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Collection of Reading Company employment and real estate records

Accession 2176

Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
askhagley@hagley.org

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Collection of Reading Company employment and real estate records
Dates: 1836-1960
Accession Number: 2176
Creator: Reading Company.
Extent: 12 linear feet
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Manuscripts and Archives Department
Abstract: The Reading Company employment and real estate records comprise a largely incomplete and extremely fragmentary synthetic collection of material related to the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company and its successors. The collection comprises incomplete employment records largely dating from the first half of the twentieth century, records related to the employee pension program and the Relief Association, a small amount of contracts, and deeds and agreements reflecting the company's process of land acquisition following initial main line construction in the 1830s and through to the early twentieth century.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

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Historical Note

The Reading Company, chartered in 1871 as the Excelsior Enterprise Company, became the holding company for the system of railroads, canals and coal mines assembled by the predecessor Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company between 1833 and 1896.

The Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Company, incorporated April 4, 1833, was partly formed in response to complaints from both coal miners and operators concerning delays in shipments imposed by natural causes, such as the freezing of canals, as well as high tariffs and ferriage costs sanctioned by its rival, the Schuylkill Navigation Company. Initial construction of the Philadelphia & Reading’s main line began in 1835, but due to difficulties in securing labor and materials, work progressed slowly. The initial charter, granted in December 1833, authorized the company to construct a line a distance of fifty-eight miles along the Schuylkill River between Philadelphia and Reading, Pennsylvania; however, permission was sought from the state legislature to extend the line to Port Clinton in 1837, and from Port Clinton to Pottsville in 1838, principally to compete with the Schuylkill Navigation Company. On January 13, 1842, the entire ninety-five mile line was opened from Pottsville to Philadelphia, devoted almost exclusively to the transportation of anthracite coal.

Although the 1840s and 1850s proved disastrous for the rival Schuylkill Navigation Company, the Philadelphia & Reading enjoyed prosperity through much of the period. To secure traffic from the west, and to maintain a competitive edge with J. Edgar Thomson’s Pennsylvania Railroad, the Philadelphia & Reading in 1858 consolidated the Lebanon Valley Railroad, which began operations from Reading to Harrisburg earlier that year. The company increased the length of the line from fifty-four miles to 152 miles. The opening of the Catawissa, Williamsport & Erie Railroad in 1854 gave the P&R access to the Susquehanna Valley and a through line to Elmira, New York, thus opening the Great Lakes grain and iron ore trade to prominent Eastern markets. Other acquisitions opened access to the Delaware River, where the company purchased extensive wharfage and constructed its main freight yard at Port Richmond in Philadelphia. The port, which was once the largest railroad tidewater freight facility in the world, handled the vast majority of anthracite coal, iron ore, and grain destined for ocean-going ships.

After 1860, the P&R began to expand its operations further through the purchase, merger, lease, or stock control of additional properties, including coal laterals in the anthracite region; access to the Delaware River waterfront between Marcus Hook and Philadelphia; and a rail network through Southern New Jersey via the acquisition of the Atlantic City Railroad. Most importantly, the P&R gained access to New York Harbor in 1879 when it leased the North Pennsylvania Railroad and the Delaware & Bound Brook Railroad. In 1876, both railroads had entered into a tripartite agreement with the Central Railroad of New Jersey for joint traffic operations over the New York and Philadelphia line.

