Congress of Racial Equality. Milwaukee Chapter: Records, 1963-1964

Contents List

Container Title
Milwaukee Mss D
Part 1 (Milwaukee Mss D, PH Milwaukee Mss D, PH 2883): Original Collection, 1881-1946
Physical Description: 6.5 c.f. (11 archives boxes, 3 packages, and 8 separate volumes) and 10 photographs 
Scope and Content Note

The Mariner family papers, as organized in 1964, include manuscripts given by members of the family in two major donations: the records of the National League for Woman's Service in Wisconsin, given by its state chairman, Mrs. John W. Mariner in 1923; and business papers of John W. Mariner and additional papers of the National League for Woman's Service, given by the Mariners' daughter, Mrs. Stanley W. Stone, in 1953.

The Original Collection is arranged into two series: JOHN W. MARINER BUSINESS PAPERS and NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR WOMAN'S SERVICE.

The BUSINESS PAPERS are those of various companies with which John W. Mariner was associated: the Ontonagon and Brule River Railroad Company of Michigan, the J.J. Hof Land Company of Shawano County, Wisconsin, the Northern Colonization Company, and the Mariner and Kurtz Land Company, the forerunner of the Mariner Realty Company.

John W. Mariner held approximately one-fifth of the stock of the Ontonagon and Brule River Railroad Company, when that company was dissolved in 1934. The Ontonagon and Brule River Railroad Company had its origins in the Ontonagon and State Line Railroad Company of Ontonagon County, Michigan. In 1856, the State of Michigan gave this latter company a substantial land grant to aid in the construction of a railroad from Ontonagon to the Wisconsin state line. In 1859, this railroad company was purchased by the Chicago and Northwestern line and its original land grant reverted to the State of Michigan. The Ontonagon and Rule River Railroad Company was formed under the laws of the State of Michigan in 1880 with capital of one million dollars divided into ten thousand shares. The company was planned as a land holding company and finally in 1905 it received from the State of Michigan land patents for the former land holdings of the Ontonagon and State Line Railroad. In 1927, the company held approximately three thousand acres of relatively valueless property, and by 1929, the directors voted to dissolve the company and divide the assets. This was officially completed in 1934.

John W. Mariner was also very active in the affairs of the J.J. Hof Land Company of Milwaukee, and later of Sobieski, Wisconsin. The J.J. Hof Land Company had been organized in Milwaukee in 1889 by John J. Hof, Henry Herman, William Mariner, and Ephraim Mariner. In an effort to attract Polish emigrants to settle on their lands in Shawano County, the J.J. Hof Land Company established the towns of Sobieski, Pulaski, and Krakow.

The company of Mariner and Kurtz succeeded the J.J. Hof Land Company, when the latter was dissolved in 1922. J.N. Kurtz and John W. Mariner also formed the Northern Colonization Company, of which Kurtz was president and Mariner was secretary. In 1933 both of these companies, Mariner and Kurtz and the Northern Colonization Company, were united to form the Mariner Land Company of Milwaukee.

John W. Mariner's business papers are organized according to companies. All correspondence has been arranged by years and months. Also included is one package of maps relating to the various land holdings of the J.J. Hof Land Company in Shawano County, Wisconsin.

During World War I, Mrs. John W. Mariner served as state chairman of the NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR WOMAN'S SERVICE, an unofficial patriotic organization. More than half of the Mariner Family Papers concern the records of this organization. Included are Wisconsin membership lists, minutes of meetings, and reports, but the major portion consists of correspondence with the national office of the League, with local chairman, and with the Council of Defense, the Woman's Liberty Loan Committee, War Savings Committee, and other state groups with which the League cooperated.

The photographs include images of the J.J. Hof Land Company office, Sobieski, Wisconsin, circa 1895, with people posed outside; an image of the Sobieski railroad depot; and images related to the National League for Woman's Service, circa 1918.

