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Harkins Family papers
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Walter S. Harkins, Sr. (1857-1920) was a lawyer and entrepreneur active during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Floyd County, Kentucky. By the 1920s his sons, Walter S. Harkins, Jr. (1898-1936) and Joseph Davidson Harkins were practicing in the Harkins law firm and also participating in the development of coal and gas in eastern Kentucky. Materials primarily include business papers, including a large amount of the correspondence and case files relating to legal cases handled by the Harkins and Harkins law firm.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Harkins Family Papers were given to the University of Kentucky Libraries by Mrs. Iley B. Browning, Walter Harkins Jr.'s sister, and Mrs. Walter F. Vanlandingham, also a descendant of the Harkins Family.
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Collection is open for research.
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Biographical / Historical
Walter S. Harkins, Sr. (1857-1920) was a lawyer and entrepreneur from Floyd County, Kentucky. Harkins was married to Josephine Davidson and inherited significant portions of land through the estate of her father, Joseph M. Davidson, an influential member of eastern Kentucky society. Prior to 1889, Harkins' law business was primarily devoted to the recovery of debts on the behalf of wholesalers and collection agencies based out of regional cities such as Cincinnati and Portsmouth, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland. Harkins worked to recover these debts from merchants and private citizens in eastern Kentucky and ultimately used the information gained from this business to acquire land and mineral rights in the region and to promote eastern Kentucky as a location for investment to industrialists, real estate agents, and fellow entrepreneurs throughout the United States and Europe. With the extension of railroads into eastern Kentucky during the 1890s and early twentieth century, Harkins' legal practice shifted toward the representation of companies devoted to the development and extraction of eastern Kentucky's natural resources (coal, oil, natural gas, and timber). Harkins did much to facilitate the economic and social transformation in the region by consolidating landholdings for the purpose of attracting investors and by representing outside companies in numerous legal disputes with eastern Kentuckians over who would control development in the region and how it would occur. By the 1920s his sons, Walter S. Harkins, Jr. (1898-1936) and Joseph Davidson Harkins (1884-1954) were practicing in the Harkins law firm and also participating in the development of coal and gas in eastern Kentucky. Walter Jr. died in 1936 at age 38, but Joseph's sons Walter S. (Scott) III and Joseph D. Jr. were still practicing law at the time of their father's death in 1954.
Scope and Contents
These are primarily the business papers of the Harkins family of eastern Kentucky, though some personal papers are also included. Much of the correspondence relates to legal cases handled by the Harkins and Harkins law firm, as well as a substantial number of case files containing letters and carbons of transcripts and other court documents. There are also letters dealing with the family's other business interests, including the development of the Big Sandy River Valley. Personal papers include family correspondence, clippings, certificates, and photographs.
Organized into the following series: Personal (1876-1953, undated), Business (1860-1954, undated), Topical Files, Legal Cases, and Photographs.
Big Sandy River Valley (Ky. and W. Va.) -- History.
Mineral rights -- Kentucky -- Floyd County -- History.
Law reports, digests, etc. -- Kentucky.
Mining leases -- Kentucky -- Floyd County -- History.
Practice of law -- Kentucky.
Prestonsburg (Ky.) -- History.
Floyd County (Ky.) -- History.
Bankers -- Kentucky.
Banks and banking -- Kentucky -- Prestonsburg.
Coal trade -- Kentucky -- Floyd County -- History.
Lawyers -- Kentucky.
Harkins, Walter Scott, 1898-1936.
Harkins, Josephine Davidson, 1859-
Harkins, Walter Scott, 1857-1920.
Harkins, Joseph D. (Joseph Davidson), 1884-1954.
