Montana State University in Bozeman Montana State University - Home Montana State University Library - Home

Collection 643 - Cowan Family Papers, 1893-1966

Creator: Cowan family

Provenance Note: Personal and professional papers created or collected by members of the Cowan family between 1893 and 1966 were donated to Special Collections by William Cowan in January 1996.

Historical Note: In 1888, David Cowan moved from Winnipeg, Manitoba to Cypress, Montana with his wife, Jane McKina Cowan, and his 3 children. There he started a trading post which, at the request of homesteaders, he relocated to Box Elder in June 1889. By the early twentieth-century, the Box Elder trading post had evolved into a general store, the Cowan family had started a 8,000 acre ranch, and they had built a second store on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation. David's son, William Thomas, joined him in running the family businesses in Box Elder at the age of fifteen. David Cowan died in 1925. As an adult, William T. Cowan took an active role in Montana politics and educational institutions. He was a state senator from 1921-1933, a U.S. Land Commissioner for 45 years as well as the chairman of the Hill County State Republican Committee. W.T. Cowan was also instrumental in negotiating the Marias River Project. He served on the State Board of Education and assisted in founding Northern Montana College where he has a hall dedicated in his name. W.T. Cowan and his wife, Margery Jacoby Cowan had three children, Jean, Virginia and William E. Cowan. W.T. Cowan died in January 1951. His son, William E. Cowan, continued to further the family business by establishing a grain elevator in the mid 1940s. W.E. Cowan attended the University of Montana, was an attorney, a member of the State Board of Education, and was active in the Montana Stockgrower's Association. W.E. Cowan and his wife Annabelle had one son, William Cowan, the donor of this collection.

Content Description Note: The Cowan Family papers consist of letters, diaries, speeches, printed materials, legal and land commission papers, and financial records. Documents have been divided into two groups, Family Records and Financial Records, each containing its own series and subseries. Group 1, Family Records, refers to the following series of: Correspondence, Biographical Materials, W.T. Cowan's Land Commission Papers, the Rocky Boy Store, Legal Papers, Political Speeches, and Photographs. In general, Family Records are organized according to subject or function, therefore, some overlap in subjects has been unavoidable. The series of Correspondence has been divided into 6 subseries, generally titled according to subject. Related documentation and some printed materials have been organized within each subseries. For example, the meeting minutes for the State Board of Education have been placed with W.E. Cowan's letters regarding his work with the State Board. W.T. Cowan corresponded and worked with a number of noted persons in his professional careers, among those found in these documents are President Harry S. Truman, Senator Burton K. Wheeler, and Governors Sam Ford & Roy E. Ayers. W.T. Cowan also kept a journal of his visit to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair and wrote a family history of which there are multiple drafts which have been placed in the Biographical Materials series. W.T. & W.E. Cowan's professional papers contain information concerning Montana and U.S. politics, Montana land, irrigation and mining projects, and the State Board of Education. Group 2, Financial Records, refers to Cowan & Son Store Records, Grain Elevator Records, Phillips Gas Records, Bank Records, and Cowan Taxes. Series have been designated according to the business. Within each series documents have been separated according to document type and then arranged chronologically. Copies of customer receipts, financial statements and other loose leaf materials are followed by notebooks containing daily tallies and then by inventories. Business ledgers and account books are not comprehensive. Those years not documented in ledgers generally have loose leaf materials which can help supply information for the missing period. Cowan taxes have been arranged chronologically and file titles indicate whether the file contains federal or state tax returns, or both.

Contents

Group 1 Family Records
Series 1 Correspondence, 1911-1962, Boxes 1-8
Subseries 1 - General Correspondence, 1911-1962
Subseries 2 - State Board of Education, 1939-40, 1951-52
Subseries 3 - Marias River Project, 1920s - 1957
Subseries 4 - Senate, 1923-44
Subseries 5 - Mining, 1911-1952
Subseries 6 - Rocky Boy Reservation Store, 1924-1953
Series 2 Speeches, Box 9
Series 3 Biographical Materials, 1893-1966, Box 10
Series 4 Cowan & Son: Ranch & Store, 1916-1953, Boxes 11-12
Series 5 Legal Papers, 1901-1954, Box 13
Series 6 Land Papers, 1910-1930, Boxes 14-15
Series 7 Photographs and Pictures, ca. 1890s-1952, Box 15

