C.M. Harrell Ledgers, PC.5281

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C.M. Harrell Ledgers, PC.5281

Abstract

The business associated with the ledgers in this collection was founded by Charlie Manning Harrell (1876-1948) sometime around 1899 in Hertford, North Carolina. Harrell's company appears to have originally been founded as a dry goods business, but by the 1910s, the company's ledgers only list wood sales. Eventually, Harrell also began to sell coal, and the business continued to operate solely as a wood and coal dealer until Harrell's death. The C.M. Harrell Ledgers, 1899-1948, primarily consists of financial records associated with Charlie Manning Harrell's wood and coal business. The ledgers include account books, cash books, day books, and financial statements. Also included in the collection are two photographs of the C.M. Harrell wood yard.

Descriptive Summary

Title
C.M. Harrell Ledgers
Call Number
PC.5281
Creator
Harrell, Charlie Manning, 1876-1948
Date
1899-1948
Extent
0.50 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], PC.5281, C.M. Harrell Ledgers, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC, U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The C.M. Harrell Ledgers, 1899-1948, primarily consists of financial records associated with Charlie Manning Harrell's wood and coal business. The ledgers include account books, cash books, day books, and financial statements. Also included in the collection are two photographs of the C.M. Harrell wood yard.

Arrangement Note

Chronological

Biographical/Historical

Charlie Manning Harrell was born in Perquimans County, North Carolina, 27 May 1876. His parents were Trim Skinner Harrell and Cornelia Manning Harrell. He had two siblings: Cornelia Harrell Chapman and Willie Mcquire Harrell (1879-1957). The family lived on Elwood Plantation in Perquimans County. Harrell married Joyce Brattain (1891-1951) from Davidson, North Carolina and had two children: Joyce Harrell (Gray) (1918-2012) and Charlie Manning Harrell, Jr. (1921-1974). Harrell died 20 March 1948.

The business associated with the ledgers in this collection was founded by Charlie Manning Harrell (1876-1948) sometime around 1899 in Hertford, North Carolina. Harrell's venture was apparently assisted by his father, T.S. Harrell, whose name appears in some of the company's financial statements. Harrell's company appears to have originally been founded as a dry goods business, but by the 1910s, the company's ledgers only list wood sales. Eventually, Harrell alsobegan to sell coal, and the business continued to operate solely as a wood and coal dealer until Harrell's death. When Harrell's son, Charles Harrell, took over the business in the late 1940s, he ceased celling wood and instead sold Pyrofax natural gas. At that time, the business was renamed Harrell Gas and Coal Company. Eventually, the company replaced its coal offerings with Culligan water softeners. The joint Pyrofax/Culligan business was renamed Harrell's, Inc.

Contents of the Collection

1. Ledger, 1899 - 1905

2. Day Book, 1915 - 1917

3. Ledger, 1915 - 1917

4. Cash Book, 1915 - 1941

5. Cash Book, 1916 - 1919

6. Day Book, 1917 - 1922

7. Loose Financial Statements, 1918 - 1938

8. Photographs of Wood Yard, circa 1910s-1920s

9. Day Book, 1922 - 1925

10. Day Book, 1925 - 1927

11. Day Book, 1927 - 1934

12. Day Book, 1934 - 1938

13. Record Book, 1941 - 1948

14. Account Book, 1942 - 1948

Subject Headings

  • Coal Trade--North Carolina
  • Fuelwood industry--North Carolina
  • Hertford (N.C.)--History
  • Perquimans County (N.C.)--History
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Charlie Harrell, January 2018.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Samantha Crisp, July 2018.