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RG3295.AM:  Barker Family (Omaha, Neb.)



Business paper and records:  1857-1957

Omaha, Dodge County, Neb.:  Business entrepreneurs

Size:  4.5 cu.ft.



BACKGROUND NOTE



The Barker family*, headed by patriarch the Reverend Joseph Barker, initially arrived in Omaha, Nebraska Territory, in April of 1856. The family took out claims and were involved in the “Claim Club” established by early builders of the Omaha community. After a return to their native England to settle family affairs, the family permanently settled in Omaha in 1871.



George E. Barker (July 4, 1835 – November 28, 1927), whose business activities this collection primarily represents, began his career in Omaha through his involvement with Frank Murphy in the Omaha Gas Company, beginning in 1871. Barker became vice president and secretary of that interest until it was sold to the United Gas Improvement Company. In 1883 Barker, along with others, purchased the farm land that became South Omaha and the Union Stockyards Company. Barker was also extensively involved in residential development in Omaha buying and developing residential additions such as Clairmont, Monteclair, Club Terrace and Leavenworth Heights. Barker Block is located on the southwest corner of Fifteenth and Farnham Streets. It should be noted that Barker is remembered as one of the few Omaha real estate operators who did not lose faith in Omaha during the boom collapse of 1885-1887.



In banking circles the Barker family also played an important and developmental role in Omaha’s growth. George E. Barker was one of the organizers of the National Bank of Commerce (formerly Bank of Commerce organized September 1, 1886), being stockholder, Boardman, and president of that institution. He also served as director of the old Nebraska Savings Bank and also was associated with the Midlands State Bank. The Barkers also held interests in area lumber and paint companies and were involved in Omaha insurance industry circles.



*For family history and genealogy, see RG3296: Barker, Joseph (1806-1785). That collection includes an extensive genealogy of the Barkers and reflects the family’s early activities on a more personal level. Two references and an article about Rev. Joseph Barker and the Barker family are available in Nebraska History magazine. Check the index or ask the Reference Staff for assistance. Photographs of the Barker family are available in the Families portrait collection [PC0471] and the group portrait collection [PC1635].



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection of the records and business papers of the Barker family is arranged as follows:



Subgroup 1: Barker Company, 1885-1957, n.d.



Series 1 – Barker Company Organizational Papers

Series 2 – Correspondence and Papers, 1885-1925, n.d.

Series 3 – Taxes and Protests, 1922-1928

Series 4 – Contracts and Agreements

Series 5 – Grantor/Grantee Index

Series 6 – Real Estate Holdings, 1896-1928

Series 7 – Alfalfa Meal Company (Omaha, Neb.)

Series 8 – Payne and Sons Real Estate Company (Omaha, Neb.)

Series 9 – Barker-Evans Paint Company (Ralston, Neb.)

Series 10 – Colorado Consolidated Lumber Company (Grand County, Colo.)

Series 11 – Omaha Gas Company (Omaha, Neb.)

Series 12 – Ledgers, Cash Paid Out

Series 13 – Ledgers, Real Estate Cash



Subgroup 2: Benson and Carmichael (Realtors) Audits



Series 1 – Agreement, 1928

Series 2 – Correspondence, 1927

Series 3 – Exhibits

Series 4 – Audit Sheets



Subseries 1 – Club Terrace

Subseries 2 – Clairmont

Subseries 3 – Montclair

Subseries 4 – Leavenworth Heights

Subseries 5 – Edgewood

Subseries 6 – Thornburg Place

Subseries 7 – Eleanor Place

Subseries 8 – East Side

Subseries 9 – Brookline Place

Subseries 10 – Orchard Hill

Subseries 11 – Inclusive Audit Sheets

Subseries 12 – Miscellaneous



Subgroup 3: National Bank of Commerce (Omaha, Neb.)



Series 1 – Correspondence and Papers, 1887-1895

Series 2 – First National Bank of Kearney (Kearney, Neb.)