Harkins and Harkins (Law firm)
PERSONALIScope and Contents noteThe Harkins family personal papers are predominantly composed of receipts and invoices related to W.S. Harkins' purchase of household items, including clothing, jewelry, furniture, groceries, books, and office supplies. The receipts and invoices also give indication of Harkins' extensive law library, his rising financial status and place within eastern Kentucky society, and his reputation as a shrewd, and active, consumer. In addition there are letters from suppliers to Harkins containing advertisements or samples of products which they hope will interest him. There is personal correspondence from family, friends, and fellow professionals, including a few letters addressed to Harkins' wife Josephine and other members of the Harkins family. Also included are payrolls, receipts, and correspondence pertaining to the building of Harkins' new house around the year 1905 in Prestonsburg (Floyd County), Kentucky.Papers dealing with Harkins' involvement in civic organizations and political matters were removed from this section and placed with material on his business dealings and to illustrate the interconnected nature in which these forces functioned in his life during this period. Papers concerning Harkins' personal banking activity, particularly with Catlettsburg National Bank, were also kept in the "business" category because they are more pertinent to Harkins' paying of others' debts rather than his personal finances. BIOGRAPHICALiWalter S. HarkinsiCertificates of appointment to Notary Public and Delegate in Kentucky1884-188911Estate Papers1919-192812Scope and Contents note[These papers outline the financial account and land and mineral ownership of Walter S. Harkins. They show receipts and disbursements of his estate and the accounting of land tracts. Included are papers related to the various oil, gas, and mineral leases that Walter S. Harkins owned, often showing from whom and where they were bought. The papers also outline the history of various land tracts and how they came to be in the Walter S. Harkins estate.]Josephine D. HarkinsiiDedications to Josephine D. Harkins1941-194613Scope and Contents note[including one from the Bank Josephine, founded by the Harkins family, which outlines a short biography of Josephine and the Harkins family.]Joseph D. HarkinsiiiJudge appointment certificates, state bar association materials, address given before the Indiana Bar Association, picture, obituary, and ledger labelled "coal book"1907-195414Walter S. Harkins Jr.ivArmy papers and obituary1936, undated15Walter S. Harkins III (Scott Harkins)vMilitary papers1946-194816Harkins FamilyviGenealogy, family cemetery blueprint, miscellaneous short story and newspaper clippingsundated17CORRESPONDENCEiiScope and Contents noteMost of the personal correspondence is between family members, but also includes letters to friends and business acquaintances.1876-1883181883-1885191885-18861101886-18871111887 May-December 1121888 January-June 1131888 July-December 211889-1906221907-1917231918-1919241920-1939251940-195326undated27BUSINESSIICORRESPONDENCE AND RELATED MATERIALSiScope and Contents noteArranged chronologically, these files include bills, invoices, business agreements, land leases, deeds, and surveys of land in the Kentucky counties of Floyd, Magoffin, Knott, Martin, Letcher, and Pike.Papers dating from 1860 through March 1889 deal primarily with the Harkins law firm and its representation of wholesalers and collection agencies in their collecting of debts in eastern Kentucky. Letters from these businesses concern the status of claims; inquire about the financial standings of individuals; and respond to settlement offers from Harkins on behalf of debtors.Papers from 1889 onward display a shift away from Harkins' business in claiming debts to a more intense focus on land dealings and representation of the mining, railway, oil, and natural gas companies beginning to do business in eastern Kentucky.Much of the correspondence concerns the payment of fees and debts, as well as disputes over amounts owed. There are also letters discussing the prospect of railroads coming into eastern Kentucky and its importance in the development of the mining industry in that area. Moreover, letters also reveal disputes between citizens of eastern Kentucky and the various railroad, timber, oil, and mining companies doing business in the region over such things as destruction of property, failure to deliver merchandise, contested land titles, violation of agreements, and citizens' refusals to sell or leave land coveted by companies.The business correspondence provides an indication of Harkins's growing influence within the community. The files contain letters from friends or acquaintances asking for assistance in finding employment, requests for him to use his political capital to repair local roads and bridges, and documents which demonstrate his active involvement in the Masonic Lodge and Mutual Benefit Association. In addition, there are numerous letters from politicians seeking his backing.1860-1885i1860-1879311880-1881321882331883 January-June 341883 July-December 351884 January-June 361884 July-December 371885 January-July 381885 August-December 391886-1887iiJanuary-February 188641March-April 188642May-June 188643July-August 188644September-December 188645January-February 188746March-April 188747May-June 1887481887-1888iiiJuly-August 188751September-November 15, 188752November 16-December 188753January-February 15, 