Radford Iron Company Records
AC 007

 Appalachian Collection

Summary Information

Repository
McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections
Title
Radford Iron Company
ID
AC 007
Date [inclusive]
1867-1947
Extent
3.5 Linear feet
Physical Description
Contains reports, papers, maps, deeds, correspondence, ledgers, and other documents.
Location Note
Located in locked compact shelving, level 1.
Language
English
Abstract
The Radford Iron Company started business in 1867 with the aquisition of lands containing mineral ores and other natural resources. In 1912, they were formally chartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to buy, sell, import, and export iron steel, manganese, coke, copper, coal, lumber and other materials. They also aimed to aquire, own, lease, mortgage, occupy, sell, use, or develop lands containing the coal or iron, manganese, stone or other ores, or oil, and any woodlands or other lands to benefit the company. They would mine or otherwise extract or remove coal, ores, stone or other materials from lands they owned or otherwise had rights to. In 1942 at a stockholders meeting, it was moved to dissolve under President Dr. D.W. Peters and Vice President S.L. McConnell and Directors Dr. D.W. Peters, S.L. McConnell, John B. Spires, C.J. Leache, and Ted Dalton. The Radford Iron Company Collection contains deeds, wills, maps, ledger books, correspondence, and annual reports of the Radford Iron Company relating to its activities primarily in Pulaski County and Radford City.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Radford Iron Company Records, Appalachian Collection, McConnell Library, Radford University, Radford, VA.

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Historical Note

The Radford Iron Company started business in 1867 with the aquisition of lands containing mineral ores and other natural resources. In 1912, they were formally chartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to buy, sell, import, and export iron steel, manganese, coke, copper, coal, lumber and other materials. They also aimed to aquire, own, lease, mortgage, occupy, sell, use, or develop lands containing the coal or iron, manganese, stone or other ores, or oil, and any woodlands or other lands to benefit the company. They would mine or otherwise extract or remove coal, ores, stone or other materials from lands they owned or otherwise had rights to.

Radford Iron Company purchased, held, and re-issued stocks. The company was founded by Stuart wood, president, and R. Francis Wood, treasurer and secretary, and directors Stuart Wood, Edward R. Wood, Walter Wood, and CSW Packard.

In 1942 at a stockholders meeting, it was moved to dissolve under President Dr. D.W. Peters and Vice President S.L. McConnell and Directors Dr. D.W. Peters, S.L. McConnell, John B. Spires, C.J. Leache, and Ted Dalton.

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Scope and Contents

The Radford Iron Company Collection contains deeds, wills, maps, ledger books, correspondence, and annual reports of the Radford Iron Company relating to its activities primarily in Pulaski County and Radford City. The materials deal primarily with events from 1867 through 1947, though there are some materials which date before 1867.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

McConnell Library Archives and Special Collections

McConnell Library
PO Box 6881
Radford, Virginia
540-831-5692
archives@radford.edu

Restrictions to Access

An appointment for research is required. The collection is open for research. No interlibrary loan.

Accruals Note

Additional accruals are not expected.

Processnig Information

Processed and finding aid by Caitlin Johns, Winter 2010.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Iron mines and mining.
  • Iron-works Virginia History Sources.

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Collection Inventory

Radford Iron Company (RIC) Official Papers, Bills, and letters 

Records 

Folder 1: List of Stockholders of RIC, Revised 1926. Certificate of amendment of Charter, 1912 

Folder 2: List of Stockholders, undated 

Folder 3: RIC Lists of Stockholders as of 1915 

Folder 4: RIC Report to State Corporation Commission 1913 

Folder 5: RIC Stock Shares Certificate 

Folder 6: RIC Balance Sheets 1930-1942 

Folder 7: Balance Sheets, 1929-1943 

Folder 8: Papers giving Howard C. Gilmer Power of Attorney of RIC 

Folder 9: Minutes of Directors meeting 

Folder 10: Resignation Letters of James A Houck, Jr., John Troster and Walter Lee Sheppard 

Folder 11: Meeting Minutes wherein Walter Sheppard was appointed director and president of RIC, 1942 

