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This series contains three business journals that document the F. Kuchenbeiser's Works, a San Jose foundry company, and a
Portuguese Fraternal Benefit Society.
The first volume records the business transactions of F. Kuchenbeiser's Works. William Fruehling founded the business in 1868
and after his retirement in 1872, the company became known as the F. Kuchenbeiser’s Works, located at 374 Third Street, San
Jose. The foundry supplied iron vaults for the Commercial and Savings Bank, Bank of San Jose, and many of the principal businesses
in the city including the State Normal School. It also supplied fixtures for the County Jail in Hollister, San Benito County,
and the large warehouses erected for Carter & Friedlander at Alviso, and those at Mountain View. This volume contains standard
business correspondence requesting services from various suppliers, requests for payment for services rendered, and letters
acknowledging payment from Kuchenbeiser to suppliers of iron, steel, oil, and other manufacturing products . The letters date
from May 18, 1907 to September 26, 1916, and are authored by the owner, Mr. Frederick Kuchenbeiser and business manger A.
The second volume, entitled “Diaro do Conselho Isabel No. 11 da I.D.E.S,” is a Portuguese fraternal benefit society ledger
book that records membership dues and the organization account balances from February 21, 1935 to December 19, 1943.
The third volume is a newspaper clippings journal compiled for the Julius Khan Construction Company to document World War
I through newspaper clippings from The Daily Express , The San Francisco Examiner, and The New York Times. The journal also
contains newspaper clippings from 1928-1932 which document various legal trials as well as early 20th century life.
This series is arranged alphabetically.