 21 Agreement for Building with Bond Between Mr. Adolph Sommers and Mr. J. N. Downing Real Estate Mortgage From J. N. Downing to E. A. Burrell April May Release of Mortgage: J. N. Downing to Andy J. Jensen January United States Department of Agriculture, loan papers United States Department of Agriculture, loan papers Pacific Wool Growers Burgoyne Hotel Guest Register 2 1 Bank Statements and checks Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ [Feb 2, 1954] 2 3 Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho 1954 February Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ 2 5 Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ 1954 March April Bank statement, no checks 1954 April Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ 2 8 Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ 2 9 Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ 1954 May July July Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho 1954 July 3 5

6 2 11 Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ 1954 August Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho 1954 August Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ 1954 September Sale Contract- First Security Bank of Idaho 1954 September Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ 2 16 Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho 1954 October Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ 2 18 Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ 2 19 Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho/ 1954 November 2 [1954] 1955 January Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho 1955 January Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho 1955 February Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho 1955 July Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho 1955 August Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho 1955 October Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho 1955 December Bank Statement and checks, First Security Bank of Idaho 1956 January Money Order Receipts from First Security Bank of Idaho 2 28 Deposit slip duplicates 6

7 2 29 Purchase orders for various places, bills for Montpelier Grain Elevation 2 30 First National Bank, Montpelier, Idaho: checks and deposit slips 2 31 The Federal Land Bank of Spokane (Ranch Mortgage) Statements 2 32 Eccles-Browning Bank: check, receipt, and correspondence 2 33 The Equitable Life Assurance Society: correspondence and statements Union Mutual Life Insurance Company: statements and correspondence 2 35 Montpelier Grain Elev., Wendell Welling Purchaser, Grain Settlement and orders State of Idaho, Land Dept., lease rental papers 2 37 Utah Light and Power, Georgetown, Idaho: Lease-1931 and Equipment Rental Agreement Burgoyne Hotel: estimates for alterations 2 39 Burgoyne Hotel: rent records Abstract of title for Ed Burgoyne's Addition to Montpelier 1903 (green), Abstract of title, mortgage papers (gray) 2 41 United States Dept. of Agriculture, Soil Conservation, Cooperative Farm Demonstration 2 42 Miscellaneous: Montpelier Irrigation District 1919, Continental Life Insurance Company 1920, American War Mothers Ledger 1 : (Journal) January March

8 3 Ledger 2 : (DE ledger with letter tabs) 3 Ledger 3 : (Gray Journal) Apartment House Rent Book 3 Ledger 4 : (Gray with green tabs) 1930 October June 4 Book 1 : Check book balances/ stubs 1920 March 12 - August 7 4 Book 2 : Check book balances/ stubs 1923 February 5 - May 7 4 Book 3 : Check book balances/ stubs 1923 July 5 4 Book 4 : Check book balances/ stubs 1923 August 6 - November 22 4 Book 5 : Check book balances/ stubs 1924 November January 18 4 Book 6 : Check book balances/ stubs 195[?] August 8 - October 2 4 Book 7 : Check book balances/ stubs 195[?] October 3 - December 3 4 Book 8 : Check book balances/ stubs 193[?] December 10; 195[?] December 12-22; 196[?] December - January 4 4 Ledger 1 : ("Expense Account") before Ledger 2 : ("Register Queen Insurance Co.") News articles in front cover, expense accounts- indexed in front section with tabs 4 Ledger 3 : (red "Ledger") account book, index in front 8

9 4 Ledger 4 : (white with red corners) account recordsindexed 4 1 Tax papers Financial Figures: Burgoyne Hotel , Financial Figures for ranch, Burgoyne Hotel and personal (J. N. Downing) 5 1 Ledger 1, 3 [pages not numbered] business card for Hardy-Gaines Realty and letter to Paul Richelson from Elton D. Minkler, Wackrli and Co. May 29, & April Ledger 2, Page 17 Montpelier news clipping, Social Notes 5 2 Page 44 [not numbered- "Ranch expenses for 1922"] Federal Land Bank of Spokane: receipt 1924 February Page 73 The Equitable Life Assurance Society: Receipt 1925 December December Page 73 figures on back of First National Bank stationary 5 2 Page 83 Receipt No November Page 84 The Equitable Life Assurance Society Receipt 1928 December December Page 117 Eccles Browning Bank: J. N. Downing check 1925 September

