Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A & M University

Inventory of the Las Moras Ranch Papers:

1869-1913(bulk: 1900-1913)



Descriptive Summary and Abstract

Creator Las Moras Ranch (Tex.)
Title Inventory of the Las Moras Ranch Papers
Dates 1869-1913 (bulk: 1900-1913)
Abstract The Las Moras Ranch (1879-1913) was located mainly in Menard County, Tex., but also included property in Comal, San Saba, Tom Green and Concho counties. The genesis of the Las Moras Ranch can be traced to about 1875, when a French immigrant, Ernest Carlin, purchased 30,000 acres of land at the head of the Las Moras Creek in Menard County, Tex., where he established a ranch, sometimes called King Carlin's Ranch. On 21 Dec. 1879 Carlin's property was forclosed upon by the Galveston, Tex. banking firm of Kaufmann and Runge, owned by Henry Runge (1816-1873), head of a prominent German family, several members of which had emmigrated to Texas in the 1840s. After Henry Runge's death, his oldest son, Henry J. Runge (1859-1922) took over running most of his father's businesses. Louis Hermann Runge (1861-1936), youngest brother of Henry J. Runge, and his family took over the Carlin property soon after the bank foreclosure, making Carlin's ill-fated mansion house the headquarters for the newly christened Las Moras Ranch. Most of the rest of the ranch properties added to the Carlin land to form the Las Moras Ranch by the Runge family was originally owned by the Adelsverein, or German Emigration Company. Upon the Adelsverien bankruptcy in 1847, its lands had also been confiscated by Kaufmann and Runge. The Las Moras Ranch was managed by Louis Hermann Runge (1861-1936), youngest brother of Henry J. Runge, from Sept. 1888 until 27 February 1897, when management of the ranch was assumed by Walter Tips (1841-1911), a German emigrant and Texas businessman who, after the death of Henry Runge, had formed the Las Moras Ranch Company on 21 December 1879, with his wife's aunt, Julia Runge, wife of Henry Runge, and Runge's sons Henry J. Runge, and Louis H. Runge. Tips was in charge of the Las Moras Ranch when liquidation was intitiated, though he died in 1911, and the ranch properties were not completely dispersed until 1913. The Las Moras Ranch Papers (1869-1913 (bulk: 1900-1913)) consist chiefly of correspondence regarding the Runge family of Galveston, Tex. and Menard, Tex., including Henry Runge, his sons Henry J. Runge and Louis Hermann Runge, their cousin Julius F. Runge, as well as family members in Hannover, Ger., including heirs Hans Eyl and his wife Meta Eyl; German emigrant and Texas businessman Walter Tips (1841-1911) who, after the death of Henry Runge, had formed the Las Moras Ranch Company 21 December 1879 with his wife's aunt Julia Runge, wife of Henry Runge, and Runge's sons Henry J. Runge, and Louis H. Runge; German Emigration Company lands, lawyers and law firms in Austin, Tex. and San Antonio, Tex., including C. A. Goeth, the firm of Webb & Goeth, Adolph Goeth, business partner of Walter Tips and brother of C. A. Goeth. Also present are: legal documents, including deeds, wills, powers of attorney; some ranch operations records, including ranch inventories, accounting ledgers, and handwritten notes, as well as oversize plat maps.
Identification Texas MSS 00137
Extent 1 linear ft.
Language English.
Repository Cushing Memorial Library College Station, TX 77843-5000

Historical Note

The Las Moras Ranch (1879-1913) was located mainly in Menard County, Tex., but also included property in Comal, San Saba, Tom Green and Concho counties. The genesis of the Las Moras Ranch can be traced to about 1875, when a French immigrant, Ernest Carlin, purchased 30,000 acres of land at the head of the Las Moras Creek in Menard County, Tex., where he established a ranch, sometimes called King Carlin's Ranch. Unfortunately, Carlin's lavish lifestyle led to his loss of the property 21 Dec. 1879, when the property was forclosed upon by the Galveston, Tex. banking firm of Kaufmann and Runge.

