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Certificate of admittance into the Sons of Temperance
The certificate verifies that James M. Inge was admitted into the Sons of Temperance on June 23, 1853.
Range of the Thermometer at Denton: 1858
Booklet containing information about the temperature, wind, and weather in Denton, Texas during 1858.
Julia Ann Gober Wright, Age 18
Three-quarters length portrait of Julia Ann Gober Wright, age 18, in a long, print dress.
Mrs. Charles C. (Elmira Elizabeth "Bettie" Inge) Bell
Studio portrait of Mrs. Charles C. Bell standing in a long, dark dress and holding onto the back of a wooden chair. She was born Elmira Elizabeth Inge on January 26, 1840 in Virginia. She married Charles Bell in Fannin County in 1862.
Mary Camp Gober
Head-and-shoulders portrait of Mary Camp Gober, age 46, looking into the camera. In writing on the back of the photograph: "Mrs. Mary Camp Gober, mother of Mrs. W. C. Wright. Mama's photograph was taken in Atlanta, GA, May 2, 1872, Age 46 yrs, 2 months, 12 days. The first Confederate woman from Denton County to be enrolled in the Stone Mountain Book of Memory is Mrs. Mary Camp Gober. The name of Mrs. Gober is the 3rd from Texas to be entered in the Silver Book memorializing wives of Confederate soldiers." This appears to be a photograph taken of photograph. The original photographer is unknown, although the original date is listed on the back as indicated by the author. This duplicate was taken by J. T. Jones, a photographer in Denton, Texas in the 1890s, who photographed the original matted photo at an unknown time and mounted it on board.
[Ten Nights in a Bar Room, Courthouse]
Article announces the presentation of Ten nights in a Bar Room at the Court House on April 10, 1878. The announcement also includes a cast of characters and synopsis of incidents throughout the play. Hon. Geo. Mellerch, Odd Fellow lecturer, opened the event. The Denton String Band furnished music. Given to the Emily Fowler Library by Gretna Cobbs Davis, a member of an early family of Denton. Her father, R. E. Cobbs, appeared in this home talent play in 1878.
[Cranston Hall, Ten Nights in a Barroom]
Announcement for the performance of "Ten Nights in a Barroom" at Cranston Hall on October 17, 1879. The announcement contains a cast of characters and a synopsis of the drama's scenes.
Spring Trade! Fain, Peery, and Shelton!!
An 1882 advertisement for Fain, Peery, and Shelton claims the very latest style from New York and other eastern markets. Dress goods, buntings, lawns, alpaccas, cashmeres, carpets, etc. are sold at this department store on the east side of the square.
Program for fourth of July ball held in Opera House 1883
This program for the Fourth of July ball that was held at the Opera House in Denton includes an order of dance, lists of committee members, and other information regarding the ball. The Graham Opera House was located on the west side of the square.
[Varied Entertainment Given By Miss Bass' School]
Announcement for varied entertainment provided by the teachers and pupils of Miss Bass' School under the direction of Madame Richard at the Opera House on November 9, 1883.
Unidentified Members of a reuinion of Granbury's Consolidated Texas Brigade
Group picture of fifty unidentified members from Granbury's Consolidated Texas Brigade, most wear ribbons that say Granbury. One member of the brigade who fought in the Army of Tennessee, the man on the second row, second from the left, wears a ribbon that says, J.? T. Grant, Company C, 1?th, Texas. Another man wears a ribbon that possibly says Texas U.C.V (United Confederate Veterans). A man on the third row from the top wears a ribbon that looks like it says Camp Sam Davis. Other men wear reunion badges with the name of the general, the brigade, and the company, while others wear the name of a camp, a flag belonging to their company, or a medal. An unidentified young man sits beside one of the veterans on the front row. A number on the right-hand corner of the photo identifies it as photo 51. The date of the photograph may possibly be 1884, where the reunion was held in Dallas, and ninety-six men showed up; or in 1895, where a reunion was held in Houston, which was attended by many former soldiers of Granbury's brigade [This Band of Heroes, James M. McCaffrey, 1996, p.161].
