Guide to the Records of the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company

Prepared by Patricia J. Rettig
Colorado State University Water Resources Archive
A joint effort of the University Libraries and the Colorado Water Center
Copyright 2019 Colorado State University. All rights reserved.
Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 by Patricia J. Rettig, 2019.
Creator: Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company
Title: Records of the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company
Dates: 1883-1979
Bulk Dates: 1901-1950
Quantity: 27 linear feet
Identification: WAVX
Abstract: Formed in 1901 to take over several earlier companies, the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company operated the Amity Canal System in southeastern Colorado. The company became a subsidiary of the Equitable Life Assurance Society in 1910, went through several lawsuits that mutualized the system, and dissolved in 1966. The collection documents the company through materials accumulated in the New York office, including meeting minutes, correspondence, reports, legal and financial documents, maps, and photographs. Predecessor companies are documented to a limited extent, as are a few associated Equitable subsidiaries which concerned land or resources in Kentucky and Washington.
Contact Information: Water Resources Archive
Archives and Special Collections
Morgan Library
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1019 USA
Phone: 970-491-1844
Fax: 970-491-1195
Email: library_dl_specialcollections@mail.colostate.edu
URL: https://lib.colostate.edu/water
Restrictions on Access
There are no access restrictions on this collection, including any apparent attorney-client privilege materials. However, the collection is stored off-site, so advance notice is required. All "confidential" markings on correspondence or other materials have been determined to be for administrative purposes; therefore, these materials are open for access.
Restrictions on Use
Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Colorado State University Libraries online catalog. Researchers seeking materials about related subjects, persons, organizations, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Subjects:
  • Water resources development.
  • Irrigation engineering.
  • Irrigation canals and flumes -- Colorado.
  • Reservoirs -- Colorado.
  • Sugar beet industry -- Colorado.
Persons:
  • Krech, Alvin W.
  • Wiley, William M.
  • Partridge, W. S.
Organizations:
  • Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company.
  • Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States.
Places:
  • Arkansas River.
  • Arkansas River Watershed.
  • Prowers County (Colo.)
  • Kiowa County (Colo.)
  • Bent County (Colo.)
  • Holly (Colo.)
Special Document Types:
  • Photographs.
  • Maps.
The Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company, funded by eastern wealth, worked to develop irrigated agriculture on Colorado's arid southeastern plains. The company operated as a subsidiary of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States from 1910 until 1966.
The Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company (AVSBILC) was incorporated in New Jersey in 1901 following negotiations conducted in Chicago among several interested parties, including men associated with the American Beet Sugar Company and the Oxnard Construction Company (which had been created to build sugar beet factories). The group created AVSBILC to take over the water system of the Great Plains Water Company (formerly the Great Plains Water Storage Company) and the lands owned by the Amity Land Company (formerly Amity Canal and Reservoir Company, then Amity Land and Irrigation Company) to support sugar beet interests.
Equitable Life Assurance Society founder and president Henry B. Hyde, already an investor in Great Plains, became further involved when in 1895 he and others arranged a loan to an employee of the Mercantile Trust Company, where Hyde was a director, to take over collateral that involved the Amity properties. The Turner loan also involved Kentucky mineral and timber contracts. Following Hyde's 1899 death and subsequent estate settlement that attempted to disentangle personal and business investments, the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company became a subsidiary of Equitable in 1910.
The AVSBILC owned the Amity Canal and the Buffalo Canal, along with associated laterals and four reservoirs, and the land that could be watered by the system. The irrigation system, which Great Plains claimed in 1899 to be the largest of its kind in the world, featured a main canal that stretched over 100 miles, beginning in Bent County and continuing across Prowers County, nearly parallel to the Arkansas River. Other company facilities, mainly located to the north in Kiowa County, included the Great Plains Reservoirs, which had Osage language names: Nee Sopah, Nee Gronda, Nee Noshe, and Nee Skah. A boom in facility construction occurred in 1902, with ongoing maintenance necessary to deal with occasional floods, including the 1921 Arkansas River flood, the largest in Colorado's recorded history at that time.
The company's Colorado office was in Holly and the president and board of directors worked out of other locations, including New York City. Among the prominent board members was Joy Morton, brother of Equitable president Paul Morton and founder of the Morton Salt Company.
Beyond initial attempts at growing and processing sugar beets, the company established the Amity Canal Model Dairy Farm about 1914 to bring in livestock to help maintain the land's fertility. The company focused on Holsteins and highlighted their efforts through Dairy Days Parades. Eventually Equitable, after investing millions of dollars, decided to begin liquidating the holdings gradually, aiming for minimal losses. These efforts caused lengthy lawsuits.
In 1936, the Colorado Supreme Court created the Amity Mutual Irrigation Company by converting the Amity Canal system into a cooperative enterprise. The case precipitating this action was Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company vs. L. Wirt Markham et al. As specified in the Amity Mutual Irrigation Company's articles of incorporation, the holdings consisted of the Amity Canal and Reservoir System, which included the Great Plains Reservoirs along with the Kicking Bird, Satanta, Pawnee, and Comanche canals. Additionally, the company retained rights in the Fort Lyon Canal and its diversion works as connected with the Great Plains Reservoirs. Amity Mutual continues to operate out of Holly, Colorado. Following distribution of its other assets, the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company was dissolved in 1966.
Additional background on AVSBILC can be found in R. Carlyle Buley's two volume history, The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, 1859-1964 (1967).
The Records of the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company consists of documents dated 1883 to 1979, with the bulk falling from 1901 to 1950. Most of the records document the company and its predecessors, with a small set documenting other companies in which the Equitable Life Assurance Society had invested. While less true for the predecessor or other companies, for the AVSBILC the recordkeeping appears quite thorough, especially in terms of meeting minutes and reports. Voluminous financial records, legal files, and correspondence also indicate the completeness of the information. Bylaws, certificates of incorporation, and stock certificates help document company origins. A small set of pamphlets and photographs adds a visual component to the textual documentation, with maps of the irrigation system or other locations mixed in. Main subjects, beyond operation of the companies themselves, documented in the collection include the irrigation system, farming, weather (including the 1921 flood), land sales, and water rights. Important subjects that appear less frequently include dairy cattle, oil and gas, Salvation Army land, the Holly Sugar Company, and associated or nearby irrigation systems or facilities, including Buffalo Canal, the Keesee Water and Land Company, the Fort Lyon Canal, and Caddoa (later John Martin) Dam.
Files were retained in the order received. Intellectual organization was created for the series below.
The collection consists of 3 series in 18 boxes:
Preferred Citation

Records of the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company, Water Resources Archive, Colorado State University.