Group 2 Financial Records, 1910-1962 Boxes 17-77
Series 1 Cowan & Son Store Records, 1911-1962, Boxes 17-32 & 3 Volumes
Series 2 Grain Elevator Records, 1946-1960, Boxes 33-60
Series 3 Phillips Gas Records,1908-1962, Boxes 61-63
Series 4 Bank Records, 1957-1962, Boxes 64-73
Series 5 Cowan Taxes, 1911-1952, Boxes 74-77

Group 1: Family Records

Group 1 refers to both personal and professional papers of the Cowan family. Documents have been generally organized by subject, and therefore, there is an unavoidable overlap with some materials. For example, photographs of William T. Cowan's work on the Tiber Dam project are contained in both the Marias River Project, Series 4 and Photographs, Series 7. Financial Records have been organized in Group 2. Any financial records found in Group 1 are pertinent to business correspondence and have been organized with the surrounding documentation.

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 1: Correspondence, 1911-1962

Correspondence has been divided into 6 subseries according to subject. Subseries titles indicated the overall subject matter of those letters. Related documentation has been kept with the original correspondence. For instance, the letters regarding the Marias River Project often contain relevant newsclippings and photos.

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 1, Subseries 1: General Correspondence, 1911-1962

Personal, ranch, store and political correspondence created or collected by W. T. Cowan, W.E. Cowan and Annabel Cowan. The letters pertain to ranch and store business, vacations, senate business, W.E.'s attorney letters and the Havre area Correspondents include Governor Roy E. Ayres, F.A. Buttrey, Dr.G. H. Vande Bogart, U.S. Senator Zales N. Ector, Governor Sam Ford, Oscar C. Hauge, William W. Jones, J.C. Price and A.H. Stafford. Geographic areas mentioned outside of Montana include San Diego, California, Fishkill, New York, Tusner, Oregon and Ukiah, California. Letters have been arranged chronologically.

Box 1
1. 1911-1920
2. 1921-1925
3. 1926-1930
4. January 1931 - July 1932
5. November 1932-1940
6. 1941
7. 1942-1947
8. 1946-1947
9. 1948-1950
10. 1952-1953
11. 1962
12. Without date

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 1, Subseries 2: State Board of Education 1939-1952

Letters created and collected by W.T. and W.E. Cowan contain information pertaining to the State Board of Education; annual reports, magazine articles, meeting minutes, and budgets have been arranged alphabetically by subject. Correspondents include Governor Hugo Aronson, Governor Roy E., Ayers, Dr. G.H. Vande Bogart, Governor John Bonner, Mary M. Condon and Ruth Reardon.

Box 2
1. W.E. Cowan 1951-1952
2. Custodial Institutions 1951
3. Custodial Institutions 1952
4. High School Accreditation 1951-1952
5. High School Teachers Standards 1951-1952
6. Miscellaneous
7. Montana School for the deaf and blind 1939-1940
8A. Montana State Film Library
8B. Northern Montana College 1927-1929
9. Reading Council
10. State Board of Education 1950-1951
11. State Board Minutes
12. Transportation 1950-1951
13. Vocational Education 1939-1940
14. Vocational Education 1952
15. Vocational Education 1952
16. University Crisis 1939

Box 3
1. University Crisis 1940
2. University System February - April 1952
3. University System May - December 1952 and undated 1952

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 1, Subseries 3: Marias River Project, 1920s - 1957

Correspondence and other materials pertaining to the Marias River Project, Tiber Dam and surrounding irrigation projects have been arranged alphabetically by subject. Maps, Engineer reports, blueprints, pictures, newspaper and magazine clippings, water conservation reports and documents of incorporation. Letters created and collected by W.T. and W.E. Cowan concerning other irrigation programs and leases on land near Lonesome Lake Reservoir. Correspondents include U.S. Senator Earl Bronson, George Campbell, Zales N. Ecton, Judge C.B. Elwell, U.S. Senator James E. Murray and U.S. Senator Burton K. Wheeler. An astrisk indicates oversize materials which have been removed and placed in Box 16.

