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Wheat Display at Fair

Wheat Display at Fair

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a fair display. Depicted beneath and in-between streamers are piles of good and bad seeds, milling, flour and bread. The labels on the back row read, from left to right, "Seed Approved Quality, Good Milling Quality, Good Flour, and Light Fluffy". The front row, from left to right, reads, "Seed, Undesirable Quality, Inferior Flour, and Soggy-Heavy." In front these piles is a lable reading "Booker". At the bottom, written in pen, are the words "Our Fair in Lipscomb KB".
Contributing Partner: Wolf Creek Heritage Museum
[Harvesting wheat on Hamlyn Morgan Farm, east of Lewisville]

[Harvesting wheat on Hamlyn Morgan Farm, east of Lewisville]

Date: c. 1920
Creator: Browder, H. F.
Description: Black and white (faded) of harvesting wheat on Hamlyn Morgan Farm, located east of Lewisville, near Herbon. Back view of Combine in the crop field. Taken and collected by H.F.Browder, former County Agent, Denton County.
Contributing Partner: Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
Grain Harvesting

Grain Harvesting

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of Joe Monroe, Dave Poindexter, Will, Fred and Otto McKinley harvesting grain. The farmers are all wearing hats and standing on piles of grain stacked onto horse-drawn wagons.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
[Harvesting wheat on Hamlyn Morgan Farm, east of Lewisville]

[Harvesting wheat on Hamlyn Morgan Farm, east of Lewisville]

Date: c. 1920
Creator: Browder, H. F.
Description: Black and white (faded) of harvesting wheat on Hamlyn Morgan Farm, located east of Lewisville, near Hebron. Front view of Combine with tractor. Two men are operating the combine. Taken and collected by H.F.Browder, former County Agent, Denton County.
Contributing Partner: Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum
Man in Field; Woman in Field

Man in Field; Woman in Field

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: 1 copy negative of 2 images. The first shows Herman McDaniel in a wheat field. The second shows Thelma Graves McDaniel in a wheat field. The field is located in Abilene, Texas.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Threshing Machine Crew

Threshing Machine Crew

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of Earl Wallace, a threshing machine and a threshing machine crew. There are about twenty men in all, most wearing hats and overalls and holding tools. They are standing on or near the thresher. In the background are tall trees.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
[Grist Mill at the Texas Folklife Festival]

[Grist Mill at the Texas Folklife Festival]

Date: [1986-07-31..1986-08-03]
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of man operating a gristmill at the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio, Texas. The man pours grain into the top of the gristmill so that it can be refined into flour. Festival participants watch the demonstration from the grassy area around the gristmill.
Contributing Partner: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections
Wheat Combines Norris Impl. early 1900's

Wheat Combines Norris Impl. early 1900's

Date: unknown
Creator: T.J. Stanford
Description: Photograph of a group of horse-drawn vehicles and a crowd. The scene is surrounded by various store fronts and a bank.
Contributing Partner: Childress County Heritage Museum
Wheat Harvest

Wheat Harvest

Date: unknown
Creator: Samarjian Studio
Description: Photograph of a woman driving a tractor used for wheat harvesting. There are other laborers and a dog behind the tractor. The scene is surrounded by a wheat field.
Contributing Partner: Childress County Heritage Museum
[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 30, 1864]

[Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to Junia Roberts Osterhout, October 30, 1864]

Date: October 30, 1864
Creator: Osterhout, John Patterson
Description: Letter from John Patterson Osterhout to his wife, Junia Roberts Osterhout, discussing his time traveling with his oxen wagon. He and his companion, Jo, have had difficulties keeping the oxen in line and have been searching for the ones that have run off. On the route he has taken, he noticed a lot of cotton making its way to Mexico. He was asking around for the price of a bushel of wheat and because of the missing oxen, he was unable to purchase as much as he had planned. He closed his letter by telling her he would be unable to return home until December.
Contributing Partner: Austin College
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