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Collection Title: Gaston (Paul L.) Insurance Agency Journal

Collection Number: M206

Dates: 1931-1935

Volume: 1 volume (.65 cu. ft.)

Provenance: Donated by Miss Jessie Morrison, July 1979. Miss Morrison is the daughter of Mr. William S. Morrison, one of the founders of the Riverside Brick and Manufacturing Company. This journal was received with the Riverside Brick and Manufacturing Company/Hammond-Baton Rouge Brick Company Records Collection.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Paul L. Gaston was a Hattiesburg, Mississippi, insurance agent and businessman. His general insurance office was located in the Ross Building, Room 404, in 1921 and his home was at 111 Bay Street. Although the exact dates of the founding and termination of Gaston's insurance business are not known, his office was in operation by 1921; by 1941 the agency was listed as Gaston and Gaston but in 1944 the business was no longer included in the Hattiesburg City Directory.

Gaston was also part-owner of two brick manufacturing companies, the Riverside Brick and Manufacturing Company and the Hammond-Baton Rouge Brick Company. The Riverside plant was located in Hattiesburg, and Gaston was its secretary-treasurer from approximately 1904 until it was sold in 1927. The Hammond-Baton Rouge Brick Company was built in Baptist, Louisiana, in 1920.

It is not known when Gaston ended his association with this plant, but it continued to be partly owned by the Gaston family through the 1970's.

Scope and Content:

This journal (1931-1935) from Paul L. Gaston's Hattiesburg, Mississippi, insurance agency contains a monthly record for each insurance company Gaston represented. These records include the names of his clients, a description of the property insured, the amount of the insurance, and the premiums paid. Significantly, the descriptions sometimes include addresses of the insured property.

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