date(s):
1904-1922
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A2304 Brockman-Fetzer Papers Inventory of Brockman–Fetzer Papers A2304 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2018 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-02 06:45:38 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Brockman-Fetzer Papers Brockman, Fred W., 1849-1915 Fetzer, Laura, approximately 1875- A2304 3.5 Cubic Feet (6 boxes) 1904-1922 Processing Information Processed by Jolie Braun, 2010. Donor Information The estate of Nancy Caroline Kelley donated part of the collection in 2007 and the rest of the collection in 2009. Biographical Sketches Fred W. Brockman was born in Westphalia, Germany, June 10, 1849, and as a child emigrated with his family to the U.S. On September 16, 1874, he married Mary E. Cook, with whom he had 4 children: Lydia, Lotta, Elsah, and Irma. Brockman began his career as a clerk at a stationery and bookstore, and over the next several years held a variety of positions at different companies. In 1896, he founded the F.W. Brockman Commission Company, a wholesale business specializing in produce, poultry, and dairy, located at 815–817 N. 4th St. in downtown St. Louis. Brockman was actively involved in numerous professional associations and community groups. He died May 15, 1915, of heart problems. Laura Fetzer was born on March 25, [1875-1880], in Missouri, and lived much of her life in Dallas, Texas. In the early 1900s, she donated a one-mile stretch of land for a railroad switch in Texas. The area still bears her name. Brockman and Fetzer began their correspondence in 1904 when he wrote to her concerning their adjacent land in Texas. Both were interested in drilling for oil and selling the timber on their properties. By early 1905, their relationship became romantic, and Brockman obtained a P.O. box under the name E.F. Fitzwilliams for Fetzer to send letters to him. Brockman visited Fetzer in Texas multiple times over the next two years until in early 1907 she moved to St. Louis to be closer to him. In the last years of his life, they remained in contact, primarily regarding business affairs and financial matters. Scope and Contents The Brockman-Fetzer Papers consists primarily of personal and business correspondence between Fred W. Brockman and Laura Fetzer. The collection also includes letters from their business contacts regarding their land in Texas. Boxes 1 and 2 consist of Brockman’s letters; boxes 3-6 consist of Fetzer’s letters. Box 6 also includes additional folders: Brockman’s miscellaneous papers; Fetzer’s miscellaneous papers; a folder related to Carrie Fetzer, Laura’s sister; and a folder of unknown miscellaneous documents. Arrangement The collection is arranged chronologically. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for comforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Brockman-Fetzer Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Love-letters Lumber trade -- Texas Oil well drilling -- Texas Real property -- Texas Correspondence from Fred W. Brockman to Laura Fetzer Correspondence. Brockman’s first letter to Fetzer is addressed to “Dear Sir, L. Fetzer, Esq.” Several letters and envelopes include a letterhead engraving of Brockman’s business, F.W. Brockman Commission Co., 815-817 N. 4th St., St. Louis, Mo. (25 items) 1904 May-Dec 1 1 Correspondence. The January 31, 1905, letter includes enclosed copy of letter to Brockman, dated January 28, 1905, from the Cartwright Brothers, oil drillers, Beaumont, Texas, regarding the possibility of drilling for oil on Brockman’s land in Texas. (13 items) 1905 