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F. H. Fechtig Papers, 1885-1930

(Manuscript Collection #61)

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Title: F. H. Fechtig Papers
Creator: Fechtig, F. H. (Frederick Hart), 1865-1951
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Papers (1885-1930, undated) including correspondence, financial papers, clippings, photographs, pamphlets, newspapers, a letterpress book, etc., relating his role as purchasing agent for the Washington, Ohio and Western Railroad Company and other companies.
Extent: 0.22 Cubic feet, 83 items , correspondence, financial papers, clippings, photographs, pamphlets, newspapers, a letterpress book, and miscellaneous items.

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Accessions Information

August 30, 1968, 1 volume; Letterpress book (1885-1894) of F. H. Fechtig, official of Washington, Ohio & Western Railroad Company.

December 3, 1968, (addition) 82 items; Correspondence, receipts, accounts, pamphlets, newspapers, photographs, clippings, and miscellaneous. Gift of Miss Allie Morris Fechtig, Wilmington, N.C.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

F. H. Fechtig Papers (#61), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Gift of Miss Allie Morris Fechtig

Processing Information

  • Processed by T. Sloan, January 1969

  • Encoded by Apex Data Services


Biographical / Historical Note Click here to collapse or expand the contents in this section of the finding aid

Frederick Hart Fechtig (1865-1951) came to Wilmington, N.C., in 1894 as purchasing agent for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. He was previously in Richmond, Virginia, as secretary to the president of the ACL Lines, and prior to that he had been connected in various capacities with the Washington, Ohio & Western, Norfolk and Western, Richmond and Danville, and Pennsylvania railroads. Mr. Fechtig, who was married to Allie Crutchfield Allen, retired from railway activities in 1945 at the age of eighty.

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Correspondence available is largely of a business nature, and concerns Mr. Fechtig's managerial efforts for the various lines with which he was associated. The letterpress book (1885-1894) is of particular interest due to the detailed reports of rail operation that it contains. Included are copies of weekly and monthly reports of traffic, expenses, earnings, payrolls, etc., for the Washington, Ohio and Western Railroad Company. Copies of correspondence in the letterpress book contain descriptions of promotional activities, probing of competitive rates, requisitions of supplies, and other matters. Also in the book is a roster of public school teachers for Baltimore, Md.

Financial papers involve largely personal expenditures for clothing, household, and other supplies in Wilmington, N.C., and Richmond, Va., for the period 1889-1895.

The newspaper clippings (undated) are of a personal nature and are concerned with religion, art, homeopathy and recipes.

Of interest among the miscellaneous items is a health certificate (1901) issued by the Wilmington, N.C., Board of Health. The certificate, like others of the period, permitted persons to travel in times of epidemics without being detained by watchful authorities in other localities. Other miscellaneous items include a poem, dance invitation, list of fire alarm numbers for Richmond, Va. (1893), various advertisements, and a collection of religious "chromo"and Sunday School cards.

Several photographs are included, and an unidentified tintype is among the papers. The photographs are of the Richmond, Va., area, the Joseph H. Allen homeplace, and Sarah G. Yarnall, age 106.

Pamphlets in the papers consist of a history of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, two slide rule instruction booklets, and "The Great Adventure, "a religious tract.

Newspapers are from Wilmington, N.C., and include The Morning Star, June 29, 1894, and March 13, 1916, and The Daily Review and Messenger, both June 29, 1894.

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Online access to this finding aid is supported with funds created through the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). These funds come through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. This grant is part of the North Carolina ECHO, Exploring Cultural Heritage Online, Digitization Grant Program.

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