Kaufmann and Runge was owned by Henry Runge (1816-1873), head of a prominent German family, several members of which had emmigrated to Texas in the 1840s. After Henry Runge's death, his oldest son, Henry J. Runge (1859-1922) took over running most of his father's businesses. Louis Hermann Runge (1861-1936), Henry J. Runge's youngest brother, and his family took over the Carlin property soon after the bank foreclosure, making Carlin's ill-fated mansion house the headquarters for the newly christened Las Moras Ranch. Other properties, also foreclosed upon by Kaufman and Runge, which had been the result of the financial failure of the German Emigration Company in 1847, were incorporated into the original Carlin property to enlarge the Las Moras Ranch.

The Verien zum Schutz deutscher Einwanderer, or Society for the Protection of German Immigrants, later known as the German Emigration Company was organized 20 April 1842 by a group of German noblemen at Biebrich on the Rhine, near Mainz, Ger. This group of noblemen called the Adelsverein, Mainzer Verein, or simply the Society of Noblemen, had as their goal the encouragement of mass German emigration to the United States, and in particular, to the vast and relatively cheap lands available in Texas, originally made available to emigrants by land grants from empresario agents of the Mexican government and, later, the Republic of Texas. New Braunfels, Tex., founded in 1845, and Fredericksburg, Tex., established in 1846, were two very successful results of the activities of the Adelsverein's Texas settlement endeavors.

About 1844, the Adelsverein had purchased the rights to a portion of a nearly three million acre grant first received from the Republic of Texas on 7 June 1842, then renewed 1 Sept. 1 1843, by Henry Francis Fisher, Burchard Miller and Joseph Baker. The rights to settle the land had been forfeited because of the would-be empresario's inabilty to fulfill their settlement scheme. This Fisher-Miller Grant, located about 100 miles west of Austin, Tex., was, at first, a very unfavorable location because of its intrusion into the Comanche tribe's camping and hunting ground. This particular problem was solved by a treaty between the Comanche tribe and the German settlers, concluded 9 May 1847 by Baron Ottfried Hans von Meusebach, who had been sent to Texas as the Adelsverein's Land Commissioner. Other areas of the lands purchased for German settlement by the Adelsverein, however, posed more serious problems to successful settlement, and were eventually abandoned to the mountains running through them, or the wastes which had defeated the settlers, many of whom either returned to Europe, or relocated to German towns such as Fredericksburg, Tex. or New Braunfels, Tex. Some members of the Runge family, for example, eventually returned to Hannover, Ger.

A close friend of Meusebach, Henry Runge (1816-1873), the son of an affluent landowner in Germany, trained for a commercial career and emigrated to the United States, arriving in New Orlean, La. in 1841. The success of the German Emigration Company in establishing German settlers in Texas drew Henry Runge to relocate to Indianola, Tex. in 1843, where he became an important merchant, then banker and financier. As a result of the Civil War, Henry Runge had to abandon his business concerns in Indianola, which included the Indianola Railroad Co., but he relocated to the predominantly GermanNew Braunfels, Tex., and founded a cotton factory. After the close of the Civil War, Henry Runge reclaimed his businesses in Indianola, Tex., and, by 1866, the Runge family moved to Galveston, Tex. In Galveston, as a partner in Kaufmann and Runge, with major interest in shipping, merchandising and banking, Henry Runge was one of the major creditors in the 1847 bankruptcy of the German Emigration Co. Properties seized as a result of this bankruptcy were added to the original properties forfeited by Ernest Carlin, to form the extensivie Las Moras Ranch, owned and run by members of the Runge family until the sale of the ranch properties was completed in 1913.

TheLas Moras Ranch was managed by Louis Hermann Runge (1861-1936), youngest brother of Henry J. Runge, from Sept. 1888 until 27 February 1897, when management of the ranch was assumed by Walter Tips (1841-1911), a German emigrant and Texas businessman who, after the death of Henry Runge, had formed the Las Moras Ranch Company on 21 December 1879, with his wife's aunt, Julia Runge, wife of Henry Runge, and Runge's sons Henry J. Runge, and Louis H. Runge. Tips was in charge of the Las Moras Ranch when liquidation was intitiated, though he died in 1911, and the ranch properties were not completely dispersed until 1913.


