Plankinton Family Papers

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Title: Plankinton Family Papers

Reference Code: Mss-1084

Inclusive Dates: 1844-1980

Quantity: 29.8 cu. ft. total

Location:        CV, Sh. 343, 359-362 (14.4 cu. ft.)

BV, Sh. 346-347, 353-354 (7.6 cu. ft.)

WH, Row E, Sh. 191, 197-198, 203 (7.4 cu. ft.)

RC16, Sh. 007-008 (0.4 cu. ft.)

OS LG “P” (15 items)

Abstract: The Plankintons were among Milwaukee’s most prominent business and civic families.  John Plankinton (1820-1891)—through partnerships with Frederick Layton, Philip Armour, and Patrick Cudahy—prospered as one of the state’s earliest meat packers.  He also built the Plankinton House Hotel.  His son, William (1844-1905) became a partner in the family business, but after his father’s death, he focused his energies on managing the family estate and his work with several business enterprises, such as the Johnson Electric Service Company.  After William passed away, management of the Plankinton Arcade and family estate fell to his son William Woods Plankinton (d. 1927), William Woods Plankinton, Jr. (1906-1965), and Elisabeth Plankinton Mackintosh (1910-2009).

The entire Plankinton family—including William’s wife, Ella Woods, and John’s daughter, Elizabeth—was tremendously philanthropic.  Elizabeth, for example, donated numerous gifts to the city including the George Washington statue on W. Wisconsin Avenue.

Scope and Content: The collection consists of ledgers, photographs, correspondence, minutes, newspaper clippings, estate-related documents and other ephemera that documents the lives of various members of the Plankinton family as well as the Plankinton House/Hotel and the Plankinton estate.

Access and Use: No restrictions

Language: English

Notes: The material was donated by Elisabeth P. Mackintosh, 1994.

FOLDER HEADING BOX # FILE #
PLANKINTON FAMILY MATERIAL    
Newspaper Clippings 1 1
Miscellaneous Material 1 2
Plankinton Mansion Clippings 1 2a
Miscellaneous Booklets/Publications 1 3
Miscellaneous Post Cards 1 4
     
JOHN PLANKINTON MATERIAL    
Biographical Material/Obituaries 1 5
Receipts/Invoices, 1844-1855 1 6
Tribute Books (One with loose pages), ca. 1891 1 7
Miscellaneous 1 8
     
ELIZABETH A. PLANKINTON MATERIAL    
Diary re: European Trip, 1879, and Trip to California, 1880 1 9
Letters Received, ca. 1868-1897 1 10
Financial Statements, 1892, 1894-1895 1 11
Kent Lubricant Co. – Financial Statements & Miscellaneous, 1898, 1900 1 12
Plankinton Trust – John Johnston Accounts, 1877-1892 1 13
Plankinton Trust – John Johnston Accounts, 1895-1899 1 14
Receipts/Bills, 1898 1 15
Receipts/Bills, 1899 1 16
Bank/Account Books, ca. 1882-1900 1 17
Miscellaneous 1 18
     
WILLIAM & ELLA WOODS PLANKINTON MATERIAL    
Personal Correspondence – William, 1889-1905 1 19
Bank Account Books, 1892-1893 1 20
Miscellaneous 1 21
Ella Woods Plankinton Estate Documents, 1909 1 22
     
WILLIAM WOODS & ALEXANDRA STUART PLANKINTON MATERIAL (See also Plankinton Estate/General Business Section)    
Miscellaneous Material 2 23
Personal Correspondence, ca. 1903-1913 2 24
Personal Correspondence, 1914-1932 2 25
Telegrams (Copies) Sent, 1906 2 26
Involvement in World War I – W.W., Sr. 2 27
Income Tax Return – W.W. Sr., 1914 2 28
William Woods Plankinton Estate – List of Books Removed from Residence at 1505 Grand Avenue 2 29
Trust Correspondence and Copy 2 30
Organizations and Affiliations – William, 1903 2 31
Organizations and Affiliations – W.W., Sr., Alexandra, 1906-1914 2 32
Organizations and Affiliations – W.W., Sr., Alexandra, 1915-1920 2 33
Inventory of Furnishings of the Residence of William Woods Plankinton,
22 Woodland Court, Milwaukee, WI
2 LOOSE IN BOX
Appraised Value of the Furnishings of the Residence of William Woods Plankinton, 1505 Grand Ave., Milwaukee (2 copies) 2 LOOSE IN BOX
Inventory of Mrs. William Woods Plankinton Furniture and Furnishings in Apartment 5 ½ G located at 270 Park Ave., New York City as taken 12-5-1923 2 LOOSE IN BOX
Legal Documents 3 34
NOTE: There are no files 35-36    
     