By the 1880s, however, the P&R’s expansion program proved overly ambitious, resulting in the company accumulating massive amounts of debt and a continuing burden of unpaid interest. The consequence was a series of three separate receiverships between 1880 and 1896. After a sequence of extended negotiations, the company reorganized as the Philadelphia & Reading Railway Company in 1896. Additionally, a holding company was formed to hold the stocks of the railway, coal, and iron interests of the Philadelphia & Reading. This company, known as the National Company and originally chartered in 1871 as the Excelsior Enterprise Co., acquired the P&R’s railway and coal and iron properties in 1896, and subsequently changed its name to the Reading Company. Thus, the company emerged from a tumultuous financial period stronger and more secure than at any point in its history.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia & Reading Railroad had since joined a growing number of railroads contributing to relief funds and establishing pension systems for their employees. On October 30th, 1888, representatives and employees of various P&R divisions and departments organized the Philadelphia and Reading Relief Association. Those employed by the company voluntarily contributed to the relief fund, with the company matching 10% per year up to $1 million, with 5% thereafter. On December 17, 1902, the Philadelphia & Reading became one of sixteen railroad companies in the nation to adopt a voluntary pension program for its employees, having an initial enrollment of eighty-nine. The pension system provided for “faithful” employees over the age of seventy, those who have been in continuous service with the company for thirty years, those between the ages of sixty-five and sixty-nine with thirty years of service and who had been injured, as well as those who were severely incapacitated while on the job.

As the Reading Company emerged from the twentieth century a stronger and more compact organization, political pressures mounted to take action against rail carriers to force them to give up their coal properties. As a result of anti-trust proceedings, the Reading Company divested itself of its mining subsidiary in 1923 and became an operating company for its rail properties. Thus, the Reading’s managers responded to the drop in anthracite trade by facilitating efforts to diversity railroad traffic in the 1930s through the 1950s. Despite this, the railroad’s return on capital investment averaged only 3.6 percent during that period. Strikes in the steel, anthracite, and cement industries cut deeply into the Reading’s earnings. By the 1960s, the Reading along with other Northeast rail carriers faced collapse with many falling into bankruptcy in the succeeding decade. The Reading formally filed for bankruptcy on November 23, 1971. Viable portions of the rail network were conveyed to Conrail on April 1, 1976. The reorganized Reading Company retains real estate and other non-rail assets.

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Scope and Content

The Reading Company employment and real estate records comprise a largely incomplete and extremely fragmentary synthetic collection of material mostly related to the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company and its successors. Such material includes incomplete employment records largely dating from the first half of the twentieth century, a small set of records related to the employee pension program and the Relief Association, contracts related mainly to equipment and trackage rights, and deeds and agreements reflecting the company's process of land acquisition following initial construction in the 1830s through the early twentieth century.

The Reading Company employee and personnel files represent one of the only existing archive of its kind. A small series of registers primarily lists employees who worked under the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad's Motive Power and Rolling Equipment (MP & RE) Department. They include employees from numerous P&RR shops and locations and span from 1888 to 1926. Along with the employee's name, most of the registers include such information as occupation, rate of pay and, in many cases, the dates in which an individual began and ended their employment. Additionally, most of the registers include an index of locations and shops. There is also a monthly employee check roll for those employed at the company's coal terminal at Port Richmond in Philadelphia between 1852 and 1856. Employee time books make up the bulk of the collection and cover Philadelphia and Reading operations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania in the early-to-mid twentieth century.

A series of employee applications document those individuals who applied for various positions at the Philadelphia and Reading Railway's engine house in Reading, Pennsylvania. Positions range from laborer to master mechanic. There are fewer applications for positions at the Lebanon, Pennsylvania, engine house, as well as the company's shops in Palo Alto, Pennsylvania. Applications for individuals with last names beginning with the letters N through V were not included as part of the original collection. Salary record cards document various employees' monthly pay rates throughout the year. The cards generally include the employee's occupation and work location. Additionally, a small series of special service files traces the employment history of several Motive Power & Rolling Equipment Department superintendents. The files include employment applications, biographical information, correspondence, and memos regarding the individual's various promotions through the ranks.

Pension and Relief Association files for Philadelphia and Reading employees are incomplete and extremely fragmentary, while some are more extensive than others. Information included within most of the files comprises the employee’s pension application - which includes employment history - along with intercompany correspondence acknowledging an employee’s enrollment into the program, changes in employment, their death, and notifications of checks made to their beneficiaries. The record of members of the Relief Association only includes workers employed at the Reading car shops, and contains such information as the employee's occupation, their per month contribution to the fund, certificate number, age, pay rate, and employment dates.

A small collection of contracts and leases made with other railroads, telegraph companies, and trust companies mostly involve equipment leases and trackage rights.

