Finding Aid to the Bullfrog Bank and Trust Company Records, 1905-1913, bulk 1909-1913

Finding Aid written by Crystal Miles
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
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Finding Aid to the Bullfrog Bank and Trust Company Records, 1905-1913, bulk 1909-1913

Collection Number: BANC MSS P-G 273

The Bancroft Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California
Finding Aid Written By:
Crystal Miles
Date Completed:
October 2012
© 2012 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Bullfrog Bank and Trust Company Records
Date (inclusive): 1905-1913,
Date (bulk): bulk 1909-1913
Collection Number: BANC MSS P-G 273
Creators : Bullfrog Bank and Trust Company, Rhyolite, Nevada
Extent: Number of containers: 2 boxes Linear feet: .6
Repository: The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
Phone: (510) 642-6481
Fax: (510) 642-7589
Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
URL: http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/
Abstract: While the bulk of the Bullfrog Bank and Trust Co. collection dates range from 1909 - 1913, there are documents from as early as 1905, when the bank first opened its doors. The majority of the documents are not from the bank's functioning years, but after the closing. While there are loan documents, mortgage contracts, and deposit slips, to name a few, most of this collection is made up of correspondence, which is included in Series 1. The correspondence is between, and pertaining to, bank administrators, attorneys for the bank and clients, the State Bank Examiner, and the bank's former clients. Series 2 holds documents pertaining to overall holdings at the Bullfrog Bank and Trust. Series 3 includes financial documents from the John S. Cook and Co. Bank, and Series 4 consists of financial documents pertaining to other banking institutions. For more detailed information, see the series descriptions. In total, these documents give an overview of the success, decline, and settlement of affairs of the Bullfrog Bank and Trust Co., as well as the inter-workings of the Bullfrog Mining District's local banking system.
Languages Represented: Collection materials are in English
Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Information for Researchers

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bullfrog Bank and Trust Company Records, BANC MSS P-G 273, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Alternate Forms Available

There are no alternate forms of this collection.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Banks and banking--Nevada
Rhyolite (Nev.)--History
Ghost towns--Nevada
Bullfrog Mining District (Nev.)--Maps
Gold mines and mining--Nevada--Bullfrog Mining District

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Bullfrog Bank and Trust Company records: Rhyolite, Nevada, [ca. 1909 - 1913], was purchased by The Bancroft Library in 1957.

Accruals

No additions are expected.

System of Arrangement

Arranged to the folder level.

Processing Information

Processed by Crystal Miles in 2012.

Corporate History

The Bullfrog Bank and Trust Co. was incorporated in 1905, in the boom and bust mining town of Rhyolite, Nevada, located in the heart of the Bullfrog Mining District. Although there were other towns established nearby, including Beatty and Goldfield, Rhyolite became the main area for financial growth. Rhyolite's population peaked at 10,000 in 1907, with electricity and railroads connecting the town to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, enabling the banking systems to connect across state lines. The Bullfrog Bank and Trust Co. took this opportunity to serve the financial needs of the growing number of residents, becoming one of the two main banks in Rhyolite, the other being the John S. Cook and Co. Bank. The Bullfrog Bank did have a second branch in Beatty, Nevada; however, the Rhyolite location grew more quickly and had a larger financial holding.
Although it is not completely clear, there do seem to be connections between the Bullfrog Bank and other financial institutions, including the John S. Cook and Co. Bank, Pioneer Banking Corp., and the Citizen's National Bank in Los Angeles. One thing the collection does tell us is that when the Bullfrog Bank first opened its doors in Rhyolite, they did so with financial collateral provided by the Nevada State Bank and the Citizen's National Bank in Los Angeles. Although they had considerable support from larger banking institutions, and prospered from local residents' needs, the Bullfrog Bank and Trust closed their doors on June 29, 1909, and left the Nevada State Bank as their trustee to collect on outstanding loans and administer money owed to previous clients. Like typical boom and bust mining towns, Rhyolite and the Bullfrog Mining District were quickly exploited and the location did not have anything else substantial to offer the population. The Bullfrog Mining District, including Rhyolite, was virtually abandoned and the local banks became obsolete by 1916.

Scope and Content of Collection

While the bulk of the Bullfrog Bank and Trust Co. collection dates range from 1909 - 1913, there are documents from as early as 1905, when the bank first opened its doors. The majority of the documents are not from the bank's functioning years, but after the closing. While there are loan documents, mortgage contracts, and deposit slips, to name a few, most of this collection is made up of correspondence, which is included in Series 1. The correspondence is between, and pertaining to, bank administrators, attorneys for the bank and clients, the State Bank Examiner, and the bank's former clients. Series 2 holds documents pertaining to overall holdings at the Bullfrog Bank and Trust. Series 3 includes financial documents from the John S. Cook and Co. Bank, and Series 4 consists of financial documents pertaining to other banking institutions. For more detailed information, see the series descriptions. In total, these documents give an overview of the success, decline, and settlement of affairs of the Bullfrog Bank and Trust Co., as well as the inter-workings of the Bullfrog Mining District's local banking system.

