MsC 344

Manuscript Register

PAPERS OF THE DEXTER COMPANY

Collection Dates: 1904 to 1954

20 linear ft.

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Posted to Internet May 2002

Acquisition Note:These papers were given to the University by the Dexter Company in 1958.

Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Photographs: Box 14

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History

The Dexter Company was founded in 1894 in Dexter, Iowa, by R.D. Hunt and L.V. Gaines. This washing machine manufacturing company moved to Fairfield, Iowa, in 1904. In 1936, it entered into partnership with the Ohio firm that manufactured the Nash-Kelvinator. Philco purchased the Dexter Company in 1954, at which time the company had just begun to manufacture clothes dryers as well as washing machines.

Scope and Contents

The records of the Dexter Company date from 1904 to 1954, and document the company's history up to the time that it was bought by Philco. Approximately twenty linear feet of records, housed in some seventeen boxes, make up the collection. Corporate reports, financial statements, patents, advertising, correspondence, and stockholders agreements combined with legal papers, contracts, auditor's reports, and payroll registers give a fairly complete picture of this company's activities up to the mid-1950s.

 

Box List:

 

Box 1

Advertising, Philco, 1951 -- 1953

Annual Corporation on Reports, 1925 -- 1926

Annual meetings, Board of Directors' Meetings, Financing, 1935 -- 1943

Annual reports, 1950 -- 1952

Appliance Manufacturing Company -- Board of Directors' Minutes, Correspondence, etc., 1949 -- 1952

April I Stock, 1929

Bank of America National Trust and Savings Association, Dexter file, 1951 -- 1955

Bank Statements, 1929 -- 1944. (4 folders)


Box 2

Bank Statements, 1944 -- 1952. (2 folders)

Board of Directors' Meetings, annual meetings, list of stockholders of record, 1913 -- 1919

Board of Directors' Minutes, Appliance Manufacturing Company, including transfer of part ownership to Dexter from Nash-Kelvinator interests, 1939 -- 1952


Box 3

Board of Directors' Minutes, Appliance Manufacturing Company, including reference of Nash-Kelvinator stock sale to Dexter interests, 1943 -- 1951

Board of Directors Minutes, Appliance Manufacturing Company and merger of Appliance Company with Dexter Company, 1952 -- 1953

By-laws, Directors' meetings, 1929 -- 1936 and Sales records, 1920 -- 1949

Capital stock tax, ca 1918 -- 1921

Certificate of stock, 1923, 1926, 1931, and 1941

Contracts, ca 1925 -- 1938

Contracts, adjustments, and agreements, 1925, 1926 1932, 1934, and 1938 -- 1942

Contracts and agreements, ca 1928 -- 1939


Box 4

Copies of stockholders' financial statements, 1929 -- 1951

Cow Case, Charles H. Gage, 1929 -- 1931

The Dexter Company and Appliance Manufacturing, 1947 -- 1953. (5 folders)

Dexter-Appliance Consolidation, 1952

Dexter Decals

Dexter -- History. Finances including some Hunt family history, 1936 -- 1938, 1948, and 1952

The Dextergram, Volume 15 Number l, March 1933

Domestic Laundry Cross-Licensing Agreement, 1935


Box 5

Domestic Laundry Cross-Licensing Agreement, 1935 -- 1936

Financial Statements, Dexter and Appliance, 1940 -- 1953. (24 folders)

Formal offer for Prima MFG Company sent to Hoswell, October 1935

R.D. Hunt's file, 1928 -- 1930


Box 6

Kelvinator interest in Alliance, 1943 -- 1946

License contracts, Grinnell, Iowa, Washing Machine Company, 1909 -- 1911, 1915 -- 1916, 1918, and 1922 -- 1923

List of Dexter stockholders who received dividends of $500.00 or more for the years 1929 -- 1930

May, stock information, 1923 -- 1929

Maytag License contract, 1917 -- 1918

Memo and correspondence, 1953

Minutes of Board of Directors, corrected list of common stockholders, and certificate of amended articles, 1919 -- 1929

Minutes of Board of Directors, annual meeting, and more, 1929 -- 1932

Original articles of incorporation, related correspondence, amendments and revised by-laws, 1913 -- 1939

Original stock certificate book, 1911 -- 1912


Box 7

Outgoing correspondence: R.D. Hunt to W.H. George and L.O. Gaines, 1911 -- 1912

Outline for an Analysis Engineering Company of Operations and Management, Wolf Management Engineering Company

