Biographical Sketch

The Double U Company was a land colonization business chartered in 1907 by breakfast food magnate Charles William Post (1854-1914) of Battle Creek, Michigan. From 1906-1907, Post purchased over 200,000 acres of land in Garza, Lynn, and Hockley Counties Texas. The acquisition encompassed parts of the Curry Comb Ranch, the O. S. Ranch, the T. G. Oxsheer Ranch, and a portion of John B. Slaughter's U-Lazy-S Ranch. The town of Post, in Garza County, Texas began as a tent city in 1906. By 1916, after an extensive real estate campaign, Post City and the surrounding area numbered approximately 3,000 inhabitants, with 14 private corporations that together held over 1.2 million dollars in capital stock. The Double U charter expired in 1957 and C. W. Post's heirs established the Post-Montgomery Ranch and the Double U Ranch, consisting of rangeland near Levelland, Tahoka, and Post, Texas. Primary industries in Post, Texas are agriculture and oil.


Scope and Content

The collection is composed of maps and architectural drawings on various media. Maps include survey maps, mostly of land in Garza and Lynn Counties, farm subdivisions, cemetery, water system, roads, and "rain battles." Architectural drawings include commercial, industrial, public, and residential structures. Plats of Post City depict aspects of infrastructure and planning. Of special interest are drawings for the water system and reservoir.


Organization

The collection is organized into the following series: Post City Plats and Drawings Related to Infrastructure (Boxes 1-2); Architectural Drawings for Commercial and Industrial Structures (Boxes 2-3); Architectural Drawings of Residential Structures (Boxes 3-5); Architectural Drawings of Farm Structures (Box 5); Maps (Boxes 5-7); and City of Post Improvements (Boxes 7-8).


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.


Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.

Subjects (Persons)

  • Post, C. W. (Charles William), 1854-1914
  • Subjects (Places)

  • Garza County (Tex.)--History
  • Hockley County (Tex.)--History
  • Lynn County (Tex.)--History
  • Organizations

  • Double U Company
  • Algerita Hotel (Post, Tex.)
  • Postex Mill (Post, Tex.)
  • Subjects

  • Colonization (Tex.)--History
  • Land companies--Texas, West--History
  • Land settlement--Texas, West--History

  • Related Material

    Double U Company Records, 1854-1982 and undated

    Eaves, Charles Dudley-Cecil A. Hutchinson Papers, ca. 1938-1952


    Administrative Information

    Preferred Citation

    Double U Company Collection, 1905-1978 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

    Acquisition

    Collection accession #(s): 85-0024B

    Gift, 1984

    Processed by

    Karen Hicks, 2004.


    Architectural Drawings for Commercial and Industrial Structures, 1908-1917 and undated

    Box 3

    Item 6, Drawing #14016, "E-36", Floor Plan for Office Building, Postex Cotton Mill and Postex Power Company, 1914

    Item 7, Drawing #16029, Postex Cotton Mill Layout, 1916

    Item 9, Drawing #10017A, "H-34" (2 sheets), Suggestions for a Grain Elevator, 1910

    Item 13, "I-53", Engineer drawings of machinery for grain elevator (2 sheets), undated

    Item 15, Drawing #.08020A, "N-8", Light Wells for Store Building, 1908

    Item 17, "I-34" Sheet 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, section, and elevation views of commercial structure, 1909

    Item 18, "I-37" Sheets 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, elevation, and section views of unidentified commercial building, 1909

    Item 19, "I-40" Sheets 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, elevation, and section views of unidentified commercial building, 1909

    Item 20, Drawing #0708P, "C-3", Sheet 1, Foundation Plan, unknown building, 1909

    Item 21, Drawing #09067A, "F-6", Sheet 1-4 (4 sheets), Foundation, 1st and 2nd floor plan, elevation, section, and detail views of commercial structure, 1909

    Item 22, "I-49", Job 1081, Foundation, plan, elevation, and section views of commercial structure, 1910

    Item 23, "I-51", Details, front elevation of commercial building (3 sheets), 1910

    Item 24, "I-61", Foundation, plan, and elevation views of commercial structure, 1910

    Item 25, "I-71", Elevation, plan, and section views of Saddle Shop, 1910

    Item 26, Drawing #10009A, "F-19", Sheet 1, Elevation, plan, and section views of commercial building, 1910

    Item 27, Drawing #10009A, Plan, elevation, and section views of commercial structure, 1910

    Item 29, Drawing #10024A, "F-36", Sheet 1, Foundation, plan, elevation, and section views of commercial structure, 1910

    Item 30, Drawing #10024A, "I-60", Plan, section, and elevation views of Store Building for H. C. Power, 1910

    Item 31, Drawing #10029A, "F-37", Sheet 1, Foundation, plan, and elevation views of commercial structure, 1910

    Item 37, Drawing #11006A, Sheets 3-4 (2 sheets), 1st and 2nd floor plan views with red pencil indicating changes for hotel, 1911

    Item 38, Drawing #11010A Sheets 2-3 (2 sheets), 1st and 2nd floor plan views with addition of electric wiring diagram, 1911

    Item 40, Drawing #12012A, "I-47" Sheet 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, section, elevation, and refrigerator details for Meat Store for Charles Brown, 1912

    Item 42, Drawing #15015, "E-57", Sheet 1, Plan, elevation, and section views of commercial structure, 1915

    Item 44, Drawing #15017A, "E-59", Sheet 2-5, 7 and un-numbered (11 sheets), Foundation, 1st and 2nd floor plan, elevation, and section views of commercial structure, 1915

