H. M. Yerington Papers

 Collection
Identifier: NC115
The manuscript material in the H. M. Yerington Papers consists of original materials and copies, including correspondence, personal financial statements, material from the H. M. Yerington estate and the Elizabeth Kinkhead estate, assay reports, a stock ledger, and a variety of land related documents covering the period 1865-1919.

The collection is only a fragment of the H. M. Yerington papers. The majority of the Yerington collection is at the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkley. Some material from this collection, removed at various times, may be found in other collections under an H. M. Yerington subject heading. The Virginia and Truckee Railroad Records and the Carson and Colorado Railroad Records should also be consulted for information about H. M. Yerington

Dates

  • 1865-1919

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

3 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)

Abstract

A fragmentary collection of H. M. Yerington papers. Includes correspondence; personal financial statements; assay reports; land related documents and material from the H. M. Yerington estate and the Elizabeth Kinkead estate. Also included are three important letters, 1878-1888, from I. Oliver and J. W. Hayne to Yerington regarding an erroneous government survey through Soda and Hawthorne, Nevada and about the Bodie, California mines, the Belvidere and the Bulwer.

Biographical Note

Henry Marvin Yerington was born in Calborne, Canada in 1828 and came to Nevada in 1863. He was actively involved in mining, lumbering, railroads, and land development in Nevada and California until his death in 1910.

H. M. Yerington is reported to have been president of sixteen different companies at one time and actively involved in forty. Among his earliest work was the construction of the Merrimac Mill for the crushing of Comstock ore, the first mill in Nevada to be so described. He was associated with D. O. Mills, William Sharon, and William C. Ralston in the construction of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. He is probably best known as the general superintendent and vice-president of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad. He brought about the construction of the Carson and Colorado Railroad, completed in 1882, and was superintendent and president. The Carson and Colorado Railroad was sold to the Southern Pacific Company in 1900. Other companies he had interests in included Inyo Development Company and the Southern Development Company in Hawthorne, Nevada, the Carson Water Works; the Eldorado Wood and Flume Company that delivered a large portion of wood timber to the Comstock mining companies.

Yerington married Susan B. Hume, of Canada, in 1858. They had four children, but she died at the age of 36 in November 1874. In 1877 he married Clara V. Bender, the niece of Judge E. Bender and Mrs. Crocker, and they had one son. Yerington was a Mason, a leader in the Republican Party in Nevada and very influential in state politics. He died November 25, 1910.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into the following eight series:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Financial Statements

Series 3: Taxes

Series 4: H. M. Yerington Estate

Series 5: Elizabeth Kinkhead Estate

Series 6: Assay Reports

Series 7: Land and Property Statements

Series 8: Stocks

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Gordon A. Sampson and purchased from Mitch's Archives in 1952.

Related Materials

The collection is only a fragment of the H. M. Yerington papers. The majority of the Yerington collection is at the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkley. Some material from this collection, removed at various times, may be found in other collections under an H. M. Yerington subject heading. The Virginia and Truckee Railroad Records and the Carson and Colorado Railroad Records should also be consulted for information about H. M. Yerington

Creator

Title
A Guide to the Papers of H. M. Yerington
Status
completed
Author
Jacquelyn Sundstrand and Jessica Maddox
Date
January 2010
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
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