The University of Southern Mississippi -- McCain Library and Archives
Historical Manuscripts Home
Alphabetical List of All Collections | Collections Listed By Subject


Collection Title: Lindsey Wagon Company Records

Collection Number: M444

Inclusive Dates: 1905-1984

Volume: 15.2 cu.ft.

Provenance: Transferred by the City of Laurel.

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:
The Lindsey Wagon Company was founded in Laurel, Mississippi in 1900 by John Lindsey, designer of the patented Lindsey Eight-Wheel Wagon (patent dated 3 Jan 1899). Lindsey Wagons were designed for the transportation of felled timber through marshy areas and other difficult terrain and were sold throughout the Western Hemisphere. The last Lindsey wagon was produced in 1964. The Company was the oldest manufacturing company in Laurel and the largest manufacturer in a primarily agrarian state. The last remaining building and its contents are owned by the City of Laurel.

The collection includes twenty-seven journals and ledgers, office files, maps, and architectural drawings. There are also office files of the Fuller Hickory Mill and the Gorman Lumber Company. The Lindsey Family was related to the Fuller Family by marriage and both the Lindsey Wagon Company and the Fuller Hickory Mill did Business with the Gorman Lumber Company.  Based on these records it seems that Fuller picked up where Lindsey left off and conducted operations, at least for some time, in both names.  It is unclear when the property last changed hands.  Economic issues seem to have impacted all three businesses, with only Lindsey successfully rebounding.  For Lindsey it was the Great Depression; account books tell the tale of growth and shrinkage of trade.  Fuller and Gorman both dealt heavily with Masonite Corp. and were severely hit when that company closed or shifted operation, as was the case when there was a strike in the 1960s.  Difficult fiscal times are reflected in the tale told throughout the Gorman records.

Scope and content:
The three companies involved make for three series in the collection:
Series I:  Lindsey Wagon Company (1905 - 1943)
Series II:  Fuller Hickory Mill (1957 - 1965)
Series III:  Gorman Lumber Company (1977 - 1984)

Series I contains primarily ledgers and accounting records from 1905 to 1943.  Included in this are very detailed accounts for 1925 in the form of a Running Ledger and a Master Accounts Ledger.  The correspondence in this series ranges from 1921 to 1939 and includes some hand-crafted diagrams.  Commercial advertising brochures and catalogs from the 1920s and 1930s also appear here.

Series II picks up with the Fuller Hickory Mill in 1957.  However, some of these records also refer to the Lindsey Wagon Company.  The preponderance of this series is concerned with bills, banking, sales and taxes.  One folder within detailed quarterly employee tax information from 1964 is Restricted but can be sanitized of Social Security numbers on a few forms and then released.

Series III addresses the Gorman Lumber Company, primarily in the early 1980s.  The office records included in this series form a snap-shot of sorts of the business in 1981-1982 with occasional records before and after that window.  The series concludes with pulpwood receipts from 1984.

Related Collections:
M246-3          Photo (digitized) of an 8-wheel Lindsey Wagon

Processing Information:
Collection processed and finding aid written by Yvonne Arnold and Linda Matthews, July 2009.

Box and Folder List:

 

Series I:  Lindsey Wagon Company

Boxes 1 - 21


Box 1

 

 

Folder

1

Brochures, Catalogs, Flyers - Part 1 (1920s-1930s)

Folder

2

Brochures, Catalogs, Flyers - Part 2 (1920s-1930s)

Folder

3

Cancelled Checks (May 1919)

Folder

4

Correspondence (1938-1939) - includes diagrams

Folder

5

Correspondence (1936-1937)

Folder

6

Correspondence (1934-1935)

Folder

7

Correspondence (1932-1933)

Folder

8

Correspondence (1930-1931) - includes diagrams

Folder

9

Correspondence (1921-1929)

Folder

10

American Railways Express Co - Rate Tables, 1925

 

 

 

Box 2

 

Ledger:  Apr - Oct 1922 (pages numbered on recto, written on verso)

 

 

 

Box 3

 

Ledger:  Nov 1923 - Aug 1924

 

 

 

Box 4

 

Ledger:  Nov 1928 - Nov 1929

 

 

 

Box 5

 

Ledger:  Dec 1929 - Dec 1933 -- Fragile

 

 

 

Box 6

 

Shipping Tickets/Bills of Lading (Mar-Apr 1929)

