Lancaster Brick Company Records, 1919-1982

Call number:  MG-364

2 boxes     4 volumes and 5 folders     .75 cubic ft.

Repository:  LancasterHistory.org (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location:  Archives South, Side 9

Description:  Collection contains records from the Lancaster Brick Company, including meeting minutes, names of shareholders, financial information, and documentation on incorporation and dissolution.

Creators:  Lancaster Brick Company (Lancaster, Pa.)

Conditions for Access:  Folder 5 contains restricted material and may not be used.

Conditions Governing Reproductions:  Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language:  English

Source of Acquisition:  Gift of Robert A. Horning, 9 February 2005

Administrative/Biographical History: 

Robert Horning’s great-uncle, Roy A. Horning, worked in the ceramics department at the Armstrong Cork Company plant in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and came to Lancaster to show the plant here how to make quality brick. Roy became the general manager, a position he held until he left in 1926. Robert’s grandfather, Clarence Horning, came to Lancaster from Paris, Illinois and became a superintendent and then general manager and vice president until his death in 1953. At that time, his son, Roy A. Horning II was offered and accepted the position of general manager. He held that position until the plant closed in 1979. Robert Horning was also employed at the company as a teenager and for one year after graduating from high school.

The Lancaster Brick Company was founded in 1919 to provide quality brick for the new Armstrong Cork Company buildings in Lancaster. The company was successful for more than half a century before environmental concerns and the excessive cost of fuel and raw materials forced the manufactory to close in 1979.

For more information: Horning, Roy A. 1992. “The Lancaster Brick Company, 1919-1979.” Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society 94 (Winter): 2-29.

 

Box 1

Book 1  Minute book. By-laws; minutes for annual stockholders’ meetings, monthly directors’ meetings, special meetings; and treasurer’s reports. 1919-1934.

Book 2  Minute book. Minutes for annual stockholders’ meetings, monthly directors’ meetings, special meetings; treasurer’s reports; manager’s reports; and resolutions. 1940-1951.

Book 3  Minute book. By-laws; minutes for annual stockholders’ meetings, monthly directors’ meetings, special meetings; treasurer’s reports; manager’s reports; and resolutions. 1940, 1952-1969.

 

Folder 1  Loose Papers from Book 1

Insert 1  Letter from Charles G. Baker, attorney, to Clarence B. Horning regarding the 1933 Business Corporation Code of Pennsylvania. Lancaster. 27 December 1933. (inserted between pages 294-295)

Insert 2  Meeting minutes with financial statements. 1934.

Insert 3  Meeting minutes with financial statements. 1935.

Insert 4  Meeting minutes with financial statements. 1936.

Insert 5  Meeting minutes. 1937.

Insert 6  Meeting minutes with financial statements. 1938.

Insert 7  Meeting minutes with financial statements. 1939-1940.

Insert 8  Schedule of stockholders showing name, business address, and number of shares held. 3 February 1934.

 

Folder 2  Loose Papers from Book 2

Insert 1  Notice of annual meeting of shareholders, 27 March 1950, with agenda and resolutions to consider. 3 March 1950. (inserted before minutes of 27 March 1950)

Insert 2  Resolutions for Clarence B. Horning and Harry A. Bevis to act on behalf of the corporation to execute, acknowledge, and deliver a deed to Paul S. Bomberger; and to appoint Clarence B. Horning attorney-in-fact for the corporation. 14 September 1951. (stapled to minutes of 14 September 1951)

 

Folder 3  Loose Papers from Book 3

Insert 1  Appointments of proxy to vote at stockholders’ meeting for Herman A. Wohlsen, James K. Martin, executors of W. W. Posey estate, Posey Iron Works Inc., John C. [Mueller], John B. Rengier, and Albert B. Wohlsen. 1962. (inserted before the minutes of 27 March 1961)

Insert 2  Resolution of Board of Directors for the authority to open or continue an account at Fulton National Bank of Lancaster. 27 March 1962.

