O.K. Hobbs Plat Book
What's Inside this Collection.
The O.K. Hobbs Plat Book offers the researcher an objective, historical reference to the layout of the city of the Abilene. Its bulk was assembled in 1927 by O.K. Hobbs and J.P. McKean, and was revised by Hobbs in May, 1930. It appears to have been compiled from many different sources. I.e., the plats in this book were traced from older plat collections. Fortunately, most pages are dated (usually both the date of the source and the date it was traced) and specify from where they were taken. While the main, center section of the plat book is indexed and paginated, the first and final sections of the book appear to have been added later and are neither paginated nor included in the index. Additionally, some leaves within the main section are not paginated and may have been added later. The following table of contents appears after approximately forty pages:
THIS BOOK CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING: (a) An Alphabetical Index, arranged according to names. (b) An Index arranged according to Number of Blocks and Alphabetically according to Surveys. (c) The following Index Maps: I. Block map of original town of Abilene, Texas. II. Map of Surveys, Abilene, Texas. III. B. Austin # 91 (lying East of Meander St.). IV. B. Austin # 91 (lying West of Meander St.). V. B. Austin # 92 (East Part). VI. W. G. Cannon pre-emption Survey # 17. VII. Patrick Durst Survey #88 (East Part). VIII. J. F. Northington pre-emption Survey. IX. H. Ward # 89 (West Part). X. H. Ward # 89 (East Part). XI. Harris Addition, according to Surveys. (d) Plats filed up to May 1, 1930.
Compiled by City Engineering Department under
direction of O. K. Hobbs & J. P. McKean â€“ 1927. Revised to May 1, 1930 by O. K. Hobbs.
Oscar Knox Hobbs was born March 22, 1893 to W.D. Hobbs and Martha E. Hobbs (nÃ©e Wilkinson.) He was the seventh of nine siblings. He became the assistant to Abileneâ€™s city engineer in approximately 1919 and became the city engineer between 1928 and 1933. He served in that role until sometime between 1941 and 1946 . He had at least one child with his wife Gladys, Mack Shaw Hobbs, born approximately 1930.
See also: Hobbs, O.K. in VF Biography; the O.K. Hobbs Papers at Hardin-Simmons University Richardson Libraryâ€™s History Center.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE Most of the records within the plat book date between 1920 and 1931, however the oldest items date back to the early-1880â€™s while the newest items date to the mid-1960â€™s. Additionally, many items reproduce data much older than the items themselves (most commonly, as tracings of older plat records.) The vast majority of items are plat drawings of the city of Abilene. Plat drawings of surrounding areas and towns are also present. Some of the plat drawings also contain handwritten notes. Additionally, there are blueprints for architectural equipment (e.g. swimming pool pumps) and newspaper clippings advertising subdivisions.
See Table of Contents above for the series listing and arrangement information. Items preceding the Table of Contents are not paginated and do not appear to be arranged in any specific order, nor are items following the items listed in the Table of Contents.
SUBJECT TRACINGS Plats, Blueprints, Engineering notes, newspaper clippings.
ACCESS AND PROVENANCE The O.K. Hobbs Plat Book is available, upon request, at Abilene Christian University Brown Libraryâ€™s Special Collectionsâ€™ reading room. Provenance is unknown. Because most items are sourced from documents created prior to 1923, most items are in the public domain. For items dated after 1923, or not dated, copyright may belong to the City of Abilene; see the Director of Special Collections for more information.