     
     
ELISABETH PLANKINTON MACKINTOSH MATERIAL    
Biographical Material 3 37
Correspondence, 1930-1979 3 37a
Miscellaneous 3 38
     
JAMES C. STEWART MATERIAL    
James C. & Amelia Breden Stewart – Family Correspondence, 1895-1912
(includes letters to/from Alexandra Stuart Plankinton)
3 39
Classified List of Stewart Structures, James Stewart & Co., 1926 3 40
     
PLANKINTON HOUSE/HOTEL/BUILDING MATERIAL    
Menus/Programs, 1868-1886 3 41
Menus/Programs, 1887-1890 3 42
Menus/Programs, 1891-1965 & Undated 3 43
Miscellaneous 3 44
Plankinton Hotel – Inventories of Property Belonging to Plankinton Family 3 45
Hotel Employee Records, 1904-1907 3 46
Plankinton House – Assets and Liabilities, 1907-1910 3 47
Statement of Plankinton House Account, 1912 3 48
Plankinton House – Summary of Accounts Payable, April 30, 1914 3 49
Plankinton House – Sale of Turkish Bath, 1894 3 50
     
PLANKINTON ARCADE MATERIAL    
Legal Documents and Specifications, 1915 3 51
Miscellaneous 3 52
     
PLANKINTON ESTATE/GENERAL BUSINESS MATERIAL    
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1880s 4 53
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1890 4 54
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1891 4 55
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1892 4 56
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1893 4 57
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1894 4 58
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, January – July, 1895 4 59
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, August – December, 1895 4 60
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1896 4 61
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, January – June, 1897 4 62
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, July – December, 1897 4 63
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1898 4 64
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1899 4 65
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1900 4 66
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1901 4 67
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1903 4 68
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1904 4 69
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1905-1906 4 70
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, 1907-1921 4 71
Building/Maintenance Proposals and Contracts, Undated 4 72
Vacuum Cleaning Proposals, 1903-1907 4 73
Accounts, 1893-1898 4 74
Documents re: L.L. Carr Residence, 2529 Cedar Street, 1898 4 75
Plankinton Estate – Inventory, 1905-1906 4 76
General Business/Plankinton Estate, 1888-1902 4 77
General Business/Plankinton Estate, January – July 1903 4 78
General Business/Plankinton Estate, August – December, 1903 4 79
General Business/Plankinton Estate, 1904 – April 1906 4 80
General Business/Plankinton Estate, May – December 1906 4 81
General Business/Plankinton Estate, 1907-1911 4 82
General Business/Plankinton Estate, 1912-1913 5 83
General Business/Plankinton Estate, 1914 – February 1915 5 84
General Business/Plankinton Estate, March – December, 1915 5 85
General Business/Plankinton Estate, 1916 5 86
General Business/Plankinton Estate, 1917 5 87
General Business/Plankinton Estate, 1918 5 88
General Business/Plankinton Estate, 1919-1922 5 89
General Business/Plankinton Estate, Undated 5 90
General Business Solicitations, 1903-1918 5 91
Outgoing Correspondence – William Woods, Sr./Plankinton Estate, 1905-1912 5 92