Acquisition

The Records of the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company was received from Jonathan Coss, archivist at AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company, in Fall 2018. The collection had been accessioned by the company's archives in 1980 from multiple internal sources.

Processing

Processing was completed in April 2019. Most loose materials were inserted in acid-free folders, and some existing folders were replaced. Some metal fasteners were removed, but most were left in place because of the fragility of the documents. Some duplicates were removed. The photo albums were placed in phase boxes for stabilization. The nitrate negatives were scanned and disposed.

Related Collections

The Water Resources Archive also holds the Photographs of the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company. The Agricultural and Natural Resources Archive holds the Records of the Great Western Sugar Company which documents sugar beet production and irrigation in Colorado. The Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University holds the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States Records, which also contains papers relating to the personal activities of founder, Henry B. Hyde.

Online Materials

Some materials in this collection have been digitized and are available through the Colorado State University Libraries website. In the electronic version of this document, direct links appear in context.

Note: Title information supplied by the archivist is bracketed. Estimated pagination is preceded by an "e." Two identical copies of the same item are indicated by the phrase "2 copies" at the end of the entry, following the number of pages of each copy.

Series 1: Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company, 1891-1979 and undated (22 linear feet)

This series documents the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company (AVSBILC). The series is divided into nine subseries, by existing organizational groupings or material type. The largest is Subseries 1.8: Secretary's Office files. There is overlap between the subseries.
Box Folder
Subseries 1.1: Administrative documents. 1921-1961 and undated.
This subseries contains a small set of the administrative documents of the AVSBILC. These include bylaws, certificates of incorporation, and some board materials. Materials are listed in no particular order.
1 1 Certificate of Incorp[oration]. 1921-1941. e50pp.
1 2 Board of Directors. 1941-1961. e75pp.
6 8 By-Laws. 1942-1943, undated. 17pp.
1 3 By-Laws. 1944-1945. e40pp.
1 4 Delegation of Authority. 1939-1944. e25pp.
Subseries 1.2: Numbered files. 1892-1944.
This set of files contains correspondence and associated documents foldered by subject and listed in numerical order. For clarification, the apparent subject was added to the folder titles in square brackets where it was not already present. The folder numbering is not continuous. Subjects include financial and legal matters, property, employees, and reports.
1 5 No. 12 [Sugar Company]. 1914-1944. e25pp.
See also Schley Contract file in Box 5
1 6 No. 52-A [Land mortgage]. 1916. 5pp.
1 7 No. 62-63 [Bonds; Estimate of income and expense]. 1912-1929. e75pp.
1 8 No. 64 [Land]. 1912-1920. e100pp.
1 9 No. 65 [Office], No. 67 [Well drilling]. 1912-1919. 11pp.
1 10 No. 68 [Financial statements]. 1911-1929. e30pp. including folded oversize
1 11 No. 69 [Stock]. 1921-1935. e75pp.
1 12 No. 69 [Stock]. 1913-1923. e50pp.
1 13 No. 70, No. 71 [Balance sheets]. 1911-1919. e40pp.
1 14 No. 73 [Water rights], No. 74 [Land], No. 75 [Crops]. 1912-1934. e30pp.
1 15 No. 76-82 [Stroup, Payne, finances, payroll]. 1912-1933. e40pp.
1 16 No. 83 (Drainage). 1912-1922. e100pp. including folded oversize
1 17 No. 84-87 [Financial correspondence, insurance]. 1912-1920. e40pp.
1 18 No. 88-90 [Legal correspondence, financial correspondence]. 1912-1917. e75pp.
1 19 No. 91-95 [Land sales], No. 97-99 [Financial correspondence, article on Amity Dam]. 1912-1922. e100pp.
1 20 No. 100-104 [Pacific Mercantile Agency Company, Wiley resignation, financial correspondence, land sales]. 1912-1932. e40pp.
1 21 No. 105-106 [Kentucky lands, financial correspondence]. 1914-1935. e60pp. including photographs and folded oversize
1 22 No. 107 [Blue Sky Law of Kansas]. 1913-1914. e40pp.
1 23 No. 108-109 [Kentucky River Timber and Coal Company, taxes], No. 109-A [Holly second addition]. 1913-1915. e80pp. including folded oversize
1 24 No. 110 [Amity enterprise], No. 110-A [Land sales]. 1915-1935. e80pp.
1 25 No. 111, No. 111-A, B [Land sales]. 1912-1915. e80pp.
1 26 No. 112 [Land], No. 113 [Irrigation], No. 114 [Hiring of Partridge]. 1913-1919. e80pp.
1 27 No. 116 [Contracts and deeds correspondence]. 1912-1920. e50pp. including folded oversize
2 1 No. 115-117 [Water deeds, contracts]. 1914-1921. e40pp. including folded oversize
2 2 No. 118 [Checks], No. 119 [Buffalo lands]. 1913-1935. e40pp.
2 3 No. 120 [Fort Lyon Canal]. 1913-1928. e30pp.
2 4-6 No. 120-A [Fort Lyon suit]. 1920-1934. e150pp.
2 7 No. 120-B [Arkansas Valley Ditch Association]. 1921-1922. e20pp.
2 8 No. 122, No. 123, No. 124 [E. Roger Jones]. 1913-1919. e30pp.
2 9 No. 125 [Bankers Trust Company], No. 126 [Land sales]. 1913-1926. e50pp.
2 10 No. 126-A [Holly Alfalfa Products Company]. 1915-1920. e30pp.
2 11 No. 127, 128 (Milk folder). 1913-1927. e50pp. including photographs
Includes photo album "Modern Dairy Farm of the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company," March 1915
2 12 No. 128-A, B (Milk Folder) A, B, C. 1915-1923. e50pp. including photographs
2 13 No. 128 [Model dairy farm, milk checks]. 1913-1920. e200pp. including photographs
2 14 No. 129 [Water rights, Weiland report]. 1913-1920. e50pp.