Resolution of Board of Directors for the authority to borrow money at Fulton National Bank of Lancaster. 27 March 1962. (inserted before the minutes of 27 March 1962)

Insert 3  Appointments of proxy to vote at stockholders’ meeting for Posey Iron Works Inc., Edward H. [Deyll], trustee for Mary Ellen Todd, Paul A. [Mueller], John B. Rengier, Herman A. Wohlsen, Albert B. Wohlsen, and John C. [Mueller]. 1964. (inserted in minutes of 1 April 1963)

Insert 4  Appointments of proxy to vote at stockholders’ meeting for Harry A. Bevis, Albert B. Wohlsen, Paul A. [Mueller], Isabella Fiona Wagner, James K. Martin, Hedwig S. Martin, Herman A. Wohlsen, John H. Stauffer, and Richard S. Wagner. 1965. (inserted before minutes of 6 April 1964)

Insert 5  Pension trust agreement between Lancaster Brick Company and Fulton National Bank of Lancaster. 1 November 1966.

Amendment to the pension trust agreement. 13 September 1967. (inserted before minutes of 17 October 1966)

Insert 6  Copy of amendment to pension trust agreement. 13 September 1967. (inserted before minutes of 13 November 1967)

Insert 7  Resolution to sell tract of land on Farmingdale Road, East Hempfield Twp. 8 April 1978. (inserted in minutes of 29 July 1968)

Insert 8  Resolution of Board of Directors for the authority to borrow money from Fulton National Bank of Lancaster. 28 July 1969. (inserted before minutes of 28 July 1969)

 

 

Box 2

Book 4  Minute book. Minutes for annual stockholders’ meetings and monthly directors’ meetings; treasurer’s reports; resolutions; and correspondence and documents regarding the dissolution of the company. 1970-1981.

 

Folder 4  Loose Papers from Book 4

Insert 1  Agreement between Lancaster Brick Company and Lancaster Malleable Castings Company for sale of real estate. 9 October 1979.

Property plot. No date. (was stapled to agreement dated October 1979 before the F&M letter dated 11 August 1980)

Insert 2  Photocopy of settlement between Lancaster Brick Company and Lancaster Malleable Castings Company. Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company. 30 September 1980. (inserted before minutes of 29 September 1980)

Insert 3  Letter from H. A. Martini to Robert E. S. Flinchbaugh at Lancaster Brick Company regarding IRS Form 966. Letterhead of Kuntz, Lesher, Siegrist, Martini & Associates, Lancaster. 6 October 1980.

Correspondence from A. W. Seitz to the IRS Center in Philadelphia enclosing Form 966 and Plan of Dissolution and Complete Liquidation. Letterhead of Lancaster Brick Company. 8 October 1980.

Draft of above correspondence. No date. (inserted in minutes of 11 February 1981)

Insert 4  IRS Form 966. 8 October 1980.

Copy of resolution to be adopted by shareholders on 29 September 1980 regarding dissolution of the company. Incomplete.

Plan of Dissolution and Complete Liquidation of Lancaster Brick Company. 29 September 1980. (2 copies)

Copy of resolution to be adopted by the Board of Directors on 29 September 1980. (inserted before minutes of 11 February 1981)

Insert 5  Correspondence from Clinton W. kemp to Robert E. S. Flinchbaugh enclosing a Certificate of Election to Dissolve Lancaster Brick Company. Letterhead of Barley, Snyder, Cooper & Barber, Lancaster. 5 December 1980.

Copy of correspondence from Robert E. S. Flinchbaugh, Lancaster Brick Company, to Clinton W. Kemp enclosing the signed certificate. 11 December 1980.

Completed Certificate of Election to Dissolve. Corporation Bureau, Department of State, Pennsylvania. 11 December 1980.

Exhibit A showing the names and addresses of directors. No date.

Copy of correspondence from Clinton W. Kemp to Corporation Bureau, Department of State, Harrisburg, regarding Certificate of Election to Dissolve. Letterhead of Barley, Snyder, Cooper & Barber, Lancaster. 12 December 1980. (inserted in minutes of 11 February 1981)

Insert 6  Letter from Clinton W. Kemp to Robert E. S. Flinchbaugh regarding the following notices of dissolution. Letterhead of Barley, Snyder, Cooper & Barber. 13 January 1981.

Copy of correspondence from Robert E. S. Flinchbaugh to Manheim Twp. regarding dissolution of the company. 12 January 1981.

Copy of correspondence from Robert E. S. Flinchbaugh to Manheim Twp. School District regarding dissolution of the company. 12 January 1981.

Copy of correspondence from Robert E. S. Flinchbaugh to County of Lancaster regarding dissolution of the company. 12 January 1981.

