Randolph, Judge Peyton 1958-04-08

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Judge Randolph discusses the origin and function of the Texas Land and Development Company in Plainview, mentioning the land sales, finances, general managers of the local branch, and the eventual liquidation of the company.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Judge Peyton Randolph

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: April 08, 1958

Location: Plainview, Texas

Interviewer: Seymour V. Connor

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: M. D. Henderson contacted Dr. F. S. Pearson, H. C. Randolph and Henderson negotiated with Dr. Pearson, Henderson, a real estate man, came to Plainview in 1908, H. C. Randolph came to Plainview in 1901, Mention of Mexican Northwestern Railway and Mexican Box Factory at El Paso, Mention of Medina Dam, Financial arrangements for land purchases mentioned, Texas Securities Company Limited, Location of 60,000 acres of land and financial arrangements mentioned, Title holders and trustees named, Ward E. Pearson, son of F. S. Pearson mentioned, Organization of Texas Securities Company and capital available and stock issued, Walter Gow mentioned, Organization of State Plains Trust in New York.

Tape 1, Side 2: Texas Prairie Lands Limited issues bonds, Trustees and prices of Texas lands, Staked Plains organized (1914), Walter S. Ayres mentioned, Settlers introduced into Texas by land agency, Pioneer farm set up for demonstration, Captain Holbrook undertook to sell lands, Various mangers of land sales mentioned, Information concerning deeds and capital of sales.

Tape 2, Side 1: First land sales made, Longstreet mentioned as supervisor of Pioneer Farm, Special train runs to agency lands organized by Ayres, Functions and organization of the Texas Land and Development Company, Finances, organization and arrangements of land agency during first 10 years.

Tape 2, Side 2: Discussion of lawsuits of land agency, Periods of land sales mentioned, Blue Sky Law mentioned, Fred F. Low and D. D. Bowman mentioned, Liquidation of the land agency, P. R. Partridge and William Feeney, Burdell oil company buys mineral rights, Role of Texas Land and Development in the development of Plainview, Manager Myres mentioned, H. I. Miller described, Minor C. Keith described, Craig described, Hubbard described, Succession of managers in order, List of local managers in order, Craig described, Myres described, Charles described, Wells, houses and fences, Hanney Wasson mentioned, Plans for railroad from Plainview to Fort Worth, Capt. Holbrook described, Various crops of area discussed.

Range Dates: 1901-1958

Bulk Dates: 1908-1958

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