Twentieth-Century Docket Book from Hardeman County, Texas [Manuscript]. [Texas]. [Justice's Civil Docket (spine title)]. Hardeman County, Texas, 1905-1910. [xxviii], 290 pp. Final leaf possibly removed. Folio (15-3/4" x 10-1/2"). Three-quarter dark red cloth over light red pebbled cloth, gilt fillets and title to spine, marbled edges, hinges and endleaves reinforced with cloth, stationer's bookplate to front pastedown, a few ms notes to rear endpaper. Moderate rubbing and several small scuffs and inkstains to boards, somewhat heavier rubbing and light wear to extremities, joints starting in a few places, corners worn. 28 pp. thumb-tabbed address book (blank) followed by 290 pp. part-printed docket book completed in manuscript, several additional typed pieces of paper tipped or laid in. Moderate toning to interior, a few cracks in text block, all leaves secure. $650. * This docket of civil cases from Precinct 1 of Hardeman County, Texas appears to have been compiled by at least two justices of the peace, H. Freeman and J.R. Mattock. Freeman was a justice of the peace from approximately 1897-1908; Mattock, who had previously served as the county sheriff in 1903, seemingly takes over the docket in late 1908. Most of the entries are remarkably comprehensive, recording the names of the parties and their attorneys, the outcome of the case and a full accounting of court costs. The cases cover a wide range of disputes: property rights, escaped livestock, mortgages, refusal to pay fines and personal and corporate debts all feature. An interesting look at the judicial process in early twentieth-century Texas.
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