Folder 12: Meeting Minutes 1942 

Folder 13: Notice of Stockholder Meeting, 1943 

Folder 14: Minutes of Stockholder meeting, moving to dissolve company, 1943 

Folder 15: Two-Thirds Consent to Dissolution Papers (Blank, undated) 

Folder 16: Extract from Meeting MInutes of the State Board of Education of VA, 1944 

Folder 17: Freight REceipt and Notes, 1872 

Folder 18: Southern Express Company: Express forwarders receipt 1968 

Folder 19: Subscription Receipt to "Pulaski News" 1888 

Folder 20: Bill of J. B. Baskerville 

Folder 21: Receipt for Catered tea, 1938 

Folder 22: Receipt from Railroad Shipping, 1875 

Folder 23: Newspaper & Receipt for advertisement 1943 

Folder 24:1935 & '37 Notice of assessment of registration fee and franchise tax, and a deposit check 

Folder 25: Book: RIC Deposit into the Pennsylvania Company for Insurance on lives granting annuities 

Folder 26: Radford Iron Company deposit slips 1940-42 

Folder 27: Deposit slip from the First Merchants National Bank in Radford VA 

Folder 28: The First and Merchants National Bank Account Information 

Folder 29: Paid checks from The First and Merchants National Bank, 1945-46 

Folder 30: Radford News Journal Advertisement receipt 

Folder 31: Bill, Ted Dalton Law Offices, 1942 

Folder 32: Vendor's invoice- Clover Creamery Co., Inc 

Folder 33: Receipt from Norfolk and Western Railway Co. reg. the shipment of zinc ore 

Folder 34: Paid Checks from the first merchants national bank, 1943 

Folder 35: First and Merchants National Bank, account balance 

Folder 36: Pennsylvania Company balance sheets and paid checks 

Folder 37: James Stone to RIC: "Cop. Courses" 

Folder 38: Paid check and money order receipt 

Folder 39: Assorted handwritten notes 

Folder 40: Memorandum: regarding Charles Smith land, 1869 

Folder 41: Memorandum to all corporations from N. W. Atkinson of the VA State Corporation Commission 

Folder 42: Letter from SL McConnell to State Tax Commissioner, 1943 

Folder 43: SL McConnell to collector of Interna Revenue 

Folder 44: Note: SL McConnell to Mr. Peters, regarding State Board of Education 

Folder 45: Letter to LT Watson Esq from RD Woods Regarding Lands for Sale, 1866 

Folder 46: Letters from James Houck Jr. and SL McConnell 

Folder 47: Norfolk and Northern Railway Company, receipt of shipment and Zinc Ore 

Folder 48: Personal Letters 

Folder 49: GH Hodge, district forrester, to Mr. Jesse Huff regarding a recent forest fire 

Folder 50: Ted Dalton to DW Peters 

Folder 51: Letter to Dr. Peters regarding Radford State Teacher's College 

Folder 52: Letters from James A Houck, Jr. 

Folder 53: Personal Letters regarding Rent Payment 

Folder 54: Letter from R Francis Wood Jr. to SL McConnell regarding value of RIC stock circa 1947 

Folder 55: Letter to CJ Leach to Walter Wood 

Folder 56: Letter from Estate of Walter Wood 

Folder 57: Letter, 1867 

Folder 58: Letter from Albert B. Weimer (Attorney) regarding RIC's Land Tracts, 1906 

Folder 59: Letter from J&R Satton to (unknown) 

Folder 60: Personal Correspondence to N Leach from Heanlon 

Folder 61: Letter to Mr. Houck from JL McConnell 

Folder 62: Letter to SL McConnell from James Houck Jr., 1942 

Folder 63: Letters and papers between SL McConnell and estate of Walter Wood 

Folder 64: Letter: SL McConnell to Southwest Publishing Co. 1943 

Folder 65: Letter from Ted Dalton to DW Peters 

Folder 66: Letter from CJ Leache to Walter Wood, 1927 regarding Wood's work on Jones Mt 

