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[Sepha Helen Edmunds in a school photograph in 1891]
A group photograph of school children, including Helen Edmunds Moore, at the age of 11. Twenty-nine children, including both boys and girls, are arranged in three rows for the group photograph. The children are dressed in dress clothing, with the girls wearing long dresses, and the boys wearing long-sleeved shirts and dark pants. Some of the girls wear pinafores over their dresses; some of the boys wear suit jackets. One child, in the middle of the picture, is noticeably younger than the others and still wears the long white clothes of a very young child. Boys in the first row sit cross-legged on the ground. Helen Edmunds Moore is in the second row, fourth from the left with a handwritten "x me" below her torso. On the back of the photograph is written: "Jack Louden, Ed Sitzler, Clifford Everett, Tod Kirk, Robert Henry Heraker 1891 Nina Fyfe, Nellie Sharp, Josie Fish, Daisy Eteen, Susie [Eteen], Gladys Jacobs, Mariah Deathrige, Ora Zeigler, Zelma Eldridge, Lettie Chandler, Jennie Gray, Sepha Helen Edmunds 11 years of age." Stamped on the back of the photograph is "W. W. Graham, View Artist, 1431 Walnut St., Tel. 1440, Kansas City, Mo." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15220/
Just arrived - waiting orders, Texas City, Texas
A group of 24 soldiers, 4 adult males in civilian clothing and 6 boys are sitting or standing in front of a building. A soldier on the far right stands astride a bicycle. Wording on photo front "Just arrived waiting orders Texas City Texas" The inscription "Higby photo No. 1310" is written on the bottom right corner. The building is probably the train depot. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11523/
Lt. T.D. Milling and Lt. Sherman landing at Texas City, Tex.
Pilot and co-pilot are seated in a biplane on an airfield. Large tents are visible in distance on right. Wording on front of image reads "Lt T.D. Milling and Lt Sherman landing at Texas City Tex. after breaking American duration and distance record. Left T.C. Fri March 28th 2:15 pm arrived San Antonio 5:37 pm landed at 630 left S.A. Mon 1:15 pm arr T.C. 512 pm [copyright symbol] by Higby photo no. 1." Year is 1913, known from other sources. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11517/
Storm at Texas City, Aug. 16th, 1915
Remains of a wooden structure with only a portion of two walls still standing appears in the photo foreground. The structure is surrounded by wooden debris. Two other long wooden structures stand behind this structure, one of which is heavily damaged. In the background are four one-story houses and two power poles. Only one partially collapsed wall of the left-most house is visible. Four soldiers are standing amid the wreckage and debris. Flooded fields are visible in the distance. Wording on photo front "Storm at Texas City Aug 16th, 1915 Higby photo." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11527/
Storm at Texas City, Tex.
A residential area is shown with scattered debris in the foreground. On the left is a large pile of debris from a destroyed wooden structure. Beyond that is a one story house leaning precariously to the right, braced up at the right rear corner by a board wedged in between the roof and the ground at a sharp angle. Two people are sitting on the porch of the house holding children on their laps. An animal, probably a dog, is standing to the right of the house. Two other buildings are visible behind and on the right of the damaged house, with one other building on the left. Wooden boards in the foreground have been placed as walkways over watery areas. Wording on photo front "Storm at Texas City Tex. Aug. 16th, 1915. Photo by Higby." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11533/
Storm at Texas City, Tex.
Two automobiles with passengers driving along a flooded roadway. Heavily damaged buildings are surrounded by debris and flooding. Wording on photo front "Storm at Texas City Tex. Aug 16th 1915. Photo by Higby." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11540/
Suttle Building after the storm at Texas City, Tex.
