Bond Family Papers, 1886-1975  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Bond Family
Title
Bond Family Papers
Dates
1886-1975 (inclusive)
Quantity
15.0 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 209 (collection)
Summary
The Bond family owned the Dillon Implement Company in Dillon, Montana; it was a store with supplies for farming and ranching. The collection consists of financial records, correspondence, family records and photographs generated by the Dillon Implement Co., Bond Grocery, and the Bond Family from 1886-1975.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Dillon Implement Company was founded October 24, 1886, by Charles Reeder and O. E. Morse. Charles Phillips took over the business from his brother in 1910. When Phillips died in 1936, ownership of the Dillon Implement Co. was transferred to his grandson Phillip Bond, son of Hester and Eugene Bond. The Company, managed by Bert Megquier, was held in trust for Phillip until his return from World War II in 1946. Upon Phillip's return from the War, Eugene Bond sold his family business, Bond Grocery. Eugene Bond had assumed management of the grocery at the death of his father in 1920, despite holding a dentist's license and practice. After the sale of the grocery, Eugene joined Phillip at Dillon Implement.

The Dillon Implement Company was controlled by the Bond family until its sale in 1974. In that year, it was purchased by Joe Morstein and Jim Flynn who upon taking ownership, changed the name to D. I. Hardware.

The firm began as a machinery outlet and grain brokerage. The Dillon Implement Co.'s marketing region included the Ennis area, reached to Butte, and Bozeman, and extended into Idaho. During its early years, it also provided service to several mining towns that are no longer in existence. The Dillon Implement Co.'s. business ventures included selling farm machinery, wagons, harnesses, saddles, buying and selling feed grains and hay, as well as hardware and real estate. The Dillon Implement Co. also provided financing and mortgages for those who required aid in purchasing real estate and equipment. Eventually they expanded into the buggy and equipment repair business, which required the stocking of hardware for repairs. The store became an outlet for everything from rifles and horseshoes, to clocks and fabrics. Thirteen apartment rentals above the store also provided diversity to the company's business ventures. Part of the original Dillon Implement Co. building was rented out to the Forest Service and later in the 1940s to Safeway.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of material generated by the Dillon Implement Co., Bond Grocery, and the Bond Family from 1886-1975. This collection includes financial records, correspondence, family records and photographs. The information in this collection presents an overview of Dillon as a growing rural community and illustrates the growth of a small family owned business in rural Montana.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or photograph number], Bond Family Papers, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Dillon Implement Company Financial, 1911-1974Return to Top

8.0 linear feet

This series includes corporate and state tax returns for Dillon Implement Company, including Statement of Income and assessment and adjustment information. Some oversize tax documentation from this section and was placed in a box at the end of the collection. Payroll records are also included with withholding information, as well as workman's compensation filings. Financial information also includes accounts payable and receivable, and information regarding collections and bad debts. Extensive cashbooks are also a part of this series.

