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  Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum
 Decade: 1880-1889
 Collection: Rescuing Texas History, 2011
Autographed Photo of Sam Rayburn

Autographed Photo of Sam Rayburn

Date: 1882/1961
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn. Sepia-toned toned photograph of Sam Rayburn from the chest up. He wears a dark suit, tie and white shirt. The photograph is autographed by Sam Rayburn. The words, "To my sister Meddie with my deepest affection--Sam Rayburn" are at the bottom of the photo. Meddie (Medibel Bartley) was one of Sam Rayburn's three sisters. She and her husband, S.E. Bartley lived in Sam Rayburn's home in Bonham beginning in the 1940s.
Contributing Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum
Photograph of Abner Rayburn

Photograph of Abner Rayburn

Date: 1887/1914
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of Abner Love Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's youngest sibling. Abner was born in Texas in 1891. He died in 1914. Sam Rayburn was grooming his brother Abner to become his secretary in Washington. Abner died of typhoid fever before this could happen. Abner is shown in this head and shoulders photo wearing a dark suit with bow tie and a white collared shirt. A formal, studio portrait, the photo is oval shaped and mounted to a cardboard backing with the studio name in the lower right corner, "THE ELLIOTS AUSTIN, TEX."
Contributing Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum
Samuel Edward Bartley high school graduation photo

Samuel Edward Bartley high school graduation photo

Date: 1880/1910
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of graduation high school class. The photograph was likely taken sometime between 1880 and 1910. The man seated in the middle of the front row is Samuel Edward (S.E.) Bartley, Sam Rayburn's brother-in-law. Mr. Bartley married Sam Rayburn's sister Medibel in 1902 and together they had two children. S.E. and Medibel moved into the Rayburn home in the 1940s. Mr. Bartley's high school graduation photo shows twelve students; nine girls and three boys. The girls all wear long sleeved, high necked, long, white guazy dresses. They all appear to have long hair, worn up. The boys wear three piece suits with white button-down shirts, ties and stiff collars. The front row is comprised of two girls sitting on the left, Mr. Bartley seated in the center and two girls seated at the right. The back row is comprised of a standing group of students. Two women, a boy, a girl, a boy and two women stand from left to right.
Contributing Partner: Sam Rayburn House Museum