Series 3 – George W. Logan Account (Colorado Springs, Colo.)

Series 4 – Stockholders’ Meetings



Subgroup 4: Property Documents



Series 1 – Land Contracts

Series 2 – Mortgages

Series 3 – Mortgage Coupons

Series 4 – Warranty Deeds

Series 5 – Abstracts of Title

Series 6 – Release of Mortgage

Series 7 – Extension Agreement

Series 8 – Assignment of Mortgages

Series 9 – Chattel Mortgages

Series 10 – Sheriff’s Deeds

Series 11 – Treasurer’s Tax Deeds

Series 12 – Quit Claim Deeds

Series 13 – Proofs of Claim, First National Bank of Kearney

Series 14 – Bank Protests, National Bank of Commerce (Omaha, Neb.)

Series 15 – Land Leases

Series 16 – Miscellaneous



Subgroup 5: Miscellaneous Material



Series 1 – Stock Certificates/Insurance Notes, 1857-1893, n.d.

Series 2 – Legal Papers, 1882-1901, n.d.

Series 3 – Correspondence, 1889-1912

Series 4 – Tally Sheets and Lists, 1888-1926, n.d.



The material in this collection relates to the business operations of the Barker family of Omaha, Nebraska. The family’s ongoing involvement in real estate, banking, public utilities and other business is reflected in the appropriate subgroups. This collection is an extensive representation of business development and technique from pioneer days to the Depression era in Omaha. Furthermore, this collection offers an excellent portrait of turn-of-the-century capitalism. Subgroup 1, Series 3, Taxes and Protest, offers the researcher a unique view into the early operations of the Internal Revenue Service and the business community’s reaction to the new income tax.



DESCRIPTION



Subgroup 1: Barker Company, 1885-1957, n.d.

Series 1 – Barker Company Organizational Papers



Box 1

Folder




  1. Articles of Incorporation, 1896 (& stock certificate, 1914)

  2. Daily Journal, August 1921 – April 1925



Series 2 – Correspondence and Papers, 1885-1925, n.d.




  1. June 25, 1885 and acct. w/Clifton E. Mayne, Dec. 1885 – April 1886

  2. January 1, 1886 – March 8, 1886 and accts. W/C.E. Mayne, June-Dec. 1886

  3. January 1887 – November 13, 1887, n.d., Clifton E. Mayne, correspondent

  4. September 14, 1888 – December 18, 1888, n.d.

  5. July 27, 1889 – November 14, 1889 (includes C.E. Mayne loan agreement)

  6. September 2, 1894 – January 12, 1897 (includes settlement, Geo. Barker vs. Samuel R. Johnson & Charles Corbett, 1895)

  7. January 17, 1900 – June 29, 1909 (includes Municipal Commutation Co. of Omaha, Canadian Smelting Works, and Carter White Lead Co.)

  8. July 7, 1911 – January 28, 1925 (correspondents include H.B. Payne and Alfred O. Barker)



Series 3 – Taxes and Protests, 1922-1928




  1. Correspondence, March 8, 1924 – July 25, 1928

  2. Real Estate Sales and Summary, 1922-1925

  3. Report to Internal Revenue Service, pp. 1-50

  4. Report to Internal Revenue Service, pp. 51-100



Series 4 – Contracts and Agreements




  1. October 1, 1909 – December 13, 1926 including:

    Barker Co. to Benson & Carmichael:

       Club Terrace, 1909

       Clairmont, 1910

       Agreement, 1913

       Leavenworth Heights, 1915

       Edgewood, 1920

       Eleanor Place, 1921

       Thomburg Place, 1924

       Orchard Hill, 1924

    Barker Co. with Payne & Slater re. Elmwood Gardens, 1917

    Agreement with Charles S. McConnell, Accountant, 1922

    G.W. Dishong purchase of property, 1926



Series 5 – Grantor/Grantee Index




  1. Grantor/Grantee Indices, n.d.

  2. Grantor/Grantee Indices, n.d.



Series 6 – Real Estate Holdings, 1896-1928




  1. Club Terrace Sales and Collections, 1923-1924

  2. Club Terrace Sales and Collections, 1922-1925

  3. Elmwood Gardens Real Estate Sales, 1917-1926

  4. Elmwood Gardens Sales and Collections, 1917-1919

  5. Elmwood Gardens Sales and Collections, 1917-1920

  6. Elmwood Gardens Sales and Collections, 1921-1923

  7. Elmwood Gardens Recapitulation, 1917-1924

  8. Clearview Sales and Collections, 1918-1923

  9. Clearview Sales, 1922-1924

  10. Property on Hand, 1896-1926

  11. Net Taxable Income by Property Held, 1919-1921

  12. Barker Company Accounting Ledger, 1917-1928

  13. Miscellaneous accounts and balance sheets, 1918-1928



NOTE: For Real Estate Record, 1928-1957 see Series 13, Box 2, Vol. 1



Series 7 – Alfalfa Meal Company (Omaha, Neb.)




  1. Correspondence & papers, April 23, 1907 – August 8, 1908



Series 8 – Payne and Sons Real Estate Company (Omaha, Neb.)




  1. 1917-1928



Series 9 – Barker-Evans Paint Company (Ralston, Neb.)




  1. Report, May 2, 1908

  2. Stockbook; Nelson-Zarp Paint Company

  3. Stockbook; Nelson-Zarp Paint Company, Preferred

  4. Stockbook; Nelson-Zarp Paint Company

  5. Stockbook; Nelson-Evans Paint Company

  6. Stockbook; Barker-Evans Paint Company, Preferred



Series 10 – Colorado Consolidated Lumber Company (Grand County, Colo.)




  1. Reports and Agreements

  2. Correspondence & papers, August 11, 1906 – January 4, 1907



Series 11 – Omaha Gas Company (Omaha, Neb.)




