Winnecook Ranch Company Records, 1882-1999  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Winnecook Ranch Company.
Title
Winnecook Ranch Company Records
Dates
1882-1999
Quantity
5.6 linear feet
Collection Number
Collection 2464, MtBC, us (collection)
Summary
The Winnecook Ranch Records consist of correspondence and materials produced by ranch management, employees, and stockholders such as corporate documents, work logs, and financial records. Also included are a series of topical newspaper clippings, ranch photographs, materials related to a published manuscript dealing with ranch history, and documents related to the General Manager Elwyn Dole's Heart E Ranch. This series also contains a selection of photocopied letters from the Stillman Berry papers held by the A. K. Smiley Library of Redlands, California.
Repository
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
59717-3320
Telephone: 406-994-4242
Fax: 406-994-2851
spcoll@www.lib.montana.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Additional Reference Guides

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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Winnecook Ranch was started by Ralph and Samuel Berry on the Musselshell River in 1880. Samuel immediately began putting up buildings to house them and Ralph's wife, Evie. In the meantime, Ralph traveled to Utah to purchase their first flock of Merino sheep. Two years later, Samuel sold his half of the venture which Ralph, in turn, traded to various resident ranch managers. In 1887, Evie gave birth to twin sons with only one, Samuel Stillman Berry, surviving. Stillman's frailty had his parents constantly worried about his well being and set their business plan around securing their family's financial future. In 1906, the organization of the Winnecook Land and Livestock Company took place making Berry's family ranch into a corporation and allowing them to move to Redlands, CA to protect Stillman's health. With the sudden death of Ralph Berry in 1911, Stillman assumed control of his father's majority stock holdings and took over the presidency of the company in 1917 while still following his academic career in malacology and botany. Stillman held this post until his death in 1984. At that time his shares were put into a trust called the Goodly Heritage Foundation and eventually divided between Stanford University, Redlands Community Hospital, and the A. K. Smiley Library of Redlands, California. In 1992, the Berry family's stake in the Winnecook was eliminated by the purchase of the stock by the Mormon Farm Management Company.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Winnecook Ranch records consist of correspondence and materials produced by ranch management, employees, and stockholders such as corporate documents, work logs, and financial records. Correspondents include Samuel Stillman, Raph, and Evie Berry. Operations of the Winnecook Ranch Company are covered in correspondence and business materials. Also included are a series of topical newspaper clippings, ranch photographs, materials related to a published manuscript dealing with ranch history, and documents related to the General Manager Elwyn Dole's Heart E Ranch. This series also contains a selection of photocopied letters from the Stillman Berry papers held by the A. K. Smiley Library of Redlands, California, which should be credited by any researchers making use of this material. All files are arranged by subject and correlated by date where applicable.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1-4 Series 1: Correspondence
Personal and business material produced by the extended family of Ralph, Evie, and Stillman Berry. Included within this group are folders of correspondence between family members, officers and stockholders, and parties interested in ranch business. The files have been sorted in chronological order.
1882-1999
Volume
5-12 Oversize Volumes Series 2: Financial and legal documents
Financial and legal documents produced by the Berry family and management of the Winnecook Ranch. Included within this group are General Manager's reports, working capital and real estate documentation, and financial statements.
1896-1983
13-14 Series 3: Literary productions
Manuscript history of Winnecook Ranch, with related research notes and miscellaneous historical material. The history was written by Mary Dole Smith, Harold R. Hill, and Marcel "Dutch" Callant.
14 Series 4: Elwyn Dole and the Heart E Ranch
Personal and business material produced or collected by the extended family of Elwyn Dole. Dole was an employee of the Winnecook Ranch Company who also briefly operated his own ranch, the Heart E, on nearby property. Documents include Dole's financial arrangements with Winnecook regarding the purchase and operation of the Heart E.
1916-1936

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Sheep ranches-Montana-Musselshell River Valley
  • Personal Names :
  • Berry, Evie
  • Berry, Ralph, 1850-1911
  • Berry, S. Stillman-(Samuel Stillman), 1887-1984
  • Corporate Names :
  • Winnecook Ranch Company-Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Heart E Ranch (Mont.)
  • Winnecook Ranch (Mont.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business records-Montana
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Dole, Elwyn (creator)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Winnecook Land and Livestock Company (creator)