A two-story brick building with heavy structural damage visible to the front of the second story and the windows. Building debris is piled in front of the building and on the front of the second floor. A telephone pole still stands in the center of the picture, and a soldier faces the building at the front far-left corner. Written on the photo is the caption "Suttle Bld. after the storm at Texas City Tex. Aug 16/15. Photo by Higby." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11544/
Twenty-sixth Infantry Band now at Texas City
Twenty three soldiers in uniform stand in two rows in a semicircle holding brass and woodwind musical instruments. Metal music stands are arranged in front of the soldiers. Another soldier stands facing the camera in front of a music stand while holding a musical conductor's baton in one hand. Wording on photo front :"26t Inf. Band. Texas City Higby Photo." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11549/
Aviation field and machines First Aero Squadron Texas
An airplane with pilot and co-pilot in helmets are sitting at controls of the biplane. Eight other ground crew in uniform and hats are posing for photograph standing in front of airplane. Large tents are seen in the background. People in distance on right are standing or sitting on a wall with advertising on it. "Wright C, SC-14 with 1/Lts. Roy Kirtland pilot and Hugh Kelly student, Texas City, Texas March 1913. Lt. Kelly would be killed in SC-14 with pilot Lt. E.L. Ellington in San Diego, California, 24 November 1913"--p. 123 1st Aero Squadron in Texas City, Texas / by Douglas E. Edwards in Over the Front : Journal of the League of World War I Aviation Historians, v. 13, no. 2, Summer 1998. "Aviation field and machines First Aero Squadron Texas, M. Lurer (?) photo copy ger (?)"--label on image. USAF Museum photo. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11555/
4th Field Artillery & Engineers Camp, Texas City, Texas, 1914
Panoramic view of army camp with many large tents and some wooden buildings. A water tower and other buildings and residences are visible in the distance. Printing on front of image is "4th Field Artillery & Engineers Camp, Texas City, Texas, 1914." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11515/
[A portrait of a young Helen Edmunds Moore]
A portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore as a teenager. She wears a long-sleeved white blouse with large cuffs over her long sleeves and a long white skirt. A pocket watch is pinned to her blouse and a small piece of jewelry is pinned at her neck. She stands with her right hand held behind her back. On the matte frame of the photograph is printed "Naschke 15th & Church Sts. Galveston, Texas." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15252/
[A portrait of Col. Hugh B. Moore in military uniform]
A formal portrait of Col. Hugh B. Moore in his Army uniform showing his service medals. Col. Moore has his arms crossed in front and wears a leather shoulder strap as part of the uniform. He has three service medals pinned above the left breast pocket of his uniform tunic. In the lower right corner, below the portrait, is written: "Naschke Galveston". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15228/
[A portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore]
A formal portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore looking toward the left. Mrs. Moore is seated in an upholstered chair with arms. She holds an open book in her hand, and wears a single strand of pearls, a brooch and a bar pin, over a pleated skirt ensemble. She is wearing a short hairstyle, pinned back on the sides. From other photographs and the style of the clothes Mrs. Moore is wearing, it appears that this portrait was taken during the period of her service with the Texas Legislature (1928-1936). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15262/
[A portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore]
A formal portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore, sitting in an upholstered chair with arms. Mrs. Moore holds an open book in her hand, and wears a single strand of pearls, a brooch and a bar pin, over a pleated skirt ensemble. She is wearing a short hairstyle. On the bottom of the photograph is written: "To my dear friend Mary - Mrs. H. B. Moore "Indian". From other photographs and the style of the clothes Mrs. Moore is wearing, it appears that this portrait was taken during the period of her service with the Texas Legislature (1928-1936). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15247/
[A portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore]
A portrait of Helen Edmunds Moore looking to the right. Mrs. Moore wears a short hairstyle, parted on the left. She wears a tweed jacket over a blouse with a bar pin at the v-neckline. She is also wearing a string of pearls. On the back of the photograph is written: "Photo by Naschke." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15254/
[A profile portrait of Col. Hugh B. Moore in military uniform]
A portrait in profile of Col. Hugh B. Moore in uniform wearing his service medals. Col. Moore wears a dress uniform with three service medals pinned over the left breast pocket of his uniform tunic. In the right bottom corner of the portrait is embossed "Naschke, Galveston." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15229/
[The family of Helen Edmunds Moore around 1890]
A group of six women and four men are gathered in an outside location, four standing and the rest sitting, for this group photograph. All are dressed in formal clothes - the men are wearing suits, the women wear long dark dresses or long-sleeved white blouses and long skirts. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15222/
[Col. Hugh B. Moore and another Army officer in France]
A full length portrait of Col. Hugh B. Moore in Army uniform with hands behind his back. On his right, stands an unknown Army officer with crossed arms. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15240/
