Guide to the Priest Rapids Irrigation District Records 1909-1954
Cage 37

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Priest Rapids Irrigation District
Title
Priest Rapids Irrigation District Records
ID
Cage 37
Date [inclusive]
1909-1954
Extent
5700.0 items.
General Physical Description note
8 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence of Fred J. Cunningham with water users, contractors, public works agencies; deeds, water and electricity contracts and other agreements; financial and administrative records; and papers concerning the dissolution of the district following the seizure of its properties by the federal government for use by the Manhattan District Atomic Energy Project.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 37, Priest Rapids Irrigation District Records. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

The Priest Rapids Irrigation District, White Bluffs and Hanford, Washington, a quasi-municipal corporation, was first organized by the Benton County Commissioners in 1920, but remained inactive until the early 1930's when it acquired the properties of two bankrupt firms, the Black Rock Power and Irrigation Company and Consumers Ditch Company. From 1931 to 1943 the district operated as a governmental business dealing in irrigation, electrical power and real estate development and known as the Hanford Irrigation Project. In early 1943, the district's properties were taken over by the federal government and were placed under the Manhattan District of the United States Army for use as an atomic energy facility. Because of the confusion caused by the swiftness of the government seizure, the district was not dissolved, nor its assets fully liquidated, until 1951.

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Scope and Contents note

The records consist primarily of correspondence of the secretary of the district, deeds, contracts and similar legal papers relating to the operation of the district, financial records which were maintained by the Benton County Treasurer, and papers concerning the lawsuits over the dissolution of the district.

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Arrangement note

Records emanating from district operations between 1920 and 1943 are arranged in one alphabetical series. Following this is a short sequence of material concerning the dissolution of the district. The additional material donated by Mary Harris is in Containers 15-17, filed separately after the original donation.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1973

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 records of the Priest Rapids Irrigation District were donated to Washington State University by Mrs, Fred M. Harris of Yakima, Washington, in 1958. Further records were donated by Mary Harris in early 1973.

Processing Information note

The records of the Priest Rapids Irrigation District were initially processed by Lawrence R. Stark, September, 1972. Further records were donated in early 1973 and processed by Lawrence R. Stark, April, 1973.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Priest Rapids Irrigation District --Archives
  • United States. Army. Corps of Engineers. Manhattan District
  • United States. Public Works Administration
  • United States. Works Progress Administration
  • Washington (State). Dept. of Conservation and Development
  • Washington (State). Emergency Relief Administration

Personal Name(s)

  • Cunningham, Fred J. --Archives
  • Harris, Fred Mrs. waps --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Irrigation
  • Irrigation -- Washington (State)--Benton County
  • Public Works
  • Public works -- Washington (State)--Benton County
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Box

Acquisition of properties 

1

Address list 

1

Agreements - Miscellaneous 

1

Allis-Chalmers Company 

1

American Blueprint Company 

1

Annual reports--Priest Rapids Irrigation District 

1

Arrowsmith Iron Works 

1

Assessment receipts 

1

Auditor's Report--Washington State 

1

Ballots for bond election October, 1938. 

1

Bank deposits and withdrawals 

1

Bank statements 

1

Banks, Frank A 

1

Barge, C. E. 

2

Beeuwkes, R. (Milwaukee Railroad) engineering reports 

2

Benton County Treasurer's receipts 1941. 

2

Benton County Utility District 

2

Bids on Priest Rapids Irrigation District junk 

2

Bills and old invoices 

2

Bills of sale 

2

Blueprints 

2

Board meeting 

2

Boie, H. H. 

2

Bond application $175,000 

2

Bond election and issue of bonds June, 1940. 

2

Bond payments 

2

Bond report data 

2

Bonneville Power Administration 

2

Brown, A.J. 

3

Brown Brothers, Priest Rapids 

3

Budgets 

3

Calzo, Pete 

3

Certificates of redemption 

3

Cheney and Hutchinson 

3

Circular letters 

3

Claims 1943 

3

Claims to be submitted to Board of Directors 

3

Miscellaneous collections 

3

Collens, Leonard 

3

Department of Conservation and Development--Washington State 

3

Contracts 

3

Correspondence, miscellaneous 

4

Correspondence with Marvin Chase, receiver, Black Rock Company 

4

County auditor 

4

County treasurer 

4

Cox, Omar 

4

Cross-section paper 

4

Cunningham, Fred J. 

