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AC138_HERBERT_ROEDENBECK_PAPERSDescriptive Sheet The Herbert Roedenbeck Papers AC -138 Inventory available General Type: Papers Physical Description: 2 cubic feet Inclusive Dates: 1881-1975 Donor: Mrs. Charlene Hiker Herbert Roedenbeck (1881-1975) in the given course of time will suffice as one of the last legendary pioneers of this century; his achievements in agriculture and land development proved to be an integral part of the present demographic status of Southeast Texas. Mr. Roedenbeck is credited as having planted one of the first commercial scale rice crops in Chambers County in 1910, developing a new strain of rice that became known as the "Roedenbeck Prolific"; during his tenure as Chambers County land commissioner, 1920-1924, he eradicated the fever tick by mandatory dipping of cattle, mostly longhorns. Roedenbeck is responsible for the migration of over five thousand emigrants to this area through his land development transactions. After having lost most of his holdings, Roedenbeck became active in the oil leasing business in Chambers and Jefferson Counties where he estimated transactions in excess of 300,000 acres. The greater portion of this collection consists of correspondence during the conclusive years from 1932 to 1970 while he was active in the oil leasing business. The collection also contains holoqraphs of Roedenbeck's unpublished writings as well as a poem he composed in 1932. No restrictions apply.