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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

General Office Files

Personal Files

Correspondence

C. C. Slaughter

Financial Material

Gulf, Soash and Pacific Railroad

Legal Material

Literary Production

Printed Material

Scrapbook Material I

Memorabilia

Scrapbook Material II

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

W. P. (William Pulver) Soash:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1894-1967 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Soash, W. P. (William Pulver), 1877-1961
Title: W. P. Soash Papers,
Dates: 1904-1967 and undated
Abstract: The papers of William Pulver Soash, a real estate developer and land colonizer who founded the W. P. Soash Land Company and the Lone Star Land Company.
Collection # S 944.1
Quantity: 5 boxes (5.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

A real estate developer and land colonizer in the early twentieth century, Soash was born in 1877. He founded the W. P. Soash Land Company in 1905. Operating from Waterloo, Iowa, and later in Florida and West Texas, he sold land developments in the Midwest, the Plains States, and Florida, but principally in Texas. Soash founded, with members of the C. C. Slaughter family, the Lone Star Land Company in 1924, and was extensively engaged in the sale and purchase of oil leases and royalties, generally for others, in the late 1930s. He opened West Texas and Panhandle ranch lands for colonization, including lands in Hockley, Cochran, Lamb, Hale, Borden, Martin, and Howard counties. The towns of Ware and Olton, Texas, were two of his successful projects. He was married to Minnie Hasse, and served in World War I as a second lieutenant in the Texas Cavalry. Soash was also a member of the Methodist church and a Mason. He died in 1961.

The Handbook of Texas has published a more in-depth online biography of William Pulver Soash at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/search.html

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes business and personal correspondence, legal and financial material, printed and scrapbook materials, land advertisements, maps, and posters. It bulks (1900-1950) with business files and correspondence, of Soash's real estate company, and also includes copies of the Soash-produced magazine, "The Golden West" and information on C. C. Slaughter.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Soash, W. P. (William Pulver), 1877-1961
Slaughter, C. C. (Christopher Columbus), 1837-1919
Subjects (Organizations)
Lone Star Land Company
W. P. Soash Land Company
Subjects
Agriculture--Texas, West--History
Depressions--1929
Land settlement--Texas, West
Land companies--Texas--History--Sources
Land settlement--Texas--Littlefield--History--Sources
Real estate business--Texas, West
Real estate development--Texas, West
Ranches--Texas, West
Ranching--Texas, West

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Lee Cooper oral history interview [sound recording], 1970
  • Jimmy DeLoach oral history interview [sound recording], 1969
  • David B. Gracy Papers, 1966-1968
  • Owen McWhorter oral history interview [sound recording], 1976
  • R. L. Slaughter Papers, 1892-1969
  • Hanley Wasson oral history interview [sound recording], 1959
  • W. P. Soash Oversized Materials, O7.1
  • Soash, Texas photograph collection, SWCPC 381
  • W. P. Soash microfilmed papers, S676 and S676W

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. P. (William Pulver) Soash Papers, 1894-1967 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gifts, 1963-1978

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, August 2000

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Additional Sources

Seymour V. Connor, ed. Builders of the Southwest. Lubbock: Southwest Collection, Texas Technological College, 1959.

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Collection Inventory

 