4

Deeds to Irrigation District 

5

Delinquent lists by county treasurer 

5

Directors 

5

Dishon, Charles 

5

Dunning notices 

5

Employer's papers 

5

Estimates, miscellaneous 

5

Exclusions 

5

Federal Emergency Administration 

5

Federal Land Bank 

5

Federal Pipe and Tank Company 

5

Federal Power Commission 

5

Federal Public Works 

5

Federation of Yakima Valley Irrigation Districts 

5

Financial statements 

5

Fonda, Mary E. 

5

Fosseen's Incorporated, Yakima 

5

Garsi, S. 

6

Gas reports 

6

General Electric Company 

6

General Petroleum Company 

6

Generator bids and deposits 

6

Geological survey 

6

Graybar Electric Company 

6

Grazing leases 

6

Hall, G.D. 

6

Hanford contracts 

6

Haynes, Manley B. 

6

Department of Hydraulics 

6

Insurance policies 

6

Inquiries on 1935 tolls and assessments 

6

Kennedy, E.D., et al v. Marvin Chase, receiver 

6

Department of Labor and Industries 

7

Land contracts 

7

Land sales 

7

Land settlement 

7

Leases 

7

Legal opinions 

7

Legislative matters 

7

Department of Licenses 

7

Lowman-Hanford Company 

7

McLean and Company re: bonds 

7

Machine shops and supplies 

7

Manufacturers -- miscellaneous 

7

Maps and photographs 

7

Meter readings 

8

Miller and Adams 

8

Milwaukee Railroad Company officials 

8

Minutes and resolutions 

8

Miscellaneous 

8

Moulton and Powell, attornies 

9

Division of Municipal Corporations 

9

Newspaper clippings 

9

Notes and mortgages 

9

O'Brien, M.F. 

9

O'Brien, K. Wagner 

9

Oils and greases 

9

Old business 

9

Pacific Power and Light Company 

9

Partlow, Lon 

9

Pashen, H.F. 

9

Payrolls 

9

Petitions 

9

Picatti Brothers 

9

Pipeline construction--lateral "H 

9

Plans and specifications 

9

Plats 

9

Poll book for bond election October, 1938. 

9

Power dope 

9

Power statements 1940. 

9

Priest Rapids Development Company 

10

Priest Rapids Irrigation District 

10

Priority rating and correspondence 

10

Private and district lands 

10

Prosicuting [sic] Attorney, Benton County 

10

Prosser 

10

Department of Public Lands 

10

Public Works Administration 

10

Pump information, Consolidated Builders, Inc. [Grand Coulee Dam] 

10

Receipts, miscellaneous 

10

Reconstruction Finance Corporation 

10

Redemption receipts 1940-1942 

11

Refunding bond issue 

11

Reports, federal and state 

11

Roberts pumping plant estimates 

11

Salvini, B. [John Bert] 

11

Salvina, James P. 

11

Sanford, Charles M. 

11

Secretary's manual 

11

Standard Oil Company 

11

State and governmental departments 

11

State auditor 

11

State tax commission 

11

State treasurer 

11

Statements [of predecessor companies] 

11

Supply firms 

11

Tax schedule 

12

Victory tax and withholding tax 

12

Technical data 

12

Tinling and Powell, attornies 

12

Toll receipts 1952 

12

Transfers [of contracts] 1936 

12

Treasurer's receipts 1943 

12

Unemployment compensation 

12

Union Oil Company 

12

Yakima Valley Iron Works 

12

Letters in which warrants were sent 

12

Washington Rural Rehabilitation Corporation 

12

Water charges 

12

Water contracts 

12

Water deliveries 

12

Water information 

12

Water statements 

13

Water users 

13

Webber, Leo 

13

Westinghouse Electric Company 

13

Woodward Governor Company 

13

C.F. Wooten case 

13

Works Progress Administration 

13

XYZ [Miscellaneous] 

13

Yakima County 

13

Yakima Hardware Company 

13

Yearly totals 1936 

13

Condemnation and dissolution of the Priest Rapids Irrigation District 1943-1951. 

14

Priest Rapids Irrigation District Files 

Box

Minutes and resolutions 1938-1944 

15

Copies of PRID deeds 

15

Land Remittance Ration: Priest Rapids Land Development Company 

15

United States Army 

15

War Department 

15

Description of Bonds issued in 1940 

15

Application to Reconstruction Finance Corporation 1933 

15

White Bluffs--Hanford Project as proposed by Citizens Committee 1919 

15

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Box

Condemnation and liquidation: Correspondence, briefs, depositions and related papers, mostly dealing with legal matters 1943-1954. 

16

Appraisals of PRID properties (Including photographs) 1908-09 

17

Transcripts and reports of trials before federal courts 1947-1952 

17