Box 4
1. Big Sandy Pumping Project
2. Clippings - Marias River Project
3. Clippings and Pictures - Tiber Dam*
4. Condemnation - Tiber Dam
5. Correspondence
6. Correspondence 1935-1957*
7. Irrigation Project - 1926
8. Lonesome Lake Project*
9. Lonesome Lake Reservoir Site - Leases
10. Marias River Project
11. Marias River Project

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 1, Subseries 4: Senate, 1923-1944

Correspondence created and collected by Senator W.T. Cowan have been arranged alphabetically by subject. Pertinent additional materials include legislative memoranda, resolutions, memorials, bills introduced and passed, committees assignments and newspaper clippings. Correspondents include F.A. Buttrey and Max P. Kuhr.

Box 5
1. Agriculture exhibits at fairs
2. Agriculture relief from President
3. Bourine, Honorable George B.- Commemoration
4. Committees
5. County Boundaries
6. Custodial Institutions Finance
7. Elevator and warehouse districts
8. Government Economy
9A. Hilger, David - Speech to Senate - 1931
9B. Hill County Central Committee Republican Party
10. House Bill (1931) 1-60
11. House Bill (1931) 61-140
12. House Bill (1931) 141-230
13. House Bill (1931) 231-330
14. House Bill (1931) 331-450
15. House Joint Memorial (1931) 1-8
16. House Joint Resolution (1931) 1-10
17. Industrial use of gasoline
18. Irrigation
19. Legislative issues
20. Livestock
21. Miscellaneous
22. Paroles and pardons
23. Political campaign
24. Primary elections
25. Rules - 1931; Mileage special session
26. Salaries - 1931

Box 6
1. Senate Bill (1931) 1-56
2. Senate Bill (1931) 57-127
3. Senate Joint Memorial (1931) 3-7
4. Senate Joint Resolution (1931) 1-6
5. State agencies finance
6. Taxation and exemptions
7. University system-Northern Montana College
9. Who's Who (1929)- Book

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 1, Subseries 5: Mining 1911-1952

Letters created and collected by W.T. and W.E. Cowan pertaining to and other information concerning supply contracts, leases, mine analysis, financial ledgers and reports. Also includes blue print for mining equipment. Correspondents include Governor Roy E. Ayers, W.B. Fry and C.F. O'Hara. An astrisk indicates oversize materials which have been removed and placed in Box 16.

Box 7
1. Bear Paw Mining and Milling*
2. Blue Flame Coal Mine
3. Dixon Gold Mine
4. Duck Creek Coal Mine
5. Earl Booth Coal Settlement
6. Financial records
7. Lime Rock Mine
8. Oil leases and information
9. Phosphate
10. Vermiculite

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 1, Subseries 6: Rocky Boy Reservation Store, 1924-1953

Letters created and collected by W.T. Cowan pertaining to uncollected Indian debts, purchase vouchers, beef contracts, licences, bill of sales, formation of reservation and land sales to reservation. Correspondents include Senator Burton K. Wheeler and Earl Woolridge.

Box 8
1. Bills, Rocky Boy Agency
2. Cattle - Indian
3. Debts- Uncollected Indian
4. Grazing leases - Rocky Boy Reservation
5. History - Rocky Boy Reservation
6. Location - Rocky Boy Reservation
7. Rocky Boy Mill
8. Store - Rocky Boy Reservation 1931-1939
9. Store - Rocky Boy Reservation 1940-1953

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 2: Speeches

Speeches written and delivered by W.T. Cowan. Speeches include campaign speeches, the dedication of Northern Montana College, commencement addresses and Montana History.

Box 9
1. Campaign speeches
2. Commencement addresses
3. North Central Montana History
4. Republican party speeches
5. Senate campaign speeches
6. Speeches-Miscellaneous civic

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 3: Biographical Materials, 1893-1966

Obituaries and death announcements of family members from 1906 to 1959. Writings of W.T. Cowan including an Indian Creation story, Three Tense Moments in the Montana State Legislature and Memoirs of W.T. Cowan. Newspaper clippings about deaths, store thefts and accomplishments of W.T. Cowan. W.T.'s diary kept while attending the World Fair in 1893. Documents have been arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box 10
1. Cowan, Margery Jacoby
2. Cowan, William of Vancouver
3. Cowan, William Thomas
4. Family History
5. Havre History - W.T. Bibliography
6. Indian Creation story
7. Memoirs - 1st draft
8. Memoirs - 2nd draft
9. Memoirs - 3rd draft
10. Memoirs - final draft
11. Newspaper Clippings 1903-1965
12. Three Tense Moments in the Montana State Legislature
13. World Fair Diary - 1893

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 4: Cowan and Son: Ranch and Store, 1916-1953

Correspondence and other information pertaining to ranch and store dealings created and collected by W.T. Cowan have been arranged alphabetically by subject. Partnership agreements, farm lot pools, cattle information, 1956 store theft, Cowan Estate information after David Cowan passed away. Correspondence pertain to depression, drought and loans. Correspondents include Minnie A. Thompson, Grace Cowan Jones, David Cowan, Otto M. Nelson and F.J. Hopkins. An asterisk indicates oversize materials which have been removed and placed in Box 16.

