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Receiver's Memorandum

Description: These two pages are exerpts from a 141-page Receivers Memorandum dated 1887-1888. Pages appear to show payroll advances to O. Henry, here identified by his given name William S. Porter or W.S. Porter, for the months of June 1887 through December 1887. These pages are written in O. Henry's hand, and show his signature several times.
Date: 1887-06/1888-12
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Texas General Land Office

My Recollections of O. Henry (W. S. Porter)

Description: Multiple typescript copies of a short character sketch describing O. Henry as a young man in the late 1800s, before he was a published writer. O. Henry worked as a draftsman at the General Land Office and for Maddox Brothers and Anderson.
Date: 191u
Creator: Maddox, Frank
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Patent 87, Volume 40-A

Description: This document was issued to the Houston & Texas Central Railroad Company as the final instrument in the land grant process, assigning ownership to the railroad company for 640 acres in Tom Green County, section 21, block 20, as described in the patent. O. Henry wrote a fictional account of illegal proceedings concerning a land certificate, Bexar Scrip 2692, in the short story "Bexar Scrip 2692.” This is the patent that ultimately gave land ownership to the railroad via that certificate.
Date: July 18, 1928
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Roster of Employees in the General Land Office

Description: Ledger contains lists of General Land Office employees, their job titles, and monthly earnings. Excerpted here are 98 pages covering January 1887-January 1891, which are the dates O. Henry was employed at the land office. W.S. Porter, later known as the writer O. Henry, is listed as draftsman, compiling draftsman and assistant draftsman, earning $100 per month. Porter's name appears on roughly half of the pages.
Date: 1881/1891
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Map of Kendall County [Texas]

Description: Map shows property ownership, boundaries, and acreage of land plats in Kendall County, Texas and portions of Gillespie, Blanco, Comal, Bexar, Bandera, and Kerr Counties. Cadastral map. Scale [1:133,334].
Date: 1879
Creator: Walsh, W. C. (William C.), 1836-1924
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Bexar Scrip 2692

Description: Copy of a land Grant file for land issued to the Houston & Texas Central Railway Company in the Bexar Land District. Includes a folder jacket with table of contents and notes about the land grant (filed July 12, 1928); field notes by M.J. Doyle, Deputy Surveyor, Bexar Land District for Section 21 Block 20 (January 13, 1873); the affidavit of ownership of S.N. Allen (July 12, 1928); and a note by Land Commissioner J.H. Walker indicating that the file has no relation to the O. Henry story of the same name (December 4, 1933). O. Henry’s story tells the tale of a Railroad baron taking a poor homesteader’s land by stealing this file. Walker notes that although the file was missing for a period, due to office procedures the land fraud could not have occurred.
Date: 1873/1928
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: Texas General Land Office

Denton County.

Description: Map of Denton County showing the parcels of land within the county labeled with the owners and sizes or lot numbers. Additionally, some bodies of water and railroad tracks appear to be marked.
Date: October 1871
Creator: Pressler, Chas. W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Map of Concho County, Texas.

Description: Map shows property tracts boundaries, land grants, landowners, railroads, possibly trails/roads, towns, and watershed for the Concho and Colorado Rivers. Scale [1:66,667].
Date: 1897
Creator: Rosenberg, Evon
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Map of Concho County, Texas.

Description: Map shows property tracts boundaries, land grants, landowners, railroads, possibly trails/roads, towns, and watershed for the Concho and Colorado Rivers. Scale [1:66,667].
Date: 1897
Creator: Rosenberg, Evon
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Callahan County.

Description: Map shows early twentieth century Callahan County, Texas property tract boundaries, landowners, land grants, towns, and watershed; Texan Emigration and Land Company; handwritten annotations for petroleum prospecting activity. Relief shown by hachures. Scale [1:66,667].
Date: 1918
Creator: Blucher, Carl, draftsman.
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Brown County.

Description: Map shows early twentieth century Brown County, Texas property boundaries, landowners, land grants, and towns; dashed line representing existing road or proposed railroad line. Includes manuscript annotations showing petroleum prospecting activity. Scale [ca. 1:66,667].
Date: 1910
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Baylor County.

Description: Map shows early twentieth century Baylor County, Texas property boundaries, landowners, land patents, towns, and railroads; handwritten annotations for petroleum prospecting activity. Scale [ca. 1:66,667].
Date: 1917
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Rockwall County [Texas].

Description: Map shows landowners, land patents, railroad lines, and towns; portions of adjacent counties where property lines extend beyond Rockwall County limits. Scale [1:66,600].
Date: 1941
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Somervell County [Texas].

Description: Map shows land patents, property boundaries, landowners, towns, roads, course of the Brazos and Paluxy Rivers, and layout of the city of Glen Rose ; adjacent counties where property boundaries extend beyond county limits. Scale [1:66,667].
Date: 1941
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Texas.

Description: Map shows counties, county seats with elevations, lakes, state and national parks and forests, pioneer roads and trails, and points of interest; Gulf Coast details, including "100 Fathom Line," and "Outer Edge of Continental Shelf." Includes legend, photo of Bascom Giles, and text comments on significance of map. Scale [ca. 1:1,500,000].
Date: 1951
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Indian Territory, 1879

Description: Map shows Native American tribal boundaries established by treaty, wagon roads, trails, railroads, military reservations, and natural features. Includes references and treaty dates. Relief shown by hachures. Scale [1:760,320].
Date: 1879
Creator: United States General Land Office
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Texas.

Description: Map shows historic roads and trails, counties, major cities and towns, lakes, parks, and forests. Includes legend, text, and tables: of "Lands and Mineral Estate of Permanent School Fund, and Lands and Mineral Estate of Permanent University Fund." Relief shown by hachures and spot heights. Scale [ca. 1:1,560,000].
Date: 1959
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Texas.

Description: Map shows pioneer roads and trails, state and national parks and forests, counties, lakes, and continental shelf of the Gulf Coast. Includes legend. Relief shown pictorially and by hachures and spot heights. Scale [ca. 1:1,750,000].
Date: 1971
Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library