Jan 5-31 1 2 Correspondence. The February 3, 1905, letter includes Merchants Exchange of St. Louis letterhead with 1904 Louisiana Purchase World’s Fair emblem. (22 items) 1905 Feb 1-28 1 3 Correspondence. (15 items) 1905 Mar 1-18 1 4 Correspondence. (12 items) 1905 Mar 19-31 1 5 Correspondence. (6 items) 1905 Apr 1-14 1 6 Correspondence. (15 items) 1905 Apr 11-30 1 7 Correspondence. (20 items) 1905 May 1-18 1 8 Correspondence. (13 items) 1905 May 19-31 1 9 Correspondence. (10 items) 1905 June 1-11 1 10 Correspondence. The June 16, 1905, letter includes a program of The Irving School Closing Exercises, dated June 15, 1905. Brockman, a former Board of Education President, gave the address. Brockman’s daughter Irma was in the graduating class. (9 items) 1905 June 12-26 1 11 Correspondence. The July 6, 1905, letter includes copy of letter to Brockman, dated July 5, 1905, from Colonel J.D. Crawford, Houston, Texas, regarding oil prospects on Brockman’s Texas property. (12 items) 1905 July 3-24 1 12 Correspondence. Some letters are addressed to Laura Fetzer at 824 N. 8th St., Springfield, Ill. (9 items) 1905 Aug 16-31 1 13 Correspondence. (13 items) 1905 Sept 2-16 1 14 Correspondence. (15 items) 1905 Sept 17-30 1 15 Correspondence. (12 items) 1905 Oct 1-12 1 16 Correspondence. (11 items) 1905 Oct 13-31 1 17 Correspondence. The November 14, 1905, letter includes Brockman’s ticket stub for the train from Galveston to Dallas and an excerpt from trade magazine The Packer about Brockman’s involvement with the Merchants Exchange. (17 items) 1905 Nov 6-21 1 18 Correspondence. (15 items) 1905 Nov 22-Dec 31 1 19 Correspondence. (14 items) 1906 Jan 1-17 1 20 Correspondence. (17 items) 1906 Jan 18-31 1 21 Correspondence. (12 items) 1906 Feb 1-26 1 22 Correspondence. The March 12, 1906, letter includes newspaper clipping about marriage and infidelity. (12 items) 1906 Mar 3-16 1 23 Correspondence. The March 26, 1906, letter includes business correspondence to Brockman, dated March 22, 1906, from W.J. Murray, Guernsey & Murray, Grocers & Wine Merchants, 1191 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. The March 27, 1906, letter includes letter to Brockman, dated March 24, 1906, from Fred Visit, Sarita, Texas, about Laura’s horse. (17 items) 1906 Mar 17-30 1 24 Correspondence. (14 items) 1906 Apr 1-15 1 25 Correspondence. The April 23, 1906, letter includes note to Brockman, dated April 19, 1906, from J.F. [Nilsindey], Office of the Secretary, National Nut-Growers Association, Poulan, Ga., regarding publications Brockman ordered for Fetzer. (14 items) 1906 Apr 17-29 1 26 Correspondence. The May 16, 1906, letter is written on letterhead of Brockman Commission & Cold Storage Company, 314-316 East Markham St., Little Rock, Ark. The May 15, 1906, postmarked envelope includes letter to Brockman, dated May 7, 1906, from J.V. Tackaberry, Tackaberry and Tackaberry, Attorneys at Law, 422 and 423 Binz Building, Houston, Texas, offering to purchase Brockman’s land in Texas. Also includes copy of Brockman’s reply to Tackaberry, dated May 15, 1906, which proposes different terms for sale. (10 items) 1906 May 10-18 1 27 Correspondence. (10 items) 1906 May 20-30 1 28 Correspondence. The June 7 and June 20 letters are regarding timber deal possibility. (14 items) 1906 June 7-30 1 29 Correspondence. (10 items) 1906 July 1-21 1 30 Correspondence. (9 items) 1906 July 22-31 2 1 Correspondence. The August 6, 1906, letter includes copy of letter from Brockman to C.F. Garlington, dated Aug 6, 1906, regarding land and timber deal. (9 items) 1906 Aug 1-Sept 9 2 2 Correspondence. (7 items) 1906 Sept 