[Photograph of Susie Whitlock Moten]
Photograph with charcoal over the portrait of Susie A. Whitlock (Moten). She is not smiling and has a very close-cut hair style. She is wearing a dark dress.
Texas Grand State Farmers Alliance delegates certificate
This delegates certificate includes the minutes of a meeting held on July 12th, 1886 in which the officers and representatives were selected. The certificate lists all of the representatives chosen.
Stanfield Lodge
Seven officers of the Stanfield Lodge for 1888. Pictured are: W. F. Egan, W. R. Dudley, J. W. Cook, C. H. Clements, S. M. Bradley, J. R. McCormick, W. H. Sprawls.
Judge W. J. Austin
Group of unidentified individuals on the west side of Denton Square for the funeral procession of Judge W. J. Austin.
North Side of Denton Square
A view of the business section on the north side of the Denton Square around 1889. All the building were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. On the left is the three-story Cronston building. The Francis Hardware Store was on the lower floor. The Woodbine building was next to the Cronston and adjoining was Clay Wither's store. Emory C . Smith's law office and R. A. Cobb's confectionery in the next two buildings followed by the McNeil dry goods store. The vacant lot was where the Lacy Hotel had burned down two years before. A saloon stands next and it is connected to a large building in which a meat market was operated.
North Side of Denton Square
A view of the business section on the north side of the Denton Square around 1889. All the buildings were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. On the left is the three-story Cronston building. The Francis Hardware Store was on the lower floor. The Woodbine building was next to the Cronston and adjoining was Clay Wither's store. Emory C . Smith's law office and R. A. Cobb's confectionery in the next two buildings followed by the McNeil dry goods store. The vacant lot was where the Lacy Hotel had burned down two years before. A saloon stands next and it is connected to a large building in which a meat market was operated.
South Side of Denton Square
A view of the business section on the south side of the Denton Square around 1889. All the building were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. Stores visible from the left to right on the Piner Block are Craddocks, The Big 5 and 10 Cent Store, Nochols and Stribling Grocers, G. W. Wilson and Co. Grocers, J. A. Hann and Co. Cheap Cash Store, and A. E. Freeman Groceries.
South Side of Denton Square
A view of the business section on the south side of the Denton Square around 1889. All the building were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. Stores visible from the left to right on the Piner Block are Craddocks, The Big 5 and 10 Cent Store, Nichols and Stribling Grocers, G. W. Wilson and Co. Grocers, J. A. Hann and Co. Cheap Cash Store, and A. E. Freeman Groceries.
Southeast Corner of Denton Square
A view of the business section on the southeast corner of the Denton Square around 1889. All the building were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. Stores visible from the left to right are Denton Dry Goods Co., S. E. Search Hardware Store, and Craddocks.
Southeast Corner of Denton Square
A view of the business section on the southeast corner of the Denton Square around 1889. All the buildings were constructed of wood, with board sidewalks of even lengths to aid the pedestrian in keeping out of the mud and sand of the unpaved streets. Stores visible from the left to right are Denton Dry Goods Co., S. E. Search Hardware Store, and Craddocks.
Ed Reed and Edgar Clark with Unidentified Man
Portrait of Ed Reed (on right), Belle Starr's son, and Edgar Clark of Denton, Texas, with an unidentified man on the left. They are standing by a wooden contraption and in front of a painted backdrop. Both men are wearing similar rings on their left ring fingers. According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Edgar Clark was born in May of 1870 and living with his widowed mother and siblings at the Clark home located at the corner of Center (which is now Carroll Blvd) and Mulberry streets in Denton, Texas. His occupation was listed as "bartender." James "Ed" Edwin Reed was born in California on February 22, 1871 to Myra Maybell Reed, who later became known as Belle Starr. He was shot and killed in Claremore, Indian Territory [Oklahoma], on December 14, 1896 while attempting to arrest two men - J. N. Clark and Joe Gibbs - charged with peddling whiskey. He was previously a deputy U.S. Marshall and was known for the killing of two outlaw brothers in Wagoner, Oklahoma: Zeke and Dick Crittendon. Ed Reed's notorious past included horse theft and stolen property in Fort Smith, Arkansas (c1889), and along with his brother, Russell, the murder of James Rich in Echo, Texas (1893). Reed later turned state's evidence in another case, was released and made into a deputy marshal [-Cherokee Advocate, Dec.19, 1896].