Outgoing Correspondence – William Woods, Sr./Plankinton Estate, 1913-1915 5 93
Outgoing Correspondence – William Woods, Sr./Plankinton Estate, 1916-1919 5 94
Outgoing Correspondence – William Woods, Sr./Plankinton Estate, 1920-1922 5 95
Insurance – Plankinton Estate, 1903-1912 5 96
Insurance – Plankinton Estate, 1913-1921 5 97
Stock Holdings, 1906 – June 1915 5 98
Stock Holdings, July 1915 – 1919 5 99
Solicitation for Bonds, 1903-1919 5 100
Miscellaneous Billing Statements/Receipts, 1891-1909 5 101
Lease Agreements, 1896-1911 5 102
Lease Agreements, 1913, 1918 5 103
Rental Accounts – W.H. Whitney, 1906-1907 6 104
Appraisals of Plankinton Properties, 1907-1908 6 105
Building Inspector, 1896, 1906 6 106
Statements of Assets and Liabilities – Plankinton Estate, 1910-1911 6 107
Statements of Assets and Liabilities – Plankinton Estate, 1912 6 108
Statements of Assets and Liabilities – Plankinton Estate, 1913-1914 6 109
Various Account Sheets, 1911-1912 6 110
Elizabeth A. Plankinton – Real Estate, 1892-1900, 1921 6 111
Western Portland Cement Co./Association of Portland Cement Manufacturers, Dec. 1902 – Nov. 1903 6 112
Western Portland Cement Co./Association of Portland Cement Manufacturers, Dec. 1903 – 1916 6 113
Coal Purchases – Plankinton Estate, 1891-1907 6 114
Plankinton Light and Power/Steam Heating Contracts, 1905-1912 6 115
Plankinton Light Reports to Railroad Commission, 1909-1911 6 116
Plankinton Light Reports to Railroad Commission, 1912-1914 6 117
Report of Audit on Modern Specialty Co., 1907-1908 6 118
Jeremiah Quinn – Personal Papers, 1864-1893 6 119
Frank W. Jones – Diary, December 31, 1934 – May 11, 1935 6 120
Miscellaneous, 1896-1911 6 121
Book of Outgoing Correspondence – Perishable Freight Transportation Co., 1887-1889 6 LOOSE IN BOX
     
PLANKINTON BUILDING COMPANY    
Meeting Minutes, March 13, 1975 – April 22, 1980 (not inclusive) 6 122
Miscellaneous 6 123
Check Registers 7 LOOSE
     
PHOTOGRAPHS    
John Plankinton (Includes photo of Annie Bradford Plankinton, 2nd wife) 8 1
Elizabeth A. Plankinton (Daughter of John) 8 2
William Plankinton (Son of John) 8 3
Ella Woods Plankinton (Wife of William) 8 4
William & Ella Woods Plankinton Family – Group Photos 8 5
John Plankinton II (Son of William & Ella) 8 6
William Woods Plankinton, Sr. (Son of William & Ella) [1 of 3] 8 7
William Woods Plankinton, Sr. (Son of William & Ella) [2 of 3] 8 8
William Woods Plankinton, Sr. (Son of William & Ella) [3 of 3] 8 9
Alexandra Stuart Plankinton (Wife of William Woods) [1 of 3]
NOTE: Later married Max de Pulaski
8 10
Alexandra Stuart Plankinton (Wife of William Woods) [2 of 3] 8 11
Alexandra Stuart Plankinton (Wife of William Woods) [3 of 3] 8 12
     
William Woods & Alexandra Stuart Plankinton Family – Group Photos (1 of 2) 9 1
William Woods & Alexandra Stuart Plankinton Family – Group Photos (2 of 2) 9 2
William Woods Plankinton, Jr. (Billy; Son of William W. & Alexandra) – Infant to ca. 4 years old 9 3
William Woods Plankinton, Jr. (Billy) – ca. 5-10 years old 9 4
William Woods Plankinton, Jr. (Billy) – Teens to Adult 9 5
Elisabeth Plankinton Mackintosh (Elise; Daughter of William & Alexandra) [1 of 3] 9 6
Elisabeth Plankinton Mackintosh (Elise) [2 of 3] 9 7
Elisabeth Plankinton Mackintosh (Elise) [3 of 3] 9 8
Plankinton Family – Miscellaneous Members 9 9
James Christian Stewart (Alexandra’s Father) & Family [1 of 2] 9 10
James Christian Stewart (Alexandra’s Father) & Family [2 of 2] 9 11
James Christian Stewart – Miscellaneous 9 12
     