Box 11
1. Agricultural Adjustment Allotments
2. Articles of Co-partnership
3. Bills of Sale 1904
4. Box Elder Farm Lot Pool
5. Box Elder Store*
6. Box Elder Store theft - 1956
7. Cattle 1918, 1937-1938
8. Cattle 1941-1944
9. Cattle 1951-1953
10. Cowan Estate
11. Cowan Estate - East Havre Land*
12. Credit Rating 1927-1928
13. Farm depression and drought 1916-1922
14. Farm depression and drought 1923-1939*
15. Farm Problems 1929-1936

Box 12
1. Feeder steers 1938-1939
2. Great Northern Railroad 1923-1962
3. Hereford Bull Registrations 1921 and 1952
4. Hill County State Bank 1906-1940
5. Industrial Accident Board
6. Investments, 1916-1941
7. Janey, Semple, Hill and Co., 1918-1936
8. Leases; Oil and Gas
9. Milk River Production Credit Association, 1940-1943
10. Miscellaneous
11. Property Assessment Lists, 1960-1961
12. Rainfall 1881-1913
13. State Board of Equalization
14. State Licences
15. Unemployment Compensation
16. Wintering Contracts 1935-1936

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 5: Legal Papers, 1901-1954

Letters and documentation created and collected by W.T. and W.E. Cowan concerning legal matters in the Box Elder area. Contains lawsuits, wills, insurance information and other matters dealt with by W.E. as an attorney. Documents are arranged alphabetically according to subject. An astrict indicates oversize materials which have been removed and placed Box 16.

Box 13
1. Blayney, Mary Eliza - naturalization papers
2. Box Elder Churches - Articles of Incorporation
3. Box Elder to Schwartz Ranch road deed
4. Broadwater, AJ - suit
5. Collard, Harriet Vidal
6. Cowan, W.E. - Legal Business
7. Durant, Thomas - suit
8. Fish and Game Warden
9. Fort Assiniboine Indian Reservation
10. Fort Peck to Fort Benton Transportation Co. 1947
11. Good, Henry - Lumber purchase 1935-1936
12. Havre National Bank vs. Cowan
13. Hickory, W.I. - suit
14. Horicka, Anton - Honorable discharge
15. Insurance - W.E. Cowan Agent 1950-1952*
16. Insurance - W.E. Cowan Agent 1953-1954
17. Insurance - Life, store and elevator
18. Legal action on theft of bicycle 1917
19. Maloney, Dennis F. - Will
20. Mckown, John - deed to wife
21. Meyer, W.M. - Estate
22. Montana Implement Company
23. Notarial Commission*
24. Postmaster at Box Elder 1905-1914*
25. Sandstone Farmers Co. Operative Creamery - suit
26. Social Security
27. Stranahan and Stranahan Law Office

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 6: Land Papers, 1910-1930

Letters and documentation concerning land matters in the Box Elder area. Including abstracts of titles, deeds, desert land qualifications, mortgages and Land Commissioner papers from W.T. Cowan. An astrisk indicates oversize materials which have been removed and placed in Box 16.