11-18 2 3 Correspondence. The September 21, 1906, letter is regarding land/timber deal. (9 items) 1906 Sept 19-25 2 4 Correspondence. (5 items) 1906 Sept 27-Oct 4 2 5 Correspondence. (11 items) 1906 Nov 7-20 2 6 Correspondence. Fetzer’s address on some letters is 332 Wood St., Dallas, Tex. (9 items) 1906 Nov 21-Dec 7 2 7 Correspondence. Laura Fetzer’s address on letters is 3636 Pine St., St. Louis, Mo. Includes multiple letters regarding land and timber deal possibilities. (23 items) 1907 Jan 9-June 3 2 8 Correspondence. The November 7, 1907, postmarked envelope includes letter to Brockman, dated November 4, 1907, from J.T. Bowen, Lawyer, Navasota, Texas, regarding a court case against Laura and Carrie Fetzer. (12 items) 1907 June 7-Dec 18 2 9 Correspondence. (19 items) 1908 Jan 7-Nov 12 2 10 Correspondence. Laura Fetzer’s address on some letters is 5642 Page Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. On other letters, Fetzer’s address is 4964A Page Ave., St. Louis, Mo. Correspondence is primarily regarding business affairs and financial matters. The March 25, 1910, card of George Waldbart, Florist, was sent to Fetzer from Brockman for her birthday. (19 items) 1909 May 6-1914 Mar 14; no date 2 11 Correspondence from Laura Fetzer to Fred W. Brockman Correspondence. The December 5, 1904, letter includes a newspaper clipping about oil in Humble, Texas. (10 items) 1904 Oct 30-Dec 12 3 1 Correspondence. The January 4, 1905, letter includes newspaper clipping about oil in Texas. (15 items) 1904 Dec 23-1905 Jan 31 3 2 Correspondence. The February 13, 1905, letter includes newspaper clippings about oil in Texas. (13 items) 1905 Feb 3-16 3 3 Correspondence. Laura Fetzer begins addressing some letters to Brockman as E.F. Fitzwilliams, Esq., Box 51 Merchants Station, St. Louis, Mo. (7 items) 1905 Feb 17-Feb 24 3 4 Correspondence. (7 items) 1905 Feb 25-28 3 5 Correspondence. (8 items) 1905 Mar 1-8 3 6 Correspondence. (8 items) 1905 Mar 9-13 3 7 Correspondence. (8 items) 1905 Mar 14-21 3 8 Correspondence. (6 items) 1905 Mar 22-26 3 9 Correspondence. (7 items) 1905 Mar 27-Apr 1 3 10 Correspondence. (9 items) 1905 Apr 2-9 3 11 Correspondence. (9 items) 1905 Apr 10-25 3 12 Correspondence. (6 items) 1905 Apr 28-May 3 3 13 Correspondence. The May 6, 1905, letter includes newspaper clipping about a Swedish divorce advocate. The May 10, 1906, letter includes handwriting samples of Laura and Carrie Fetzer and a professional handwriting analyses of both addressed to “Speel” from “Jess,” dated March 27, 1903. (9 items) 1905 May 4-10 3 14 Correspondence. (6 items) 1905 May 11-17 4 1 Correspondence. (7 items) 1905 May 18-22 4 2 Correspondence. (11 items) 1905 May 23-28 4 3 Correspondence. The June 4, 1905, postmarked envelope includes letter to Mr. [Ms.] L. Fetzer, dated June 2, 1905, from Elmen & Morse, 105 and 106 Opera House Building, Houston, Texas. Elmen & Morse’s letter is regarding timber on Fetzer’s land and expresses an interest in building a sawmill on this property. (8 items) 1905 May 30-June 5 4 4 Correspondence. The June 6, 1905, letter includes newspaper clipping advocating easier divorces. (9 items) 1905 June 6-11 4 5 Correspondence. The June 12, 1905, letter includes a flyer for “Katy’s New Baby Mazie, Indian Territory. Grand Opening, A New Town in a New Country.” Fetzer wrote on flyer “Mr. Irvine sent me this.” (7 items) 1905 June 12-16 4 6 Correspondence. (8 items) 1905 June 17-July 10 4 7 Correspondence. (7 items) 1905 July 15-21 4 8 Correspondence. Some letters sent from Chicago and Springfield. (8 items) 1905 July 22-Aug 20 4 9 Correspondence. (8 items) 