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Collection Number: 05030

Collection Title: Virginia and North Carolina Construction Company Record Book (#5030-z) 1888-1896

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Abstract The Virginia and North Carolina Construction Company was formed in February 1888 by a group of businessmen from Roanoke, Va., Martinsville, Va., and Winston-Salem, N.C., including Richard Joshua Reynolds, a tobacco grower and wholesaler, and Colonel Francis Henry Fries, whose family controlled large textile interests. The board of directors also included Henry Theodore Bahnson, a physician from Winston-Salem, N.C. The company was formed to construct a railway line between Winston-Salem, N.C., and Roanoke, Va., for the Roanoke and Southern Railway Company, after an earlier contractor had defaulted on the project. The record book of the Virginia and North Carolina Construction Company contains documentation, 1888-1896, of the formation of the company and its by-laws, minutes of meetings of the board of directors, and other information. The minutes discuss the construction of a railroad line between Winston-Salem, N.C., and Martinsville, Va.; the extension of that line to Roanoke, Va.; the acquisition of concessions allowing the Roanoke and Southern Railway Company to make use of the lines of other local railroads; and other matters pertaining to the relationship between the Virginia and North Carolina Construction Company and the Roanoke and Southern Railway Company. Minutes also discuss day-to-day matters of railroad construction, such as compensation for injured workers and the employment of convict labor.
Creator Virginia and North Carolina Construction Company.
Language English.
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No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy available (M-5030/1).
Provenance
Received from Terry Alford of Annandale, Va., in June 2000 (Acc. 98677).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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The Virginia and North Carolina Construction Company was formed in February 1888 by a group of businessmen from Roanoke, Va., Martinsville, Va., and Winston-Salem, N.C. Most important among these were Richard Joshua Reynolds, the prominent tobacco grower and wholesaler, and Colonel Francis Henry Fries, whose family controlled large textile interests. Also on the board of directors was Henry Theodore Bahnson, a prominent physician and civic leader from Winston-Salem, N.C. The company was formed to construct a railway line between Winston-Salem, N.C., and Roanoke, Va., for the Roanoke and Southern Railway Company, after an earlier contractor had defaulted on the project. Fries was appointed president of the company, a post he held until he became president of the Roanoke and Southern Railway Company in 1891. In 1890, the company was the subject of a buyout attempt by a consortium headed by General John Gill. The attempt foundered, but did lead to a reorganization of the company's finances.

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The record book of the Virginia and North Carolina Construction Company contains documentation, 1888-1896, of the formation of the company and its by-laws, minutes of meetings of the board of directors, and other information. The minutes discuss the construction of a railroad line between Winston-Salem, N.C., and Martinsville, Va.; the extension of that line to Roanoke, Va.; the acquisition of concessions allowing the Roanoke and Southern Railway Company to make use of the lines of other local railroads; and other matters pertaining to the relationship between the Virginia and North Carolina Construction Company and the Roanoke and Southern Railway Company. Minutes also discuss day-to-day matters of railroad construction, such as compensation for injured workers and the employment of convict labor.

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The record book of the Virginia and North Carolina Construction Company contains documentation, 1888-1896, of the formation of the company and its by-laws, minutes of meetings of the board of directors, and other information. The minutes discuss the construction of a railroad line between Winston-Salem, N.C., and Martinsville, Va.; the extension of that line to Roanoke, Va.; the acquisition of concessions allowing the Roanoke and Southern Railway Company to make use of the lines of other local railroads; and other matters pertaining to the relationship between the Virginia and North Carolina Construction Company and the Roanoke and Southern Railway Company. Minutes also discuss day-to-day matters of railroad construction, such as compensation for injured workers and the employment of convict labor.

Folder 1

Record book, 1888-1896 #05030, Series: "Record Book, 1888-1896. " Folder 1

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Separated items include microfilm (M-5030/1).

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