Subseries 1.6
Gaston C. Raoul papers, 1882-1959
Boxes 20-22

Biographical Note

Gaston C. Raoul was born March 1, 1874 at Great Hill Place in Bolingbroke, Georgia. He attended schools in Savannah, the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. Between 1890 and 1903, Gaston held a variety of positions with railroads in Kentucky, Mexico, Georgia, Alabama, and New York. After a brief stint with the ship brokerage firm of J. F. Minis and Company in Savannah, he settled permanently in Chattanooga in 1905. There he headed a refrigerator and furniture manufacturing concern, known variously as the Keyser Manufacturing Company, the Odorless Refrigerator Company, the Tennessee Furniture Corporation, and the Cavalier Corporation. Gaston married Marian Alexander Haskell in 1908. The couple had five children, Alice Van Yeveren (1909-1916), William Gaston (b. 1911), Marian Haskell (b. 1913), Rosine (b. 1915), and Dorothea Van Yeveren (b. 1917). Gaston died in 1960.

Scope and Content Note

Materials of Gaston C. Raoul include his letters to family members (1886-1949), a few letters from relatives and business associates (1882-1939), and a journal he kept while attending Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and working as a rodman in Kentucky (1888-1890). Also included in the subseries is a small group of letters from Gaston's wife Marian Haskell Raoul to Mary Wadley Raoul (1907-1912).

The bulk of Gaston Raoul's letters date between 1888 and 1910 and are primarily to his mother. The earliest letters describe his activities at the Lawrenceville School (1888-1889), road-building work with the Kentucky Union Railroad (1890) and the Savannah Construction Company (1890-1891), and family life in Atlanta (1891-1894). From 1894 to 1897, Gaston worked for his father on the Mexican National Railroad, and letters from this period discuss his work on the lines and in the telegraph offices, his relationships with the Mexicans, and his despondency over his future. Subsequent attempts to find a career are documented by letters written while he worked as a division supervisor with the Central of Georgia Railroad in Macon and Alabama (1897-1899), as purchasing agent for the Mexican National Railroad in New York (1899-1,303), as a partner with the ship brokerage firm of J. F. Minis and Company in Savannah (1903-1904), and finally as president of the Keyser Manufacturing Company in Chattanooga (1905-1949). In addition to business ventures, Gaston discussed typhoid and yellow fever epidemics in the South (1898), and his extensive readings, travels, social activities, his family, and personal affairs.

Arrangement Note

Arranged by record type.

Letters of Gaston C. Raoul, 1886-1957
Box Folder Content
20 1 1886-1887
20 2 1888, January-April
20 3 1888, May-June
20 4 1888, September-December
20 5 1889, January-June
20 6 1889, September-December
20 7 1890, January-March
20 8 1890, April-December
20 9 1891, January-March
20 10 1891, April-October
20 11 1892-1893
20 12 1894
20 13 1895, January-April
20 14 1895, May-August
20 15 1895, September-December
20 16 1896, January-May
20 17 1896, June-September
20 18 1896, October-December
20 19 1897, January-March
20 20 1897, April-August
20 21 1897, September-December
21 1 1898, January-February
21 2 1898, March-April
21 3 1898, May-September
21 4 1898, October-December
21 5 1899, January-March
21 6 1899, April-November
21 7 1900
21 8 1901, January-February
21 9 1901, March-May
21 10 1901, June-December
21 11 1902, January-April
21 12 1902, May-July
21 13 1902, August-December
21 14 1903, January-April
21 15 1903, May-August
21 16 1903, September-December
21 17 1904, January-April
21 18 1904, May-July
21 19 1904, August-December
22 1 1905, January-June
22 2 1905, July-December
22 3 1906, January-April
22 4 1906, May-December
22 5 1907
22 6 1908
22 7 1909, January-July
22 8 1909, August-October
22 9 1910
22 10 1911-1912
22 11 1916-1957
22 12 Undated
22 13 Letters from various persons, 1882-1940
Other papers
22 14 Journal, 1888
22 15 Journal, 1889-1890
22 16 "Being a Discursive Account of a Dilatory Journey from Great Hill to Chattanooga, Net Distance Covered, 210 Miles, Elapsed Time, 31 Years, 1874-1905 by Gaston Cesar Raoul, 29 September 1959 (copy)
22 17 "Being a Discursive Account of a Dilatory Journey from Great Hill to Chattanooga, Net Distance Covered, 210 Miles, Elapsed Time, 31 Years, 1874-1905 by Gaston Cesar Raoul, 29 September 1959 (annotated copy)
22 18 Clipping: Gaston C. Raoul on Georgia Tech football team (1893)
22 19 Tribute by Cavalier Corporation, September 1960
22 20 Miscellaneous
Letters of Marian Haskell Raoul
22 21 1907-1908
22 22 1909
22 23 1910-1912
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