[1890] Denton Business Review and Directory
This Denton business review was published as a guide for the farmers and residents of Denton county outside of the city. The directory includes descriptions of Denton's agricultural resources, commercial advantages, and business institutions.
Gober Family
Family photo of the Gober family in front of a frame house. Pictured from left-to-right are: Mattie Gober Curry, Julia Gober Wright, Arcania Gober Wright, Mary Camp Gober, John W. Gober, William Gober, Gus Gober, J. S. J. Gober, Otis E. Gober. Two framed signs on the outside of the house say, "Home Sweet Home" and "Trust in God." A note written on the back of the photos says" Aunt Kanie married Bob Wright; Mattie married Wesley Curry; Otis married Elvira McCracken; J.S.J. married Ida McCracken; Gus married (no name); Marmaduke was brother of W. C. Wright. The name Effie is handwritten at the top, so we assume that the photo belonged to Effie Wright.
[Texas Normal College, Student Recital]
Invitation to a student recital given by pupils of Mrs. E. F. McKissack of Texas Normal College in Denton, Texas. The recital was held Monday, April 13, 1891.
1891. Announcement of Closing Exercises of Texas Normal College
Announcement and invitation to the closing exercises and commencement at Texas Normal College in Denton, Texas in 1891. The closing exercises include a musicale by students of the Department of Music on June 17, exercises by the Scientific Class on June 18, and annual commencement and presentation of diplomas on June 19.
Commencement Concert, Texas Normal College
Program for the commencement concert at Texas Normal College on June 17, 1891. The program includes the order of services and the titles, creators, and performers of musical pieces.
Closing Exercises, Junior Scientifics, Texas Normal College
Program of the closing exercises for Junior Scientifics at Texas Normal College in Denton, Texas on June 18, 1891. The program includes the titles, creators, and performers of musical and poetic pieces.
Exchange National Bank Pay to Sheriff Callahan
Check from Exchange National Bank to Sheriff Callahan for 4.50 dollars on September 27, 1892.
Exchange National Bank Pay to Denton Mill
Check from Exchange National Bank to Denton Mill for 8.34 dollars on October 22, 1891.
First Baptist Church Aid Society
Group portrait of the members of the First Batptist Church Aid Society taken at the home of Mrs. A. E. Graham. Photograph given to the Emily Fowler Library by Bess Minnis McFadden.
Lee Williams in an Owsley Rifles Uniform
Three quarters length portrait of Miss Lee Williams in an Owsley Rifles uniform.
Lou Hann and Her Art Class
Portait of Lou Hann and her art class, five individuals standing behind four sitting. They are identified as (top row, left-to-right) Lula Blewett, Zilpha Eads, Effie Wright, Myrtle Bacon, Clara Hann, (bottom row, left-to-right) Myrtle Wright, Lou Hann, and Georgia Carruth.
[Ribbon for Delegate of State Democartic Convention, 1892]
Delegate's ribbon from the State Democratic Convention in Houston, Texas from 1892.
Texas Normal College, Denton, Texas
Program for the graduating exercises and commencement at Texas Normal College in 1892 includes a list of graduates and a list of performances and orations by students.
Commencement, Texas Normal College
Program for the commencement at Texas Normal College on July 30, 1892 includes a list of graduates and order of exercises.
Annee Edwards' Denton City High School Diploma
Annee Edwards' Denton City High School diploma from 1893.
