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Collection Summary

Creator Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Bibliography:

Description of Series

Personal and Professional

James S. Hogg Campaign 1891-1892

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Adele Briscoe Looscan Collection

Michael Looscan Papers, Manuscript Collection: MC054



Collection Summary

Creator: Looscan, Michael, 1838-1897
Title: Miohael Looscan papers
Dates: 1859-1899
Dates: (Bulk: 1880-1892)
Abstract: Correspondence, legal documents, printed materials, financial documents, creative works, surveyor's field notes and sketches, and a single scrapbook record the life of Michael Looscan from 1859-1898.
Identification: MC054
OCLC Record No. 50068083
Quantity: 14 boxes (4.8 linear ft.)
Language Materials are in English and German.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Born in Caher, Ireland, to Michael and Mary Walsh O'Looscan on September 25, 1838, Michael Looscan immigrated to the United States in 1855. After a series of menial jobs in Utica, New York, he traveled to Mobile, Alabama, and worked as a press boy for the Mobile Mercury. Looscan's lifelong desire for self-education and improvement began at this time. In 1858 he moved to Earpville, Texas, and became a schoolteacher. In 1859 Judge M. H. Bonner encouraged Looscan to read law and to become a lawyer. He worked with Bonner in his law office, lived in his home, and passed the bar examination shortly before the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861.

In April 1861, Michael Looscan enlisted as a private in the Second Regiment of the Texas Mounted Riflemen, serving in the Trans-Mississippi West Theater. By the end of the war he had attained the rank of Major and was serving as an acting inspector general. After Appomattox Looscan once again taught school, first in Colorado County near Eagle Lake, later in Lampasas County in the home of Dr. Robert McAnally, and finally in Barnes Settlement, Leon River, Hamilton County. By 1866 he saved $200 and moved to Houston to establish a law practice. He began practice with Judge William S. Oldham and upon Oldham's death Looscan moved to his own office in 1868. In 1870 he was appointed county attorney of Harris County and was elected to that office in 1876. An 1880 lawsuit accusing him of misappropriating county funds - later ruled invalid by the state supreme court - denied Looscan his party's 1880 nomination. He continued to practice primarily real estate law, arranging land purchases and obtaining clear legal titles to land. His mishandling of the holdings of the Brazoria Land and Cattle Company and the estate of James O'Donnell (1883-1892) resulted in an unsuccessful lawsuit against him in 1892-1893 and his eventual retirement from the practice of law.

Always an extremely interested and energetic participant in politics, Michael Looscan actively supported the reelection of Governor James S. Hogg in 1892. His role in the election earned him a position on the board of managers of the Confederate Home and a commission as aide-de-camp on the governor's staff. Looscan belonged to numerous organizations from his earliest days in Houston. Among them are the Irish Benevolent Association, the Emmet Council of Houston, the D. C. F. B. of Houston, the Magnolia Council of O. C. F. (Order of Chosen Friends), and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. His interest in Civil War Veterans organizations began as early as 1872.

Michael Looscan married Adele Lubbock Briscoe, the daughter of Andrew Briscoe and Mary Jane Harris Briscoe, on September 13, 1881, thus allying himself with one of the founding families of Texas. They had no children.

Michael Looscan died on September 7, 1897, at his home in Houston, Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, legal documents, printed materials, financial documents, creative works, surveyor's field notes and sketches, and a single scrapbook record the life of Michael Looscan from 1859-1898. The papers are divided into two groups: the first comprised of his professional and personal papers and the second group consisting of materials related to the James S. Hogg Campaign in 1892. Photographs are in the Adele Briscoe Looscan Papers.

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Arrangement

Organized into two groups: Personal and professional, and James S. Hogg Campaign; arrangement is alphabetical, chronological, and by subject.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

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Index Terms

Names:
Bryan, Mary A.
Garry, Bernard
Hogg, James Stephen, 1851-1906
Lloyd, H. A.
Looscan, Michael, 1838-1897--Archives
Maher, John, d. 1889
Maxey, S. B. (Samuel Bell), 1825-1895
O'Donnell, James M.--Estate
Talmage, A. A.
Templeton, John D. (John Dickson), 1845-1893
Tod, John Grant, 1864-1918
Organizations:
Brazoria Land and Cattle Company
Democratic Party (Tex.)--Party work--19th century
Subjects:
Land tenure--Texas
Land titles--Texas
Lawyers--Texas--Archives
Sabine Pass, Battle of, Tex., 1863
Teachers--Texas--Archives
Places:
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives, Confederate

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Administrative Information

Citation

[Identification of Item], Michael Looscan Papers, MC054, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Acquisition

Mr. and Mrs. George A. Hill, Jr., Houston Public Library, Annie Hume, 1939-1940.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2002.

