Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the M.T. Jones Lumber Co. records and business ledgers, 1880-1940 MS 629



creator M. T. Jones Lumber Company
Title: M.T. Jones Lumber Co. records and business ledgers
Dates: 1880-1940
Abstract: The M.T. Jones Lumber Co. Records & Business Ledgers, 1890-1920, consist of business records, correspondence, letterpress books, invoices, orders, shipping records, and ledgers for the daily operations and administration of the lumber company for Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.
Identification: MS 629
Quantity: 43.5 Linear Feet(65 boxes)
Language: English
Technical: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Martin Tilford Jones, brother of William Hasque Jones/father of Jesse H. Jones, was born in 1841 in Robertson County, Tennessee, and died June 22, 1898 in Houston, TX. He was the fifth of six siblings. He enlisted in the Union Army in 1861 and was mustered out in 1865. After the war he married Louisa Woolard (1849-1934) and had three children: Augusta (1867-1960), Wiliam Eli (1871-1937), and Adiliene Jeanette (1877- ). After farming in Illinois, he moved to Terrell, Texas in 1875 to open a small lumber yard. He moved to Houston in 1883 and two years later organized the M.T. Jones Lumber Company and began acquiring property and timber rights and built saw mills, mostly in east Texas. He built a hugely successful business with an estimated six-five lumber yards mainly in Texas, but also in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Oklahoma. M.T.'s nephew, Jesse H. Jones worked for the Dallas lumberyard, and when M.T. died, Jesse Jones moved to Houston to manage his estate.


Scope and Contents

The M.T. Jones Lumber Co. Records & Business Ledgers, 1890-1920, consist of business records, correspondence, letterpress books, invoices, orders, shipping records, and ledgers for the daily operations and administration of the lumber company for Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.


Arrangement

The collection is arranged in three series, with various sub-series as necessary: Series I: Administrative; Series II: Operations ledgers; Series III: Lumberyard general accounting ledgers.

Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open for use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Jones, Martin Tilford (M. T.)
Subjects (Organizations)
M. T. Jones Lumber Company
Genres
financial records
letters (correspondence)

Related Materials

See also "A Guide to the M.T. Jones Lumber Company Records, 1883-1914," Briscoe Center for American History, the University of Texas at Austin; and Jesse H. Jones Family & Personal Papers, MS 252, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

M.T. Jones Lumber Company records and business ledgers, MS 629, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Houston Endowment, Inc. in Oct. 2014.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Adminstrative

box folder
1 1 Balance sheet 1890-1892
2 Letterhead & correspondence 1892-1908
Notes receivable 1896-1898
3 1896-98
4 1898-1904
5 1904-05
6 1905-07
7 Stockholder meeting minutes 1906
8 Legal: Weyland Wilson judgment 1908
9-11 Acquistion by Houston Endowment, Inc. 1984



Series II: Operations ledgers

General business accounting
box
2 1885-86
box
3 1888-89
box
4 1889-91
box
5 1891-92
box
6 1892-94
Accounts
box
7 1881-82
1882-84
box
8 1888
box
9 1889 (also by lumberyard)
box
10 1891
box
11 1891 (also by lumberyard)
1892
box
12 1895-98 by lumberyard
box
13 1898
1898-1900
box
14 1905-06
Index
box
15 1907-08
1908
box
16 1908
box
17 1915-16
Cash
box
18 1883
1890-91
1890-93
1890-93
1891-92
box
19 1893-98
1895-97
Orders/invoices
box
20 1882
1889-90
1890
box
21 1891-92
box
22 1892-93
1894
box
23 1895-96
1896
box
24-25 1897 letterpress
box
26 1898 letterpress
1898-1904 letterpress
box
27 1899
1900
box
26 1900-01 letterpress
box
28-29 1901
box
30 1901-02
box
31 1902
Shipments
box
32 1890-91
box
33 1890-94
1891-92
1897



Series III: Lumberyard general accounting ledgers

Albany, TX
box
34 1907-08
Amarillo, TX
box
34 1903-06
1904
1905
Bokchito, OK
box
34 1903-05
box
35 1905-06
1907-08
Brownwood, TX
box
36 1907-08
box
37 1908-09
1909-11
Caddo, TX
box
36 1903-07
box
37 1907-08
1908-10
Cale, TX
box
37 1903-06
box
38 1907-11
Canyon, TX
box
39 1902-04
box
37 1907
1909-10
Carbon, TX
box
39 1904-06
1906-09
1909-11
Cisco, TX
box
40 1903-06
box
41 1904-06
box
42 1907
box
43-44 1908-09
Colorado
box
39 1905-06
Durant, OK
box
45 1905-06
box
46 1908-11
box
47 1913-14
box
48 1919-20
Friona, TX
box
49 1907-10
Ft. Sumner, NM
box
50 1910-11
Hereford, TX
box
50 1902-04
1905-06
1907
Houston, TX
box
51 Rockwell Bros. 1897
box
52 Rockwell Bros. 1897-98
Laredo, TX
box
50 1891-94
box
53 1894-97
box
50 1896
1897
Llano, TX
box
54 1908-11
Lueders, TX
box
55 1907-08
McAlester, OK
box
55 1903-04
box
56 1905-07
box
57 1908-10
box
58 1910-11
Midland, TX
box
59 1902-05
box
60 1906-07
box
61 1908-11
Mineral Wells, TX
box
55 1905-06
1907
Moran, TX
box
55 1906-08
Phoenix, AZ
box
64 1890-98
Plainview, TX
box
55 1906-07
box
63 1908-09
box
62 1914-16
Portales, NM
box
63 1903-05
1906-07
1907-09
Rising Star, TX
box
63 1908-10
Rising Sun, TX [?] OK [?]
box
63 1906-08
South Texas
box
63 1900 letterpress
Sweetwater, TX
box
64 1910
Tulia, TX
box
64 1906-07
1907-11
1908
Umbarger, TX
box
64 1909-11
Yoakum, TX
box
65 1904-05
1905-07