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1926 January 9-1926 July 17
Ledger labeled "No. 4" with column headings: [date, description], Tenants, "Gen Ledger," Cash, "Mdse," Plant, Seeed, Cotton, "F. N. Bank," and "Far Bank." Comments: contains auditor's instructions and comments and plantation manager's comments about the rain.
In 1909, internationally known agricultural expert and future Illinois Governor Frank Orren Lowden purchased a plantation of 21,000 acres at South Bend in Lincoln County, Arkansas, 7 miles northeast of Gould. This enterprise, actually a number of separate "farms", stretched for more than 20 miles along the Arkansas River in Lincoln and Desha counties. Lowden considered Arkansas agricultural lands to be among the most fertile in the world. His main farm at South Bend included a large Greek revival plantation house of 20 rooms, built before 1857. Although Lowden made yearly visits to Arkansas, he employed a number of different men to oversee plantation operations in his absence. Among them was Phillip Boggs of Gould who was financial agent and bookkeeper at South Bend from 1921 to 1936.
The plantation, which grew cotton exclusively, was divided into a number of separate farms: Clay Place, Lake Place, Langdon, Massey, as well as South Bend. These locations were developed into "model farms with Delco electric lights and deep well water system."
Ledger, 15.75" x 17.25"
Plantations; Cotton; Arkansas Delta (Ark.); Account books
Lincoln County (Ark.)
MS.000248, Ledger 05 (Box 2, Item 2)
Lowden Plantation records, MS.000248
Arkansas State Archives
Lowden Plantation ledger, 1926 January 9-1926 July 17, Lowden Plantation records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.