188854February 16-March 188855April-May 15, 188856May 16-June 188857July-August 15, 1888581888-1889ivAugust 16-September 188861October-November 15, 188862November 16-December 15, 188863December 16, 1888-January 15, 188964January 16-February 188965March 188966April-August 1889671889-1906vSeptember 1889-1890711891-1897721898-1899731900-190174January-October 190275November-December 1902761903771904-1905781906791907-1913viJanuary-August 190781September-December 190782190883190984191085January-June 191186July-December 191187January-June 191288July-December 191289January-April 19138101913-1916viiMay-December 191391January-May 191492June-December 191493January-July 191594August-October 191595November-December 191596January-February 1916971916-1918viiiMarch-June 1916101July-August 1916102September-December 1916103January-February 1917104March-May 1917105June-August 1917106September-December 1917107January 19181081918ixFebruary 1918111March 1918112April 1918113May 1918114June 1918115July 1918116August 1918117September-October 1918118November-December 19181191919-1920xJanuary-April 1919121May 1919122June-July 1919123August-September 1919124October-December 1919125January-May 1920126June-August 1920127September-December 19201281921-1942xi19211311922132192313319241341925135192613619271371928138192913919301310193113111932131219331313Scope and Contents note[Note in May 1933 there is a Veterans Administration, Spanish American War Disability Claim by Samuel Spradlin of Prestonsburg, Kentucky.]1934131419351315193613161937131719381318193913191940132019411321194213221943-1954, undatedxii194314119441421945143194614419471451948146194914719501481951149195214101953141119541412Correspondence between Joseph D. Harkins and William S. Harmon, November 1950- October 1951[Part I]1413Scope and Contents note[Folders comprised primarily of correspondence from November 1950 to June 1954 between Joseph D. Harkins and William S. Harmon of Kentucky- West Virginia- Ohio Coal and Coke Company in Columbus Ohio. The correspondence details their actions as they put together a group of coal leases they call the Burchett Branch Tract (Floyd County, Kentucky) and also work to get a company to actually mine the coal. Harkins and other local residents actually own the land and they want Harman to organize it. Also, Merl Kelce of Kansas is their prime target for investment. See especially letter dated August 30, 1951 for detailed plan. The mining method was to be, at least in part, stripping and augering. Apparently Harman and Harkins could not capitalize the mining itself, but hoped to make money by claiming a minimum tonnage royalty on each ton removed.Correspondence between Joseph D. Harkins and William S. Harmon, November 1951- June 1954 [Part II]1414undated1415LEDGERSiiRent Register 1908-1916151Scope and Contents note[Includes renter name, location, lot and also the amounts owed and paid]Account Ledger 1919-1922152Scope and Contents note[Shows notes/bills paid and renewed, both personal and business]Account Ledger 1927-1931153Scope and Contents note[Shows notes/bills paid and renewed, both personal and business]TOPICAL FILESIIIScope and Contents noteArranged alphabetically, these files highlight the business and civic interests of the Harkins Family. Of particular interest are the files that illustrate how they approached minerals speculation. Unlike the materials in the preceding "Business" series, these files offer a more complete and focused look at how tracts of land and mineral leases belonging to different owners were acquired, bundled, and then mined or sold to a mining company. See individual scope notes for detailed descriptions.Adams Patents Company1907-1920161Scope and Contents note[Both Walter Harkins, Jr, and Joseph Harkins held stock in this company formed by Lytle S. Adams and incorporated in the State of Delaware. The Harkinses also owned stock in the Spiral Machinery Corporation which worked closely with the Adams Patents Company. Joseph Harkins also appears to be the lawyer for the Adams Patents Company which was responsible for inventing improvements in a lighting system, the hole digger, cable laying machines, and the spiral cultivator. All of these machines were designed to help excavate or plow dirt, minerals and earth. The file includes correspondence relating to the company's incorporation and patents, and also includes diagrams of the inventions. See also photographs in Box 31, Items 15-17.]Big Sandy Valley Association1945-1947, undated162Scope and Contents note[The Association was composed of a board of directors from the Kentucky counties of Boyd, Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence, Pike and Martin; Mingo, Wayne, Mercer and McDowell counties in West Virginia; and Buchanan and Tazewell counties in Virginia. Joseph Harkins represented Floyd County. The Association not only attempted to get a dam and waterway built along the Big Sandy River to help prevent flooding, but also to aid in the transportation of coal. The file includes correspondence, by-laws and meeting memoranda. Also included are student essays submitted in the Big Sandy Valley essay contest judged by Joseph Harkins. The assigned theme for the contest was to defend the positive aspects of the dam. For example, one rationale asserted that the project would provide jobs for veterans coming back from World War II.]Camp Branch Coal Lands1918-1921163Scope and Contents note[The Camp Branch Coal Lands were formed by combining tracts of land in both the Harkins estate and the John