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 Collection: O.D. and Estelle Bates Collection
W. D. Lucas Store - Interior

W. D. Lucas Store - Interior

Date: 1919
Creator: unknown
Description: W. D. "Doug" Lucas operated a general store on Irving's Main Street from 1906 until 1931. In this photo, he is seen behind the counter.
Contributing Partner: Irving Archives
Earl Steele Delivering the Mail

Earl Steele Delivering the Mail

Date: 1910~
Creator: unknown
Description: Earl Steel delivers the mail in Irving in his horse-drawn two-wheeled vehicle, c. 1910.
Contributing Partner: Irving Archives
William Smith House - Side View

William Smith House - Side View

Date: 1906
Creator: unknown
Description: This photo, made in 1906, shows a side view of the William Smith home in the Union Bower community. The house was built in 1888.
Contributing Partner: Irving Archives
William Smith Home in Union Bower

William Smith Home in Union Bower

Date: 1906
Creator: unknown
Description: William Smith, area pioneer, built this house in the Union Bower community in 1888. It stood along what would become Maryland Street in Irving until it was torn down in the 1980s. Seen in this 1906 photo are L. G. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Hood, Mrs. Mattie Smith, Bert Smith, Mrs. Jennie Smith, William Hood, and Frank and Charlie Voirin.
Contributing Partner: Irving Archives
Musicians in the Union Bower Community

Musicians in the Union Bower Community

Date: 1910~
Creator: unknown
Description: This group of musicians played for square dances in the Union Bower community. Dances were held in the fall and winter because the weather was too hot during the summer. Left to right are: Tom Owens, Earl Steele, Lillie Owens, and Tom Wright. Lloyd Smith called the square dances, but is not in the picture. Union Bower was a farming community on the eastern edge of the city of Irving. The community was established about 1880.
Contributing Partner: Irving Archives
Lloyd Smith and Brother

Lloyd Smith and Brother

Date: 1894~
Creator: unknown
Description: Lloyd and Bertie Smith, sons of William and Virginia Smith, area pioneers in the Union Bower community, c. 1894.
Contributing Partner: Irving Archives
Hawks Chapel Methodist Church

Hawks Chapel Methodist Church

Date: 1907~
Creator: unknown
Description: The Union Bower community was settled during the 1880s. It was located about north and east of the town site of Irving, which was founded in 1903. The Reverend W. E. Hawks of Dallas, who had been preaching in the Union Bower area since 1887, directed the building of a church in the community. In 1907, Hawks Chapel Methodist Church opened. In this photo, members of the congregation pose in front of the church.
Contributing Partner: Irving Archives
Couple in Union Bower

Couple in Union Bower

Date: 1910~
Creator: unknown
Description: An unidentified couple enjoys an afternoon in the Union Bower community, c. 1910. Union Bower was a farming community that today is part of eastern Irving.
Contributing Partner: Irving Archives
Hezekiah Story Family

Hezekiah Story Family

Date: 1890~
Creator: unknown
Description: The Story family was one of the pioneer families to the region. Here Hezekiah Story is pictured with his family.
Contributing Partner: Irving Archives
Hezekiah and Elizabeth Story

Hezekiah and Elizabeth Story

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Hezekiah and Elizabeth Story. The Story family came from Illinois to the area that would later become Irving in 1855.
Contributing Partner: Irving Archives