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-- Manuscript Group 29, Eugene Vanderpool (1844-1903), President of the Newark Gas Light Company Papers, 1817-1929 (Bulk dates: 1880-1903)

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Manuscript Group 29, Eugene Vanderpool (1844-1903), President of the Newark Gas Light Company

Papers, 1817-1929 (Bulk dates: 1880-1903), 3 linear feet / 7 boxes/volumes

Call Number: MG 29 + Box number


Summary:

Primarily business correspondence, minutes, annual reports, and financial records pertaining to the Newark Gas Light Company, which was headed by Eugene Vanderpool and merged in 1895 with the Citizens' Gas Light Company of Newark.  He was the son of Mayor Beach Vanderpool of Newark, and an 1864 Princeton graduate.  Although he began his career as a gas engineer, Eugene Vanderpool became President of Howard Savings Institution.  Includes correspondence with John J. Clancy, Henry C. Kelsey, Frederick W. Stevens, and Marcus L. Ward, Jr.  There are papers of Walter S. Nichols and other members of the Nichols family from 1820-1870.

 

Biographical Note:

Eugene Vanderpool, the son of Mary and Oliver J. Hayes Vanderpoel, was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1844.  Eugene graduated from Princeton College in 1869 and soon after married Eleanor (Ellen) Banker Tiffany (1846-1900).  The couple had three children: Mary Isabella (b. 1870), Loraine Eleanor (b. 1872), and Beach Wynant (1874-1875).  The Vanderpools lived at 22 Washington Street in Newark, New Jersey.

Eugene Vanderpool was the President of the Newark Gas Light Company from 1869 until 1895.  At the same time he was President of the Orange Mountain Cable Company and an adviser to the Philadelphia gas plant. Vanderpool was also a director in the National Newark Banking Company, Howard Savings Institution and Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Company.  He died at his home from appendicitis on July 12, 1903.

Sources:

Newark Directory, 1895 and 1900.

Vanderpoel Genealogy: Items Personal and Social (Charles Francis: New York, 1912).

 

Administrative History: The Newark Gas Light Company

The Newark Gas Light Company was chartered on March 25, 1845.  In 1869, Eugene Vanderpool was president of the company and the directors were: Ira Harrison (1795-1890), Henry C. Kelsey (1837-1920), George A. Halsey (1827-1894), and Marcus L. Ward (1846-1920).  Vanderpool's office was at 9 Bank Street in Newark, New Jersey and the company had property along Market Street, also in Newark.  In 1895, upon Vanderpool’s retirement, Henry Kelsey became President of the Newark Gas Light Company.

The company ceased operations sometime between 1895 and 1900.

 

Provenance Note:

The source of this collection is unknown.

 

Scope and Content Note:

The Eugene Vanderpool papers mostly document the affairs of the Newark Gas Light Company, consisting of correspondence, State of New Jersey acts and bills, indentures, receipts, and other financial papers.  The papers date from 1817-1929, have bulk dates of 1880-1903, and measure three linear feet.  The documents have been organized by record type: correspondence; legal documents; board records; financial documents; literary and artistic materials; and printed materials.  The correspondence is organized by recipient, then author, and date.  The other documents are arranged in chronological order.

Series 1: Correspondence, 1831-1895

The majority of the correspondence belongs to Eugene Vanderpool and discusses the affairs of the Newark Gas Light Company.  A great deal of attention is paid to the merger of the Newark Gas Light Company and the Orange Gas Light Company in 1895 and to state bills and acts regarding incorporation.  This series also contains a number of letters addressed to members of the Nichols family, particularly Walter S. Nichols.  These letters discuss his life as a student at Princeton College as well as family news.

Series 2: Legal Documents, 1831-1911

Most of the legal documents are indentures related to the Newark Gas Light Company although there are a number of indentures pertaining to the Nichols family purchases in Upper Freehold, New Jersey.  There is also a number of New Jersey bills and acts regarding incorporation.

Series 3: Newark Gas Light Company Board Records, 1874-1902

The Newark Gas Light Company Board Records series mostly consists of board meeting minutes and notes regarding the merger between the Newark Gas Light Company and the Citizens Gas Light Company of Newark.

Series 4: Financial Documents, 1873-1903

The financial documents series mostly consists of gas expenditures and earnings of the Newark Gas Light Company and other New Jersey gas companies, and calculations for predictions for gas expenditures and earnings.  There is also a collection of day cards from the Orange Mountain Cable Company indicating how many tickets were sold for passengers, bicycles, and horses, and receipts for salary and wages for the employees of the Orange Mountain Cable Company.

Series 5: Literary and Artistic Materials

This series contains a variety of documents that include Lydia Lavernia Ward’s obituary, Rev. Dr. John Burr’s obituary, funeral sermons, and a sketchbook.

Series 6: Printed Materials

The printed materials series includes university press catalogues, newspaper articles, and a sketchbook.