C.C. Mayo estate in the post-World War I period. The mineral and coal rights on these tracts were originally bought or leased by Walter Harkins, Sr. and John C.C. Mayo from numerous families in Floyd County. (Family names include: Layne, Justice, Honaker, Jones, Amey [also listed as "Amy"], Akers, Boyd, Kidd, Morse, and Williams.) The estates attempted to lease the Camp Branch Coal Lands' mineral rights to interested coal companies for development and mining. E.E. Parker of Huff Creek Coal was interested, but never finalized a lease. Those securing leases include B.F. Vincent of Vincent Coal Company (later Cliff Coal Company and Wonderland Coal Company), the Central Elkhorn Coal Company, and the Ivanhoe Elkhorn Collieries Company. The lease with the latter appears to fall apart in 1924 when Ivanhoe attempted to join with Akron Coal Company. Also of note is the attempt to convince the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company to allow a siding. These files contain correspondence, leases, abstracts of titles, and descriptions of the land parcels that made up this tract. [See Also S. H. Goodloe, Box 16 Folder 9]Camp Branch Coal Lands1922-1925, undated164Camp Branch Coal Lands, abstracts and titlesundated165Consolidation Oil and Gas Byproducts Companyundated166Scope and Contents note[This company put tracts together for oil and gas mining purposes in Floyd, Knott, Magoffin, Perry and Letcher counties in Kentucky. Joseph D. Harkins was the president of the company and Harkins and Harkins was the company's legal firm. The file describes where, what and how they were to drill and mine the oil and gas.]Election Fraudundated167Scope and Contents note[This folder concerns an election fraud in the contest between Sturgill and Martin in Floyd County, Kentucky. It highlights the different voter counts.]The Flagundated168Scope and Contents note[Possibly a speech or essay for publication about the American Flag, probably by a Harkins]S.H. Goodloe1917-1918169Scope and Contents note[S.H. Goodloe of Williamson, West Virginia, was an executive in the Wilhelmina Coal Company, later the Goodell Coal Company and the Goodloe Brothers Company. Goodloe, along with his brother-in-law Senator Goodykoontz, was interested in leasing lands for coal mining operations near Ivel, in Floyd County, Kentucky south of Prestonsburg. These lands were jointly owned by the John C.C. Mayo Estate and the Walter S. Harkins, Sr. Estate. Included in the file is correspondence between the parties about leasing and development, a copy of a contract to accept and execute a lease within thirty days, and copies of the actual leases between the Mayo and Harkins Estates and S.H. Goodloe. Complications arose, however, with the deeds and combining the tracts of land together. Then a proposed railroad connection was halted because of World War I and the lease agreement fell apart. After the war, these same tracts, renamed Camp Branch Coal Lands, proved to be of developmental interest. See also the Camp Branch Coal Lands File, Box 16 Folders 3-5.]Highland Land and Coal Company, 1914-1916171Scope and Contents note[Walter S. Harkins, Jr. and his brother, Joseph D. Harkins with John C.C. Mayo (and later at his death, his widow Alice Mayo) and Hiram Harris were directors of the Highland Coal and Land Company. This company secured mineral leases and leased land to other companies who mined the coal, such as Cliff Coal Company, the primary correspondent represented in this file. The company mining the coal (Cliff) paid royalties to (Highland) based on number of tons of coal mined.]Hindman Settlement School1949-1950172Scope and Contents note[The Hindman Settlement School was established in 1902 by Katherine Petit and May Stone in Knott County, Kentucky. The school became a model center for education and social services and played a vital role in continuing the cultural traditions of southeastern Kentucky. Joseph D. Harkins became involved with the Hindman Settlement School as a presiding officer in the commencement of 1949. Governor Clements spoke at the commencement and Joseph D. Harkins was responsible for inviting other prominent business men and politicians to the commencement. After the commencement, Joseph D. Harkins was named as the chair and organizer of the Hindman Settlement School Board of Overseers. It is unclear what the duties of the Board of Overseers was, but appears to be mostly administrative. The files contain the correspondence relating to the 1949 commencement and the organization of the Board of Overseers including those who both accepted and denied positions on the board.]Hindman Settlement School1950-1952173Ivanhoe and Emporia Mines in the Apache Mining District, Sierra County, New Mexicoundated174Scope and Contents note[Brochure or description about the company by J.C. Carrera]Jones Colliery Company1920-1925175Scope and Contents note[The folder contains copies of coal lease agreements with the Jones Colliery Company. (Some are between the Harkins Family and Jones Colliery Company). It also includes a land lease with Grant Weddington to build mine houses for miners in 1922 and there is also mention of a lawsuit between Josie D. Harkins et al. v. Jones Colliery Company et al. ]May, William Harveyundated176Scope and Contents note[Biography of William Harvey May presented at a memorial in the Floyd County Courts, probably written by a Harkins]Mineral leases with Woods, Gunnel, Crumb, Jessie and Jones households. September-November 1911.1911 September-November177Scope