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  Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
 Decade: 1920-1929
We lost our job at Mineral Wells, Texas
This is a picture that was found in Mr. Weaver's collection, and captioned "We lost our job at Mineral Wells, Texas." This type of advertising was used by most of the drinking pavilions in this popular health resort to tout the beneficial effects of Mineral Wells' waters. There were numerous testimonials attesting the truth of such claims. When the Food and Drug Administration began to enforce the nation's drug laws vigorously in the mid- 1930's, however, there were no rigorous scientific test data to document such claims or to warn of possible side effects that taking the mineral water might bring about. Consequently, this sort of advertising was banned after the 1930's. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth38081/
[Excavation for the Baker]
Excavation work and clearing of the two blocks in downtown Mineral Wells for the Baker Hotel is shown here. In the background is the Dr. Thompson home, the old First Methodist church and parsonage. The parsonage was moved to the corner of SE 3rd Street & SE 5th Avenue. The filling station in the foreground was located where Murray's Grill parking lot once was [ca. 1950]. The Piedmont Hotel was across the street (NE 1st Avenue.) where the Baker Hotel garage building is now [2009]located. The work has just begun clearing the lots. The tower on top of East Mountain is barely visible above the welcome sign that was erected there in 1925. This photograph comes from the Young collection. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39166/
[An Aerial View of Mineral Wells]
A panoramic view of Mineral Wells looking southwest from East Mountain, Poston's Dry Goods store may be seen in the middle left of the picture, and the Old High School, Rock Schoolhouse, and West Ward School are visible next to West Mountain skyline in the upper right corner of the picture. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20305/
First Car of Shale
"First car of shale" is the legend printed on the original photograph. The car bears the marking "H.M.X. 20" on the rear. The picture probably commemorates the opening of Mineral Wells' fledgling brick manufacturing industry, as the appearance of a gentleman wearing a tie and wielding a shovel suggests a celebration of sorts. His attire shown is typical of summertime 1930's dress. The photograph bears the legend that it was restored by A.F. Weaver. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20363/
[A View of Mineral Wells From South Mountain]
A view of Mineral Wells, looking north from South Mountain, taken after 1929, is pictured here. The front of the old Mineral Wells High School is visible in the lower left corner. The Crazy Hotel is just to the right of center. This picture comes from one of 17 (4X4) negatives that were found in an envelope from Charles W. Simonds (Route 5, Box 43, Norman, Oklahoma, 73069), addressed to A.F. Weaver Photography and postmarked Aug. 4, 1975. Also on the envelope were some telephone numbers and the remark "Father - C.W. Simonds (Clarence Winfield)." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20384/
Bank of Mineral Wells
This picture is an undated photograph that appears to have been published in the Mineral Wells Index. It also appears on page 148 of A.F. Weaver's book "TIME WAS In Mineral Wells." The caption reads, "Palo Pinto County Boys' and Girls' Poultry Clubs and the Junior Rotary Band received pure-bred eggs distributed free by the Bank of Mineral Wells. Note the bank has had an addition to its south side." The caption on an earlier picture of the bank states, "D. M. Howard and R. B. Preston opened the first bank in the City, The Bank of Mineral Wells, located at 102 SE 1st Avenue." In a companion picture on p. 148, "TIME WAS ... ", the caption reads,"The Bank of Mineral Wells went broke in 1924. The building was then used by Ball Drug and Massengale's Appliances. The building was torn down to make room for parking in the downtown area." (The City Directory of 1924 lists the bank's location at 102 SE 1st. Avenue. There is no listing of it in the 1927 City Directory.) texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20440/
[R.L. Polk & Co.'s Mineral Wells City Directory, 1920]
The city directory for Mineral Wells, 1920, embraces a complete alphabetical list of business firms and private citizens; a directory of city and county officials, churches, public and private schools, banks, asylums, hospitals, commercial bodies, secret societies, street and avenue guide, etc. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20206/
[The Mineral Wells High School Concert Band]
This picture, showing the concert band of the Mineral Wells High School Marching Band (standing on the steps of the school) was taken around 1922. James Walker Calvert is on the top row at the far right. Mr. Brunswick, the bandleader, is on the front row at the far left. Ellis White is the trombone player on the left. See also "Mineral Wells High School Marching Band." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16361/
"Baker Hotel" Menu
This photograph illustrates an October 1929 menu from the Stephen F. Austin Hotel, a "Baker Hotel" (located in Austin, Texas), similar to the one that opened in Mineral Wells in 1929 is shown here. The Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells was apparently one of a chain of hotels. This menu serves as a reminder of that fact. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16346/
D.W. Griffith Presents "The Birth of a Nation"
This photograph illustrates a souvenir program from the silent motion picture, "The Birth of a Nation, the Most Stupendous and Fascinating Motion Picture Drama Created in the United States. Founded on Thomas Dixon's story 'The Clansman' " The motion picture presents an early 20th-century Southern view of Reconstruction. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21924/
A Brief History or a Statement of Facts of Mineral Wells, Texas
A booklet about the history of Mineral Wells, Texas, from 1881 to 1921. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth21923/
[The Mineral Wells Golf Country Club and Lake]
Please note the men in golf attire standing on bank, one of whom is holding a bag of golf clubs. Knee-length knickers with decorated socks were typical golf wear in the Roaring Twenties. Others are lounging around on the bank between club house and lake on a typical lazy Sunday afternoon. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16269/
[The Crazy Flats Fire]
A note on back of photograph states,"Crazy Water flats fire 1925, March 15th. Picture taken from NE Corner on Oak". Thelma Hart's name appears on back of the picture, which was possibly taken by her husband, as his name, Lawrence, also appears. The picture is included in A. F. Weaver's book, "TIME WAS in Mineral Wells," on page 18. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29445/
[A Panoramic View of Mineral Wells, 1925]
A picture taken in 1925, two months after the Crazy burned. Please note no Crazy Hotel in this picture, but the Crazy Well building in the street did not perish in the flames. Also,please note, across the city on West Mountain, the two buildings owned by the Cavalry, where their horses were kept. The old High School, the "Little Rock School", and the West Ward School are visible in the upper left of the picture at the south end of West Mountain. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29456/
In The Good Old Days
This picture is accompanied by a newspaper article that chronicles the activities of a group of men repairing the public highway between Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto in the year 1920--before the Texas Highway Department was created. Pictured are the following people: Harold Guinn on left with spade. J. L. Miller on truck fender. Standing, left to right: Red Taylor, George Oliver, Johnnie Liveley; Irl Preston and W. T. Tygrett shaking hands, with Joe Dillon standing between them. Also standing in the background are Clarence Wewerkka, W. C. Caldwell, W. I. Smith, and Lawrence Davis. The photograph is listed as courtesy of W. T. Tygrett. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16289/