1905 Aug 21-30 4 10 Correspondence. (8 items) 1905 Sept 2-14 4 11 Correspondence. (8 items) 1905 Sept 15-22 4 12 Correspondence. The September 30, 1905, letter includes letter to Fetzer, dated September 26, 1905, from Smith & Lamar, Agents, Publishing House, M.E. Church, South, 296 Elm St, stating that no information could be provided on the “Veiled Prophets” of St. Louis. Fetzer wrote on the letter to Brockman, “I did not want to expose my ignorance to you, so I asked the above…for a book or something giving the origin of The Veiled P--.” (9 items) 1905 Sept 23-30 4 13 Correspondence. (7 items) 1905 Oct 1-8 5 1 Correspondence. (9 items) 1905 Oct 9-17 5 2 Correspondence. The November 10, 1905, postmarked envelope includes flyer for “Red Springs Auction Sale of Lots, Mt. Pleasant, TX, Nov. 14,” with sketch of plans for local area on reverse. Also includes notice “Important Information! City of Navasota, Grimes County, TX, by Captain J.A.H. Hosack, Cleburne, TX.” (12 items) 1905 Oct 18-Nov 13 5 3 Correspondence. (17 items) 1905 Nov 14-29 5 4 Correspondence. (12 items) 1905 Dec 6-31 5 5 Correspondence. (8 items) 1906 Jan 2-9 5 6 Correspondence. (10 items) 1906 Jan 19-25 5 7 Correspondence. (8 items) 1906 Jan 11-18 5 8 Correspondence. The January 27, 1906, letter includes letter to Fetzer, dated January 26, 1906, from Captain J.A.H. Hosack, Real Estate Agent, Cleburne, Texas, regarding the possibility of Fetzer selling her land to Hosack’s client. (8 items) 1906 Jan 26-31 5 9 Correspondence. (6 items) 1906 Feb 1-24 5 10 Correspondence. (9 items) 1906 Mar 5-14 5 11 Correspondence. (7 items) 1906 Mar 16-22 5 12 Correspondence. (6 items) 1906 Mar 23-28 5 13 Correspondence. The April 4, 1906, letter includes newspaper clipping about married woman’s rights against another woman. (11 items) 1906 Mar 29-Apr 4 5 14 Correspondence. (8 items) 1906 Apr 5-18 5 15 Correspondence. (7 items) 1906 Apr 20-27 6 1 Correspondence. The May 8, 1906, letter includes snapshot photograph of Laura Fetzer. (8 items) 1906 May 8-18 6 2 Correspondence. The May 23, 1906, postmarked envelope includes “Franchise Tax” statement, dated May 21, 1906, for the Fetzer Oil Company notifying Fetzer that she owes $50 dollars. Includes note from Fetzer to Brockman: “What shall I do about this.” (7 items) 1906 May 19-23 6 3 Correspondence. The May 26, 1906, postmarked envelope includes “part of letter of Miller, Vidor and Geo. Galveston and their Cruisers Report,” a survey of Brockman and Fetzer’s land in Texas. (8 items) 1906 May 24-31 6 4 Correspondence. (12 items) 1906 June 1-20 6 5 Correspondence. (7 items) 1906 June 21-29 6 6 Correspondence. (9 items) 1906 July 9-19 6 7 Correspondence. (7 items) 1906 July 18-26 6 8 Correspondence. (7 items) 1906 July 27-Aug 31 6 9 Correspondence. (12 items) 1906 Sept 2-19 6 10 Correspondence. The September 21, 1906, letter includes 3 photographs of Fetzer and Brockman camping. (10 items) 1906 Sept 20-27 6 11 Correspondence. Some letters concern legal issues involving Brockman and Fetzer. Some letters regard timber deal possibility. (11 items) 1906 Nov 11-19 6 12 Correspondence. The November 24, 1906 letter mentions Fetzer moving into a room in the home of Mrs. James A. Tierman, 519 Pendleton Ave., St. Louis, Mo. Undated letter mentions a cousin of Fetzer’s saying that Fetzer had been in the hospital and “had her insides taken out.” (13 items) 1906 Nov 20-29; no date 6 13 Fred Brockman, Miscellaneous A fortune teller’s predictions for Brockman’s future. 1904 May 13 6 14 Letter to friend Edward Sells from Brockman while latter was in Mexico. Includes small portrait of Sells, possibly drawn by Brockman. 