Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Gilmore, Chester:

An Inventory of His Collection, 1868-2003 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Gilmore, Chester
Title: Chester Gilmore Collection,
Dates: 1868-2003 and undated
Abstract: The collection consists of personal papers and genealogical materials collected by Chester and Cleta Gilmore of Idalou, Texas, dating from 1868-2003.
Collection # S36.1
Quantity: 3 Boxes (3.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Chester "Pots" Gilmore was a farmer and lived in Idalou with his wife Cleta Belle Smallin Gilmore, a 1938 Home Economics graduate of Texas Technological College. Gilmore became a pilot in 1956 and he and Cleta were active in the International Convention of Flying Farmers and Ranchers and Texas Flying Farmers. Both Pots and Cleta Belle received recognition awards in these organizations. In addition to farming and flying Chester served as a Director of Idalou State Bank and actively supported many community projects. Cleta Belle served for many years as Superintendent of the Women's Division of the South Plains Fair. The couple's only child, Chester "Brownie" Brown Gilmore, Jr., died of polio in 1950.


Scope and Contents

The collection includes correspondence from family and friends, printed materials, newsletters and other material relating to the Gilmores' activities in the Flying Farmers organizations, scrapbook materials and memorabilia concerning the Gilmore's wedding and "Brownie". Of special interest is a file of genealogical material collected on the Gilmore, Smallin, Faulkner, Oxford, Baker, and Wood families.


 

Organization

The collection is organized by series.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research


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)
Gilmore, Chester Brown, Sr., 1912-2003
Gilmore, Cleta Belle Smallin, 1915-1996
Gilmore, Chester Brown, Jr., 1943-1950
Subjects (Organizations)
International Convention of Flying Farmers and Ranchers
Subjects
Idalou (Tex.)--History

Related Material

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

  • Chester Gilmore Video Collection
  • Chester Gilmore Photograph Collection
  • Chester Gilmore Oversize Material
  • Mosslyn Gammill Oral History Interview [sound recording], 1979

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chester Gilmore Collection, 1868-2003 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
2003-0126-B, 2003-0147-B

Gifts, 2003

Processed by

Karen Hicks, 2004


Collection Inventory

 

Correspondence, 1903-1996 and undated

box folder
1 1 From Faulkner, Joe "Dick", 1942-1948 and undated
Gilmore, Chester and Cleta Belle Smallin
box folder
1 2 Christmas Letters and Cards, 1955-1996 and undated
3 Christmas Letters from Chester and Cleta Belle, 1965-1988
4 Condolences Re: Cleta Belle Smallin Gilmore, 1996
5 From Harrel, Clayburn "Slim" and Exie Creekmore, 1939-1955 and undated
6 From Reeves, Herman, 1939-1940
7 Sent and Received, 1935-1996 and undated
8 Gilmore, Cleta Belle Smallin from Meadows, Frances, 1941-1971 and undated
9 Gilmore, V. B. (Vester) and Connie Faulkner, 1903-1961 and undated
10 International Conference of Flying Farmers and Ranchers - Members, 1962-1996 and undated
11 Miscellaneous, 1948



 

All Texas Air Tour, 1972-1986

box folder
1 12 All Texas Air Tour, 1972-1986



 

Financial Material, 1928-1934

box folder
1 13 Account Book, Gilmore, Cleta Belle Smallin, 1928-1934



 

Genealogy Material, 1868-2003 and undated

box folder
1 14 Gilmore, Smallin, Faulkner, Oxford, Baker, and Wood Families, 1868-2003 and undated



 

International Flying Farmers, 1958-1992 and undated

box folder
1 15 Farmer of the Year, 1978-1992 and undated
16 General Material, 1962-1995 and undated
17 Membership Directory, 1965-1981
18 Printed Material - Texas Flying Farmers and Ranchers Newsletter, 1958-1973
19 Queen, 1962-1976 and undated
20 Woman of the Year, 1963-1983 and undated



 

Legal Material, 1928-1961

box folder
2 1 Legal Material, 1940-1961
2 Gilmore, V. B. (Vester) - Judgment, No. 2963 - Fort Worth and Denver South Plains Railway Co., Appellant vs. V. B. Gilmore, et al, Appellees, 1928-1929
3 Travel Documents for Faulkner, Joe "Dick", 1942-1947



 

Literary Production, 1931-1997 and undated

box folder
2 4 Diary - Gilmore, Cleta Belle Smallin, 1931-1954
5 English Class Theme: "Flying Farmers Association" by Layne, Robert, 1961
6 Flight Logs - Gilmore, Chester and Cleta Belle Smallin, 1956-1997
7 "Pots Place" - Travel Stories, undated



 

Printed Material, 1918-2003 and undated

box folder
2 8 Bible - Gilmore Chester, Presented, 1939
9 Miscellaneous Articles, 1918-1949
10 News Clippings, 1958-1993 and undated
11 News Clippings - Aviation, 1962-1986 and undated
12 News Clippings - Gilmore, Cleta Belle Smallin, 1951-1996 and undated
13 News Clippings - Obituaries, 1923-2003 and undated



 

Scrapbooks, 1905-1988 and undated

box folder
2 14 Scrapbook, 1905-1988 and undated
15 Gilmore, Chester "Pots" and Cleta Belle Smallin, 1977-1987
16 Awards and Certificates - Gilmore, Cleta Belle Smallin, 1930-1996 and undated
17 General, 1940-1994 and undated
18 Gilmore, Chester, 1961-1979 and undated
19 Gilmore, Cleta Belle, 1920-1934 and undated
20 Greeting Cards, undated
21 Travel, 1960-1985



 

Memorabilia, 1918-1996 and undated

box folder
3 1 Daggs, Josie Wood Faulkner - Funeral, 1948
2 Faulkner, Joe "Dick" - Funeral, 1948
Gilmore, Chester Brown Jr. "Brownie"
box folder
3 3 Artifacts, 1944 and undated
4 Birth and Childhood, 1943 and undated
5 Funeral and Condolences, 1950
6 Gilmore, Chester "Pots" Brown Sr. - Baby Book, circa 1918
7 Gilmore, Cleta Belle Smallin - Autograph Books, 1929-1933
8 Gilmore, Cleta Belle Smallin - Funeral, 1996
9 Gilmore, V. B. - Funeral, 1958
10 Wedding of Gilmore, Chester and Cleta Belle Smallin, 1940 and undated



 

Miscellaneous, 1911-1987 and undated

box folder
3 11 Aviation, undated
12 Gilmore, V. B., Connie, and Cleta Belle Gilmore, 1911-1987