Records of the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company’s Real Estate Department are, like the employment records, extremely fragmentary and incomplete. However, the documents included offer some insight into the construction progress of the railroad’s main line after 1835, and sheds light on the company’s general property management and acquisition process throughout the nineteenth century.

Deeds, leases, and other agreements relate to the acquisition of property in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Much of the property purchased subsides on the railroad’s main line along the Schuylkill River extending from Pottsville, Pennsylvania, to Philadelphia. The bulk of the deeds and agreements in this series, however, originate from the late nineteenth century, and largely document the railroad’s expansionary efforts in that era via land acquisition in Philadelphia. Of particular interest is a circa 1840s memo discussing the right and certain obligations of the railroad to construct its Richmond Branch in Philadelphia. There is also a series of property damage claims and settlements from those living alongside the railroad’s main line during its initial construction phase in the late 1830s and early 1840s.

A small series of property plans document both the railroad’s main line and Lebanon Valley Branch near Robesonia, Pennsylvania. Plans from the 1850s show the former's junction with the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, as well as with the Philadelphia, Germantown, and Norristown Railroad. Plans of the company’s Lebanon Valley Branch include maps depicting the depot grounds at Robesonia, as well as the Robesonia furnace and other nearby plots. A series of fragmented miscellaneous material include property appraisals, a case involving property encroachment in Philadelphia, and other minor issues.

Lastly, a series of operating statements partly encompasses an incomplete run of monthly revenue and operating accounts of the Bloomsburg & Sullivan Railroad Company, a shortline railroad that operated in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, which became a Reading Company subsidiary in 1928. Additionally, a register kept by Daniel Jones, who began as the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company's Comptroller in 1881, gives summary statistics and general operating account data for the parent company and its various subsidiaries between 1881 and 1900, a turbulent financial period for the railroad. It includes wage statements, coal distribution, passenger counts, and profit and loss statements, thus giving insight into the company's overall financial volatility in the late nineteenth century.

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Arrangement

The Reading Company employment and real estate records are divided into five series:

Series I. Employment and personnel files, is divided into five subseries. Subseries A is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically; Subseries B is arranged alphabetically by location or division; Subseries C is arranged alphabetically by surname; Subseries D is arranged alphabetically by surname; Subseries E is arranged alphabetically by surname.

Series II. Pension and Relief Association files, is divided into two subseries. Subseries A is arranged alphabetically by surname; Subseries B is arranged chronologically.

Series III. Contracts and lease agreements, is arranged alphabetically by primary party.

Series IV. Real Estate Department records, is divided into four subseries, each arranged chronologically.

Series V. Operating statements, is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.

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Separated Material

About 3.5 linear feet of material that includes bills, car mileage statements, invoices, and material accounts and general expense lists from 1886 and the 1930s gifted to the Reading Company Technical & Historical Society, 500 South Third Street, Hamburg, PA 19526.

