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|Title:||Eugene Vanderpool, President of the Newark Gas Light Company, Collection|
|Abstract:||Consists of 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.|
|Quantity:||3 linear ft. (7 boxes)|
|Collection Number:||MG 29|
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.
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.
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.
This collection is organized into six series:
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|The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, and forms documented in this collection.|
|Burr, Jonathan K.|
|Chambers, John S.|
|Emery, John R.|
|Kelsey, Henry C.|
|Newell, John W.|
|Nichols, Walter S.|
|Vanderpool, Eugene, 1844-1903.|
|Ward, Lydia Lavernia.|
|First Presbyterian Church (Newark, N.J.)|
|Newark Consolidated Gas Company (Newark, N.J.)|
|Newark Gas Light Company (Newark, N.J.)|
|Gas companies--New Jersey--Newark.|
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 29, Eugene Vanderpool, President of the Newark Gas Light Company, Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.
The source of this collection is unknown.
These papers were originally housed with Manuscript Group 384. At the time of processing, they were removed and formed into a separate collection. The letters and most of the receipts are in good condition, however, many of the receipts are beginning to show wear. The ink and pencil on some of the letters and receipts is fading.
Newark Directory.1895 and 1900.
Vanderpoel Genealogy: Items Personal and Social. Charles Francis: New York, 1912.
Series 1: Correspondence,
Scope and Content:
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.
|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||1893 Jan.-Mar.|
|1||8||Letters to and from Henry C. Kelsey||1893 Apr.-Dec.|
|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|
|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,
Scope and Content:
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.
|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 Records,
Scope and Content:
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.
|4||5||Board Meeting Minutes||1874-1892|
|4||6||Board Meeting Minutes||1893|
|4||7||Board Meeting Minutes||1893-1894|
|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,
Scope and Content:
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.
|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||n.d.|
|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||2||Orange Mountain Cable Company Day Cards||18951895|
|6||3||Orange Mountain Cable Co. - Receipts for Wages, Salaries, etc., #s 78-202 1894-1895||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||1895 Jan.-May|
|6||5||Orange Mountain Cable Company - Wages, Salary Receipts, etc., #s 403-482||1895 May-July|
|6||6||Orange Mountain Cable Company - Wages, Salary Receipts, etc., #s 501-621||1895 Aug.-Oct.|
|6||7||Orange Mountain Cable Company - Wages, Salary Receipts, etc., #s 622-685||1895 Nov. ;1896 Jan.|
Series 5: Literary and Artistic Materials
Scope and Content:
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.
|6||8||Vanderpool: Funeral Sermons and Obituaries (funerals of Lydia Lavernia Ward and Rev. Dr. Jonathan K. Burr)||1858-1882|
Series 6: Printed Materials
Scope and Content:
The printed materials series includes university press catalogues, newspaper articles, and a sketchbook.
|6||9||Booklets: Proposed Purchase of American Gas Undertakings; University of Minnesota Press Catalogue; First Annual List of Publications by the Ohio State University Press; Bulletin of the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics: Park Recreation Areas in the United States; Europe and the United States in the West Indies by Talcott Williams||[ca. 1840]|
|6||11||Invitations to the Ward Family||n. d.|
|6||12||Miscellaneous: Inventory list, ticket, business card||n.d.|
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