Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

W. C. Cowan Grain and Seed Company, Inc.:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1917-1950 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator W. C. Cowan Grain and Feed Company, Inc.
Title: W. C. Cowan Grain and Feed Company, Inc. Records,
Dates: 1917-1950 and undated
Abstract: The W. C. Cowan Grain and Feed Company Records is composed of materials relating to Mr. Cowan's activites in the grain and seed business.
Collection # S 1710.1
Quantity: 12 boxes and 11 ledgers (14.5 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

W. C. (Welborn Chesterfield “Chester”) Cowan established the W. C. Cowan Grain Company in 1915 and expanded into the W. C. Grain and Seed Company, Inc. in the early 1940s. The company’s assets included a grain elevator built in 1917 in Tulia and an elevator and general store at Kaffir Switch, north of Tulia. The son of early Tulia residents John C. and Rosa Etta Polk Cowan, W. C. continued his family’s interests in agri-business. Cowan’s other business activities included the sale of wheat drills, windmills, cattle salt, four, cedar posts, barbed wire, a wool warehouse, and a seed potato warehouse. As a farmer, Cowan raised cattle, wheat, milo, alfalfa, and millet and participated in efforts to upgrade the quality of seed. W. C. Cowan was a member of The Texas Grain Dealers Association. He died in Tulia, Texas in 1961.


Scope and Content

The W. C. Cowan Grain and Seed Company, Inc. Records is comprised of materials relating to the grain and seed business. Of special interest is correspondence regarding all aspects of the W. C. Cowan Grain and Seed Company business activities. It includes incidental references to local conditions and topics relating to sale and/or purchase of seed and grain crops, regarding farmers’ accounts, purchase or sale of farm equipment, etc. In addition to check stubs and ledgers, which comprise the bulk of the collection, are Grain Accounts which include farmers’ names and information on seed certification.


Organization

The W. C. Cowan Grain and Seed Company, Inc., Records are organized by the following 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)
W. C. Cowan (1894-1961)
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Grain Dealers Association.
W. C. Cowan Grain and Seed Company, Inc.
Subjects (Places)
Tulia (Tex.)
Swisher County (Tex.)
Subjects
Grain—Texas--History.
Grain trade--Texas.

Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
  • Kenneth Kendrick Papers, 1933-1983.
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library Oral History Collection:

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. C. Cowan Grain and Seed Company, Inc. Records, 1917-1950 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
2002-0050-B

Gift, 2002

Processing Information

Processed by: Sam Kitchens, May 2006


Collection Inventory

Correspondence

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1 1 “A”, 1930-1948
2 “B”, 1930-1949
3 “C”, 1930-1948
4 “D”, 1930-1949
5 “E”, 1930-1949
6 “F”, 1930-1948
7 “G”, 1930-1947
8 “H”, 1930-1948
9 “I”, 1931-1944
10 “J”, 1931-1947
11 “K”, 1930-1947
12 “L”, 1930-1947
13 “M”, 1929-1947
14 “N”, 1930-1947
15 “O”, 1931-1947
16 “P”, 1930-1949
17 “Q”, 1945-1947
18 “R”, 1921-1950
19 “S”, 1930-1947
20 “T”, 1930-1950
21 “U”, 1930-1947
22 “V”, 1930-1946
23 “W”, 1930-1948
24 “Y”, 1931-1948
25 “Z”, 1930-1931
26 Miscellaneous, 1939-1947
27 Unpaid Accounts, 1931



Financial Material

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1 28 Checks, January-June, 1934
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2 1 Checks, June-July, 1934
2 Checks, August-September, 1934
3 Checks, October-December, 1934
4 Checks, January-July, 1935
5 Checks, July-December, 1935
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3 1 Checks, January-July, 1936
2 Checks, August-December, 1936
3 Checks, January-July, 1937
4 Checks, July-December, 1937