1904 Dec 12 6 14 Note written by Brockman. 1905 Jan 30 6 14 Postcard receipt to Brockman from Vaughan’s Seed Store, Chicago, Ill. 1906 Mar 6 6 14 Receipt for Brockman’s post office box, addressed to E.F. Fitzwilliams. [1906] Apr 3 6 14 Business letter to Brockman from C.H. Taylor, Brockman’s employee. 1906 Aug 11 6 14 Telegram from C.F. Garlington to Brockman regarding Carrie Fetzer’s whereabouts. [1907] May 1 6 14 Doily with note to Fetzer from Brockman. 1908 Sept 9 6 14 Note signed by Brockman, “The name of the party is Robt. Shulze, 2610 S. 7th St.” No date 6 14 Brockman’s business card with Fetzer’s measurements on the reverse. No date 6 14 Brockman’s business card with travel route on reverse. No date 6 14 Note in Brockman’s handwriting: “To the Queen of the Woods.” No date 6 14 Two cards with Brockman’s name handwritten on them. No date 6 14 Blank telegram form with “F.W. Brockman Commission Co.” stamp. No date 6 14 Laura Fetzer, Miscellaneous Receipt for the Rice Hotel, Houston, Texas. 1905 Jan 19 6 15 Health Certificate of the City of St. Louis for Laura Fetzer. 1905 Aug 24 6 15 Flyer for “Big Town Lot” sale” in Texas, Capt. J.A.H. Hosack. 1905 Sept 7 6 15 Letter to Fetzer from S.E. Boyd, Houston, Texas, expressing interest in purchasing Fetzer’s land. 1906 Apr 11 6 15 Napkin with handwritten note: “On board dinner Duluth to Chicago.” 1906 Aug 20 6 15 Telegram to Fetzer from C.H. Taylor, Brockman’s employee, regarding Brockman’s health. 1906 Oct 4 6 15 Letter to Fetzer from C.H. Taylor regarding Brockman’s appendicitis. 1906 Oct 4 6 15 Receipt from the Kroeger School of Music, E.R. Kroeger, Director, Boyle and Olive St., St. Louis, Mo., for Fetzer’s music lessons. 1907 Mar 1 6 15 Telegram to Harry P. Lawther, Dallas, Texas, from Laura Fetzer: “Understand Carrie’s case comes up tomorrow. Act for me or get someone.” 1907 Dec 18 6 15 Telegram from A.W. Miller, Chicago, Ill., to Fetzer, Flat A 5642 Page Ave, St. Louis, Mo.: “Can I see you tomorrow.” 1910 Aug 20 6 15 List of Fetzer’s measurements, including height and weight. No date 6 15 Two photographs of Fetzer. No date 6 15 Three unsent postcards with Fetzer’s handwriting. No date 6 15 Fetzer’s Oriental Hotel meal ticket. No date 6 15 Notecard with Fetzer’s address listed as 3636 Pine St, St. Louis, Mo. No date 6 15 Three tags from florist George Waldbart, 516 North Grand Ave, St. Louis, Mo. No date 6 15 Carrie Fetzer, Miscellaneous Letter to Brockman from Carrie Fetzer regarding personal affairs. 1905 May 11 6 16 Non-Negotiable Bill of Lading to L. [Leehejan] from Carrie Fetzer for jewelry. 1906 Feb 2 6 16 Telegram to Brockman from Carrie Fetzer asking him to “induce Laura to answer telegram sent her today.” 1907 June 1 6 16 Unknown, Miscellaneous Letter to Fetzer from Capt. J.A.H. Hosack, Cleburne, Texas, Real Estate Agent, regarding the possibility of a timber deal. 1905 Aug 28 6 17 Fragment of letter addressed to Mrs. [Nazw] K. DeKreko. Sent from Sioux City, Iowa. 1922 Aug 28 6 17 Purple ribbon and envelope from the Oriental Hotel, Dallas, Texas. No date 6 17 Blank stationery from the Oriental Hotel, Dallas, Texas. Includes engraving of building on letterhead. No date 6 17 Four blackened photographs (no images visible). No date 6 17 Business cards of: James H. Hare, Staff Photographer, Collier’s Weekly, New York, New York; Egbert W. Leonard, Confidential Rep., National Life Insurance Company of the U.S. of A., Chicago, Ill.; and William S. Pugsley, Plattsburg, Mo. No date 6 17 Letter to “Ann and Martha” from “May” regarding the death of the addressees’ mother. No date 6 17