Copy of correspondence from Robert E. S. Flinchbaugh to Clinton W. Kemp. 27 January 1981. (inserted in minutes of 11 February 1981)

Insert 7  Letter from Clinton W. Kemp to Robert E. S. Flinchbaugh enclosing the following documents and discussing the next course of action. Letterhead of Barley, Snyder, Cooper & Barber. 15 April 1981.

Certificate of Election to Dissolve. 11 December 1980.

Exhibit A showing the names and addresses of directors. No date.

Proof of publication of notice in the New Era. 17 February 1981.

Proof of publication of notice in The Lancaster Law Review. 20 February 1981. (inserted before minutes of 15 April 1981)

Insert 8  Copy of settlement between Lancaster Brick Company and Franklin & Marshall College. Commonwealth Land Title Insurance Company. 10 April 1981. (2 copies)

Copy of financial data from the sale of land to Franklin & Marshall College. No date. (inserted before minutes of 15 April 1981)

Insert 9  Letter from Clinton W. Kemp to H. G. Peirce, president of Posey Iron Works Inc., enclosing the Articles of Dissolution and Certificate of Dissolution, and regarding a bank account. Letterhead of Barley, Snyder, Cooper & Barber. 8 June 1982.

Articles of Dissolution. Corporation Bureau, Department of State, Pennsylvania. 1 May 1982.

Certificate of Dissolution. Department of State, Pennsylvania. 13 May 1982. (inserted before minutes of 15 April 1981)

Insert 10  Meeting minutes. 29 September 1980.

Resolutions to be adopted at meeting of shareholders, 29 September 1980.

Meeting minutes. 9 July 1981. (inserted before resolution, before minutes of 7 July 1982)

Insert 11  Resolution to be adopted by Board of Directors, 9 July 1981. Looks like it’s the original. (inserted before minutes of 9 July 1981)

Insert 12  Addendum to liquidating trust agreement appointing A. W. Seitz as trustee. 7 July 1982. (inserted after minutes of 7 July 1982)

Insert 13  Audited financial statements and other financial information for the Lancaster Brick Company, 31 December 1977 and 31 December 1976. Kuntz, Lesher, Siegrist, Martini & Associates. 13 March 1978. (inserted after minutes of 7 July 1982)

Insert 14  Comparative balance sheets. 31 January 1978 and 31 December 1977; 28 February 1978 and 31 December 1977; 31 July 1978 and 31 December 1977. (inserted after minutes of 7 July 1982)

Insert 15  Analysis of sales for [1977]. No date.

Forecast income statement for 1978. No date.

Announcement of annual meeting of shareholders, 17 April 1978. Letterhead of Lancaster Brick Company. 30 March 1978.

Copy of letter from H. A. Martini to Board of Directors regarding financial statements and internal accounting control. 31 March 1978.

Announcement of meeting of Board of Directors, 21 August 1978. Addressed to Robert P. Breneman. Letterhead of Lancaster Brick Company. 11 August 1978.

Sales data for January to mid-August 1978. 21 August 1978.

Copy of letter from H. A. Martini to Albert W. Seitz regarding a realtor’s proposal. Letterhead of Kuntz, Lesher, Siegrist, Martini & Associates. 25 August 1978. (inserted after minutes of 7 July 1982)

Insert 16  Report of expenses under terminated operations. [1979].

Copy of notice to shareholders regarding the deferred annual meeting, 8 October 1979. Letterhead of Lancaster Brick Company. No date.

Meeting minutes. 8 October 1979.

Copy of announcement of meeting of Board of Directors, 29 September 1980. Letterhead of Lancaster Brick Company. 19 September 1980.

Meeting minutes. 29 September 1980.

Treasurer’s report. 29 September 1980.

Notes and accounts payable. 30 September 1980.

Form letter from H. G. Peirce to shareholder enclosing a check for the final distribution from the Liquidating Trust. Letterhead of Lancaster Brick Company. 26 July 1982. (inserted after minutes of 7 July 1982)

Insert 17  Letter from Dorothy M. Slaugh to Roy A. Horning regarding a feasibility study of land holdings of Lancaster Brick Company. Letterhead of Slaugh-Blumenstock & Co., Lancaster. 26 July 1974. Notes on reverse regarding response to letter.

List of directors and offices. [1981]. (inserted at the back of Book 4)