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Booth Brothers and Hurricane Isle Granite Company Records

 Collection
Identifier: SpC MS 0063

Scope and Contents

This small collection contains primarily order forms on letterhead of Booth Brothers and Hurricane Isle Granite Company. The forms are undated and do not identify the customer ordering the granite. They are arranged in numerical order by order number and seem to be from three different orders. Within each order number, the forms are arranged by section, course and number. Information on each form includes order number, cutter's name, hours spent in cutting, cost of the work, dimensions of the block, and a design drawing of each block.

The collection also contains a few miscellaneous order forms as well as receipts from 1909 for checks issued.

Dates

  • 1909, undated
  • Majority of material found in undated

Creator

Restrictions on Access

This collection is kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice is required for retrieval.

Restrictions on Use

Information on literary rights available from repository.

Historical Note

The company was formed from a merger of two long-standing granite quarries at a time when the granite business was flourishing in the Penobscot Bay area of Maine. In 1870 General Davis Tillson had opened a quarry on Hurricane Island and established the Hurricane Island Granite Company. This led to the development of the island and a growth in population to meet the company's needs. The company cut and shipped granite for buildings in cities all over the country, including St. Louis, Chicago, Baltimore, Boston and Washington.

Booth Brothers had been founded by John Booth in 1870. Born in Scotland in 1839, Booth had come to New York City in 1870 and with his older brother William, established the company. With quarries in Maine and Connecticut and offices in New York City, New London, Philadelphia, and Rockland, Maine, the company produced granite for building and paving.

In 1889, Hurricane Island Granite merged with Booth Brothers, bringing together quarries a Millstone Point, Connecticut; Tenants Harbor, Maine; Seal Harbor, Hurricane Island and two quarries on Vinalhaven. The new company, Booth Brothers and Hurricane Island Granite Company, had capital stock of $250,000. William Booth of New London was president and the company headquarters was in New York City, with the Maine office in Rockland.

The company did well for a number of years after the merger, receiving contracts to supply at least part of the granite for the Metropolitan Bank Building in New York, the New York Custom House, the terminal of the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad in Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In 1910 the management of the quarry operations on Hurricane Island changed. The Hurricane Isle Quarries Company was organized and took over the properties, business and leases of Booth Brothers and Hurricane Island Granite Company. The president and directors of the company were all relatives of General Davis Tillson including his son-in-law, daughters and grandson. Shortly thereafter, changing architectural styles and the introduction of new building materials, especially concrete, plus the costs of cutting and shipping granite, led to the demise of the granite industry on Hurricane Island. By 1915 only two families were left on the island and by 1916 the island was deserted.

Extent

1.2 cubic feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

The collection contains records of Booth Brothers and Hurricane Isle Granite Company of Hurricane Island, Maine.

Conservation Note

The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes.

Provenance

Donated to Maine State Museum by Robert Macdonald in 1980; donated to Special Collections Department by Maine State Museum.

Title
Guide to the Booth Brothers and Hurricane Isle Granite Company Records
Status
Box And Folder List Available
Date
December 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for uncoded script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
Orono ME 04469-5729 United States
207-581-1686