  1. Agreements, re-organization, liquidation, 1886-1913

  2. Liquidation Agreement, 1920

  3. Correspondence and papers, October 1885 – December 1921



Series 12 – Ledgers, Cash Paid Out




  1. January 1, 1917 – June 30, 1919

  2. July 1, 1919 – May 31, 1921

  3. June 1, 1922 – December 31, 1936



Series 13 – Ledgers, Real Estate Cash




  1. Real Estate Collections, 1917-1926

  2. Real Estate Register, 1919

  3. Cash Received, 1917-1926; Journal begins on page 135

  4. Shop Accounts, O.A. Albrecht & Co., 1901-1919

  5. Cash Book, O.A. Albrecht & Co., 1901-1919 (correspondence & papers at beginning of volume)



Box 2

Folder/volume




  1. Barker Brothers Accounting Ledger, 1940-1957 and Real Estate Record, 1928-1957



Subgroup 2: Benson and Carmichael (Realtors) Audits

Series 1 – Agreement, 1928




  1. Agreement, 1928



Series 2 – Correspondence, 1927




  1. June 3-15, 1927



Series 3 – Exhibits




  1. A-1 thru C

  2. D thru L



Series 4 – Audit Sheets

Subseries 1 – Club Terrace




  1. Pencil Sheets A-1 thru A-5

  2. Work Sheets

  3. Typed Sheets A-1 thru A-5



Subseries 2 – Clairmont




  1. Pencils Sheets B-1, B-2, B-4 thru B-6

  2. Work Sheets

  3. Typed Sheets B-1 thru B-7



Subseries 3 – Montclair




  1. Pencil Sheets C-2 thru C-7

  2. Work Sheets

  3. Typed Sheets C-1 thru C-7



Subseries 4 – Leavenworth Heights




  1. Pencil Sheets D-1, D-2, D-4 thru D-7

  2. Work Sheets

  3. Typed Sheets D-1 thru D-7



Subseries 5 – Edgewood




  1. Pencil Sheets E-1, E-3 thru E-7

  2. Work Sheets

  3. Types Sheets E-1 thru E-7



Subseries 6 – Thornburg Place




  1. Pencil Sheets F-1, F-3 thru F-5

  2. Work Sheets

  3. Typed Sheets F-1 thru F-7



Subseries 7 – Eleanor Place




  1. Pencil Sheets G-1

  2. Work Sheets

  3. Typed Sheets G-1



Subseries 8 – East Side




  1. Pencil Sheets H-1 thru H-4

  2. Work Sheets

  3. Typed Sheets H-1 thru H-4



Subseries 9 – Brookline Place




  1. Pencil Sheets Schedule 1-3

  2. Typed Sheets Schedule 1-3



Subseries 10 – Orchard Hill




  1. Pencil Sheets I-1 thru I-2

  2. Work sheets

  3. Typed Sheets I-1 thru I-2



Subseries 11 – Inclusive Audit Sheets




  1. Summary of Subdivisions, Distribution of receipts

  2. Pencil Sheets of Divisions

  3. Summary Sheets

  4. Summary Sheets

  5. Property not Priced



Subseries 12 – Miscellaneous




  1. Miscellaneous Sheets



Subgroup 3: National Bank of Commerce (Omaha, Neb.)

Series 1 – Correspondence and Papers, 1887-1895




  1. April 11, 1887 – November 18, 1889

  2. June 23, 1890 – December 30, 1892

  3. January 18, 1893 – February 8, 1894

  4. January 23, 1895 – December 27, 1899

  5. January 31, 1900 – April 6, 1904

  6. Lock Checks, January 23, 1891 – October 25, 1895



Series 2 – First National Bank of Kearney (Kearney, Neb.)




  1. Correspondence, July 14, 1894 – December 24, 1894

  2. Correspondence, January 17, 1895 – April 6, 1985, n.d.



Series 3 – George W. Logan Account (Colorado Springs, Colo.)




  1. Correspondence, February 5, 1900 – February 20, 1900

  2. Correspondence & papers, April 11, 1900 – August 17, 1900, n.d.



Series 4 – Stockholders’ Meetings




  1. Publication of Annual Meetings, Lists of Members and Stockholders

  2. Corporate Organization papers, June 23, 1886 – March 19, 1890

  3. Corporate Organization papers, March 25, 1890 – January 8, 1906

  4. Proxy Notes, November 6, 1886 – October 26, 1901, n.d.

  5. Stock Certificates



Box 3

Folder/volume




  1. Stockbook w/correspondence, 1-500, 1896-1900



Subgroup 4: Property Documents

Series 1 – Land Contracts




  1. October 28, 1885 – January 15, 1887

  2. January 18, 1887 – August 30, 1909



Series 2 – Mortgages




  1. August 31, 1885 – February 7, 1887

  2. March 28, 1889 – February 28, 1918



Series 3 – Mortgage Coupons




  1. September 5, 1885 – August 24, 1894



Series 4 – Warranty Deeds




  1. July 14, 1886 – January 13, 1905



Series 5 – Abstract of Title




  1. Buffalo County, Nebraska, S6, T8, R15W



Series 6 – Release of Mortgage




  1. July 26, 1887-November 1, 1899



Series 7 – Extension Agreement




  1. Extension Agreement, Martin N. Holcombe with Joseph S. Trott, October 24, 1922



Series 8 – Assignments of Mortgages




  1. December 7, 1891 – October 24, 1922



Series 9 – Chattel Mortgages




  1. October 2, 1888, May 3, 1893



Series 10 – Sheriff’s Deeds




  1. July 3, 1893 – November 1897



Series 11 – Treasurer’s Tax Deeds




  1. August 8, 1900 – March 20, 1905



Series 12 – Quit Claim Deeds




  1. March 14, 1887 – May 28, 1908



Series 13 – Proofs of Claim, First National Bank of Kearney




  1. February 4, 1895 – undated 1895



Series 14 – Bank Protests, National Bank of Commerce (Omaha, Neb.)