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Access Points

Gambler, Melissa D.
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Employment and personnel files, 1852-1959
Scope and Content
The employment and personnel files encompass limited and fragmentary documentation of Philadelphia and Reading employees in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
A small series of registers primarily lists employees who worked under the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad's Motive Power and Rolling Equipment (MP & RE) Department. They include employees from numerous P&RR shops and locations and span from 1888 to 1926. Along with the employee's name, most of the registers include such information as occupation, rate of pay and, in many cases, the dates in which an individual began and ended their employment. Additionally, most of the registers include an index of locations and shops. There is also a monthly employee check roll for those employed at the company's coal terminal at Port Richmond in Philadelphia between 1852 and 1856.
Employee time books cover Philadelphia and Reading operations throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania in the early-to-mid twentieth century.
A series of employee applications document those individuals who applied for various positions at the Philadelphia and Reading Railway's engine house in Reading, Pennsylvania. Positions range from laborer to master mechanic. There are fewer applications for positions at the Lebanon, Pennsylvania, engine house, as well as the company's shops in Palo Alto, Pennsylvania. Applications for individuals with last names beginning with the letters N through V were not included as part of the original collection. Salary record cards document various employees' monthly pay rates throughout the year. The cards generally include the employee's occupation and work location.
Lastly, a small series of special service files traces the employment history of several Motive Power & Rolling Equipment Department superintendents. The files include employment applications, biographical information, correspondence, and memos regarding the individual's various promotions through the ranks.
Arrangement
Subseries A: Employee registers, is arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
Subseries B: Time books, is arranged alphabetically by location or division.
Subseries C: Employment applications, is arranged alphabetically by surname.
Subseries D: Salary record cards, is arranged alphabetically by surname.
Subseries E: Special service files, is arranged alphabetically by surname.
A. Employee registers, 1852-1926
Volume
1 MP & RE Department, 1888-1894
Volume
2 MP & RE Department, 1894-1896
Volume
3 MP & RE Department, 1896-1901
Volume
4 MP & RE Department, 1899-1901
Volume
5 MP & RE Department, 1902
Volume
6 MP & RE Department, 1901-1903
Volume
7 MP & RE Department, 1903-1906
Volume
8 MP & RE Department, 1903-1906
Volume
9 MP & RE Department, 1906-1907
Volume
10 MP & RE Department, 1910-1926
Volume
11 MP & RE Department, 1905-1919 [Includes index of employees. Information recorded consists of the employee's date of birth, date of employment, and time made and lost for each month of the year.]
Volume
12 Port Richmond Terminal, Philadelphia - Monthly check roll, 1852-1856
B. Time books, 1901-1962
Box
1 Abrams, 1911-1913, 1923-1952; 8.0 items
1 Birdsboro, 1931-1934, 1944-1950; 3.0 items
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1-2 Bridgeport, 1902-1949; 53.0 items
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2 Bridgeport / Swedeland, 1902-1916; 2.0 items
2 Chester Springs / Chestnut and 7th Street / Colebrookdale, 1902-1948; 9.0 items
2 Douglasville, 1910-1960; 6.0 items
2 Downingtown, 1913-1931; 6.0 items
2 Elsmere Junction, 1951-1958; 1.0 item
2 Emmaus, 1935-1948; 4.0 items
2 Franklin Street, 1931-1933; 1.0 item
2 Green Lane, 1936-1952; 3.0 items
2 Girard and 31st Street / Howellville, 1914-1920; 2.0 items
2 Labanon, 1944; 2.0 items
2 Linfield / Lofty / Lorane, 1901-1917; 4.0 items
2 Manayunk Tunnel / Flat Rock Tunnel, 1915; 1.0 item