2 15 No. 130-132 [Board meeting agendas, L. M. Gee, interest]. 1913-1921. e40pp.
2 16 No. 133-136 [Statements of acreage, fruit farm, land sales amortized plan, Indian claims]. 1914-1928. e30pp.
2 17 No. 137-138 [Dredge, farmers], No. 138-A [Farms/beans]. 1914-1931. e20pp.
2 18 No. 139 [Trips to Holly], No. 140 [Land sales], No. 141 [Finances]. 1914-1934. e100pp. including photographs
2 19 No. 142 [Reports, including history], No. 143 [First National Bank], No. 144 [Model reservoir]. 1910-1914. e40pp.
2 20-23 No. 146 [Markham case, Moran suit]. 1916-1935. e500pp.
2 24 No. 147-150 [Advertisements, letterhead, deeds, maps]. 1914-1932. e75pp. including folded oversize
Includes pamphlets "Irrigated Lands" and "Cows, Silos and Sugar Beets" and maps "Map of the Irrigation System of the Amity Land Company" and "Town of Holly"
2 25 No. 151-154 [Warranty deeds, adding machine, lawsuits, Turner loans]. 1892-1923. e40pp.
Includes copy of 1894 "George V. Turner loans taken over by the Mercantile Trust Company from the Western National Bank"
2 26 No. 155-160 [Insurance, James G. Allen, B. A. Unger, land]. 1915-1921. e50pp. including folded oversize
Includes partial maps of system
3 1 No. 161-165 [Clark and Morey case, Walter H. Jones, Ferdinand Hauff, record books, finances]. 1915-1925. e80pp.
3 2 No. 167 [Oil]. 1921-1934. e80pp. including folded oversize
3 3 No. 168 [Daily water flow measurements]. 1934-1935. e40pp.
3 4 No. 169 [Christman case], 171 [Lawsuit]. 1920-1922. e30pp.
3 5 No. 172-176 [Authority No. 28, snowfall, insurance reserve fund, headgate, Senator Thomas]. 1920-1935. e30pp.
3 6-7 No. 177 (Flood). 1921-1922. e250pp. including folded oversize and photographs
3 8 No. 177-A (Flood). 1921. 14pp. including folded oversize
Includes 3 blueprints of Amity Dam reconstruction
3 9 No. 202 [Caddoa Project]. 1933-1934. e20pp.
3 10 No. 180 [Finances]. 1921-1929. e40pp.
3 11 No. 181-182 [Employees, Steel Sheet Piling catalog]. 1921-1932. e50pp.
3 12 No. 183-189 [Jury duty, trip, D. B. Humphrey, Inc., Lloyd Irwin, Holbrook case, Milas Lasater, Holly Golf Club]. 1921-1931. e60pp.
3 13 No. 190-191 [Conference in Chicago, litigation]. 1922-1932. e100pp.
3 14 No. 192-195 [C. W. Beach, reports, vault]. 1922-1924. e30pp.
3 15 No. 196-A [Monthly reports]. 1930-1935. e200pp. including photographs
3 16-17 No. 197 [Reports]. 1920-1930. e250pp. including folded oversize
3 18 No. 198 [C. Carroll Todd], No. 199 [Keesee Water and Land Company]. 1929-1933. e100pp.
3 19 No. 200, 201 (Acreage and Mileage). 1929-1930. e30pp.
3 20 No. 202 (Inventories). 1929. e40pp.
3 21 No. 203, 204 (Land Contracts). 1929-1930. e50pp.
3 22 No. 205 (Ref, No.s) Ex. A, B, C, E. 1930. 29pp.
Subseries 1.3: Subject files. 1910-1958 and undated.
This subseries contains subject files in alphabetical order. Much of the documentation relates to the routine running of the business and its Holly office, along with financial and legal issues. Material types include correspondence, financial documents, reports, contracts, deeds, forms, and maps.
3 23 Accounting. 1930-1949. e50pp.
3 24 Administrative Expenses. 1943-1951. 12pp.
3 25 Advances by ELAS [Equitable Life Assurance Society] to A.V.S.B & I.L.Co. 1943-1945. 32pp.
3 26 Alvord and Alvord (Tax Experts). 1952-1954. e20pp.
3 27 American Tel. & Tel. [Telephone and Telegraph]. 1937-1944. e40pp.
3 28 Amity Canal. 1939-1950. e80pp.
Includes annual reports for Amity Mutual Irrigation Company
4 1 Amity Canal Mutual Co. 1937-1945. e200pp. including folded oversize
Includes maps and annual reports for Amity Mutual Irrigation Company
4 2 Annual Report. 1938-1952. 12pp.
4 3 Annual Report, State. 1941-1944. 7pp.
4 4 Appraisals. 1943-1949. 14pp.
4 5 Arkansas Valley Authority. 1940-1941. 19pp.
4 6 Assignment of New R.E.No.'s [real estate numbers]. 1944. 1p.
4 7 Assignment of Water to Definite Acreages. 1944. 1p.
4 8 Attorneys. 1945. 7pp.
4 9 Autos and Tires. 1944-1946. 15pp.
4 10 Bank Accounts. 1944-1950. e30pp.
4 11 Bankers Trust Company. 1940-1948. e30pp.
4 12 Bonds. 1950-1952. e20pp.
4 13 Bonds, Employees. 1944. 8pp.
4 14 Brokers, Real Estate. 1944-1946. 5pp.
4 15 Buffalo Canal. 1943-1950. e300pp. including photographs
4 16 Caddoa Dam. 1939-1945. e50pp.
4 17 Cheyenne Creek Situation. 1946. 6pp.
4 18 Circular Letters. 1944. 1p.
4 19 Condemnation, Keesee. 1940. 1p.
4 20 Confidential Reports. 1943-1948. 22pp.
Includes good company history
4 21 Contracts and Deeds. 1941-1951. e20pp.
4 22 Crop and Weather Conditions. 1939-1946. 3pp.
4 23 Crop Inventory Report. 1944-1945. 7pp.
4 24 Crop Sales. 1944-1945. 18pp.
4 25 Crop Year Revenue Account. 1944. 2pp.
4 26 Decker, H. F. 1943-1946. e30pp.
4 27 Deeds and Mortgages. 1912-1952. e30pp.
4 28 Deferred Certificates of Interest. 1947-1950. 13pp.
4 29 Delinquent Accounts. 1945. 4pp.
4 30 Designation of Agent. 1938-1944. 10pp.
4 31 Destruction of Records. 1946. 2pp.
4 32 Ditch Association. 1938-1944. 16pp.
4 33 Easements. 1937-1944. e20pp.
4 34 Farm Equipment. 1944-1945. 7pp.
4 35 Farm Income. 1939. 2pp.
4 36 Farm Management Service. 1943-1944. 6pp.
4 37 Farm Security Admn. 1939-1941. 8pp.
4 38 Field Audit. 1910-1945. e300pp.
4 39 Files, Storage. 1945. 1p.
4 40 Financial Statements. 1936-1954. e300pp.
4 41 Foreclosures. 1943-1944. 3pp.
4 42 Forms. undated. e30pp.
4 43 FMD 108. 1944. 1p.
4 44 FORM-205 Supplies. undated. 5pp.
4 45 FORM-301 Supplies. undated. 5pp.
4 46 FORM-316 Supplies. undated. 5pp.
4 47 FORM-103. 1958. 1p.
4 48 FORM-103 Supplies. undated. 5pp.
4 49 FORM-460 Supplies. undated. 5pp.
4 50 FORMS-474 Supplies. undated. 5pp.
4 51 Fort Lyon Canal Co. 1937-1945. e30pp.
4 52 Fund in Payment of Bond. 1946. 1p.
4 53 Holly Drainage District. 1937-1940. e30pp.
4 54 Holly Sugar Corporation. 1947-1954. e50pp.
Contains annual reports
4 55 Inquires. 1948-1950. e40pp.
Includes issues of "The Sugar Tramp" and letter from Dan Gutleben
