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Kochtitzky & Warner Drainage Contractors Records
1914-1920
 
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
 
Accession Number: 1998.006.
 
Abstract: Correspondence, work orders, and financial documents from the engineering consulting firms ran by Otto Kochtitzky and John E. Warner; includes records from Warner & Poe Cr., Kochtitzky & Warner Drainage Contractors.
 
Processed by: Amber Miranda, 2011 June
 
Repository: Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
Phone: (573) 651-2245; Fax: (573) 651-2666; Email: semoarchives@semo.edu
 
Provenance: Unknown
 
Citation: Kochtitzky & Warner Drainage Contractors Records, Special Collections and Archives, Southeast Missouri State University
 
Restrictions: None
 
Separated Materials: A sketch of the Little River Drainage District by Earl R. Schultz was separated and placed in its own collection.
 
Related Collections:
Little River Drainage District, Group II, Series I: Otto Kochtitzky
Kochtitzky Papers, Otto, 1850-1935. Archives of the Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis, Mo.
 
Biographical Note
 
In 1903 Otto Kochtitzky published “Map of the Lowlands of Southeast Missouri,” a survey of the seven counties that would eventually make up the Little River Drainage District. Founding members of the Little River Drainage District used Kochtitzky’s map and as a result hired him to be the first Chief Engineer of the district. Kochtitzky, consulting with two other prominent drainage engineers of the time, Isham Randolph and Arthur E. Morgan, developed the official plan for drainage in 1908. Kochtitzky worked to support the Little River Drainage District as landowners of the district fought various legal battles to make the district become reality. Kochtitzky retired from his position as the Chief Engineer for the Little River Drainage District in 1910, and formed an independent consulting company.

Kochtitzky & Warner acquired many dredging contracts throughout Southern Missouri and Northern Arkansas, and at one point had seven large dredging machines for projects. However, success was stunted due to World War I, when Kochtitzky turned his attention to managing his sons’ affairs after they were drafted. The business never recovered and after a series of financial setbacks, including machine obsolescence and problems with the contracts, the business dissolved.
 
Scope and Content Note
 
Correspondence, work orders, and financial documents from the engineering consulting firms ran by Otto Kochtitzky and John E. Warner; includes records from Warner & Poe Cr., Kochtitzky & Warner Drainage Contractors. Records are arranged alphabetically by type and the documents are chronological within the folders.
The bulk of the records are work orders from the Little River Drainage District for contact 19, work on ditch number 1. These records date from 1915-1919.
 
Rules or Conventions: Finding Aid prepared using DACS

Container List
Box 1047
Folder 001 General Correspondence 1914 Sep-1920 Mar
Folder 002 Invoices, Receipts, and Checks 1915-1917
Folder 003 Little River Drainage District Order No. 50-257, Contact 19 Ditch 1 1915 Feb-Dec
Folder 004 Little River Drainage District Order No.271-408, Contact 19 Ditch 1 1916 Jan-Dec
Folder 005 Little River Drainage District Order No.411-635, Contact 19 Ditch 1 1917 Jan-1919 Jun
Folder 006 The Little River Drainage District Specification for the Construction of Improvements Called for in the Plan for Drainage for Contracts One to Twenty-seven (Seventy-seven?) Inclusive Circa 1912



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