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3 Mason Force, 1910-1915; 2.0 items
3 Mill Lane, 1924-1929; 2.0 items
3 Monocacy, 1922-1949; 7.0 items
3 Norristown, 1919; 1.0 item
3 Oaks, 1944-1952; 1.0 item
3 Pennsburg, 1933-1936; 1.0 item
3 Perkiomen Junction, 1911, 1915-1942; 10.0 items
3 Perkiomen Junction / Pottstown / Valley Forge / Phoenixville, 1908-1910; 1.0 item
3 Phoenixville, 1902-1950; 16.0 items
3 Planning Mill, 1954-1963; 3.0 items
Box
3-5 Pottstown, 1902-1962; 103.0 items
Box
5 Port Kennedy, 1902-1912, 1935-1947; 7.0 items
Box
5-6 Reading Division, 1902-1912, 1921-1954; 31.0 items
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6 Reading & New York Division, 1931-1936; 1.0 item
6 Royersford, 1921-1948; 9.0 items
6 Sanatoga, 1918-1930; 3.0 items
6 Schwenksville, 1912-1943; 4.0 items
6 Swedeland, 1904, 1916-1936; 3.0 items
6 Wilmington, 1951-1956; 2.0 items
6 Woodlane, 1902-1910, 1916-1919; 2.0 items
6 Zionsville, 1928-1938; 2.0 items
Volume
16 Unidentified location, 1878 June-1883 July; 1.0 volume
Box
6 Unidentified locations, 1901-1902, 1921, 1932; 3.0 items
C. Employment applications, 1917-1949
Box
7 A - M, 1917-1949
7 S [Includes application for William P. Speidal only]
7 W - Z, 1917-1949
D. Salary record cards, 1918-1920
Box
7-8 A - Z, 1918-1920; 20.0 folders
E. Special service files, 1922-1975
Box
8 Fisher, Franklin G., 1928-1963
8 Crossland, George Kermit, 1938-1975
8 Fister, Walter A. W., 1923-1956
8 Galloway, Alexander K., 1935-1942
8 Gangewere, Earnest P., 1922-1950
8 Gill, Charles A., 1932-1944
8 Hill, Howard, 1923-1956
II. Pension and Relief Association files, 1888-1926
Scope and Content
The pension files for individual Philadelphia and Reading employees are incomplete and extremely fragmentary, while some are more extensive than others. Information included within most of the files comprises the employee’s pension application - which includes employment history - along with intercompany correspondence acknowledging an employee’s enrollment into the program, changes in employment, their death, and notifications of checks made to their beneficiaries.
This series also includes three registers of employees enrolled in the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Co.'s pension system, as well as a single record of workers who were members of the Philadelphia and Reading Relief Association following its organization in 1888.
The employee pension records includes one volume (13) which comprises more detailed employee information such as the pensioner's name, birth and death dates, occupation and employment location, pension number, number of years service, and the date in which the pension took effect. Volumes 14 and 15 only include a list of employee names categorized by occupation, which were largely used to keep track of an employee's age and start date. The record of members of the Relief Association only includes workers employed at the Reading car shops, and contains such information as the employee's occupation, their per month contribution to the fund, certificate number, age, pay rate, and employment dates.
Arrangement
Subseries A: Individual files, is arranged alphabetically by surname.
Subseries B: Registers, is arranged chronologically.
A. Individual files
Box
8 Allspach, Morgan, 1926
8 Baeker, Axel E., 1915
8 Barr, John W., 1902-1920
8 Boyer, Henry A., 1916
8 Briner, William, 1915
8 Buckley, Michael, 1902-1920
8 Calnan, Michael, 1902-1922
8 Clark, Henry H., 1902-1917
8 Eiler, Frank, 1910-1923
8 Ermold, Daniel, 1902
8 Felix, Daniel G., 1906
8 Fox, John B., 1902-1919
8 Fredrick, Peter, 1902-1904
8 Fricke, Henry, 1902-1903
8 Gossler, Jacob, 1920
8 Gruber, Benjamin K., 1914-1923
8 Haas, Levi B., 1902-1914
8 Heck, Jared, 1917
8 Henkel, Jacob, Sr., 1902-1920
8 Hepworth, Benjamin, 1902-1909
8 Hillman, William A., 1903-1904
8 Holton, John, 1902-1913
8 Johnson, William H., 1919
8 Killian, Timothy, 1913-1922
8 Kraus, Jacob, 1902-1913
8 Kurfess, Frank A., 1902-1915
8 Lieb, Samuel, 1902-1914
8 MacLean, Daniel J., 1914
8 McCaffrey, Michael, 1902-1909
8 McDonnell, Samuel, 1915
8 Metz, Robert, 1908
8 Missimer, Horace B., 1902
8 Moser, Mabry M., 1917
8 Neeb, Charles F., Sr., 1904-1909