and Contents note[This folder is a prototype for Harkins' land and mineral speculation. Though unsure how and why these materials came to be grouped together, it appears that Harkins was putting together a tract of land, buying each property owner's mineral rights with a broad-form deed, probably in order to create contiguous acreage to lease to a coal mining company. Note that Harkins employed a standardized questionnaire and had his own personalized "option contract" (i.e. broad-form deed).]Moving county seat of Floyd County from Prestonsburg to Allenundated178Scope and Contents note[Appears to be a speech or editorial written by a Harkins]New Domain Oil and Gas Company1901-1903179Scope and Contents note[This folder contains a record book of surveys and deeds in "Jones Fork of Beaver" which seemed to have served two different though not unrelated functions. The first two pages reflect "orders" and "expenses" while an unnamed individual performed surveys on "Jones Fork of Beaver" (probably Right Beaver Creek in Knott County, Kentucky), for Walter S. Harkins Sr. in 1902. Following are records arranged by landowner's name and primarily composed in July 1901. Each entry notes how many acres were owned, whether a survey exists, where the deed is recorded and a citation for such, and which family members are implicated in the ownership. The contents of this record book, along with a separate and last document in the folder, which highlights the same tracts of land, suggest that Harkins was attempting to put together a large tract of Knott County land for oil and gas exploitation and production by the New Domain Oil Gas Company.]Porter Mining Company1916-19281710Scope and Contents note[The Porter Mining Company was located in Ashland, Kentucky. This file contains a map of the Prestonsburg and Hindman Telegraph Company showing subscriber locations in 1916, meeting minutes from 1923, and financial statements for 1925 and 1928.]Prestonsburg School Corporation19391711Scope and Contents note[Joseph D. Harkins was the secretary of the Prestonsburg School Corporation which made contracts with the Prestonsburg Independent School District Board of Education. These contracts were made to deed over property in order to have a new school building constructed with the sale of bonds. The contracts, articles of incorporation, and maps and deeds of these actions are reflected here.]Rancho Pauma, San Diego County Californiaundated1712Scope and Contents note[Map and appraisal of the land]Rotary Club of Prestonsburg, Kentucky1923-19251713Scope and Contents note[Joseph D. Harkins was the chairman of the organizing committee for the Rotary Club of Prestonsburg, Kentucky and later President of the chapter. The Rotary Club was part of Rotary International and is an organization of business and civic leaders. This file contains correspondence relating to the organizing of the club in Prestonsburg, the organizing of meetings and conventions, various details concerning membership, and also correspondence with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway concerning the establishment of a new passenger station or depot in Prestonsburg. The file also contains notes and lists of members or Rotarians.]Wheaton, William W. 1887-18891714Scope and Contents note[This correspondence, between Walter S. Harkins, Sr. and William W. Wheaton, financier of Detroit, Michigan, is concerned with developing railroad and coal operations in Floyd, Johnson, and Magoffin counties in Kentucky, under the auspices of Peoples Union Oil Mining and Manufacturing Company. Harkins was hired to "recover" minerals and railroad right of ways, "in and on land belonging to this company." Harkins apparently became suspicious of Wheaton (see letter dated July 12, 1887) but continued to work with him at least through early 1889 when their correspondence ends.]LEGAL CASESIVScope and Contents noteThree generations of the Harkins family were lawyers in the Harkins and Harkins Law Offices, located in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. The father, Walter S. Harkins, Sr., was succeeded by his sons Joseph D. Harkins and Walter S. Harkins, Jr. who were followed by Joseph's sons Walter S. Harkins III (Scott) and J. D. Harkins. These files represent legal cases and matters in which it appears the Harkins and Harkins Law Offices had some involvement. The cases cover numerous topics including: election fraud, land disputes (especially coal-related ones), railroad right-of- way, mineral rights, murder (see "Jack Johns"), telephone company right-of-way, timber disputes, board of education challenges, adultery and divorce, railroad accidents, ballot recounting, workers compensation, personal property retribution, interest and real estate equity, assault, breech of contracts, debts, liquor/prohibition (see "J.P. Murphy"), and defective chewing tobacco by R.J. Reynolds. The cases are listed by the name that appears on the legal documents and are in alphabetical order by last name. Included are depositions and other official court documents, as well as correspondence relating to the cases.A-BiAdams Express Company v. The Commonwealth of Kentucky1906181Allen, M.M. v. Ligon and Sherrard Construction Company et al.1913182Allen, M.T. v. Hall, Malone1909183American Fuel and Power Company et al., debtors in bankruptcy no. 1151943184Archer, George P. et al. v. Baptist Education Society et al.1918185Ashland Lumber Company v. Harkins, Walter S. [Part I]1908-1915186Ashland Lumber Company v. Harkins, Walter S. [Part