Folder 67: Letters from SL McConnell, regarding shares of stock 

Folder 68: SL McConnell to clerk of State corporation commission (letter) 1944 

Folder 69: Department of taxation letter to RIC 

Folder 70: LEtter from John T Whipple to SL MCConnell regarding distribution of assets of the estate of Mary H Wood, 1944 

Folder 71: Letter from Department of Taxation to RIC 1945 

Folder 72: Letter: Allen Eshridge, Jr. to Stuart Wood 1907 

Folder 73: Letter: LEache to Eskridge 1907 

Folder 74: LEtter: houck Jr. to Leache regarding Laurell Dale Iron Works tract 

Folder 75: Letter and Opinion on Pulaski Co. Lands 1867 

Folder 76: Letter regarding agreement with state foresting department and actual document, 1937 

Folder 77: Letter: Leache to Stuart Wood, 1904 

Folder 78: Letter, Odell to Fagg 

Tax Records 

Folder 1: Tax Return 1925 

Folder 2: Corporation Tax Return 1926 

Folder 3: Tax Return 1926 

Folder 4: Corporation Income Tax return, 1927 

Folder 5: Tax Return 1927 

Folder 6: Tax Return 1927 

Folder 7: Tax Return 1928 

Folder 8: Tax Returns 1928 

Folder 9: Tax Returns 1929 

Folder 10: Tax Return 1929 

Folder 11: Tax Returns 1930 

Folder 12: Tax Return 1930 

Folder 13: Tax Returns 1931 

Folder 14: Tax Return 1932 

Folder 15: Tax Return 1933 

Folder 16: Tax Return 1933 

Folder 17: Tax Returns 1934 

Folder 18: Tax Returns 1934 

Folder 19: Tax Return 1934 

Folder 20: Tax Return 1935 

Folder 21: Tax Return 1936 

Folder 22: Tax Return 1936 

Folder 23: Tax Return 1936 

Folder 24: Tax Return Form 1936 

Folder 25: Tax Return Form 1937 

Folder 26: Tax Return 1937 

Folder 27: Tax Return 1938 

Folder 28: Tax Return 1938 

Folder 29: Income Tax Return Form 1938. Letter from Joseph L. Wysor to RIC 

Folder 28: Tax Returns 1938 

Folder 29: Tax Return 1939 

Folder 30: Tax Return 1939 

Folder 31: Tax Return Forms 1940 

Folder 32: Tax Return 1940 

Folder 33: Tax Returns 1940,1941 

Folder 34: Tax Return 1941 

Folder 35: Income Tax Return 1941 

Folder 36: Tax Returns 1942, 1943 

Folder 37: Tax Return Instructions 1942 

Folder 38: Income Tax Return, 1942 

Folder 39: Tax Papers and Letters, 1943 

Folder 40: Capital-Stock Tax Return 1943 

Folder 41: Return of Capital Stock Tax (blank) 1943 

Folder 42: Return of Capital-Stock Tax 1945 

Folder 43: Letters Regarding the failure to file tax returns, 1944 

Folder 44: Tax Return 1944 

Folder 45: Delinquent State Tax Receipts, 1944 & 45 

Folder 46: Department of Taxation Documents, 1944 

Folder 47: Tax Returns 1945 

Folder 48: Tax Return 1948 

Folder 49: Department of Taxation Douments, 1947 

Folder 50: Information Return 1948 

Folder 51: Commonwealth of Virginia Tax Receipts 

Folder 52: Letter Regarding Failure to File Income tax Returns 1947 

Folder 53: Letter Regarding Tax Form Errors 

Folder 54: Letters from VA Department of Taxation 

Folder 55: Pulaski County Tax Forms, 1934-38 

Land Related Documents 