Scope and Content Note

The Las Moras Ranch Papers (1869-1913 (bulk: 1900-1913)) consist chiefly of correspondence regarding the Runge family of Galveston, Tex. and Menard, Tex., including Henry Runge, his sons Henry J. Runge and Louis Hermann Runge, their cousin Julius F. Runge, as well as family members in Hannover, Ger., including heirs Hans Eyl and his wife Meta Eyl; German emigrant and Texas businessman Walter Tips (1841-1911) who, after the death of Henry Runge, had formed the Las Moras Ranch Company 21 December 1879 with his wife's aunt Julia Runge, wife of Henry Runge, and Runge's sons Henry J. Runge, and Louis H. Runge; German Emigration Company lands, lawyers and law firms in Austin, Tex. and San Antonio, Tex., including C. A. Goeth, the firm of Webb & Goeth, Adolph Goeth, business partner of Walter Tips and brother of C. A. Goeth.

Also present are: legal documents, including deeds, wills, powers of attorney; some ranch operations records, including ranch inventories, accounting ledgers, and handwritten notes. These papers record the operations and transfers of ownership of over 130,000 acres of property, principally in the Texas counties of Comal, San Saba, Tom Green, Concho and Menard, collectively known as the Las Moras Ranch.

Beyond the acquisition, operation, and ultimate liquidation of this ranch property, however, an interesting part of Texas history, that of the Adelsverien or German Emigration Company, and early German immigrant settlement, is illuminated through the documents in the collection.

Also included are four oversized documents housed separately in Map Case drawer CB-D-1:

  • One Blue-line plat map with handwritten annotations, titled "German Emigration Co. Surveys Tom Green and Concho Counties," measuring about 15 x 36 inches:
  • One Blue-line plat map, titled "Map of Las Moras Ranch-Menard County," measuring about 171/2 x 22 inches:
  • One Ledger sheet, measuring about 20 x 24 inches:
  • One printed map of Concho County, Tex., measuring about 30 x 30 inches.

The Las Moras Ranch papers (1869-1913) are arranged chronologically into four series reflecting the history of the ranch from its foundation until its sale in 1913: Series 1. Early History (1869-1902), Series 2. Operations (1903-1906), Series 3. Liquidation (1907-1913), and Series 4. Miscellaneous (undated).

Series 1. Early History, begins with an 1867 legal document showing a transfer of ownership of many thousands of acres of land from Hermann Arnold Henry (Heinrich) Runge (1821-1861) of Funchal, Madiera, Portugal to his brother and business partner, Henry Runge (1816-1873). Henry Runge paid for the land in American Gold. Other documents in the papers include a very large judgment against the Adelsverien or German Emigration Company, a copy of the lengthy handwritten "Last Will of Henry Runge," probated 2 April 1873 and that of his wife, Julia, dated 23 March 1896.

Subsequent documents in Series 2.-Series 4. of the papers highlight the operation and eventual liquidation in 1913 of the Las Moras Ranch, including transcontinental communications between Germany and Texas among heirs to the Runge fortune. Several of these family letters scattered through the papers may be particularly difficult to translate, since they are written in Kurrentschrift, a Gothic handwriting style.

Playing important roles in the later transactions concerning the ranch properties were the sons of Henry Runge (1816-1873): Henry J. Runge (1859-1922), Louis Hermann Runge (1861-1936), and his nephew Julius F. Runge (1851-1906). Henry J. Runge and Julius F. Runge were financial advisors, while Louis Runge served as ranch manager and lived on the Las Moras Ranch property. Walter E. Tips (1841-1911), another German immigrant, Texas Senator and successful hardware merchandiser, who married into the Runge family, along with C. A. Goeth (b. 1869), a San Antonio attorney, were involved in the ranch operations and legal issues concerning the eventual dispersal of Las Moras Ranch property.


 

Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 4 series.
Series 1. Early History (1869-1902)
Series 2. Operations (1903-1906)
Series 3. Liquidation (1907-1913)
Series 4. Miscellaneous (undated)

Restrictions

Access

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Usage Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.


