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Aziscoos Land Company
Aziscoos Land Company Records
25.75 linear feet (28 boxes, 3 volumes, 2 flat
The Aziscoos Land Company
Records contain records from the everyday operation of the Aziscoos Land
SERIES I. Financial Records
B. Paid Bills
1. Stumpage Bills
2. Other Bills
E. Bank Records
F. C. C. Murphy
SERIES II. Land Records
A. Leases, Sales, and Deeds
B. Lumber Operations
1. Scale Returns
2. Other Lumber Operations
SERIES III. Administrative Records
A. Meeting Records
3. Mixed Correspondence
C. Other Administrative Records
SERIES IV. Other
Scope and Content Note
The Aziscoos Land Company Records contain records from the everyday operation of the
Aziscoos Land Company. Some of the material is dated beyond the years that Aziscoos
Land Company operated. This is because the same individuals and families who owned
the land before the creation of the company, were involved in the company, and had
their land conveyed back to them after the company's liquidation. Thus, the
materials dated outside of the years of the company's operation, were most likely
used as reference for the company's work. Some of the items have handwritten numbers
on them; it is unclear what these numbers mean, as there is no note in the donor
files to indicate what they are for. This collection has been divided into four
Series I. Financial Records contains financial
records of Aziscoos Land Company. This series has been divided into seven subseries.
Subseries A. Taxes contains tax records. Subseries B. Paid Bills contains bills that were issued by
Aziscoos Land Company or were paid by Aziscoos Land Company or its representatives.
The paid bills are organized according to the date on which they were paid, if that
date is marked on the bill. If the date is not marked on the bill, the bill is filed
according to the date on which it was created. This subseries has two sub-subseries.
Sub-subseries 1. Stumpage Bills contains paid
stumpage bills. Sub-subseries 2. Other Bills contains
bills that are not stumpage bills. A lot of the bills in this sub-subseries are
bills that were issued by Stephen Wheatland (1897-1987) or addressed to him,
presumably for his work on behalf of Aziscoos Land Company. Subseries C. Invoices contains invoices sent to customers from Aziscoos
Land Company, as well as invoices sent to Aziscoos or its representatives. Subseries D. Payroll contains payroll records and related
information. This series is restricted as the materials contain social security
numbers. A number of the payroll records are for Aziscoos Land Company
employees/agents who were employed by Stephen Wheatland. Subseries E. Bank Statements contains statements, check books, check
stubs, and returned checks. Subseries F. C. C. Murphy Papers
contains the financial papers of Aziscoos Land Company agent C. C. Murphy.
These papers include bills, invoices, and receipts, and have been organized
chronologically. Subseries G. Other contains
miscellaneous financial records such as: account books, trial balances, year-end
reports, and stumpage income.
Series II. Land Records contains operational and land
records. This series contains two subseries. Subseries A.
Leases, Sales, and Deeds contains records of leases, sales, and deeds.
Subseries B. Lumber Operations contains records
relating to the land leased and/or owned by Aziscoos Land Company. This subseries
contains two sub-subseries. Sub-subseries 1. Scale
Returns contains records of scale returns. Sub-subseries 2. Other Lumber Operations contains records from lumber
operations such as reports of timber cut, depletion records, Spruce Budworm damage,
and maps. Included in this sub-subseries is a folder labeled "Log measurements by J.
W. Sewall". The contents of this folder were found in a hard covered folder, the
front of which was photocopied, and can be found in the "Log measurements by J. W.
Sewall" folder. The original folder was disposed of due to its' poor condition. Also
included in this sub-subseries are folders labeled "Old U.S.G.S. sheets and river
surveys", the contents of which were found in a hard covered folder, the front of
which was photocopied, and can be found in the new folders. The original folder was
disposed of due to its' poor condition.
