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American History Project

Description: This is a paper describing the people who lived in Casa Piedra (otherwise known as La Punta del Agua).
Date: c. 1967
Creator: Vasquez, Olga
Item Type: Book
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Biography of Jesse Blackwell]

Description: This report gives a brief overview of the life of Jesse Blackwell, telling about his family and career as an educator.
Date: c. 1969
Creator: Valenzuela, Velma
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Capote Falls]

Description: Postcard of Capote Falls, near Marfa. A small waterfall is cascading between two large cliffs. The tops of a few trees can been seen at the bottom left and right corners of the photograph.
Date: c. 1965
Item Type: Postcard
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Nephews of Teresa Campos

Description: Paper written by Luis Campos for a History class at Marfa High School in 1966, describing the people in the 1922 photo, "Teresa Campos Family" and giving some history of his grandmother's family.
Date: c. 1966
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Silvester Chavira's Family

Description: Paper written by Lupita Traveo for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967. It describes Silvester Chavira's family including his parents and his children ; and the work they each did and who they married. Information for this paper was collected in an interview with Elocia Chavira on November 1, 1967.
Date: c. 1967-11
Creator: Traveo, Lupita
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Diedrick Dutchover and the Overland Mail Route

Description: Research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about the first San Antonio-El Paso mail run, which required thirty days to cover 673 miles by stage coach and heavily armed frontiersmen of ward off attacks. Diedrick Dutchover was one of the soldiers that accompanied the stage coaches on horseback to protect the mail carriers from threats.
Date: December 10, 1969
Creator: Arriola, Conrado
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Then Came the Indians

Description: This is a research paper written by Richard Hewitt for an American History Class at Marfa High School on December 10, 1969. It includes stories about Indian attacks in west Texas, the location of petroglyphs, and descriptions of different arrowheads and their uses.
Date: December 10, 1969
Creator: Hewitt, Richard
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

The History of the Catholic Churches of Marfa

Description: Research paper written by Lupita Valenzuela for a class at Marfa High School on December 7, 1969. The paper is about the history of the Catholic Church in Marfa, Texas.
Date: December 7, 1969
Creator: Valenzuela, Lupita
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

The History of the Catholic Churches of Marfa

Description: Report written by Lupita Valenzuela for a history class at Marfa High School on December 7, 1969. The report tells about the early missions and priests, the first churches
Date: December 7, 1969
Creator: Valenzuela, Lupita
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Hub Castleberry, Camp Cook

Description: Research paper written by Roxanne Baker detailing the life of Hub Castleberry as a camp cook for the McElroy or Y ranch.
Date: December 5, 1969
Creator: Baker, Roxanne
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Jose Ceniceros

Description: Paper written by Freddie Ceniceros chronicling the life of Jose Ceniceros.
Date: December 4, 1969
Creator: Ceniceros, Freddie
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Gene West's Hunting License from 1969

Description: Hunting license issued by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to Gene West of Marfa in 1969. This was included in a research paper by Harvey Slaton for an American History class in 1971.
Date: November 28, 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

John Conners

Description: This is a research paper written by Albert Garcia for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1969. It chronicles the life of John Conners.
Date: November 18, 1969
Creator: Garcia, Albert
Item Type: Book
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Mary Coe Daniels, Woman of the West

Description: Research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about Mary Coe Daniels, pioneer of West Texas, and her family. Daniels and her husband and children made their home in West Texas, despite threats of bandits and influenza. She kept house, ran a successful store, delivered babies, and even became a U.S. mail carrier. At the time this paper was created, Mary Cole Daniels was 76 year old and still greeting customers in her general store.
Date: April 1, 1969
Creator: Godbold, Susan
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Letter To Debbie Bates From Fritz Kahl]

Description: Letter written by Fritz Kahl to Debbie Bates of Grapevine, Texas. The letter is dated February 25, 1969. The letter concerns aviation and the various skills a pilot needs to be successful. It is a response to a letter written earlier by Debbie Bates.
Date: February 25, 1969
Creator: Kahl, Fritz
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Additional ruins of Presidio structure]

Description: Photograph of Fort Leaton ruins in the Big Bend desert, near Presidio, Texas. Several wood support beams of varying lengths support the wall structure. A stone marker near the photograph's left quadrant describes the structure. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The mission was successful, and Christianized many of the tribes until the Padres were called back from this wilderness in the eighteenth century" (pp. 3-4).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[American and Texas flags]

Description: Photograph of a flagpole, viewed from the ground looking up with an American flag at the top and a Texas state flag below. A cloudy sky is visible above the pole. The image accompanied the conclusion of a written speech, with the caption: "To those who would protest the American life of challenge and accomplishment, I would remind them, our land has never been easy. [...] The land is rich, not only in landscape, but also in the heritage of those who have tried to tame it. This is My Land, My Heritage, My Hope" (p. 14)
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Barren Big Bend desert landscape]

Description: Pphotograph of a barren Big Bend crater. Several edges of the crater contain sparse tufts of grasslands and a mountain range is visible in the far distance. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "These Indians were primarily farmers, whose fields lined the banks of the now dry rivers and creeks. The sites of the Jumano pueblos are still a source of artifacts" (p. 3).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Barren landscape with small mountains in Big Bend]

Description: Photograph of a grassy, barren Big Bend landscape, with mountains in the far distance. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The chief engineer gave the honor of naming the newly-created water store to his wife, who was reading a Russian novel" (p. 6).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Ben Leaton and Juana Pedraza]

Description: Portrait of Ben Leaton and Juana Pedraza posing together. Juana is wearing a dark-colored dress and is seated in a wooden chair; Leaton is wearing a dark colored suit, standing to her left, with one hand on her arm. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "An exploratory group headed by John W. Spencer met in Chihuahua and came into the Big Bend" (p. 4).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library