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Colquitt Spoon
Actual spoon belonging to Alice M. Colquitt, wife of Robert K. Colquitt. They had a large ranch in Presidio County. "A.M. Colquitt" is engraved on the back of the handle. 1847 Roger Bros. 12 stamped on the back of the handle as well. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39550/
Alabama Land Deed with President Buchanan's Signature
Photograph of a Alabama land deed for 220 acres belonging to Garrison Deens. it is signed by President James Buchanan on November 1, 1858. Mr. Deens sold this land to James O. Sellers in 1859 or 1860. Mr. Sellers was Ethel Bryant's grandfather. This photo was included in a research paper by Mike Shurley for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1968. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87416/
[Row of Officers' Houses, Fort Davis]
This is a photograph of a row of 8 nearly identical houses. Each house has a white front with a short flight of stairs from the ground to a porch surrounded by white pillars. There is a mountain behind the row of houses and the foreground is covered in desert scrub. The back of the photograph is labeled: "1871 Picture of Fort Davis, The Row of Officers' Houses" texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40194/
[Wedding photo of Hadji "Hi Jolly" Ali and Gertrudis Serna]
Photo of Hadji Ali ("Hi Jolly") and his new bride in Tuscon, Arizona. Ali is sitting while his bride is standing to his left. Hadji Ali was also known as Philip Tedro. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39490/
Antonio Lieck Briam
Portrait of Antonio Lieck Briam in 1885, the year she married Louis Briam. She is wearing a dress with a collar and a belt. Her hair is pulled back. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87551/
Louis Briam
Portrait of Louis Briam in 1885. He is wearing a suit and tie. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87549/
[Cavalry]
This photograph is of a group of cavalrymen out on drill. There are many soldiers, ranged on the slope of a mountain and wearing dark uniforms and hats. Several of the men are standing with horses in the back or to the side. Two of the men have pins on their collars, showing that they are marksmen. Behind the men, there are rocks and desert plants. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40185/
Warranty Deed
Warranty Deed granting land in the town of Marfa from R.E. Russell to William Russell on April 12, 1886. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39426/
The Children's Entertainment
Small card listing items in a program to entertain children in Marfa, Texas on November 20, 1891. Included are songs, tableaux, drills, and a minuet. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39384/
[Father Brocardus in 1892]
Photograph of Father Brocardus at the Fort Davis Parish. He is wearing a full cassock and a clerical collar. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39714/
Abstract of Judgement, 1892, Bexar County
Abstract of Judgment for S. Deutsch & Co. vs. T.F. Chapman et als, October 1892 in Bexar County, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88190/
Amy Rawlston L. Bunton, 1893
Photograph of Amy Rawlston L. Bunton in 1893. She wears a shirt with buttons. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87718/
Lucius Bunton,Sr., 1893
Studio photograph of Lucius Bunton sitting in a chairwearing tall boots in 1993. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87501/
[James B. Gillett in 1894]
Side profile of Texas Ranger James B. Gillett.He was stationed for most of his life in West Texas and experienced much of the humor that was and is typical of the area. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39450/
Lizzie Healy Crosson
Photograph made in new Orleans of Lizzie Healy Crosson in 1894. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39818/
Atascosa County Jail
Photograph of Atascosa County Jail. Unidentified individuals stand outside the building. A horse and carriage stand in the street beside the building.The jail was torn down in the 1950's. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88208/
Father Francisco Maas
Photograph of Father Francisco Maas from the Diocese of San Antonio, 1895. He wears a long cassock and holds a small book. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87862/
[Father Franco Mass in full cassock in 1895]
Father Franco Mass in 1895. He was the first parrish priest of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Marfa, Texas. He is dressed in a full cassock. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39715/
[Rev. William B. Bloys family]
Photograph of the William B. Bloys family. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40066/
Eloise Young Briam
Portrait of Eloise Young Briam in 1896. She holds a bouquet of roses. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87556/
[Deed For Lot No. 1 in Pleasanton]
Letter from F. M. Mansfield and J. N. Murphey to A. G. Martin containing the deed for Lot No. 1 in Pleasanton, Texas. The letter concerns the transferring of a deed for land in Pleasanton, Texas by the First Baptist Church. Also attached to the letter is a form signed by a notary public. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88273/
Field Notes of a Survey
Survey report about land in Atascosa County, Texas, for A. M. Avant. The report describes the results of a survey of land situated on the waters of Metah Creek, a tributary of La Parita River, about 12 miles southeast of Pleasanton, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88271/
[Letter From A. Oppenheimer to A. M. Avant]
Letter to A. M. Avant from A. Oppenheimer concerning a transfer of money. Attached to the letter is a notary public form. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88272/
Mamie Crosson
Photograph made in 1898 in El Paso of Mamie Crosson wearing a fancy hat with flowers on it. She also wears glasses. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39819/
[Ventura Contreras marriage license]
Marriage license from 1898, joining "Ventura" Contreras and Angelita Madrid in marriage. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39559/
[Group of Tents Under a Tree]
This photograph shows a group of at least four white tents in a field filled with short grass and bushes. Directly in front of the tents is a wire fence with wooden posts. Behind the tents, there is a large tree to the right, with a roof on posts over a group of people. To the left of the people, there is a covered wagon partially visible and possibly a second wagon to the far left of the photograph. In the distance, there are more trees and mountains. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Tents, chuck box, and cook, covered arbor to shade eating area. About 1900." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth40034/