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Bibliography:

Davis, Ellis A. and Edwin H. Grobe, eds. "Major Michael Looscan," The New Encyclopedia of Texas, 852-853. Dallas: Texas Development Bureau, 1925.

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Inventory

 

Personal and Professional

Correspondence 1869-1899 (Bulk: 1880-1892)
Quantity: 7 boxes (2.6 linear ft.)
Professional correspondence received by Michael Looscan documents his legal practice and forms the bulk of the correspondence series. Of particular interest is the correspondence of H. A. Lloyd, Charles M. Hayes, J. J. Fisher, A. A. Talmage, L. M. Disney and G. W. Durant relating to the Brazoria Land and Cattle Company of St. Louis and their desire to sell their Texas holdings. Much of the land had been purchased earlier by James O'Donnell, another Looscan client, who died intestate in 1885. The correspondence of James O'Donnell, Mary Virginia O'Donnell, Charles O'Donnell, Rochester Ford, Charles Tinsley, and Shields and Shields concern the management and settlement of the O'Donnell estate. The correspondence of John G. Tod (1883-1896) ranges from Tod's days as a student at Yale Law School to a trusted fellow attorney late in Looscan's life. Letters from friends and Confederate comrades discuss past experiences. Of particular interest is an 1888 letter from G. H. Bailey discussing the Battle of Sabine Pass. The few letters from family are arranged at the end of the series.
Correspondence sent by Michael Looscan deals primarily with business matters. One folder is comprised of his correspondence from October 1891 and provides a small representation of his legal practice. Some drafts of personal letters record his personal thoughts. The Third Party correspondence is related to his law practice. It may have been removed from client files.
Envelopes are arranged according to the basic correspondence subseries, received, sent, and third party, and in chronological order by year.
Correspondence: Received
box folder
75 1 Anderson & McShan 1883-1886
2 M. L. Bett, Jr. 1886
3 M. H. Bonner 1878-1883
4 M. H. Bonner, (Mrs.) 1895
5 F. H. Bouman 1886-1887
6 Caro Bryan 1889-1894, n.d.
7 Guy M. Bryan 1893-1895
8 M. A. Bryan 1889-1890
9 B. M. Burks 1881-1882
10 James R. Burnett 1880-1885
11 F. H. Bushnick 1880-1881
12 Peter Christen 1883-1886, n.d.
13 Z. Christen 1873
14 J. R. Crayton 1884-1885
15 John L. Croom, Jr. 1883-1887
16 W. J. Croom 1884
17 C. Dart 1891-1892
18 James Davis 1881-1882
19 Charles DeMorse 1884-1885
20 L. M. Disney 1890-1892, n.d.
21 G. W. Durant 1888-1891
22 J. J. Fisher 1887
23 A. H. Foote 1894
24 Rochester Ford 1886-1889
25 Thomas Freeman 1873-1875
26 Bernard Garry 1886, 07-12
27 Bernard Garry 1887, 01-06
28 Bernard Garry 1887, 07-11
29 Bernard Garry 1888, 03-08, n.d.
30 G. W. Gayle 1889-1891
31 T. G. George 1895-1896
32 E. J. Grainger 1883-1890
33 Gerald Griffin 1888
34 H. C. Grisham 1883-1884
35 H. S. Grosbeeck 1887
36 W. G. Halsey 1881-1888
37 R. H. Hanna 1876-1882
38 Belle Harris 1877, 1895, n.d.
39 Hart & Buchanan 1880-1884
40 L. W. Hart 1882-1884
41 A. R. Howard 1880-1890
42 James B. Hawkins 1883-1885
43 Charles M. Hayes 1886-1887
44 James Hillyard 1882-1884
45 James S. Hogg 1880-1887
46 Jones & Garnett 1882-1897
47 A. Kearney 1881-1890
48 B. D. King 1886-1889
49 W. W. King 1879-1887
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76 1 R. H. Leonard 1880-1884
2 H. D. Lidstone 1882-1890
3 H. A. Lloyd 1887, 10-12
4 H. A. Lloyd 1888, 01-03
5 H. A. Lloyd 1888, 04-12
6 H. A. Lloyd 1889, 01-05
7 H. A. Lloyd 1889, 06
8 H. A. Lloyd 1889, 09-12
9 H. A. Lloyd 1890, 01-02
10 H. A. Lloyd 1890, 03
11 H. A. Lloyd 1890, 04
12 H. A. Lloyd 1890, 05
13 H. A. Lloyd 1890, 06
14 H. A. Lloyd 1890, 07