8 Osiander, Jacob, 1903-1922
8 Price, Jacob, Sr., 1903-1915
8 Reber, Samuel, 1914-1924
8 Reigel, Franklin, 1902-1924
8 Rettew, Jacob B., 1902-1908
8 Rowley, Alexander, 1903-1920
8 Schmitt, Friedrich, 1903
8 Schroeder, George P., 1902
8 Seiders, John Y., 1902-1903
8 Shaffer, Josiah, 1914
8 Shearer, William A., 1903-1912
8 Stadler, Aaron W., 1902-1917
8 Smith, Frederick J., 1903-1911
8 Smith, John W., 1910-1917
8 Staub, John R., 1908-1909
8 Till, John J., 1903
8 Turner, Harry, 1910-1919
8 Weidenhammer, William, 1903-1921
8 Weiderhold, Henry, 1902-1910
8 Welk, Christian, 1926
8 West, Adam C., 1902-1924
8 Williams, George, 1902-1913
8 Zieber, Joseph, 1902-1919
B. Registers
Box
8 Relief Association member record, 1888-1891
Volume
13 Employee pension register, undated
Volume
14 Employee pension register, undated
Volume
15 Employee pension register, undated
III. Contracts and lease agreements, 1869-1975
Scope and Content
Consists of a small collection of contracts and leases made with other railroads, telegraph companies, and trust companies and mostly involve equipment leases and trackage rights.
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by primary party.
Box
8 Baltimore and Ohio Railroad et al. - interchange of traffic, 1898
Box
8 Central Trust Company of New York, trustee - equipment lease, 1899
Box
8 East Pennsylvania Railroad Co. - lease of railroad, 1869, 1965 [includes supplemental 1965 agreement]
Box
8 L. C. L. Corporation - container car delivery, 1931
Box
8 Morgan Guaranty Trust Company of New York - collateral notes, 1963
Box
8 New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Co. - working conditions, Mechanical Department foreman, 1951 [agreement made with the American Railway Supervisors' Association]
Box
8 North Pennsylvania Railroad Co. - lease of railroad, 1879, 1952 [includes supplemental 1952 agreement]
Box
8 Pennsylvania Schuylkill Valley Railroad Co. - trackage rights on Frackville Branch, 1887-1923
Box
8 Philadelphia, Reading and Pottsville Telegraph Co. - telegraph line maintenance, 1931
Box
8 Reading Company Equipment Trust - equipment leases, 1907-1930 [Series E, F, G, H, K, L, and M]
Box
8 Schuylkill River East Side Railroad Co. et al. - trackage rights, 1898
Box
8 Western Maryland Railway Company - joint operations, Rutherford and Hagerstown, 1923-1955
IV. Real Estate Department records, 1836-1930
Scope and Content
Records of the Philadelphia and Reading Railway Company’s Real Estate Department are extremely fragmentary and incomplete. The first series comprises deeds, leases, and other agreements related to the acquisition of property in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Much of the property purchased subsides on the railroad’s main line along the Schuylkill River extending from Reading, Pennsylvania, to Philadelphia. The bulk of the deeds and agreements in this series, however, originate from the late nineteenth century, and largely document the railroad’s expansionary efforts in that era via land acquisition in Philadelphia. Of particular interest is a circa 1840s memo discussing the right and certain obligations of the railroad to construct its Richmond Branch in Philadelphia. There is also a series of property damage claims and settlements from those living alongside the railroad’s main line during its initial construction phase in the late 1830s and early 1840s. Most of the claims occurred within the city of Philadelphia, while others extend into Montgomery County. Claims range from damages to land and fence posts to house fires caused by nearby locomotives.
A small series of property plans document both the railroad’s main line and Lebanon Valley Branch near Robesonia, Pennsylvania. Plans from the 1850s show the former's junction with the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, as well as with the Philadelphia, Germantown, and Norristown Railroad. Plans of the company’s Lebanon Valley Branch include maps depicting the depot grounds at Robesonia, as well as the Robesonia furnace and other nearby plots. Lastly, a small series of fragmented miscellaneous material include property appraisals, a case involving property encroachment in Philadelphia, and other minor issues.