Amelia Breden Stewart (Alexandra’s Mother) 10 1
Fanny Belle Stuart Ellis (Alexandra’s Sister) 10 2
James Breeden Stuart (Alexandra’s Brother) 10 3
Caswell P. Ellis & James Stuart Ellis III (Sons of Fanny Belle Stuart Ellis) 10 4
William Woods Mackintosh’s (Woody) Scrapbook 10 5
Williams Woods Mackintosh (Woody) 10 6
Michael Townsend Mackintosh 10 7
Mackintosh Family 10 8
Parties/Family Gatherings 10 9
Ed Plant & Count Maximillian de Pulaski (Later Husbands of Alexandra Stuart Plankinton) 10 10
Stewart Family (Stuart Family) 10 11
Breeden Family 10 12
Woods Family 10 13
Isert Family 10 14
Petit Bournique Family 10 15
Trustees of Plankinton Estate/Signing of Plankinton Trust
– William C. Breed
– Bernard Brady
– Frank Jones
– John Kelly
– Reginald Kenney
– George P. Miller
– Lawrence A. Olwell
– Rex Reeder
– Almuth Vandervere(?)
10 16
Friends/Business Partners/Acquaintances – Identified 10 17
Staff of Planinton Mansion 10 18
     
Unidentified People (1 of 5) 11 1
Unidentified People (2 of 5) 11 2
Unidentified People (3 of 5) 11 3
Unidentified People (4 of 5) 11 4
Unidentified People (5 of 5) 11 4a
Locations – Plankinton Buildings/Houses – Milwaukee Area 11 5
Locations – Plankinton Buildings/Houses – Milwaukee Area 11 6
Locations – East Hampton 11 7
Locations – San Francisco 11 8
Locations – Hobe Sound & 830 Park Avenue, New York 11 9
Locations – New York City 11 9a
Locations – Palm Beach 11 10
Locations – Miscellaneous – Identified 11 11
Locations – Miscellaneous – Identified 11 12
Locations – Polynesia 11 13
     
Locations – Unidentified 12 1
Miscellaneous – World War I Scenes 12 2
Miscellaneous 12 3
William Woods Plankinton, Jr. – Studio Work 12 4
     
PHOTO ALBUM: Unidentified 19th century portraits (possibly James C. Stewart’s) 13 LOOSE IN BOX
PHOTO ALBUM: Family/Friends on James C. Stewart’s House Boat 13 LOOSE IN BOX
PHOTO ALBUM: James B. Stuart’s European Trip Photos 13 LOOSE IN BOX
PHOTO ALBUM: William Woods Plankinton, Sr. (from Boarding School?) 13 LOOSE IN BOX
     
Early Daguerreotypes and Ambrotypes in Cases 14 LOOSE
     
PHOTO ALBUM: Plankinton Building Fire, September 1945 15 LOOSE IN BOX
OVERSIZE PHOTOS:
– John Plankinton & Personnel of Plankinton Bank(?)
– John Plankinton II (damaged)
– Ella Woods Plankinton
– Ella Woods [Plankinton] Family, Cincinnati, OH
– William Plankinton
– Alexandra Stuart Plankinton
– Alexandra Stuart Plankinton & Children (William & Elise)
– Elise Plankinton Mackintosh & Jake Stanford
– William Woods Plankinton, Jr. (Billy)
– James Christian Stewart
– Amelia Breden Stuart
– Fanny Belle Stuart
– James Breden Stuart Class Photos (probably St. Paul’s and Yale)
– William Woods
– Caricature of Frank Jones & Plankinton Hotel
– 4 Generations of Breden/Stuart/Plankinton Families
– Philip Armour
– Builders and Traders Banquet, Plankinton, January 20, 1909
– Miscellaneous Unidentified People
15 LOOSE IN BOX
     
