[922 N. Link - Link, Joost, Ozment Home]

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Photograph of the southwest corner of the "Joose-Ozment House," a white, two-story frame house located at 922 N. Link in Palestine, Texas. It has a balanced, orderly exterior with a classical façade, including round columns along the front porch and larger two-story columns on either side of the front door.

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1 photograph : positive, col. ; 35 mm.

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Creator: Unknown. 1970~.

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This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Rescuing Texas History, 2007 and was provided by Palestine Public Library to The Portal to Texas History, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. It has been viewed 39 times . More information about this photograph can be viewed below.

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Palestine Public Library

Located in Anderson County, the Palestine Public Library provides access to information and various programs for the community's benefit. They received a Rescuing Texas History grant to aid in digitization of select materials, including photos taken during a Historic Resources Study in 1991.

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Photograph of the southwest corner of the "Joose-Ozment House," a white, two-story frame house located at 922 N. Link in Palestine, Texas. It has a balanced, orderly exterior with a classical façade, including round columns along the front porch and larger two-story columns on either side of the front door.

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1 photograph : positive, col. ; 35 mm.

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In contrast to the asymmetrical forms and eclectic character of many houses of the Victorian era, residences of the 1900s and 1910s typically had more balanced and orderly exteriors. This 2-story frame house provides a vivid illustration of this trend in residential architectural history. The property is virtually unaltered, with its historic character and integrity largely intact. This house was originally built as a small one-story dwelling in the 1870s by Albert A. Joost, the son of Palestine’s first merchant. Tennessee-native James Wisdom Ozment (1842-1918) bought the house about 1910 and hired builder William Kraus to move the original structure back from the street and substantially enlarge it into a grand two-story dwelling with a classical façade. Ozment was an extremely important figure in mid and late 19th century Palestine: a member of the first city council, he was instrumental in helping restore power to local citizens in the aftermath of the Civ8il War and the occupation of Palestine by the carpetbaggers. He was the first president of Palestine National Bank, which opened in 1890. Ozment operated a dry goods store on the courthouse square and had substantial real estate holdings; in addition, he expanded the city’s first telephone service and spearheaded the successful attempts to secure Palestine’s first gas company, first water company, and first electric company. Towards the end of his life, according to local historians, Ozment suffered financial setbacks; being too proud to ask for assistance, he and his family were forced to burn their fine furniture to keep warm during the winter. E. Wayne Craddock has owned and occupied the house since the early 1950s.

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Rescuing Texas History, 2007

The 2007 edition of Rescuing Texas History brings together photographs, postcards, letters, and more to give a glimpse into the rich history of the state.

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  • June 26, 2007, 6:53 p.m.

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  • Aug. 6, 2018, 10:47 a.m.

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[922 N. Link - Link, Joost, Ozment Home], photograph, 1970~; (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth26232/: accessed November 16, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Palestine Public Library.