Overview of the Collection
Special Collections & Archives
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
Reference Code: USGZE UHC 350
Accession Number: 15-001
Collection Number: University Historical Collection 350
Creators: Ingram Family
Title: Ingram Family and Empire Lumber Company Papers
Dates: 1874-1953, bulk 1906-1934
Quantity: 5.0 linear feet (5 record cartons)
Location of Collection: A9/2f-A9/2g
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Summary: Personal papers of the Orrin H. and Erskine B. Ingram family and business records of the Empire Lumber Company
Biographical / Historical Note
Orrin Henry Ingram was a prominent lumberman and business man who built his fortune in the Chippewa Valley from 1857 to 1914. With his partners Donald Kennedy and Alexander M. Dole, Ingram built a sawmill operation that would merge with other companies to become the Empire Lumber Company in 1881. This industry was responsible for the employment of thousands of individuals in the Chippewa Valley, and thus vital to the growth of cities in the area, particularly Eau Claire. However, the lumber industry was also responsible for the rapid deforestation of the Chippewa Valley
Orrin H. Ingram was a community leader with diverse business interests. He owned stock in over twenty other companies and became heavily involved in banking. He served as president of the Eau Claire National Bank and the Union National Bank. The Ingram family were known for their active and philanthropic involvement in the Eau Claire community. After his wife’s death in 1911, Orrin built the Cornelia Pierce Ingram Memorial Community House in her memory. The house was to serve as a meeting place for the entire community. Orrin died in 1918 and the reigns of the Empire Lumber Company passed to his son Erskine and his son-in-law Edward S. Hayes.
This collection contains the household expense records and personal correspondence of the Ingram family. It contains numerous business records for the Empire Lumber Company including quit claim deeds, warranty deeds, the acquisition of other companies by the ELC, and other papers relating to incorporating, liquidating assets, stocks, dividends and final distributions.
Acquisition Information: Transferred to the University Archives by Mary Horn (great-great granddaughter of Orrin Ingram and great granddaughter of Charles Ingram) in September 2013.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.
Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.
Preferred Citation: Ingram Family and Empire Lumber Company Papers, 1906-1934. UHC350. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.
Processing Note: Processed by Danielle Schroeder in October 2014.
OCLC #: 894084611
Orrin Henry Ingram, 1830-1918
Cornelia Pierce Ingram, 1829-1911
Erskine Bronson Ingram, 1866-1954
Harriet Louise Coggshall Ingram, 1873-1944
Charles H. Ingram
Miriam P. Hayes
Edward .S. Hayes
O. H. Ingram (son of Erskine and Louise), 1904-1963
Corporate Names: Empire Lumber Company
Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Chippewa Valley, Wisconsin
Detailed List of Contents
|Box 1||Household expenses||1906-1914|
|Box 2/Folders 1-4||Household expenses||1915-1917|
|Box 2/ Folder 5||Correspondence to Mrs. E.B. Ingram||1906-1917|
|Box 2/ Folders 6-7||Correspondence to O.H. Ingram and school material (Univ. of Minnesota)||1926-1927|
|Box 2/Folders 8-9||Cornelia Ingram Estate||1911-1924|
|Box 2/Folder 10||Ingram Family Memorials||1874-1918|
|Box 3||Business records, receipts, bank statements, and correspondence||1924-1934|
|Box 4||O.H. Ingram Co. stock reports and business statements , Louisiana Central Lumber Co. reports , O.H. Ingram Estate||1909-1925, 1952-1953|
|Box 5||O. H. Ingram Co. Resolution , Papers and Letters of Empire Mining & Lumber Co., Deeds and Mortgages to Empire Lumber Co., Business Correspondence||1913-1927|