 

Related Collections:

Manuscript Group 111, Samuel Hayes (1776-1839) Daybooks: Hayes was Eugene Vanderpool’s physician

Manuscript Group 686, Franklin Murphy (1846-1920) Papers: Includes letters from Eugene Vanderpool

 

Box/Folder List:

Box Folder Title Dates
SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
EUGENE VANDERPOOL
1 1 Letters to and from William Beetle 1884-1892
1 2 Letters to and from John S. Chambers 1880-1894
1 3 Letters from J. J. Clancy 1885-1890
1 4 Letters to and from John R. Emery 1893-1894
1 5 Letters to and from Henry C. Kelsey 1879-1890
1 6 Letters to and from Henry C. Kelsey 1891-1892
1 7 Letters to and from Henry C. Kelsey

Jan.-Mar. 1893

1 8 Letters to and from Henry C. Kelsey

Apr.-Dec. 1893

1 9 Letters to and from Henry C. Kelsey 1894-1898
1 10 Letters to and from Emerson McMillon 1893-1894
1 11 Letters from John W. Newell 1884-1885
2 1 Letters to and from W. W. Shippen 1876-1885
2 2 Letters to and from A. A. Smalley 1882-1885
2 3 Letters to and from Frederic W. Stevens 1893-1895
2 4 Letters to and from Reuben Trier 1891
2 5

Letters to and from United Gas Improvement Company

1888-1894
2 6 Letters to and from E. F. Young 1880-1891
2 7 Letters to and from A-F 1879-1895
2 8 Letters to and from G-O 1879-1895
2 9 Letters to and from P-Y 1871-1903
Nichols Family and Miscellaneous Correspondence
2 10 Letters to Walter S. Nichols 1860-1875
2 11 Nichols Family Correspondence 1831-1868
2 12 Letter from H. N. Congar to Cornelia Ward 1838
2 13 Letter from (?) Stratton to William H. Ireland 1831
2 14 Correspondence and Documents re: Henry Duryee 1875
SERIES 2: LEGAL DOCUMENTS
3 1 Newark Gas Light Company Indentures 1892-1898
3 2 Newark Gas Light Company and The Orange Gas Light Company Mortgage 1895
3 3 Newark Gas Light Company and The Orange Gas Light Company Mortgage 1895
3 4 Legal Documents Pertaining to the Orange Mountain Cable Company 1895
3 5 Subpoena of Eugene Vanderpool 1898
3 6 New Jersey State Bills and Acts 1881-1903
3 7 Philadelphia Gas Improvement Co. Incorporation and Assignment of Interest of Oxy-Hydrogen Company of the U.S. 1875, 1898
3 8 Oxy-Hydrogen Co. of U.S.A.  Stockholders’ Agreements 1894-1898
3 9 Agreement of Lease of United Gas Improvement Co. to Essex-Hudson Gas Co. 1898-1899
3 10 Newark Consolidated Gas Company Indentures 1884,1898
3 11 Styron National Fuel Gas Company Certification  1890
3 12 1st Presbyterian Church of Newark Contracts n. d.
4 1

Indentures and Land Deeds in Upper Freehold and Newark

1827-1864
4 2

Indentures and Land Deeds in Upper Freehold and Newark

1865-1899
4 3 Nichols Family Indentures 1817-1911
4 4 Nichols Family Indentures 1831-1898
Series 3: NEWARK GAS LIGHT COMPANY BOARD NOTES
4 5 Board Meeting Minutes 1874-1892
4 6 Board Meeting Minutes 1893
4 7 Board Meeting Minutes 1893-1894
4 8 Board Meeting Minutes
4 9 Board Meeting Minutes 1895-1898
5 1 Merger Agreement: Newark Gas Light Company and The Citizens Gas Light Company 1895
5 2 Account of Trouble With East Newark Gas Supply 1902
SERIES 4: FINANCIAL DOCUMENTS
5 3 Financial Notes and Calculations 1873-1883
5 4 Financial Notes and Calculations 1885-1887
5 5 Financial Notes and Calculations 1888-1891
5 6 Financial Notes and Calculations 1892
5 7 Financial Notes and Calculations 1893
5 8 Financial Notes and Calculations 1894
5 9 Financial Notes and Calculations 1895-1897
5 10 Financial Notes and Calculations 1898-1899
5 11 Financial Notes and Calculations 1900-1903
5 12 Financial Notes and Calculations No Dates
5 13

Newark Gas Light Co. Merger: Stockholders’ Receipts, A-K

1894-1896
5 14

Newark Gas Light Co. Merger: Stockholders’ Receipts, L-W

1894-1896
6 1 Receipts 1869-1899
6 2 Orange Mountain Cable Company Day Cards 1895
6 3

Orange Mountain Cable Co. - Receipts for Wages, Salaries, etc., #s 78-202

1894-1895
6 4

Orange Mountain Cable Company - Wages, Salary Receipts, etc., #s 204-399

Jan.-May 1895
6 5 Orange Mountain Cable Company - Wages, Salary Receipts, etc., #s 403-482  May-July 1895
6 6

Orange Mountain Cable Company - Wages, Salary Receipts, etc., #s 501-621

Aug.-Oct. 1895
6 7

Orange Mountain Cable Company - Wages, Salary Receipts, etc., #s 622-685

Nov. 1895, Jan. 1896
SERIES 5: LITERARY AND ARTISTIC MATERIAL
6 8 Vanderpool: Funeral Sermons and Obituaries (funerals of Lydia Lavernia Ward and Rev. Dr. Jonathan K. Burr) 1858-1882
SERIES 6: PRINTED MATERIALS
6 9 Printed Materials 1890-1929
- Proposed Purchase of American Gas Undertakings 1890
- University of Minnesota Press Catalogue  1928-1929
- First Annual List of Publications by the Ohio State University Press 1928
- Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: Park Recreation Areas in the United States 1928
- Europe and the United States in the West Indies, by Talcott Williams 1905
6 10 Newspaper Articles 1894-1914
6 11 Invitations to the Ward Family n. d.
6 12 Miscellaneous 1895
- Inventory of Books, Boxes and Papers of Newark Gas Light Company 1895

 

Processed by James Lewis, April 2001 as part of the "Farm to City" project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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