Financial Material

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4 1 Checks, February-July, 1938
2 Checks, August-December, 1938
3 Checks, January-June, 1939
4 Checks, July-December, 1939
5 Checks, January-June, 1940
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5 1 Checks, July-December, 1940
2 Checks, January-August, 1941
3 Checks, September-December, 1941
4 Checks, January-June, 1942
5 Checks, July-December, 1942
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6 1 Checks, January-June, 1943
2 Checks, July-September, 1943
3 Checks, September-December, 1943
4 Checks, January-June, 1944
5 Checks, July-August, 1944
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7 1 Checks, September-December, 1944
2 Checks, January-June, 1945
3 Checks, July-December, 1945
4 Checks, January-April, 1946
5 Checks, May-September, 1946
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8 1 Checks, September-December, 1946
2 Checks, January-April, 1947
3 Checks, May-July, 1947
4 Checks, July-August, 1947
5 Checks, September-December, 1947
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9 1 Checks, Miscellaneous, 1928-1930
2 Checks, Miscellaneous, 1935-1947
3 Delinquent Payments, 1941-1942
4 Loss and Damage Claims, 1947-1948
5 Miscellaneous, 1945
6 Morrison Milling Company, 1942-1943
7 Property Inventory, 1932-1944
8 Purchase Orders, 1947-1948
9 Reconstruction Finance Corporation, 1938-1939
10 Stocks and Bonds, 1917-1944
11 Uhlmann Elevators Company, 1947
12 Warehouse Receipts, 1942-1946