Arrangement
Each subseries is arranged chronologically.
A. Deeds, leases, and agreements, 1836-1930
Box
9 P. & R. RR to John Nese, rental of house and lot, 1836 April 4
9 Heirs of Frederick Gaul to P. & R. RR, triangular piece of land in Philadelphia, 1840
9 Measures and obligations re: railroad construction, Philadelphia, circa 1840 [memo likely incomplete; discusses the Richmond Branch]
9 Note on railroad construction on property in Schuylkill Township, 1841 April 9
9 Bond and warrant to Harriet S. Dodson, 1850 [George B. W. Ball and Charles H. Ball, trustees]
9 Benjamin Bullock to John Tucker, sale of lot at Broad and Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia, 1851; 3.0 items
9 Patrick O'Reilly to P. & R. RR, land in Pottstown, 1852
9 Lots held by C. H. Muirheid in Port Richmond District, Philadelphia, 1853 May 7
9 Bill for purchase of lots at Bridgeport, 1860
9 John C. Smith to P. & R. RR, land in Pottsgrove Township, 1864
9 Mortgage, P. & R. RR to Dr. Charles Noble, land in 25th ward of Philadelphia, 1867, 1869; 2.0 items
9 Stewart Lyle to P. & R. RR, land in Merion Township, 1868
9 Bond, P. & R. RR to John Grindrod, land in Lower Merion Township, 1869
9 Mortgage, P. & R. RR to John Freedley estate, three lots in Bridgeport, 1869
9 John W. Gloninger to P. & R. RR, land in North Lebanon Township, 1870
9 John Mercer to P. & R. RR, rental of property in 23rd ward of Philadelphia, 1870
9 Daniel Rothenberger to P. & R. RR, land in Muhlenberg Township, 1871
9 Charles F. Snyder to P. & R. RR, land in Philadelphia, 1871
9 Land in Upper Providence Township leased to P. & R. Railroad, 1871
9 Mortgage, P. & R. RR to William B. Kugler, land in Limerick Township, 1872
9 Bond, P. & R. RR and Franklin Gowen to the executors of the Elizabeth A. Bunting estate, 1879
9 Mordecai Pearson to Berks County Railroad, land in Maidencreek Township, circa 1875
9 Daniel Werley to Berks County Railroad, land in Maidencreek Township, circa 1875
9 Deed poll, George Deb. Keim to Charles and Frederick Berlinger, land in the 17th ward of Philadelphia, 1882
9 Public road through Merion Iron Company's land, West Conshohocken, 1883
9 Letter discussing purchase of land from Algernon Roberts estate, near the West Falls, 1884 October 22
9 George W. Bean to P. & R. RR, land at Perkiomen Junction, 1884
9 David Brown and George Adams to Reading & Pottsville RR, construction of tracks, North Manheim Township, 1884
9 Mortgage assignment, 29th ward of Philadelphia, 1884
9 Affidavit and release, land owned by the Rubicam estate, 1889
9 Trust declaration, Gordon Chambers - land in 14th ward of Philadelphia, 1891
9 Bond and warrant to John Dobson, 1891
9 Mortgage assignment, J. W. Jones to P. & R. RR, land on west side of Twenty-Third Street, Philadelphia, 1900
9 Joseph Kendall to P. & R. RR, land for siding in Limerick, Pa., 1870, 1907; 5.0 items
9 Reading Company to inhabitants of Manheim Township, strip of land for public road, 1908
9 George Leary to P. & R. RR, lot in 25th ward of Philadelphia, 1909
9 P. & R. RR to Eastern Real Estate Company, land in the 25th ward of Philadelphia, 1912
9 Robert Earp estate to P. & R. RR, cancellation of rent on land in 9th ward of Philadelphia, 1921
9 P. & R. RR with James Elverson, Jr., right to construct building at corner of Broad and Callowhill Streets, Philadelphia, 1922
9 P. & R. RR to Good Roads Company, Inc., lease of lot in Allentown, Pa., 1930
B. Damage claims and settlements, 1836-1883
Box
9 Settlement of damages - John Coffey, Schuylkill Township, 1836
9 Settlement of damages - Estate of Elizabeth Roberts, Blockley Township, Philadelphia County, 1838
9 Settlement of damages - Jepse Kansell(?), Lower Merion Township, 1838
9 Notice of jury appointment to assess property damage, Philadelphia County, 1838
9 Settlement of damages - Heirs of Henry Crow, Lower Merion Township, 1839
9 Receipt for payment of damages - Caleb Fellows and John P. Owen, Philadelphia County, 1839
9 Amicable action case, 1839 [Railroad construction through the property of Isaac Roberts in Blockley Township, Philadelphia County]
