Preliminary Guide to the Calamba Sugar Estate - Philippines Collection

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Title: Calamba Sugar Estate - Philippines Collection
Date (inclusive): 1928-1943
Collection number: Wyles Mss 137
Extent: .2 linear feet (1 half-size document box)
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Department of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, California 93106-9010
Physical location: Del Sur
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

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Preferred Citation

Calamba Sugar Estate - Philippines Collection. Wyles Mss 137. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 2005.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of 51 items from the papers of Hazel Kenward Pfleuger (whose husband was the forester O. W. Pfleuger) of Mont Alto and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, relating to investments in the Calamba Sugar Estate, in the Philippines, dated between 1928-1943.
In June of 1912, a group of American businessmen from California organized the Calamba Sugar Estate and in this corporate name purchased an old estate owned by a series of religious orders (Jesuits and Dominicans) from the government. It started production in 1914. The corporation also planted coconuts and was quite successful with this. By 1934, 300,000 coconut trees had been with a yield of over 12 to 15 million coconuts yearly. After the Japanese takeover, the estate was plundered, looted and burned. The main office was burnt down together with all the records and books of accounts. It was later reopened after the war by local businessman Vicente Madrigal, then later sold to José Yulo.
Most of the papers of this Philippine sugar plantation were destroyed during the Japanese occupation. The later letters of 1943 mention this. (Additional background information regarding the early history of the estate can be found in the collection file.)

Collection Contents

Box 1: 2

Receipt for stock purchase, dated Aug 7, 1928, Canlubang, P.I. (Philippine Islands)

Box 1: 2

Statement of Account, Canlubang, P.I, Sept 30, 1928

Box 1: 3

Correspondence from resident manager of Calamba Sugar Estate to San Francisco office of Calamba Sugar Estate introducing H. K. Pfleuger with questions about her stock purchase, Canlubang, P.I, January 5, 1929

Box 1: 4

Correspondence (21 items) from secretary of Calamba Sugar Estate, about account, receipts, stock quotes, etc, San Francisco, CA, November 1930- July 1932

Box 1: 5

Receipt, letter, (2 items) statement account, from Strassburger & Co., San Francisco, CA, May-June 1932

Box 1: 6

Strassburger & Co. receipts for money invested, San Francisco, CA, to "Calamba Sugar Estate" but endorsed to "S & Co," July 8, 1932

Box 1: 7

Strassburger & Co. securities receipt, San Francisco, CA, July 18, 1932

Box 1: 8

Typed copy of letter from H.K. Pfleuger to Calamba Sugar Estate in San Francisco, Chambersburg, PA (telling about changing old shares to new ones upon creation of new company), Sept. 16, 1943

Box 1: 9

Correspondence (2 items) from C.F. Jacobson, Secretary of Calamba Sugar Estate, San Francisco, CA telling of situation in the Philippines, news about some individuals who were detained, etc., July-Sept 1943