Folder 1: Map: Outlying Lands Belonging to RIC 

Folder 2: Frief of Title to the Simpkins Ore Bank 

Folder 3: Eliazer Cole Land Grant, 1867 

Folder 4: Brief of Title "Ore Bank Survey" 1867 

Folder 5: Brief of Title: The Laurel Dale Iron Works, Pulaski VA 

Folder 6: Brief of Title to the Kelly Lands, Pulaski VA 

Folder 7: W. J. Tract of Land- Abstract of Title 

Folder 8: Land Grant from Commonwealth to Meredith Rains and William Mullen 1864 

Folder 9: John Kelly and Reuben Handle, copy of grant 

Folder 10: 2 Lists of Names, regarding Laurel Dale tract 

Folder 11: Notice of Sale of Mountain Lands and MInerals in Pulaski Co. 1942 

Folder 12:Report of Lands Purchased, 1890 

Folder 13: Bullard's Land, Kelly Tract Survey 1866 

Folder 14: Land Grant: Abraham Odlel, 1934 

Folder 15: John Kelly Land Grant 1854 

Folder 16: James Stone Land Grant 1954 

Folder 17: VA Ore Purchase Agreement, 1890 

Folder 18: Lands Document from Wood to RIC 

Folder 19: Copy of Plat of Great Survey to Austin Nichols 1867 

Folder 20: Analysis of Samples of Iron Ore taken from Jones Mt. 1935 

Folder 21: "Lands bought with currency" list 

Folder 22: Land Drawn Map , undated 

Folder 23: Lands Survey for Dr. Thomas S. Ruston and John D. Blanchard, 1906 

Folder 24: Land Survey 1906 for Dr. Thomas Ruston 

Folder 25: Land Survey for JOhn Kelly and Reuben Harold 1845 

Folder 26: Survey: J Kelly and B. Harald 1847 

Folder 27: Examined Survey for Austin Nichols 

Folder 28: Ore Bank Survey, Undated 

Folder 29: Copy of Survey, Eliazer Cole, undated 

Folder 30: Title to Jas. Odell purchase of Land 

Folder 31: Copy of Survey, Meredith Rains and William Mullen 

Folder 32: Searches vs. Slowman, Ore Bank Survey, 1867 

Folder 33: Slowman Ore Bank Survey, 1867 

Folder 34: Ferry Survey 1869 

Folder 35: Survey Report 1848 

Folder 36: Courses of Official Survey of Pulaski and Outlying Areas: 1845 

Folder 37: Laurel Dale Ore Bank as Surveyed 1891 

Folder 38: Lines of the Main Max Creek road survey 1916 

Folder 39: Lines of the Maple Branch Road Survey 1916 

Folder 40: Plat of the Lowman Tract according to return survey, not dated 

Folder 41: Map of Kelly Tract, Undated 

Folder 42: Cecil Ore Bank Tract as surveyed and plotted, 1891 

Folder 43: John Kelly Survey 1954 

Folder 44: Tracing of Property of RIC at "Ore Bank Survey" 1933 

Folder 45: Radford Iron Co's Land and Survey info 

Folder 46: Land Survey and Sketches, 1867-68 

Folder 47: Bond: Richard D. Wood to Lewis Wattson 

Folder 48: Land Office Treasury Warrant for Austin Nichols 1864 

Folder 49: Searches vs. Laruel Dale Gorge Track, Snow and Cecil Tracks 

Folder 50: Certificate of Sylvamis Goole, 1867 

Folder 51: Copies of Depositions of John B. Baskerville, Samuel Covey, Daniel B. Leavey, and Samuel Shelburn 

Folder 52: Conveyances by John Belden 

Folder 53: Certificate of Search for Conveyances by clerk of Mongomery Co. 