The series is arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Federal Corporate Tax Returns
1928-1950
1/2
Federal Corporate Tax Returns
1951-1975
1/3
State of Montana, Corporate Taxes
1945-1971
1/4
Statement of Income
1944-1961
1/5
Quarterly Federal Excise Tax Return 1954-1959, Monthly Federal Excise Statements 1947-1952
1/6
Assessment Lists
1946-1964
1/7
Adjustments
1937-1972
Box
OS-12
Ledger Sheets
1928-1950
Box/Folder
2/1
Payroll
1937-1973
2/2
Reconciliation of Withholding, Employees
1961-1969
2/3
Unemployment Compensation Claims
1943-1952
2/4
Outstanding Notes
2/5
Collection and Bad Debt Correspondence
1911-1917
3/1
Rental Book
1916-1939
3/2
Rental Book
1940-1948
3/3
Corporate Checkbook
1948-1949
3/4
Accounts Payable
3/5
Census Information
1933, 1973
3/6
Inventory
3/7
Advertisements and Clippings
4/1
Cash Book, Volume 1
1919-1920
4/2
Cash Book, Volume 2
1926-1930
4/3
Cash Book, Volume 3
1937
4/4
Cash Book, Volume 4
1938
4/5
Cash Book, Volume 5
1939
5/1
Cash Book, Volume 6
1940
5/2
Cash Book, Volume 7
1941
5/3
Cash Book, Volume 8
1942
5/4
Cash Book, Volume 9
1943
5/5
Cash Book, Volume 10
1944
5/6
Cash Book, Volume 11
1945
6/1
Cash Book, Volume 12
1946
6/2
Cash Book, Volume 13
1947
6/3
Cash Book, Volume 14
1948
6/4
Cash Book, Volume 15
1950-1952
6/5
Cash Book, Volume 16
1951-1953
6/6
Cash Book, Volume 17
1949-1954
7/1
Cash Book, Volume 18
1954
7/2
Cash Book, Volume 19
1955
7/3
Cash Book, Volume 20
1956-1958
7/4
Cash Book, Volume 21
1958-1960
7/5
Cash Book, Volume 22
1961-1962
8/1
Cash Book, Volume 23
1963-1966
8/2
Cash Book, Volume 24
1967-1971
8/3
Cash Book, Volume 25
1971-1974
Box
OS
Ledgers
Volume
1
Record of Accounts
1943-1961
2
Record of Accounts
1962-1973
3
Trial Balance
1905-1922
4
Trial Balance
1923-1953
5
Trial Balance
1935-1973
6
Trial Balance
1953-1975

Series II:  Dillon Implement Company Legal, 1887-1971Return to Top

1.0 linear foot

The series contains legal information on land, livestock, and leases owned and maintained by the Dillon Implement Company. Insurance documentation for coverage of the holdings of the Company is also part of this series.

Series is arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/1
Land, Livestock, and Leases
9/2
Insurance

Series III:  Dillon Implement Company Stocks, 1886-1971Return to Top

1.0 linear foot

Included in this series are an undated stock journal and the original stock certificate receipts from the Implement Company as well as some unused certificates. Documentation regarding the assignment of stock shares are also included in this series.

Series is arranged chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/3
Stock Journal
undated
9/4
Stock Certificates
1886-1901
9/5
Stock Certificates
1908-1949
9/6
Stock Certificates
1945-1971
9/7
Stock Certificates
1910-1964
9/8
Stock Assignments
1910-1945

Series IV:  Bond Grocery , undatedReturn to Top

1.0 linear foot

The information in this series includes advertisements for Bond Grocery as well as accounts payable and receivable. Also included in this series is information on the history of the Bond family.

Series is arranged by alphabetically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/9
Advertisements and Accounts Receivable and Payable
9/10
Bond Family

Series V:  Bond Family Papers , 1929-1968Return to Top

2.0 linear feet

This part of the collection includes personal information on Charles Phillips, and Eugene and Phillip Bond. Incorporated in this series is correspondence from varied sources to each individual. Also provided is a collection of letters sent by Phillip to the Bond family while he was stationed overseas during World War II. Individual state and federal income tax returns are included for both Eugene and Phillip. The Last Will and Testament of Charles Phillips is another part of this series, granting Phillip Bond a majority share in the Dillon Implement Company. The series also contains a patient list from Eugene Bond's dental practice, and varied speeches given by him regarding the sale of War Bonds. Included with Phillip's correspondence are varied military postcards as well as his baby book and a dance card from a prom.