10 5 2 Page 125 The Equitable Life Assurance Society: receipt 1929 December December Page 127 Interest Coupon 5 2 Page 129 The Service Depot - Statement for John Downing 1927 November Page 154 Inventory Ledger 3, Page 29 State of Idaho: certificate for registration of Burgoyne Hotel 1937 April 15 Ledger 3, Page 2 figures 1942 May Page 4 calculator tape with figures 1942 May Page 4 Texaco Service Station Statements: E. L. Downing 1942 April, May, July, August 5 4 Page 9 figures 5 4 Page 11 note 5 4 Page 80 calculator tape with figures 5 4 Back Cover Freight Bill: Downing and Downing Hotel 1947 October Back Cover In envelope: Tax Collectors Final Receipt, calculator print out 5 4 Back Cover In another envelope: Tax Collectors Final Receipt, calculator print out, Peck Bros Live Stock Commission company: Invoice 1949 December December 4; 1947 December

11 Ledger 4, Page 1 State of Idaho, State Insurance Fund, Boise, Idaho: Premium Statement 1937 February Page 253 calculator tape of figures Ledger 1, Front Cover Peck Bros. Live Stock Company: Invoice 1945 November Page 2 Utah Power and Light: Equipment Rental Agreement 1946 June Page 2 Log of Hotel Well 1935 June - July 5 6 Page 3 Federal Land Bank of Spokane Page 3 Policy continuation certificate 1943 January January Page 9 First Security Bank of Idaho - duplicate Deposit Ticket 5 6 Page 28 State of Idaho Brand Inspection Bureau: Certified Copy of Livestock Brand, Application for Livestock Brand 1934 December August Page 33 figures 5 6 Page 39 Federal Land Bank of Spokane 1951 January Page 45 Formula for weather-proof whitewash 5 6 Page 45 invoices for Peck Bros. Live Stock Commission Co

12 5 6 Page 46 U. S. Department of the Interior General Land Office: Grazing Lease Receipt to J. N. Downing and William Derricott 1946 March 11 Ledger 1, Back Cover Peck Bros. Live Stock Commission company: invoices 5 7 Back Cover John Clay and company Live Stock commission: To William Derricott 1946 & September 13, Friday 5 7 Back Cover Federal Land Bank of Spokane: statement 1946 August Back Cover Bear Lake County Wool-Pool: letter Back Cover State of Idaho Land Dept.: lease rental, official receipt 1946 December Back Cover Federal Land Bank of Spokane: statement 1946 February Back Cover In envelope: contracts and warranty deed 5 7 Back Cover letter from Utah Power and Light to E. L. Downing 1947 Ledger 2, Front Cover Custom Account Receipt no. 23 [?] November Front Cover Federal Land Bank of Spokane: bill/receipt 1928 August Front Cover Eccles-Browning Bank: loan 1926 July Front Cover Treasury Department Internal Revenue Service district of Idaho: Audit - John N. Downing, Montpelier 1928 August >Front Cover Bank of Montpelier: loan 1919 April

13 5 8 Front Cover Receipt to J.N. Downing - from: E. A. Burrell (teller/cashier) 5 8 Front Cover Eccles-Browning Bank: checks 1925 & Front Cover Deposit slip for First National Bank, Montpelier 1920 December Front Cover Release of Mortgage Front Cover Thiel and Olsen Bros.:statement 1926 Ledger 2, C D Tab Tax receipts V W Tab sale ticket to J. N. Downing, from Miles M. and E. Co April Page 15 Letter to Downing from Chris Sorensen 1921 May Page 20 grain invoice signed by Joseph H. Oakey 5 9 Page 26 Newspaper clipping of house plan 5 9 Page 26 figures on Hotel Burgoyne stationary "sold to Derricott ½ of list below" 5 9 Page 26 State Board of Land Commissioners: receipt and short letter 1930 October Page 26 Notice of Acceptance 1933 Wheat Adjustment Program 5 9 Page 29 Eccles-Browning Bank: J. N. Downing check Page 44 contract between John Downing and Walter H. Beckdolt for remodeling of Burgoyne Hotel 1926 December Page 49 Blank check with figures on back 13

14 Ledger 3, Front Cover In the Justice Court, Writ of Attachment, Idaho, John Downing 1923 January Page 9 Hall, Rm 44, Account Card 5 10 Page 19 Map for township 11 South, Range No. 43 E. Boise 5 10 Page 81 Receipts for Insured mail 1919 December Ledger 4, Page 63 Machinery on Ranch - Union Mutual Life Insurance Company: statement 5 11 Back Cover Montpelier Coal and Lumber Company: Balance Due March 31 Names and Subjects Personal Names : Downing, Edgar L. (Edgar Lee), Downing, John N. (John Newton), Richelson, Paul N. (Paul Newton), Geographical Names : Georgetown (Idaho)--History. Montpelier (Idaho)--History. Finding aid created by Special Collections and Archives