[A portrait of Col. Hugh B. Moore in uniform]
A portrait of Col. Hugh B. Moore in Army uniform. The portrait has no background, but is mounted in the center of tan cardboard stock mat with an embossed stamp in the lower right corner reading "Photographie Victor Hugo 130 Avenue Victor Hugo." The folded cover paper has a round stamp affixed on the front which reads "Rancoule, Paris, 130 Av. Victor Hugo." The portrait was apparently taken in Paris, France during Col. Moore's service on General Pershing's staff. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15230/
[A portrait of Willie Wedell & John Anizan]
A formal portrait of two men. The man on the left, identified on the back as Willie Wedell, is sitting on a stool. The man on the right, identified as John Anizan, is standing with his right hand resting on the other man's left shoulder. Both men are dressed in two-piece dark suits with white dress shirts and bowties. Their jackets are open. John Anizan wears a pocket watch clipped to his jacket lapel and a pen or pencil in his jacket pocket. On the back of the postcard is written: "Dear Sister This Picture was taken when I come from worke Dont I look bored I got fired last night and put Back to work again Wel BYBY Wm. J. Wedell." The postcard is stamped "Savannah Photo Co. 24 E. Broughton Savannah Ga." It is addressed to Mrs. A. Pike Texas City Texas. The card is postmark stamped: "May 28 1913 5 - PM Savannah Ga." Written in ink over the back of the postcard are " X John Anizan brother of Tony" and "X Willie Wedell." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15339/
[Helen Edmunds Moore in her later years]
A close-up photograph of Helen Moore in her later years. Mrs. Moore is wearing a tweed coat over a sweater. She is sitting down and has a black purse by her side. She wears a black beret-type hat and is wearing glasses. On the back of the photograph is written: "Taken by Dr. Verrett." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15243/
23rd Infantry Camp D Texas City, Tex.
Several groups of soldiers in full uniform are gathered in a field. Wording on photo front: "23rd Inf. Camp D Texas City, Tex." The symbol "B4." appears in the lower right-hand corner of the image. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11522/
23rd Infantry just arriving at Texas City, Texas
A large group of soldiers in full uniform including greatcoats and weapons stands in three rough lines facing the camera. Wording on photo front:" 23rd Inf. just arriving at Texas City Texas." The symbol "B5." is written in the lower right-hand corner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11520/
[4th Artillery Camp]
Soldiers gather between two rows of large tents busy with a variety of tasks. In the center foreground two soldiers sit on chairs near a table. Equipment and gear including a wheel and a strapped bundle are scattered in a rough circle in front of the table. Smoke is blowing from beyond that table to the left. In the right rear, approximately twenty soldiers are standing in a rough line moving toward soldiers at another table. In the middle rear, soldiers gather near another table in front of another large tent. Wording on photo back "Texas City, Tx Aug 16, 1915 4th Art. Camp." Based on other photographs taken on Aug. 16, 1915, the day a hurricane struck and decimated the camp, it is most likely that this particular photo was taken before the date on the photo back or well after. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11528/
4th Artillery Headquarters after the hurricane, Texas City
A group of soldiers sit and stand on a pile of wooden debris in a pathway between two rows of wooden Army buildings. The building on the left has no roof, but the roof beams remain. Soldiers have rolled-up sleeves, unbuttoned tunics and one soldier is hatless. Wording on phot front "4th Art. Hdqs. after the hurricane, Texas City." Wording in pencil on photo back "Aug. 16, 1915." The number "10." is written in the right hand corner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11534/
[Across from the Seatrain loading crane after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A view of the dock area and shorelines across from the Seatrain loading crane after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. Clouds of white smoke cover the horizon, and smoke still rises from the debris. The Seatrain loading crane is visible on the far right. Directly across the water from it, unseen firefighters direct a stream of water toward burning debris near shore. The area in the foreground is covered with debris of all kinds including metal and wooden pieces, wire cabling, and an unknown product in fabric bags. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11746/
[Aerial view from the railroad yard after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
A elevated shot from the rail yards toward the port. View is from above a line of freight cars in the rail yard. Debris lies piled along the line of cars to the far right of the picture. Several men stand on top of one of the cars, while several more stand amid the metal debris below. Another line of rail cars loaded with uniform loads of large forms stands on a parallel set of tracks. In the distance is the grain elevator, a smokestack, two large water towers and the loading structures at the port. Heavy smoke clouds blowing left to right can be seen coming from the port area. The number "#3" is written in the lower right hand corner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11869/
[An aerial view near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Clouds of very heavy black smoke cover the port area of Texas City after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. An aerial view of some of the residences near the port can be seen in the lower right hand portion of the photograph. On the reverse side is written "Texas City a few hours after the Grandcamp exploded." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11686/
