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[Red wooden station staff]

Description: Red wooden station staff to surveyor's transit set. Round staff is capped at base with pointed iron end piece. Brass tip at top swivels. The object is called a "Jacob's Staff" and is used by surveyors to support a compass. The pointed end is jabbed into the ground and the compass is attached to the threaded piece at the top. The ball at the top allows the compass to be levelled.
Date: 1880
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[Surveyor's transit]

Description: Surveyor's transit, mounts with spring-action pin to tripod (1999.012.001b). Face is engraved with cardinal directions, with a star replacing North. Two bubble levels built into face. Degrees and minutes marked around circumference of face. Dial on side changes display on face to read numbers between 1 and 16. Manufacturer: T.F. Randolph, Cincinnati, Ohio. Patent date June 24, 1879. Scope mounts to compass body with screw pins from underneath. Needle tightens by screw action on "W" side of compass. Scope is mounted on a triangular support with single cross beam and center pivot. Focus knob moves but is tight. Surveying equipment belonged to Henry Hamilton Russell (1847-1932) , who came to Hallettsville, Texas from England before 1870. Russell was a surveyor for Lavaca County.
Date: 1880
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[A white two story house with small central upper and lower porches.]

Description: Photo of a white two story house with small central upper and lower porches, dark 'shutters, Brick chimney on right end, white picket fence around yard. Five African Americans standing among trees to the left of house. Three boys and a dog standing on and next to steps to front gate. Man, woman, girl standing in front of bottom porch. Five people (three men, two women?) standing on upper porch. Several outbuildings visible behind the house. Image is faded and yellow. Image is mounted on thin cardboard matte. Matte is missing lower right corner and upper right corner. Image dimensions: 24.2 cm x 19.1 cm. Photo is often referred to as "Old Prairie Home" of the Jones/Ryon family (George Ranch). Digital enhancement (performed 12/1999) of back side of matte revealed "Mr. Walter Jones, Richmond, Tex." written faintly in pencil.
Date: 1880
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[Whitten Home, Richmond.]

Description: Photograph of Whitten Home, Richmond. Home was originally located on the 300 block of Jackson St., now is located at 500 Houston Street as the Long-Smith Cottage. One story wood home, double chimneys, central front porch. Four people are standing on the front porch. White fence encloses yard. Large, bare tree in yard at left. Image is mounted on a tan cardboard matte. Image dimensions are 21.3 cm x 15.0 cm. Image is very faded and yellow. Matte is damaged as follows: lower right corner broken off; missing piece along upper edge, 7.5-12.5 cm from left corner.
Date: 1880
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[Wooden tripod base]

Description: Wooden tripod base to 1999.012.001a. Metal covered tip is missing from bottom of one of three turned legs. Levels transit with four screw knobs.
Date: 1880
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[F.M.O. "Otis" Fenn.]

Description: Photograph (copy) of F.M.O. "Otis" Fenn. Fenn, who has dark curling hair, is wearing a dark jacket and vest with white shirt and black bow tie. He is standing next to a structure on which his right arm is resting. His left arm is on his left hip. A pocket watch chain can be seen hanging at his waist. Portrait ends near knees and has Fenn facing the right. Scanned image is of the copy.
Date: 1881
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[Postcard image of the Brigham-San Jacinto Monument]

Description: Postcard image (souvenir) of the "Brigham-San Jacinto Monument, As seen at the unveiling on the 26 August, 1881, at the Pavilion, Galveston, Texas". Card has picture of the freestanding monument located in the interior of a building. Monument is draped by the U.S. and Texas flag on its right and left. A statue can be seen in background and a window (glare) above it. Wooden chair on far right.
Date: August 26, 1881
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[Carrie E. Secrest (Jeffries)]

Description: Photograph of Carrie E. Secrest (Jeffries), born February 15, 1865. This photo was taken when Carrie was 18 years old. She is the daughter of Felix G. & Martha Ann Secrest. Information was written on the back of the photo in blue ink. Carrie is wearing a dress with dark colors and insets of lighter colors with stripe. The dress has a jacket with dark trim. She is wearing a scarf with fringe at bottom and tied at the neckline. Carrie has a hat with light and dark colors and feathers on right. She has very long wavy hair that is braided into braid thrown over her right shoulder. She is seated in an upholstered chair and has her left arm resting on a tasseled arm of chair.
Date: 1883
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[Charlie Anders, Joe Anders, John Baker, George Baker, Albert George, and Earl McFarland]

Description: Tintype image of six boys identified (from copy in George Family Archives) as: Charlie Anders, Joe Anders, John Baker, George Baker, Albert George, and Earl McFarland. Three boys in the front row are seated (the two on the left are wearing dark jackets and hats, all three are not wearing shoes.) The three boys in back row are standing (boy in center is wearing a dark vest, striped shirt, light hat).
Date: 1883
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[J.E. Dyer Store on Morton Street in Richmond, Texas]

Description: Original print of J.E.Dyer Store on Morton Street in Richmond, Texas. Two story building. Men are standing in the foreground. A boy is sitting on the hitching post. These men were possibly jurors in Fort Bend County.
Date: 1883
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[Richmond School Children , ca. 1883-1885.]

Description: Photographic portrait of Richmond School Children , ca. 1883-1885. Photo shows man, two women, and 46 children. Photo is darkened and yellowed. It is mounted on a tan cardboard matte. Matte has all four corners broken off, with break at bottom left cutting across the image. Image is also torn along right edge near the bottom. Identifications were originally written in pencil on back of matte. Those that were dark enough to decipher were copied over in blue pen. Identifications are as follows, left to right, top to bottom: Fannie Lamar, Mary Kohan, Carrol Bar___, Mattie Bull, P_____ Dyer, Phil McGee, See Dyer, Walter McGowan, Jimmy Dyer, B_____ Davis, Bassett Blakely, Mary Kochan, __allie Ryon, Bille Dyan (Ryon?), Miss Julie Norwood, Mrs. Norwood, Mr. _______, Tonie Wessendorff, John Baker, Joe _______, _______,________, _______, ________, Nettie ________ [Laurie Winston], Kate _________, Howard Dyer, Will Andrus, Lizzie McGee, Pearlie Winston, Jennie Jones, Annie Sommerville, Lida Beker, Birdie Winston, Leila ________, Alex Davis, Charlie ______, Mildred ______, Mildred Davis, Minnie Mahue, Lillie Rambeau, Mamie Davis, Winnie Warford, Alli________, ________, ________, _______, _______, ______.
Date: 1883/1885
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Fort Bend Museum

[Alexander D. McNabb I]

Description: Photograph of "Alexander D. McNabb I, perhaps about 1885. Born May 4, 1854 and died February 20, 1911. He was the first child of John McNabb and Mary Smith McNabb. He is buried in Morton Cemetery in Richmond" as identified on back of photograph in pen. Photograph is of a young man with thin, dark hair and mustache. He is wearing a three piece (light colored) suit with different color (or perhaps fabric) trim on inside portion of lapel. He has on a white shirt and light colored bow tied tie. Photograph is mounted on a cardboard substrate with " Cabinet Portrait. C.J. Wright. Houston" Printed in black at the bottom. The back of the cardboard is pink with multi-circular designs as background. Written in back under a drawing of a camera, paint palette, brushes in front of the sun and an emblem is: I HAVE ENGAGED THE SUN TO SHINE FOR ME. C. J. WRIGHT, HOUSTON, TEXAS. ALL NEGATIVES PRESERVED. Duplicates may be obtained at any time.
Date: 1885
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Fort Bend Museum