Box 14
1. Beck, Margaret - Sale
2. Bennett, Frederick Gordon
3. Blanchfield, Edward
4. Bly, Celestia E.
5. Box Elder Townsite Abstract
6. Brough Bros.*
7. Button, Benjamin C.
8. Card, John
9. Clouse, Durrell
10. Coombs, E. Clifton
11. Corcoran, James
12. Cowan, David and W.T.
13. Cox, J.D.
14. Crump, Dora
15. Deeds 1911-1930
16. Drake, W.K.
17. Dunlop, Ker
18. Dyer, Lushion
19. English, Charles W.
20. Erickson, Charles
21. Flatness, Halvor
22. Gabrielsen, Edwart
23. Glynn, Paul
24. Grise, Forrest M.
25. Guenser, Wm.G.
26. Harlock, Hannah Olson
27. Haskell, Pauline
28. Hill County Abstract Company
29. Hopkins, Justin P.
30. Hubbell, Benjamin
31. Iowa Land Company
32. Johnson
33. Kirkley, Dora
34. Lafromboise, Isadore C.
35. Land Commissioner - W.T. Cowan
36. Lantz, Wm.
37. Lincoln, Wm.E.
38. Martin
39. Maurhagen, Olus
40. McBride
41. McKernan, Michael
42. Moyer, Joseph E.
43. Nelson, Peter
44. Nicholas, Loring A.
45. Nielsen Debt
46. Pazderic, Kate
47. Perham, Mabel MacKerracker
48. Peterson, Peter A.
49. Pogreba, Francis
50. Pond, Elton G.
51. Rinker, Annie vs. Thomas Dodd
52. Robinson, Thomas
53. Shutes, Wm.H.
54. Silha, Frank W.
55. Slavin, Frank
56. Smith, Pauline B.
57. Stehlik, Adolph
58. Stewart, Alexander
59. Stoll, Joseph and Bertha
60. Stolz, Jake

Box 15
1. Stott, Elmer
2. Taft, Albert
3. Tingley, R.S.
4. Thompson, Herbert
5. Tow, Rachael
6. UpJohn, Charles
7. Vosen, Conrad
8. Wahl, Gottliab G.Jr.
9. Walkup, Eugene
10. Walls, Wm.
11. Wik, Godfred
12. Wise, Clarence
13. Wyss, Fred

Contents | Special Collections

Group 1; Series 7: Photographs

The Cowan photographs are black and white and pertain both to family life and to William T. & William E. Cowan's professional endeavors in Montana. Photographs have been grouped according to subject. Of interest may be photos of President Truman's visit to Montana to inagurate the Tiber Dam found in file 15 as well as photos of Montana immigrant farmers of the 1920s and 1930s which can be found in file 16. More photos of the Tiber Dam project are located in Box 4, file 3.

Box 15 (cont.)
14. Portraits, ca. 1890s - ca. 1950 #1-15
15. Business, ca. 1930 - 1952 #16-31
16. Rural Montana, ca. 1920 - 1939 #32-41
17. Negatives to Portraits, ca. 1890s - ca. 1920 #1-5
18. Cowan and Sons business promotional drawings

Box 16 Oversize
1. Oversize Materials from Box 4
2. Oversize Materials from Box 7
3. Oversize Materials from Box 11
4. Oversize Materials from Box 13
5. Oversize Materials from Box 14
6. Maps: Montana and Hill County, 1916-1959
7. Maps: Individual Ownership, 1914

Contents | Special Collections

Group 2: Financial Records, 1910-1962

The financial documents in Group 2 have been divided into 5 series. Each series pertains to the financial records of a distinct business or to banking or government documents.

Contents | Special Collections

Group 2, Series 1: Cowan & Son Store Records, 1911-1962

Store Records refer to the finances and inventory of both the Box Elder and Rocky Boy Stores. The records easily identified as being from either the Box Elder or the Rocky Boy Store have been labeled accordingly. However, most of the documents have not been separated according to store and have simply been arranged according to document type. The records begin in 1911. Most of the store business records from prior to this date were destroyed in a fire. Documents pertaining to customers, their purchases and billing are in boxes 16-23. Store sales records and inventory are in boxes 24-28. Accounts receivable and payable ledgers, and general ledgers are in boxes 29-31. Invoices from 1915-16, 1918 & 1925-26 are found in 3 volumes, #1-3. As indicated with the dates of invoice records, although extensive, many of the Cowan & Son Store Records are fragmentary and inconsistent.

Box 17 Store Charge Slips, 1911-1912. Bundled according to date.

Box 18 Store Charge Slips, October/November 1955. Stapled with adding machine totals.

Box 19 Store Charge Slips, 1958 & 1959 (some missing). Arranged chronologically by month.

Box 20 Store Charge Slips, 1960-April 1961. Arranged chronologically by month.

Box 21 Store Charge Slips, May 1961-1962. Arranged chronologically by month.

