Charles W. Clarke papers, 1889-1894

Overview of the Collection

Clarke, Charles W. , 1848-1940
Charles W. Clarke papers
1889-1894 (inclusive)
1 cubic feet
Collection Number
MG 036
Letterpress books, ownership records, deeds relating to Clarke Brothers, an early Post Falls real estate firm.
University of Idaho Library, Special Collections and Archives
Special Collections and Archives
University of Idaho Library
875 Perimeter Drive
MS 2350
Moscow, ID
Telephone: 2088850845
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

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

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Charles W. Clarke was born in Forestville, Connecticut, in 1848. He graduated from the Rochester Academy and the Eastman Commercial College of Rochester, New York, and had his business training in New York City. For twelve years he was with the Cincinnati furniture manufacturing firm of Clarke Brothers. In 1884 he came west and purchased a 3100 acre stock ranch between Spokane and Rockford. In 1889 he moved to Post Falls where he and his brother Robert had a real estate business. He owned about half the land in Post Falls, was secretary and treasurer of the Post Falls Water Company, chairman of the board of county commissioners, and president of the school board.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The C.W. Clarke papers include letter books of the Clarke Brothers real estate firm, one of which also includes other correspondence of C.W. Clarke, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings dealing with land development in the Coeur d'Alene region, and legal documents such as deeds and abstracts of title. Included with these documents are several item related to the Post Falls Water Power Company. There are photographs of early Post Falls and several of the Spokane River and falls. Also included are two souvenir books from the Idaho Exhibit at the Columbian Exhibition of 1893.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Description of Item],Charles W. Clarke papers, MG 036, Special Collections and Archives, University of Idaho Library, Moscow, ID.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The Charles W. Clarke papers were donated to the University of Idaho Library by his daughter Emma E. Clarke of Spokane in June 1952.

Related Materials

Additional C.W. Clarke papers are located at the Eastern Washington State Historical Society, Spokane, Washington.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Business PapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1-3
Clarke Brothers letterpress books
3 items
1 4
General Commission and Sales Account
1 item
1 5
Post Falls Townsite ownership record
1 item
1 6
1 item
1 7
Legal documents
37 items
1 8
Photographs "Views of Post Falls, Idaho"
7 items
1 9
Columbian Exhibition souvenir booklets
2 items

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Local history
  • Real estate business

Corporate Names

  • Clarke Brothers (Firm : Post Falls, Idaho)

Geographical Names

  • Idaho
  • Post Falls (Idaho)