University of Texas Arlington

Kimball Bend Pecans, Inc. Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kimball Bend Pecans, Inc.
Title: Kimball Bend Pecans, Inc. Records
Inclusive Dates: 1928-1953
Bulk Dates: 1931-1932
Abstract: Fort Worth-based Kimball Bend Pecans, Inc. developed and sold tracts of land planted in paper shell pecan trees to investors as a "promised land" that would provide a lifetime income greater than oil. The property was located on the Davis Farm on Kimball Bend of the Brazos River in southern Johnson County. The company also maintained, cultivated, harvested, and sold the pecans grown at Kimball Bend on behalf of the buyers. The company operated from the 1930s through the early 1950s when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acquired the land for the Whitney Dam and Reservoir Project. Corporate leadership included Arthur W. Glazier, secretary-treasurer; J. D. Berry, sales manager; and J. W. Soape, general superintendent. The Kimball Bend Pecans, Inc., Records are comprised of promotional materials including sales brochures, photograph albums and maps. A letter from J. Frank Norris approving Kimball Bend advertising in his The Fundamentalist newspaper as well as correspondence between the Glazier family and various politicians discussing the federal acquisition of the property are also included. Researchers interested in Texas real estate promotions or the development of pecan orchards, particularly in the Depression era, will find this collection of interest.
Identification: AR553
Extent: 1 box (0.21 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

Fort Worth-based Kimball Bend Pecans, Inc. developed and sold tracts of land planted in paper shell pecan trees to investors as a "promised land" that would provide a lifetime income greater than oil. The property was located on Davis Farm on Kimball Bend of the Brazos River in southern Johnson County. The company also maintained, cultivated, harvested, and sold the pecans grown at Kimball Bend on behalf of the buyers. The company operated from the 1930s through the early 1950s when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers acquired the land for the Whitney Dam and Reservoir Project. Corporate leadership included Arthur W. Glazier, secretary-treasurer; J. D. Berry, sales manager; and J. W. Soape, general superintendent.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, maps, photographs, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, printed materials. The Kimball Bend Pecans, Inc., Records are comprised of promotional materials including sales brochures, photograph albums, newspaper advertisements, newspaper clippings, and maps. A letter from J. Frank Norris approving Kimball Bend advertising in his The Fundamentalist newspaper, as well as correspondence between the Glazier family and various politicians discussing the federal acquisition of the property are also included. Researchers interested in Texas real estate promotions or the development of pecan orchards, particularly in the Depression era, will find this collection of interest.


 

Organization

The materials comprising the Kimball Bend Pecans, Inc., Records are arranged alphabetically by document type, then chronologically thereunder.

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 Libraries. 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 Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Norris, J. Frank--(John Frank)--1877-1952.
Organizations
Kimball Bend Pecans, Inc.--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Pecan industry--Texas.
Places
Whitney, Lake (Tex.)
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Separated Material

Scrapbook and photograph album covers, duplicate publications, and map fragments were removed from the collection. Duplicate Southern Pecan Co. (Celina, Texas) brochure was transferred to the print collection.


Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Glenna L. Odom, relative of Arthur and Doris Glazier, 2010.

Citation

Kimball Bend Pecans, Inc. Records, 1928-1953, AR553, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 2010.

Accessioned as number 2010-77.

Processing Information

This collection was processed and finding aid created by Ann Hoang in May 2011. Brenda McClurkin revised the finding aid in September 2012 and completed its encoding in December 2012.


 Note to the Researcher 

Loose clippings from the scrapbook were photocopied on to acid- paper and annotated with the page number they are thought to have been adhered to.


Container List

 

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1932-1953
Primarily 1951-1953 correspondence to the Glazier family from U.S. Senators Tom Connally, Price Daniel, and Harry Byrd, and various other politicians discussing the acquisition of this property by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Whitney Dam project. The 1932 letter is from J. Frank Norris approving Kimball Bend advertising in his The Fundamentalist newspaper.
Box Folder
Map Drawer 96 3 Map, 1931
Plat map of Kimball Bend lots indicating sold parcels. Parcel is identified as Lester B. Subdivision, Davis Farm, Thomas Russell Survey, Johnson County, Texas, February, 1931.
Box
OS612 Map, undated
Whitney Reservoir proposed recreational area, created by Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Newspaper advertisements, January - April, 1932
Full page advertisements from The Fundamentalist.
Box Folder
1 4 Photograph album, undated
Promotional album for distribution to prospective investors. Includes a panoramic view of the Davis Farm, maps, and thirteen photographs of the pecan orchard, trees, and pecans. Two albums are included as they are adhered to one another.
5 Photograph album, undated
Photographs 3 through 9, disbound from album.
6 Photograph album, 1928, undated
Photographs 10 through 15, disbound from album.
7 Photographs, undated
Contains photograph of Glazier family (Arthur, Doris, and Arthur, Jr.); and snapshots of the farm, orchard, and livestock.
8 Photographs, undated
Snapshots of the farm, orchard, and livestock; as well as photographs of J. D. Berry and unidentified people.
9 Printed material, 1951, undated
Kimball Bend Pecans, Inc. promotional brochures, two Southern Pecan Co. publications, and a Whitney Dam and Reservoir brochure (poor condition).
10 Record book, undated
Contains numbered references noting size, shape, quantity, and grade of pecans.
11 Scrapbook (pages 1-12), 1931-1932, undated
Disbound scrapbook pages of newspaper clippings on the pecan industry and photographs of the farm and orchard.
12 Scrapbook (pages 13-22) 1931-1932, undated
Disbound scrapbook pages of newspaper clippings on the pecan industry and photographs of the farm and orchard.