    Item 47, Drawing #17004, Alterations and Additions to Plan #16024A, Business building on SE corner of Main and C, 1917

    Item 49, "I-20", Drawings for Wall Case and Cabinet for Store 6, undated

    Item 50, Basement, 1st, and 2nd floor, and attic plan of commercial building with details of hot-water heating system (4 sheets), undated

    Item 51, Blueprint, Hotel Office, undated

    Item 52, Drawing #09035A, Sheet 1, "C-24", Shelving for Bank Vault, 1909

    Item 53, Drawing #09035A, "N-74", Shelving for Bank Vault, 1909

    Item 54, Drawing #14012, "D-32", Bank Details, 1914

    Item 55, Drawing #08025A, Cashier's Desk, 1908

    Item 56, Drawing #.09016A, "I-13", Shelf Cabinet for Barber Shop, 1909

    Item 57, Drawing #09051A, "B-25", Plan of bathroom in cellar of unidentified structure, 1909

    Item 58, Drawing #09016A, "N-58", Shelf Cabinet for Barber Shop, 1909

    Item 59, Drawing #13016, Elevation, section, and detail views of drawing table and filing cabinet #2, 1913

    Item 62, "H-32", Plan, elevation, and section views of unidentified industrial structure, 1910

    Item 66, Drafted Pencil Drawing of Unidentified Industrial Building (Grain Elevator) 5 Sheets, undated

    Item 67, Elevation and detail views of large (24' x 252') unidentified industrial structure, undated

    Item 68, Plat for Stockyard Layout, undated

    Item 69, Drawing #08046, "C-5", Sheet 1 (2 sheets), Location of Elevator in Machinery Room, unknown building, 1908

    Item 70, Drawing #08050A, "C-12", Rope Reel, 1908

    Item 71, "I-35", Skylight Details for unidentified commercial structure, 1909

    Item 72, "I-36", Skylight Details, 1909

    Item 73, Drawing #0708P, Sheet 1, Foundation Plan of unidentified structure, 1909

    Item 78, Plans and materials list for Concrete Refrigerator, 1915

    Item 79, Elevation and plan views of truss (2 sheets), undated

    Item 80, "C-10", Front Elevation of unknown residential structure, 1908

    Item 82, "I-25", Sheets 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, elevation, and section views of residential structure for Mr. Tomes, 1908

    Item 83, "I-26" Sheets 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, elevation, and section views of residential structure, 1908

    Item 86, "I-31", Sheet 1-3 (3 sheets), Foundation, 1st and 2nd floor plan, section, and elevation views of 3BR residential structure, 1909

    Item 87, "I-32", Sheet 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, section, and elevation views of 2BR residential structure, 1909

    Item 88, "I-33", Sheet 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, section, and elevation views of 1BR residential structure, 1909

    Item 89, "I-41" Sheets 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, section, and elevation views of residential structure, 1909

    Item 90, "I-5", Floor plan and materials list (3 sheets) for residential structure to be built on Lots 15 and 16 of Block 36 for Mr. Collier, 1909

    Item 91, "P-37", Job # 555, Plan view of residential structure, 1909

    Item 93, Drawing #09003, "C-2", Sheets 1-3, Plan and elevation views, house at Acre Tract 19, 1909

    Item 94, Drawing #09004A, "I-5" Sheet 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, section and elevation views of 2BR residential structure, 1909

    Item 95, Drawing #09005A, "I-6" Sheet 1-3 (3 sheets), Foundation, 1st and 2nd floor plan, section and elevation views of 3 BR residential structure, 1909

    Item 96, Drawing #09007A, "I-7" Sheet 1-4 (4 sheets), Foundation, floor plan, roof plan, elevation, and roof detail views of 2BR residential structure, 1909

    Item 97, Drawing #09011A, "I-10" Sheet 1-3 (3 sheets), Plan, elevation, and section views of Annex to House F, 1909

    Item 98, Drawing #09014A, "C-7", Sheet 1-3, Plan and elevation views of house/shed on Acre Tract 24, 1909

    Item 99, Drawing #09017A, "I-1", Plan, section, and elevation views of 1BR residential structure, "Mr. Power", 1909

    Item 100, Drawing #.09020A, "I-15" Sheet l-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, section, and elevation views of residential structure, "Mr. Smith", 1909

    Item 101, Drawing #09022A, "I-16" Sheet 1-3 (3 sheets), Foundation, 1st and 2nd floor plan, elevation, and section views of residential structure to be built on Lot 1B 63 and Lot 5B 48, 1909

    Item 102, Drawing #09057A, "N-93" Sheets 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, section and elevation views of residential structure, 1909

    Item 103, Drawing #09058A, Sheet 3, North and West elevation of residential structure, 1909

    Item 104, Drawing #0708P, "N-67", Sheet 1-3 (3 sheets), Foundation, 1st and 2nd floor plan, elevation, and section views of residential structure, 1909

    Item 105, Drawing #09004A, "N-49", Sheet 1-2 (2 sheets), Foundation, plan, elevation, and section views of residential structure, 1909

    Item 106, Drawing #09006A, "N-51", Sheet 1-3 (3 sheets), Foundation, 1st and 2nd floor plan, elevation, and section views of residential structure, 1909

    Item 107, Drawing #09017A, "N-59", Sheet 1, Plan and elevation views of residential structure, 1909

    Item 108, Drawing #09020A, "N63", Sheet 1, Foundation, plan, and elevation views of residential structure, 1909

    Item 109, Drawing #09021A, "N-64", Sheet 1-3 (3 sheets), Foundation, 1st and 2nd floor plan, elevation views of residential structure, 1909

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