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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Journals

Property Records

Business, Operations Records

Miscellaneous Materials

The Old Plantations and Their Owners of Brazoria County, Texas

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Abner J. Strobel Collection:

An Inventory of Records at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Strobel, Abner J., b. 1858
Title Abner J. Strobel Collection
Inclusive Date 1892-1931
Bulk Date 1909-1921
Identification MSS 28
Extent 12 lin. ft.: 10 document boxes
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Abner J. Strobel was a celebrated author and historian in Brazoria County, Texas. His family first migrated from England to the United States in 1660; first settling in Albermarle County, Virginia. Mr. Strobel was born September 6, 1858 in Brazoria County on the Drayton Plantation. In his early years he lived throughout the South. He returned to Texas in 1875 and Brazoria County in 1882. At this time he assisted in the management of a sugar and cotton plantation, managed six plantations for Francis, Smith & Co., and served as a tax collector for four years for the County. In his later years he wrote the book entitled The Old Plantations and Their Owners in Brazoria County.

Mr. Strobel’s immediate family suffered greatly as a result of the Civil War. The family left their affluent Lake Jackson Plantation which was sold in 1870 when Mr. Strobel’s mother was nearly destitute.

Mr. Strobel is documented as being Brazoria County’s premiere historian; particularly concerning the county’s early agricultural and industrial growth. He died in his 70s at his home in Chenango, Texas.

References: Strobel, A. J., (1926). The Old Plantations and Their Owners in Brazoria County, Texas. Introduction by R. M. Farrar. Houston : The Union National Bank.

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Abner J. Strobel, lay historian, local politician, plantation manager, expectant oilman and longtime resident of Brazoria County are especially useful for documenting the impact of oil discoveries on the agricultural economy of Brazoria County. Particularly interesting in this regard are a collection of documents relating to the activities of the Union Cooperative Oil and Refining Association in which Strobel was active. Slightly less extensive, but rather significant are several items pertaining to Brazoria County politics at the turn of the century.

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Arrangement

The arrangement of the collection is chronological and then further subdivided by subject.
Series Description
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Journals
Series 3: Property Records
Series 4: Business, Operations Records
Series 5: Miscellaneous Materials
Series 6: Half-Tone Engravings

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Abner J. Strobel Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder. Due to their fragility, the half-tone engravings may be viewed, but not used for any other purpose.

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Index Terms

Subjects
Petroleum industry and trade—Texas—Brazoria County
Politics—Texas—Brazoria County—20th century
Union Cooperative Oil and Refining Association
Subjects (Persons)
Strobel, Abner J., 1858-1931
Places
Brazoria County (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Abner J. Strobel Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. Senath Strobel Gibson, September 9, 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by COC, July 25, 1978. Revisions in processing of correspondence were made by Charles Stephenson and Tammy Jordan, January 6, 2007.

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Detailed Description

 

Correspondence

The correspondence series is organized chronologically and then listed by subjects contained in each folder.
1892
Box Folder
1 1 Personal
2 Business
3 Political
4 Taxes
5 Promotions
1893
Box Folder
1 6 Personal
7 Business
8 Political
9 Taxes
10 Promotions
1894
Box Folder
1 11 Personal
1985 to 1898
Box Folder
2 1 Personal
2 Business
3 Political
4 Promotions
1899 to 1900
Box Folder
2 5 Personal
6 Business
7 Promotions
8 Political
9 Business
10 Personal
11 Promotions
1900 to 1903
Box Folder
3 1 Personal
2 Business
3 Political
1904
Box Folder
3 4 Personal
5 Business
6 Political
7 Promotions
1905
Box Folder
3 8 Personal
9 Business
10 Promotions
11 Political
1906
Box Folder
3 12 Personal
13 Business
14 Promotions
15 Political
1907
Box Folder
3 16 Personal
17 Business
18 Promotions
19 Political
1908
Box Folder
3 20 Personal
21 Business
22 Promotions
23 Political
24 Petroleum
1909
Box Folder
4 1 Personal
2 Business
3 Political
4 Promotions
5 Petroleum
1910
Box Folder
4 6 Personal
7 Business
8 Promotions
9 Petroleum
1911
Box Folder
4 10 Personal
11 Petroleum
12 Business
1912 to 1917
Box Folder
4 13 Personal
14 Business
15 Petroleum
16 Political
1918
Box Folder
4 17 Personal
18 Business
19 Petroleum
20 Political
1919
Box Folder
5 1 Personal
2 Business
3 Petroleum
1920 to 1921
Box Folder
5 4 Personal
5 Business
6 Petroleum
7 Political
1922
Box Folder
5 8 Personal
9 Business
10 Petroleum
1923
Box Folder
6 1 Personal
2 Business
3 Petroleum
1924
Box Folder
6 4 Personal
5 Business
6 Petroleum
1925
Box Folder
6 7 Personal
8 Business
9 Petroleum
1926
Box Folder
6 10 Personal
11 Business
12 Petroleum
1927
Box Folder
6 13 Personal
14 Business
15 Petroleum
1928 to 1929
Box Folder
7 1 Personal
2 Petroleum
1930
Box Folder
7 3 Personal
4 Business
5 Petroleum
1931
Box Folder
7 6 Personal
7 Business
8 Petroleum
Correspondence, No Dates
Box Folder
7 9 Personal
10 Business
11 Petroleum

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Journals

Box Folder
7 12 Daybook, 1892 to 1893
13 Accounting and Daybooks, 1893 to 1899
14 Diaries, 1899 to 1931

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Property Records

Box Folder
7 15 Leases and Mortgages, 1894 to 1916
16 Leases and Mortgages, 1917
17 Manuscripts by Abner J. Strobel, no date
Box Folder
8 1 Leases, Deeds and Mortgages, 1918 to 1933
2 Leases, Deeds and Mortgages, 1923 to 1928
3 Leases, Deeds and Mortgages, no dates

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Business, Operations Records

Box Folder
8 4 Business transactions, 1890
5 Business transactions, 1882
6 Business transactions, 1891
7 Business transactions, 1892
8 Business transactions, 1893
9 Business transactions, 1894 to 1897
10 Business transactions, 1898 to 1913
11 Business transactions, 1914 to 1915
12 Business transactions, 1916
13 Business transactions, 1917
Box Folder
9 1 Invoices, 1919 to 1920
2 Invoices, 1921 to 1931
3 Invoices, no dates

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Miscellaneous Materials

Box Folder
9 4 Miscellaneous Brazoria County election materials, 1890 to 1915
5 Documents and Maps. Union Cooperative Oil & Refinery Association
6 Pamphlets, Catalogs
7 Assorted materials regarding Brazoria County, Texas
8 Homestead deed and map, 1867

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Half-Tone Engravings from The Old Plantations and Their Owners of Brazoria County, Texas

Box Folder
10 1 Willam H. Wharton of Brazoria County. Prominent in the Affairs of the Republic of Texas
2 Plantation home of Major Abner Jackson of Brazoria County as it appeared in 1890. Constructed in 1851.
3 Ellersly Place, ca. 1890. The plantation home of John Greenville McNeel near Brazoria, Texas. It was destroyed by fire in 1896.
4 The first capitol of Texas, West Columbia, Brazoria County. Erected in 1836, destroyed in 1900.
5 Abner J. Strobel
6 Masonic Charter Oak at Brazoria where the first Masonic Lodge met under jurisdiction of G. L. of Louisianna

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