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W. L. Stewart Papers

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Identifier: 2022-0083

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W. L. Stewart was born in 1871 and worked as a farmer and bricklayer in Putnam County, where he lived until his death in 1967. Stewart's papers contain financial documents including receipts and checks, as well as correspondence and ephemera. Other papers include land deeds and agricultural contracts as well as sales documentation. The bank statements and checks range from 1907 to 1945, the bulk of the papers being dated in the 1910s and 1920s from First National Bank. Some checks are typed out and signed on ruled paper, including a payment to Jere Whitson for a tract of land. The financial documents also include deposit slips from The Citizens Bank and People's Bank. Tax receipts in this collection consist of Stewart's poll and road taxes as well as general taxes mainly in the years 1894-1914 and 1957-1961. Stewart's voter registration card dated 1911 is among the receipts. Stewart saved many receipts and papers from Cookeville businesses, including Cookeville Home Telephone Co., S.N. Barr and Company, Sam Pendergrass Hardware, Builders Supply Co., Jere Whitson Hardware, Victor Oil Co., and Whitson & Barnes Hardware. Papers from these businesses include bills and insurances. Stewart was a member of the Bricklayers, Masons, and Plasterers' International Union of America Union No. 11. Papers relating to the union are a Constitution and By-Laws booklet, dues payment receipts, and relating correspondence. One of the typed correspondence is a submission to fine a number of men for "scabbing" or strikebreaking. Along with the union documents are other by-laws booklets including a Putnam Co. Road Law booklet dated 1921, by-laws of the East Coast Carpenters District Council, and by-laws of the Mt. View Lodge No. 179. As was common in the region during the early Twentieth Century, Stewart farmed alongside his work as a bricklayer. His agricultural documents contain tobacco sales receipts and letters pertaining to farm operation from the Department of Agriculture. One of these letters is from the Agricultural Extension Service of University of Tennessee, Knoxville and the Tennessee Valley Authority Rural Electrification Administration promoting electricity for farm-use. Also in these folders is Stewart's contract under the Corn-Hog Reduction Act of 1933, in which he agreed to reduce the acreage of corn planting and number of hogs on his farm in exchange for government aid. Along with this contract are various newsletters from The American Thresherman Association and 1940 annual reports from the Cookeville Production Credit Association.

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  • Majority of material found within 1893 - 1945
  • 1957 - 1961



.65 Cubic Feet

2 Item (Small leather wallets with folding compartments, one dated 1873. )

1 Volumes (Volume is a small book entitled "Tennessee Central Railway Company - Rules for Government Employes" stamped with "Monteray".)

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