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Gates, George Porterfield Papers

Dates: 1855-1917

Grandfather of Bess Wallace Truman

The George Porterfield Gates papers contain correspondence, bills, receipts, financial records and other materials relating to his life, family and business career. George Porterfield Gates was the grandfather of Bess Wallace Truman.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 7 linear feet, 5 linear inches (about 13,600 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: No donation of copyright was received with this collection
Processed by: David Clark, Jan Davis, Sharie Simon, Erica Flanagan, Amy Crossley, and Randy Sowell (2009).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1835 (April 2)

 

Born, Lunenbergh, Vermont

ca. 1853

 

Moved to Rock Island County, Illinois

1860

 

Married Elizabeth Emery, Port Byron, Illinois

1862 (August 4)

 

Birth of eldest daughter, Margaret Elizabeth (Madge) Gates

1866

 

Moved to Independence, Missouri

1867

 

Purchased home at 219 North Delaware, Independence, Missouri

ca. 180

 

Engaged in lumber business, organized and served as director of the Bank of Independence

1883

 

Organized the Waggoner-Gates Milling Company (famed for its “Queen of the Pantry” flour) with William Waggoner

1883 (June 13)

 

Daughter Madge married David Willock Wallace

1885 (February 13)

 

Birth of granddaughter, Elizabeth Virginia (Bess) Wallace, future wife of Harry S. Truman

1918 (June 25)

 

Died, Independence, Missouri

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The George Porterfield Gates papers contain correspondence, bills, receipts, financial records and other materials relating to his life, family and business career. George Porterfield Gates was the grandfather of Bess Wallace Truman. The collection is composed of three series.

The first series, the Correspondence File, primarily consists of letters and telegrams related to George Porterfield Gates’s business career and the Gates family. Much of the correspondence pertains to the Waggoner-Gates Milling Company, Tilden Mining Company in Colorado, Jackson County and Osage Valley Mining and Smelting Company, J.F. Crawford Lumber Company, Sipher Lumber and Coal Company, Creek Lumber Company, Port Byron Lumber Company and Southwestern Millers Dispatch Company, Metropolitan National Bank of Kansas City, Duvall Seed & Grain Separator Company, Columbia Copper Company, and Empire Copper Company. Other topics include land sales and acquisitions, taxes, business and personal expenses, investments, legal matters, and invitations. Also included is correspondence with George Porterfield Gates’s wife, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gates; children, Madge, Myra, Walter, Frank and Maud; parents, George William Gates and Sarah D. Gates; siblings, Edward, Walter, Charles, and Fred; as well as other family members, regarding family activities, health, businesses, education, weather, and life in Independence, Missouri. This series contains the first known letter written by Bess Wallace, which she sent to her grandfather, George Porterfield Gates.

The second series, the Financial Affairs File, contains account books, ledger books, cash books, checkbooks, checks, inventory books, printed materials, receipts and bills pertaining to George Porterfield Gates’s business career and family. Many of the documents relate to the American Lumber Company, Jackson County and Osage Valley Mining and Smelting Company, J.F. Crawford Lumber Company Inventory, Mississippi Valley Trust Company, Waggoner-Gates Milling Company, Presbyterian Church of Independence, Independence Female College and Kansas City Ladies’ College. Also included are receipts and bills pertaining to land purchases, clothing, groceries, travel, taxes, utilities, insurance and household purchases.

The third series, the Subject File, consists of meeting minutes, deeds, leases, building specifications, mining claim maps, reports, printed materials, newspaper clippings, court documents, handwritten notes, drawings, and an 1859 diary. Specific documents pertain to the American Lumber Company, Columbia Copper Company, Duvall Seed & Grain Separator Company, Jackson County and Osage Valley Mining and Smelting Company, J. F. Crawford Lumber Company, Tilden Mining Company and the Southwestern Millers’ Dispatch Company.

The papers were found in Bess Wallace Truman’s home in Independence around the time of her death. Related collections include the papers of Madge Gates Wallace, a daughter of George Porterfield Gates and the mother of Bess Wallace Truman.

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos.

 

Series

1-11

  CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1862-1917
Letters and telegrams related to George Porterfield Gates’s family and business career. Arranged chronologically.

12-16

  FINANCIAL AFFAIRS FILE, 1855-1917
Account books, ledger books, cash books, checkbooks, checks, inventory books, printed materials, receipts and bills pertaining to George Porterfield Gates’s business career and family. Arranged alphabetically and thereunder chronologically.

