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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access
  • Administrative Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company Records
    Dates (inclusive): 1883-1933
    Bulk dates: 1883-1908
    Collection Number: mssKerckhoff-Cuzner
    Creator: Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.
    Extent: 113 pieces in 1 box + 14 oversize folders and 1 volume
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2129
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of correspondence, business records, and maps of the Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company of Los Angeles, California, with the bulk dating from 1883-1908. The majority deals with the purchase of Boschke’s Island in the Port of Los Angeles harbor.
    Language: English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company Records, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gifts of William G. Cuzner, August 7, 1958 and August 27, 1973.

    Historical Note

    The Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company was originally the Los Angeles, California, branch of the J. G. Jackson Lumber Company. James Cuzner was managing it when in 1879 William George Kerckhoff (1856-1929) approached him about purchasing a partner stake in the company. Cuzner and Kerckhoff each purchased a quarter stake in the company and it then became the Jackson, Kerckhoff & Cuzner Lumber Company. In 1883 the company incorporated, and Kerckhoff became president and Cuzner became vice-president of the renamed Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.
    As business grew they acquired branch yards in Pasadena, Pomona, Lamanda Park, San Fernando, Hollywood, Brawley, Calexico, Imperial, and also purchased Boschke’s Island (or Smith’s Island, as it was also known) in San Pedro and established a wholesale mill and lumber yard there.


    O’Melveny, H. W. (Henry William), 1859-1941. The Story of William G. Kerckhoff. U.C.L.A. magazine, Jan. 1941, v. 15, no. 10.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of correspondence, business records, and maps; the majority of which deal with the purchase of Boschke’s Island (or Smith’s Island) by the Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company from Albert and Martha Ellen Boschke. There were subsequent legal complications regarding this purchase with the Southern Pacific Railroad Company and the Banning Company, primarily Joseph Brent Banning and William Banning (1858-1946). The dispute between the various parties dealt with the purchase of the island and of how much of it belonged to the respective parties. A small part of the collection deals with a bridge the Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company wanted to build from Boschke’s Island (or Smith’s Island) across the Wilmington slough or inner bay of San Pedro to the mainland.


    The collection is organized in the following manner:
    • 1. Correspondence and business records – Arranged chronologically – Box 1
    • 2. Oversize folders – 15 folders
    • 3. Ledger (account book) – 1 volume

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Banning, Joseph Brent, 1861-1920.
    Banning, William, 1858-1946.
    Boschke, Albert.
    Kerckhoff, William George, 1856-1929.
    Banning Company.
    Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company.
    Harbors -- California -- Los Angeles.
    Land tenure -- Law and legislation -- California.
    Land titles -- California -- Los Angeles County.
    Land titles -- Registration and transfer -- California -- Los Angeles County.
    San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Description and travel.
    San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- History -- Sources.
    San Pedro (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Maps.


    Articles of incorporation -- California -- Los Angeles County.
    Business records -- California, Southern.
    Contracts -- California -- Los Angeles County.
    Deeds -- California, Southern.
    Ledgers (account books) -- California, Southern.
    Letters (correspondence) -- California -- Los Angeles County.
    Maps -- California -- Los Angeles County.

    Additional Contributors

    Banning, Joseph Brent, 1861-1920.
    Banning, William, 1858-1946.
    Boschke, A.
    Kerckhoff, William George, 1856-1929.
    Banning Company.
    Southern Pacific Railroad Company.