II]1908-1910187Auxier, Mary Louisa v. Auxier, A.E.1918188Bank Josephine v. Layne, J. Bert et al.1915189Bank Josephine v. Whitaker, Joe et al.19321810Begley, Emily; Begley tract, Floyd County Kentucky19141811Big Sandy Railway Company v. America Clifton19021812Big Sandy Railway Company v. May, Ballard and Pollard et al.19021813Blankenship, Floyd and Mont v. The Commonwealth of Kentucky19011814Blevins, Martin (administrator of estate of J. Jackson) v. Pitts, J.L. et al.1903-19071815Branham, Jack v. Bailey, Harold et al. [Part I]1935-19361816Branham, Jack v. Bailey, Harold et al. [Part II]1935-19361817Brown, W.L. v. Greene, R.L., auditor, et al.1907-19171818Brown, W.L. v. Harkins, Joseph D. and Walter S.1916-19191819Butler, Ida v. Davis, Phoebe1903-19061820Scope and Contents note[adultery and divorce]Ca-ColiiCarter, J.H. v. Dwale Coal Company [Part I]1917-1919191Carter, J.H. v. Dwale Coal Company [Part II]1917-1919192Castle, James v. Big Sandy Railway Company and Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company1903-1905193Caudill, John W. v. Sandy River Cannel Coal Company1889-1890194Cecil, John P. and Company v. Baum and Smith1873-1902195Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company v. Robinnette, Elizabeth1905-1913196Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company v. Robinson, Sallie1913-1915197City of Louisville et al. v. Louisville Gas and Electric Company1913198Collins, Fanny v. Hatcher, John H.1921-1922199Collins, M.M. v. Clere, R.D. and Blackburn, Fred1905-19221910Com-DiliiiCommonwealth of Kentucky v. Burchett, Lance and Bertha1931-1932201Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Burnett, John B.1836-1887202Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Carter, A.C. et al.1934203Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Coyer, Johnundated204Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Eastern Kentucky Coal Lands Corporation et al.1908-1947205Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Elyington, James1917206Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Heuff, Jack1916207Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Hunter, John1881-1887208Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Midland Coal and Iron Company1902209Commonwealth of Kentucky v. The Mountain Coal and Iron Company19022010Commonwealth of Kentucky v. The Northern Coal, Coke and Iron Company19022011Commonwealth of Kentucky v. The Ohio and Big Sandy Land Association19022012Crider, S.M. v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company1916-19172013Crisp, Wilson v. Jennings, S.P. and Ellis, J.E.19032014Crowe, Frank R. and Craft, Susan Harris v. Middle Creek Coal Company et al.1908-19482015Cumberland Pipeline Company v. White House Cannel Coal Company1904-19062016Cumberland Torpedo Company v. Kentucky Coke Company1921-19242017Damron, James v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company1916-19172018Damron, Luther v. Johnson, J.M. [Part I]19212019Damron, Luther v. Johnson, J.M. [Part II]19212020Dils, John and Mrs. Ann, executrix of the estate of John Dils, et al. v. Williamson, W.J. and Hall, Joseph et al.1847-19052021Din-GoivDingus, D.C. v. Elkhorn and Beaver Valley Railway Company [Part I]1911-1920211Dingus, D.C. v. Elkhorn and Beaver Valley Railway Company [Part II]1911-1919212Dotson, L.M. v. May, B.C. et al.1916213Duff, H.P. et al. v. Cisco, F.L. et al.1949-1951214Edgewater Coal Company v. Stuffler, W.G., trustee, et al. [Part I]1919-1923215Edgewater Coal Company v. Stuffler, W.G., trustee, et al. [Part II]1919-1920216Elkhorn and Beaver Valley Railway Company v. Mayo, Tilda, Ezra, Burns, and David1911217Elkhorn and Beaver Valley Railway Company v. Osburn, Della and Lee1893-1914218Elliott, J.A. and Worsham, G.A. v. Wilson [?], Elihu1884219Elliott, W.J. v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company1914-19162110Endicott, Samuel, administrator of the estate of Eddie Endicott, deceased, v. Weddington, Ballard and John and Lowe, Ireland and Miller's Creek Contracting Company1909-19102111Fitzsimmons, James v. Taylor, R.W.1890-18962112Floyd County Kentucky and Short, Forrest D. v. Beaver Valley Hospital and Stumbo, W.L. and Annie1930-19342113Frazier Heirs claims against Prestonsburg and Hindman Telephone Company and Southern Bell Telephone Company1918-19212114Scope and Contents note[This case was settled prior to the filing of a lawsuit]Goff, I.W. et al. v. Lowe, O.B.M. et al.1860-19012115Gu-HuvGuardian Trust Company v. By-Products Coal Company1931-1932221Hackworth, Jerry v. Horsley, W.J.1900222Hale, Tan and William v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company1915-1916223Hall, Ervin v. Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company1932224Hall, Joseph v. Dils, John Jr. and Williamson, Wallace J. et al.1871-1889225Hall, Palmer, superintendent of schools of Floyd County Kentucky v. Hunter, Ballard1934-1938226Hall, William R. Jr. v. Mayo, J.D. and Dave1905227Harkins, Walter S. v. Walker, W.W. and York, Pat1896-1898228Harmison and Richmond v. Fleming Burchett's Estate1886-1889229Harris, James P. v. Lavin, Patrick18842210Harris, John Q., administrator of the estate of William J. Reynolds, deceased, v. Reynolds, Rhoda et al.1896-19122211Harris, R. W. et al. v. Middle Creek Coal Company et al.1924-19262212Scope and Contents note[On the first page of index in an unknown hand, is written: "Some good mining history of 1920s here."]Hatcher, J.J. v. Petry, Mel19352213Hatcher, J.S. et al. v. Elkhorn and Beaver Valley Railway