Series: John W. Mariner Business Papers
Volume   7
Herman and Mariner, ledger, 1887-1891
J.J. Hof Land Company
Volume   3
Journal, 1881-1932
Ledgers
Volume   1
1883-1932
Volume   2
1887-1899
Volume   4
Plat book, 1887-1942
J.J. Hof Lumber Company
Business Papers
Box   2
Folder   2
1881-1930
Box   2
Folder   6
1889-1912
Box   2
Folder   5
Correspondence, 1887-1912
Box   2
Folder   1
Minutes, 1889-1917
Box   3
Folder   1
Pensaukee Drainage District, 1920-1925
Box   2
Folder   3
Towns of Pulaski, Sobieski, and Krakow maps, undated
Volume   6
Mariner and Kurtz Land Company journal, 1918-1933
Volume   5
Northern Colonization Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin ledger, 1900-1933
Ontonagon and Brule River Railroad Company
Box   3
Volume   10
Bank deposits, 1904-1935
Correspondence
Box   1
Folder   2
1892-1928
Box   1
Folder   4
1929
Box   1
Folder   3
1930-1946
Box   3
Volume   11
Journal, 1905-1935
Box   3
Volume   12
Legal Case, Canal Company vs. Ontonagon and Brule River Railroad Company, 1881
Box   1
Folder   1
Maps, undated
Box   1
Folder   5
Miscellaneous papers, 1881-1933
Stock certificates
Volume   8
1913-1927
Volume   9
1923-1931
Box   2
Folder   4
Property abstracts and papers, 1888-1891
PH Milwaukee Mss D
Sobieski photographs, circa 1895, undated
Milwaukee Mss D
Series: National League for Woman's Service
Box   6
Folder   1
Applications for positions, 1917-1919
Child Labor Law
Box   11
Folder   2
Clippings and pamphlets, 1917-1934
Box   11
Folder   1
Correspondence, 1917-1940
Box   11
Folder   5
Wisconsin League of Women Voters, 1917-1933
Christmas Parties
Box   6
Folder   4
For Soldiers' and Sailors' Children, 1917
Box   6
Folder   5
1918
Box   6
Folder   3
Clerical Squad, 1917-1919
Committees
Box   6
Folder   2
Canning Committee, 1917-1919
Box   6
Folder   6
Garden Committee and Agriculture, 1917-1918
Box   6
Folder   8
Knitting Committee, 1917-1918
Box   10
Folder   1-3
Wisconsin War Savings Committee, correspondence, reports, and lists, 1917-1918
Wisconsin Woman's Liberty Loan Committee
Box   9
Folder   1
1917
Box   9
Folder   2
1917-1918
Box   9
Folder   3-5
1918
Box   9
Folder   6
1919
Liberty Loan Drives, Scrapbooks
Volume   16
1917-1918
Volume   17
1918-1919
Volume   15
1919
Box   9
Folder   7
Town and District Workers, 1919
Box   10
Folder   4
Wisconsin State Council of Defense, Women's Committee, Correspondence, Reports, and Minutes, 1917-1919
Box   11
Folder   3-4
Woman's Victory Loan Committee, Wisconsin County Lists, undated
Correspondence
Box   4
Folder   1
1917
Box   4
Folder   2-3
1918
Box   4
Folder   4
1919
Box   5
Folder   4
War Work Chairmen in Milwaukee, 1917-1919
Box   5
Folder   4
War Work Chairmen in Wisconsin Cities, 1917-1919
Box   5
Folder   1
A-C
Box   5
Folder   2
D-M
Box   5
Folder   3
N-Z
Box   6
Folder   7
Health Department, 1919
Membership lists
Box   8
Folder   3
1918-1919
Volume   18
undated
Box   8
Folder   3
Milwaukee County War Fund, 1918-1919
Box   6
Folder   9
Milwaukee County War Fund, 1918-1919
Box   6
Folder   10
Motor Corps, 1918-1919
Box   12
Volume   14
Motor Squad scrapbook, 1918
Box   6
Folder   11
Navy Relief Society, 1918-1919
Box   6
Folder   12
Nurses Reserve, 1918-1919
Box   8
Folder   4
Organizations' Representatives, 1918
Box   8
Folder   5
Questionnaires, 1917-1919
Box   7
Folder   1
Red Cross, 1917-1918
Box   5
Volume   20
Women Red Cross Chairmen, Women's Ward Organization, minutes, 1919
Box   10
Folder   5
Reports and minutes, 1917-1919
Box   12
Volume   13
Scrapbook, 1917-1919
Box   8
Folder   1
Service Registration blanks, 1917-1919
Box   8
Folder   2
Milwaukee Downer students, 1917-1919
Box   7
Folder   2
Social Service, 1917
Box   11
Folder   6
Speeches, 1917-1919
Volunteer service enrollment blanks, 1917-1919
Box   7
Folder   5
A-H
Box   7
Folder   6
I-Z
Box   7
Folder   3
War camp community service, 1918-1919
Box   8
Folder   6
Ward lists, undated
Box   7
Folder   4
White elephant sale, 1918
Box   7
Volume   19
Scrapbook
Box   8
Folder   7
Women's District Councils, undated
PH 2883
National League for Woman's Service photographs, circa 1918
M78-288
Part 2 (M78-288): Additions, circa 1887-1945
Physical Description: 2.0 c.f. (1 record center carton and 2 bound volumes) 
Scope and Content Note: This material deals primarily with the Northern Colonization Company and the Ontonagon and Brule River Railroad Company. It includes ledger books, maps, tax records, minutes of the Ontonagon and Brule River Railroad Company, deeds and other records, circa 1887-1945.