Series is arranged in three subseries, then chronologically.
Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1: Charles Phillips
Box/Folder
10/1
Last Will and Testament
Subseries 2: Eugene Bond
Box/Folder
10/2
Family Correspondence
10/3
Patient List/Dentistry Practice
10/4
Speeches and Writings, Certificate of Honor for Military service signed by Gerald Ford
10/5
Mary Hester Phillips-Bond
1929-1935
10/6
Anne Wight
1961
10/7
Anne Wight
1962
10/8
Anne Wight
1963
10/9
Anne Wight
1964-1965
10/10
Individual Federal and State Income Tax
1935-1968
10/11
Assorted Bills and Clippings, Common School Diploma
10/12
Certificates and Diplomas
Box
OS-12
College of Dentistry Diploma
1919
OS-12
Certificate of Membership to Angelus University
1910
OS-12
Certificate from Montana Board of Medical Examiners
1919
OS-12
Authorization of Eugene Bond from President of the United State as Board member of the Selective Service
1949
Subseries 3: Phillip Bond
Box/Folder
11/1
Baby Book/Prom Dance Card
11/2
Military Postcards
11/3
Correspondence from Service
1943
11/4
Correspondence from Service
1944
11/5
Correspondence from Service
1945
11/6
Individual Federal and State Tax Returns
1936-1968
11/7
Varied Service Information
11/8
Clippings and Programs

Series VI:  Photographs , 1911-1955 and undatedReturn to Top

1.0 linear foot

The photographs in this series portray both the Bond Family and Dillon Implement Company. The Implement Company is shown during several time periods. The majority of photographs representing the Bond family portray Eugene Bond's days in dentistry school. However, there are photographs of war-damaged cities sent to the family by Phillip Bond from his time overseas. Contained in this series are photographs of Dillon Implement Company as well as many photos sent by Phillip Bond when he was stationed overseas in Manila.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
12/1
209(VI):1: Interior Dillon Implement Company
1913
12/2
209(VI):2: Exterior Dillon Implement Company
1955
12/3
209(VI):3: Photograph of Eugene Bond
undated
12/4
209(VI):4: Bond Grocery Delivery Truck
undated
12/5
209(VI):5: Exterior Dillon Implement Company, men with plows
undated
12/6
209(VI):6: Portion of ad
1926
12/7
209(VI):7: Portion of ad
1926
12/8
209(VI):8: Portion of ad
1926
12/9
209(VI):9: Portion of ad
1926
12/10
209(VI):10: Exterior side view early Dillon Implement, men with wagons of grain
1911
12/11
209(VI):11: Exterior front view early Dillon Implement, one man with grain
1911
12/12
209(VI):12: Interior Dillon Implement with men
undated
12/13
209(VI):13: Outside laundry shop, Manila
undated
12/14
209(VI):14: Ruins of war damaged building, Manila
undated
12/15
209(VI):15: Soldiers on Manila street
undated
12/16
209(VI):16: Bar in Manila
undated
12/17
209(VI):17: War ruined cathedral, Manila
undated
12/18
209(VI):18: Graduating class 1919, College of Dentistry, University of Iowa
12/19
209(VI):19: Dental School, Senior class in classroom
1919
12/20
209(VI):20: State University of Iowa Military Reserve Unit, Company K of S.A.T.C.
1919
12/21
209(VI):21: Photo 2 State University of Iowa, Company K of S.A.T.C
1919
12/22
209(VI):22: Military men holding bugles
undated
12/23
209(VI):23: Military troop pictured at attention in front of tents
undated
12/24
209(VI):24: Military men at attention in field, Eugene Bond indicated by penned circle
undated
12/25
209(VI):25: Military men with bugles on parade ground
undated
12/26
209(VI):26: Military men with penned names
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Agricultural machinery industry--Montana--Dillon
  • Business ventures--Montana--Dillon
  • Family-owned business enterprises--Montana--Dillon
  • Grain trade--Montana--Dillon
  • Grocery trade--Montana--Dillon
  • Hardware trade--Montana -- Dillon
  • Real estate business--Montana--Dillon
  • Retail trade--Montana--Dillon
  • Family Names :
  • Bond family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Dillon (Mont.)--Commerce
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business records--Montana--Dillon
  • Family papers--Montana--Dillon
  • Financial records--Montana--Dillon
  • Photographs--Montana--Dillon
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Bond Grocery Company (Dillon, Mont.)
    • Dillon Implement Company