Folder 54: Deposition of Catherine Latimer 

Folder 55: Copies of Depositions of Jane Baylor and Sylvanus Foote 

Folder 56: Deposition of John Cecil 

Folder 57: "Abstract of Title to 2285 Acres" 1868 

Folder 58: "Clerk's Certificate" 1868 

Folder 59: Court Judgement Indebting RIC to the trustees of Walter Wood 

Folder 60: Bond of Indemnity: Walter Wood and Stuart Wood to RIC, 1907 

Folder 61: Radford-Crane Iron Company: 100 Shares to Walter Wood 1942 

Folder 62: Certificate of Shares, Walter Wood, W F White Lumber corp. 1962 

Folder 63: Certificate of 40 Shares of RIC to Estate of Randolph Wood 

Folder 64: Cermation Certificate from the Philadelphia Trust, 1913 

Folder 65: Notary Note regarding Thomas Gates from the Philadelphia trust, 1917 

Folder 66: Austin Nochols 45,000 acres papers and land office treasury warrant 

Folder 67: Agreement between John G. Cecil with Lewis T. Wattson 1867 

Folder 68: Release of [sic] Claim, John Cecil to Lewis T. Wattson, 1864 

Folder 69: Agreement, Cecil with Wattson 

Folder 70: Release of Leim: John Cecil to Lewis Wattson 

Folder 71: Agreement, Cecil with Wattson 

Folder 72: Contract of Sale between Odell and RIC 1907 

Folder 73: Charles Rhoads' Instructions as to the Virginia Titles 

Folder 74: Legal Document from Wattson to RIC 

Folder 75: Opinion of title of Lands in Pulaski, 1867 

Folder 76: Cremation of Securities Certificate, 1913 

Folder 77: Orphan's Court of Philadelphia County, receipt, release, and order to satisy award to State Teacher's college of Radford, Va 

Folder 78: William Stone to RIC: "Cop. Courses" 1868 

Folder 79: James Stone to Ric: "Cop. Courses" 

