William R. Thomas Papers
Manuscript Collection: MC045
Little is known about William R. Thomas who was employed by the Producers Oil Company of Houston, Texas, in 1914 where he worked in the General Support Department. In 1923, Thomas was an employee of The Texas Company where at one point he was stationed in California.
The William R. Thomas Papers are divided into two groups: Business Papers and Personal Papers. The Business Papers of William R. Thomas are comprised of correspondence, financial and legal documents, surveyor’s reports and Photostats. Correspondence is organized by the recipient and date; those recipients with only a single letter are grouped together in general correspondence. These letters are comprised of both the original documents on company letterheads, telegrams and contemporary typed copies of original letters. The Miguel P. Cullinan correspondence is comprised of eight letters dating from 1913 to 1923, pertaining to oil leases for his acreage along the Mexico border. Cullinan’s correspondents represent the following companies: the Producers Oil Company, The Texas Company, and the Border Gas Company. Other correspondence (1914-1923) concerns oil leases in Mexico and the oil industry; correspondents include William D. Bates, A. H. Culver, M. P. Cullinan, T. J. Donoghue, D, Gonzales Jr., L. A. Graham, R. C. Holmes, Burt E. Hull, A. C. Hunter, H. J. Lockhart, D. J. Moran, B. Simxox, William R. Thomas, Joe H. Thompson, and Eldon Young.
Financial documents date from 1912 to 1914 and include expenses, inventories, a list of employees, a log, and receipts. Seven documents state the expenses of F. Vizcaya who was involved with researching the Cullinan leases. Inventories are a 1914 Sour Lake Warehouse list of materials available to transfer and an undated listing of items in first class condition by the Reiter ＆ Lewis and Moutray Oil Company. A 1914 list of employees for the Producer’s Oil Company of Houston, Texas includes William R. Thomas. An undated driller’s log from the J. R. Farmer Lease in Fort Bend County, Texas was made by the Allied Minerals Corporation. Two receipts for Miguel P. Cullinan, written in Spanish, are dated 1912-1913. 22 financial receipts for the Producers Oil Company include items delivered from companies such as: Humble Iron Works, Thomson ＆ Hillyer, Bender ＆ Sons, and Sour Lake Drug Company. Four receipts for purchases made by the Producers Oil Company in August of 1914 to various companies locally: the Vinton District, Markham District and the Wild Cat Districts.
Legal documents are comprised of three items dating from 1927 to 1933. There are two contracts for oil leases; the first is dated in 1933 and is issued to W. R. Thomas, of Harris County, Texas, and the second contract is an undated lease issued to the Texas Company for land located in Brazoria County belonging to Mr. and Mrs. Cad Jordan. Also included are the detailed lists of five separate oil leases which were grouped together in a ledger pertaining to the Moutray Oil Company of Abilene, Texas.
The surveyor’s reports series is comprised of documents pertaining to specific areas of land, including correspondence, field notes, sketches and geological reports. Correspondence is comprised of three letters dating from 1923 to 1925 which detail specific tracts of land. The 1923 letter from E. H. Smith to William R. Thomas refers to the Cad Jordan tract of land. There is a 1925 letter from W. V. Bowles to F. C. Sealey regarding an overview of a survey of an area in the Sol Barnes League, Guadalupe County, Texas. The 1925 letter to William R. Thomas from C. R. Tyrrell concerns a map and geological report on an area near Del Rio, Val Verde County, Texas. Enclosures mentioned in these letters were not found amongst the papers. Included in this series are the field notes conducted by surveyor T. A. Munson of the Lake Jackson Plantation. There are three undated sketches included in these papers. The first sketch is of land owned by the Jeff Connolly Est., J. D. Rains, J. D. Chapman and Ann Miller; the second sketch is drawn on The Clegg Company letterhead, of San Antonio, Texas, and shows four tracts of land with the names John Armstrong and TWC featured. The third sketch provides a detailed colored map of the M. P. Cullinan properties in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Seven geological reports date from 1923 to 1934. The 1923 geological report by Phillip Maverick includes correspondence with Burt E. Hull and Alan Bruyers, of the Texas Company, and is noted as the final report on the M. P. Cullinan lands. Other reports are on the Richard Bibb League, the Brushy Creek Fault Area and the J. Oaken Survey in Gonzales, Texas, an area in south-central Edwards County, Texas, and an area in Anderson County, Texas.
The Photostat series is comprised of a single undated oil lease issued to the Duval County Ranch Company by the State of Texas
The Personal Papers of William R. Thomas is comprised of correspondence, financial and legal documents, dating from 1918 to 1934. An undated 3-page letter with original envelope written to William R. Thomas from an unidentified woman is included in these personal papers. The letter inquires as to where he has been and is signed, “Love and Kisses.”
Financial documents consist of tax information, an insurance policy, and a bank deposit receipt. There is a 1918 individual income tax worksheet and a 1925 Income Tax return for the year 1924 which includes income notes handwritten by Thomas on “Commercial Telegram” letterhead. A 1918 automobile insurance policy and receipt was issued to Mr. William R. Thomas of Houston, Texas by J. A. Allen ＆ Company. Also included is a 1934 bank deposit slip for First National Bank in Houston, Texas, in the amount of $1,957.17.
Legal documents are a 1918 Certification admitting William R. Thomas into the Imperial Council of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America and a 1925 Notice of Election into the Order of the Eastern Star to William R. Thomas.
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[Identification of Item], William R. Thomas Papers, MC045, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.
Mrs. Henry V. Schumann, July 1942.
Processed by Lisa M. Lomas, 2012.