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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Franke Rance Records, 1904-1977



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Franke Ranch (Tex.)
Title: Franke Rance records
Dates: 1904-1977
Abstract: Comprised of financial and legal records, the Franke Ranch Records, 1904-1977, document the administration of the Franke Ranch in El Campo, Wharton County, Texas from 1904 to 1919 and in Maverick County from 1919 to 1977.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02520
Extent: 2 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

In El Campo, Wharton County, Texas, in 1904, Herman A. "H. A." Franke (1872-1971) and his brother Henry (1855-1925) founded the Franke Ranch, where they raised cattle, sheep, chicken, bees, and hogs as well as farmed rice, cotton, corn, and other crops. In 1918, H. A. acquired 8,000 acres in Maverick County, where the ranch relocated in 1919. After buying out his brother's estate's share in the cattle, H. A. leased the adjoining 4,500-acre Schmidt Ranch in 1934. Four years later, he joined in a ranching partnership with his children: Arthur P., Edwin H., Clarence B., Sidney S., and Gertrude C., who had worked as a bookkeeper for the ranch since 1929. Following H. A. Franke's death, the family dissolved their partnership in 1973 and sold the ranch four years later.

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Scope and Contents

Comprised of financial and legal records, the Franke Ranch Records, 1904-1977, document the administration of the Franke Ranch in El Campo, Wharton County, Texas from 1904 to 1919 and in Maverick County from 1919 to 1977. Ledgers illustrate expenses and income, taxes and social security payments, employees and time records, herd numbers, and personal expenses for the Franke family. Additionally, the collection includes deeds and notes regarding property and livestock as well as the 1977 survey for H.A. Franke's estate

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Franke, H. A.
Franke, Henry, 1843-1925
Family Names
Franke (Family)
Corporate Names
Franke Ranch (Tex.)
Subjects
Agriculture
Fishing
Hunting
Ranching
Places
El Campo
Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Franke Rance Records, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1988-189

Processing Information

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

volume
2.325/U28 Papers, 1904-1977
box
2.325/U29a [SRH1230002323] Papers, 1904-1977
box
2.325/U29b [SRH1230002357] Papers, 1904-1977
[RESTRICTED]

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