Two Men at Inspiration Point
Two men are here seen sitting on a bench at Inspiration Point. The photograph is believed to have been taken about the year 1920. The bluffs above the Brazos River are visible in the background. The man at the far left has been identified as Bealer Beard, at one time an owner of a construction company in Mineral wells. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16226/
[Milling's Sanitarium and Water Well ]
The gazebo-like structure shown in the picture protects a water pump in front of the Milling Sanitarium. The sanitarium was built about 1929 on what was then the 2500 block of SE Sixth Avenue. It later became the Irvine Sanitarium. The Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 2399) occupies the building as of 2010. The fate of the structure shown here is unknown. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60948/
The Crazy Well Water Company
This picture shows a photograph of two pages from a water-bottle-shaped brochure about Mineral Wells. The "Appendix" referred to on the verso folio refers to a series of burlesques printed on previous--unseen--pages. The recto folio describes the four types of the water and the various ailments that they are expected to cure. The brochure notes that number four water is purgative, and should be used in moderation, but at frequent intervals. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth60936/
[D. W. Griffith]
D. W. Griffith is shown standing on the roof of the new Crazy Hotel, which opened in 1927 and replaced the First Crazy Hotel which had burned in 1925. Mr. Griffith, who produced silent movies including the "Keystone Kops" comedies, and the classic film "Birth of a Nation", was a guest at the Crazy Hotel while visiting Mineral Wells in 1929. A commemorative postage stamp was issued in his honor on May 27, 1975. Local folklore has it that Mr. Griffith was impressed by the "WELCOME" sign on East Mountain (the world's largest non-commercial, electrically-lighted sign at the time). He developed the "HOLLYWOOD HILLS" addition with other partners when he returned to California, and he erected what is probably the most recognizable landmark in America: The HOLLYWOOD sign now graces Los Angeles. Both signs have survived similar difficult times in their histories. This picture appears on page 19 of A.F. Weaver's "TIME WAS in Mineral Wells", second edition, 1974. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth38073/
[A Street Scene, Taken About the 1930's]
This photograph illustrates the "New" Crazy Hotel on North Oak Avenue, which opened in 1927 after the earlier hotel burned March 15, 1925. Many automobiles typical of the period can be seen on the street. Note the following businesses: The Tom Moore Drug Company, a barber shop, a cafe, Young's Studio, a bath house, and the Crazy Drug. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20448/
The Burro, Yearbook of Mineral Wells High School, 1926
Yearbook for Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas includes photos of and information about the school, student body, teachers, and organizations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth299185/
The Burro, Yearbook of Mineral Wells High School, 1925
Yearbook for Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas includes photos of and information about the school, student body, teachers, and organizations. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth299184/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 11, Ed. 1 Friday, March 8, 1929
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601274/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 8, Ed. 1 Friday, January 13, 1928
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601185/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 3, Ed. 1 Friday, October 14, 1927
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601180/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 11, Ed. 1 Wednesday, March 17, 1926
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601195/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 6, Ed. 1 Friday, November 19, 1926
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601191/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 9, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 18, 1926
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601194/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 18, Ed. 1 Tuesday, May 15, 1928
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601193/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 3, Ed. 1 Friday, October 8, 1926
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601260/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 6, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 23, 1927
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601269/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, December 3, 1926
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601266/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 2, Ed. 1 Friday, September 30, 1927
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601244/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 11, Ed. 1 Friday, March 4, 1927
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601215/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, December 9, 1927
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601214/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 12, Ed. 1 Friday, March 18, 1927
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601216/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 10, Ed. 1 Friday, February 22, 1929
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601213/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 3, Ed. 1 Friday, October 12, 1928
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601204/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 1, Ed. 1 Monday, September 13, 1926
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601209/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 5, Ed. 1 Friday, November 2, 1928
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601206/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 2, Ed. 1 Friday, September 24, 1926
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601235/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 10, Ed. 1 Friday, February 18, 1927
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601231/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 4, Ed. 1 Friday, October 26, 1928
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601238/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 13, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 14, 1926
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601239/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 1, Ed. 1 Monday, September 12, 1927
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601236/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 15, Ed. 1 Friday, April 29, 1927
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601257/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 9, Ed. 1 Friday, February 10, 1928
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601250/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 10, Ed. 1 Friday, February 24, 1928
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601254/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 15, No. 5, Ed. 1 Friday, November 4, 1927
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601259/
The Tattler (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, April 1, 1927
Student newspaper from Mineral Wells High School in Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local and school news along with advertising. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601253/
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