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Big Bend Trail Ride, 1961

Description: Photograph of Molly Lawther handing a cup to Buck Newsome in the camp during the 1961 Big Bend Trail Ride, a three-day annual event sponsored by the Big Bend Trail Ride Association.
Date: 1961~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Big Bend Trail Riders from Odessa

Description: Photograph of (L-R) J.B. Crow, Sammy Briggs. and Ray Briggs on horseback. They are members of the Odessa team taking part in the 1961 Big Bend Trail Ride, sponsored by the Big Bend Trail Ride Association. Sammy was the outstanding junior rider in the 1960 ride.
Date: 1961~
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

The Biography of George Dawson

Description: Research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about the rancher George Dawson from Shafter, Texas, who during his lifetime managed two large ranges, "El Rancho Del Pajorito" and "La Mora." In 1918, Dawson was called to the Army for World War I and was stationed in France for a year. Dawson spent the remainder of his life maintaining the two ranches with his wife, Juana Dawson, who was the main contributor of the information in this paper.
Date: November 21, 1966
Creator: Bustillos, Albert, Jr.
Item Type: Text
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

Biography of Mr. & Mrs. Bogel

Description: This report is written in two sections giving brief biographies of William Woodworth Bogel and his wife Sarah Newton Bogel. The report also includes a poem written by Mr. Whittier and dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Bogel.
Date: November 21, 1966
Creator: Rojo, Margarita
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Biography of Mr. Victor Dominguez

Description: Research paper written for a history class at Marfa High School about Mr. Victor Dominguez, who was an employee at the Murphy-Walker Grocery Store in Marfa, Texas, until her started a taxi stand, and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Dominguez, Sr., a ranching family.
Date: 1966
Creator: Dominguez, Alice
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

The Biography of My Grandfather and My Grandmother

Description: This is a research paper written by Luiz Campos for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1966 about his grandparents. It describes a picture of them and gives a brief family history. Luiz's grandmother lived to be 112 years old!
Date: 1966
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Bloys Camp-Meeting

Description: This report discusses the history of the Bloys Camp-Meeting from its founding by Brother Bloys up through the time that the report was written (1964) with the use of first-hand accounts. The report is handwritten in ink on lined notebook paper
Date: January 10, 1964
Creator: Webb, Evelyn Jeanette
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Bloys Campmeeting

Description: This paper focuses primarily on Reverend William Benjamin Bloys and how he ended up starting the annual camp meeting.
Date: 1966
Creator: Schuder, Jerry
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Bones and fossils in Big Bend]

Description: Close-up photograph of woolly mammoth bones and fossils embedded in the soil, near Marfa, Texas. A red trowel is visible near the top of the image. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The land turned against the 'thundering lizards,' and the Age of mammals came upon the earth" (p. 1).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Border Patrol

Description: This paper describes a number of photographs of the early Border Patrol in Marfa, Texas. It was written by Ernest Villareal for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967.
Date: 1967
Creator: Villareal, Ernest
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

The Border Patrol, It's History and Organization in Marfa

Description: Report by Mark Covington for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1966. It tells the history of the U.S. Border Patrol in Marfa, Texas, why it was necessary and some of the laws governing immigration. There are stories about liquor and dope smuggling, wetbacks, and activities during WWII.
Date: November 21, 1966
Creator: Covington, Mark
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

The Brite's of Marfa, Texas

Description: This is a research paper written by Josephine Aguilor for an American History Class at Marfa High School on January 13, 1964. It contains biographical information about the Brite family, describing their home and their charitable acts in Marfa, Texas.
Date: January 13, 1964
Item Type: Text
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Butter Churn

Description: Photographs of a butter churn with its dasher owned by Mrs. Fox Parker. It has a number 3 on it and a maple leaf. This page was included in a paper written by Elizabeth Newton for an American History class at Marfa High School in November 1967.
Date: November 1967
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Camp Holland

Description: Paper written by William Kim Thornsburg about Camp Holland built in Viejo Pass near Valentine, Texas. He accounts that the last Apache battle in Texas and how the camp was used later to supply troops along the Rio Grande.
Date: November 20, 1966
Creator: Thornsburg, William Kim
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Camp Holland in 1966

Description: Here is a colored view of the Camp of what it looked like in 1964. The green part in the center of the three long buildings was a water fountain. This photo was included in a research paper by William Kim Thornsburg in an American History class at Marfa High School in 1966.
Date: 1964
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Canine artifact]

Description: Photograph of an oval, white soapstone Indian artifact carved with the shape of a small canine. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The first tribe of Indians to be recorded were called the 'Basketmakers.' They quickly faded into the background with the coming of the Jumanos" (pp. 2-3).
Date: 1969
Creator: Edwards, Nancy
Item Type: Photograph
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

[Car and set from movie Giant]

Description: Photograph of a set from the movie, "Giant" including the front of a stone mansion with a car parked in front. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "The house used for the shooting still stands in the pasture where it was put together nearly fourteen years ago" (p. 12).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Carolina Borunda Humphries]

Description: Photograph of Carolina Borunda Humphries cooking on a wood stove at The Old Borunda cafe. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Carolina Borunda Humphries has cooked on her wood stove in the kitchen at 'The Old Borunda' for many years. This restaurant has been in the Borunda family for three generations" (p. 13).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Carving of dinosaur]

Description: Photograph of a statue artifact in the shape of a dinosaur. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Early man, who created these artifacts, entered West Texas while the mammoth roamed free" (p. 2).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph
Partner: Marfa Public Library

Casimiro Chavarria

Description: Paper written by Eva Chavarria in 1967 for a history class at Marfa High School. It describes her grandfather, Casimiro Chavarria's family, his work on ranches, his farm and his travels.
Date: 1967
Item Type: Paper
Partner: Marfa Public Library