University of Texas Arlington

Sam Rosen Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rosen, Sam.
Title: Sam Rosen Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1902-1957
Bulk Dates: 1902-1946
Abstract: Sam Rosen was a Fort Worth businessman with interests in real estate. He owned the Fort Worth and Rosen Heights Street Railway Company and the Rosen Heights Amusement Company, and was the primary developer of the Rosen Heights area near the Stockyards in North Fort Worth. Sam Rosen Elementary School in Fort Worth is named in his honor. The collection is primarily comprised of business ledgers but also includes two photographs and two artifacts. The ledgers represent the financial records of Sam Rosen and his various business interests -- Fort Worth and Rosen Heights Street Railway, Rosen Heights Amusement Company, and Rosen Heights Land Company -- from 1902-1957.
Identification: AR537
Extent: 3 boxes (0.9 linear feet)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Sam Rosen (1868-1932) immigrated from Kovarsk, Russia, to Galveston in 1883. Moving to Dallas, he first worked with his brother on an Oak Cliff farm and later clerked in a crockery store. Having saved his money, Rosen moved to Fort Worth and opened a dry goods store in “Hell’s Half Acre.” He remained in the dry goods business in Fort Worth for eleven years. In 1901, Rosen began to acquire investment real estate in North Fort Worth. He subdivided the land calling the new area Rosen Heights. In 1903, he sold his dry goods store and conducted his real estate business full time.

To attract buyers, Rosen kept lot prices reasonable, averaging $250 to $400, with payments as low as $5 per month. He also promised to provide street car service from Rosen Heights to downtown Fort Worth. Rosen acquired franchises to provide electric service to North Fort Worth in March 1904 and to build the street car line the following October. His competitor, the Northern Texas Traction Company, refused to permit the Rosen Heights line to join their tracks from downtown Fort Worth. It is said that Sam Rosen paid workers with whiskey and coffee on a cold, stormy night to build Rosen Heights Street Railway tracks across those of North Texas Traction Company.

Other Rosen ventures included the Rosen Heights Amusement Company, subsequently known as White City Park, which opened in 1905 and was later destroyed by fire. He donated land for Sam Rosen Elementary School, built in 1909, as well as for numerous churches in Rosen Heights.

Sam Rosen married Betty Gordon (1873-1936), of Beaumont, Texas, in 1896. They had two sons, Ephraim (1899-1967) and Joel (1904-1973). Betty Rosen was a member of the National Council of Jewish Women. The family is buried in Greenwood Memorial Park, Fort Worth.


Scope and Contents

The Sam Rosen Papers are primarily comprised of financial records of Mr. Rosen and his various business interests. Among them are a Sam Rosen trial balance ledger (1903-1925); Fort Worth and Rosen Heights Street Railway ledger (1903-1916); Rosen Heights Amusement Company ledger (1902-1920); and Rosen Heights Land Company ledger (1904-1944). A business checkbook used by his wife, Betty Gordon Rosen, a payment book for Rosen customer J. A. Bennett (1924-1946); a book of free passes to the Fort Worth and Rosen Heights Street Railway, and photographs of a Sam Rosen portrait and Sam Rosen Elementary School are also included.


 

Organization

Arranged alphabetically by name or record type.

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
Rosen, Sam--(1868-1932)--Archives.
Organizations
Fort Worth and Rosen Heights Street Railway Company (Fort Worth, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Rosen Heights Amusement Company (Fort Worth, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Rosen Heights Land Company (Fort Worth, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Businessmen--Texas--Fort Worth--Archives.
Business enterprises--Texas--Fort Worth--Records and correspondence.
Jewish businesspeople--Texas--Fort Worth.
Places
Rosen Heights (Fort Worth, Tex.)
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection.

Related Material

Map of Rosen Heights, North Fort Worth, Texas, 1903. Special Collections, 98/11, 87-640.


Separated Material

Duplicate photographs and materials of no archival value have been deaccessioned from the collection.


Administrative Information

Provenance

The Sam Rosen Papers were donated to The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections, on October 23, 1992 and October 14, 1994, by Jenkins Garrett and Johnny Cabluck. The materials were accessioned by Chandler Jackson.

Citation

Sam Rosen Papers, AR537, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift; 1992 and 1994.

Accessioned as 96-12

Processing Information

Letters and other loose items found in these business records have been removed and placed into separate folders. The Sam Rosen Papers were processed and finding aid prepared by Margaret Knox-Kruschke.


