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A TEXAS LIVESTOCK AGENT'S WALLET & DIARY
71. [CATTLE INDUSTRY]. GIBBS, J. M. Collection of
materials relating to the sale and transportation of cattle
and other activities of Livestock Agent, J. M. Gibbs.
Various places in Texas, 1860s-1880s. About twenty
manuscript and printed items, condition varies, good to
very fine. All enclosed in Gibbs original worn leather
Gibbs line of work was overseeing the management of stock being transported on the railways, and he seems to have combined those activities with a some stock-trading on his own. Among the items in the wallet are:
DIARY. Narrow 24mo diary in pencil, over 50 pp., gilt-stamped on upper cover: "Jas. H. Campbell & Co., Union Stock Yards, Ills. National Stock Yards, Ills. Kansas City Stock Yards, Mo." Various places, ca. 1889. Roughly written notes (a few notes in others hands) relating to stock and travels by rail; references to various cattle available and stockraisers (including Kokernot of Alpine, George B. Loving, S. G. Wood, et al.); activities (such as tending to repair of stockpens at depots; leads for purchasing cattle; recipe for making 100 pounds of pickled beef; recipe for screw worm medication concoction (chloroform, alcohol & asafetida); personal shopping lists and expenses; etc.
SOUTHERN PACIFIC RR. PASS. Gibbs complimentary printed railway pass for traveling between Eagle Pass and Houston. 1888.
NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS. Includes some relating to Gibbs, e.g. clipped ad for Jep. M. Gibbs, Dealer in Produce, Groceries, Liquors, Hardware, &c. Navasota, Texas. Will keep constantly on hand and for sale a complete assortment of every thing in this life. Consignments solicited from his friends in Galveston and Houston; clipping relating the SPRR time table, with reference to the Eagle Pass Brass Band (listing member Pasqual DeBonasee Item 97 herein); clipping referring to Gibbs as Sheriff and Colonel of the 4th Regiment of Texas State Militia; etc.
SLAVERY. Manuscript receipt (1 p., 12mo) whereby Ira M. Camp acknowledges receipt from Jeptha Gibbs for "the following Negroes to witt: Negro Woman Harriet & her Daughter Parisa, Harriet aged about 40 years & Parisa about 5 years old and Terry a Negro boy about 28 years)." Navasota, May 29, 1865.
CALVERT, TEXAS. Printed orders: Headquarters Post of Calvert. (Department of Civil Affairs,) Calvert, Texas, November 10, 1869. General Orders, No. 5. 1. As considerable misunderstandings and ignorance of law appears to prevail in regard to the priority of liens upon crops cultivated by freedmen and other laborers, under contracts with planters and land owners, the following extracts from the Acts of the Legislature of Texas, are published for the information of all concerned....Max Wesendorff, 1st Lieut., U.S.A., Post Adjutant. 1 p., 12mo.
BRAZOS BRANCH RAILWAY COMPANY. Stock certificate made out to Gibbs. November 19, 1868.
ELECTION TICKET. Conservative Ticket. For State Senator, 16th District. J. M. Gibbs. 1 p., narrow 12mo.
(20 items in leather wallet)