Ruth Porte Papers

Women’s Museum of California Archives

Ruth Porte Papers, 1989-1993

 

Title: Ruth Porte Bankruptcy Papers

Accession Number: AC-026

Creator: UnknownHead Archivist: Bonnie Domingos

Head Archivist: Bonnie Domingos

Prepared By: Morgan Miller

Date Acquired: unknown

Date Processed: March 25, 2014

Location: San Diego, CA 

Administrative Information:

Access Restrictions: none

Use Restrictions:  none

Provenance: Materials were found stuffed in an envelope, in an unmarked box, and randomly found in the WMC archives after the move. Unclear if the records provenance are Ruth’s Porte or other.

Historical Note:

Robert G. Dukes bought run-down properties with the intent of restoring them. Checks from investors stopped coming in late 1988. Dukes told investors that he would bail them out and left abruptly leaving the company's own rent unpaid and the investors in the lurch. Dukes was comingling funds among Mason Gorden partnerships but also commingling his own private deals. He was improperly eliminating the liens from the records.Ruth Porte is part of the Queenstown partnership where she invested a portion of her life savings to a property in Mission Beach, San Diego. Her partnership fell as a victim of the scandal regarding Duke. They could not pay off their loans and therefore foreclosed these properties in the year of 1994. The members of the Queenstown partnership include: Benita Berkson, John Patton, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Ruth Porte, Kate Holub, January Riddle, Florence G. McCutcheon, Jean Saz, Joanne Martinis, and Harold Saz.

Ruth Porte is part of the Queenstown partnership where she invested a portion of her life savings to a property in Mission Beach, San Diego. Her partnership fell as a victim of the scandal regarding Duke. They could not pay off their loans and therefore foreclosed these properties in the year of 1994. The members of the Queenstown partnership include: Benita Berkson, John Patton, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Ruth Porte, Kate Holub, January Riddle, Florence G. McCutcheon, Jean Saz, Joanne Martinis, and Harold Saz.

Scope and Contents of Material:

Series I:

Articles regarding the bankruptcy of property in the Mission Beach area of San Diego. There are financial records on Ruth's interest investment. Paperwork on the Queenstown partnership, agreement as well as letters written to Ruth by Benita Berkson talking about an eviction of a tenants as well informing Ruth that the group is short on their payment on the loan. Ruth is to pay her portion of that payment. Includes escrow closing statements, income property guilds, grant deeds, and invoice receipts of property repairs. 

Related Collections:

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Container List

Box and Folder Material

Series I:

Articles regarding (financial records) a bankruptcy involving Ruth Porte within her group called Queenstown Partners.

Box # 1

            Folder 1 of 10: Income Property Guild documents (1990-92).

            Folder 2 of 10: Escrow closing statement/Transaction Reports (1989-92).

            Folder 3 of 10: Invoice Receipts/Invoices (1992).

            Folder 4 of 10: Income tax forms about Ruth Porte (1991-94).

            Folder 5 of 10: Letters pertaining to foreclosure/Bank of America statements                            

            (1989-93).

            Folder 6 of 10: Deeds of trust pertaining Joanne Martinis's share (1989).

            Folder 7 of 10: Quitclaim deeds (1989-92).

            Folder 8 of 10: Grant Deeds/Corporation Grant Deed (1989-92).

            Folder 9 of 10: Series of newspaper clippings on Dukes scandal (1992-93).

            Folder 10 of 10: Miscellaneous notes.