NEWSPAPERS RE: JOHN PLANKINTON’S DEATH
The Evening Wisconsin, March 30, 1891; March 31, 1891; April 1, 1891
The Evening Wisconsin, April 6 and April 7, 1891
The Milwaukee Journal, March 30, 1891; March 31, 1891; April 1, 1891
The Milwaukee Sentinel, March 30, 1891; March 31, 1891; April 1, 1891;
April 2, 1891; April 17, 1891
The Ripon Free Press (Ripon, WI), April 2, 1891
The Cincinnati Price Current, April 2, 1891
The Plain Dealer (African-American Newspaper, Detroit, MI); April 3,
1891; April 10, 1891
Springfield Republican (Springfield, MA), April 2, 1891
15 LOOSE IN BOX
     
Photo Album – John Plankinton’s Home, ca. 1870 RC16 Sh. 007
Photo Album – William Plankinton’s Home, ca. 1880 RC16 Sh. 008
     
OVERSIZE ITEMS LOCATION
Memorial Tribute to John Plankinton Adopted by Plankinton Bank Board of Directors, 1891 (1 large and 2 smaller copies) OS LG “P”
Common Council Resolution re 58th Birthday of Plankinton Building, 1975 OS LG “P”
Award of Excellence from Milwaukee Art Commission to Elisabeth Plankinton Mackintosh, n.d. OS LG “P”
Certificate re: John Plankinton’s Election to Wisconsin Industrial Hall of Fame, n.d. OS LG “P”
Old Settlers Club, Resolution of Thanks to Managers of Plankinton Estate, 1924 OS LG “P”
2 Certificates for Jacobus Breden Stuart (both in Latin), 1905 OS LG “P”
Memorial Resolution to William Plankinton from Layton Art Gallery, 1905 OS LG “P”
Certificate, William Woods Plankinton named 32nd Degree Mason, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, 1908 OS LG “P”
Plan for Ice Plant for Plankinton Hotel, n.d. OS LG “P”
Plankinton Packing Co. Sprinkler Plan, 1896 OS LG “P”
Wisconsin Soldier’s Home, Evangelical Association Hartford, contributed $28 OS LG “P”
Milwaukee County Historical Society Recognition Award, Elise P. Mackintosh, 1978 OS LG “P”
A Century In Construction, James Stewart & Company, 1944 CV, Sh. 362
Greater Milwaukee: Financial, Commercial and Biographical, 1911 Box 7, LOOSE

 