Photo of Lorina Cruz
Photograph of Lorina Cruz on the day of her wedding, June 18, 1900. She wears a dark dress, a white hat and large pearl earrings. She married Delfine Juarez. This photo was included in a research paper by Frankie Quintanas for a history class at Marfa High School in 1968. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39716/
The Crosson Family at Goat Mountain Ranch
Photograph of the Crosson family at the Goat Mountain Ranch in 1901. Pictured L-R, are Lizzie, Johnny, George, Jr., Charlie, and W. W. Davis. The others are unknown. This photo was included in a research paper by Jon Polson for an American History class at Marfa High School in January 1978. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39457/
William Edward Bunton, 1901
Photograph of William Edward Bunton as a baby in 1901. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87517/
[Letter From John Harris to A. M. Avant]
Letter from John W. Harris to A. M. Avant, Esq. The letter concerns blueprints of properties sold and unsold. The letter is on Harris & Rogers Insurance Agents letterhead. The letter is dated January 22, 1901. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88265/
1901 store order of Thomas Crosson sent to Murphy & Walker bank
Informal order blank used by Thomas Clement Crosson in 1901. The order was sent to Murphy & Walker, a general store and bank located in Marfa, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth39807/
[Miss Blanche Avant's Teaching Certificate]
Teaching Certificate belonging to Miss Blance Avant of Pleasanton, Texas. Signed the 25th day of June 1901. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88176/
[West Texas Military Academy Dance Card, 1908-1909]
Dance Card with pencil from West Texas Military Academy in 1908-1908.Inside is a place to list dance partners for the Waltz and Two-Step. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88177/
William Edward Bunton, 1902
Photograph of William Edward Bunting as a young child in 1902. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87519/
Church History Book III
Book handwritten by Blanche Avant titled, "Church History Book III." The book concerns the history of Christianity during the sixteenth century. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88277/
Church History: Book IV
Journal written by Blanche Avant titled, "Church History, Book IV," about the history of the Episcopal church. The final pages of the journal contain recipes. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88275/
Bunton Family Photo in 1903
Photograph of Bunton family members Bill, Mr. Lucius Bunton, Sr.; Lucius Jr.; unknown; Amy; Emma; Belle; Sam; Joe; Oren; and unknown in 1903. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87505/
Pete Aguilar as a Baby
Photograph of Pete Aguilar as a baby in 1903. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88053/
Sheriff's Posse in Atascosa County, Texas, 1903
Photograph of a Sheriff's posse in Atascosa County, Texas in 1903. The men stand with their rifles in hand, in front of the jail around their prisoner, the bandit "Gomez" who sits in a chair. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88162/
Texas Sheriff's Association Convention
Photograph of a Convention of the Texas Sheriff's Association. A.M. Avant, is second from the right on the front row. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88237/
Texas Sheriff's Association Convention, 1903
Photograph of the 1903 Convention of the Texas Sheriff's Association. A.M. Avant, the President is in the center, his name is written in ink on the photo. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88236/
[Letter From John W. Harris to A. M. Avant]
Letter from John W. Harris to A. M. Avant, Esq., concerning rent for land in Atascosa County. The letter is dated April 24, 1903 and is written on Harris & Rogers Insurance letterhead. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88267/
Loula Bunton, 1904
Photograph of Loula Bunton wearing a dark dress with lace collar and cuffs in 1904. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87506/
Lucius Bunton,Sr. and son 1904
Photograph of Lucius D. Bunton, SR. and his son Lucius Jr. They stand by a horse and buggy in 1904. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87504/
Schoolchildren in Ruidosa, Texas in 1904
Photograph of students at Ruidosa School in 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Middleton are in the background. This photo was included in a research paper by Cynthia Lee Rogers for an American History class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87605/
Students from San Antonio Female College
Photograph of eleven students at San Antonio Female College, Class of 1904. The women wear formal dresses. Blanche Avant is the second from the left in the top row. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88240/
[Marfa's Private School, 1905]
Photograph of school children in April 1905. They are outside the school building in Marfa, Texas. The teachers, Elena Lopez and her sister Fe Lopez, stand in the doorway. Written on the blackboard in the photo, "Marfa's Private School, April 6, 1905" texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87867/
Annual Catalog of the Pleasanton High School Term of 1906 and 1907
Annual catalog of the Pleasanton High School for 1906 and 1907. It contains a description of Atascosa County, courses of study for grades one through ten, and features many local advertisements. The name Ben S. Avant is written in pencil on the front cover. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88180/
Emma Golding Bunton,1902
Photograph of Emma Golding Bunton in 1902.This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth87512/
The Gulf Coast of Texas, The Winter Vegetable Garden of America
"The Gulf Coast of Texas" is a booklet published by the Passenger Traffic Department of the Rock Island-Frisco Lines. Chapters include: As to Texas,South Texas in General,What the Land is Like, Crops and Their Returns, Is South Texas a Citrus Region?, The Important Question of Markets, Some Specific Performances, The Question of Cost, The Question of Labor, As to Health and Comfort, Towns of the South Texas Coast, North of the Nueces and The Way to Southern Texas. Included ate two maps, one of the Texas coast and one of the Rock Island-Frisco Railroad Lines. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth88194/
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