15 H. A. Lloyd 1890, 08-10
16 H. A. Lloyd 1891, 01
17 H. A. Lloyd 1891, 03-05
18 H. A. Lloyd 1891, 10-12
19 H. A. Lloyd 1892, 01-03
20 H. A. Lloyd 1892, 04
21 H. A. Lloyd 1892, 05-12
22 H. A. Lloyd n.d.
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77 1 Maddox Bros. & Anderson 1889-1892
2 George E. Mann 1888
3 Branch T. Masterson 1884-1888, n.d.
4 H. Masterson 1885-1886
5 S. B. Maxey 1878-1893
6 William McMillan 1887
7 L. G. McNair 1884-1886
8 W. A. H. Miller 1893-1894
9 John H. Mitchell 1890-1891
10 J. M. Morphis 1877-1888, n.d.
11 Charles S. Morse 1882-1889
12 M. S. Munson 1880-1890
13 C. F. O'Donnell 1887-1889
14 James M. O'Donnell 1883-1884
15 M. V. [Mary Virginia] O'Donnell 1888-1889, n.d.
16 J. Phillips 1888-1896
17 C. B. Sabin 1884-1888
18 William G. Scarff 1894-1895
19 Jacob Scherer 1873-1890
20 Mattie A. Secrest 1874-1890
21 Clara [Shaifer] 1894
22 Shields & Shields 1886-1887
23 Shields & Shields 1888
24 Shields & Shields 1889
25 R. E. Siegmund 1894-1896
26 Singer Manufacturing Company 1886-1888
27 Slater, McLean & Spears 1894
28 W. Fort Smith 1886-1891
29 F. H. Snider 1882-1890
30 E. Steiness 1885-1888
31 Mat Stenssy 1873-1885
32 Charles Stewart 1888
33 Rees P. Sweeny 1890-1891
34 Seabrook W. Sydnor 1889-1892, n.d.
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78 1 A. A. Talmage 1884-1887
2 A. S. Taylor 1878-1888
3 G. M. Taylor 1882
4 N. A. Taylor 1880-1886
5 N. A. Taylor (Mrs.) 1882-1890
6 John D. Templeton 1886
7 John D. Templeton 1887
8 John D. Templeton 1888, n.d.
9 Texas Bar Association 1895-1897
10 Charles Tinsley 1887
11 John G. Tod 1883-1896
12 H. M. Trueheart & Co. 1887
13 W. G. Veal 1884-1885
14 C. G. Vogel 1884-1882
15 Richard S. Walker 1880-1884
16 T. N. Waul 1883-1892
17 N. Weeks 1887-1890
18 Eugene J. Wilson 1873-1892
19 Joseph H. WIlson 1894-1895
20 J. H. Wright 1868-1869
21 General A 1873-1893
22 General Ba-Bo 1872-1891
23 General Br-Bu 1869-1896
24 General Ca-Ch 1870-1897
25 General Cl-Cu 1872-1896
26 General D-F 1873-1898
27 General G 1873-1898
28 General H 1874-1897
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79 1 General I-J 1883-1897
2 General K 1873-1894
3 General L 1881-1895
4 General Ma-Mc 1874-1895
5 General Mi-Mu 1874-1897
6 General N-P 1874-1897
7 General R 1872-1892
8 General Sa-Sl 1876-1891, n.d.
9 General Sm-Sy 1871-1890
10 General T-V 1873-1892
11 General W-Z 1874-1895
12 Unknown, Fragment 1880-1881, n.d.
13 Family: Mary Jane Britt 1878
14 Family: Adele Briscoe Looscan 1880-1895
15 Family: General 1878-1899
Correspondence: Sent
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79 16 Charles M. Hayes 1884
17 H. A. Lloyd 1889-1892
18 R. E. Siegmund 1893-1895
19 F. H. Snider 1883-1888
20 General - "October Letters" 1891, 10
21 General A-H 1870-1890
22 General J-W 1872-1892
23 Unknown, Fragment 1886, n.d.
Correspondence: Third Party
box folder
79 24 General 1871-1892
25 Unknown, Fragment 1871-1887, n.d.
Correspondence: Envelopes
box folder
80 1 Received 1870-1881
2 Received 1883-1884
3 Received 1885-1886
4 Received 1887
5 Received 1888
6 Received 1889
7 Received 1890-1891
8 Received 1892
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81 1 Received 1893-1894
2 Received 1895-1897
3 Received n.d.
4 Received n.d.
5 Received: Major and Mrs. Looscan 1891-1897, n.d.
6 Sent 1895, n.d.
7 Third Party 1868-1892, n.d.
Financial 1859-1897
Quantity: 1 box (.2 linear ft.)
Banking records, property assessments, tax and general receipts and promissory notes provide a fragmentary documentation of Michael Looscan's personal financial transactions. Of particular interest is an 1859 register of pupils taught by Looscan in Harrison County, Texas, and the amount paid. The professional subseries includes records related to running a law office and inventories of property, promissory notes, receipts, and statements of account likely belonging to clients.