4 56 Inquiries, Sales. 1940-1945. 3pp.
4 57 Inquiries, Veterans. 1946. 2pp.
4 58 Insurance. 1945. 1p.
4 59 Insurance, Auto. 1944-1947. 8pp.
4 60 Insurance, Fire and Windstorm. 1944-1946. 14pp.
4 61 Insurance, Paint. 1945. 1p.
4 62 Insurance, Workmens Compensation. 1941-1945. 15pp.
4 63 Insurance, Statement to N.Y. Ins. Dept. 1915. e50pp.
4 64 Irrigation. 1946. 4pp.
4 65 Jap Relocation. 1942-1944. 9pp.
4 66 Keesee By-Laws. 1929. 2pp.
5 1 Keesee Ditch. 1945-1949. e200pp.
5 2 Keesee, Sale of Assets. 1944. 5pp.
5 3 Land Classification. 1940. 2pp.
5 4 Leases. 1937-1948. e30pp.
5 5 Leases, Government. 1944. 1p.
5 6 Leases, Unexecuted, Keesee. 1938-1942. e40pp.
5 7 Leases, Unexecuted. 1938-1940. e15pp.
5 8 Lee, Gale (First Natl. Bank in Lamar). 1939-1940. 12pp.
5 9 Legal Fees. 1938-1947. 20pp.
5 10 Legal Procedure. 1942. 2pp.
5 11 Legislation. 1944. 12pp.
5 12 Liquidation of Investment. 1938-1944. 6pp.
5 13 Maps. 1943. e25pp. including folded oversize
5 14 Markham Suit. 1937-1946. e120pp. including folded oversize
Includes "Clason's Irrigation Map of the Arkansas Valley, Colorado"
5 15 McLeans Field Trip. 1944. 7pp.
5 16 Mortgages, P.M.M. [Purchase Money Mortgages]. 1944-1949. e30pp.
5 17 Offer to Purchase, Bresnahan, C.A. 1946-1948. 16pp.
5 18 Offers to Purchase (AV and Keesee), Camien, H.C. 1945-1946. e20pp.
5 19 Offer to Purchase, Carnes, Herbert E. 1946. 4pp.
5 20 Office Supplies. 1944-1950. e40pp.
5 21 Office Space, Holly, Colorado. 1944-1948. 12pp.
5 22 Office Hours. 1946. 4pp.
5 23 Operating Expenses. 1945. 3pp.
5 24 Paint. 1944-1948. 14pp.
5 25 Patterson Plan. 1944. e25pp.
Includes "Statement re: interstate relations under plan of operation of Caddoa Reservoir and administration of rights in Arkansas River"
5 26 Personnel. 1937-1950. e60pp.
5 27 Personnel, Applicants. 1944. 3pp.
5 28 Personnel, Ford, William B. 1944. 11pp.
5 29 Personnel, Applicants, Barr, E.W. 1943-1944. 12pp. including photograph
5 30 Personnel, Applicants, Breesler, J.W. 1944. 1p.
5 31 Personnel, Applicants, Burgert, L.J. 1944. 2pp.
5 32 Personnel, Applicants, Gilmour, L.J. 1936-1937. 5pp.
5 33 Personnel, Applicants, Guy, E. Linn. 1944. 1p.
5 34 Personnel, Applicants, Larson, W.A. 1944. 5pp.
5 35 Personnel, Applicants, Milburn, Virginia. 1944-1945. 19pp.
5 36 Personnel, Applicants, Ray, Frank. 1944. 1p.
5 37 Personnel, Applicants, Active, 1944, Ritchie, L.R. 1944. 1p.
5 38 Personnel, Applicants, Settles, Art. 1944-1949. 12pp.
5 39 Personnel, Applicants, Sears, Laurene. 1944-1950. 12pp.
5 40 Personnel, Applicants, Shackelford, W.D. 1939-1944. 12pp.
5 41 Personnel, Applicants, Spencer, George. 1944. 1p.
5 42 Personnel, Applicants, Active, 1944, Wagstaff, Owen. 1944. 2pp.
5 43 Personnel, Applicants, Williams, Ben H. 1937. 4pp.
5 44 Pitney, Hardin and Ward. 1937-1944. 9pp.
5 45 Property Damage. 1941-1945. 19pp. including photographs
Photographs are of dust storm and canal
5 46 Prowers County, Financial Situation. 1939-1940. 5pp.
5 47 Public Relations. 1941-1944. 5pp.
5 48 Rents. 1944-1946. 3pp.
5 49 Repairs, Drainage. 1944. 1p.
5 50 Repairs, Equipment. 1944. 13pp.
5 51 Repairs. 1943-1945. e20pp.
5 52 Repairs, Electric. 1944. 2pp.
5 53 Report to Finance Committee. 1939. 6pp.
5 54 Report to R.E. Committee. 1939. 8pp.
5 55 Requisitions. 1944. 1p.
5 56 Right of Way. 1940-1943. 11pp.
5 57 Sales. 1937-1956. e150pp.
5 58 Sales, Disposition of Rents. 1944. 1p.
5 59 Sales, Listings. 1944. 9pp.
5 60 Sales, Closing Procedure. 1944-1947. 11pp.
5 61 Schley Contract. 1910-1937. e250pp.
Relates to Holly Sugar Corporation and oil leases
5 62 Seed. 1943-1944. 3pp.
5 63 Seed, Legume and Grass. 1944-1945. 17pp.
5 64 Soils. 1944. 2pp.
5 65 Stanolind Oil Leases. 1941-1945. e60pp.
5 66 Stocks. 1937-1944. e60pp.
5 67 Sub-Committee. 1939. e30pp.
5 68 Sunnyside Park Ditch Co. vs. Hinderlider, et al. 1944-1945. 5pp.
5 69 Taxes. 1937-1950. e400pp.
5 70 Taxes, 1945 Schedule. 1943-1944. e30pp.
5 71 Taxes, Beery Case. 1939-1940. 7pp.
5 72 Taxes, Income. 1938-1947. 18pp.
5 73 Taxes, Keesee. 1944. 5pp.
5 74 Taxes, Smith, Ernest Q. 1941. 2pp.
5 75 Transfer of Funds. 1944. 2pp.
5 76 Twin Lakes Cases. 1938-1939. 4pp.
5 77 Vidal, H.C. 1937-1948. e40pp.
5 78 Vista Del Rio Drainage District. 1939-1941. 12pp.
5 79 Water Resources. 1943-1944. 8pp.
5 80 Water Rights. 1939. 1p.
5 81 Water Rights, Colorado-Kansas. 1938-1946. e130pp.
Includes Colorado v. Kansas, brief for complainant, the State of Colorado
5 82 War Bonds. 1943-1944. 11pp.
5 83 Wheat Loans. 1943. 1p.
5 84 Write Down of Assets. 1944. 3pp.
Subseries 1.4: Correspondence. 1905-1963.
This subseries contains letter books and files of correspondence that were not part of another organized subseries. The letter books are copies of letters from the New York office mostly to W. M. Wiley, or to others in Holly or Denver. Letters throughout the subseries concern financial matters, property, water issues, and oil. The files are listed as found.
6 5 [Miscellaneous correspondence]. 1933-1935. e25pp.
6 14 Fort Lyon. 1921-1924. e40pp.
6 15 Kicking Bird Canal. 1913-1924. e30pp. including photographs
6 17 Model Farm. 1923-1925. e30pp. including photographs
6 18 Oil. 1923-1927. e20pp.
6 19 Water Resolutions. 1924-1932. e100pp.
6 20 Buffalo Lands. 1924-1926. 24pp.
6 22 New Jersey Tax Correspondence. 1925-1932. e30pp.
8 1 Corr[espondence]. 1919-1930. e300pp. including folded oversize
8 2 Misc. Correspondence, 1920-1928. 1920-1929. e400pp.
8 3 Corr 1931-35. 1930-1935. e150pp.
8 4 [Miscellaneous correspondence], 1930-31. 1926-1931. e400pp.
8 5 [Miscellaneous correspondence]. 1932. e150pp.
8 6 [Miscellaneous correspondence]. 1936. e200pp.
9 1 Oil and Gas Leases. 1937-1954, 1963. e150pp.
9 2 Oil and Gas Reservations. 1938-1959. e350pp.
10 5 [File of Mr. Nordhouse]. 1932-1935. e250pp.
11 1 Letter book no. 1. 1905-1907. e500pp.
