MG 701 - King, George I. Collection

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Scope and Content

The collection contains primarily the business papers of George I. King with a few personal letters and items.

The business papers are from the Middletown Car Company and other companies involved in the manufacture of railroad cars. They include:

Correspondence, 1901-1922; photos of railroad cars, car works, and scenic views; financial statements, 1901-1908, 1917; advertisement brochures, price list and catalogue for the Middletown Car Works; correspondence and other business papers of the Eastern Car Company; publications and photos of the American Car and Foundry Company; papers of the King-Lawson Car Company including the British and United States patent for a new dump car, 1905, 1909; the Middletown Car Works ledger, 1891-1896; Cost Records, 1907-1909; a ledger of Record of Costs, 1901-1907; and various publications on the manufacture of railroad cars.

The personal papers include correspondence, much of which concerns his attempt to obtain a position with the Department of Commerce, 1921, and includes a handwritten letter from "Anna' in Hampton, Virginia, dated October, 1948, to Aunt Emma and Uncle George concerning the death of her father; genealogy of the King family; a character analysis of John S. King, son of George I. King; family photos; a handbill for George King's lecture tour in 1922; a proposal written by G. King to persuade the Odd Fellows to locate a proposed home in Middletown; an identity book for George King for his travel in England; and publications concerning inventions.


George Ilgenfritz King was born in York in 1871. He was educated in the public schools of York and began his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; but interrupted his studies there to assist his father in running the Middletown Car Works. He later returned to MIT. He was employed by a number of steel companies, but resigned in order to accept the office of vice-president and general manager of the Middletown Car Works. He formed a partnership with Thomas Lawson and perfected Mr. Lawson's idea for the construction of a dump car, taking out a patent in both names. He had, also, about fifty patents on steel cars and parts, most of which were purchased by the American Car & Foundry Company. He was a member of a number of community organizations as well as one of the organizers of the Citizens' National Bank of Middletown. He was married to Emma Campbell, daughter of Joseph and Anna (Gingerich) Campbell. They had four children: Marion Charlotte, George Ilgenfritz, Jr., Lucille Campbell, and Eleanor Campbell.

Date(s): 1891-1966

Extent: 1 carton, 73 folders