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Mrs. Charles C. (Elmira Elizabeth "Bettie" Inge) Bell

Description: 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.
Date: 1870?
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

Mary Camp Gober

Description: 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.
Date: May 2, 1872
Creator: J. T. Jones
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

[Ten Nights in a Bar Room, Courthouse]

Description: 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.
Date: 1878-04-10?
Item Type: Text
Partner: Denton Public Library

[Cranston Hall, Ten Nights in a Barroom]

Description: 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.
Date: 1879-10-17?
Item Type: Text
Partner: Denton Public Library

Spring Trade! Fain, Peery, and Shelton!!

Description: 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.
Date: March 11, 1882
Creator: Fain, Perry, & Shelton
Item Type: Text
Partner: Denton Public Library

Program for fourth of July ball held in Opera House 1883

Description: 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.
Date: July 4, 1883
Item Type: Text
Partner: Denton Public Library

[Varied Entertainment Given By Miss Bass' School]

Description: 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.
Date: 1883-11-09?
Item Type: Text
Partner: Denton Public Library

Unidentified Members of a reuinion of Granbury's Consolidated Texas Brigade

Description: 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].
Date: 1884?/1895?
Creator: Fishburn Illustrating Co.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

[Photograph of Susie Whitlock Moten]

Description: 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.
Date: 1886~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum

Texas Grand State Farmers Alliance delegates certificate

Description: 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.
Date: July 12, 1886
Item Type: Text
Partner: Denton Public Library

Stanfield Lodge

Description: 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.
Date: 1888
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

Judge W. J. Austin

Description: Group of unidentified individuals on the west side of Denton Square for the funeral procession of Judge W. J. Austin.
Date: September 8, 1888
Creator: Weatherington, G. R.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

North Side of Denton Square

Description: 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.
Date: 1889
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

North Side of Denton Square

Description: 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.
Date: 1889
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

South Side of Denton Square

Description: 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.
Date: 1889
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

South Side of Denton Square

Description: 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.
Date: 1889
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

Southeast Corner of Denton Square

Description: 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.
Date: 1889
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

Southeast Corner of Denton Square

Description: 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.
Date: 1889
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

Ed Reed and Edgar Clark with Unidentified Man

Description: 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].
Date: 1890?
Creator: W. H. Catterlin Co.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

[1890] Denton Business Review and Directory

Description: 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.
Date: May 1890
Item Type: Book
Partner: Denton Public Library

Gober Family

Description: 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.
Date: 1891
Creator: Chism Bros.
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Denton Public Library

[Texas Normal College, Student Recital]

Description: 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.
Date: 1891-04-13~
Creator: Texas Normal College, Conservatory of Music
Item Type: Text
Partner: Denton Public Library