Grain Accounts

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10 1 Acker, Andrew, 1944-1945
2 Adams, Avery, 1944-1945
3 Aichalynier, J. B., 1944-1945
4 Andrus, Vernon, 1944-1945
5 Armstrong, Fred, 1944-1945
6 Bachus, Earl, 1944-1945
7 Bachus, L. W., 1944-1945
8 Ball and Kleman, 1944-1945
9 Ballard, J. R., 1944-1945
10 Ballard, R. L., 1944-1945
11 Barnes, John, 1944-1945
12 Bauer, C. W., 1944-1945
13 Bauer, I. L., 1944-1945
14 Beaty, D. C., 1944-1945
15 Bellinghausen, G. W., 1944-1945
16 Bice, Henry, 1944-1945
17 Birkenfeld, Clarence, 1944-1945
18 Birkenfeld, Joe, 1944-1945
19 Birkenfeld, Lawrence H., 1944-1945
20 Birkenfeld, Raphael, 1944-1945
21 Bontke, Joe A. H., 1944-1945
22 Borum, Roy, 1944-1945
23 Boston, W. W., 1944-1945
24 Boyd, Tom, 1944-1945
25 Boyston, J. L., 1944-1945
26 Braddock, Hubert, 1944-1945
27 Braddock, R. B., 1944-1945
28 Braddock, S. L., 1944-1945
29 Braddock, Vincent, 1944-1945
30 Briggs, Jimmie, 1944-1945
31 Brockman, Steve, 1944-1945
32 Burt, C. M., 1944-1945
33 Caraway, Ray, 1944-1945
34 Carthel, Wayne, 1944-1945
35 Copeland, Earl, 1944-1945
36 Coppack, S.E., 1944-1945
37 Cox, F. M., 1944-1945
38 Dinwiddle, J. R., 1944-1945
39 Dinwiddle, Nina, 1944-1945
40 Dirks, Katherine, 1944-1945
41 Drake, D. C., 1944-1945
42 Drake, F. I., 1944-1945
43 Drerup, Eddie, 1944-1945
44 Elliot, Simon G., 1944-1945
45 Eubanks, Barber, 1944-1945
46 Foster, Jack, 1944-1945
47 Foster, T. E., 1944-1945
48 Francy, R. S., 1944-1945
49 Gauldon, Sam, 1944-1945
50 Gayler, R. H., 1944-1945
51 Gerber, Math, 1944-1945
52 Gerber, Tony, 1944-1945
53 Gerken, L. T., 1944-1945
54 Gillham, Clem, 1944-1945
55 Graves, Buster, 1944-1945
56 Griffin, Meade F., 1944-1945
57 Griffin, W. F., 1944-1945
58 Griffith, C. A., 1944-1945
59 Guest, R. M., 1944-1945
60 Hale, Carl L., 1944-1945
61 Hall, G. A., 1944-1945
62 Hansen, Julius, 1944-1945
63 Hardin, Florence, 1944-1945
64 Harmon, Victor, 1944-1945
65 Harris, A. J., 1944-1945
66 Hayes, J. S., 1944-1945
67 Heck, Charley, 1944-1945
68 Heffelfinger, D., 1944-1945
69 Herring, Homer, 1944-1945
70 Hill, Elmer, 1944-1945
71 Horn, J. W., 1944-1945
72 Howell, C. R., 1944-1945
73 Huseman, Katherine, 1944-1945
74 Huseman, Leo, 1944-1945
75 Huseman, Phillip, 1944-1945
76 Irlbeck, J. J., 1944-1945
77 Irlbeck, J. L., 1944-1945
78 Johnson, Arch, 1944-1945
79 Johnson, Wash, 1944-1945
80 Jordan, W. A., 1944-1945
81 Kemp, Carl E., 1944-1945
82 Kiker, J. W., 1944-1945
83 Kleman, Arthur, 1944-1945
84 Kleman, Harry, 1944-1945
85 Lady, O. J., 1944-1945
86 Lange, Herman, 1944-1945
87 Latham, Esteen, 1944-1945
88 LeMaster, L. B., 1944-1945
89 Linen, Frank, 1944-1945
90 Loftin, Viola H., 1944-1945
91 May, O. E., 1944-1945
92 McClurg, Elmer, 1944-1945
93 McKinney, J. D., 1944-1945
94 McMurry, J. C., 1944-1945
95 Meacham, Floyd, 1944-1945
96 Milner, Harvey, 1944-1945
97 Milner, O., 1944-1945
98 Montgomery, James N., 1944-1945
99 Moore, Roland, 1944-1945
100 Mote, Felix, 1944-1945
101 O’Daniel, R. J., 1944-1945
102 Orr, Omar G., 1944-1945
103 Patzig, W. A., 1944-1945
104 Plank, E. E., 1944-1945
105 Pohlmeier, John, 1944-1945
106 Pohlmeier, Phillip, 1944-1945
107 Reed, A. V. and F. C., 1944-1945
108 Rickwartz, Clement, 1944-1945
109 Rickwartz, Phillip, 1944-1945
110 Sadler, E. G., 1944-1945
111 Sanders, C. B., 1944-1945
112 Sarchett, H. F., 1944-1945
113 Shafer, H. L., 1944-1945
114 Shelton, T. A., 1944-1945
115 Shipman, L. D., 1944-1945
116 Slatten, Ray, 1944-1945
117 Souter, Doyal, 1944-1945
118 Starker, B. A., 1944-1945
119 Stinson, R. M., 1944-1945
120 Stockston, L. H., 1944-1945
121 Sullivan, John L., 1944-1945
122 Turner, George, 1944-1945
123 Uselding, Ray, 1944-1945
124 Vaughn, B. J., 1944-1945
125 Vaughn, Simmie, 1944-1945
126 Vaughn, W. S., 1944-1945
127 Venhause, Albert, 1944-1945
128 Venhause, George, 1944-1945
129 Venhause, Paul, 1944-1945
130 Willis, G. L., 1944-1945
131 Wimberly, David, 1944-1945
132 Witkowski, Leo, 1944-1945



Ledger Sheets – “A”

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10 133 Kaffir, 1930-1937
134 Tulia, 1942



Ledger Sheets – “B”

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10 135 Kaffir, 1930-1937
136 Tulia, 1927-1947



Ledger Sheets – “C”

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10 137 Kaffir, 1930-1937
138 Tulia, 1932-1947



Ledger Sheets – “D”

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10 139 Kaffir, 1931-1937
140 Tulia, 1931-1947



Ledger Sheets – “E”

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11 1 Kaffir, 1931-1937



Ledger Sheets – “F”

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11 2 Kaffir, 1930-1937



Ledger Sheets – “G”

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11 3 Kaffir, 1930-1937



Ledger Sheets – “H”

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11 4 Kaffir, 1930-1937



Ledger Sheets – “I”

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11 5 Kaffir, 1930-1932



Ledger Sheets – “J”

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11 6 Kaffir, 1930-1937



Ledger Sheets – “K”

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11 7 Kaffir, 1930-1937



Ledger Sheets – “L”

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11 8 Kaffir, 1930-1937



Ledger Sheets – “M”

