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  Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
 County: Palo Pinto County, TX
 Decade: 1940-1949
[The Crazy Water Company - Stock Certificate]

[The Crazy Water Company - Stock Certificate]

Date: September 23, 1948
Creator: unknown
Description: A certificate for 250 shares of Capital Stock in the Crazy Water Company, that once belonged to Boyce Ditto is shown here.
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[The Crazy Water Crystal Factory]

[The Crazy Water Crystal Factory]

Date: 1940?
Creator: unknown
Description: Shown here is an interior view of the Crazy Crystals Plant. "Crazy Water" was evaporated, and the dissolved solids precipitated as crystals which were then packaged and shipped all over the United States, Canada, England and Australia. By dissolving the Crazy Water crystals in water, the purchaser was able to reconstitute "mineral water" and secure the benefits of one of the earliest "instant" beverages without the added cost of the supplying company's shipping water.
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[The First Air-Mail Service to Mineral Wells]

[The First Air-Mail Service to Mineral Wells]

Date: 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: The first batch of airmail arrived in Mineral Wells, 1947, 6:30 pm. Individuals from left are: John Chamberlain, Manager of the Chamber of Commerce, Fred Parnell, Bill Cameron, of the Index, Fred Brown, Manager of the Baker Hotel, Mayor John Miller, an unidentified pilot, D.C. Harris, Postmaster (holding the mail bag) and R. T. Jones. The airplane in the background, a Cessna 190, was probably the one used to transport the mail. It appeared to be a cold day, as the officials are all wearing coats. (A negative accompanying this picture depicted a "Christmas rush at the old Post Office")
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 [A High School Coronation, 1947]

[A High School Coronation, 1947]

Date: 1947
Creator: unknown
Description: The High School Coronation of 1947 had its picture taken in the Convention Hall. The photograph was taken by Du-Caan Studios, Mineral Wells, Texas. The people involved--with two possible exceptions--are not known. [written on the back in pencil: Barbara Bowman Barbara Weaver]
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KORC 1140 On Your Dial

KORC 1140 On Your Dial

Date: 1946
Creator: unknown
Description: A picture of a KORC-KBS Microphone--"1140 on your dial" is shown here. Mineral Wells' radio history dates back to the 1930's when Mr. Hal Collins, owner of the Crazy Hotel, began sponsoring broadcasts originating in the hotel lobby. The radio station was founded and owned by Mr. Achilles Corcanges, and aired its first broadcast on December 5, 1946. Radio station KMWT-FM began broadcasting from Mineral Wells in 1970. The broadcasts were aired nationwide, at noon daily, over the Texas Quality Network. It advertised Crazy Water Crystals. Both stations' call letters were changed in 1983 to KJAS-AM and KYXS-FM. Many show business luminaries appeared on the shows. For instance, Mary Martin of Weatherford began her singing/acting career here.
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The Last Days of Camp Wolters, 15 August 1946

The Last Days of Camp Wolters, 15 August 1946

Date: August 15, 1946
Creator: Coing, Edward E.
Description: This pamphlet describes the last eight months of Camp Wolters, during which time it was closed down, and its personnel were transferred to positions in other places. The notation "CW 41-46 (7)" invites interpretation.
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The Longhorn (Camp Wolters, Tex.), Vol. 5, No. 15, Ed. 1 Friday, October 5, 1945

The Longhorn (Camp Wolters, Tex.), Vol. 5, No. 15, Ed. 1 Friday, October 5, 1945

Date: October 5, 1945
Creator: Eddins, Sgt. Howard B.
Description: Weekly newspaper from Camp Wolters, Mineral Wells, Texas that includes news of interest to United States Army personnel at Camp Wolters.
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[Mineral Wells High School]

[Mineral Wells High School]

Date: 1940
Creator: unknown
Description: This view of Mineral Wells High School, taken from the east in 1940, shows the 1884 "Little Rock School House" (Mineral Wells' first public school) on the north side of the high school. The larger school was built at 101 NW 5th Avenue in 1915. The second high school in Mineral Wells, it still [2008] stands. Three other high schools have been built since the last class graduated from this one in 1955. It is now the property of The Fifty Year Club of Mineral Wells, and it is being restored.
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Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 924, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 19, 1945

Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 924, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 19, 1945

Date: July 19, 1945
Creator: Cameron, W. P.
Description: Daily newspaper from Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local, state and national news along with extensive advertising.
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Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 105, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 20, 1946

Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 105, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 20, 1946

Date: February 20, 1946
Creator: Graham, R. J.
Description: Daily newspaper from Mineral Wells, Texas that includes local, state and national news along with extensive advertising.
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