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Colquitt Spoon

Description: Actual spoon belonging to Alice M. Colquitt, wife of Robert K. Colquitt. They had a large ranch in Presidio County. "A.M. Colquitt" is engraved on the back of the handle. 1847 Roger Bros. 12 stamped on the back of the handle as well.
Date: 1847
Partner: Marfa Public Library

James Osborn Sellers

Description: Photograph of a daguerreotype picturing James Osborn Sellers in the late 1850s. He was killed in 1864 during the Civil War. He was Ethel C. Bryant's maternal grandfather. This photo was included in a research paper by Mike Shurley for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Date: 1857~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Alabama Land Deed with President Buchanan's Signature

Description: Photograph of a Alabama land deed for 220 acres belonging to Garrison Deens. it is signed by President James Buchanan on November 1, 1858. Mr. Deens sold this land to James O. Sellers in 1859 or 1860. Mr. Sellers was Ethel Bryant's grandfather. This photo was included in a research paper by Mike Shurley for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Date: November 1, 1858
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Photograph of Row of Officers' Houses, Fort Davis]

Description: Photograph of a row of 8 nearly identical houses. Each house has a white front with a short flight of stairs from the ground to a porch surrounded by white pillars. There is a mountain behind the row of houses and the foreground is covered in desert scrub. The back of the photograph is labeled: "1871 Picture of Fort Davis, The Row of Officers' Houses"
Date: 1871
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Martha Willis Sellers, 1880s

Description: Photograph of a painting of Martha Willis Sellers, maternal grandmother of Ethel C. Bryant. This painting was fron the 1880s. It was included in a research paper by Mike Shurley for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Date: 1880~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Postcard of the DeAnda Family]

Description: Postcard of a portrait of the DeAnda family. Those standing (L-R) are Jose DeAnda, Jesusita DeAnda, Francisco Morales, and Jose Morales, and those sitting (L-R) are Maria DeAnda, Manuel DeAnda, Domitillia DeAnda, Marcella Huereque, and Bernarda DeAnda. There is nothing written on the back of the postcard.
Date: 1880~
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Antonio Lieck Briam

Description: Portrait of Antonio Lieck Briam in 1885, the year she married Louis Briam. She is wearing a dress with a collar and a belt. Her hair is pulled back.
Date: 1885
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Louis Briam

Description: Portrait of Louis Briam in 1885. He is wearing a suit and tie.
Date: 1885
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Cavalry]

Description: This photograph is of a group of cavalrymen out on drill. There are many soldiers, ranged on the slope of a mountain and wearing dark uniforms and hats. Several of the men are standing with horses in the back or to the side. Two of the men have pins on their collars, showing that they are marksmen. Behind the men, there are rocks and desert plants.
Date: 1886
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Warranty Deed

Description: Warranty Deed granting land in the town of Marfa from R.E. Russell to William Russell on April 12, 1886.
Date: April 12, 1886
Item Type: Legal Document
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Bernabe and Felipe Aguilar

Description: Photograph of Bernabe Aguilar (seated) and his son, Felipe (standing). Felipe is 14 years old in this picture.
Date: 1887~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

The Children's Entertainment

Description: Small card listing items in a program to entertain children in Marfa, Texas on November 20, 1891. Included are songs, tableaux, drills, and a minuet.
Date: November 1891
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Father Brocardus in 1892]

Description: Photograph of Father Brocardus at the Fort Davis Parish. He is wearing a full cassock and a clerical collar.
Date: 1892
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Amy Rawlston L. Bunton, 1893

Description: Photograph of Amy Rawlston L. Bunton in 1893. She wears a shirt with buttons. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School.
Date: 1893
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Lucius Bunton,Sr., 1893

Description: Studio photograph of Lucius Bunton sitting in a chairwearing tall boots in 1993. This photo was included in a research paper by Jean Anne Evans in 1971 for a history class at Marfa High School.
Date: 1893
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[James B. Gillett in 1894]

Description: Side profile of Texas Ranger James B. Gillett.He was stationed for most of his life in West Texas and experienced much of the humor that was and is typical of the area.
Date: 1894
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Lizzie Healy Crosson

Description: Photograph made in new Orleans of Lizzie Healy Crosson in 1894. This photo was included in a research paper by Marion Quick for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967.
Date: 1894
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Atascosa County Jail

Description: Photograph of Atascosa County Jail. Unidentified individuals stand outside the building. A horse and carriage stand in the street beside the building.The jail was torn down in the 1950's.
Date: April 7, 1894
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Father Francisco Maas

Description: Photograph of Father Francisco Maas from the Diocese of San Antonio, 1895. He wears a long cassock and holds a small book.
Date: 1895
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library