Leonard Eck Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Leonard Eck, originally from Germany, moved to Austin, Texas with his wife Francis and children in the late 1870s from Cedar Falls, Iowa. The 1900 Federal Census lists his age as fifty-five. Upon arrival he purchased a jewelry and mercantile business from Sweeney and Combs and the family lived above the store at 101 East 6th Street. An advertisement from 1887 lists him as a "Collateral Broker". Later he had a business on 1200 South Congress Avenue, which, according to the November 27, 1938 American Statesman, was the first store building in South Austin. Eck died in 1925.
Teck, Texas, in western Travis County, was named after Leonard T. Eck, who became postmaster when a post office was established there in 1900. The Teck post office operated until 1919, and again from 1925 to 1929, when it was discontinued and mail for the community was routed through Cedar Valley.
Sources: Austin History Center Biography file and Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, "TECK, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hwt01), accessed June 18, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
The majority of the Leonard Eck Papers concerns the business and real estate dealings of Leonard Eck. The Leonard Eck series (1882-1914) consists of business records such as an account book that lists loans made and collateral received in return; promissory notes; correspondence concerning payments dues; account charges; business licenses and legal documents (Deeds Under Order of Sale, Bills of Cost and Deeds from the Sheriff). Real estate materials include Warranty Deeds, General Land Office payment certificates, Abstracts of Title and correspondence. His work as a "collateral broker" and his real estate investments sometimes overlapped as customers occasionally used land as collateral.
In addition to the Leonard Eck documents there are a few items attributed to other members of the family. This series (1914, 1949, undated) includes Henry Eck's South Austin High School report card, adoption papers allowing Henry Eck to adopt the three children of his brother Alvin and his wife Agnes and a certificate of registry for a boar purchased by a relation of Mrs. Jennie Stewart (daughter of Leonard, sister to Henry and Alvin).
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All but one item in the collection were donated by the daughter of Leonard Eck in 1992. The "Stockman's Pocket Bills of Sale and Memorandum Book" was purchased by the Austin History Center from Kenston Rare Books in 2014.
Leonard T. Eck Papers (AR.1992.023). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1992/096
Donation Date: 1992
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2014.
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