Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company Records: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Mitchell W. K. Toda, May 14, 2002.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
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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.

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Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

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.

Bibliography

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.

Arrangement

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.  

Subjects

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.

Forms/Genres

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.


Collection Contents

Box 1

Correspondence and business records

Folder 1

1883. Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company. Articles of Incorporation.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 2

1884. Pacific Coast Company. To Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 3

1885. Los Angeles County (Calif.). Board of Supervisors. To William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 4

1885. Kerckhoff, William George, 1856-1929. To Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 5

1885. Wilmington Transportation Company. To Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 6

1885-1886. John F. James and Ina L. James. To William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 7

1885-1888. Joseph Brent Banning. To Albert Boschke.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 8

1888. William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929. To Albert Boschke and Martha Ellen Boschke.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 9

1888-1895. Albert Boschke. To William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 10

1889-1891. California (State). Surveyor General. To Albert Boschke.

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 11

1890-1895. Boschke, Albert. To “Messrs. Kerckhoff & Cuzner”.

Physical Description: 4 pieces
Folder 12

1891. Boschke, Albert. To James Cuzner.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 13

1891. Carter, Thos H.. To United States. Bureau of Land Management. California State Office.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 14

1891. United States. Bureau of Land Management. To Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 15

1891-1894. Hyde, F. A. To Albert Boschke.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 16

1892. Southern Pacific Company. To Albert Boschke.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 17

1893, undated. Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company. To Banning Brothers.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 18

1894. William Banning, 1858-1946, and Joseph Brent Banning. To Albert Boschke and William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 19

1894-1898. William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929. To William Banning, 1858-1946, and Joseph Brent Banning.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 20

1895. Axman Improvement Company. To H. W. (Henry William) O’Melveny, 1859-1941.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 21

1895. Albert Boschke. To Southern Pacific Railroad Company.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 22

1895. Albert Boschke and Martha Ellen Boschke. To William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 23

1895. Martha Ellen Boschke. To William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 24

1895. Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company. To Axman Improvement Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 25

1895. Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company. To L. W. Blinn.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 26

1895. San Pedro Yard. To Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 27

1895. Southern Pacific Company. To William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 28

1895. Southern Pacific Railroad Company. To William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 29

1895. Southern Pacific Railroad Company. To William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 30

1897. Chambers, D. A. To Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 31

1897. William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929, and Louise E. Kerckhoff. To Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 32

1898. Armes, C. H. To “Messrs Graves, O’Melveny & Shawkland”.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 33

1898. Banning Company. To William George Kerckhoff, 1856-1929.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 34

1898. Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company. To Los Angeles County (Calif.).

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 35

1898. Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company. To San Pedro Lumber Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 36

1899. The First National Bank of Los Angeles. To H. W. (Henry William) O’Melveny, 1859-1941.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 37

1902. Banning Company. To Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 38

1902. Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company. To Banning Company.

Physical Description: 3 pieces
Folder 39

1903. Bicknell, Gibson & Trask. To James Cuzner.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 40

1908. California. Superior Court (Los Angeles County). To Banning Company, Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company, and Pacific Electric Railway Company.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 41

1920. Los Angeles County (Calif.). To Joseph Brent Banning.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 42

1933. Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company. To Certificate of Amendment of Articles of Incorporation.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 43

Undated. [Kerckhoff, William George, 1856-1929]. To Pasadena (Calif.). City Engineer.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 44

1883-1900, undated. Manuscript notes.

Physical Description: 14 pieces
Folder 45

1894-1895, undated. Maps, cadastral maps, engineering maps, and manuscript maps.

Physical Description: 8 pieces
Folder 46

1921. Photographs.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 47

1889-1897, undated. Receipts and bills.

Physical Description: 6 pieces
 

Oversize folders

Folder 1

1883. Certificate of official filing of articles of incorporation of the Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 2

1892. Map to accompany application of C. & F. J. Ganahl for Wharf Franchise.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 3

1893. Channel in Front of Smith’s Island Wilmington Harbor, Cal. 1893.

Physical Description: 2 pieces
Folder 4

1893-1894. O.A.P. of Wilmington Harbor California Showing Proposed Harbor Lines.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 5

1894. Certificate, acreage of land held by Albert Boschke.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 6

1897. Blueprint of proposed San Pedro Bridge, with attached certificate from the United States, War Department.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 7

1903. Map of the City of San Pedro Compiled from Official Records and Personal Surveys 1903.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 8

1903. Drawing to illustrate a correction in the deed for Smith’s Island, with attached letter from Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company to the Banning Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 9

Undated. Copy of Map in U.S. Land Office San Francisco Cal., shows parts of Rancho Palos Verdes, Rancho San Pedro, Dean Man’s island, Smith’s Island, and Mormon Island.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 10

Undated. Drawing showing the wharf of the Kerckhoff-Cuzner Mill & Lumber Company.

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 11

Undated. Map of Smith’s Island (1).

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 12

Undated. Map of Smith’s Island (2).

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 13

Undated. Map of Smith’s Island (3).

Physical Description: 1 piece
Folder 14

Undated. “Vicinage Sales and Leases,” map of San Pedro and Wilmington Districts.

Physical Description: 1 piece
 

Ledger

Volume

1892. Ledger (account book), M. Kerckhoff, Cuzner, M. & L. Co. [516 pages].