University of Texas Arlington

Ce Estus Adam Sharp Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sharp, Ce Estus Adam, 1868-1954.
Title: Ce Estus Adam Sharp Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1871-1949
Bulk Dates: 1930-1950
Abstract: These are the personal papers of C. A. Sharp and family. Sharp, an accountant, businessman, and farmer, grew up and worked all his life in the Waxahachie area of Texas. He was married for fifty-five years to Mary Lou Sharp and together they had five children. After graduating from college, he worked as an accountant and farmer, and was president of the Farmers Gin Company of Waxahachie; he was also a stockholder of the Boyce State Bank. He was a respected member of his community, and a guiding figure in the Sharp family. When he died in December of 1954, he left behind a large family whose roots were spread from Kentucky to Texas. The papers include correspondence, business documents from Boyce State Bank, Boyce Gin Company, land stocks in Dimmitt and Electra counties, stocks, Sharp family wills and financial statements, photos, and certificates.
Identification: AR428
Extent: 2 boxes and 1 oversized folder (0.83 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Ce Estus Adam Sharp, known as C. A. Sharp, accountant, businessman, and farmer, was born in 1868. He grew up in Texas and worked all of his life in the Waxahachie area. Sharp graduated from college in 1892 and married Mary Lou Sharp soon after. He and his wife had five children, three boys and two girls, in their fifty-five years of marriage. Sharp worked industriously to improve his fortunes by buying land in Electra and Dimmitt counties. In addition, he purchased stock in a variety of companies. His primary means of income early in his life seems to have been his cotton farm in Ellis County. After graduating from college, he worked as an accountant and farmer, and was president of the Farmers Gin Company of Waxahachie; he was also a stockholder of the Boyce State Bank. Sharp also worked as a businessman owning stock and land titles in Texas. He also was an accountant with the Anchor Insurance Corporation and New Amsterdam Company in Waxahachie. Throughout his adult life, Sharp and his sons grew cotton on their farm in Waxahachie. He was a respected member of his community, and a guiding figure in the Sharp family, serving as executor of both his brother and sister's wills. When he died in December of 1954, he left behind a large family whose roots were spread from Kentucky to Texas.


Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of papers, records and photos collected and/or created primarily by C. A. Sharp. Included is correspondence relating to his work as an accountant for Anchor Insurance Company and Sharp and McWhorter, business documents from the Boyce State Bank and Farmers Gin Company, and estate documents for various members of the Sharp family. Photos are included dating from the late nineteenth century. The papers include documents from the Boyce State Bank and its operations. These include correspondence as cashier for the bank and documents relating to its purchase in 1930. In addition, Sharp served as president of the Farmers Gin Company until 1941 when this company was sold. Sharp was also at times in his life a businessman owning stock and land titles in Texas as well as an accountant with the Anchor Insurance Corporation and New Amsterdam Company. Throughout his adult life, Sharp and his sons grew cotton on their farm in Waxahachie.

The collection is organized in five series. The first series is correspondence, which includes both personal and business correspondence. The second series is business documents from Sharp and includes documents from Boyce State Bank, various insurance agencies and farm records. The third series is estate information for James Perry Sharp, C. A. Sharp, Mattie Smith, and H.L. Williamson. The fourth series includes photos of the Sharp family in the 1870's. The fifth series is an oversize series.


 

Organization

The C. A. Sharp Papers are organized in five series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1896-1975, undated. 0.10 linear ft. (5 folders)
Series II. Business Documents, 1891-1952. 0.13 linear ft. (7 folders)
Series III. Sharp Estates, 1925-1976. 0.10 linear ft. (5 folders)
Series IV. Photos, undated. 0.02 linear ft. (1 folder)
Series V. Oversize, 1871-1935, undated

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Sharp, Ce Estus Adam, 1868-1954--Archives.
Sharp family--Pictorial works.
Subjects
Businessmen--Texas--Ellis County--Archives.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Marcelle Hull received the materials from Sharp's grandson, Don Lauderdale.

Citation

Ce Estus Adam Sharp Papers, AR428, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift, 1993-1999

Accessioned as number 93-55.