 

 

 

Box 7

 

Shipping Tickets/Bills of Lading (Apr-May 1929, May-Jun 1929)

 

 

 

Box 8

 

Shipping Tickets/Bills of Lading (Jun-Jul 1929, Jul-Aug 1929)

 

 

 

Box 9

 

Office Documents:  Check Register (Aug-Dec 1932), Bank Statement w/cancelled checks (Feb 1920), Workman's Weekly Time Book (Mar 1939) (reflects odd jobs in glass, brick, flooring, & plumbing), Unidentified Key

 

 

 

Box 10

 

5 Ledgers:  1905-1910 (sales/expense), 1910-1911 (payroll), 1913 (work/pay), 1914, Undated (end of year summary ca. 1929)

 

 

 

Box 11

 

3 Ledgers:  1919-1920, 1920, 1920-1921

 

 

 

Box 12

 

2 Ledgers:  1922, 1922-1923

 

 

 

Box 13

 

3 Ledgers:  1921-1922, 1923 (Jan-Oct), 1924

 

 

 

Box 14

 

3 Ledgers:  1924-1925, 1925-1926, 1926 (Feb-Nov)

 

 

 

Box 15

 

3 Ledgers:  1926-1927, 1933-1941, 1941-1943

 

 

 

Box 16

 

1925 Running Ledger (606/900 pages used, includes end of year reconciliation; income/expense)

 

 

 

Box 17

 

1925 Master Accounts Ledger (profit/loss, salary & wage, income, discounts) [date based on notation at Gibbs entry in FHJK section]

 

 

 

Box 18

 

Dun & Bradstreet, Book 7, Vol 305, May 1940

 

 

 

Box 19

 

Ledger: 1923-1924 (pencil entries)

 

 

 

Box 20

 

Ledger: 1909-1910 -- Fragile

 

 

 

Box 21

 

Ledger:  1906

 

Series II:  Fuller Hickory Mill

Boxes 22 - 25

Box 22

 

Office Records: Bills Paid

Folder

1

Bills Paid (A-H)

Folder

2

Bills Paid (I-M)

Folder

3

Bills Paid (N-R)

Folder

4

Bills Paid (S)

Folder

5

Bills Paid (Standard Oil Co.)

Folder

6

Bills Paid (T-U)

Folder

7

Bills Paid (V-Z)

 

 

 

Box 23

 

Office Records:  Bank & Correspondence (1957 - 1965)

Folder

1

Commercial National Bank & Trust (1965)

Folder

2

Commercial National Bank & Trust (1964)

Folder

3

Commercial National Bank & Trust (1963)

Folder

4

Commercial National Bank & Trust (1962)

Folder

5

Commercial National Bank & Trust (1960-1961)

Folder

6

Commercial National Bank & Trust (1957-1959)

Folder

7

Fetterman & Son (1964)

Folder

8

Insurance Claim re: Milton Jordan (1962-1963)

Folder

9

Lewis Machine & Welding Service (1963-1964)

 

 

 

Box 24

 

Office Records:  Sales (Jul - Aug 1965)

Folder

1

Sales (Dec 1965)

Folder

2

Sales (Nov 1965)

Folder

3

Sales (Oct 1965)

Folder

4

Sales (Sep 1965)

Folder

5

Sales (Aug 1965)

Folder

6

Sales (Jul 1965)

 

 

 

Box 25

 

Office Records: Sales (Nov 1964-Jun 1965), Taxes (1962-1965)

Folder

1

Sales (Jun 1965)

Folder

2

Sales (May 1965)

Folder

3

Sales (Apr 1965)

Folder

4

Sales (Mar 1965)

Folder

5

Sales (Nov 1964)

Folder

6

Taxes 1964

Folder

7

Taxes 1963

Folder

8

Taxes 1965

Folder

9

Taxes 1964

Folder

10

Turner Supply Co. (1964-1965)

 

 

 

 

Series III:  Gorman Lumber Company

Boxes 26 - 32

Box 26

 

Office Records: Aetna - Fontaine (1977-1984)

Folder

1

Aetna Life & Casualty (workman’s comp) (1980, 1981)

Folder

2

Ainsworth Machine & Tool Works (Jun 1981-Jun 1982)

Folder

3

American Coffee & Vending Service (Jun-Dec 1982)

