Theon H. Durnford papers, 1913-1924 PDF
- Durnford, Theon H., 1877-1972
- Theon H. Durnford papers
- 1913-1924 (inclusive)19131924
- 1.0 linear feet
- Collection Number
- Mss 750
- This collection contains letters from customers throughout Montana and nearby states ordering fruit from Theon H. Durnford in Lolo, Montana, 1913-1924 and Durnford's receipts and statements from Hughes Mercantile in Lolo between 1917 and 1919.
- 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
- 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.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Theon H. Durnford was born on September 10, 1877 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1910 he moved from Idaho to Lolo, Montana, and began farming. From 1913 to at least 1924 Durnford operated a fruit farm in Lolo where he grew apples, cherries, plums, and a variety of other fruits. Durnford sold his fruit to customers throughout Montana and as far away as Pierre, South Dakota. In addition, he sold eggs to a Hughes Mercantile of Lolo, Montana, in exchange for goods and services. Durnford lived in Lolo until he moved to Missoula, Montana, in 1970. He died in Missoula on July 3, 1972.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
This collection contains letters from customers throughout Montana and nearby states ordering fruit from Theon H. Durnford in Lolo, Montana, 1913-1924, with the bulk from 1918, and Durnford's receipts and statements from Hughes Mercantile of Lolo, Montana, from 1917-1919.The bulk of the letters are orders for Theon H. Dunford’s fruit but a few letters also contain personal, cultural, and social information on topics including the influenza epidemic, the scarcity of workers during the First World War, and oil drilling. The letters also offer information about the varieties of fruit Durnford grew, how these fruits were shipped, how customers chose to use the products, and how a small agricultural business functioned at the time. Durnford shipped his fruit both to individual customers and retail distributors. Many of his customers were in Big Timber, Three Forks, Toston, and Townsend, Montana.
The receipts and invoices from Hughes Mercantile record Durnford's sale of eggs to the store in exchange for everything from laundry to canned peas and chicken feed.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes.
[Name of document or photograph number], Theon H. Durnford 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: Business Correspondence, 1913-1924Return to Top
Series II: Receipts and Statements, 1917-1919Return to Top
Receipts and statements for items bought and sold at Hughes Mercantile in Lolo, Montana.
Receipts and statements
Receipts and satetments
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- General stores--Montana--Lolo
- Influenza Epidemic, 1918-1919--Montana
- Oil well drilling--Montana
- World War, 1914-1918--Economic aspects--Montana
- Form or Genre Terms :
- Business records--Montana--Lolo
- Occupations :
- Fruit growers--Montana--Lolo
- Other Creators :
- Corporate Names :
- Hughes Mercantile (Lolo, Mont.) (creator)