Company et al.1905-19172214Hatfield, Elias v. Blackberry Coal Company et al.19092215Hellier, Lyda E., guardian v. Hellier, Charles E. and James Earl1906-19112216Hill, Al v. Stephenson, E.D.19272217Hill, George W. v. Northup, J.H.1911-19152218Hite, W.F. v. Whitt, Rosetta G. et al.1925-19262219Honaker, Nanny J. v. Honaker, Jamesundated2220Horn, Will v. Wells, Sam1931-19342221Howard, Bessie et al. v. Taylor, Park L. et al.1931-19362222Howard, E.H. v. Meade, Banner and Spradlin, Alex M.19292223Howard, John J. and Sarah v. Woodford Coal Company Inc. and Howard, N.P.19162224Hunter, Ballard v. Bailey, Harold et al., members of Floyd County Board of Education1933-19362225Hu-KenviHunter, Ballard v. Floyd County Kentucky Board of Education [Part I]1934-1936231Hunter, Ballard v. Floyd County Kentucky Board of Education [Part II]1935-1936232Hunter, Ballard v. Floyd County Kentucky Board of Education [Part III]1926-1935233Hutsinpillar-Sheridan Company v. Honaker, N.J. et al.undated234Johns, Jack, Salyersville Kentucky, letters to Walter S. Harkins1885-1915235Scope and Contents note[Jack Johns was charged with murder in Magoffin County, these letters outline the charges and his defense]Johns, John G. v. Auxier, A.J.1884-1885236Johnson, Ammie v. Kentucky West Virginia Gas Company1934-1935237Scope and Contents note[workers' compensation]Kendrick, Elson v. Sturgill, Troy B. et al.1943238Kentucky Beaver Collieries et al. v. Mellon and Smith1918-1923239Kentucky State Bar Association, United Mine Workers Investigation1947-19492310Key-MeviiKeystone Gas Company v. Kentucky Coke Company1899-1924241Kidd, Frank v. Lawson, R.B.1919-1920242Kirk, Thomas et al. v. Cassady, Henry C.1899243Laferty, Robert v. Cliff Coal Companyundated244Langhorne, C.D. et al v. Wiley, J.M.1904245Lawson, William H. et al. v. Hatfield, Joseph et al.1899246Layne, Cortes et al. v. Layne, Moses S. et al.1849-1917247McAlpin Polk and Company et al. v. Wiseman, Russell et al.1883248McCoy, John J. v. James, A.C.1921-1924249Martin, H.D. v. Kentucky Pipeline Company19242410Martin, Simpson v. Hall, Johnundated2411Martin, Wyatt v. Yellow Poplar Lumbar Company1894-18962412May, A.J. et al. v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company1935 October 252413May, Colonel Jr. v. Cope, Tot Allen19522414May, Daniel W. v. Newsom, John and Moore, John1865-18982415May, Lee P. v. Martin, T.Y.19252416May, Thomas J. v. May, Thomas and Owens, Thomas1979-19802417Mayer, Levi and Frank v. Hatcher, James1890-19022418Mayo, William J. v. Drassett, Solomon1865-18862419Mellon, Bev. v. Goble, Elige [Part I]19252420Mellon, Bev. v. Goble, Elige [Part II]19252421Me-MuviiiMellon, Bev. v. Goble, Elige [Part III]1925251Mellon, Bev. v. Goble, Elige [Part IV]1925252Mellon, W.T. and Malinda v. Vangham, M.V.1881253Moore, Aaron et al. v. Johnson, A.H., superintendent of schools of Johnson County Kentucky1934-1935254Moore, Kendall and Jay L. v. Pennegrade Oil and Gas Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company [Part I]1920-1927255Moore, Kendall and Jay L. v. Pennegrade Oil and Gas Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company [Part II]1920-1925256Moore, Kendall and Jay L. v. Pennegrade Oil and Gas Company and Louisville Gas and Electric Company [Part III]1920-1924257Murphy, J.P. v. City of Prestonsburg and Mellon, W.T., Police Judge1916-1917258Scope and Contents note[liquor/prohibition]N-PixNash, Henry C. v. Hatfield, W.H. et al.1894261National Bank of Commerce of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania v. Licking Valley Land and Mining Company1875-1883262New Domain Oil and Gas Company v. Allen, M.T.1893-1897263New Domain Oil and Gas Company v. Pike County Residents in Petition Equity1891-1898264Scope and Contents note[See also topical file on New Domain Oil and Gas Company Box 17, Folder 9]Newsom, John W. v. Layne, Lindsey et al.1875-1883265Northern Coal and Coke Company v. Moore, John et al.1865-1911266Ogle Coal Company v. Martin, G.R. [Part I]1921-1930267Ogle Coal Company v. Martin, G.R. [Part II]1921-1932268Patrick, A.T. v. Mead, G.W. et al.1921269Pike Elkhorn Coal Company [Part I]1932-19472610Scope and Contents note[It appears that the Harkins family owned shares in the Pike Elkhorn Coal Company. The company was attempting to gather mineral leases in order to get enough mineral to mine. These files include numerous legal cases in which the Pike Elkhorn Coal Company was involved and covers topics such as land, minerals, and estates. ]Pike Elkhorn Coal Company [Part II]1932-19532611Porter, Henry v. Hunter, Ballard, superintendent of schools of Floyd County Kentucky.19362612Porter, Henry v. Stumbo, W.L., judge of the Floyd County Court19332613Porter, Sam v. Collins, M.M.1923-19272614R-SxRatliff, J.E. et al. v. May, Thomas and S.H. et al.1902271Reynolds, W.J. Jr. et al. v. Harris, John Q. et al.1912272Reynolds, W.J. Jr. et al. v. Johns, John G. et al.1912-1915273Rice, Mose et al. v. Castle, John et al.1935274Scope and Contents note[See also Moore, Aaron v. Johnson, A.H. Box 25 Folder 4]Richvain Coal Company v. Wells Elkhorn Coal Company1934275Risner, J.M. v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company1916276Rittenhouse, J.S. v. Clark, Morgan et al.1901277Romesburg, Nicholas O. v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company et al.1914-1917278Russell and Company v. Combs, William J., R.C. and Nancy1870279Sandy River Cannel Coal Company v. Caudill, John W.1898-18992710Second National Bank of Ashland Kentucky v. Harkins, Walter and May, Thomas R. and