Folder

4

American Wood (30 Nov 1982)

Folder

5

B&B Muffler (Apr - Oct 1982)

Folder

6

B&R Industrial Supply (Mar 1982)

Folder

7

Barksdale Bonding & Insurance (1981)

Folder

8

Beard's Feed Store (Jan-Oct 1982)

Folder

9

Blue's Curb Store (fuel) (Aug 1982 - Jan 1983)

Folder

10

Brady Electric (Nov 1981-Nov 1982)

Folder

11

Burrough's Diesel Truck Center (Mar-Sep 1982)

Folder

12

Bush Wrecker Service (Dec 1981-Jun 1982)

Folder

13

Cash Payments (Jan 1981-Jul 1982)

Folder

14

Chevron Credit Card (1977, 1982)

Folder

15

Christian Auto Supply (Dec 1981-Sep 1982)

Folder

16

City Glass Co. (Jan-Sep 1982)

Folder

17

Coastal Machinery of Hattiesburg (May-Nov 1982)

Folder

18

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. (1979-1982)

Folder

19

Crumbley Paper Co. (Jan-Dec 1982)

Folder

20

Denson Oil Co. (Chevron) (Nov 1981-Nov 1982)

Folder

21

Doctor Bills (personal) (1982)

Folder

22

Endom Welding & Trailer Repair (Nov 1982)

Folder

23

Exxon - Victor Walters Dist. (Jul 1981 - Nov 1982)

Folder

24

Fire Extinguisher (B&S) (Nov 1981 - Sep 1982)

Folder

25

Fontaine Truck Equipment Co. (Mar 1982)

 

 

 

Box 27

 

Office Records: Forestry - Laurel (1981-1982)

Folder

1

Forestry Suppliers Inc (Jun, Nov, Dec 1982)

Folder

2

Gator Hydrostatics (Feb - Jun 1982)

Folder

3

Great Southern Industries (Sep 1981-Jul 1982)

Folder

4

Hannaco Knives & Saws (Sep-Oct 1982)

Folder

5

Hardware (Ace & Freeman) (1981-1982)

Folder

6

Hub City Malco (1981, 1982)

Folder

7

Hughes-Henry Equipment (May 1982)

Folder

8

Hydra-Power (1981, 1982)

Folder

9

Hyster (Apr-May 1982)

Folder

10

Industrial Welding & Machine (Mar 1982)

Folder

11

Jackson Mack Sales (Feb- Nov 1982)

Folder

12

JadaBec Inc (first aid) (Mar, May 1982)

Folder

13

J.J. Auto Parts (Dec 1981 - Apr 1982)

Folder

14

Knight Welders Supply (Mar-Dec 1982)

Folder

15

Kolb & Co. (Toro) (Sep 1981-Oct 1982)

Folder

16

Land Tax (1981)

Folder

17

Laurel A-1 Tire Center (Aug 1981-Sep 1982)

Folder

18

Laurel Electric Supply (Nov 1981-Feb 1982)

Folder

19

Laurel Machine & Foundry - Part 1 (Jun-Dec 1982)

Folder

20

Laurel Machine & Foundry - Part 2 (Mar-May 1982)

 

 

 

Box 28

 

Office Records:  Laurel - Nordan's (1981-1982)

Folder

1

Laurel Oil & Supply (Sep 1981-Jul 1982)

Folder

2

Laurel Truck Parts & Supply - Part 1 (Jan-Nov 1982)

Folder

3

Laurel Truck Parts & Supply - Part 2 (Jul-Dec 1981)

Folder

4

Lomax Printers & Stationers (Dec 1981 - Jul 1982)

Folder

5

M&E Sales (1982)

Folder

6

McNeil Tractor & Equipment (Mar 1981-Sep 1982)

Folder

7

Moffatt Bearings Co./American Industrial Resources (Dec 1981-Nov 1982)

Folder

8

Monroe Mack Sales (Aug 1981-Jul 1982)

Folder

9

Moore Business Forms (Feb 1982)

Folder

10

Motion Industries (Mar, Oct 1982)

Folder

11

Motorola (Dec 1981-Aug 1982)

Folder

12

National Fire Extinguisher (May 1981-Aug 1982)

Folder

13

National Welding Supply (Oct - Dec 1982)

Folder

14

Nordan's Welding & Safety Supplies (Sep 1981-Sep 1982)