Box 22
1. Customer Statements, 1913-14: A-B
2. Customer Statements: A-B
3. Customer Statements: C-D
4. Customer Statements: C-D
5. Customer Statements: E-F
6. Customer Statements: G-H

Box 23
1. Customer Statements, 1913-14: G-H
2. Customer Statements: I-J
3. Customer Statements: K-L
4. Customer Statements: K-L
5. Customer Statements: M-N
6. Customer Statements: M-N
7. Customer Statements: O-P

Box 24
1. Customer Statements, 1913-14: Q-R
2. Customer Statements: S
3. Customer Statements: S-T
4. Customer Statements: S-T
5. Customer Statements: U-V
6. Customer Statements: W-X
7. Customer Statements: Y-Z

Box 25 Daily Cash Register Tallies, 1956-1962

Box 26
Store Cash Books:
November 1927 - December 1930
July 1933 - January 1934
February 1934 - March 1935
November 1934 - July 1935
August 1935 - January 1937
April 1935 - August 16, 1936
August 17, 1936 - August 22, 1938
January 1937 - April 1939
August 31, 1938 - April 1940
April 1940 - December 1940
February 1947 - December 1947
January 1948 - September 1949
September 1949 - December 1950
May 1951 - November 1951
January 1952 - March 1952
July 1952 - November 1952
January 1953 - November 1953
January 1954 - October 1954
January 1955 - December 1955
Daily Sales Records:
May 1939 - April 1940
May 1940 - March 1941
April 1941 - March 1942
April 1942 - March 1943
March 1943 - February 1944
March 1944 - December 1946
Safe Journals:
December 1940 - October 1941
November 1941 - August 1942
August 1942 - June 1943
June 1943 - November 1945
November 1945 - December 1946
January 1947 - December 1947
January 1948 - May 1949
May 1949 - November 1949
November 1949 - June 1950
June 1950 - February 1950

Box 27
1. Rocky Boy Store--Daily Business Record, 1942-52, 1954
2. Store Inventory and Settlement, 1952
3. Store Inventory, 1952 (cont.)
4. Store Inventory, 1954
5. Store Inventory cont., 1954

Box 28
1. Box Elder Store--Inventory Notebooks, ca. 1950s
2. Store Inventory, 1951
3. Store Inventory, 1952
4. Store Inventory, 1953
5. Store Inventory, 1960-61
6. Store Inventory Notebooks, 1961
7. Business Reports, 1951

Box 29 (oversize)
General Ledgers: 1905-10
General Ledgers: 1951
General Ledgers: 1952

Box 30 (oversize)
General Ledger 1919-36
Collection Register: 1922, 1923, 1935, 1943-50
Accounts Receivable: 1919 & 1936
Accounts Receivable: 1952-53

Box 31 (oversize)
1. Accounts Payable, A-J: 1912-15
2. Accounts Payable, K-Q: 1912-15
3. Accounts Payable, R-Z: 1914-15
4. Accounts Payable: 1950-51
5. "Combined Cash Journal": Date Unknown
Daily Statement Ledger: 1919, 1949 (incomplete)
Cash Record Ledger: Date Unknown (incomplete)
Accounts Payable Ledger: 1916 & 1919

Box 32 (oversize)
Banking Record, 1912-13 & Purchases, 1919-27
Volume 1 Invoices: 1915-16
Volume 2 Invoices: 1918
Volume 3 Invoices: 1925-26

Contents | Special Collections

Group 2; Series 2: Grain Elevator Records, 1946-1960

Cowan & Son Grain Elevator records have been separated according to document type and then arranged chronologically. Records relating to customers, their use of storage facilities, the quality of their grain and its value are located in boxes 32-56. Documents pertaining to the finances of the grain elevator as a business and grain shipments for the Cowan ranch are found in boxes 57-58.