LEDGERS/BOUND VOLUMES LOCATION SHELF
Plankinton Building Company – Board of Directors
Minutes, Feb. 1956 – Nov. 1966 BV 354
Minutes, June 1964 – Dec. 1972 BV 354
Minutes, Feb. 1960 – May 1961 BV 354
Minutes, Dec. 1951 – Aug. 1954 BV 354
Minutes, April 1947 – Dec. 1948 BV 354
Minutes, April 1949 – Dec. 1952 BV 354
Minutes, Feb. 1960 – June 1964 BV 354
Minutes, Feb. 1958 – Dec. 1963 BV 354
Minutes, Jan. 1955 – Dec. 1959 BV 354
Minutes, Dec. 1951 – Dec. 1955 BV 354
Minutes, Feb. 1955 – July 1957 BV 354
Minutes, April 1947 – Oct. 1947 BV 354
Articles of incorporation and minutes, April 1944 – Dec. 1946 BV 354
Financial report, 1941 BV 354
Director’s meeting, Sept. 27, 1976 BV 354
Plankinton Building Company – Board & Stockholders BV 353
Minutes, Aug. 1937 – Nov. 1938 BV 353
Minutes, Jan. 1940 – May 1943 BV 353
Minutes, Aug. 1937 – Oct. 1938 BV 353
Minutes, Dec. 1938 – Nov. 1939 BV 353
Minutes, June 1936 – Oct. 1937 BV 353
Minutes, March 1975 – April 1980 (not inclusive) BV 353
Amended articles of incorporation and minutes, Dec. 1973 – Dec. 1974 BV 353
Plankinton Arcade Company/Building Properties, Inc., Board of Directors
Minutes, June 1930 – Sept. 1934 BV 347
Minutes, Nov. 1922 – April 1930 BV 347
Plankinton Trust
Proceedings, Nov. 1934 – May 1938 BV 347
Proceedings, June 1938 – Dec. 1941 BV 347
Proceedings, Dec. 1931 – Oct. 1934 BV 347
Proceedings, Feb. 1960 – Dec. 1972 BV 347
Proceedings, Feb. 1924 – Nov. 1927 BV 347
Proceedings, Jan. 1928 – Dec. 1928 BV 347
Proceedings, Feb. 1924 – Nov. 1927 BV 347
Journal, Feb. 1924 – Dec. 1927 BV 346
Journal, Feb. 1905 – May 1905 BV 346
Plankinton Company
Journal, Nov. 1908 – Aug. 1913 BV 346
Journal, Nov. 1908 – March 1917 BV 346
Estate of John Plankinton
Minutes and index, May 1905 – Aug. 1907 BV 346
Inventory of property, May 1906 (2 copies) BV 346
Plankinton Building
Inventory room by room Plankinton Bldg., 1895 BV 346
Plankinton Hotel
Inventory of property of E.A. Plankinton and Wm. Woods Plankinton,
Feb. 1918
BV 346
Plankinton Building Properties, Inc.
Voucher Ledger, 1936-1940 BV 346
LEDGERS/BOUND VOLUMES (WH, Sh. E191, E197-E198, E203)
Plankinton & Armour/John Plankinton & Co.
Journal, April 1, 1867 – November 30, 1868
Journal, December 1, 1868 – February 28, 1871
Journal, March 1, 1871 – May 31, 1873
Journal, June 2, 1873 – July 24, 1875
Journal, July 26, 1875 – May 5, 1877
Journal, May 7, 1877 – May 5, 1879
Journal, May 6, 1879 – May 14, 1881
Journal, May 16, 1881 – May 4, 1883
Journal, May 5, 1883 – April 9, 1885
Journal, April 10, 1885 – November 13, 1886
Western Blotter, Vol. A – August 31, 1880 – August 19, 1881
Western Blotter, Vol. B – September 2, 1880 – April 15, 1881
Western Blotter, Vol. F – March 18, 1882 – August 25, 1882
Western Blotter, Vol. K – July 30, 1883 – February 20, 1884
Western Blotter, Vol. T – June 13, 1885 – November 24, 1885
Western Blotter, Vol. Y – May 26, 1886 – October 9, 1886
Western Blotter, Vol. 6 – July 11, 1887 – January 31, 1888
Eastern Blotter, August 21, 1883 – December 31, 1884
Eastern Blotter, March 18, 1887 – November 23, 1888
Account Ledger, July 23, 1866 – June 27, 1868
Account Ledger, July 1, 1868 – July 30, 1870
Account Ledger, August 1, 1870 – July 31, 1873
Account Ledger, July 31, 1873 – June 30, 1875
Account Ledger, July 1, 1875 – December 31, 1877
Account Ledger, January 1, 1878 – April 28, 1882
Account Ledger, November 28, 1885 – December 31, 1887
Account Ledger, September 1, 1868 – June 30, 1871 (Includes some info to 1891)
Cash Book, April 1, 1867 – March 31, 1869
Cash Book, April 1, 1869 – January 31, 1871
Cash Book, February 1, 1871 – January 31, 1873
Cash Book, February 1, 1873 – December 26, 1874
Cash Book, November 23, 1876 – August 6, 1878
Cash Book, July 23, 1880 – November 2, 1881
Cash Book, November 3, 1881 – December 1, 1882
Cash Book, December 2, 1882 – December 18, 1883
Cash Book, January 7, 1885 – January 16, 1886
Cash Book, April 26, 1887 – September 5, 1888