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Russell Tedder, the first full time general manager of the Sabine River and Northern Railroad from 1969-1976, collected various records of southern short-line railroads for personal research and interest. The Nacogdoches and Southeastern Railroad Company was chartered in 1905 to serve logging operations of the Hayward Lumber Company, and later the Frost-Johnson Lumber Company after 1910. This collection consists of reports and correspondence encompassing a brief and incomplete snapshot of the company's dealings with the Interstate Commerce Commission, and the volume of forest products shipped along its rails in its cars during these years. Several photocopied secondary sources are also included.
Edwin Nelson grew up in Diboll, Texas and worked at the Temple-White Company handle factory. His collection consists of clippings, writings, reminiscences, publications, and artifacts that he created, collected, and compiled which document Diboll and Angelina County’s history, concentrating on community and industry.
The Nineteenth Century Land Documents show a history of land ownership pertaining to lands once owned by Temple-Inland in East Texas and Georgia. Included are a State of Texas Land Patent signed by Sam Houston, an 1846 Republic of Texas Land Grant signed by Anson Jones, a series of documents (mostly in Spanish) regarding the transfer of the Candido Sanchez League in Trinity County, Texas (1835), and 1846 Georgia Land Grants signed by the Georgia governor George W. Crawford.