Biographical Sketch

The company was formed by Colonel Robert Dickie Hunter in 1888 in Erath County, Texas. Hunter also formed the company town of Thurber, named for H. K. Thurber, his business partner. The area reached peak development in the early 1900s, providing half the coal supply for Texas. Oil discoveries near Ranger, Texas in 1917 prompted the company to cease operations. In 1933, the company moved its headquarters to Fort Worth and, in 1963, after Seagrams Distillers Company purchased the company, the offices were moved to Dallas, Texas, and its operations were merged to the Frankfort Oil Company.


Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, financial material, legal materials, charter records, business reports, meeting minutes of the directors, stockholders, and executive committees relating to the company's operation, including Green and Hunter Brick Company, Texas Coal and Fuel Company, Texas Pacific Mercantile and Manufacturing Company, Thurber Brick Company, Thurber Construction Company, and Thurber Earthen Products Company.


Organization

The records are organized in the following series:

Wallets #1-32 and Ledgers #1-454 and #701-740: Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company, 1888-1969 and undated

Ledger #455: Amarillo Realty Company, 1921-1926

Ledgers #456-457 and #741-748: Comet Oil Company, 1918-1934

Ledgers #458-459 and #749-750: Elro Oil and Gas Company, 1916-1928

Ledgers #460-462: Extension Gas Company, 1924-1929

Wallets #33-35 and Ledgers #463-561 and #751: Green and Hunter Brick Company (Thurber Brick Company), 1897-1942

Wallet #36 and Ledgers #562-563 and #752-761: Homestake Exploration (Oil) Company, 1921-1929 and undated

Ledger #564: Land and Fuel Company of New Laredo, Inc., 1920-1921

Wallet #37: Seagrams Distillers Company and Frankfort Oil Company, 1959-1966

Ledgers #565-590: Texas Coal and Fuel Company, 1891-1909

Ledgers #591-598: Texas Pacific Fidelity and Surety Company, 1928-1930

Wallets #38-40 and Ledgers #599-691 and #765: Texas Pacific Mercantile and Manufacturing Company, 1887-1935

Ledgers #692-694: Thurber Construction Company (Valient and Toomey, Inc.), 1922-1942

Ledgers #695-696: Thurber Earthen Products Company, 1919-1936

Ledgers #697-698 and #766-774: Thurber Pipe Line Company, 1922-1948

Wallet #41, Ledgers #699-700 and #775-778: Thurber Tank Line Company, 1921-1934

Ledger #762: J. C. Clower Well, 1937-1940

Ledgers #763-764: Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company of Delaware, 1929-1930

Ledgers #779-813: Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company, 1915-1939


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)

  • Hunter, Robert Dickie.
  • Thurber, H. K.
  • Subjects (Organizations)

  • Texas and Pacific Coal Company.
  • Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company.
  • Green and Hunter Brick Company (Thurber, Tex.)
  • Homestake Exploration Company.
  • Texas Coal and Fuel Company.
  • Texas Pacific Mercantile and Manufacturing Company (Thurber, Tex.)
  • Thurber Brick Company (Thurber, Tex.)
  • Thurber Construction Company.
  • Thurber Earthen Products Company.
  • Subjects (Places)

  • Thurber (Tex.)
  • Erath County (Tex.)
  • Subjects

  • Petroleum industry and trade--Texas.
  • Petroleum industry and trade--Texas--Texas Panhandle.
  • Coal industry--Texas.

  • Related Material

    Texas and Pacific Coal Company Records, 1889-1979 and undated

    Texas and Pacific Coal Company Records, 1887-1969 and undated

    Thurber, Texas Collection, 1897-1976

    Thurber, Texas Photograph Collection, SWCPC 209

    Erath County, Texas Photograph Collection, SWCPC 209


    Administrative Information

    Preferred Citation

    Texas and Pacific Coal Company Records, 1887-1869 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

    Acquisition

    Gifts, 1978

    Processed by

    Abel Ramirez, May 2002.


    Texas and Pacific Coal Company

    Ledger 1, Accounts Receivable Ledger, Coal, 1918

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