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11 9 Kaffir, 1930-1937



Ledger Sheets – “N”

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11 10 Kaffir, 1930-1939



Ledger Sheets – “O”

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11 11 Kaffir, 1930-1939



Ledger Sheets – “P”

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11 12 Kaffir, 1930-1937



Ledger Sheets – “R”

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11 13 Kaffir, 1930-1937



Ledger Sheets – “S”

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11 14 Kaffir, 1930-1937
15 Tulia, 1931-1947



Ledger Sheets – “T”

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11 16 Kaffir, 1930-1937
17 Tulia, 1927-1947



Ledger Sheets – “U”

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11 18 Tulia, 1945-1947



Ledger Sheets – “V”

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11 19 Kaffir, 1931-1937
20 Tulia, 1928-1946



Ledger Sheets – “W”

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11 21 Kaffir, 1930-1937
22 Tulia, 1930-1947



Ledger Sheets – “Y”

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11 23 Tulia, 1927-1946



Ledger Sheets – “Z”

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11 24 Tulia, 1942



Ledger Sheets – Miscellaneous

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11 25 Kaffir, 1930-1937
26 Tulia, 1942-1944
27 Miscellaneous, 1944
28 Miscellaneous, 1947
29 Storage Accounts – “A”, 1942-1947
30 Storage Accounts – “B”, 1942-1947
31 Storage Accounts – “C”, 1941-1947
32 Storage Accounts – “D”, 1942-1947
33 Storage Accounts – “E”, 1941-1947
34 Storage Accounts – “F”, 1942-1947
35 Storage Accounts – “G”, 1942-1947
36 Storage Accounts – “H”, 1941-1947
37 Storage Accounts – “I”, 1942-1947
38 Storage Accounts – “J”, 1942-1947
39 Storage Accounts – “K”, 1941-1947
40 Storage Accounts – “L”, 1942-1947
41 Storage Accounts – “M”, 1941-1947
42 Storage Accounts – “N”, 1943-1947
43 Storage Accounts – “O”, 1942-1947
44 Storage Accounts – “P”, 1941-1947
45 Storage Accounts – “R”, 1941-1947
46 Storage Accounts – “S”, 1941-1947
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12 1 Storage Accounts – “T”, 1941-1947
2 Storage Accounts – “U”, 1944
3 Storage Accounts – “V”, 1943-1947
4 Storage Accounts – “W”, 1942-1947
5 Storage Accounts – “Y”, 1943
6 Storage Accounts – Miscellaneous, 1942-1945



Transfer Orders

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12 7 Aycock, Rex, 1947
8 Berner, John, 1947
9 Byrd, Wylie, 1947
10 Cummings, Walter, 1947
11 Devin, Robert, 1947
12 Dorris, Frank, 1941
13 Duke, H. T., 1947
14 Gober, W. W., 1947
15 Hibbetts, Robert J., 1947
16 Hutson, Elvin R., 1947
17 Kimbell Milling Company, 1942-1943
18 Kuhler, L. J., 1947
19 Lupton, Richard, 1947
20 Martin, Tula, 1947
21 May, M. M., 1947
22 McNitt, R. J., 1947
23 Patzig, William, 1947-1948
24 Redmon, J. J., 1941
25 Scott, F. O., 1941
26 Sharp, Luther, 1947
27 Vaughn, Ralph, 1947
28 Weber, E. J., 1947
29 Wheat Bought Out of Storage, 1943
30 Wheat Sold Out of Storage, 1948



Printed Material

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12 31 Bagology, 1941
32 Buick Magazine, 1941
33 Elastikote, undated
34 Ford News, 1941
35 Miscellaneous, 1941
36 Southern Seedman, 1942



Ledgers

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1 Ledger #1, 1928-1929
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2 Ledger #2, 1948-1949
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3 Ledger #3, 1939-1947
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4 Ledger #4, 1945-1947
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5 Ledger #5, 1920-1943
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6 Ledger #6, 1943-1947
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7 Ledger #7, 1941-1943
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8 Ledger #8, 1943-1944
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9 Ledger #9, 1944-1947
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10 Ledger #10, 1947-1948
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11 Ledger #11, 1934-1937