Financial: Personal
box folder
82 1 Banking: Account Books 1869-1894
2 Banking: Checks 1881
3 Banking: Receipts, Deposit Slips 1881-1893, n.d.
4 Inventory of Property 1892-1897
5 Property Assessments, including fragments 1882-1888, n.d.
6 Receipts, Promissory Notes (paid) 1859-1894
7 Receipt Books 1880-1882
8 Tax Receipts 1876-1897
Financial: Professional
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82 9 Accounts Payable and Receivable 1872-1892
10 Bills of Lading 1879-1890
11 Inventory of Property - Third Party, Unknown 1890-1891, n.d.
12 Promissory Notes - Third Party 1867-1887
13 Receipts: Post Office 1881-1890, n.d.
14 Receipts: Texas Bar Association 1884-1892
15 Receipts: General 1871-1896
16 Receipts and Statements of Account - Third Party 1871-1895
17 Tax Receipts: Third Party 1872-1895
Legal 1866-1895 (Bulk: 1883-1890)
Quantity: 4 boxes (1.4 linear ft.)
Contracts, leases, and deeds (1866-1895) comprise the personal legal documents of Michael Looscan. Of interest are 2 contracts (1866) to teach school in Hamilton County, Texas, for 5-month terms at $250.00 per term. Two contracts with notes and comments in the margins document the materials and techniques used in constructing homes in Houston, Texas ca. 1885-1895.
Contracts, deeds, and other documents relating to clients and their interests (1868-1892) reveal Looscan's professional practice. An agreement (1868) between John Mays and Robert Loyd transfers the guardianship of Mays' son Robert to Loyd due to an inability to support the child. Legal documents and notes and memoranda record Looscan's tenure as county attorney including his eventual prosecution of Sheriff A. B. Hall in 1874 for misappropriation of $60,000 of county tax monies. Over 130 notes and memoranda ranging from scraps of paper and envelopes to multi-page notes document Looscan's thoughts and research concerning client and legal matters.
Third party correspondence, financial and legal documents, printed materials, and notes and memoranda relating to specific clients are included in the 31 client files. The Brazoria Land and Cattle Company (1885-1892) client file concerns land speculation and the inherent problem of obtaining clear title. Both the George Cokely (1878) and the Delia Costello (1877-1879) client files involve personal injury and wrongful death suits against railroads. The John Maher client file (1876-1889) contains the business and personal legal affairs of Maher and culminates in a lawsuit against his estate in 1889 to overturn his will on the grounds of insanity due to drunkenness. Five doctors presented their theories of mental competency during the trial. The bulk of the client files is contained in the James M. O'Donnell Estate. As administrator of O'Donnell's Texas lands, Looscan managed his rental properties, cleared title to lands purchased by O'Donnell, and represented the estate in 6 lawsuits.
Legal: Personal
box folder
83 1 Contracts: "Specifications of Plans ... George E. Dickey" n.d.
2 Contracts: "Specifications for a Residence..." n.d.
3 Contracts 1866-1879
4 General 1870-1895
Legal: Professional
box folder
83 5 Abstracts of Title 1880, n.d.
6 Contracts - Third Party 1881-1889
7 Harris County Attorney: Legal Documents, Notes / Memoranda 1874-1882
8 Deeds: Third Party 1873-1891
9 Deeds, Register of n.d.
10 General 1868-1878
11 General 1881-1889
12 Notes / Memoranda 1871-1879
13 Notes / Memoranda 1880-1889
14 Notes / Memoranda 1891-1892
15 Notes / Memoranda n.d.
16 Notes / Memoranda n.d.
17 Notes / Memoranda n.d.
18 Notes / Memoranda n.d.
Legal: Client Files
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84 1 S. E. Allen: Legal 1882, n.d.
