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Hixon Lumber Company financial records

Call Number: RH MS G48


The collection primarily contains the financial records of the Hixon Lumber Company of Atchison, Kansas over an 85 year period, providing an almost complete record of the lumber company's financial transactions between 1871 and 1939. There is also some correspondence, indexes, and other records in the collection.


  • Creation: 1871 - 1956


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of Hixon Lumber Company (Atchison, Kan.)

The Hixon Lumber Company was founded in 1867 at 913 Main in Atchison, Kansas by G. C. Hixon as a distribution yard for his sawmill at Hannibal, Missouri. Logs sawed at Hannibal were floated down the Mississippi River to St. Louis, sawed into lumber there, and then shipped to Atchison. From Atchison the lumber was transported overland by wagon train to various points in the West. Thus, G. C. Hixon and the Hixon Lumber Company played important roles in the development of the frontier. G. W. Pennell (grandfather of owners Robert and Pen Snowden) was a nephew of G. C. Hixon and was sent to Atchison in 1870 as manager of the company. Two years later, he bought the company.

T. E. Snowden, son-in-law of G. W. Pennell, bought the Hixon Lumber Company in 1922 and expanded its activity to include lumber yards at Lancaster, Huron, Grant City, Sheridan, Rockport, Maitland and Skidmore. The Snowden family owned the company until 1968 when it was sold. Over the years the Hixon Lumber Company became the city's largest supplier of building materials, which included a Red-E-Mixed Concrete Company and a full-line hardware store.


102 Volumes (102 volumes + 1 folder) ; Folder measures 25 x 38 cm; volume sizes vary.

Language of Materials



Volumes are arranged in chronological order and have been physically separated by size into two different call numbers.

Physical Location


Physical Location


Physical Location

RH MS P700

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Mrs. William C. Allen, 1970.

Processing Information

Previously shelved at RH MS 316.

Guide to the Hixon Lumber Company Collection
Hixon Lumber Company financial records
Finding aid prepared by pg, 1976. Finding aid encoded by skt, mab 2006. Finding aid revised by cl, 2010; cmp, 2021.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Hixon Lumber Company records, Kansas Collection, RH MS G48, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States