PATENT MATERIAL

Apex Electrical Company patents, 1935 -- 1937

Baker Spinner Design -- F.M. & Company, 1938

Barnes & Reinecke -- double tub design and Alliance Ware, Inc., February -- June 1945

Misses Barrett & Barrett, Washington, D.C., 1939

Beam Manufacturing Company, patent and royalty agreement, 1950 -- 1954

Behan patent -- N.L. Etten Chamberlain Corp., 1935 -- 1936

Bendix infringement, 1949 -- 1950

Bendix type washers, 1937, 1939

R.S. Blough, 1937 -- 1938, 1940, 1953 -- 1954, and 1956. (3 folders)

Brass wringer gears(Universal Castings Corp.), April -- July 1945

Cast iron wringer gears, May -- July, 1945

Chartered Institute of Am. Inventors, patent file, 1933 -- 1934, 1936 -- 1937.

Commissioner of Patents, 1932 -- 1938, 1943 -- 1944


Box 8

PATENT INFORMATION (continued)

Current patents, 1911, 1928, 1929, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1943 -- 1945, 1948 -- 1953

Information on clothes dryers, 1925, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1933, 1935

C. Dietz -- Pat. no. l, 786, 705 (see Tefft & Tefft ), 1932

Dishwashers, 1931 -- 1933, 1936

Irving Dunn -- Chas. E. Mehlhope, 1928 -- 1932

Vernon Dunn -- gear assembly patent no. 11,187 (see Tefft & Tefft ), 1935 -- 1937

Dunn patent reissues, 1950

Vernon Dunn -- rollstop mechanism no. 83,289 (see Tefft & Tefft)

Box 9

PATENT INFORMATION (continued)

Electric Household Utilities Corp. royalty -- lift-off ironers, 1937

William Fuhr, 4919 Lake Park Ave., Chicago, Ill., 1944

William George -- Chas. E. Mehlhope, 1922, 1923, 1925

Gordon patents, 1938

Hainsworth Hydraulic Washer, 1936 -- 1937

Harry La Rue, 1937

Lawnmowers, 1932 -- 1935

Lovell-Chamberlain Toggle Release -- Infringement, 1949


Box 10

PATENT INFORMATION (continued)

Maytag infringement file, 1943 -- 1947

Maytag suit, 1932, 1935 -- 1936, 1938 -- 1939

Maytag -- Synder, 1917 -- 1918, 1932 -- 1933, 1938 -- 1939

Chas. E. Mehlhope, 1923 -- 1932. (2 folders)

Misner patent, 1937

National Household Devices Co., Howard W. Power, patents, 1931


Box 11

PATENT INFORMATION (continued)

New wringer, 1933 -- 1934, 1940

New wringer designs, 1942, 1945

New wringers patents file, 1932 -- 1933, 1940

Opinion re: infringement by subscribers to the Domestic Laundry Cross-Licensing

Agreement of patents owned by APEX Electrical Manufacturing Company, May 14, 1936.

Parker, Carlson, Pitzner & Hubbard, patent lawyers, Chicago, 1934 -- 1937, 1939, and 1940. (6 folders)

Patch Washing Machine Design, 1944 -- 1945


Box 12

PATENT INFORMATION (continued)

Patent arrangements: Carlson, Pitzner, Hubbard & Wolfe; Charles Woodin, 1949

Patent file, 1934

Patents, 1936 -- 1953. (2 folders)

Patents and ideas on other washing machines, 1932 -- 1933, 1936 -- 1937

Patents -- ironer, 1932 -- 1934, 1936

Patents -- miscellaneous, 1931 -- 1936

Patents received for our consideration, 1934 -- 1935, 1937

Patents: trademark for Haag and Dexter, 1941 -- 1946

Permo Products Co. -- Flanders Ironing Machine, 1934 -- 1935, 1937

Delbert Rizor -- drain hose nozzle (see Tefft & Tefft), 1935 -- 1936

James P. Shea patent

Watkiss Stoke -- Salt Lake City, 1932, 1937

Super Century gear unit, 1939 -- 1940

W.D. Tappon, patent service, 1936 -- 1937, 1939, 1941


Box 13

PATENT INFORMATION (continued)

Tefft & Tefft -- patents, 1932 -- 1944. (4 folders)