Deeds and Wills, Box 1 

Folder 1: Copy of Will of John Glen 

Folder 2: John Cecil to Lewis Wattson (deed) mineral right in 420 acres 

Folder 3: Title of WC Cole Land 

Folder 4: Will of William A Stone 

Folder 5: Deed: John Cecil and John Cecil Jr. 1857 

Folder 6: Deed: RIC to AL Odell 1935 

Folder 7: Deed: Lewis T Wattson and Wife to Raniel J Morrell, Pulaski CO 

Folder 8: Deed: Lewis T Wattson and Wife to Charles S Wood 

Folder 9: Deed: Randolph Clark and Wife to Radford Iron Co 1873 

Folder 10: Deed: Richard D Wood, Charles S Wood to RIC 

Folder 11: Deed: Lewis T Watson and wife to Richard D Wood 

Folder 12: Deed: Lewis T Wattson and Wife t David Scull 

Folder 13: Abstract of Deed: John Gardner to John Davis 1838 

Folder 14: Deed: SD Ray to Lewis T Watson 

Folder 15: Deed: SD Ray to LT Watson 

Folder 16: Deed: SD Ray to Lewis Wattson 

Folder 17: Deed: William White to Lewis T Wattson 1867 

Folder 18: Deed: SD Ray to Lewis T Wattson 

Folder 19: Claim Deed: David Graham to Lewis T Wattson 1867 

Folder 20: Quit Claim Deed: David Graham to Lewis T Wattson 

Folder 21: Deed: James Stone and wife to RIC 1868 

Folder 22: Deed: William White to RIC 1868 

Folder 23: Deed: RIC to Appalachian Electric Power Co., Flowage rights 1935 

Folder 24: Deed: Harvey A Jameson to RIC 1870 

Folder 25: Deed: james A Walker to Lewis T Wattson 1867 

Folder 26: Deed: DB Bill and wife and DA Snow and wife to James A Simpkins, 1867 

Folder 27: Deed: John Belden and Wife Hannah to Reoger Pegg 

Folder 28: Deed: John Cecil to Lewis T Wattson 

Folder 29: Deed: Lewis Wattson to RIC 1868 

Folder 30: Deed: Abel Lowman to RIC 1876 

Folder 31: Deed: Truman S Bullard to Lewis T Wattson 

Folder 32: Copy Deed: William A Stone to Joseph H Covey 1861 

Folder 33: Deed: Jameson to Lewis T Wattson 

Folder 34: Ded: Truman S Bullard to Lewis T Wattson 

Folder 35: Deed: James Stone to RIC, 1868 

Folder 36: Deed: Isaac Ashfod to lewis Wattson 1867 

Folder 37: Deed: James Percey to RIC 1911 

Deeds and Wills, Box 2 

Folder 1: Deed: Isaac Ashford to Lewsi T Wattson 

Folder 2: Deed: HA Jameson to RIC 1890 

Folder 3: Deed; Stuart Wood to RIC 1907 

Folder 4: Deed: Charles Bostwick to John Belden, 1825 

Folder 5: Deed: WJ Trail and Stuart Wood, 1907 

Folder 6: Deed: Stuart Wood to RIC 1907 

Folder 7: Deed Cover Page: Charles Bostwick to John Belden 

Folder 8: Copy of Deed: Anna Sifford to D Lowman 1857 

Folder 9: Deed: Anthony Owens to John Book 

Folder 10: Copy of Deed: John Leoock to 

Folder 11: Deed: David Lowman to Lewis Wattson 1867 

Folder 12: Deed: Meredith Raines to Anthony Owens 1804 

Folder 13: Deed copy: Hinly L Hall to Anna Sifford, 1847 

Folder 14: Deed: John Gardner to Asiel Snow 

Folder 15: Deed: Lewis J Wattson to George Trotter 1867 

Folder 16: Deed: William Stone to Burtee, 1860 

Folder 17: Deed and Abstract: C Bullard ato Richard Wood, 1890 

Folder 18: Synopsis of "duds" from Lewis Wattson 

Folder 19: Deed: Randolph Clark to RIC, 1873 

Folder 20: Claim Deed 1906 

Folder 21: Deed: Radford Iron Company of Virginia to RIC 

Folder 22: Deed: JL Wysor to RIC 1908 

Folder 23: Deed: Asiel Snow to Lewis T Wattson 1867 

Folder 24: Deed: RIC to the Appalachian Power Co. 1913 

Folder 25: Deed: Radford Iron Co of VA to Radford Iron Co Inc, 1913 

Folder 26: RIC Index to Deeds, undated 

Folder 27: RIC index to Deeds, undated 

Folder 28: Deed: John G Cecil to LT Watspn 

Folder 29: Deed: John G Cecil to Lewis T Wattson (mineral rights in 500 acres) 

Folder 30: Deed: John Cecil to Lewis Wattson 1867 

Folder 31: Deed: John Cecil to Wattson 1867 

Folder 32: Deed: Bullard to Col 1878 

Folder 33: Deed: Edell to RIC 1907 

Folder 34: Abstract to Minerals in Dishon Land, reserved by JG Cecil 1879 

Folder 35: Deed: Culbertson to RIC 1883 

Folder 36: Deed: William Stone to Radford Iron Co 

Folder 37: Deed release: Philadelphia Trust Co. to RIC 1921 

Folder 38: Deed: Appalachian Power Co. to RIC 1918 

Folder 39: Deed: jesse Huff to RIC 

Folder 40: Deed: William Wilson to RIC 

Folder 41: Deed: Randolph Clark to RIC, 1873 

Folder 42: Agreement between Jesse Huff and RIC, 1935 

Folder 43: Deed: Inmis A Walker to William Kelly's Land 

Folder 44: Mortgage Deed and contract of sale: Lewis Wattson to Richard Wood 1867 

Folder 45: Deed: Asiel Snow to Lewis T Wattson, 1864 

Folder 46: Supporting Documents 

Folder 47: Handwritten Notes, 1896 

Folder 48: Handwritten Notes, 1906 

Ledgers Box 1 of 3 

Ledger and Records: 1867-1940 

Ledger: 1872-75 

Ledger: 1890-94 

Ledgers Box 2 of 3 

Ledger: 1896-1899 

Ledger: 1899-1902 

Ledger: 1902-1904 

Ledger: 1904-1909 

Ledger: 1910 

Ledgers Box 3 of 3 

Ledger: 1914 

Ledger: 1915-1922 

Ledger: 1922-1928 

Ledger: 1928-1934 

Ledger 1929 

Collection Docket- undated nearly blank 

Radford Iron Company Capital Stock Shares book, including investors and supporting documentation, 1913-1942