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Issac L. Ellwood:
An Inventory of His Papers, 1878-1938, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Co-inventor and manufacturer of barbed wire, businessman, and land owner, Isaac L. Ellwood was born in 1833 in New York. With his sons, William L. and Erwin P., he began purchasing Texas ranch lands in 1889, including the Spade and Renderbrook ranches. After his death in 1910, his sons, along with A. W. Fisk, managed the estate. Beginning in 1924, portions of the Spade Ranch were sold for farming and colonization.
The Handbook of Texas has published a more in-depth online biography of Isaac L. Ellwood at http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/search.html
The collection consists of financial material concerning Isaac L. Ellwood, of DeKalb, Illinois, and William L. Ellwood, of Lubbock, Texas, and their business activities. Also includes legal materials and correspondence, primarily concerning debt collections, and business affairs.
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Isaac L. Ellwood Papers, 1878-1938, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
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Processed by: Abel Ramirez, August 2000