2 Paulina Becker: Correspondence, Notes / Memoranda 1883-1884
3 Brazoria Land and Cattle Company: Correspondence n.d.
4 Brazoria Land and Cattle Company: Correspondence 1885-1892, n.d.
5 Brazoria Land and Cattle Company: Financial 1890-1892
6 Brazoria Land and Cattle Company: Legal 1885-1891
7 Brazoria Land and Cattle Company: Notes / Memoranda 1887-1888, n.d.
8 Mary A. Bryan: Correspondence 1889-1894
9 Mary A. Bryan: Financial 1885-1890, n.d.
10 Mary A. Bryan: Legal 1875-1894
11 Mary A. Bryan: T. H. House v. Mary A. Bryan & W. A. H. Miller 1892
12 Mary A. Bryan: Mary A. Bryan v. W. A. H. Miller 1894
13 Mary A. Bryan: Notes / Memoranda n.d.
14 George Cokely: Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1878, n.d.
15 Delia Costello: Delia Costello vs. Texas Western Narrow Gauge Railway Company 1877-1879
16 John Dullahan: Correspondence, Financial, Legal 1876-1880, n.d.
17 Bernard Garry: Correspondence, Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1886, n.d.
18 Sarah Staton Gastrick: Notes / Memoranda, Survey, Legal 1869-1879
19 Sarah Staton Gastrick: Financial 1870-1879
20 F. L. George (Mrs.): Financial 1885-1890
21 Charles J. Grainger: Correspondence, Financial, Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1878-1882, n.d.
22 Grainger Family: Correspondence, Financial, Notes / Memoranda 1882, n.d.
23 Grainger Family: Legal 1879-1888
24 William G. Halsey: Correspondence, Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1875-1888
25 Thomas Hart Estate: Correspondence, Financial, Legal 1879-1881
26 J. M. Highland (Mrs.): Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1893, n.d.
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85 1 C. J. Koehler: Financial, Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1884-1885
2 John Lawrence Estate: Correspondence, Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1880-1886, n.d.
3 John Maher: Correspondence 1887-1889
4 John Maher: Financial 1886-1891
5 John Maher: Legal: Contracts 1876-1887
6 John Maher: Kate Maher v. John Maher 1886-1887
7 John Maher: Probating Will: Testimony of the Contestants 1889
8 John Maher: Probating Will: Testimony of the Proponents 1889
9 John Maher: Probating Will: Evidence, Letters of John Maher 1889
10 John Maher: Probating Will: Charge to the Jury, Court Judgement 1889
11 John Maher: Notes / Memoranda 1887, n.d.
12 Patrick and Bridget Martin: Correspondence, Financial, Legal, Printed Materials, Envelopes 1872-1881
13 Thomas McAnallen: Correspondence, Financial, Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1887, n.d.
14 J. & F. Metzler Estate: Financial, Legal 1874-1882
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86 1 James O'Donnell Estate: Correspondence 1881-1890, n.d.
2 James O'Donnell Estate: Financial: Receipts 1882-1889
3 James O'Donnell Estate: Financial: Statements of Account: Bradley & Grosbeck 1885-1887
4 James O'Donnell Estate: Financial: Statements of Account: Real Estate - Ledger Sheets, Exhibits A-P, Draft 1887-1889
5 James O'Donnell Estate: Financial: Statements of Account: Real Estate - Ledger Sheets, Exhibits A-P, Copy 1 1887-1889
6 James O'Donnell Estate: Financial: Statements of Account: Real Estate - Ledger Sheets, Exhibits A-P, Copy 2 1887-1889
7 James O'Donnell Estate: Financial: Report to the Probate Court 1887-1889
8 James O'Donnell Estate: Financial: Real Estate Inventory : San Antonio, Bexar County 1887-1890
9 James O'Donnell Estate: Financial: Real Estate Inventory: Galveston County 1887-1890
10 James O'Donnell Estate: Financial: Real Estate Inventory: Harris County 1885-1890
11 James O'Donnell Estate: Financial: Real Estate Inventory: Lampasas County 1887-1891
12 James O'Donnell Estate: Financial: Real Estate Inventory: City of Matagorda 1886