Online Catalog Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog of Cushing Memorial Library. Researchers wishing to find related materials should search the catalog under these index terms.
Names
Runge family.
Goeth, C. A. (Conrad Alexander).
Runge, Julius.
Tips, Walter E.
Runge, Henry J.
Goeth, A. C. (Adolph Carl).
Eyl, Hans.
Eyl, Meta Runge.
Fisher, Henry Francis
Kaufmann, Julius.
Runge, George.
Runge, Julia.
Runge, Louis H.
Runge, Meta.
Organizations
Adelsverein--History.
Subjects
Ranches--Texas--History.
Ranchers--Texas--History.
Law firms--Texas--History.
Bankers--Texas--History.
Real estate lawyers--San Antonio--Texas--History.
Places
Las Moras Ranch (Tex.)--History.
Menard County (Tex.)--History.
Hannover (Germany : Province)--History.

Separated Material

Items separated include four oversized documents housed separated in Map Case drawer CB-D-1:

  • One Blue-line plat map with handwritten annotations, titled "One German Emigration Co. Surveys Tom Green and Concho Counties," measuring about 15 x 36 inches.
  • Blue-line plat map, titled "Map of Las Moras Ranch—Menard County,"measuring about 17½ x 22 inches.
  • One Ledger sheet, measuring about 20 x 24 inches.
  • One Printed map of Concho County, Tex. measuring about 30 x 30 inches.


Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased by the repository.

Processing Information

Processed by Liticia Salter in February 2003


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Series 1. Early History, 1869-1902.

