Martinson Family Papers, 1921-1958  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Martinson family
Title
Martinson Family Papers
Dates
1921-1958 (inclusive)
Quantity
1.0 linear foot
Collection Number
Mss 059
Summary
This collection contains the personal papers of the Martinson family of Missoula, Montana, including records of the Missoula Ice and Cold Storage Company, which they owned and operated from the early 1920s to late 1950s.
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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Charles A. Martinson was born in Sweden around 1876 and came to America as a small boy. He operated the Missoula Ice and Cold Storage Company in Missoula, Montana from 1921 until his death in 1938 at the age of 62. Two years prior to his death, Charles Martinson was severely injured after becoming caught in machinery at the ice plant and never fully recovered. His wife Freda E. Martinson and sons Jack and Karl helped run the company and continued its operation after Charles’ death. Charles A. Martinson and wife Freda Martinson also had a daughter, Jean Gies, married to Anthony Gies of Lewistown, Montana. Freda Martinson was born in 1883 and came to Missoula in 1900, where she resided most of her life. She was visiting Portland at the time of her death in 1958. Jack Martinson enlisted in the Air Force in 1941 and received his commission in 1943. He was a second lieutenant and co-pilot of a B-29 when he was killed during an air raid over Japan in 1945. Anthony Gies also served in the war as a medical technician and was awarded a Bronze Star and an Oak Leaf Cluster in 1945.

The Missoula Ice and Cold Storage Company was a retail and wholesale ice and cold storage company from 1921-1958. They supplied ice for ice boxes before more modern refrigerators were common in homes. Ice was cut in blocks from ponds in the Rattlesnake area north of Missoula and stored in sheds with sawdust during the warmer months. The company grew in technology and in 1940 they were able to quick-freeze 1,000 pounds of bread for future consumption by the Forest Service firefighters. This was a huge success because Missoula was experiencing a labor shortage at the time and bakers were unable to meet sudden demands of hundreds of pounds of bread. It was impossible to store bread for more than a day or two before it was discovered that bread kept very well frozen and thawed in good condition. The Missoula Ice Company and the Martinson family home were located on Front Street.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains the personal papers of the Martinson family of Missoula, Montana, including records of the Missoula Ice and Cold Storage Company, which they owned and operated from the early 1920s to late 1950s. The collection is divided into three series. Series I, Martinson family, contains Charles A. Martinson and Freda Martinson’s personal tax returns, personal correspondence from Jack Martinson to family members while he was in the Air Force, notices of Jack missing in action and killed in action, military certificates of achievement, awards, and publications, and some of Jack’s personal belongings. Series II, Missoula Ice and Cold Storage Company, contains the financial records of the Missoula Ice Company, including check registers, cash disbursement journals, and maps of the property. Series III, photos, includes photos of Jack Martinson and comrades in the Air Force and of the Missoula Ice Company. Photos of the ice company include the building on Front Street, ice sheds, company truck, employees cutting ice from ponds in the Rattlesnake area, and former employees.

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 staus unknown.

Preferred Citation

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Martinson Family, 1921-1951Return to Top

0.5 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Correspondence to family from Jack Martinson and misc
1937-1941
1/2
To family from Jack Martinson
1942
1/3
To family from Jack Martinson
1943
1/4
To family from Jack Martinson
1944
1/5
To family from Jack Martinson and to Freda Martinson from Secretary of War and freinds, subject-Jack Martinson missing in action
1945
1/6
Military Orders, Awards to Jack Martinson and Tony Gies
1945
1/7
To Freda MArtinson, from Secretary of War and friends, subject-Jack Martinson killed in action
1945-1951
1/8
To family from Jack Martinson
undated
2/7
C.A. Martinson, Tax Returns
1921-1933
2/8
C.A. Martinson, Freda Martinson, Tax Returns
1934-1945
2/9
Legal documents-Jack’s Air Force Technical School Diploma, Purple Heart Award, and other certificates
1942-1945
2/10
Clippings regarding Jack Martinson and the ice company
1943-1958
2/11
Jack Martinson’s Pilot Information File
1944-1949
2/12
Miscellaneous-billfold contents, report card, and Air Force publications belonging to Jack Martinson
1925-1945

Series II:  Missoula Ice and Cold Storage Company, 1921-1958Return to Top

0.5 linear feet
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/9
Check Register
1921
1/10
Check Register
1922-1923
1/11
Check Register
1923-1924
1/12
Check Register
1924-1925
1/13
Check Register
1926-1927
1/14
Check Register
1927-1928
1/15
Check Register
1928-1929
1/16
Check Register
1929-1930
1/17
Check Register
1930-1931
1/18
Check Register
1932-1933
1/19
Check Register
1933-1935
1/20
Check Register
1935-1937
1/21
Check Register
1938-1940
2/1
Check Register
1940-1942
2/2
Check Register
1942-1944
2/3
Check Register
1944-1947
2/4
Check Register
1948-1955
2/5
Check Register
1940-1942
2/6
Rent Register
1922-1954
2/13
Maps of Martinson Property
1938-1954
Volume
1
Cash Disbursements Journal
1921-1936
2
Cash Receipts
1921-1931
2
Cash Disbursements
1937-1957

Series III:  PhotosReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/14
Missoula Ice and Cold Storage Company
undated
2/14 59.01
Missoula Ice Company, 700 Front Street
2/14 59.02
Old Barn, Missoula Ice Company, East Front Street
2/14 59.III.03
East Front Street, 6th Block, Duke and King (horses)
2/14 59.III.04
Ice House, Ice Pond, Rattlesnake
2/14 59.III.05
Chris Bosing at warming shack, Ice Pond, Rattlesnake
2/14 59.III.06
Ice Cutting, Ice Pond, Rattlesnake, Missoula, Montana
2/14 59.III.07
Ice Cutting, Ice Pond, Rattlesnake, Missoula, Montana
2/14 59.III.08
Ice Cutting, Ice Pond, Rattlesnake, Missoula, Montana
2/14 59.III.09
Ice Cutting, Ice Pond, Rattlesnake (now Martinwood), Men Removing Ice from Pond
2/14 59.III.10
Ice houses, Diamond T, Harold Nearman in Ice Company Truck
2/14 59.III.11
Harold Nearman
2/14 59.III.12
Tony Dolum
2/15
Jack Martinson
undated
2/16
Air Force Men
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Cold storage industry. Montana--Missoula
  • Family-owned business enterprises--Montana--Missoula
  • Ice industry. Montana--Missoula
  • Ice industry. Montana--Missoula--Photographs
  • Swedish Americans--Montana--Missoula
  • World War, 1939-1945--Aerial Operations, American
  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal Narratives, American
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States--Army Air Forces
  • Family Names :
  • Martinson Family
  • Geographical Names :
  • Missoula (Mont.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business records--Montana. Missoula
  • Family papers--Montana. Missoula
  • Photographs--Montana--Missoula
  • Occupations :
  • Businesspeople--Montana--Missoula
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Martinson, C. A. (Charles A.), d. 1938
    • Martinson, Freda E., d. 1883-1958
    • Martinson, Jack, d. 1945
    • Corporate Names :
    • Missoula Ice and Cold Storage Company