Series III. Administrative Records contains materials
relating to the administration of the Aziscoos Land Company. This series has been
divided into three subseries. Subseries A. Meeting
Records contains records from the board meetings of the Aziscoos Land
Company. Subseries B. Correspondence contains
correspondence to and from the Aziscoos Land Company. This subseries has been
divided into three sub-subseries. Sub-subseries 1. Sent
contains correspondence sent by the Aziscoos Land Company. Sub-subseries 2. Received contains correspondence received by the
Aziscoos Land Company. Sub-subseries 3. Mixed contains
correspondence arranged by topic, and containing both letters sent and received. The
items in the folders in this sub-subseries were arranged this way by the original
owners of the material. Subseries C. Other Administrative
Records contains miscellaneous items from the administration of the
company. Included in this subseries are materials from the liquidation of the
company in 1951.
Series IV. Other contains miscellaneous items found
in the collection. Included in this series are local Maine publications
Aziscoos Land Company was formed on October 19, 1934, by
Stephen Wheatland (1897-1987), Hosea B. Buck (died 1937), and Charles P. Conners in
Bangor, Maine. The purpose of the company was to engage in general real estate
business and in the management of forest property. The company would acquire,
"lease, occupy, use, sell, or otherwise dispose of real estate of any and all kinds
and any and all interests therein, and particularly wood lands and stumpage; and to
develop and operate the same; to cut and manufacture timber into lumber and other
forms of merchandise; to own and operate saw mills and other equipment necessary for
conducting a general lumber business and for marketing timber products" ("Articles
of Association of Azicoos Land Company"). The first officers were Stephen Wheatland
who was elected president, and Hosea B. Buck who was elected treasurer and clerk;
the directors were Stephen Wheatland, Hosea B. Buck, and Charles P. Conners. The
company was located at 15 Columbia Street, in Bangor.
Aziscoos Land Company was liquidated on March 15, 1951. Conveyance of
timberlands was made by Aziscoos Land Company to each of the stockholders, in
proportion to their stock ownership of the company. Stockholders at the time of
liquidation included: Stephen Wheatland, David P. Wheatland, Lucia P. Fulton, Anna
W. Ordway, Martha W. Ingraham, and the trustees under the will of Richard
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Buck, Hosea B. 1871-1937
Chandler, James N.,
Conners, Charles P.
Pingree, David, 1841-1932
Sewall, J. W.
Aziscoos Land Company
Garfield Land Company
Acquisition of land
Forests and forestry--Northeastern
Real estate investment
United States Geological
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Series I. Financial Records, subseries D. Payroll is restricted from researchers, as
this material contains social security numbers.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex
Aziscoos Land Company Records, MSS 928, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum,
This material was donated by Pingree family heirs.
Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, May 2016.
Organization and Records of all Meetings to April 29, 1941
(Inclusive). "Articles of Association of
Aziscoos Land Company."
David Pingree Papers, 1810-1939. MSS 901
David Pingree Papers, 1831-1940, 1969. MSS 905
E. S. Coe Papers, 1844-1906. MSS 924
Pingree Family Scrapbook Collection, 1849-1972. MSS
Piscataquis Land Company Records, 1934-1940. MSS
Richard and Mary K. Wheatland Family Papers, 1862-1951. MSS 907
Seven Islands Land Company Records, 1794-1967, 1981. MSS
The Aziscoos Land Company Records contain records from the everyday operation of the Aziscoos Land Company.
Aziscoos Land Company; Garfield Land Company; Business records; Deeds; Maps; Bangor (Me.); Bradford, Grover C.; Hinkley, K. A.; Murphy, C. C.; Wheatland, Stephen, 1897-1987; Buck, Hosea B. 1871-1937; Chandler, James N., 1826-1904; Conners, Charles P.; Pingree, David, 1841-1932; Sewall, J. W.; Acquisition of land; Forests and forestry--Northeastern states--History; Geological surveys--United States; Land titles; Logging--Maine; Lumbering--Maine; Real estate investment; United States Geological survey
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.