Container List

 

Series 1 Correspondence 1905 - 1913

Physical Description: Box 1

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between, and pertaining to, clients, creditors, bank officials, Nevada State Banking Examiners, attorneys, and trustees, involved in the Bullfrog Bank and Trust Company. The files are arranged alphabetically as received.
Box 1, Folder 1

A - Miscellaneous 1906 - 1911

Box 1, Folder 2

Bangs, Geo. A. 1910

Box 1, Folder 3

B - Miscellaneous 1909 - 1913

Box 1, Folder 4

Cain Brothers 1908 - 1911

Box 1, Folder 5

C - Miscellaneous [Includes bills] 1905 - 1913

Box 1, Folder 6

Cook, John S. and Co. 1908 - 1913

Box 1, Folder 7

Dickerson, D.S. [Chairman of Nevada State Banking Board] 1910

Box 1, Folder 8

Dun and Co., R.G. [Includes loan slips] 1910

Box 1, Folder 9

D - Miscellaneous [Includes payment slips] 1909 - 1910

Box 1, Folder 10

E - Miscellaneous 1905 - 1910

Box 1, Folder 11

First National Bank of San Francisco 1909 - 1910

Box 1, Folder 12

F - Miscellaneous [Includes payment slips] 1908 - 1912

Box 1, Folder 13

G - Miscellaneous [Includes payment slips, and mortgage and court documents] 1909 - 1912

Box 1, Folder 14

Howell, Eugene [Trustee for Bullfrog Bank and Trust] 1911 - 1913

Box 1, Folder 15

H - Miscellaneous 1909 - 1910

Box 1, Folder 16

I - Miscellaneous [Includes payment slips] 1907 - 1911

Box 1, Folder 17

J - Miscellaneous 1909 - 1913

Box 1, Folder 18

Keenan, George B. [Cashier, Bullfrog Bank in Beatty, Nevada] 1910

Box 1, Folder 19

K - Miscellaneous 1909 - 1910

Box 1, Folder 20

L - Miscellaneous [Includes contracts and court documents] 1909 - 1913

Box 1, Folder 21

M - Miscellaneous [Includes receipts] 1907 - 1909

Box 1, Folder 22

N - Miscellaneous 1909 - 1911

Box 1, Folder 23

O - Miscellaneous 1910 - 1911

Box 1, Folder 24

Porter, W.L. 1909 - 1910

Box 1, Folder 25

P - Miscellaneous 1905 - 1913

Box 1, Folder 26

R - Miscellaneous 1909 - 1910

Box 1, Folder 27

Salter, T.J. [Office of Nevada State Bank Examiner] 1910

Box 1, Folder 28

Small, J.A. 1909 - 1910

Box 1, Folder 29

S - Miscellaneous [Includes payment slips and court documents] 1907 - 1912

Box 1, Folder 30

Tallman, Clay [Attorney and trustee; Includes bank statements] 1909

Box 1, Folder 31

T - Miscellaneous 1910 - 1913

Box 1, Folder 32

U - Miscellaneous 1911 - 1913

Box 1, Folder 33

Van Fleet, M.M. [Trustee for the Bullfrog Bank, pre-April 1910, and Nevada State Bank Examiner] 1909 - 1910

Box 1, Folder 34

Van Nostran, W.D. [Bankruptcy attorney] 1910 - 1912

Box 1, Folder 35

V - Miscellaneous [Includes deposit slips] 1910 - 1912

Box 1, Folder 36

Witcher, A.B. [Nevada State Bank Examiner post April 1910] 1910 - 1911

Box 1, Folder 37

W - Miscellaneous 1909 - 1912

Box 1, Folder 38

Young, Owen [President, Bullfrog Bank and Trust, Rhyolite, Nevada, 1906] 1908 - 1910

 

Series 2 Financial and Business Documents 1906 - 1910

Physical Description: Box 2, folders 1 - 4

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically

Scope and Content Note

Financial and business documents including statements of condition, loan agreements with corresponding collection slips, miscellaneous tax documents concerning the Bullfrog Bank in both branches of Rhyolite and Beatty, and the documents referring to the closing of the Bullfrog Bank in Rhyolite.
Box 2, Folder 1

Statement of Conditions and Notes on Holdings 1906 - 1910

Box 2, Folder 2

Loan Agreements and Corresponding Collection Slips 1906 - 1910

Box 2, Folder 3

Miscellaneous Tax Documents [Including Beatty, Nevada branch] 1909 - 1910

Box 2, Folder 4

Closing Documents [Rhyolite, Nevada branch] 1909

 

Series 3 John S. Cook and Co. Bankers Financial Documents 1907 - 1908

Physical Description: Box 2, folders 5 - 6

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically

Scope and Content Note

Financial documents pertaining to the John S. Cook and Co. Bank in Rhyolite and Goldfield, Nevada.
Box 2, Folder 5

Statement of Conditions [Rhyolite and Goldfield branches] 1907 - 1908

Box 2, Folder 6

Statements of Holdings and Activity [Rhyolite and Goldfield branches] 1907 - 1908

 

Series 4 Financial Documents of Miscellaneous Banks 1907 - 1910

Physical Description: Box 2, folders 7 - 9

Arrangement

Arranged hierarchically

Scope and Content Note

Miscellaneous financial documents of other banks located in Nevada and California with connections to the Bullfrog Bank and Trust Company.
Box 2, Folder 7

The Citizens National Bank of Los Angeles [Includes creditor and payment slips] 1907 - 1909

Box 2, Folder 8

Pioneer Banking Corporation [Miscellaneous documents] 1909 - 1910

Box 2, Folder 9

Miscellaneous Nevada Bank Documents 1907 - 1908