Wright-Blodgett Company Records, ca. 1901-1935
approx. 1 cubic foot
Scope and Content Note
The Wright-Blodgett Company Records consist predominantly of maps
and ledgers that document the company's land and timber holdings
with tract locations, prior ownership, taxes paid, and subsequent
sale or other disposition. The records are primarily for holdings
in Oregon (Clatsop, Columbia, Linn, Tillamook, and Washington
Counties) but also include holdings in Washington (Cowlitz County)
and California (Humboldt County). The records also include photocopies
of correspondence pertaining to land holdings in Oregon and California.
Of particular note are records for the Blodgett Tract in Columbia
County (township 7N, range 5 west) that was donated to the Oregon
State University College of Forestry by the Blodgett family.
The Wright-Blodgett Company was owned and operated by John Wood
Blodgett, Sr. and later his son, John Wood Blodgett, Jr. The company
was dissolved in 1948.
John Wood Blodgett, Sr. (1860-1951) was a lumberman, civic leader,
and philanthropist, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to
timberlands in Michigan, Blodgett acquired lands in Mississippi,
Louisiana, California, and Oregon. Companies in which Blodgett
was prominent were the Blodgett Co., Ltd.; the Wright-Blodgett
Co., Ltd.; the Hill-Davis Co., Ltd., of all of which he was chairman
or manager; and the Michigan-California Co., of which he was organizer
Edith Blodgett donated these records to the College of Forestry
which transferred them to the OSU Archives.
The OSU Archives holdings include College
of Forestry Records (RG 139) and Photographs (P 61) as well
as several other manuscript
collections pertaining to forestry and the lumber industry.
Other records relating to the Blodgett lumber interests are held
by the Michigan
Historical Collections at the University of Michigan. The
Noyes-Holland Logging Company Records (Mss 1539) held by the Oregon Historical Society include
financial statements and correspondence regarding the Blodgett
Tract in Columbia County.
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