Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Crawford Family Papers, 1905-1924

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Crawford, Walter Joshua, 1873-1924
Title: Crawford Family Papers
Dates: 1905-1924
Content Abstract: The collection contains correspondence to and from Walter Joshua Crawford during the 27 years he practiced law in Beaumont, Texas, as well as title abstracts and corporate stocks for land and businesses located in Jefferson, Hardin, Galveston, and Liberty Counties. Mr. Crawford was born in Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas, in 1873. He attended the University of Texas and after obtaining a law degree, he began practicing law in Beaumont. Mr. Crawford was active in politics throughout the state and served on several committees for the Democratic Party.Walter J. Crawford was an honored and respected citizen of Beaumont because of his dedication to civic improvement. He was a member of several civic organizations and upon his death several government offices and private businesses closed in his honor.The letters in the collection cover a wide range of topics including legal matters, politics, letters of recommendation and advice, and personal matters.
Identification: AC-666
Extent: 3 boxes, 5 cubic feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Biographical Note

Walter Joshua Crawford was born in Mount Vernon, Franklin County, Texas on February 25, 1873. His parents, distinguished citizens who settled in Texas before the Civil War, moved to Austin where Walter completed his education in public schools and went on to graduate from the University of Texas. He obtained a law degree and, after graduation, moved to Beaumont to open a law office. Walter gained respect and admiration for his eloquent and powerful presentations both in court and in the public sector as a champion of political movements and civic causes. Although he was never a candidate for public office, Crawford served on numerous committees in the Democratic Party and held several party offices. He was a member of the Board of Regents of the State Normal Schools.

Moving to Beaumont in the early days of the Spindletop Oil Boom allowed Crawford to take an active role in the development of the city. He helped found several civic organizations including the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club and worked on various private business ventures and was considered one of the city’s leading citizens. In addition to his law practice, Walter Crawford was a director of the First National Bank and Vice President of the Hotel Beaumont Company.

Walter married Cora Schultz of Dallas on December 12, 1901, and they had two children, Alexine and Walter, Jr. His unexpected death at age 51 following a short illness prompted front page coverage of his life and achievements in the Beaumont Enterprise.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of title abstracts and corporate stocks pertaining to land and businesses located in Jefferson, Hardin, Galveston, and Liberty Counties as well as correspondence by and to Walter Joshua Crawford between the years 1905 and 1924.


Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 3 series.
Land Title Abstracts
Corporate Stocks


Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


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Index Terms

Teachers colleges
Political parties
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Political parties
Business letters
Business enterprises
Political participation
Real estate
Beaumont (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
Jefferson (Texas, United States : county)
Hardin (Texas, United States : county)
Galveston (Texas, United States : county)
Liberty (Texas, United States : county)
Land subdivision
Land surveys
Commercial correspondence
Stock certificates

Related Material


Separated Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Folder Number, Box Number, Crawford Family Papers, 1905-1924, AC-666, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Lea Anne Harney, 2011 March.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 June.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 July.


No further acrruals are expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Land Title Abstracts, 1905-1924

This series consists of land title abstracts for Jefferson, Hardin, Galveston and Liberty Counties in Texas.
Box Folder
1 1 B.B.B. and Company, Hardin County
2 Bentura Bela, Hardin County
3 City of Beaumont, Lots 7 and 8
4 City of Beaumont, Lots 255 and 256; Block 44; adjacent to Park and Franklin Streets
5 James Blythe, Hardin County, Lots 55 to 59
6 James. Blythe, Hardin County
7 J.W. Bullock League and George W. Richardson Land, Jefferson County
8 J.W. Bullock League and Margarite Buye, Liberty County
9 J.W. Bullock and Cartwright and Subdivision
10 J.W. Bullock and Cartwright Addition
11 J.W. Bullock Base, Jefferson County
12 College and Orleans Streets, Lots 175 and 176, Block 38
13 Dunman Survey Galveston County, Newport Oil Company
14 Elisa Franks, 173 Acres, Royalty int. Caplen Area, Galveston County
15 T. C. Gaines Survey. Hardin County, Texas
16 Juan Maria Mora Grant, Block 222, of Christian Limsen, 2200 Acres, Zeno Cox Subdivision
17 Spindletop (Lanham and Gray)
18 Enoch Grigsby 4-219 E 1/3
19 George W. Harris Lands Liberty County
20 Miss Lizzie Hearn, South 60 from Lot 10 and U East 20 Feet of South 60 Point lot 9 Block 20
21 Hobo Medicine Company
22 Mary Hopkins, 135 Acres
23 Mary Hopkins, Number1, Block 4
24 Mary E. Hopkins, 64 Acres
25 A. Jackson, 10 Acres
26 Thomas Spear, Jefferson County, 28-29 Acres
27 James Drake, Jefferson County, 40 Acres
28 S ½ Thomas Spear League, Jefferson County
29 J.W. Bullock, Jefferson County
30 Jordit Company
31 Lot 16 s ½ Thomas Spear and Sam P. Henry Transferred Out of D. Nockley
32 College and Orleans Streest, Blocks 38, 175 and 176
33 E. Turnbow, Hardin County, 54 Acres
34 McKinney Williams- AB. 409(Saratoga) 168
35 McKinney Williams AB.409(Saratoga) 106


Corporate Stock Shares, 1905-1924

This series consists of corporate stock shares for Jefferson, Hardin, Galveston and Liberty Counties in Texas.
Box Folder
2 1 Preferred Oil Company, 4 Shares
2 Producers Oil Company, 10 Shares
3 Gulf Export and Transportation Company, 5 Shares
4 Pearl Street Hotel Corporation, 22 Shares
5 Hyland Oil Company, 5 Shares
6 Rescue Oil Company, 1 Share
7 Zeiqin- Clarke Oil and Gas Company, 15 Shares
8 Peer Oil Company, 8 Shares
9 A.J. Coburn, 5 Shares
10 Switzer Packing Company, 3 Shares
11 Quality Bakeries, 5 Shares
12 Hobo Medicine, 10 Shares
13 Big State Oil Company, 25 Shares


Personal and Commercial Business Corresponcence, 1905-1924

This series consists of personal and commercial business correspondence related to the interests and activities of Walter Joshua Crawford.
Box Folder
3 1 Undated Correspondence and Printed Material
2 Correspondence, 1905 - 1908
3 Correspondence, 1909 - 1911
4 Correspondence, 1912
5 Correspondence, 1913
6 Correspondence, 1914
7 Correspondence, 1915
8 Correspondence, 1916
9 Correspondence, 1917
10 Correspondence, 1917
11 Correspondence, 1918
12 Correspondence, 1919
13 Correspondence, 1920
14 Correspondence, 1921
15 Correspondence, 1922
16 Correspondence, 1923
17 Correspondence, 1924