B.C.1893-18972711Slone, H.S. et al. v. Elkhorn Coal Corporation1923-19252712Slone, Robert v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company1904-19052713Smith, Jas S. v. Reed, J.F.1900-19022714Stephens, B.F. v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company19152715Stephens, Henry C. v. Hale, James19212716Stumbo, Anna et al. v. Clark, James, justice of the peace, et al.19342717Scope and Contents note[See also Floyd County Kentucky and Forrest D. Short v. Beaver Valley Hospital Box 21 Folder 13]T-WhexiTackett, Joe P. v. Mayo, Porter1925281The F.H. Thomas Law Book Company v. May, A.J. and W.H.1915-1918282Thomas, M.W. (Ashland Lumber Company) v. Harkins, Walter S.1908283Scope and Contents note[Regarding defective lumber for the construction of Harkins' home]Towell and McFarland et al. v. Weddington, Ballard and John1899284Triplett, William, administrator of Kelly Triplett, deceased v. Elkhorn and Beaver Valley Railway Company and Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company1918285Turner, Cora et al. consolidated v. Turner, John Alden1934286Turnmiah, Jasper et al. v. James, Tona et al.1912-1913287Vaughn, M.V. v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company1912-1913288Venters, Sadie v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company and Elkhorn and Beaver Valley Railway Company1918289Viers, Lula v. Coyer, John19152810Wallen, Ernest v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company [Part I]1938-19392811Wallen, Ernest v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company[Part II]1939-1952, undated2812Weddington, J.W. v. Big Sandy Railway Company and Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company19072813Wheeler, C.B. v. Patrick, A.T. [Part I]1921-19232814Scope and Contents note[See also, Patrick, A.T. v. Mead, G.W. et al., Box 26, Folder 9]Wheeler, C.B. v. Patrick, A.T. [Part II]19212815Whi-YxiiWhite House Cannel Coal Company v. Cumberland Pipeline Company1903-1920291White House Cannel Coal Company v. Sandy River Cannel Coal Company1895292Wilkinson, Thomas, administrator of the estate of Nellie B.D. Wilkinson, deceased, v. May, Colonel A.J. Jr. and Wilkinson, Richard Lonsdale , correspondence [Part I]1918-1926293Wilkinson, Thomas, administrator of the estate of Nellie B.D. Wilkinson, deceased, v. May, Colonel A.J. Jr. and Wilkinson, Richard Lonsdale [Part II]1914-1927294Wilkinson, Thomas, administrator of the estate of Nellie B.D. Wilkinson, deceased, v. May, Colonel A.J. Jr. and Wilkinson, Richard Lonsdale [Part III]1919-1821295Williams, W.W. et al. v. Davidson, Alex et al.1919296Williams, W.W. v. Wheeler, C.B. [Part I]1928297Williams, W.W. v. Wheeler, C.B. [Part II]1927-1928298Yellow Poplar Lumber Company v. Ward, Paris and Ray, James1894299Lawyer's Collection Docket1878-1886301Scope and Contents note[A "collection docket" is a record book in which the name and address of parties involved in legal cases are listed with adjacent information about how and when "claims" were paid, occasionally including explanatory remarks.]Lawyer's Collection Docket1886-1893302PHOTOGRAPHSVWilliam Triplett v. Elkhorn and Beaver Valley Railway Company and Chesapeake and Ohio Railway CompanyiScope and Contents note[These photographs were separated from this legal case which can be found in Box 28, Folder 5. They are images of the scene of the accident.]Steps of railroad car 19183111Scope and Contents. Bottom front of photo, "Coach # 516 May 23-18, Thomas Photo."Steps of railroad car19183112Scope and Contents. Bottom front of photo, "Coach # 516 May 23-18, Thomas Photo."Steps of railroad car 19183113Scope and Contents. Bottom front of photo, "C & O Coach # 516- May 23-18, Thomas Photo."Steps of railroad car 19183114Scope and Contents. Bottom front of photo, "Coach # 516 May 23-18, Thomas Photo."Back of railroad car 19183115Back of railroad car 19183116Scope and Contents. Bottom front of photo, "Coach # 203."Steps of railroad car 19183117Scope and Contents. Bottom front of photo, "Coach # 504 May 27-18, Thomas Photo."Steps of railroad car 19183118Scope and Contents. Bottom front of photo, "Coach # 504 May 27-18, Thomas Photo."Steps of railroad car 19183119Scope and Contents. Bottom front of photo, "Coach # 504 May 27-18, Thomas Photo."Steps of railroad car 191831110Scope and Contents. Bottom front of photo, "Coach # 504 May 27-18, Thomas Photo."MiscellaneousiiSide view of law office building 196231211Scope and Contents. Typed description on back of photo, "Harkins Law Offices, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, Taken by Elliott Fleming, April 21, 1962."Front view of law office building 196231212Scope and Contents. Typed description on back of photo, "Harkins Law Offices, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, Taken by Elliott Fleming, April 21, 1962."Woman in front of snow covered park undated31213Scope and Contents[undated]. Back of photo, "2 43."Woman in automobile undated31214Scope and Contents[undated]. Hand-written description on back of photo, "This is the little car they got just to [run] around in while it so cold." Also on back, "2 68."Adams Patents CompanyiiiScope and Contents note[These photos were pulled from the topical file on the Adams Patents Company, found in Box 18, Folder 1.]Front view of a land cultivator or diggerundated31315Side view of a land cultivator or diggerundated31316Scope and ContentsShows the name ADAMS on the sideBack view of a land cultivator or digger showing spiral mechanisms undated31317
Harkins Family papers