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[Bellville Town Meeting Minutes, January 18, 1858]

[Bellville Town Meeting Minutes, January 18, 1858]

Date: January 18, 1858
Creator: Fular, A. W.
Description: Minutes of the Bellville, Texas Town Meeting on January 18, 1858, which was called in memory of the recently deceased Thomas Bell, "the father of Bellville," who arrived in Texas in 1822 and settled in Austin's Colony and served under Ben Milam during the Texas Revolution.
Contributing Partner: Rice University Woodson Research Center
Homer Duggins Smith, Jr., United States Army Retired

Homer Duggins Smith, Jr., United States Army Retired

Date: March 2011
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy print of a photograph of Major General Homer Duggins Smith, Jr. who was a Vietnam veteran and retired from the United States Army. Smith lived from February 16, 1922 through March 6, 2011. According to accompanying information, he was the first President of the Danish Heritage Preservation Society.
Contributing Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society
Church Ruins; Graves

Church Ruins; Graves

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of two pictures taken during World War I. The top picture is of a large destroyed cathedral. The bottom picture is of several decorated crosses marking German graves. Two of the crosses have helmets on top, and one has fallen over.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
News Photo of Woman

News Photo of Woman

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a picture of a woman in a patterned dress, posing with her hand under her chin. The newspaper article under it and the written note on the right are about the death of Wally Akin's wife. The newspaper clips are from an Abilene, Texas newspaper on May 4, 1950.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Soldiers Cremating Dead Bandits #1

Soldiers Cremating Dead Bandits #1

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a group of soldiers in a field standing behind dead bandits, with one pouring oil on them for cremation during the Pancho Villa raids. There are a few men in a wagon on the right and a man on a horse on the left.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
[Letter Informing Soloman Falls of Jett Fall's Death]

[Letter Informing Soloman Falls of Jett Fall's Death]

Date: 1919
Creator: unknown
Description: A letter addressed to Mr. S (Soloman) Falls in Roxton, Texas informing him of his son's (Jett Falls) death. The letter is appears to be a standard government-issued form with blank spaces available for personalization. The spaces on this form have been completed to show that "Jett Falls" was killed at the "Meuse-Verdun Sector" on "Nov. 5th". It expresses appropriate sentiments of loss and condolence and is signed by the Chaplain of the 359th division, M. M. Hoffman, Jr. A handwritten note at the bottom reads "He is buried in this sector with a number of his companions and has a cross at his grave".
Contributing Partner: Euless Public Library
[Western Union Telegram to Soloman Falls]

[Western Union Telegram to Soloman Falls]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: A telegram sent from Washington D.C. to Mr. Soloman Falls, to inform him of his son Jett (Johnny, Jetty) Fall's death in France on November 6th. The telegram features the words Western Union Telegram along with the company's logo of the globe surrounded by the words "Western Union" at the top center, with standard telegram form information to either side (i.e. blanks available to complete with sender and receiver information). None of the blank spaces have been completed. Below this writing, the message reads: "No 3, CK 24 Government, Washington, D.C. 514 PM 5th" -- "Mr. Soloman Falls Roxton, Texas" -- "Deeply regret to inform you that Corporal Jett Falls Inf is officially reported as killed in Action November Sixth" -- "Harris the Adjt. -- 8.48 PM"
Contributing Partner: Euless Public Library
Dead Man on Street

Dead Man on Street

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of an unidentified dead man laying on a street, his face is covered. In the background, there is an unidentified group of people walking beside a wooden fence, consisting of three men and two nuns. Far in the background, there are trees, buildings, and other people walking.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Soldiers Cremating Dead Bandits #2

Soldiers Cremating Dead Bandits #2

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a group of soldiers in a field standing behind dead bandits, with one pouring oil on them for cremation during the Pancho Villa raids. There are a few men in a wagon on the right and a man on a horse on the left.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
Executions by Firing Squad #1

Executions by Firing Squad #1

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of three dead men laying by a wall after being executed by a firing squad. There is a man on the right in uniform and there are other men behind him.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
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