13 James O'Donnell Estate: Emily & Nelson Clements v. J. B. Hawkins 1883
14 James O'Donnell Estate: William J. Davis v. James B. Hawkins & J. O'Donnell 1883
15 James O'Donnell Estate: Daniel J. Kelly v. J. M. O'Donnell 1885
16 James O'Donnell Estate: M. Looscan, Adm. / James M. O'Donnell, estate v. C. A. Schmidt & Mina Schmidt 1886-1887
17 James O'Donnell Estate: D. C. Ruby, Agt. v. M. Looscan, Adm. 1887
18 James O'Donnell Estate: C. R. Johns & Sons, et. al. v. Mary O'Donnell, et. al. 1886-1887
19 James O'Donnell Estate: Legal: Deeds 1881-1890
20 James O'Donnell Estate: Legal: Drafts 1884-1889
21 James O'Donnell Estate: Legal: General 1885-1886, n.d.
22 James O'Donnell Estate: Notes / Memoranda n.d.
23 Mrs. W. Priester: Financial 1881
24 Jacob Scherer: Correspondence, Legal 1883-1887
25 Mattie A. Secrest: Financial, Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1885-1893, n.d.
26 Singer Manufacturing Company: Correspondence, Legal 1874-1887
27 Margarethe Stegeman: Correspondence, Financial, Legal, Envelopes 1880-1890
28 Henrietta Stenssy: Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1883-1885, n.d.
29 William Sullivan: Correspondence, Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1882-1888
30 A. A. Talmage: Correspondence, Notes / Memoranda 1884-1886, n.d.
31 A. A. Talmage: Financial 1886-1891
32 A. A. Talmage: Legal 1884-1887
33 A. A. Talmage: Legal: Abstracts of Title 1884-1890
34 Elizabeth White: Financial, Legal, Notes / Memoranda 1882-1890, n.d.
Printed Materials 1868-1898
Quantity: 1 box (.3 linear ft.)
Circulars, ephemera, and pamphlets related primarily to politics or organizations and their activities illuminate Michael Looscan's personal and professional life. Circulars include an 1868 call for the Houston Conservative Convention by T. H. McMahan, an 1876 sample Democratic ballot, and an 1891 petition to the 22nd Legislature to establish Sealy County out of Brazoria County. Of the 25 pamphlets, 8 are legal appeals (1878-1889), most of them written by Looscan. The remaining 17 pamphlets (1869-1892) are primarily political in nature. 10 circulars and programs (1872-1895) concern activities of Confederate veterans' organizations.
Printed Materials
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87 1 Circulars: Confederate Veterans Organizations 1872-1898
2 Circulars: Rail Road Timetables 1874-1875
3 Circulars: General 1868-1887
4 Circulars: General 1890-1898, n.d.
5 Ephemera: Business Cards n.d.
6 Ephemera: By-laws, Membership Cards - Fraternal Organizations 1872-1896
7 Ephemera: Funeral Notices, Memorial 1882, 1892
8 Ephemera: Tickets, Invitations 1867-1894
9 Ephemera: Forms - Blank n.d.
10 Pamphlets: Legal: "Houston & Texas Central Railway Company, Appellant v. Ellis Randall, Appellee" 1878
11 Pamphlets: Legal: "The County of Harris, Appellant v. E. W. Taylor & Peter Gabel, Appellees" 1880
12 Pamphlets: Legal: "M. Looscan, et. al., Appellant v. The County of Harris, Appellee" 1881
13 Pamphlets: Legal: "G. H. & S. A. Railway Company, Appellant v. John Murphy, Appellee" 1882
14 Pamphlets: Legal: "The State of Texas, Appellant v. Talmage & O'Donnell, Appellees" 1886
15 Pamphlets: Legal: "The Texas Western Railway Company, Plaintiff in Error v. Mary F. Gentry, Admix, et. al., Defendants in Error" 1887
16 Pamphlets: Legal: "P. B. Hurst, Adm. Estate of John Mellinger, Appellant, v. George Mellinger, Appellee" 1889
17 Pamphlets: Legal: "Galveston, Harrisburg, & San Antonio Railway Company, Appellant v. Pat Delahunty, Appellee " n.d.
18 Pamphlets: "Plymouth Pulpit. A Weekly Publication of Sermons Preached by Henry Ward Beecher" 1869
19 Pamphlets: "The Historical Society of Texas. Preliminary Organization and Constitution" 1870
