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 Decade: 1960-1969
 Year: 1968
 Collection: Marfa, Diversity in the Desert
Adobes

Adobes

Date: December 2, 1968
Creator: Cobos, Sammy
Description: Research paper written by Sammy Cobos about the construction of adobe buildings. Several examples of adobe buildings from Marfa and Ruidosa are explained. This paper was written for an American History class at Marfa High School.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Airplanes

Airplanes

Date: 1968
Creator: Orozco, Cecilia
Description: Research paper written by Cecilia Orozco about the 1st Aero Squadron, the first aviation unit used in active field service in the history of the United States Army. With the paper are two letters from Stacy C. Hinkle, which were used to write the paper. This paper was written for a history class at Marfa High School.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Aunt "Lissie" Pertle

Aunt "Lissie" Pertle

Date: 1968
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Aunt Melissa "Lissie" Bryant Pertle, daughter of Dock Bryant. Here she is 88 years old, seated next to her great granddaughter Judy Wallace in 1968. This photo was included in a research paper by Mike Shurley for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[Coffield Park]

[Coffield Park]

Date: 1968
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Description: Photograph of the swimming pool and surrounding areas of Coffield Park, in Marfa, Texas. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Marfa citizens are very proud of their youth and realize that young people are the future of our country. Marfa citizens provide several facilities for warm weather enjoyment. The Marfa Lions Club takes care of the public pool during the summer. Coffield park provides a baseball diamond for Little Leagers" (p. 12).
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Dutch

Dutch

Date: December 3, 1968
Creator: Harpham, Marsha
Description: Research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about Maynard W. "Dutch" Acton, who played a cowboy in the movie "Giant," starring Jimmy Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson. Dutch Acton spent most of his life working and living on ranches in West Texas.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Ehtel and the Water Boy

Ehtel and the Water Boy

Date: 1968
Creator: Shurley, Mike
Description: This is a research paper written by Mike Shurley for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1968. It tells the story of Marcellus and Ethel Bryant with some history of their family, his service in World War I, their courtship and marriage, his ranc, his oil fields, his interest in aviation and his support for James C. Mattern's flight around the world, his life in politics and relationship with LBJ, and his role in the building of the Twin Buttes Dam to bring water to drought stricken West Texas.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Estella Matamoros

Estella Matamoros

Date: 1968
Creator: Luna, Oscar
Description: A paper chronicling the life of Estella Matamoros Cortez.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
[Fort Leaton ruins in Big Bend]

[Fort Leaton ruins in Big Bend]

Date: 1968
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Description: Photograph of a stone or adobe building that is part of the ruins of Fort Leaton ("El Fortin"), near Rio Grande, Texas. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Ben Leaton sold guns and ammunition to the Indians to kill the immigrants on the wagon trains. He then gave aid and shelter to the same immigrants at 'El Fortin.' He was called the 'Noble Desperado'" (p. 4).
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
History of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marfa Texas

History of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marfa Texas

Date: c. 1968
Creator: Gutierrez, Irma
Description: Paper written by Irma Gutierrez, chronicling St. Mary's Catholic church
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
Indian Artifacts

Indian Artifacts

Date: 1968
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Indian artifacts: arrowheads, gourd filled with pumpkin seeds, and a mano. This photo was included in a research paper by Nancy Edwards for an American History class at Marfa High School in April 1968.
Contributing Partner: Marfa Public Library
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