Container List

 

Series I. Correspondence, 1896-1975, undated
Extent 0.10 linear ft. (5 folders)

Arranged alphabetically by subject of the folder and thereunder chronologically within each folder. Folders include business, farm and personal correspondence. Business correspondence to and from C. A. Sharp as an accountant with several insurance agencies and his role as bank cashier. Personal correspondence from Sharp and family.
Box Folder
1 1 Boyce State Bank, 1920-1939.
Letters written to and from C. A. Sharp regarding bank business.
2 Farm Correspondence, 1926-1946.
Letters written to and from C. A. Sharp dealing with farm business. This includes his farm in Waxahachie, as well as his niece's and sister's, W. L. Williamson's and Mattie Smith's, farm of which Sharp was the manager.
3 Land Correspondence, 1914-1958.
Letters written by and to C. A. Sharp regarding land sales and purchases, stock options, taxes and leases on land owned.
4 Personal Correspondence, 1896-1975, undated
Personal letters written by the Sharp family to other members of the family, as well as church and the L. C. McLain Orthopedic Sanitarium correspondence.
5 Sharp and McWhorter Correspondence, 1936.
Letters announcing that C. A. Sharp and McWhorter have sold their insurance company. Additional financial document showing statements for April/May 1936.



 

Series II. Business Documents, 1891-1952.
Extent 0.13 linear ft. (7 folders)

Arranged alphabetically. Includes documents of land holdings in Dimmitt and Electra counties, Boyce State Bank documents, stocks held by the Sharp family, and audit reports from Boyce Gin Company.
Box Folder
1 6 Boyce Co-operative Gin Company, 1939, 1941.
Sale of Farmers Gin Company to Boyce Co-operative Gin Company. Letter to shareholders with audit report and receipt of dividends paid to stockholders.
7 Boyce State Bank, 1930-1931.
Final financial statement of bank, outstanding debts owed to bank at sale, copy of sale to Republic Bank and Trust, tax statements, and stockholders stocks of Boyce State Bank.
8 Boyce State Bank Ledger, 1923.
January and May stockholders meeting Boyce State Bank 1923 notes in ledger.
9 Contracts, 1892-1952.
Land and oil contracts of Sharp family members, diagram of C. A. Sharp farm. Map of the original town of Dimmitt with additions.
10 Deeds and Stocks, 1891-1941.
Stocks and land/oil contracts owned by Sharp family members.
11 Stock Certificates, 1910-1921.
Oil and gas stocks owned by Sharp family.



 

Series III. Sharp Estates, 1925-1976.
Extent 0.10 linear ft. (5 folders)

Arranged alphabetically according to family member. Included are wills and final financial statement of Mattie Smith, James Perry Sharp, C. A. Sharp, and H. L. Williamson. Also includes a genealogy of the Sharp family.
Box Folder
1 12 C. A. Adam Sharp Estate, 1925-1954.
C. A. Sharp's will and final financial statements at the time of his death in 1954.
Box Folder
2 1 Mrs. H. L. Williamson Estate, 1944-1953.
C. A. Sharp's niece Mrs. H. L. Williamson's will and ledger, documents relating to her final disbursement of property.
2 James Perry Sharp Estate, 1937-1938.
James Perry Sharp will and letters to and from his brother C. A. Sharp, executor of will.
3 Mattie Smith Estate, 1942-1953.
C. A. Sharp's sister, Mattie Smith's will, with newspaper clipping about her death.
4 Sharp Family Genealogy, 1976.
Sharp genealogy.



 

Series IV. Sharp Photos, undated
Extent 0.02 linear ft. (1 folder)

Box Folder
2 5 Sharp Photos, undated
Sharp family photos of C. A. Sharp, John Ewing Sharp, Mary Slavin Sharp, and Willie Blackmon Sharp.



 

Series V. Oversize, 1871-1935, undated

Includes Masonic apron, certificates of graduation of Sharp's son John Ewing Sharp. Check from Sharp's father, John Ewing Sharp.
Box Folder
2 6 Alpine Lodge A. F. & A. M. [Ancient Free and Accepted Masons] apron, presented to James Perry Sharp, approximately 1902
[leather apron with cotton ties].
Box
OS300 Certificates, diplomas, programs, and ephemera of the C. A. Sharp Family
Waxahachie High School typewriting certificate, [John] Ewing Sharp, 1928
Grammar School Certificate of Promotion, [John] Ewing Sharp, 1923
Main Street Christian School certificate of promotion, [John] Ewing Sharp, 1924
Waxahachie High School diploma, John Ewing Sharp, 1928
Playbill from Waxahachie High School senior class play, "The Whole Town's Talking," 1928
Three part program: Senior Class play, "Adam and Eva"; graduation exercises; and commencement sermon, May 26-29, 1929;
lists graduate Cecile Sharp
Commencement exercises program, 1934-35,
Waxahachie High School
John Ewing Sharp checks, 1871 and 1872
Box Folder
GO40 3 Mahan's Commercial College (Sherman, Texas) Diploma, C. A. Sharp, October 18, 1889