O. H. Phillips Co. Records, 1916-1933
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Brief Description:

The O.H. Phillips Co. Records contain a great deal of information pertaining to the O.H. Phillips Co., as well as documents pertaining to Oscar Henry Phillips' estate and its management.

Included first in the collection are official county court documents dating from 1917 to 1923. The 1917 documents were issued before Oscar Henry Phillips passed away in July of that year. Since almost all of the documents were issued after Phillips' death, the majority of them pertain directly to his estate and its management.

Following the court documents is a photocopy of Oscar Henry Phillips' funeral notice as it appeared in the Grand Forks Herald dated July 3, 1917. The funeral notice gives a brief account of Phillips' life and tells where and at what time the funeral was held.

Also found in the collection is a deposit slip from the Elk Valley Bank where Lena Phillips maintained an account. Included after the deposit slip are receipts from Belleview and Riverside cemeteries. These receipts are for money paid for maintenance of various plots in the cemeteries. Located after the cemetery receipts is a receipt for a liberty bond in the amount of five hundred dollars which was deposited at the Elk Valley Bank for safekeeping.

Another document that is included is an inheritance tax order and notice of hearing regarding the estate of the late O.H. Phillips. This court document, dated May 2, 1918, was sent to Mrs. Phillips and bore the signature of the judge of the Grand Forks County court.

The collection also contains some receipts from donations that Lena Phillips made. One of these receipts is from a donation to the Wesley College Educational-Jubilee Campaign. The donation was in the amount of one hundred dollars. The other receipt is for a centenary pledge, and was also in the amount of one hundred dollars. Following the receipts is a settlement record made out by the O.H. Phillips Co. and dated January 28, 1919. This record of settlement pertains to a loan given to H.E. Olmstead and notes that as of that date he had paid off the entire balance due the company.

Included after the settlement record is a copy of a lawsuit filed against various persons including Lena Phillips by Frances Olmstead. Phillips was Frances' niece, and was left some inheritance by Mr. Olmstead when he passed away. Frances Olmstead's lawsuit declared that her husband's last will and testament was void because, as his wife, she was entitled to a one-third share and interest in his estate. Her claim was that he had, by his will, deprived her of that one-third share to which she was entitled. Not providing at least a one-third portion of an estate to a wife was illegal under the revised statutes of the state of Oklahoma, where Olmstead resided. Attached to the copy of this lawsuit is the newspaper notice declaring that a suit had been filed, and that the defendants, including Mrs. Phillips, needed to respond on or before November 12, 1920 in order to avoid losing the suit by default.

Following the lawsuit are two documents directly pertaining to loans given by Lena Phillips. Located after these documents are check stubs dating from 1921-1925. These check stubs list the amounts that various checks were written out for, and, in many cases, what the checks were used to purchase. Included after the check stubs is a business ledger containing information about transactions which took place from 1923 until 1933. These entries detailed amounts credited to various people. The amount of interest, the name of the person to whom the money was credited, and other pertinent information is included for each ledger entry. Included after the ledger is some typed personal correspondence, which helps to shed light on loans which were given to certain individuals, as well as gives small bits of more personal information. These letters are to Lena Phillips from a woman who names herself only as Clare, and who was Lena Phillips' agent and held her power of attorney to file papers and act on other legal matters in her stead.

Held at:
Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections
Chester Fritz Library
3051 University Ave Stop 9000
Grand Forks, ND 58202 9000
Phone: 701-777-4625
Fax: 701-777-3319
Email: und.archives [at] library.und.edu
Record Series Number: OGLMC/1164
Created by: O. H. Phillips Company
Volume: 0.75 Linear Feet
Acquired: 06/29/1988.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged in chronological order. In cases where more than one date is contained in a folder, the date used to place the folder is the earliest that can be found in that folder. For example, the folder containing the official county court documents is placed first because the first document located in that folder predates O.H. Phillips' funeral notice which was published in the Grand Forks Herald on July 3, 1917.
Access Restrictions: Open for inspection under the rules and regulations of the Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections.
Subject Index
Business and Industry
Larimore, North Dakota
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Jacqueline Linscott, Larimore, North Dakota  Donation; Acc.88-1603
PreferredCitation: (Description of Item). O. H. Phillips Co. Records.  OGLMC 1164, Box #, Folder #.  Elwyn B. Robinson Department of Special Collections, Chester Fritz Library, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid migrated to Archon in July 2014.