This series is comprised of several critical documents to establishing the provenance for a large quantity of the property that will become the Las Moras Ranch. There are original deeds and wills as well as memoranda between individuals who will be involved throughout in the forthcoming transfers of property.
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1/1 Deed. From Sherman Arnold Henry Runge of Funchal, Madeira, Portugal to Henry Runge, references a land transfer of many thousands of acres of land in Concho and Matagorda Counties, a substantial portion of which was formerly owned by the German Emigration Co. Handwritten copy of original dated, 9 March 1869
Letter. From Emil Reiffert to C. A. Goeth. Letter written on letterhead of H. Runge & Co.Banking & Exchange Office, Cuero, Texas references an inheritance affair. Handwritten, 15 January 1891.
Court appointment of Executors. Legal document appointing Emil Reiffert, Henry J. Runge, and Louis Runge executors of the estate of the late Julia Runge, 23 March 1896.
Will. Handwritten will of Henry Runge, 2 June 1894.
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1/ 2 Letter. From Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth. References a meeting to be arranged, 16 November 1900.
Revocation and Assignment of Power of Attorney. From Hans Eyl and his wife, Meta Runge Eyl, Dr. Gustav Stromeyer and his wife, Anna Stromeyer, all of Hannover, Germany to C. A. Goeth. Filed subsequently in 12 counties, 10 December 1900.
Letter. From Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth confirms an appointment, 21 January 1901.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to A. C. (C. A.) Goeth. Apparently accompanied a deed for land in Mason County, 30 January 1901.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth. Authorizes cancellation of revenue stamps on deeds of land attached from six counties, 1 February 1901.
Partition Deed. From Henry J. Runge to heirs of Henry Runge, 1 February 1901.
Partition Deed. From Julie Runge to heirs of Henry Runge. Two copies, 1 February 1901.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to Mr. A. C. Goeth (C.A.). Letter requests signed deeds returned from Mrs. Julius Runge, 4 February 1901.
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1/2 Letter. From Henry J. Runge to Mr. A. C. Goeth (C.A.). Letter describes disputed wording in a deed, 7 February 1901.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. Discusses matters relating to Goeth's handling of a settlement for his clients having to do with Julius and Henry Runge in Galveston. Letter alludes to personal characteristics, 10 February 1901.
Letter. From Henry Runge to C. A. Goeth. Discusses a delay in signing a deed, 11 February 1901.
Letter. From Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth. Discusses ranch transactions and financial difficulties resulting from the disastrous Galveston storm, 24 March 1901.
Letter. From C. F. Carsner to C. A. Goeth. Discusses several lots in Victoria Texas, 21 March 1901.
Partition Deed. Between: Johanna Runge, Julius Runge, Louis N. Runge, Meta Eyl nee Runge, Hans Eyl, Anna Rosa Stromeyer nee Runge. Filed in eight counties, 12 October 1901.
Surveyor's field notes. Written by S. D. Williams, County Surveyor for Runnels County, references German Emigration Co. property, 14 November 1901.
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1/3 Memorandum of Agreement. Between Lange & Doose (Max Lange and C. A. Doose) and C. A. Goeth denotes an agreement on certain terms in a land transaction. Document is signed with strikethroughs and annotations, 20 February 1902.
Copy of Letter. From F. Cronk to H. J. Runge. Handwritten copy of letter discussing a proposition involving land in Tom Green and Concho Counties, 4 August 1902.
Letter. From Henry to C. A. Goeth. Discusses an enclosure of patents and deeds to certain tracts of land, 8 August 1902.
Letter. From Federick C. von Rosenberg to Henry J. Runge. Copy of letter questioning the status of a lease controversy, 11 August 1902.
Letter. From Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth. Short clarification, 13 August 1902.
Letter. From Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C.A. Goeth. Discusses lack of communication from the Runges, 14 August 1902.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth. Attachment to an accompanying document, 16 Auugust 1902.
Letter. From Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth. Discusses the Runges' wish to cancel a lease; indicates disagreement. 18 August 1902. Letter. From Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth. Discusses a deed, 23 August 1902.
Letter. From John Seiders, County Judge of San Saba County to C. A. Goeth. Discusses title problem and is attached to an accompanying letter from G. A. Walters, an attorney in San Saba, Texas, 23 August 1902.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth discusses the legal difference between a partition and a sale, 26 August 1902.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to C.A. Goeth seeks information as to court date, 28 August 1902.
Telegram. From Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth. Advises of a delay in travel, 29 August 1902.
Letter. From Emil Reiffert to C.A. Goeth discusses the absence of a woman's will or any affadavit of death, 5 September 1902.
Letter. From Emil Reiffert to C. A. Goeth was apparently attached to an affadavit, 9 September 1902.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth was apparently attached to a deed, 18 September 1902.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth was apparently attached to a set of letters concerning the lease of certain lands to the Hume Bros, 19 September 1902.
Judgement copy. Certified handwritten copy of an 1850 judgment in the case of Henry J. Runge vs. The German Emigration Co, 26 September 1902.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. Discusses an offer to buy land by George T. Hume of the Hume Bros, 27 September 1902.
Judgment. Copy of judgment in 1850 case of Henry J. Runge vs. The German Emigration Co. Includes name in German as well as a listing of all principals in the company which includes many princes, counts, and dukes, 29 September 1902.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth discusses filing a release against the Hume Bros, 2 October 1902.
Letter. From Julius Runge to C. A. Goeth discusses settlement with the Hume Bros, 15 October 1902.
Letter. From Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth discusses a final settlement in the case of J. L. Hume et al vs. Henry J. Runge, 16 October 1902.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth requests certain documents, 28 October 1902.
Memorandum. From Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth acknowledges receipt of monies on behalf of Hume Bros, 30 October 1902.
Letter. From Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth discusses other money matters in the case, 30 October 1902.
Memorandum. From Frederick C. von Rosenberg to C. A. Goeth discusses money matters in the case, 3 November 1902.
Ledger list. Prepared by Walter Tips, a listing of V/L Land Notes of Las Moris [sic] Ranch, 7 November 1902.
Letter. From J. W. Hancock, Deputy in Department of Justice, Western District of Texas, to Messrs. Webb and Goeth denies any deeds being on file as the originals were removed, 13 November 1902.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth congratulates the latter on a legal victory and mentions that he would prefer someone else other than Adolf Runge being made receiver of the ranch property, 15 November 1902.
Transfer. Copy of document transferring land from German Emigration Co. to Meta Eyl and Anna Strohmeyer, 18 November 1902.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discusses someone who would like to sell their lots, 11 December 1902.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discusses travel plans and whereabouts of Julius Runge and Johanne Runge, 11 December 1902.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth discusses the Runges and their financial dealings with Sullivan bankers in San Antonio as well as the possibility of putting the ranch in receivership, 24 December 1902.
Power of Attorney. From Johanna Runge, Julius Runge, Louis Runge, Charles Fowler, Anita Runge to Walter Tips to liquidate all lands and livestock of Las Moras Ranch, 27 December 1902.
Agreement. Legal document stating agreement of Julius and Henry Runge to turn over all management and give a complete accounting of ranch affairs to Walter Tips, 27 December 1902.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth accompanied, apparently, a letter of transmittal from Julius Runge, 30 December 1902.
Tax Assessment. Listing of lands owned by Eyl and Strohmeyer in Concho County, 31 December 1902.
Notes. Handwritten tally of land sold, February 1902 through December 1902.



