Woonsocket, R.I; Pawtucket, R.I.
Business records, 1885 - 1935
Size: 11.5 ft.
Catalog number: MSS 6 sg 15
Processed by: Harold E. Kemble, Jr, August 1977
©Rhode Island Historical Society
The orginal Hamlet Mill was erected c.1828 by Stephen Mowry for Stephen A. Smith and General Edward C. Carrington. This mill was located in the village of Hamlet in the present town of Woonsocket, sited at the lower end of the Hamlet Trench between the trench and the Blackstone River. The mill went through a succession of owners before 1859 when Isaac M. Bull, nephew and inheritor of General Carrington, bought the outstanding interest of George S. Wardwell. Bull added a new brick mill structure in 1862 and sold the entire mill estate in 1885 to the firm of Tarbell & Harris. This firm was dissolved in 1889 when Frank Harris bought the interest of his partner.
In 1897 Harris, with Albert C. Hay and Frederick E. Carpenter incorporated the Hamlet Mills Company with the previously described mill estate intact. Frank Arthur Sayles held the mortgage of this company and was elected to be an "associate" member of the corporation.
In December of 1898 the stockholders and directors of the Hamlet Mills Company elected to sell to the Pycott Manufacturing Company of New Jersey all of the mill estate except for the Superintendent's house, the coal bins and a few other assets of little consequence. Frank A. Sayles also held the mortgage on Pycott, which was not formally organized until 1899. The terms of the sale included assumption of all outstanding debts, and stock shares to be issued to Harris and Hay.
One of the officers, probably a partner, of Pycott was a Rhode Island manufacturer named Charles E. Thomas. Thomas was a partner in the 1900 incorporation of the Hamlet Textile Company which purchased the Hamlet Mill and Pycott Manufacturing Company. There appears to have been another change of ownership c.May, 1909 when Frank A. Sayles bought the mill from Harvey S. Chase & Company.
The records of the Slater Manufacturing Company indicate that in February 1915 the Hamlet Textile Company "Pawtucket Department" purchased of Slater Mfg. that company's Silk Department which had recently been set up as a separate company by Slater from their former department. In the following month Hamlet began to rent from Slater Mfg. the building occupied by the Slater Manufacturing Company Yarn Department, and in November 1917, they purchased outright the buildings and equipment of the Slater Manufacturing Co., located in Pawtucket. Thereafter, the Hamlet Textile Company rented the structure and equipment back to the Slater Yarn Company until 1925 when that company was liquidated. This mill stood empty until 1928 when Hamlet Textile closed out all operations located in Woonsocket and moved in to the Pawtucket mill. The Woonsocket estate was sold in 1931. Between 1930-1934 the Hamlet Textile Company included the Werdna Silks Company.
Rhode Island Historical Society, Manuscript Collections, MSS 6, Sayles Finishing Plants, including Sub-Groups 1, 2, 30, 31.
Rhode Island Historical Society , Manuscript Collections. Brown & Ives Papers. See H. C. Kemball's report of the valuation of the Hamlet Mill Estate, 1858; sundry papers relating to settlement of Hamlet Mill Mortage between Executors of Moses B. Ives, E. Carrington and I. M. Bull, 1859.
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Scope and content:
This collection is comprised of business records of those cotton and silk textile manufacturing plants known generally as the Hamlet Mills, Rhode Island, under a succession of owners. Although in some cases the provenance of the records is not clear we have here divided them into four series. These are Series A, Hamlet Mills Company, 1885-1899; Series B, Hamlet Mills Company, Incorporated, 1897-1900; Series C, Pycott Manufacturing Company, 1899-1935; Series D, Hamlet Textile Company, 1888-1935, including Tarbell & Harris, 1888-1897 and Werdna Silks, 1930-1935.
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Gift of Sayles Finishing Plants, 25 December 1971.
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Series A. Hamlet Mills Company 1885-1899
Item 1. Incl. minutes, charter, by-laws Aug 1897 - Oct 1899
Item 2. Book A Sep 1885 - Jan 1887
Item 3. Book B Jan 1887 - Sep 1890
Item 4. Book C Oct 1890 - Aug 1895
Item 5. Book D Aug 1895 - Aug 1897
Series B. Hamlet Mills Company, Incorporated, 1897 - 1906
Item 6. Journal Sep 1897 - Sep 1900
Series C. Pycott Manufacturing Company, 1899 - 1906
Item 7. Journal Jun 1899 - Feb 1905
Item 8. Ledger. Book A Jan 1901 - Jan 1906
Item 9. Cash. Book A May 1899 - Jul 1901
Series D. Hamlet Textile Company, 1888 - 1935
Item 10. Book A Mar 1900 - Jun 1901
Item 11. Book B Jun 1901 - Dec 1902
Item 12. Book C Jan 1903 - Jun 1905
Item 13. Book D Jun 1905 - Sep 1905
Item 14. Book #1 Oct 1905 - Aug 1906
Item 15. Book #2 Sep 1906 - Aug 1907
Item 16. Book #4 Oct 1908 - Jul 1909
Item 17. Entries made "under instructions from May 1905 - Mar 1912
Harvey S. Chase & Co."