[An aerial view of a residential area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
Layers of thick black and white smoke hang over the residential area of Texas City after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. In the distance, can be seen a storage tank farm. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11685/
[An aerial view of American Oil storage tanks in Texas City in 1934]
An aerial view of two large round black storage tanks of American Oil in Texas City in 1934. In the foreground are other refinery structures. Behind the large storage tanks can be seen some one-story buildings. Further back can be seen some homes and other structures. On the horizon can be seen other structures and the water tower. On the back of the photograph is written in pencil :"2-12-34". Taped to the back of the photograph is a label that reads: "Donated to Texas City Historical Committee by American Oil Company September 15, 1971." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15333/
[Aerial view of burning refinery structures during the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of burning refinery structures near the port during the Texas City Disaster. Huge clouds of black smoke obscure much of the picture. Two sections of smoke, one in the lower middle, and one on the right, burn white. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11814/
[Aerial view of burning storage tanks after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of burning storage tanks on a storage tank farm near the port in Texas City during the Texas City Disaster. Large clouds of heavy black and white smoke are rising from several of the tanks. A number of the tanks show visible compression and explosion damage. The caption on back of this photograph reads: "White smoke rises for a fire that is burning out. The thick black smoke is being fed by all manner of petroleum products." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11813/
[An aerial view of construction in Texas City in 1934]
An aerial view of several construction sites in Texas City. At the bottom left, the foundation of a large building is in place and several men are walking within the building perimeters. At the bottom right the concrete walls and internal supports of another building have been built. About mid-picture the first floor of a large industrial building has been completed. A line of automobiles are parked along a wide dirt road between the construction sites. These sites appear to be refinery buildings and lines of pipelines, and power poles, surrounded by security fencing can be seen. In the background are scattered houses. On the back of the photograph in pencil is written :"1-13-34." Taped to the back of the photograph is a label reading "Donated to Texas City Historical Committee by American Oil Company Sept. 15, 1971" texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15330/
[Aerial view of Nessler pool in the early 1950s]
An aerial view of the Nessler swimming pool. Many people are in the pool. A few people are on or near three sets of bleachers along the side of the pool. To the left of the pool is a tennis court with about ten people playing or watching tennis. A bus and a truck are parked near the building near the front of the pool. Approximately 20 cars are parked in a cleared lot near the street. On the reverse side of the photograph is written: "Nessler Pool" (early 1950's) texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11845/
[Aerial view of refinery and port facilities before the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of a portion of the Texas City port area before the 1947 disaster including the SeaTrain loading crane, warehouses, refinery facilities, and storage tanks. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11847/
[Aerial view of refinery facilities and the storage tank farm before the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the refinery facilities and the storage tank farm in Texas City before the 1947 Disaster. The smoke stack and power house is also visible on the far left. A residential area can be seen on the far right in the distance. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11844/
[Aerial view of refinery structures after the 1947 Texas City disaster]
An aerial view of Republic's refinery facilities after the 1947 Disaster. In the foreground, the large spherical liquid petroleum tank has been visibly damaged on the left and top portions of the sphere. A spiralling stairway runs from the ground to the top of the tank. Behind the tank are other refinery pipelines and structures, and a line of freight cars. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11911/
[Aerial view of refinery structures near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of refinery structures at the port after the explosions and fires. The Seatrain loading crane is visible in the lower left corner. White and black smoke still rise from burning areas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11738/
[Aerial view of refinery structures near the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the Monsanto building and the refinery facilities near the port after the explosions. Dark gray smoke streams from a burning structure near the tall refinery towers. The Monsanto building is very heavily damaged. The Seatrain loading crane is visible on the far left. On the reverse side of the photograph is written: "Site of explosion - looking west. Shows damage to Monsanto plant and port facilities." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11737/
[Aerial view of refinery structures, storage tanks, and port facilities after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port area of Texas City after the explosions. Residences can be seen in the lower right corner. Beyond and to the left of those homes are refinery structures. Beyond those structures are the piers and docks of the port area. Thick heavy clouds of black smoke come from burning storage tanks to the right of the docks. Thick white smoke comes from the dock areas. Through a gap between the black and white smoke streams can be seen a number of storage tanks. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11812/
