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A. Dirksen and Sons

 Collection
Identifier: MS-BC1

Abstract

Springfield, Illinois, furniture store founded in 1870 by Anton Dirksen (1827-1910), a German cabinetmaker and upholsterer who immigrated to Sangamon County in 1853. Collection includes board of directors and stockholders meeting minutes (1905-1919), ledgers (1894-1926), trial balances (1909-1926), inventories (1913-1925), and time books/payrolls (1911-1922 and 1928-1937).

Dates

  • 1894 - 1937

Biographical/Historical

Springield, Illinois, furniture store founded in 1870 by Anton Dirksen (1827-1910), a German cabinetmaker and upholsterer who immigrated to Sangamon County in 1853. Originally specialized in manufacture and sale of mattresses; began featuring upholstered goods in 1879. Company name changed to A. Dirksen and Son when Theodore H. (1856-1920) became partner in 1879; renamed A. Dirksen and Sons when Anton W. (1862-1887) became partner in 1884. Henry A. (1866-1920) later joined the firm in 1890 and the company was incorporated in 1905. In 1910 Theodore H. became president and treasurer and Henry became vice-president and secretary. Anna L. Dirksen (1865-1942), wife of Theodore H., became vice-president and secretary in 1914. The corporation dissolved in 1919 and management of company passed out of family hands until 1928, when Theodore J. Dirksen (1902-1968), son of Theodore H., became manager. His brother and sister, George A. (1906-?) and Anne M. (1900-1965), became his partners in 1960. The company name changed to Dirksen’s in 1961. Theodore J. left the company one year before it discontinued business in 1966. The store was located on 400 block of East Washington Street in Springfield and major products in twentieth century were furniture, carpets, draperies, and appliances.

Extent

2.25 Linear Feet (1.5 manuscript boxes and 13 oversize bound volumes)

Language of Materials

English

Scope & Contents

Collection includes board of directors and stockholders meeting minutes (1905-1919), ledgers (1894-1926), trial balances (1909-1926), inventories (1913-1925), and time books/payrolls (1911-1922 and 1928-1937). Collection apparently consists of only a sampling of various records kept by the company during a part of its existence. Company minutes, which include a copy of Anton Dirksen’s will, document the conduct of official business when the company operated as a corporation.
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collection Repository

Contact:
112 North Sixth Street
Springfield IL 62701 US
(217) 558-8923