17

  SUBJECT FILE, 1855-1914
Meeting minutes, deeds, leases, building specifications, mining claim maps, reports, printed materials, newspaper clippings, court documents, handwritten notes, drawings, and an 1859 diary. Arranged alphabetically.
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FOLDER TITLE LIST

CORRESPONDENCE FILE, 1862-1917

Box 1

  • 1862
  • 1863
  • 1864
  • 1865
  • 1866
  • 1867
  • 1868
  • 1869
  • 1870
  • 1871
  • 1872
  • 1873
  • 1874
  • 1875
  • 1876
  • 1877
  • 1878
  • 1879
  • 1880
  • 1881: January
  • 1881: February
  • 1881: March-December

Box 2

  • 1882
  • 1883
  • 1884
  • 1885
  • 1886
  • 1887
  • 1888
  • 1889
  • 1890
  • 1891

Box 3

  • 1892
  • 1893: January-June
  • 1893: July-December
  • 1894: January-May
  • 1894: June-December
  • 1895: January-July

Box 4

  • 1895: August-December
  • 1896: January-March
  • 1896: April-June
  • 1896: July
  • 1896: August-September

Box 5

  • 1896: October-November
  • 1896: December
  • 1897: January
  • 1897: February
  • 1897: March
  • 1897: April
  • 1897: May
  • 1897: June

Box 6

  • 1897: July [1 of 2]
  • 1897: July [1 of 2]
  • 1897: August [1 of 2]
  • 1897: August [2 of 2]
  • 1897: September
  • 1897: October

Box 7

  • 1897: November
  • 1897: December
  • 1897: Undated
  • 1897: Frank E. Gates, Trustee Letter Book [1 of 2]
  • 1897: Frank E. Gates, Trustee Letter Book [2 of 2]
  • 1898: January-February

Box 8

  • 1898: March-April
  • 1898: May-June
  • 1898: July-August
  • 1898: September-October
  • 1898: November-December
  • 1899: January-March
  • 1899: April-July

Box 9

  • 1899: August-December
  • 1900: January-May
  • 1900: June-December
  • 1900-1907, Letter Book [1 of 2]
  • 1900-1907, Letter Book [2 of 2]
  • 1901: January-June
  • 1901: July-September

Box 10

  • 1901: October-December
  • 1902
  • 1903
  • 1904
  • 1905
  • 1906
  • 1907
  • 1908

Box 11

  • 1909: January-July
  • 1909: August-December
  • 1910
  • 1911
  • 1912
  • 1913
  • 1914
  • 1915
  • 1916
  • 1917
  • Undated
  • Wallace, Bess

FINANCIAL AFFAIRS FILE, 1855-1917

Box 12

  • Account Book, 1895-1897
  • Account Books, 1867-1898
  • American Lumber Company Cash Book, 1888-1893 [1 of 2]
  • American Lumber Company Cash Book, 1888-1893 [2 of 2]
  • Cash Book, 1897-1898
  • Day Book, 1897
  • Financial Records, 1855
  • Financial Records, 1858
  • Financial Records, 1860
  • Financial Records, 1861
  • Financial Records, 1862
  • Financial Records, 1863
  • Financial Records, 1864
  • Financial Records, 1865
  • Financial Records, 1866
  • Financial Records, 1867
  • Financial Records, 1868
  • Financial Records, 1869
  • Financial Records, 1871
  • Financial Records, 1872
  • Financial Records, 1873
  • Financial Records, 1874
  • Financial Records, 1875

Box 13

Box 14

  • Financial Records, 1893: January-April
  • Financial Records, 1893: May-December
  • Financial Records, 1894
  • Financial Records, 1895
  • Financial Records, 1896: January-June
  • Financial Records, 1896: July-December

Box 15

  • Financial Records, 1897: January-July
  • Financial Records, 1897: August-December
  • Financial Records, 1898
  • Financial Records, 1899
  • Financial Records, 1900
  • Financial Records, 1901
  • Financial Records, 1902
  • Financial Records, 1903

Box 16

  • Financial Records, 1904
  • Financial Records, 1905
  • Financial Records, 1906
  • Financial Records, 1907
  • Financial Records, 1908
  • Financial Records, 1909
  • Financial Records, 1910
  • Financial Records, 1911
  • Financial Records, 1912
  • Financial Records, 1913
  • Financial Records, 1914
  • Financial Records, 1915
  • Financial Records, 1917
  • Financial Records, undated
  • Jackson County and Osage Valley Mining and Smelting Company Checkbook, 1872-1873
  • J.F. Crawford Lumber Company Inventory, 1893-1896
  • Mississippi Valley Trust Company Checkbook, 1897-1898
  • Notes and Bills Payable and Receivable Ledger, 1894-1897
  • Notes and Bills Payable and Receivable Ledger, 1895-1897

SUBJECT FILE, 1855-1914

Box 17

  • American Lumber Company
  • Asa Farrar Last Will & Testament
  • Building Specifications
  • Burial Plot
  • Columbia Copper Company
  • Deeds
  • Diary, 1859
  • Duvall Seed & Grain Separator Company
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • Frank E. Gates Writings
  • Handwritten Notes
  • Jackson County and Osage Valley Mining and Smelting Company
  • J. F. Crawford Lumber Company
  • Leases
  • Legal Records
  • Mining
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Printed Materials
  • Southwestern Millers’ Dispatch Company
  • Tilden Mine
  • Waggoner & Gates
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