Box 33
1. Grain Settlements: 1946-48
2. Grain Settlements: 1946-48
3. Grain Settlements: 1946-48
4. Grain Settlements: 1946-48

Box 34
1. Grain Settlements: 1949-50
2. Grain Settlements: 1949-50
3. Grain Settlements: 1949-50
4. Grain Settlements: 1949-50

Box 35
1. Grain Settlements: 1951-52
2. Grain Settlements: 1951-52
3. Grain Settlements: 1951-52
4. Grain Settlements: 1951-52

Box 36
1. Grain Settlements: 1953
2. Grain Settlements: 1953
3. Grain Settlements: 1953
4. Grain Settlements: 1953

Box 37
1. Grain Settlements: 1954
2. Grain Settlements: 1954
3. Grain Settlements: 1954

Box 38
1. Grain Settlements: 1955
2. Grain Settlements: 1955
3. Grain Settlements: 1955
4. Grain Settlements: 1955
5. Grain Settlements: 1955

Box 39
1. Grain Settlements: January - July 1956
2. Grain Settlements: January - July 1956
3. Grain Settlements: January - July 1956
4. Grain Settlements: January - July 1956

Box 40
1. Grain Settlements: August - December 1956
2. Grain Settlements: August - December 1956
3. Grain Settlements: August - December 1956
4. Grain Settlements: August - December 1956

Box 41
1. Grain Settlements: 1957
2. Grain Settlements: 1957
3. Grain Settlements: 1957
4. Grain Settlements: 1957

Box 42
1. Grain Settlements: 1958
2. Grain Settlements: 1958
3. Grain Settlements: 1958

Box 43
1. Grain Settlements: 1959
2. Grain Settlements: 1959
3. Grain Settlements: 1959
4. Grain Settlements: 1959
5. Atwood larson Co. Grain Settlements, 1944

Box 44
1. Certificate of Grade, Weight and Dockage of Grain: A - H
2. A - H cont.
3. I - R
4. S - Z
5. Misc.

Box 45
1. Assembling Sheet Book: 1950
2. Assembling Sheet Book: 1950A
3. Assembling Sheet Book: 1951-52A
4. Assembling Sheet Book: 1951-52B
5. Assembling Sheet Book: 1951-52B

Box 46 Assembling Sheets/Loose Leaf: 1952/1953

Box 47 Assembling Sheets/Loose Leaf: 1952/1953

Box 48
1. Assembling Sheet Book: September 15, 1958 - August 9, 1959
2. Assembling Sheet Book: August 10, 1959 - June 1960
3. Reports of Cash Values: 1951 - 1953
4. Reports of Cash Values: 1953 - 1954
5. Storage Receipts: 1949 - 1951
6. Storage Receipts: 1951 - 1953
7. Storage Receipts: 1953 - 1955
8. Storage Receipts: 1956 - 1957

Box 49 Grain Storage Tickets: 1951 - 1952 (bundles according to date)

Box 50 Grain Storage Tickets: 1953 - 1954

Box 51
1. Grain Inspection Certification: 1951
2. Grain Inspection Certification: 1954
3. Wheat Sample Reports: 1955
4. Wheat Sample Reports: 1956
5. Wheat Sample Reports: 1957
6. Wheat Sample Reports: 1958
7. Wheat Grade and Weight Tickets: 1958
8. Wheat Grade and Weight Tickets: 1959

Box 52
1. Wheat Grade and Weight Receipt Books: August 22, 1955 - September 8, 1955
2. August 22, 1955 - November 7, 1955
3. September 8, 1955 - April 2, 1956
4. September 10, 1955 - January 10, 1956
5. January 10, 1956 - March 26, 1956
6. April 2, 1956 - May 31, 1956
7. April 10, 1956 - August 6, 1956
8. August 7, 1956 - March 1, 1957

Box 53
1. Wheat Grade and Weight Receipt Books: May 31, 1956 - August 1, 1956
2. August 1, 1956 - August 8, 1956
3. August 10, 1956 - August 14, 1956
4. August 14, 1956 - May 9, 1957
5. October 20, 1956 - December 28, 1956
6. March 1, 1957 - May 1, 1957
7. May 5, 1957 - July 20, 1957

Box 54
1. Wheat Grade and Weight Receipt Books: July 20, 1957 - July 21, 1957
2. July 24, 1957 - July 31, 1957
3. August 1, 1957 - September 3, 1957
4. Cleaning and Treating Receipts: 1956
5. 1957

Box 55
1. Scale Receipt Books: 1951
2. 1951
3. 1951
4. 1951
5. 1951
6. 1952
7. 1952
8. 1952
9. 1954
10. 1955

Box 56 Scale Receipts, Loose Leaf: 1952, 1953

Box 57 Scale Receipts, Loose Leaf: 1954, 1956

Box 58
1. Inventory: 1922
2. Inventory: 1957-58
3. Grain Bookings: 1950-51
4. 1951-52
5. 1952-53
6. 1953-54
7. 1954-55
8. Want Book

