Cotton Land Company records, 1909-1970

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Cotton Land Company records, 1909-1970

MS 306


Collection Summary

Creator: Cotton Land Company
Collection Name:Cotton Land Company records,
Inclusive Dates: 1909-1970
Physical Description:5.8 linear feet
Abstract:Contains official records of the Cotton Land Company, and the Cotton Water and Irrigation Company, 1909-1970, relating to land development and water rights to company lands located in Mohave County, Arizona, on the east side of the Colorado River. Includes articles of incorporation, minutes, stockbooks, correspon-dence, maps, legal and financial documents, and photographs documenting the activities of the companies, especially in the periods between 1910-1930 and 1945-1965.
Collection Number: MS 306
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/

Historical Note

The Cotton Land Company was incorporated on December 20, 1909 in Arizona Territory for a term of 25 years; no application for renewal was made. Its place of business was Cottonia, Mohave County. The nature of the charter of the land company was to purchase and acquire lands to own, manage, improve, subdivide, sell and dispose, as well as any subsidiary business needed to achieve those ends. Signers of the incorporation papers were W.I. Hollings-worth, W.J. Hole, D.M. Martin, Louis Evans, and W.J. Burton. During its lengthy liquidation, its place of business was listed through offices in Los Angeles.

The 1914 overflow of the Colorado River destroyed the levee system which had been under construction by the company at that time, thus halting the develop-ment plans for the lands. From 1915 until 1939 the land was either rented to private individuals for farming or used by the company for cattle raising. Thereafter, the company held the lands pending the probate of certain estates, and then distributed the holdings to the stockholders.

The Cotton Water and Irrigation Company was incorporated in 1909 and was assigned water rights to the acquisitions of the land company.


Scope and Content Note

Contains official records of the Cotton Land Company, and the Cotton Water and Irrigation Company, 1909-1970, relating to land development and water rights to company lands located in Mohave County, Arizona, on the east side of the Colorado River. Includes articles of incorporation, minutes, stockbooks, correspon-dence, maps, legal and financial documents, and photographs documenting the activities of the companies, especially in the periods between 1910-1930 and 1945-1965.

The bulk of documents in this collection relate to the history and activities of the Cotton Land Company, especially in regard to the leasing of lands, and litigation on various estate and contractual matters. The General files contain the official records of the two companies, as well as topical files relating to everyday business and the final distribution of assets. The leases and subleases in the files are with individuals, partnerships, and corporations located in Arizona and California, and doing business as Schweitzer Company, Bermuda Planta-tions, Mohave Valley Farms, Mohave Venture Farms, D.W. Hulet, John R. Mahoney, McKellips and Gregg, Hubert Merryweat-her, River Farms, and Sherrill and LaFolle-tte.

The Litigation files involve claims between the company and the United States of America, John R. Mahoney, Hubert Merryweather, Bermurda Plantations, and others. The files consist of correspon-dence and legal papers relating to the issues and their resolution. The largest case involves the company's claim against the govern-ment for the loss of about 9,000 acres of land due to the construc-tion of the Parker Dam. The company's witness, Charles H. Lee, an engineer, prepared several reports on the causes of flooding in Mohave County. Related documents are found in the Maps and Charts files and in the General files.

The Indians files include correspondence about leases and exchanges of lands with the Colorado River and Mohave Indians during the 1930s and 1940s. Correspondents include governmental personnel in the Office of Indian Affairs, Congress, representatives of the Indians, surveyors, appraisers, and other interested parties.

Of interest in the Maps and Charts files are several folders including : a 1940 report by C.H. Purcell on "Hydraulic reconnais-sance for proposed crossing of Colorado River and bottoms near Needles;" possible acquisition of certain lands by Metropolitan Water District of Southern Califor-nia; Charles Lee supplemental report on flooding of lands in Mohave Valley, including discharge records of the Colorado River; and additional reports, some by M.M. Kaufman, on surveys of company lands, and on lands taken by the government.

The Taxes files contain various correspondence and forms for corporate income reporting, while the Title files contain abstract of title to land patents, deeds, and accretions involving proper-ties of the company and the Santa Fe Pacific Railroad Company. The Water Rights files include a report by C.P. Vetter on the effects of the constant rise of the Colorado River bed in the vicinity of Needles, and documents relating to the acquisition, leasing, and ownership of Colorado River water by the company.


Organization

The files were received somewhat disorganized in 1981. An attempt was made to reconstruct the original order where possible. It should be noted that many of the file headings reflected individual names while others were labeled as to the location or use of the land involved, but both folders related to the same lawsuit, rental, or leasing agreement. When possible, related file folders are filed next to each other. Not all folder titles are listed for the Numbered Files in the preliminary inventory below.This collection is organized into two series:

Restrictions

Restrictions

None.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Related Material

Approximately 1.5 feet of duplicates and check vouchers were separated from the collection.


Access Terms

Corporate Name(s)
Bermuda Plantations
Cotton Land Company
Cotton Water and Irrigation Company
Mohave Venture Farms
River Farms

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona -- Mohave County -- Land development
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) -- Water rights
Colorado River Indian Reservation (Ariz. and Calif.)
Fort Mohave Indian Reservation (Ariz. and Calif.)
Mohave County (Ariz.) -- History
Parker Dam (Ariz. and Calif.)

Subject(s)
Business enterprises -- Arizona -- Archives
Business enterprises -- California -- Archives
Floods -- Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
Real estate development -- Arizona -- Mohave County
Water rights -- Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)

Genre Form(s)
Articles of Incorporation
Correspondence
Minutes
Photographs


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Cotton Land Company records(MS 306). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


Container List

Series I: General Files, 1909-1970
Cotton Water and Irrigation Company
boxfolder
11 Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. , 1909-1925
12 Minutes. , 1910-1933
13 Stock Journal and Ledger. , 1910-1933
Cotton Land Company
boxfolder
21 Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws. , 1909-1925
22 Minutes. , 1910-1968
23 Stockbook. , 1910-1957
24 Stock Journal and Ledger. , 1910-1933
boxfolder
31 Accounting. , 1955-1960
32 Agents, escrows, etc. , 1955-1958
33 Balance Sheets. , 1934, 1940-1960
34 Bermuda Plantations. , 1952-1959
35 Documents. , 1909-1970
36 Gas station sale. , 1955
37 Hollingsworth Corporation. , 1955
38 Journals. , 1924-1970
39 Lawyer: L. B. Binford. , 1954-1964
310 Legal fees. , 1956-1961
311 Liquidation. , 1956-1959
312 D. W. Hulet. , 1955-1960
boxfolder
41 D. W. Hulet (continued). , 1955-1960
42 McKellips and Gregg. , 1955-1966
43 Merriweather and Mahoney Suits. , 1952-1958
44 Mohave Valley Farms. , 1951-1959
45 River Farms. , 1958-1966
46 Sherrill and LaFollette. , 1955-1970
47 Jerry Skousen: Arizona subdivisions trust. , 1955-1965
48 Sundt Construction. , 1958
49 D. H. Swan matters. , 1952-1962
Series II: Numbered Files, No Date
boxfolder
51 Current Lease Options (100). , No Date
52 Litigation (200). , No Date
53 Improvement of Land (300). , No Date
54 Indians (400). , No Date
55 Maps and Charts (500). , No Date
boxfolder
61 Maps and Charts (continued). , No Date
62 Miscellaneous (600). , No Date
63 Past Sales Negotiations (700). , No Date
64 Sales to Government (800). , No Date
65 Taxes (900). , No Date
66 Title (1000). , No Date
67 Water Rights (1100). , No Date