Cooper Creek School
School picture from Cooper Creek School for the 1893-1894 school year. The teacher is identified as Leona Gray.
Group of Five Girls, One with a Guitar
Group of five girls in dresses posing for the camera, one girl has a guitar. The girl sitting is identified as Mollie Street, the other girls are not distinguished but named, Jennie B., Duck G., Mattie H., and Daisy C. The four girls closest to the camera are facing the right while the girl in the far back is facing the camera.
Minnis, Madden & Co.
Interior view of the Minnis,Madden & Co. Drug Store. Glass counters line all three visible sides of the store. Behind the counters are shelves which are filled with goods. Eight men are visible in the photograph, but only five are identified. From left: J. A. Madden (behind show case), unknown male, Dr. J. M. Inge, unknown male, unknown male, Fred Hutchinson, Mr. Shehay (first name unknown, listed as the "drug drummer"), J. A. Minnis. J. A. Minnis is behind the counter on the right. -Photograph was given to the Emily Fowler Library by Mrs. Fred (Bess) Minnis McFadden. The identifying information on this photograph says: Minnis and Curtis Drug Store, 1888; the information was written by Bess Minnis McFadden, daughter of J. A. Minnis, however, we think it is more likely that the photograph should be identified as Minnis, Madden & Co. and the time period should be around 1892-1894. This is based on the fact that the people listed on the back are Minnis & Madden and Curtis is not listed. Advertisements for Minnis, Madden & Co., are listed in the 1892 Denton County News and the 1894 business directory of Denton County. The History of Denton, Texas by C. A. Bridges, also lists the business and mentions it location as being on the south side of the square.
Interior of Unidentified Grocery Store
Interior of unidentified grocery store with five unidentified men standing in the back. There are glass counters on either side of the store with items above, below, and inside the glass. Shelving is also visible on the left side of the store, running the length of the wall and stacked full of goods.
Interior of Unidentified Grocery Store
Photograph of five unidentified men standing in the back of a grocery store. There are glass counters on either side of the store with items above, below, and inside the glass. Shelving is also visible on the left side of the store, running the length of the wall and stacked full of goods.
1894 Denton Business Directory and Handy Guide
This business directory of Denton county includes business advertisements and information regarding updates in the county circa 1894.
Denton City School Grade Seven
Class picture of the Denton City School's seventh grade. Superintendent Professor Limbaugh is on the far left. The children and the teacher are all unidentified.
Denton City School Grade Seven
Class picture of the Denton City School's seventh grade. Superintendent Professor Limbaugh is on the far left. The children and the teacher are all unidentified.
Denton City School Grade Three
Class picture of Denton City School's third grade. The teacher, Leona Gray, is to the far right. Standing in the back in a suit and bow tie is superintendent Professor Limbaugh. The children are all unidentified.
Denton City School Grade Two
Class picture of the second grade at the Denton City School for the 1894-95 school year. Superintendent Professor Limbaugh is standing in the back.
Denton Dramatic Club
Photo of the Denton Dramatic Club including: John Waldron (director), (top row, left-to-right) John Douglas, Myrtle Wright, Gene Richardson, (middle row) Otis Graham, Lee Williams, Inge McCormick, (bottom row) Will Head, Effie Wright, Henry Neely.
Denton Dramatic Club
Photo of the Denton Dramatic Club including: John Waldron (director), (top row, left-to-right) John Douglas, Myrtle Wright, Gene Richardson, Otis Graham, (middle row, left-to-right) Lee Williams, Inge McCormick, (bottom row, left-to-right) Will Head, Effie Wright, Henry Neely.
Will Huffman, ? Brown, Jack Christal, Rufus Fry, ? Brown
Photograph of five men posing on horseback. They are wearing boots, white shirts, vests, and hats. Rope is attached to the saddles of some of the horses. The man in the middle is John Calvin (Jack) Christal of Denton, born in 1874.