General Office Files

box folder
1 1 Akin, Minnie, 1937
2 Amicable Life Insurance, 1937-1938
3 Angley, Professor W. E., 1953-1955
4 Bean, George R., 1937-1955
5 Bell, H. D., 1942-1946
6 Benson, George E., 1940-1943
7 Benson, W. J., Leases, closed, 1937
8 Bessent, Inez, 1937-1938
9 Borden County, Texas, 1959
10 Borden County, Texas, NW Section 19-32-3N, 1926-1937
Broadhurst, William
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1 11 Helmerich, and Payne, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1943-1944
12 Helmerich and Payne, Inc., Lehman Block, 1943-1945
13 Helmerich and Payne, Inc., Tract 14 Well, Hendricks, Castle and Sanders Titles, 1944-1946
14 Helmerich and Payne, Inc., Wright #1, 1943-1944
15 Broyles, William G., Dallas, Texas, 1956
16 Burleson, J. A., 1937
17 Cascade Petroleum, Davidson, C. J. "Red", 1937-1941
18 Castro County, Texas plats, 1938
19 Causseaux, T. L., 1937
20 Citizens National Bank, Lubbock, Texas, 1938-1948
21 Cobb and Daniel: Vealmoor Drilling Contract, Mrs. Veal, 1941-1953
22 Collier, S. F. and Estate of W. L. Ellwood, 1937
23 Collier, W. J., 1937-1938
24 Constantine, E., Jr., Dallas, Texas, 1943-1944
25 Constantine, E., Jr., Pep Block, Free Leases, 1943-1944
26 Cook, Bob, Big Spring, Texas, 1939-1947
27 Cook, J. T., Dallas, Texas, 1943
28 Cottle County Drilling, Bill Stinson, Paducah, Texas, 1935-1940
29 Cotton Land Company, Slaughter Lands, 1923-1926
30 Crenshaw, Dupree and Milam, 1947-1957
31 Davis, T. J., 1937
32 Denton, L. C., Lubbock County, Texas, 1937
33 Duggan, Arthur P., 1926-1935
34 Dunn, Sam G., J. E. Alexander, Cochran County, Texas, 1949
35 Dunnam, W. D., Royalty, 1938-1940
36 Ellwood, W. L., Estate and E. M. May, May, 1937
37 Flippen, W. H., Attorney, Dallas, Texas, 1931-1949
38 Ford, Phil, Bean Leases, 1937-1939
39 Fox, A. T., Lynn County, Texas, 1937
40 General American Oil Corporation, 1957
41 Griffin, Gordon, McAllen, Texas, 1927-1931
42 Guthrie, C. W., Big Spring, Texas, 1953-1957
43 Hale County, Texas, No. 1, 1944-1953
44 Hamilton, P. L., 1937
45 Handley, W. B., Attorney, Dallas, 1942-1943
46 Harp, D. Leon and Wallace Scott, Securities Commissioners of Texas, 1938-1939
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2 1 Hilton, J. L., Lease, 1937
2 Hults, L. E., 1937
3 Instruments and Titles, Old, 1925-1940
4 Jones, C. B., Lease and A. L. Cromer Lease, 1937
5 Kahlick, Fred, 1937
6 Kay, R. C., 1939-1944
7 Kay, R. C., 1939
8 Kay, R. C., 1916-1939
9 Kay, R. C., 1940
10 Kay, R. C., List, 1939
11 Kearby, Allen, McAllen, Texas, 1928
12 Kelsey, John H., Midland, Texas, 1946-1953
13 Kelso, Lena, 1937-1941
14 Kidd, J. T., Borden County, Texas, 1926-1930
15 Landon, Jame C., Ranch for Sale, undated
16 Lehman Farms, 1948
17 Livermore Drilling Contract, 1954
18 Lone Star Land Company, 1937
19 Louden, Mrs. Cora, 1937
20 Lund Real Estate Company, 1906
21 Lynn County Abstract Company, 1937-1956
22 Mahon, George H., 1934-1936
23 Mahoney, Henry, 1937
24 Markham, Jack, 1941
25 McClellan, Noah, Lynn County, Texas, 1937
26 McElreath and Suggett, Oil Operators, 1937-1947
27 McKee, Mrs. Addie, 1955
28 McMillan, J. W., Midland, Texas, 1937-1940
29 McNeely, A. A., Texas Company, 1937-1941
30 Middleton, R. V., 1946-1951
Miller, John W.
box folder
2 31 Correspondence on Various Titles at Vealmoor, 1953-1955
32 Mrs, Veal, Borden and Howard Counties, Map and Royalty Statement, 1950-1955
33 Mrs. Veal, Carl McKee, Royalty Agreement, 1950
34 Mrs. Veal, Charles H. Priddy and Joe W. McSpadden, 1953
35 Mrs. Veal, E. L. Clanton, Royalty Agreement, 1950
36 Mrs. Veal, H. S. Moss and Oil and Gas Leases, 1939-1950
37 Mrs. Veal, Honolulu Oil Corporation, Oil and Gas Leases, 1953-1954
38 Mrs. Veal, J. A. Lavender Drilling Block Near Ackerly, 1954
39 Mrs. Veal, Miscellaneous, 1948-1952
40 Mrs. Veal, Morton Lands, 1953
41 Mrs. Veal, Oceanic Oil Company, Vealmoor Townsite, Howard County, Texas, 1954-1955
42 Mrs. Veal, Sunray Oil Corporation, 1950-1955
43 Mrs. Veal, Warren Petroleum Corporation, 1953-1954
44 Morrison and Morrison, Attorneys, 1946-1947
45 Murrah, G. M., Lynn County, Texas, 1937
46 Murray, P. F. and J. E. Alexander, McCulloch County Block, 1950-1951
47 Nelson, Anna, 1937
48 Oil Leases, Deals Submitted on, Drilling Contracts and Royalty Production, 1941-1944
49 O'Neal, W. E., McElreath and Suggett, County Line Leases, 1938-1948
50 O'Pry, Alvin, 1940-1944
51 Overstreet, R. W., et. al., Lynn County, Texas, 1937-1939
52 Pep Drilling Block, 1943-1946
53 Phifer O. R., Lease, 1937
54 Polk, S. J. T., 1937
55 Porter, J. C. and Owen Thomas, cancelled, 1940
box folder
3 1 Redfern, John J., Jr., 1939-1945
2 Republic National Bank, Dallas, Texas, 1934-1944
3 Republic National Bank, Dallas Texas, 1944-1946
4 San Andres Production Company, 1944-1946
5 Seale, Mid, Royalty, Hockley County, Texas, 1944
6 Sherrod, J. F., 1937
7 Showalter, M. R., Sundown Townsite, 1940
8 Simmons, Bay, 1937
9 Slaughter, C. C. and W. P. Soash, Cochran County Lands Contract, 1939
10 Slaughter, R. L., Jr., 1939
11 Soash W. P., Subdivision in Lubbock, Texas, 1931
12 Soash, W. P. and G. W. Soash, Interest's in McCulloch County, Texas, Oil and Gas Leases, 1950-1952
13 Tax Receipts, 1954
14 Texas Company, 1937-1941
15 Thomas, Owen, 1936-1937
16 Thomas, Owen, 1937-1939
17 Thomas, Owen, 1940-1946
18 Thomas, Owen and Robert B. Violette, Lynn County, Texas Lease, 1937
19 Thomason, M. H., Wichita Falls, Texas, 1939-1940
20 Thomerson, Cora and Lofton L. and Dwight M. Johnson, Gaines County, Texas, 1944-1952
21 Thompson, Hattie J., 1937
22 Veal, Dr. and Mrs. George T. (Minnie Slaughter), 1925-1943
23 Veal, Dr. and Mrs. George T., Mineral Rights, Vealmoor Lands, 1927-1948
24 Vealmoor, Texas, 1924-1929
25 Vealmoor Missionary Baptist Church, 1941-1944
26 Walker, Andree and Walker Abstract Company, 1953-1957
27 Watkins, S. M., Lease, 1937 and undated
28 Weaver, O. J., and W. G. Burrage, 1932-1937
29 Whiteface Drilling Block, 1943-1944
30 Whiteface Drilling Block, 1943-1948
Wiley, R. D.
box folder
3 31 Lease in Lynn County, Texas, 1937
32 Lease, Violette, Robert Violette, Lynn County, Texas, 1937
33 Soash and Mid-Continent Petroleum Corporation, Lynn County, Texas, 1937
34 Soash and Texas Company, Lynn County, Texas, 1937
35 Williams, B. C., Leases, 1940-1943
36 Wilson, Andy, Drilling Contract, Lubbock County, Texas, 1937
37 Wright, Ben F. and Owen Thomas (cancelled), 1940
38 Young, C. V., 1937-1938
39 Zant Family letters, 1945-1946