9 Waiver of damages for railroad construction on the property of Samuel Smyth, 24th ward of Philadelphia, 1839
9 Notice preventing further railroad construction pending settlement of damages to Catharine Campman's land, Philadelphia County, 1840
9 Notice of jury appointment to assess property damage, John Turner and John Wright, Philadelphia County, 1840
9 Property damage case - James Vanderslice, Schuylkill Township, 1841
9 Settlement of damages - Hugh Scott, 1843
9 Settlement of damages - James Bush and John Freedley, Norristown, Pa., 1847
9 Settlement of damages - Mary Rambo's house, Upper Merion Township, 1848
9 Waiver of damages for siding construction, Upper Merion Township, 1865 [land owned by William Rambo]
9 Settlement of damages - Daniel Daub(?), Pottstown, 1866
9 Damage claims - High & Geiger, Reading, Pa., 1881 [note from George F. Baer written on postal card]
9 Settlement of damages - Joanna Hatten, 28th ward of Philadelphia, 1883
C. Plans and plots, 1850-1876, undated
Box
MD-97 Junction with Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad, 1850 April
MD-97 Upper Merion Township, circa 1850
MD-97 Property of Anthony Ruffner at junction of Nicetown Lane and Germantown Pike, Philadelphia, circa 1850
MD-97 Junction with Philadelphia, Germantown, and Norristown Railroad, circa 1850
Box
9 Tusculum and Gurney Streets, Philadelphia, circa 1860
9 Plan of proposed siding below Robesonia, Lebanon Valley Branch Railroad, 1872 [Includes agreement Levi Gaul]
9 Plan showing right of way through property of Jacob Eberling, Muhlenberg Township, 1875 [includes agreement]
9 Depot ground at Robesonia Station, Lebanon Valley Branch Railroad, 1876 [Property of Nathaniel Ferguson and William White; includes deed, Nathaniel Ferguson and wife to P. & R. RR] ; 5.0 items
9 Property of Gideon Bailer released to Berks County Railroad, Lynnport, Pa., undated [includes property description]
9 Line of railroad through property of Frederick Stoever, near Schuylkill Falls, undated
D. Miscellany, 1869-1906
Box
9 Miscellaneous letters, 1869-1882 [an 1882 letter discusses a land purchase in the 11th ward of Philadelphia; an 1881 letter from George F. Baer discusses unpaid land damages; and an 1869 letter from Franklin B. Gowen briefly touches on costs paid in the "Richards case "] ; 3.0 items
9 Cost estimation, raising grade at Matson Ford Road, West Conshohocken, 1883 October 30
9 Real estate appraisals, 1891-1892; 6.0 letters
9 Property encroachment - Hugh McDevitt, East Falls Station, Philadelphia, 1901-1906
9 Notice re: bond offerings - Wharf property on Delaware River, Philadelphia, undated
V. Operating statements, 1881-1919
Scope and Content
Comprises an incomplete run of monthly revenue and operating statements of the Bloomsburg & Sullivan Railroad Company, a shortline railroad that operated in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. It became a Reading Company subsidiary in 1928. Additionally, a register kept by Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company's Comptroller Daniel Jones gives summary statistics and general operating account data for the parent company and its various subsidiaries between 1880 and 1900, including the Philadelphia and Reading Coal and Iron Company. It includes wage statements, coal distribution, passenger counts, and profit and loss statements.
Arrangement
Arranged alphabetically and then chronologically.
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17 Bloomsburg & Sullivan Railroad Co. - Monthly revenue accounts and ledger balances, 1890-1895
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18 Bloomsburg & Sullivan Railroad Co. - Monthly revenue accounts and ledger balances, 1902-1907
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19 Bloomsburg & Sullivan Railroad Co. - Monthly revenue accounts and ledger balances, 1907-1913
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20 Bloomsburg & Sullivan Railroad Co. - Monthly revenue accounts and ledger balances, 1913-1919
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21 Philadelphia & Reading Railroad Co. - Comptroller's register, 1881-1899