 Note to Researcher 

Ledgers are fragile. Please exercise care in handling.


Container List

 

Box Folder
1 1 Artifacts, 1924, undated
Payment book for Rosen customer, J. A. Bennett, and a book of free passes for Fort Worth and Rosen Heights Street Railway Company.
2 Fort Worth and Rosen Heights Street Railway Company Ledger, 1903-1916
Notes and accounts payable.
3 Fort Worth and Rosen Heights Street Railway Company Ledger, Loose Items, 1913, undated
Notes related to accounts payable in the ledger.
4 Photographs, 1954, undated
Sam Rosen Elementary School and Sam Rosen portrait.
Box Folder
OS532 1 Rosen, Betty Gordon, Checkbook, 1931-1936
Checkbook used for business transactions.
Box Folder
1 5 Rosen, Betty Gordon, Checkbook, Loose Items, 1932, undated
Notes removed from the checkbook.
Box Folder
OS532 2 Rosen, Sam, Trial Balance Ledger, 1903-1925
Monthly summary of Sam Rosen’s asset and liability account balances.
Box Folder
1 6 Rosen, Sam Trial Balance Ledger, Loose Items, 1917-1925
Includes statements for 23 separate shares of Tarrant County Building and Loan Association, Sam Rosen financial statements, and correspondence.
7 Rosen Heights Amusement Company Ledger, 1902-1920
Daily sales journal.
8 Rosen Heights Amusement Company Ledger, Loose Items, 1917
Includes statements from Irish & Moore, creditors of Sam Rosen.
Box Folder
OS533 1 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, 1904-1944
Accounts receivable for property sold by Rosen Heights Land Company, arranged alphabetically by customer name. Note that some customer names are filed out of order.
Box Folder
1 9 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Anderson, C., 1916
The loose items include delinquency letters and correspondence, receipts and other paperwork related to the properties sold by Rosen Heights Land Company. The folders of the loose items from the land company ledger have been arranged alphabetically by customer name which may not reflect their original order in the ledger.
10 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Arnold, I. H., 1915
11 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Aschroft, A. M., 1927-1930
12 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Bentley, M. D., 1914
13 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Black, G. H., 1914
14 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Bradford, R. E. L. and Jessie, 1912-1917
15 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Clifton, J. N., 1914
16 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Cunningham, O. L., 1921-1922
17 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Dean, J. H., 1908
18 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Duckett, J. A. and M. S. A., 1914-1916
19 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Ensweiler, J., 1911-1912
20 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Epperson, Emmett, 1922
21 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Fields, W. S. and Bertha F., 1910-1916
22 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Goldgraber, J., 1911-1916
23 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items- Guye, Mary, 1918-1950
24 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Hagler, J. D., 1912
25 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Hall, J. R. B., 1910
26 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Heflin, J. C., 1920-1926
27 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Hiltz, Jonathon D., 1921-1922
28 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Kirk, I. N., 1919-1922
29 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Latla, J. A., 1916-1925
30 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Lewis, O. O. and L., 1909-1911
31 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Lott, B. H., 1913-1914
Contains correspondence regarding a 1913 lawsuit.
32 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Lynn, J. T., 1907
33 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - McInloch, B. M., 1917
34 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Menn, A. D., 1923
35 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Michaels, J. A., 1914
36 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Millburn, J., 1924-1927
37 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Moreland, J. L., 1922
38 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Owen, L. V. and A. M., undated
39 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Parvin, W. S., 1910-1911
40 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Perkins, Burr, 1910-1926
41 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Perkins, William M., 1913-1916
42 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Poisall, J. E. and J. M., 1909
43 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Rosen, Sam, 1910-1917
Contains correspondence and receipts related to Sam Rosen’s property.
44 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Speed, W. B., 1908
45 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Smith, E. L., 1921-1923
46 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Smith, W. E. and Emily, 1919-1924
47 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Staggs. W. H., 1916
48 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Taylor, I. D., 1932
Original entry is located following the name Ashcroft, A. M.,
49 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Tinsley, J. J., 1924-1925
50 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Walker, R. M., 1913
51 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Walls, A. M., 1922
52 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Ward, Henry, 1922
53 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Welch, W. R. and Lizzie, undated
54 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - White, J. L., 1911-1913
55 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items- Wilson, T. F., 1915
56 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Woods, M. L., 1914
57 [Rosen Heights Land Company] Ledger, Loose Items - Zeplen, J. F., 1914-1916