Circa 1918 - 1930 Collection of Business Records of John H. Ernhout, Lumber Company in Livingston Manor, New York
(Americana - 20th Century - Manuscript - Business History - New York - Livingston Manor)

New York State: Not Published, 1918. F Collection of approximately 200 individual items, which tell the business history of this lumber company in Livingston Manor and through them, the story of the development of the area through the bills, receipts and sales of lumber to various individuals, contractors, businesses, architects and community organizations who were building structures in the area; including a signed and witnessed 1918 bill of sale for the lumber yard business of R.H. Woolsey Co. of Livingston Manor to John H. Ernhout of Liberty, N.Y., with an attached typed 10-page inventory list of the firm that was being conveyed; various companies wished to form relationships with Ernhout, including the Liberty Lumber Company; Mixer & Co. Lumber dealers; Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co.; Thomas Publishing; W.H. Maze wire & nails; Cameron Lumber; Jackson Bros. pine manufacturers; Kingston Lumber; Kretchmar & Harris Lumber; New York Wire Cloth Co.; S.E. Overton; Wright Wire Co.; Newburgh Lumber Co. & others - most with their letterheads & various acknowledgements - several of these businesses have included flyers and advertising booklets concerning their wares; in turn, buying various amounts of lumber and related products were D.E. Blumenauer, architect & builder; Kerhonkson Feed Co., Walter J. Brown automobile and sign painting, The Homestead Miss Alda Cooper, Prop'ss; Loomis Sanatorium; M.E. Church, Livingston Manor Water District; School Dist. No. 2 Town of Rockland; Capitol Mansion; a materials list for a hotel to be constructed in Liberty for M.W. Steers & Son and others; these expanding and building businesses including some of the properties in the 'Borscht Belt' of upstate New York, including The Woodcrest Inn, Fallsburg Station; The Grossinger; Hotel Benjamin, Parksville; Mount Pleasant Farm; Brooks' Spring House Inc.; Seinfeld's Greeneng House; Shindler's Prairie House in Hurleyville (in 1926 the site of a fatal fire, which became the basis for a change in N.Y. state fire safety law for resorts), White Sulphur Spring House Strictly Kosher Summer Resort and others; many of these locations' orders are on their letterheads and on the back are the lists of materials required for each job; there are also several items of correspondence, including printed postcards, forms, circular letters and other communications to and from departments of the United States Railroad Administration which were regulating and coordinating shipments of various wartime-sensitive materials including lumber, which directly affected the Ernhout enterprise; miscellaneous materials include a bank book from the 1880s from one of the Ernhout family in Liberty, N.Y., business cards, shipping labels, materials price lists, a couple of samples of wire screen cloth in booklets, a for-sale list from the Ulster Lumber Co.; machinery and equipment advertising flyers, several illustrated; the Ernhout family had a lumber business in Liberty N.Y. as well as conducting the Livingston Manor operation, from the evidence here as well as from our research; the letters and cards, correspondence and all materials with some old fold lines, wear, soiling, use from the items as working lists - all in good to very good condition overall and an interesting business record of activity for the area at the beginning of the 20th century. Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 23769)


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