11 2 Letter book no. 2. 1907-1909. e500pp.
Subseries 1.5: Legal files. 1902-1960 and undated.
This subseries contains legal materials that were not part of another organized subseries. Two prominent cases, both having to do with mutualization of the irrigation system, are well documented here: the Markham case (AVSBILC vs. L. Wirt Markham et al. No. 8292) and the Moran lawsuit (Moran vs. AVSBILC, aka, Amity Water Users suit). Documentation of minor litigation is also included here, along with legal documents such as deeds and contracts as well as a set of property descriptions. Additional material types include correspondence, financial documents, and reports. The files are listed as found.
6 6 Markham Case. 1933-1935. e400pp.
Includes historical summaries, manager's reports, and balance sheets
6 10 Keesee - Extra Copies. 1948, undated. e50pp.
6 12 Litigation. 1922-1931. e150pp.
Includes brief for The People of the State of Colorado on the Relation of the Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company vs. Carl W. Burke et al.
6 16 Moran Law Suit. 1923-1926. e60pp.
7 1-15 Legal descriptions of property. 1941-1952.
Concerns property in Bent and Prowers counties. Documents are mainly forms and correspondence with occasional photographs.
8 7 Deeds. 1946-1960. e300pp.
9 3 [Kansas v. Colorado and Wyoming v. Colorado documents]. 1907, 1922. e80pp.
9 4 [Court case document]. c. 1928. e150pp.
9 5 Moran case (legal documents). 1927-1929. e400pp.
Includes documents about the founding of the Keesee Water and Land Company
9 6 [Court case document]. 1929. e400pp.
9 7-11 [Markham case]. 1931-1935, undated. e1,100pp.
9 12 AV File [Markham case]. 1926-1930. e500pp.
10 1 Report of Fred Farrar [Markham case]. 1935. e150pp.
10 4 [Court case documents]. c. 1928, 1931. e300pp.
10 10 [Director's suit court brief and miscellaneous documents]. 1952, 1958, undated. e40pp.
10 11 [Mortgages, deeds, and contracts]. 1902-1946. e60pp. including photographs
Most items are copies of key documents. Also included are photographs of the 1921 flood and "List of Arkansas Valley Lands for Sale."
Subseries 1.6: Financial documents. 1901-1910, 1923-1955, and undated.
This subseries contains financial documents that were not part of another organized subseries. The files are listed as found.
6 7 [Financial documents]. 1924-1925. e25pp.
6 13 Financial Statements. 1923-1932. e100pp.
6 21 Farm Loans. 1923. e30pp.
10 8 Financial reports. 1944-1955. e100pp.
10 9 [Financial documents]. 1952-1953. e40pp.
11 3 [Financial documents]. 1901-1905. e200pp.
11 4 Financial Statements. 1906-1910. e40pp.
11 5-6 Weekly cash statements. 1901-1905. e350pp.
11 7 Weekly cash statements. 1902-1908. e300pp.
11 9 [Financial documents]. 1904-1906. e100pp.
11 10 Cash and journal statements. 1901-1905. e120pp.
11 12 Land transactions. 1904-1909. e200pp.
11 13 Material and labor. 1904-1905. e80pp.
14 1 [Collins Mortgage Company loans; Arkansas Valley Sugar Beet and Irrigated Land Company]. undated. 6pp.
Subseries 1.7: Reports. 1910-1955 and 1964.
This subseries contains reports that were not part of another organized subseries. Most of them are the weekly or annual reports sent from managers in Holly to New York headquarters. Others are individual reports on the irrigation system or water rights. At the end of the series is a folder of notes of R. Carlyle Buley, who authored a lengthy history of Equitable. The files are listed as found.
6 9 Reports. 1928-1955. e100pp.
Includes file: Oil and Gas Reservation Files
6 11 Report and Trip 1922/3. 1922-1931. e150pp.
Includes pamphlet "Sugar City and Prosperity" and maps
10 2 Report on the lands and water rights, vol. 2, discharge measurements and miscellaneous tables. 1919. e200pp.
10 3 Report on the Amity Canal System. 1929. e150pp.
10 6 Manager's reports. 1922-1925. e200pp.
10 7 Manager's reports. 1927-1933. e300pp.
10 12 Report concerning location, number and character of outstanding water rights in the Amity Canal and the reservoirs. 1919. 148pp.
Prepared by Vena Pointer and Fred A. Sabin. Includes chart of evolution of early companies.
10 13 Reports - Annual and Mr. Partridge. 1923-1928. e400pp. including photographs
10 14 Report on the water resources of the Amity Canal System. 1920. e200pp.
11 8 Weekly reports. 1910. e40pp.
10 15 Notes and materials of R. Carlyle Buley, author of The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, 1859-1964. 1964. e40pp.
Subseries 1.8: Secretary's Office files. 1891, 1901-1979, and undated.
This set of files is clearly marked as coming from the Secretary's Office at Equitable. Many of the files date from the 1940s forward, so generally pick up where some earlier subseries end. The files are a mix of administrative, financial, and legal documents, along with reports, meeting minutes, stock certificate books, and correspondence. Materials on the company's dissolution can be found here. Also here are several files on the Keesee Water and Land Company. Files remain arranged as found.
15 1 Financial Statements. 1943-1965. e30pp.
15 2 First National Bank, Correspondence with. 1944-1946. 9pp.
15 3 By-laws. 1944-1945, 1947, 1963. e40pp.
15 4 Board of Directors, Reports to. 1922, 1925, 1935-1936, 1938. e30pp.
15 5 Expenses incurred by Arkansas Valley on Account of Keesee. 1945-1946. 4pp.
15 6 Monthly Reports by W.S. Partridge, Manager. 1931-1935. e50pp.
15 7 Attorney's Fees - Bankers Trust. 1945. 2pp.
15 8 Correspondence letters. 1944-1945. 6pp.
15 9 Bankers Trust Company. 1934-1943. e100pp.
15 10 Bankers Trust Company. 1944-1965. e60pp.
15 11 Stockholders Annual meeting. 1947, 1955-1966. e40pp.
15 12 Reports to the State of New Jersey. 1945-1967. e60pp.
