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Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

W. L. Wilkinson Papers



Collection Summary

Creator W. L. Wilkinson
Title W. L. Wilkinson Papers
Dates: 1919-1949
Abstract: This Kleberg County Extension Agent left his personal records covering the period from 1925 through 1949 of his activities in Kenedy County from 1936-1949, and Jackson County from 1919-1925. As the county agent he helped small and large farmers and ranchers in the two counties dominated by the large and famous King and Kenedy Ranches. Materials include correspondence, annual reports, photographs and newspaper clippings that reveal the agricultural endeavors going on in these counties.
Identification A1977-019; A1977-019.AD1
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Wilkinson%20EAD
Quantity: 4 linear foot
Location: F2-10-2 STAD Boxes: 1-5, F2-10-3 STAD Boxes: 6-10
Language: English

Historical Note

William Lane Wilkinson came to Texas with his parents in 1885. After attending Palacios Baptist College and graduating from Baylor University, he became a County (Agricultural) Agent first of Jackson County and then in 1924 of Kleberg and Kenedy County. William Lane Wilkinson was born in Seymour, Iowa on October 30, 1885 to Richard Bradshaw Wilkinson and Almira Pettit Wilkinson, the fifth of seven children. The family moved to Katy, Texas in 1898. Wilkinson died March 19, 1963 at the age of 77. Wilkinson attended Palacios Baptist College in Palacios, Texas; Baylor University in Waco, Texas; and Brantley Draugnn Business College in Ft. Worth, Texas. While attending school in Palacios he met his future wife Katharine Clementine Hooks (1881-9/5/1972), a music and elocution teacher at the college. They were married on August 27, 1913 in Waco, Texas. On August 28, 1917 their only child, a daughter, Leverne, was born. For several years Wilkinson worked as a bookkeeper in Waco, but took the position of County Agent for Jackson County, Texas in December, 1918. After living in Edna, Texas for six years he took the position of County Agent for Kleberg County and moved to Kingsville, Texas in February, 1925. Wilkinson served as County Agent for Kleberg and later Kenedy Counties for twenty-six years until he retired in 1951. He received many honors over the years from the Texas Extension Service including being selected as Outstanding County Agent of the United States and of Texas.

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Scope and Contents

The correspondence deals primarily the interaction between W. L. Wilkinson and the farmers and ranchers in the counties where he was County Agent. A small portion of the correspondence is between Wilkinson and the Extension Service main offices and covers a range of topics mostly administrative in nature. The County Agent Annual Reports record the actions and events that a County Agent undertook in the course of his duties throughout the year. Of the remaining small portion of the material there are over 120 photographs and more than 200 newspaper clippings. The photographs mostly document the County Agent Annual Reports and the newspaper clippings are of agricultural events and issues.

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Arrangement

The W.L. Wilkinson papers are arranged into six series: Series I. Correspondence Series II. County Agent Annual Reports Series III. Photographs Series IV. Biographical Information Series V. Printed Materials Series VI. Newspaper Clippings

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Index Terms

Persons
Wilkinson, William Lane, 1885-1963
Wilkinson, Katherine Clementine Hooks, 1881-1972
Wilkinson, Richard Bradshaw
Wilkinson, Almira Pettit
Organizations
Palacios Baptist College
Baylor University
Brantly Draugnn Business College, Fort Worth
Texas Agricultural Extension Service
Geographical Names
Kleberg County (Tex.)
Kenedy County (Tex.)
Jackson County (Tex.)
King Ranch (Tex.)
Kenedy Ranch (Tex.)
Seymore (Iowa)
Waco (Tex.)
Edna (Tex.)
Subjects
Ranch life
Farm life
County agriculture agents
Agriculture
Bookkeeping
Music teachers

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