Item 18. Mar 1912 - Dec 1916
Item 19. Jan 1917 - Jan 1918
Details of Journal Entries
Item 20. Jul 1933 - Dec 1933
Item 21. Jan 1934 - Dec 1934
Item 22. Jan 1935 - Dec 1935
Item 23. Jul 1918 - Dec 1922
Item 24. "Hamlet Textile Company. A Maine Jan 1923 - Dec 1933
General Ledger, Jan - Dec 1923,
Private Ledger, Nov 1928 - Jul 1932;
Factory Journal, Jul 1932 - Jul 1933"
Item 25. Jun 1909 - Aug 1912
Item 26. Jan 1916 - Feb 1920
Item 27. Jan 1920 - Dec 1924
Item 28. Jan 1925 - Dec 1933
Item 29. Tarbell & Harris, Ledger B Sep 1888 - Aug 1897
Item 30. Sep 1897 - Jun 1900
Item 31. Book B Jul 1902 - Dec 1907
Item 32. Jan 1908 - May 1909
Item 33. Book#1 Apr 1907 - Dec 1912
Item 34. Jul 1915 - Jan 1925
Item 35. Dec 1912 - Dec 1919
Item 36. Jan 1920 - Dec 1920
Item 37. Jan 1921 - Dec 1926
Item 38. Jan 1927 - Oct 1928
Item 39. Nov 1928 - May 1930
Item 40. Jan 1930 - Jul 1933
Item 41. Incl. Subsidiary Ledger Jul 1933 - Dec 1935
Item 42. Book A Mar 1900 - Oct 1905
Accounts Receivable Ledger
Item 43. Jun 1930 - Dec 1934
Item 44. May 1930 - Jul 1932
Item 45. Dept. A Apr 1907 - Sept 1909
Item 46. Feb 1913 - Nov 1919
Item 47. Jan 1920 - Jun 1923
Balance Sheets, Profit & Loss, Trial Balance
Item 48. Dec 1917 - Jun 1918
Item 49. Dec 1923 - Dec 1929
Item 50. Incl. Werdna Silks Jan 1930 - Dec 1932
Item 51. Incl. Werdna Silks Jan 1933 - Aug 1934
Item 52. Incl. Werdna Silks Sep 1934 - Sep 1935
Item 53. Book #1 Feb 1920 - Mar 1928
Item 54. Jan 1897 - Oct 1900
Item 55. Book A Jul 1900 - Jun 1900
Item 56. Book B Jun 1902 - Feb 1905
Item 57. Book C Mar 1905 - Sep 1905
Item 58. Book #1 Oct 1905 - Mar 1907
Item 59. Book #2 Mar 1907 - Aug 1908
Item 60. Book #3 Sep 1908 - Jul 1909
Item 61. Book A Dec 1912 - Feb 1916
Item 62. Receipts & disb., estimated 1916 - 1919
earnings for 1920-1923
Item 63. Jan 1920 - Dec 1924
Item 64. Jan 1928 - Dec 1933
Item 65. Private Cash Book Nov 1928 - May 1930
Bank Records of Checks & Deposits
Item 66. Producers National Bank Jun 1909 - Jun 1912
Item 67. Slater Trust Co. Jun 1909 - Aug 1912
Item 68. Book #2 May 1909 - Mar 1911
Appraisals & Inventories
Item 69. Property appraisal and valuation 1905 - 1923
Item 70. inventory of stores, Pawtucket Dept. Dec 1924
Item 71. Annual Statement with inventories Dec 1900 - Nov 1911
Item 72. Annual Statement with inventories Jun 1905 - Dec 1911
Item 73. Daily Time Sheet, Briggs Engineering & Nov - Dec 1927
Construction Company, re building of a
new dam or repair of an existing dam.
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Bull, Isaac M
Business records - Rhode Island - Pawtucket.
Business records - Rhode Island - Woonsocket.
Carpenter, Frederick E.
Carr, George A.
Chase (Harvey S.) and Co.
Cotton manufacture - Rhode Island - Pawtucket.
Cotton manufacture - Rhode Island - Woonsocket.
Hamlet Mills Company.
Hamley Textile Company.
Hamlet Textile Company. Pawtucket branch.
Hay, Albert C.
Pycott Manufacturing Company.
Sayles Finishing Plants.
Sayles, Franks Arthur, 1866-1920.
Silk industry - Rhode Island - Pawtucket.
Slater Manufacturing Company.
Slater Yarn Company.
Tarbell & Harris.
Textile industry - Rhode Island - Pawtucket.
Textile industry - Rhode Island - Woonsocket.
Thomas, Charles E.
Treat, Edward A.
Werdna Silks Company.
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