The Osterhout Papers
J. P. Osterhout was a lawyer and judge in Texas, as well as postmaster of Belton, Texas for several years; he also published a newspaper and ran for Congress (though he lost all three elections).
Most of the items in the collection are letters, sent between Osterhout and his family while he traveled as a circuit judge, and among his children while they were at college. They discuss local news, such as a fire in Belton; news from school, such as Gertie Osterhout’s letter about life at Baylor College; and various family news.
For more information about J. P. Osterhout, also check out his biography on The Handbook of Texas Online.
–submitted by Hannah Tarver, Head, Digital Projects Unit