[Aerial view of Texas City after the 1915 hurricane]
An aerial view of part of Texas City after the 1915 hurricane. The Oklahoma Hotel is in the foreground of the picture. A building in back of the hotel has been demolished and lies in ruins on the ground. Other buildings in the photograph, including houses and other larger buildings, do not show visible structural damage. An automobile is driving on a wide road, across from the hotel, at the lower left of the photograph. In the lower right hand corner, the following information has been written on the photograph : Texas City Texas 9-28- Photo copyrighted 1915 by Martin Blandford 1542 Williams St. Denver, Colo." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15206/
[Aerial view of Texas City after the 1915 hurricane]
An aerial view of Texas City looking towards the port after the hurricane of 1915. One and two story houses line the streets. Most houses are made of wood. Some damage is visible to fences and smaller buildings, but little structural damage is noticeable for most of the buildings. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15203/
[Aerial view of Texas City after the 1915 hurricane]
An aerial view of Texas City after the 1915 storm, looking toward the port. At the far right is a wide, straight street with an automobile and two trolley cars traveling down the street. In the background on the left are houses, with little damage visible. In the lower right hand corner, in the back yard of a two-story building is some wooden debris from a small structure that has been demolished. Further up the wide street on the left is a long one-story building raised on posts with a large number of windows. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15205/
[Aerial view of Texas City after the 1915 hurricane]
An aerial view of Texas City, looking toward the grain elevator and the smokestack, after the 1915 hurricane. One and two story houses are laid out along a grid of dirt roads. Damage to fences and some outbuildings is visible. About mid-photograph, a large one story building has had its roof heavily damaged, and about half the building has collapsed. In the distance on the horizon can be seen the grain elevator, the smokestack and the water tower. This photograph is believed to be one of several copyrighted in 1915 by Martin Blandford of Denver Colorado. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15207/
[An aerial view of the American Oil storage tank farm in Texas City in 1935]
An aerial photograph of the white and black storage tanks in the American Oil Tank farm in Texas City. Some other refinery buildings can be seen about mid-photograph, behind the storage tanks. On the back of the photograph is written in pencil "1935." Taped to the back of the photograph is a label reading "Donated to Texas City Historical Committee by American Oil Company September 15, 1971." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth15332/
[Aerial view of the burning Monsanto plant after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view from the north of part of the Monsanto refinery and processing compound with flames visible in several areas and huge clouds of very dark smoke covering most of the photograph. Storage tanks, pipeline control facilities, and two towers can be identified. On the far right in the background are two water towers. The number "#46" is written in the lower right corner. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11883/
[Aerial view of the burning Monsanto plant after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the refinery structures near the coastline during the Texas City Disaster. Enormous plumes of very heavy black smoke fills most of the image. Flames from a burning storage tank can be seen near the middle of the photograph. Beyond and to the right, through a break in the heavy smoke, can be seen rows of round storage tanks. On the right, a portion of a road with right angle bend can be seen. There are many vehicles parked along the sides of the road. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11811/
[An aerial view of the docks and slips at the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the boat slips and dock areas impacted by the explosions. Dock area structures near the slips have been totally destroyed and rubble and debris is readily visible. On the far right foreground, refinery tower structures can be seen. In the far right background are the storage tanks of the tank farm. Huge clouds of thick dark smoke and smaller clouds of white smoke blow left to right. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11679/
[Aerial view of the grain elevator, the Monsanto building and the Wilson B. Keene after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the grain elevator, the damaged Monsanto building, the Seatrain loading crane and the port area after the 1947 Texas City Disaster. The ruined hull of the Wilson B. Keene is partially submerged at Slip 1. In the lower left hand corner is a badly crushed storage tank. The Longhorn II resting on dry ground is visible near the middle of the picture. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11729/
[Aerial view of the hull of the Wilson B. Keene after the 1947 Texas City Disaster]
An aerial view of the port after the 1947 Texas City Disaster showing the ruined hull of the Wilson B. Keene. The dock and wharf structures lining both sides of this slip have been leveled. On the reverse of the photograph is written: "Hull of the Wilson B. Keene visible in boat slip adjacent to the slip where the Grandcamp exploded". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth11732/
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