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Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Miller-Day Ranch Records, 1899-2001



Descriptive Summary

Creator Miller-Day Ranch
Title Miller-Day Ranch Records
Dates: 1899-2001
Abstract Records of the Miller-Day Ranch in Coleman County, Texas, including letter press books, unbound correspondence relating to the operations of Miller-Day Ranch, land lease contracts, receipts and invoices, survey maps, clippings, ephemera, personal correspondence.
OCLC No.: 449734727
Accession No.: 88-321; 2003-105; 2004-118
Extent 20 ft. 3 in.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Miller-Day Ranch Records document the ranching enterprise begun by Col. William H. Day in Coleman County, Texas. In 1878, Day bought property near the Concho and Colorado rivers. After his death in 1881, his widow Mabel Doss Day continued the operation; in 1883, she operated the largest fenced ranch in Texas, comprising 78,000 acres.

Mabel Day married Capt. J.C. Lea in 1889 and moved to Roswell, New Mexico. In 1905, Day Lea opened sections of her ranch for sale to reduce her debt. Setting aside a section of debt-free land for her daughter Willie Day Padgitt, she established the towns of Leaday and Voss, selling sections of land to homesteaders. The remainder of the ranch was sold to the Miller family of Kansas. JoZach Miller, Jr. was the first president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. His brother, William Addison “Billy” Miller, was ranch manager of the Miller-Day Ranch for 36 years. The ranch was operated through the Commerce Trust Company (later Commerce Bank) of Kansas City, Missouri.

Sources:

Coleman County Historical Commission. A History of Coleman County and Its People. San Angelo, Tex.: Anchor Publishing Co., 1985.

Library of Congress. "Day Padgitt Ranch Tenant House, Approximately 1 mile West-Southwest of Leaday, Voss, Coleman County, TX." Library of Congress, Historic American Buildings Survey, Engineering Record, Landscapes Survey, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/tx0626//.

Maret, Elizabeth. "Lea, Mabel Doss," Handbook of Texas Online. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/flejr (accessed March 30, 2016).

Peterson, John Allen. "Day, William H.," Handbook of Texas Online. https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fda55 (accessed March 29, 2016).

Padgitt, James T. "Col. William H. Day: Texas Ranchman," Southwest Historical Quarterly. April, 1950. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101126/m1/1/ (accessed March 29, 2016), from The Portal to Texas History.

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Scope and Contents

Records of the Miller-Day Ranch in Coleman County, Texas, including letter press books, unbound correspondence relating to the operations of Miller-Day Ranch, land lease contracts, receipts and invoices, survey maps, clippings, ephemera, personal correspondence.

The records include ranch manager Elmo Hudson’s expenses and correspondence between 1956 and 1972. Hudson became ranch manager following the death of JoZach Miller V in 1956. His correspondence with Commerce Trust Company trust officers Don Elstun and Ralph M. Harper reflect ranch management during that time. Hudson’s correspondence from former ranch manager William Addison “Billy” Miller illustrate the family’s continued involvement in its Coleman County property.

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Restrictions

Unrestricted access

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Index Terms

Subjects
Ranching--Texas--History.
Places
Coleman (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Miller-Day Ranch Records, 1899-2001, the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

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2M89 Letter press books:
November, 1907-May, 1913
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2M90 March, 1912-March, 1914
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2M91 March, 1914-May, 1916
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2M92 May, 1916-February, 1920
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2M93 February, 1920-April, 1925
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2M94 April, 1925-November, 1930
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2M95 November, 1930-December, 1933
Unbound letters, received:
1905-1907
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2M96 1908-1911
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2M97 1911-1912
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2M98 1913
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2M99 1913-1914
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2M100 1914-1915
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2M101 1915-1916
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2M102 1916-1917
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2M103 1918-1919
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2M104 1919-1920
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2M105 1920-1921
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2M106 1922
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2M107 1923-1924
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2M108 1925-1926
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2M109 1926-1928
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2M110 1928-1930
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2M111 1931-1935
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2M112 1936-1937
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2M113 1938-1939
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2M114 1940-1941
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2M115 1942-1943
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2M116 1944-1952, 1968-2001 and [undated]
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2M117 1918-1945, 1994-2002
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2F512 1956-1972
Letters received, Don Elstun to Elmo Hudson, 1956-1968
Letters received, William Addison "Billy" Miller to Elmo Hudson, 1956-1962
Letters received, Ralph M. Harper to Elmo Hudson, 1970-1972
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2M117 Land lease contracts:
1955-1969
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2M118 1970-1986
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2M119 1987-1999
Land lease record book, 1904-1909
Undated, Land lease record book
Warranty deed copies, 1942, 1994
Day Ranch visitors log, 1988
Land surveys and proposed projects
Day Ranch land maps
Oversize envelopes
Blank press book
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2M120 Receipts and invoices:
1905-2000
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2M120 Back notes, 1952-1960
Insurance receipts, 1956, 1967
Financial notes, undated
Welding workers paid log book, 1952
Blank expense sheets and envelopes
Notes of names and contact information
Clippings and newsletters, ephemera
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4M699e-g Ledger Books
(3)
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2F512 Expenses and Bank Records
Expenses and Records from Coleman State Bank, 1955-1963
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2F512 Misc. clippings, notes, and correspondence, 1934-1952 and undated
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2.116/OD1220 Oversize:
Survey map of Fort Bend County School
Advertisement poster for Jay Bee Mill
Unidentified blue print of machinery part
Proposed plans for state highway improvement in Coleman County
Oversize ledger sheet, 1909-1911
Blank tax form, 1933
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2.325/OD22 Miller-Day Ranch rainfall chart for Coleman County, 1911-1951
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2.116/OD1199 Maps:
Plats of Divisions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 of the Day Ranch Lands, [undated]
Map of Voss, Texas: Coleman County, [undated]
Map showing lands of Stephenson, Haas, Allen, Pyburn, Jones, [undated]
Maps of the Day Ranch Lands, 1948 and [undated]
Map of Day Ranch Lands, New Road North, [undated]
Map of lands near Leaday and Voss, [undated]
Fort Bend County School Land Survey Number 224, with related boundary and highway maps, 1995
Map of Water Service Relocation, 1987
Map of Leaday Town Site, 1945
Plats of the Town of Leaday, Texas, [undated]
Drawing of an 8-point star [tiling pattern?], [undated]
Map of Coleman County, Texas, August, 1897
“Working Sketch of Surveys in Coleman Co. [County],” 1950
“Columnar Section of Rocks Exposed on the Day Ranch, Coleman County, Texas,” [undated]
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2.116/top of cabinets “Day Ranch Lands: part of Divisions 1, 3, 4, and 5,” large map, 1995
“Heydrick’s Map of Ownership: Coleman Co. [County], Texas,” large map, 1949
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3S277 Photographs: [undated]
Two photographs of Kudzen field
Postcard photograph of “Claude”
Photo of Jacie Hudson “first fish caught”
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2.116/OP38 Photographs, oversize: [undated]
Aerial photographs of ranch lands [undated]

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