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Palestine City Directory, 1898-1899

Palestine City Directory, 1898-1899

Date: 1898
Creator: Hensley-Arnold Co.
Description: Containing an alphabetically arranged list of business firms and private citizens. A classified list of all trades, professions and pursuits. A street and avenue guide. A miscellaneous directory of city officials, public schools, churches, secret and benevolent societies, etc.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Andrew L. Bowers]

[Andrew L. Bowers]

Date: 1897
Creator: unknown
Description: Andrew L. Bowers was born in 1852 in North Carolina. Upon moving to Texas, his first job was as a day laborer on an iron bridge at Columbus, TX. He was eighteen years of age. At nineteen he was promoted to foreman, with the Delaware Bridge Company. Afterward, he worked for the railroads, steadily climbing their ranks until he reached the position of Superintendent of Construction for the Northwest division, covering the area from Spring to Fort Worth. He eventually left the railroad, resigning to look after his investments. He became interested in the Salt Works of Palestine, helping to develop that important new enterprise and serving as its first president. He married Nellie O’Connell, on May 31, 1882 in Corsicana. They were the parents of five children: Irene, Mabel, Andrew Jr., Willie, and Bernard. In 1890, the need for a Building and Loan Association became acute in this section, and Mr. Bowers, along with several others, organized the Mechanics’ Building and Loan Association. This was one of the earliest organizations of the kind in the state of Texas. In 1906 he bought from Governor Thomas M. Campbell, a controlling interest in the Palestine National Bank and was made president. ...
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[Interior of the First National Bank - Palestine]

[Interior of the First National Bank - Palestine]

Date: September 1893
Creator: unknown
Description: Interior photo of the First National Bank taken in September 1893. People identified in the photo are: Ed Caldwell, W.P. McMeans, Dr. Colley, Ed Stedman, L. Gooch, J.D. Grigsby and George A. Wright.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Unidentified Lady Playing a Banjo]

[Unidentified Lady Playing a Banjo]

Date: February 1893
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of unidentified woman playing a banjo. Back of photo ways Feb 1893 - Palestine.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Frank Huffsmith]

[Frank Huffsmith]

Date: 1893
Creator: unknown
Description: Frank Huffsmith was born on January 7, 1853 and served as Mayor of Palestine from 1893 until 1897. He died on February 3, 1900 and is buried in the East Hill section of the Palestine City Cemetery.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas

A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas

Date: 1893
Creator: Lewis Publishing Company
Description: This book gives an overview of each of the six counties including history, important statistics and facts, and biographies of central figures. According to the title page, it contains "a History of this Important Section of the Great State of Texas, from the Earliest Period of its Occupancy to the Present Time, together with Glimpses of its Prospects; also Biographical Mention of Many of the Pioneers and Prominent Citizens of the Present Time, and Full-page Portraits of the most Eminent Men of this Section."
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Nathanial W. Blackshear]

[Nathanial W. Blackshear]

Date: 1891
Creator: E.F. Brockmeyer - Studio Angelo
Description: Photo of Nathanial W. Blackshear that was taken about 1891.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Palestine Fire Department Band]

[Palestine Fire Department Band]

Date: 1890 - 1900
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the Palestine Fire Department Band taken in the Old Town section of Palestine, around the courthouse square around 1890-1900.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Temple Opera House - Palestine, Texas]

[Temple Opera House - Palestine, Texas]

Date: 1890 - 1905
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the Temple Opera House which was located on the corner of Avenue A and Oak Street in downtown Palestine. As per the 1898-1899 city directory, the manager was a man named W.E. Swift. The building has since been destroyed.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
[Temple Opera House - Palestine, Texas]

[Temple Opera House - Palestine, Texas]

Date: 1890 - 1905
Creator: unknown
Description: Photo of the Temple Opera House which was located on the corner of Avenue A and Oak Street in downtown Palestine. As per the 1898-1899 city directory, the manager was a man named W.E. Swift. The building has since been destroyed.
Contributing Partner: Palestine Public Library
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