 

Series 2. Operations, 1903-1906.

This series of documents is sparse but lends a general idea of the running of the ranch as well as additional land acquisition. There is only one document representing each of the years of 1905 and 1906.
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1/4 Memorandum. From Julius Runge to Messers. Webb and Goeth. A handwritten list of indebtedness by owners with letter of submission attached, 16 January 1903.
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1/5 Receipt. Handwritten acknowledgement of commission payment made by C. A. Goeth to Lange Doose who apparently acted as agent in a land sale, 20 March 1903.
Letter. From Walter Tips to Max Martin. Formal notification of management change and verification of livestock inventory, 4 May 1903.
Lease contract, 6 May 1903.
Lease contract, 23 May 1903.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. Informs of payment for surveying, 21 June 1903.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. Lengthy note concerning sales of animals from the ranch, 17 July 1903.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to Walter Tips. Concerns some title issues, 24 July 1903.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. Reports sales of cattle and prices received, 25 July 1903.
Letter. From L. W. Ainsworth to Walter Tips. References some land titles, 27 July 1903.
Letter. From W. F. Brandes to C. A. Goeth. Discusses need to move some fences that are encroaching on property lines, 18 August 1903.
Letter. From H. Runge & Co. to C. A. Goeth. Discusses lots in Victoria, Texas, 26 August 1903.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to Walter Tips. Apparently accompanied enclosures of letters that supported a claim, 2 September 1903.
Letter. From W. F. Brandes to C. A. Goeth. Discusses a trade for 640 acres, 2 September 1903.
Letters. Largely between Walter Tips and C. A. Goeth. Indicate accompanying attachments, questions of title, and in one instance, squatters' rights to ranch lands.
Letter and list of lands. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. A lengthy list of lands totaling over 24,000 acres of lands not owned or leased by the family; asks comparison to a list sent previously to complete the total list, 23 December 1903.
Tax Assessments in Concho and Tom Green counties, December 1903.
Cattle Accounting. Handwritten tally of cattle on hand and that expected, undated 1903.
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1/6 Letter. From Walter Tips to . Thank you letter for a venison ham; apparently a contraband item, 19 January 1904.
Vendor's Lien note. From Meta Eyl and Anna Strohmeyer of Hannover, Germany using C. A. Goeth's power of attorney for 160 acres of land, 29 February 1904.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. Advises of a citation served upon him for an undisclosed lawsuit, 23 March 1904.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth. Discusses delinquent taxes and a purchase of land in a tax sale, 1 April 1904.
Letter from Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. Expresses confidence in outcome of a lawsuit for 5,000 acres, 6 April 1904.
Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. Statement of condition for Las Moras Ranch in year ending, 1 May 1904. 5 May 1904.
Letters. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. Accompanied enclosures of various sorts to do with operations and land sales/acquisitions, May/June 1904
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1/7 Inventory of Lands. 4 September 1905. Letter. From F. M. Newman to Walter Tips. Lengthy opinion on a lawsuit concerning a land title, 28 April 1906.



 

Series 3. Liquidation, 1907-1913.