Box 59
1. Grain Warehouse Reports & Financial Correspondence, 1940-43
2. Grain Warehouse Reports & Financial Correspondence, 1946-48
3. Grain Warehouse Reports & Financial Correspondence, 1951-53
4. Grain Warehouse Reports & Financial Correspondence, 1953 cont.
5. Grain Pricing, 1958-1959

Box 60
Accounts Payable, 1915-16 & Daily Journal, 1927-31
General Ledger, Accounts Receivable/Payable etc.: 1937-1950
Daily Business Record: 1953
Ledger Sheets: 1955-58
Grain Shipping Ledger: 1915-16, 1920-21, 1928-9, 1938, 1940-50

Contents | Special Collections

Group 2; Series 3: Phillips Gas Records, 1957-1962

The business of selling and delivering Phillips Gas was associated with the Cowan & Son Store in Box Elder. Customer receipts make up the bulk of the documentation.

Box 61 Bulk Gas Delivery Consignment Receipt Books: 1957 - 1960

Box 62 Bulk Gas Delivery Consignment Receipt Books: 1961

Box 63
Bulk Gas Delivery Consignment Receipt Books: 1961 cont. - 1962
Remittance Notices: 1961 & 1962
Statement of Commissions: 1962

Contents | Special Collections

Group 2; Series 4: Banking Records, 1908-1962

Banking Records refers both to the Cowan family's business records as well as copies of the bank's records. The records have been separated according to document type and have then been placed in chronological order.

Box 64
1. Account Book: Hill Co. State Bank, 1910-35
2. Account Book: Hill Co. State Bank, 1940-46; Union Bank and Trust, 1945-50
3. Account Book: Citizens Bank--Havre, 1943-50

Box 65 Citizen's Bank and Safe memo, 1935-50

Box 66
1. Mortgages Held and Paid--Bank Notes for Cowan and Son, 1913 - 1921
2. 1921 cont. - 1925

Box 67 Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, 1908-1915, 1918

Box 68 Deposit Slips/Store: 1926-27, 1954-9

Box 69 Deposit Slips, Check Stubs & Bank Statements, 1917-21 & 1925, 1939 - 1940

Box 70 Deposit Slips, Bank Statements and Canceled Checks, 1954, 1961- 62

Box 71 Check Stubs, 1948-49 & 1955-58

Box 72 Check Stubs, 1959 & 1961

Box 73
Cash Book: Hill Co. State Bank, 1919-40
Certificate of Deposit Registers:
Stockman's Nat'l Bank, 1922-24
First Nat'l Bank St. Paul, 1924-25
Brown State Bank, 1926-28
Hill Co. State Bank, 1928-30
Brown State Bank of Box Elder, 1924-26
Draft Register: Stockman's Nat'l Bank, 1915-22

Contents | Special Collections

Group 2; Series 5: Taxes, 1911-1952

Cowan Taxes contains both federal and state filings. Yearly files have been labeled accordingly and are in chronological order.

Box 74
1. 1911 & 1917 Montana Taxes
2. 1918 - 1919 Montana Taxes
3. 1922 Montana & Federal Taxes
4. 1923 Federal Taxes

Box 75
1. 1930 Montana Taxes
2. 1931 Montana Taxes
3. 1932 Montana Taxes
4. 1933 Montana Taxes
5. 1934 Montana Taxes
6. 1935 Montana Taxes
7. 1936 Montana Taxes
8. 1935, 1936 Hill County Delinquent Taxes
9. 1937 Montana Taxes
10. 1938 Montana Taxes
11. 1939 Montana Taxes

Box 76
1. 1940 Montana Taxes
2. 1941 Montana Taxes
3. 1942 Montana & Federal Taxes
4. 1943 Montana & Federal Taxes
5. 1924 - 1942 Partnership Taxes

Box 77
1. 1944 Montana and Federal Taxes
2. 1945 Montana Taxes
3. 1946 Montana & Federal Taxes
4. 1947 Montana & Federal Taxes
5. 1948 Montana Taxes
6. 1949 Montana & Federal Taxes
7. 1942 - 1949 Excise Taxes
8. 1950 Montana & Federal Taxes
9. 1952 Montana & Federal Taxes

Contents | Special Collections

Updated: 5/5/09