Thomas B. Searcy Collection, 1889-2013  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Searcy, Thomas B.
Thomas B. Searcy Collection
1889-2013 (inclusive)
1889-1961 (bulk)
0.20 cubic feet, including 22 photographs, (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number
MSS Searcy
The Thomas B. Searcy Collection documents the land in Sherman County, Oregon, homesteaded by Thomas B. Searcy in 1889; Searcy's financial interactions with the Moro Grain Growers Association and the Pacific Co-operative Wool Growers Association; and the Searcy family.
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Thomas B. Searcy was born in 1860 in Kentucky and moved west in the early 1880s; in 1883, Searcy filed for a homestead on land in Sherman County, Oregon, about 10 miles south of Moro. Searcy married Lena Rivers Shelton in 1895, who filed her homestead claim on land adjoining Searcy's. Thomas B. Searcy resided on the ranch until his death in 1934.

James T. Searcy, a descendant of Thomas B. Searcy, attended Oregon State College in 1955-1960 and earned a BS in Business and Technology in 1960. He married Julie A. Davies, also a graduate of Oregon State, in 1960.

Additional information about the Searcy family is available in an on-line exhibit, Searcy Ranch and Sherman County History.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The core of the Thomas B. Searcy Collection consists of property records that reflect the ownership of land homesteaded by Thomas B. Searcy in 1883 in Sherman County and include mortages, warranty deeds, tax payment receipts, promissory notes, and materials documenting financial interactions between Searcy and the Pacific Co-operative Wool Growers Association and the Moro Grain Growers Association. The final property document is the lease of the land to Dean and Margaret Pinkerton in 1961.  Original property documents and photocopies of many of them, as well as a list of documents provided by the donors are part of the collection.

The collection also includes land patents issued in 1891-1904; family records and biographical information; and photographs.  The family records include wills, records of property sales and transfers, and obituaries.  A 1994 publication of the Sherman County Historical Society includes two articles about the Searcy family.

The photographs date from circa 1890 to circa 1940 and include snapshots of family members as well as formal studio portraits and group photographs.  The images depict members of the Searcy and Shelton famlies.  Photographs of basketball, baseball, and football teams taken in the 1910s may be of  Moro high school teams.  Ten of the photographs are snapshots (circa 1915) affixed to a scrapbook page.

An online exhibit, Searcy Ranch and Sherman County History, includes several items from the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Thomas B. Searcy Collection (MSS Searcy), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Farm ownership--Oregon--Sherman County.
  • Farm tenancy--Economic aspects--Oregon--Sherman County.
  • Personal Names :
  • Searcy, Thomas B.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Pacific Wool Growers.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Sherman County (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Searcy, James T. (James Thomas), 1937- (creator)
    • Searcy, Julie A. Davies. (creator)