  1. July 8, 1889 – October 18, 1895



Series 15 – Land Leases




  1. April 26, 1889 – July 21, 1894



Series 16 – Miscellaneous




  1. Bargain & Sale Deed, Deer Lodge Co., Montana Terr., 1880

    Redemption Certificate for land in Buffalo Co., 1893

    Dufrene v. Thomas et al, Douglas County Dist. Ct., 1889 Summons

    Purchase Money Receipt, Barker to Shahan, 1909



Subgroup 5: Miscellaneous Material

Series 1 – Stock Certificates/Insurance Notes, 1857-1893, n.d.




  1. January 3, 1857-May 3, 1893 and undated:

    Omaha Town & Quarry Co. Stock Cert., 1857

    Nebraska & Iowa Insurance Co. Stock, 1885

    American Bankers Association Stock, 1890

    Union Land & Improvement Co. Stock, 1892

    Travelers Insurance policy for Chatham O. Redick, 1892

    Nebraska Photograph Co. Stock, 1893

    Nebraska Savings & Exchange Bank – National Bank of Commerce Shares, 189_



Series 2 – Legal Papers, 1882-1901, n.d.




  1. April 8, 1882 – September 26, 1901, n.d.:

    Agreement, Christian Church of Omaha with Murphy and Barker for property, 4/8/1882

    Stock Transfer (draft), Adams and McBride, Omaha, 7/21/1887

    Frank E. Coulter vs. Omaha Gas Engine and Motor Co., Douglas Co. Dist. Ct., Order, 12/26/1900

    National Bank of Commerce vs. Annie R. Kinkead et al (fees), 9/26/1901

    Geo. W. Holt vs. J. E. Shipman et al (list of defendants), n.d.



Series 3 – Correspondence, 1889-1912




  1. November 22, 1889 – August 30, 1912



Series 4 – Tally Sheets and Lists, 1888-1926, n.d.




  1. Miscellany, 1888-1926 and undated:

    Geo. E. Barker in acct. w/F.K. Darling, 1893

    Board Bill, October, n.d. – James Carr

    Loan tally on Mt. Hope Cemetery stationery, May 1888 – July, 1889

    Krug Park Amusement Company – First Leasehold

       (closed) Mortgage 7% Gold Bonds

       (includes history of company), 1/1/1926



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



Accounting records

Albrecht (O.A.) & Company (Omaha, Neb.)

Alfalfa Meal Company (Omaha, Neb.)

Banks and banking — Nebraska

Barker, George E., 1835-1927

Barker Company (Omaha, Neb.)

Barker family

Barker-Evans Paint Company (Ralston, Neb.)

Benson and Carmichael [Realtors] (Omaha, Neb.)

Carter White Lead Company (Omaha, Neb.)

Colorado Consolidated Lumber Company (Grand County, Colorado)

Colorado — Lumber trade

Douglas County (Neb.) — History

First National Bank of Kearney (Kearney, Neb.)

Kearney (Neb.) — Banks and banking

Krug Park Amusement Company

Land

Logan, George W. [Colorado Springs, CO]

Lumber trade

Mayne, Clifton E.

McConnell and Greenfield [CPA’s] (Omaha, Neb.)

National Bank of Commerce (Omaha, Neb.)

Omaha Gas Company (Omaha, Neb.)

Omaha Lumber Company (Omaha, Neb.)

Omaha (Neb.) — Businesses

Payne, Henry Bascom, 1867-1953

Payne and Slater [Realtors] (Omaha, Neb.)

Payne and Sons [Contractors] (Omaha, Neb.)

Public utilities

Ralston (Neb.) — Businesses

Real property — Omaha (Neb.)

Taxation — Public opinion — Nebraska

United Gas Improvement Company (Philadelphia, Penn.)

United States. Internal Revenue Service



 



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