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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Fowler and Pay Papers, 1887 - 1888

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Fowler and Pay. Papers, 1887 - 1888.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1229

Fowler and Pay. Papers, 1887 - 1888. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1229. 1 volume, 3 items.


This collection consists of items belonging to the business firm of Fowler and Pay. The business was operated by Frank Fowler and Benjamin Franklin Pay, of Mankato. From 1887 until 1889 the company served as a retail outlet for products produced by other local businesses. This collection contains a ledger book from this time period, which includes the financial records from the business. Also included is a deed for land purchased by Fowler and Pay in Mankato, and an undated pamphlet produced by the business. This pamphlet presents the advantages to using the products sold by the Fowler and Pay firm.

Historical Note:

Frank Fowler and Benjamin Franklin Pay operated a building material business in Mankato, Minnesota beginning April 1, 1887. For two years, the business operated as a retail outlet for the products of other business. Products sold by Fowler and Pay included brown lime, hydraulic cement, bricks, building supplies, and limestone. In 1889 the business expanded into the manufacturing of building stone and became a major business in the community. Fowler and Pay continued in the lime and stone business in Mankato until the 1940s.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Fowler and Pay. Papers, 1887 - 1888. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1229, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Ms. Mary Pay Johnson donated this collection in March 1977.

Processed By:

Ms. Karin Thiem processed this collection in September 1977. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell October 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Fowler and Pay available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Fowler, Frank
Pay, Benjamin Franklin
Mankato (Minn.)-retail trade.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1229



“Durable Mortar” pamphlet



Ledger, 1887 – 1888



Property Deed