 

 

 

Box 29

 

Office Records: North - Robison (1981-1983)

Folder

1

North American Products (May-Oct 1982)

Folder

2

Office Supply Co. (Jun-Dec 1982)

Folder

3

Orleans Coastal Equipment/Coastal Machinery of Hattiesburg (Sep 1981-Sep 1982)

Folder

4

Pacific Saw & Knife (Mar 1981-Oct 1982)

Folder

5

Pan Am Service Station (May-Nov 1982)

Folder

6

Phillips Building Supply (Aug 1981-Nov 1982)

Folder

7

Chris Posey Chevrolet (Mar 1982-Jan 1983)

Folder

8

Poole Wheel Service (Mar - Oct 1982)

Folder

9

Purolator Courier (Jul 1981-Mar 1982)

Folder

10

Realtors (Beard, Murdock & Jefcoat) (1982)

Folder

11

Reliable Supply (Aug 1981 - Dec 1982)

Folder

12

Rex Timber Contract (E.W. Douglas Property) (1981-1982)

Folder

13

Robin Hood Supplies (Aug-Sep 1982) & Rogers Auto Parts (Oct 1981-Dec 1982)

Folder

14

Robison Tire Co. (Jan-Dec 1982)

 

 

 

Box 30

 

Office Records: Saul's - Wansley (1980 - 1983)

Folder

1

Saul's Enterprises (Oct 1981-Sep 1982)

Folder

2

Signode Corp. (May-Dec 1982)

Folder

3

Snap-On Tools (Dec 1981)

Folder

4

Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (Jul 1982-Jan 1983)

Folder

5

Stribling-Puckett (Caterpillar) (Apr-Aug 1982)

Folder

6

Super Truck Stop (Mar-Sep 1982)

Folder

7

Taylor's Small Engine Repair (Apr-Dec 1982)

Folder

8

Texaco (Caltron Oil) (Oct 1981-Dec 1982)

Folder

9

Tilton Equipment (Sep 1981-Sep 1982)

Folder

10

Tree Farmer Equipment Co. (Apr-Jun 1982)

Folder

11

Tri-State Mill Supply (Nov 1981-Aug 1982)

Folder

12

Trucks Inc./T-Town Truck & Trailer Repairs (Oct 1981-May 1982)

Folder

13

Tuco Wire Rope & Slings (Oct 1981-Jan 1983)

Folder

14

United Tire & Rubber (Dec 1980-Jan 1981)

Folder

15

Universal Auto Parts (May 1981-Dec 1982)

Folder

16

Universal Wear Parts (Universal Saw & Tool) (Aug-Oct 1981)

Folder

17

Wansley Machine & Welding Service (WAMCO) - Part 1 (Feb-Oct 1982)

Folder

18

Wansley Machine & Welding Service (WAMCO) - Part 2 (Jan-Feb 1982)

Folder

19

Wansley Machine & Welding Service (WAMCO) - Part 3 (Nov-Dec 1981)

 

 

 

Box 31

 

Office Records: Watts - Wright, Miscellaneous (1977 - 1982)

Folder

1

Watts & Mauldin Safety Service (Jan - Oct 1992)

Folder

2

Williams Auto Supply (Oct 1981-Nov 1982)

Folder

3

Williams Electric (Feb - Apr 1981)

Folder

4

The Wright Co. (Dec 1981-Oct 1982)

Folder

5

Johnnie Wright Radiator Repair & Welding Service (Apr 1981-Dec 1982)

Folder

6

Miscellaneous A-M

Folder

7

Miscellaneous N-Z

Folder

8

Miscellaneous N-Z Receipts (stapled w/carbons)

Folder

9

Miscellaneous Receipts (1977)

Folder

10

Telephone Index (undated)

 

 

 

Box 32

 

Paid Out Pulpwood - 1984

Folder

1

Alabama River Woodland (Laurel Woodyard)

Folder

2

Alabama River Woodland (Donald Southern)

Folder

3

Gator Wood Inc.

Folder

4

Georgia-Pacific

Folder

5

Halliburton Services

Folder

6

Husky Industries

Folder

7

Masonite

 


Prepared and maintained by
The University of Southern Mississippi Libraries Special Collections
http://www.lib.usm.edu/spcol
118 College Drive #5148   Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5148


Last Edited: Apr 13 2016 01:05:28 PM