University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Charles Ulrich Connellee Papers, 1846-1918



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Connellee, Charles Ulrich
Title: Connellee, Charles Ulrich Papers
Dates: 1846-1918
Abstract: Papers concerning the activities of Connellee (1851-1930), cattleman, real estate businessman, and legislator, relate to Connellee’s services in the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Texas legislatures, as a regent of the College of Industrial Arts (1925-1930), as a member of the board that located and established the Texas tuberculosis colony (1911), and as a surveyor and founder of Eastland (1875).
OCLC No.: 658053455
Extent: 9 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Charles Ulrich Connellee (1851-1930) was a surveyor and Texas state legislator. He was known as the "Father of Eastland" because of his many and varied activities in Eastland during its early history. His first interests were in land and cattle.

Connellee served as county surveyor of Scott County, Kentucky, for a short time in 1874 before moving to Dallas, Texas, where he founded a real estate enterprise. In January 1875 he bought a public square on 320 acres located in Eastland County, and in May, he and two partners, Jack S. Dougherty and J. B. Ammerman, surveyed the town of Eastland and successfully lobbied to make it the county seat.

During the early 1880s Connellee attempted to breed better cattle for local ranches, before turning to a political life. He served as representative from the Forty-second District in the Twenty-first and Twenty-second legislatures in the late 1880s. In 1911 he was a member of the board that established the state tuberculosis colony. Furthermore, he was a regent of the College of Industrial Arts (1925-1930), now Texas Woman's University. After his death in 1930, he was buried in Eastland.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Connellee, Charles Ulrich," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/CC/fco39.html (accessed May 20, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The Charles Ulrich Connellee papers concern the activities of Connellee and relate to his services in the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Texas legislatures, as a regent of the College of Industrial Arts (1925-1930), as a member of the board that located and established the Texas tuberculosis colony (1911), and as a surveyor and founder of Eastland (1875). The papers include correspondence, legal documents, citations, broadsides, leases, receipts, financial records, land records, minutes, resolutions, speeches, circulars, letter presses, and abstract records.

Since Connellee had such a large impact on the development of Texas, his letters give intimate glimpses at the history and development of north and central Texas. Included in the papers are correspondence with Joseph Weldon Bailey, O. B. Colquitt, James E. Ferguson, and other political leaders. Additionally, the letters show Eastland's excitement about the discovery of oil and also trace the development of the oil industry.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Connellee, Charles Ulrich, 1851-1930--Archives.
Bailey, Joseph W. (Joseph Weldon), 1863-1929
Colquitt, O. B.
Ferguson, James E.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Congress. House of Representatives
Texas Woman's University
Subjects
Cattle trade--Texas--History--19th century
Real property--Texas
Tuberculosis--United States--History
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Eastland (Tex.)
Eastland County (Tex.)
Texas--Politics and government

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles Ulrich Connellee Papers, 1846-1918, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2C506 Correspondence, 1846-1904
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2C507 Correspondence, 1905-March 1906
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2C508 Correspondence, April 1906-February 1907
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2C509 Correspondence, April 1907-August 1908
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2C510 Correspondence, September 1908-October 1909
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2C511 Correspondence, November 1909-September 1910
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2C512 Correspondence, October 1910-June 1913
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2C513 Correspondence, July 1913-June 1915
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2C514 Correspondence, July 1915-December 1916; January-June 1918; undated
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2C515 Correspondence, undated
Financial papers, 1904-1907
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2C516 Financial papers, 1908-1911
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2C517 Financial papers, 1912-1915
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2C518 Financial papers, 1916-1918 and undated
Legal documents, 1904-1918 and undated
Land papers, 1904-1918 and undated
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2C519 Miscellaneous
Minutes, speeches and resolutions
Clippings
Printed materials, undated
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2C520 Letter presses, 1895-1896, 1896-1898, 1899-1900
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2C521 Letter presses, 1900-1901, 1902
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2C522 Letter presses, 1902-1903, 1905-1907, 1917
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2C523 Letter presses, 1906-1908, 1908-1912
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2C524 Letter presses, 1909-1911
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2C525 Letter presses, 1912-1917, 1913-1915
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2C526 Letter presses, 1917-1918
Abstract records, 1891-1907, 1905-1906
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2D1 Abstract records, 1906-1908
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3S168 Oversize materials
Two Jury Assigments of the 44th District Court, for the April 1916 Term and June 1916 Term
Letter, 1904
Letter and contract, 1905
Supplement to the Estancia News (with notes concerning land), October 13, 1905
Delinquent tax notice, 1915
Obituary of C.U. Connellee, Eastland Telegram, December 4, 1930
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3Y20 Halftone reproduction of photograph on postcard, North side of the Public square, Graham, Texas, ca. 1909