14 boxes (13.94 linear ft.)..
Collection consists of the personal and business papers of the Fayle family of Goodsprings, Nevada, including patriarch George Fayle and wife Jean, and son Leonard Fayle, and his wife, Anna. Collection contains documents relating to their business, civic and personal activities and includes correspondence, hotel registers, account books, quit claim deeds, mine records, and photographs. Extensive documentation on the Yellow Pine Mine. Significant in the collection are hundred year-old courtship letters George wrote to his future bride, Jean Henderson. Such material document a wealth of details about daily life at the turn of the century. Jean Fayle was named executor after the death of her husband and the collection contains her business correspondence from 1918-1949, along with newspaper articles recording her involvement with civic organizations and Women's clubs. The papers of Leonard Fayle occupy the majority of the collection. Leonard saved a large amount of material chronicling college life in the 1920s -- correspondence, photos, dance programs, grades and term papers. There are also numerous items pertaining to Leonard's business interests including Quality Bakery that he purchased at the start of World War II: correspondence, inventory, daily reports, invoices, ration books, sugar certificates and profit and loss statements covering the period 1944-51. Throughout his life, Leonard was a member of many fraternal organizations. Material from Rotary International is quite broad: correspondence covers the years from 1930-1983, minutes from 1948-50, rosters from 1967-1982, the Rotary Wheel from 1949-1983, programs, newspapers articles, photographs and ephemera. Leonard was also a member of the Las Vegas Shrine Club, the Masonic Lodge No. 32, the Royal Order of the Jesters and the collection contains photographs, newspaper articles, plaques, and certificates of appreciation pertaining to these organizations. The family's involvement with mining in San Bernardino, California and Nevada is extensively covered in the collection. Arranged alphabetically under the name of individual mines or mining companies, the material ranges from correspondence to legal documents to geological maps and stock certificates. Several of the mines contain documents from the early 20th century -- journals, dividend claims, mining patents, legal documents and correspondence detailing the time when southern Nevada was the largest producer of lead zinc ore in the west.
The Fayle family were prominent Southern Nevada pioneers, arriving in 1904. They had mercantiles in Goodsprings and Goodsprings junction as well as mining interests in the area. A post office was established and named after Jean Fayle, the first postmistress. George Fayle was elected in 1912 to the Board of County Commissioners and served until his death during the 1918 influenza epidemic. Leonard Fayle was a businessman and actively involved in civic and fraternal organizations in Las Vegas.
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