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Personal Files

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4 1 Halsell, H. H., 1944-1947
2 Hamner, Laura V. 1935-1956
3 Hunter, Tom, Bills, 1934-1936 and undated
4 Jameson, W. R., 1939
5 Larson, C. E., 1908
6 O'Neal, John Tullis, Jr., 1943
7 Peterson, Maurenus "Dynamite", 1927-1936
8 Schwingel, C. C., 1943
9 Slaughter, W. B., 1924
10 Soash, W. P., personal, 1908-1928
11 Woerth, Paul, 1940-1941

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Correspondence

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4 12 Letter Press Book concerning W. P. Soash's real estate business in Iowa, 1904
13 Gracy, Alice Duggan and W. P. Soash, 1944
14 Personal, 1909-1961 and undated

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C. C. Slaughter

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4 15 Correspondence, Manuscript and News clippings, 1928-1942 and undated

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Financial Material

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4 16 Miscellaneous, 1910-1936
17 Oil and Gas Deals, 1946-1952
18 W. P. Soash Land Company Financial Statement, 1949

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Gulf, Soash and Pacific Railroad

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4 19 Correspondence, Financial and Legal Documents and Map, 1909

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Legal Material

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4 20 Leases, Contracts and Titles, 1909-1945
21 Olton, Texas lot for W. P. Soash Land Company, 1908
22 Standolin Oil and Gas Company, 1942-1954 and undated

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Literary Production

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4 23 Federal Writers’ Project Material, 1906-1954
24 History of Soash family and Pulver, 1922-1928
25 Interview Transcript of W. P. Soash, 1936
26 Radio Script, 1954

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Printed Material

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4 27 The Golden West Magazine, 1909
28 The Minute Man bulletin, 1930
29 News clippings, 1909-1967 and undated
30 Promotional and Other Publications, 1894-1955

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Scrapbook Material I

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4 31 Soash, Texas photo album, 1908-1909 and undated

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Memorabilia

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4 32 Button of W. P. Soash Land Company, undated

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Scrapbook Material II

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5 1 Photographs of Soash, Texas and Soash office, 1906-1909
2 Scrapbook on Soash and his company, torn and fragile, 1905-1933

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