15 13 Special Documents: 1. Indenture between Arkansas Valley and Bankers Trust Company; 2. Certificate of Renewal issued by State of Colorado; 3. Surety Bond with American Surety Company. 1912, 1941, 1944, 1961. e20pp.
15 14 Arkansas Valley and Keesee Water, Workmen's Compensation Insurance Policies. 1945-1951. e70pp.
15 15 Miscellaneous Material. 1934-1939, 1944-1957, 1961. e40pp.
Contains correspondence
15 16 Miscellaneous Materials. 1909, 1941, 1945, 1952-1960. e100pp.
Includes financial documents, bylaws, and letters
15 17 Miscellaneous Materials. 1933, 1943-1951. e70pp.
Includes reports and letters
15 18 Retirement of 5% Sinking Fund Land Gold Bonds. 1963. e40pp.
15 19 Balance Sheets, Statements of Operations, Documents, Correspondence. 1944-1953, 1958-1964. e100pp.
15 20 Dissolution Documents. 1966. 10pp.
15 21 Charter, By-laws, Certificate of Renewal of Term of Existence. 1935, 1961, 1963. e20pp.
Includes certificate of incorporation
15 22 Correspondence, includes scattered minutes from Board and Stockholders. 1960-1963. e150pp.
15 23 Correspondence - includes scattered minutes from Board - Stockholders meetings. 1964-1967. e50pp.
15 24 Horn, Donald T., Correspondence with. 1962-1965. 20pp.
15 25 Dissolution Correspondence. 1966, 1968. 11pp.
15 26 Closing papers: 1. Minutes of Special Meeting 11-26-1963; 2. Signature and Incumbency Certificates; 3. Letter of offer; 4. Letter to Bankers Trust Co.; 5. Cremation Certificate. 1963. e25pp.
15 27 Schley Contract [copy]. 1946. 13pp.
15 28 Stationary and memo paper. undated. 6pp.
15 29 Minutes of the Board of Directors and Stockholders. 1910-1917. e250pp.
15 30 Minutes. 1918-1928. e200pp.
15 31 Minutes. 1929-1957. e250pp.
16 1 Minutes from Bd. of Directors'. 1944-1964. e80pp.
16 2 Minutes and proxies from Stockholders' Meeting. 1959-1964. e40pp.
16 3 Executive Committee Minutes. 1944-1960. e30pp.
16 4 Meetings, Notice of. 1943-1964. e50pp.
16 5 Petty Cash. 1944-1961. e30pp.
16 6 Correspondence re transfers and meetings of Stockholders. 1923-1957. e30pp.
16 7 Securities. 1931-1945. e200pp.
16 8 Keesee Water and Land Company. 1939-1952. e60pp.
16 9 Meetings, Fees for. 1929-1955. e25pp.
16 10 Markham Case. 1932-1938. e300pp.
16 11 Schley Contract - Holly Sugar Company. 1945. 8pp.
16 12 Equitable Life Notes - Cancellations. 1944-1948. e20pp.
16 13 Examination of Accounts. 1943. e50pp.
16 14 Trust Deed, Indentures, Supplemental Mortgage. 1901-1912. e80pp.
16 15 Geological Surveys. 1930-1938, 1955. e50pp.
16 16 Havens, Verne L. Correspondence with. 1940. 15pp.
16 17 Board and Executive Committee Minutes (copies). 1934, 1936, 1944-1950, 1960. e40pp.
16 18 Board Meeting Minutes (copies). 1944, 1951-1966. e40pp.
16 19 Stockholders Meeting Minutes. 1934-1938, 1943-1966. e50pp.
16 20 Monthly Statements. 1923, 1933-1936. e100pp.
16 21 Monthly Statements. 1937-1939. e100pp.
16 22 Monthly Statements. 1940-1943. e100pp.
16 23 Dissolution of Corporation. 1963-1967, 1973. e20pp.
16 24 Worthless Securities. 1966, 1979. e20pp.
16 25 Keesee Water and Land Co. - Financial, re: Annual Reports, Acct., Incurred services and expenses, Workmen's Compensation Renewal Insurance, Colorado Corp. License Tax. 1929-1949. e100pp.
16 26 Keesee Water and Land Co. - Board of Directors Minute Book. 1929-1949. e300pp.
16 27 Bag of Bond slips. 1891.
16 28 Bag of Bond slips. 1912.
17 3 Amity Canal, Reservoir and Improvement Company, first mortgage bonds. 1891. e200pp.
Signed by Charles H. Dow
17 4 Schedule of land sale contracts in force December 31, 1904. 1904. e20pp. Fragile
17 5 Stock Certificate Book. 1906-1966. e100pp.
17 6 Keesee Water and Land Co. - re: Stock Certificates, Notes, Checkbooks, Nat'l Park, Bank of NY, etc. 1929-1949. e100pp.
17 7 Keesee Water and Land Co. - Ledger Accounts, Certificate of Incorporation, By-laws, Financial Report, Minutes. 1929-1945. e200pp.
17 8 Keesee Water and Land Co. - Applications for store licenses, Policies, Indentures, Certificate of Business and Agent, etc. 1929-1949. e400pp.
17 9 Report to the Executive Committee of the Equitable Life Assurance Society (photocopy). 1907. 17pp.
Includes good company history
Subseries 1.9: Visual materials. 1906-1912, 1920-1924, and undated.
This subseries contains printed materials, loose photographs, nitrate negatives, and six photo albums. All depict AVSBILC lands or facilities except for the set of USDA maps listed at the end. Nearly everything has captions. Materials are arranged in alphabetical order, with the exception of the two printed pamphlets being listed together.
17 10 The Arkansas Valley of Eastern Colorado. Payne Investment Co., colonization agents. c. 1910. 12pp. Fragile
17 11 Picture Story of the Holly, Colorado, Irrigated Country. Payne Investment Co. c. 1912. e30pp.
Some photos identical to those in the photo albums
17 12 [Loose photographs]. 1906, 1920-1924, undated. 13 photos
Includes beet farming, Swede Lateral, Dairy Day, Amity Canal, 1921 flood, and bull.
0 Nitrate negatives. undated. 6 3x5.5-inch nitrate negatives VIEW
Includes waterways and 2 men with car. One is a double exposure. Originally filed in Box 6, Folder 17 "Model Farm."
18 1-2 Photo album: Amity Canal system. c. 1911. 50pp. each. 2 almost identical copies. Fragile
Photos show the system from one end to the other. All photographs have captions.
18 3-4 Photo album: Crops, livestock, and buildings. c. 1911. e50pp. each. Fragile
Photos include beets, orchards, sheep, cattle, residences, and schools. One album has captions, one does not. Mostly the same photographs, but not in the same order.
18 5-6 Photo album: Land, crops, and buildings. c. 1911. 43pp. each. 2 copies. Fragile
Photos include irrigation, beets, cattle, orchards, residences, and schools. All photographs have captions.
14 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Field Operations of the Bureau of Soils, 1904, maps [partial set]. 1904. e40 sheets


