Equity Improvement Company of Winchester, Virginia, Collection, 495 THL

SCOPE AND CONTENT: This collection contains organizational information, prospectus and stock certificates as well as maps of Winchester including improvements proposed by the Equity Improvement Company of Winchester, VA (Note-information pertaining to the Equity Improvement of Scranton, PA is filed in 522, the John Handley Collection).

(1 box) Last updated 11/10

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL: John Handley began visiting friends in the Winchester area in the 1880s. By 1888 he told them he wanted to do something for the local citizens’ benefits. The Equity Company was incorporated on January 25, 1890 and the list of projects to provide employment and housing was drawn up and stock was sold. However, only "The Winchester Inn" was completed. By August 11, 1899 the venture was a clear failure and the Board of Directors noted to dissolve the corporation and sell all of the property.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Quarles, Garland R., John Handley and the Handley Bequest to Winchester, Virginia, Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, Winchester, VA, 1998, pgs. 41-52.

CITE AS: Equity Improvement Company of Winchester, Virginia #495, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA

BOX 1

News article - annual meeting of stockholders, September 23, 1891, 1 leaf, printed (photocopy)

Plan of organization, January 25, 1890, 1 page, printed

Prospectus booklet, 1890, 1 item, 2 copies, printed

Stock certificates, 1891 and 1892, 2 leaves, manuscript on printed form

Receipt for Equity Improvement Company papers, books, etc., May 12, 1917, 1 leaf, typescript (copy)

Mapcase 3, Drawer 8

"Map of Winchester, Virginia Addition, made by Equity Improvement Co.," with drawing of Hotel Winchester, by Albert von Olszewski, no date, 8 copies, 1 leaf, printed

Map, showing new addition for development in Winchester, compiled by J. Howard Gore, no date, 2 copies, 1 leaf, printed.