Guide to the Edward Baumeister Papers 1890-1911
Cage 381

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Baumeister, Edward
Title
Edward Baumeister Papers
ID
Cage 381
Date [inclusive]
1890-1911
Extent
390.0 items.
General Physical Description note
.5 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
.5 ft. Summary Incoming correspondence concerning political, business, and personal matters. Correspondents include Governor S.G. Cosgrove, U.S. Representative F.W. Cushman, Washington State Bank Examiner J.L. Mohundro, and Lewiston merchant J.P. Vollmer.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 381, Edward Baumeister Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Edward Baumeister was born in Saxe-Weimar, Germany on June 24, 1848. He and his family emigrated in 1854 and settled in New York City where he attended public schools. In April 1860 he and his brother, Maximilian Baumeister (1840-1909), moved to California and then, in 1863, to Walla Walla, Washington, where they worked for 19 years as barbers and then two years as real estate and insurance agents. Edward moved to Lewiston, Idaho in 1885 and worked for seven months at John P. Vollmer & Co., a general store. In the fall of 1885 he again moved, to nearby Asotin, Washington, where he built a general store just outside of the town. This later became the new location for the modern city of Asotin and the business center for Asotin County.

The general store also served some of the functions of a bank for the community and in 1900 Edward established the first bank in Asotin County. In 1908 he sold the general store, but retained the bank. Edward Baumeister has been called the father of Asotin and from 1901-1905 served as state senator for Asotin, Garfield, and Columbia Counties.

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Scope and Contents note

The Edward Baumeister papers consist of incoming correspondence dating from September 28, 1890 through January 17, 1911, but also include newspaper clippings, published material, and other papers. The papers concern the political, business, and personal life of Edward Baumeister principally for the period between 1901 and 1905 when he served as state senator from Asotin, Garfield, and Columbia Counties. Principal correspondents include: Washington State Governor S.G. Cosgrove; U.S. Representative Francis W. Cushman; Washington State Bank Examiner J.L. Mohundro; mechanical engineer, Frederick Egner; Baumeister's banking partner, John P. Vollmer; and Baumeister's nephew, Emil Baumeister. Also included is the will of Maximilian Baumeister, Edward's brother.

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Arrangement note

Baumeister arranged his correspondence alphabetically and this arrangement has been maintained; each alphabetic section has been arranged chronologically. Baumeister filed correspondence from Emil Baumeister under "M" and this arrangement has been retained. Maximilian Baumeister's will has been placed at the end of the collection.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1979

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Edward Baumeister of Asotin, Washington were donated to Washington State University Libraries by Mrs. Anona Staley Barnes, March 14, 1978. (78-6)

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Baumeister, Edward, 1848- --Archives
  • Cosgrove, Samuel G., 1847-1909
  • Cushman, Francis W., 1867-1909
  • Mohundro, J. L., d. 1914
  • Vollmer, John P., 1847-1917

Subject(s)

  • Banks and banking--Washington (State)--Asotin--Records and correspondence
  • Government and Politics
  • Legislators -- Washington (State)--Correspondence
  • Washington (State)
  • Washington (State). Governor (1909 : Cosgrove)

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence 

Box-folder

A. May 10, 1890-March 2, 1908   14.0 items.

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B. February 12, 1902-January 17, 1911   21.0 items.

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C. March 25, 1896-April 5, 1909   46.0 items.

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D. February 9, 1903-August 30, 1907   8.0 items.

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E. September 28, 1890-May 13, 1910   68.0 items.

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F. January 24, 1903-December 28, 1903   6.0 items.

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G-J. January 26, 1903-April 23, 1908   11.0 items.

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K. January 21, 1903-January 8, 1906   9.0 items.

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L. February 7, 1903-December 2, 1907   19.0 items.

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M. June 10, 1892-October 22, 1908   36.0 items.

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N. December 18, 1902-December 31, 1903   8.0 items.

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O-Q. July 31, 1901-March 14, 1908   18.0 items.

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R. February 5, 1900-June 11, 1907   18.0 items.

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S. February 3, 1903-February 7, 1908   25.0 items.

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T. November 22, 1902-March 26, 1908   50.0 items.

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U-V. December 30, 1902-November 26, 1907   17.0 items.

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W-Z. September 5, 1900-February 26, 1909   14.0 items.

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Box-folder

Will of Maximilian Baumeister, July 17, 1909   1.0 item.

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