Timer drawings (R.H. Jordan), 1950 -- 1954. (3 folders)

Trademark Reflex, 1939 -- 1941, 1943

Trademarks, 1949

Weaver patent -- Martin E. Anderson (Electric Household Utilities Corp.), 1937

D.M. Wenger -- patent file., 1931 -- 1932, 1934 -- 1937

Box 14

PATENT INFORMATION (continued)

L.L. Wise patent, 1940

Wringer rolls, May -- June 1945

Philco, 1952 -- 1954

Photographs and advertising, ca 1948 -- 1951

Proxy statement and exhibits, 1953

Purchaser's agreement F.H.A., 1935, Iowa Des Moines National Bank and Trust Company

Rainbow Contract 1929 -- 1935, 1940

Sales records, 1920 -- 1949

Schedules on forecasts and automatic program, automatic production, 1953 -- 1954

C.L. Schmidt & Co., 1929

Securities and exchange Commission Reports, 1936 -- 1940

Signed receipts of stockholders who permitted holding up their last 1929 dividend check until in January 1930

Specifications for the construction of an addition to the foundry, 1950

State permit to increase capital stock; amendment to articles of incorporation; new articles of incorporation, 1929


Box 15

Stockholders, including Philco transfer, 1948 -- 1954

Stockholders' dividend orders, 1930 -- 1932, 1935

Transfer of Dexter stock in cases of estates, 1926 -- 1927

Trundle Engineering Company Reports,1950 -- 1951

Weekly Time Book, 1914

Wolf Management Engineering Company, 1948 -- 1949. (2 folders)


Box 16

Common stockholder records: index A -- K, L -- Z, grouped by years, 1929 -- 1942

Box 17

Common stockholder records, 1942 -- 1954. (Indices in Box 16)

Unboxed materials

Certified list of Holders of Common Stock of the Dexter Company, 1929 -- 1954. (71 volumes)

ITEM NUMBERS

The following items are not in boxes, and are assigned item numbers:

18: Minutes of Board of Directors, May 28, 1913 -- May 16, 1919, with trial balance, 1915

19 -- 23: Journal, 1923 -- 1954. (5 volumes)

20-“Journal, 1928-1933: Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Record of Checks Drawn, Bank Balances, Reserves, etc.”;

 

22-“Journal, 1939-1944: Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Record of Checks Drawn, Bank Balances, etc.”;

 

23-“Journal (Machine), 1945- Jan. 1954”;

24 -- 26: General ledgers, 1923 -- 1954. (3 volumes)

 

24-“General Ledger Transfer Binder, 1923-1950: Investments Records, Inventories, Fixed Assets, Accounts Receivable and Payable, Payroll Summaries, etc.”;

 

25-“General Ledger (Machine), 1955-1954” Book No.1

 

26-“General Ledger (Machine), 1951-1954” Book No.2

27 -- 28: Cash receipts journals, 1945 -- 1954. (2 volumes)

28-“Cash Receipts Journal, 1952-1954”;

29: Cash register, January 1945 -- January 1954

30 -- 31: Invoice registers, 1945 -- 1954. (2 volumes)

32: Factory payroll register, January 1945 -- January 1951

33: Foundry payroll register, January 1940 -- January 1951

34 -- 36: Sales journals 1945 -- 1954. (3 volumes)

37: Auditors recommended year-end entries, 1923 -- 1951

38: Auditors recommended monthly bank reconciliations, 1944 -- 1954

39 -- 42: Common stock transfer records, l929 -- 1956. (4 volumes)

APPLIANCE MANUFACTURING COMPANY

43: Board of Directors' Minutes of Appliance Manufacturing Company, Alliance, Ohio, 1936 -- 1942. Articles of incorporation, certificate from Corporation and Securities Commission

44 -- 47: General ledgers, 1936 -- 1952. (4 volumes)

48: Journal entry sheets, book # l, September 1936 -- December 1948

49: General journal, book #2, Appliance Manufacturing Company, January 31, 1949 -- January 31, 1954

50: Payroll summaries, Appliance Manufacturing Company, 1937 -- 1944

51: Cash receipts,Appliance Manufacturing Company, January 1942 -- September 1946

52: Accounts payable, Appliance Manufacturing Company, October 1941 -- January 1946

53: Machine ledger, sales journal, January 2, 1950 -- October 24, 1954

54: Cash received and cash disbursement and purchase journal, January 1950 -- August 1954

 

 

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