Series 2: Predecessor companies, 1896-1908 and undated (3 linear feet)

The AVSBILC was formed from the Amity Land Company and the Great Plains Water Company (both incorporated 1898). These two companies were preceded by the Amity Land and Irrigation Company (incorporated 1893) and the Great Plains Water Storage Company (incorporated 1896). Records here document these predecessor companies, primarily through letters and some financial documents. Letters chiefly concern legal and financial matters, including the Turner loan, along with land and water issues. Some also concern Salvation Army land. While the stock certificate books chiefly contain blank certificates, they do give indication of early investors. Files remain arranged as found.
Box Folder
12 1-6 Amity Company letters. 1896-1898. e600pp.
Most letters in this and similarly titled folders are to Alvin W. Krech of the Mercantile Trust Company in New York City.
12 7-10 Amity Company letters. 1897. e400pp.
12 11 Amity Company letter book. 1898-1901. e300pp.
Outgoing letters of Alvin W. Krech
12 12 Amity Company letter book. 1897-1908. e500pp.
Outgoing letters of Alvin W. Krech
12 13-18 Amity Company letters. 1897-1898. e500pp.
12 19-20 Amity Company letters. 1899. e150pp.
13 1-5 Amity Company letters. 1899. e450pp.
13 6-9 Amity Company letters. 1898-1899, 1901. e450pp.
13 10 Amity Land Company accounting systems. undated. e50pp. including folded oversize
13 11 Amity Land Company stock certificate book. 1898. e100pp.
Mostly blank certificates
13 12 Great Plains Water Company stock certificate book. 1898. e100pp.
Mostly blank certificates
13 13 Great Plains Water Storage Company cash ledger. 1897-1898. e200pp.
13 14 Great Plains Water Company ledger. 1900-1901. e300pp.
Mostly blank


