University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the W. B. and Ada Green Goforth Mercantile Ledgers, 1898-1905



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Goforth Supply Company
Title: Green, W. B. and Ada, Goforth Mercantile Ledgers
Dates: 1898-1905
Abstract: The four volumes of the W. B. and Ada Green Goforth Mercantile Ledgers, 1898-1905, chronicle financial transactions and accounts of the Goforth Supply Company, a mercantile store in Goforth, Texas, at the turn of the century.
Accession No.: 2005-200
Extent: 4 vols.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

In the 1870s, merchant James Taylor Goforth established the town of Goforth in Hays County, Texas, northeast of San Marcos,. Under later management, Goforth's own general store closed with the 1894 opening of the Goforth Supply Company. Despite being bypassed by rail lines, the store flourished as the town grew into a cotton ginning and milling center until extensive crop failure in 1925 and 1926 caused most local farmers to abandon their land. The Goforth Supply Company closed with stock still on its shelves as Goforth became a ghost town.

Source:

Texas Historical Commission. "Goforth." Texas Historic Sites Atlas. Accessed April 19, 2011.


Scope and Contents

The four volumes of the W. B. and Ada Green Goforth Mercantile Ledgers, 1898-1905, chronicle financial transactions and accounts of the Goforth Supply Company, a mercantile store in Goforth, Texas, at the turn of the century.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Goforth Supply Company -- Archives
Subjects
General stores -- Texas
Places
Hays County (Tex.) -- History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. B. and Ada Green Goforth Mercantile Ledgers, 1898-1905, 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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3A25a Ledgers, 1898-1899