A Guide to the Timlin Fig and Pecan Company Records, 1923-1925
The Timlin Fig and Pecan Company filed as a Domestic For-Profit Corporation in the State of Texas on Monday, February 16, 1925, as recorded in documents filed with the Texas Secretary of State. The general offices of the company were located in Freeport, Texas in Brazoria County.
In the company’s prospectus, they report possession of 2022 acres of land, part of the former Stratton and Rose plantations, located about eleven miles from the town of Brazoria in the San Bernard River Valley. 500 acres were already in operation as a fig orchard, with another 1400 acres prepared for fig planting. The company’s business plan consisted of planting 160 fig and 20 papershell pecan trees to every acre, and devoting the products to the buying, selling, preserving, canning, and packaging of figs and pecans as a general fig and pecan development business. They hoped to sell 100,000 shares in this new business at $10 per share.
Ward Timlin, a resident of Freeport, Texas, served as President. He was a wealthy businessman with experience in the pecan business, from planting and nurturing a pecan orchard to shelling, canning, and marketing pecans. Timlin had also managed the finances and marketing of a large fig selling operation prior to 1925.
A. E. Stark, a resident of Brazoria, Texas, served as Vice-President. Stark was one of the first men to plant and operate a successful commercial fig orchard in Texas. His orchards were located on the company’s land. His eldest son, Vernon Stark, served as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Timlin Fig & Pecan Company. He grew up in the fig business, and was the manager of the Stark Preserving Plant in Brazoria, Texas, one of two owned by the Starks, where “Stratton Brand” and “Sunburst Brand” figs were processed.
The Timlin Fig and Pecan Company Records, 1923-1925, include correspondence, photographs, and printed material. The records consist of a company prospectus, letters of recommendation and merit written by other noted businessmen regarding the company’s officers and business plan, experience questionnaires filled out by other Texan fig farmers reporting the scale of their operations and the profits generated, letters from the Starks to potential salesmen and brokers advertising their Sunburst and Stratton Brand figs for sale, including delivery and pricing information, original Sunburst and Stratton Brand fig labels, two certificates confirming Vernon Stark’s appointment as a notary public in Brazoria County, Texas, an empty folder bearing the Timlin company name, a photograph of one of A. E. Stark and Son’s orchards, and a photograph of an orchard featuring two men, a woman, and a child, possibly harvesting figs, all unidentified.
This collection is open for research use.
Timlin Fig and Pecan Company Records, 1923-1925, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Keelee James, March 2015.
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