William Bonifas Lumber Company records
MSS-136

Summary Information

Repository
Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives
Creator
William Bonifas Lumber Co. (Garden, Mich.).
Title
William Bonifas Lumber Company records
ID
MSS-136
Date [inclusive]
1910-1936
Extent
2.0 Cubic feet
Language

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], in the William Bonifas Lumber Company records, MSS-136, Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, Northern Michigan University.

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Biographical note

William Bonifas immigrated to the United States from Luxembourg. In 1910, he purchased several thousand acres of timberland north of Watersmeet, Michigan, and founded the company town of Bonifas. The town housed 200 people in twenty-five buildings, and the William Bonifas Lumber Company employed 350 people in several logging camps from approximately 1916 to 1932.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection features four ledgers from the William Bonifas Lumber Company. Each ledger contains information about lumber lands with land descriptions, jobbers, and various accounts. Although the writing is at times difficult to read, this collection can be useful to someone researching local and/or Upper Peninsula lumbering. The ledgers date from 1910 to 1936.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives 6/11/2010

Harden Learning Resources Center 126
1401 Presque Isle Ave
Marquette, Michigan, 49855
906-227-1225
archives@nmu.edu

Revision Description

  6/11/2010

Conditions Governing Access note

No restrictions. Open for research.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Forest products industry--Michigan--Marquette County--History.
  • Lumber trade--Michigan--Upper Peninsula.
  • Lumbering--Michigan--Upper Peninsula.

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Bibliography

Karamanski, Theodore J., Deep woods frontier: a history of logging in northern Michigan, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989.

Karamanski, Theodore J., Deep woods frontier: a history of logging in northern Michigan, Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989.

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Collection Inventory

2 ledgers 

Box
3-4-4

William Bonifas Lumber Company, ledger 1910-1936 

William Bonifas Lumber Company, ledger 1916-1919 

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2 ledgers 

Scope and Contents note

Box
3-4-5

William Bonifas Lumber Company, ledger 1918-1927 

William Bonifas Lumber Company, ledger 1916-1932 

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