These documents chronicle the partitioning and sales of the ranch properties. Included are letters, deeds, financial disclosures, assignments of trusteeships, and letters written in German from family members living in Hannover, Germany. The year of 1908 is void.
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1/8 Letters. Chiefly between Walter Tips and C. A. Goeth. Discuss the disposition of certain funds, indicate a great deal of traveling back and forth to Europe, and certain difficulties among the heirs, 1907
Memorandum of Agreement. Formal legal document appointing Walter Tips as Manager and Liquidator of the Las Moras Ranch as well as percentage interests held among the heirs. Included is a complete accounting of the ranch assets and liabilities, 22 May 1907.
Memorandum. From Louis H. Runge and Henry J. Runge. Discusses receipt of monies and travel overseas, 28 June 1907.
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1/9 Letters. Between Walter Tips and C. A. Goeth. Content of these letters is mostly social in nature; include topics such as impending engagement of Tips' daughter to a German citizen and moving to Germany much to her mother's dismay, a Texas deer hunt for the prospective groom, and travel arrangements. Some discussion about funds disbursement to the heirs, April to October 1909.
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1/10 Letter. From Walter Tips to C. A. Goeth. Discusses Eyl children in Germany, sickness, and acknowledges reading of a legal document sent previously, 17 October 1910.
Affadavit of Death. Legal instrument executed in Germany to certify death of Meta Eyl and distinguish her heirs, 5 November 1910.
Power of Attorney. Children of Meta Eyl appoint C. A. Goeth attorney in fact to act on their behalf in land liquidation, 5 November 1910.
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1/11 Letters. Chiefly between Walter Tips and C. A. Goeth. Discuss a contestation of the power of attorney executed in Germany, family matters and the weather. The last letter from Walter Tips was written six days before his death, 2 February 1911 - 14 April 1911.
Telegram. From C. A. Goeth and family to Mrs. Walter Tips. Condolences, 20 April 1911.
Letter. From Adolph Goeth, business partner of Walter Tips and brother of C. A. Goeth, to C. A. Goeth. Expresses that business will continue under name of Walter Tips & Co. and that he could not attend Walter Tips' funeral due to an accident, 26 April 1911.
Letters. From Eugene Tips, business partner and son of Walter Tips, to C. A. Goeth. Appears Eugene Tips and Adolph Goeth assumed role of managing the Las Moras Ranch liquidation, April - October 1911.
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1/12 Letter. From C. A. Goeth to Hans Eyl. Lengthy explanation of approaches to take in securing the benefits of the land sales for the children who are not of age, 12 September 1912.
Letter. From Henry J. Runge to C. A. Goeth. Expresses the wishes of Hans Eyl concerning his interest in his wife's estate and doing things according to German law, 14 November 1912.
Power of Attorney. From the children of Hans Eyl appointing C. A. Goeth attorney in fact to represent their interests, 30 December 1912.
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1/13 Affadavit. A legal instrument drawn-up in Germany declaring the children of Meta Eyl of age, 4 January 1913.
Statement. Submitted to C. A. Goeth by Adolph Goeth, an assets and liabilities statement, 13 March 1913.
Memorandum of Agreement and Final Partition Deed. Made to all heirs of Henry Runge and partial owners of the Las Moras Ranch. Joint declaration of their portions satisfied and holds the estate of Walter Tips harmless and releases any further responsibility, 13 March 1913.
Letter. From Eugene Tips to C. A. Goeth thanking Goeth for the role he played in the liquidation of Las Moras Ranch.
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1/14 Letters and card. These documents are chiefly from the heirs to Las Moras Ranch who were living in Hannover, Germany. There is a death notice and a single handwritten letter, written in German, from C. A. Goeth in San Antonio. Not translated, 1911-1913.



 

Series 4. Miscellaneous, Undated.

Included in these documents are undated legal documents, handwritten notes and drafts, and inventories of land.
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1/15 Land inventories and German Emigration lands in Concho and Tom Green counties survey information, Undated.
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1/16 Handwritten drafts, notes, accountings, Undated.
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1/17 Envelopes. These are empty C. A. Goeth or Webb & Goeth envelopes that appear to have contained monetary notes payable from individuals, Undated.
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1/18 Abstracts and conveyances to and from Runge and Tips in Menard and Concho Counties, Undated.
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1/19 Maps and ledger sheet. ITEMS SEPARATED [Housed in Map Case Drawer CB-D-1]
Three oversize maps and one ledger sheet housed separately in Map Case Drawer CB-D-1:
  • One Blue-line plat map with handwritten annotations, titled "German Emigration Co. Surveys Tom Green and Concho Counties," measuring about 15 x 36 inches:
  • One Blue-line plat map, titled "Map of Las Moras Ranch-Menard County," measuring about 171/2 x 22 inches:
  • One Ledger sheet, measuring about 20 x 24 inches:
  • One printed map of Concho County, Tex., measuring about 30 x 30 inches.