Series 3: Other companies, 1883-1913, 1932-1944, and undated (2 linear feet)

This series consists of records of companies other than the AVSBILC and its predecessors. The records mainly document the New York and Kentucky Land Company, which later became the Kentucky Mineral and Timber Company. There are also records for the Kentucky River Land and Timber Company, which was also called the Kentucky River Timber and Coal Company, as well as the Oregon Mortgage Company of Spokane (Washington). These companies were Equitable investments, some via the Turner loan, thus their association with the AVSBILC records. Materials are mostly legal documents and correspondence, typically discussing land sales or investments. The Oregon files focus on farm loans and also contain some information related to Grand Coulee Dam. Files remain arranged as found.
Box Folder
6 1 Oregon Mtge. Co., 1933-1937. 1932-1937. e250pp.
6 2 Oregon Mtge. Co., 1938. 1935-1938. e80pp.
6 3 Oregon Mtge. Co., 1939-41. 1939-1941. e100pp.
6 4 Oregon Mtge. Co., 1942. 1941-1944. e300pp. including folded oversize
11 11 Schedule list of property owned in fee, and contracted for by the New York and Kentucky Land Co. 1891. 14pp.
13 15-18 Kentucky River Land and Timber Company - Correspondence, Deeds, Contracts. 1890-1891, 1907-1913. e500pp.
Also called Kentucky River Timber and Coal Company
14 2 Kentucky River Land and Timber Company - Correspondence, Deeds, Contracts. 1883-1913. e150pp. including folded oversize
14 3 [Kentucky River Land and Timber Company - Deed]. c. 1892. e50pp.
14 4 Certificate of the Organization of the Red Bird Land Company. 1889. 5pp.
14 5 [New York and Kentucky Land Company]. 1890-1894. e20pp.
Later became the Kentucky Mineral and Timber Company
14 6 [New York and Kentucky Land Company]. 1891. e40pp.
14 7 [Kentucky Mineral and Timber Company - Mortgages]. 1892. e150pp.
14 8-9 [Kentucky Mineral and Timber Company - Letters and agreements]. 1892-1894. e200pp.
14 10-12 Kentucky Mineral and Timber Company. 1893. e150pp.
14 13-15 [Kentucky Mineral and Timber Company]. 1894. e250pp.
14 16-17 [Kentucky Mineral and Timber Company]. 1895. e40pp.
14 18 [Kentucky Mineral and Timber Company]. 1896. e20pp.
14 19 Kentucky Mineral and Timber Company - Correspondence and miscellaneous papers. 1901, undated. e50pp.
17 1 Kentucky Mineral and Timber Company, first mortgage gold bonds. 1907. e180pp.
17 2 New York and Kentucky Land Company. 1890-1896. e20pp.