20 Pamphlets: "Instructions to Revenue Officers of the State of Texas by the Comptroller of Public Accounts" 1871, 05/12
21 Pamphlets: "Proceedings of the Texas State Democratic Convention" Corsicana 1872
22 Pamphlets: "Minutes of Democratic State Convention of the State of Texas" Austin 1873
23 Pamphlets: "Thoughts on the Anti-Monopoly Movement of the Farmers of the North West" by Rufus K. Cage 1873
24 Pamphlets: "Message from the Governor of Texas on the Financial Condition of the State... " 1874
25 Pamphlets: "Prospectus of the Texas Western Narrow Gauge Railway Company" 1876
26 Pamphlets: "Address to the People of Texas" (Constitutional Convention of 1876) n.d.
27 Pamphlets: "Address of Maj. M. Looscan to the Voters of Harris County in 1878" 1891
28 Pamphlets: "Annual Address to the Texas Bar Association 1883, Judge Richard S. Walker" 1883
29 Pamphlets: "Speech of S. B. Maxey Delivered at Fort Worth, Texas" 1886
30 Pamphlets: "Remarks of Judge Jas. A. Baker" 1888, 03/05
31 Pamphlets: "Bunker Hill Orations" by Daniel Webster 1892
32 Pamphlets: "One of the Courts, Reasons Why Houston Should Have It" n.d.
33 Pamphlets: "To the Cattlemen's Association of Texas" n.d.
34 Pamphlets: "Joint Resolution Proposing an Amendment to Article V of the Constitution" n.d.
35 Periodicals: The Southern Historical Society Papers, Vol. XII, No. 3 1884, 03
36 Programs: Confederate Veterans Association 1892-1895
37 Stationery: Blank n.d.
Creative Works and Surveys and Sketches 1869-1892
Quantity: (.1 linear ft.)
Drafts, notes, completed manuscripts, speeches, copied maxims, and collected works reveal the interests of Michael Looscan. Of particular interest are notes and the draft of a constitution for a state historical society taken at a meeting in Houston in ca. 1870.
Seventeen surveyor's field notes and sketches may be related either to Looscan's personal or professional land dealings.
Creative Works
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87 38 Drafts 1869-1880, n.d.
39 Campaign Materials: "To the Voters of Harris County" 1878
40 Notes: The first meeting to establish a Texas State Historical Association ca. 1870
41 Speeches: San Jacinto Day 1892
42 Maxims (copied) n.d.
43 Biographical Sketch: "Major Looscan is another citizen of the city..." n.d.
44 Collected Works: "Reunion of Confederate Veterans," Mrs. Elizabeth Otis Dannelly n.d.
Surveys and Sketches
box folder
87 45 Field Notes 1872-1887, n.d.
46 Sketches n.d.
Scrapbook 1867-1893
A single scrapbook of newspaper clippings likely collected by Michael Looscan and assembled at a later date reflect his interests, activities, and creative works. Of particular interest are the newspaper articles related to the accusations brought in 1890 that he participated in a conspiracy to defraud the State of Texas of 200,000 acres of school lands. Also included are clippings concerning state and local politics, Irish issues, and interviews with Looscan.
range shelf
14 3 Scrapbook 1867-1893

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James S. Hogg Campaign 1891-1892
Quantity: 1 box (.2 linear feet)

Correspondence, printed materials, and creative works document Governor James S. Hogg's reelection campaign in 1892 and Michael Looscan's role in the campaign.
Correspondence
box folder
88 1 Received: William R. Hamby 1892
2 Received: General B-P 1892
3 Received: General R-W 1892
4 Received: Envelopes 1892
5 Sent: General 1892
6 Third Party 1892
Creative Works
box folder
88 7 General 1891-1892, n.d.
Printed Material
box folder
88 8 General 1892, n.d.
9 "Major Looscan's Idea" 1892
10 Received: Farmers Interests 1892
11 Received: New York State Democratic Party Convention Materials 1892

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