Partly-Printed Document Signed.: WEYERHAEUSER, Frederick (1834-1914).
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The eighth wealthiest American of all time was a German-born lumber magnate who began his empire in Rock Island, Illinois in 1856, starting as a night fireman at a sawmill and working his way up until he owned this sawmill, then began adding more until the "Weyerhauser Syndicate" was enormous; he moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1900, where the firm still operates and is the world's largest timber seller. Partly-Printed Document Signed, 1p, 8 3/4" X 3 3/4", Rock Island, IL, 1881 November 15. Very good. Ornate check drawn on the Peoples National Bank, printed in black on blue stock and featuring decorative border, a variety of ornate typefaces and a steel-engraved vignette at left showing a puffing locomotive at a train station. The check has been made out to Weyerhaeuser in the amount of $25,000 and is signed by the bank president, Bailey Davenport. Davenport (1823-90) was the son of Davenport, Iowa's murdered founding father, fur trader/Indian agent/frontiersman Colonel George Davenport (1783-1845), and was himself a wealthy banker, real estate entrepreneur, and mayor of Davenport during the Civil War. On the check's verso, Weyerhaeuser signs boldly, adding "pat to the Order / of H C Putnam" above. Below this, Putnam then signs. (Henry Cleveland Putnam, 1832-1912, was a Wisconsin lumber baron and philanthropist, one of the founders of Eau Claire.) Three more unidentified persons also sign below Putnam. Twenty-five thousand dollars was a huge sum of money in 1881. Real estate developer Davenport and Weyerhaeuser (who also served on the board of directors of this bank) surely had many and complex business dealings -- as Weyerhaeuser likewise also had with fellow lumber baron Putnam. Weyerhaeuser's syndicate was vast and he had arrangements with a large number of other lumber businesses. It's possible the transaction had to do with the purchase of timber lands, but this warrants further research. In any case, a unique and intriguing document. N° de ref. de la librería 40617

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