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Austin's First Ambulance

Description: Photograph of Austin's first ambulance taken at 33rd and Speedway streets. The ambulance is horse-drawn and on the side, in addition to a cross, is a small plaque that reads "V.O. Weed." On the back of the photograph there is a note that reads "Mr. Bob Weed says that the body of this horse-drawn ambulance was removed and motorized with the coming of the auto-mobile, therefore it became Austin's first real ambulance."
Date: 1910

Austin's First Ambulance

Description: Photograph of a horse-drawn ambulance taken at 33rd and Speedway streets. On the side of the ambulance, in addition to a cross, is a small plaque that reads "V.O. Weed." The body of this horse-drawn ambulance was removed and motorized with the coming of the automobile, therefore it became Austin's first real ambulance.
Date: 1910

Bridge over Barton Creek

Description: Photograph of a group of people stand on and below a stone bridge, built by Swiss engineer and former Confederate colonel Getulius Kellersberger (1820-1900), at Barton Creek. Kellersberger, along with Arnold Kellersberger (July 30 1883-June 19 1972) and Alma Shudde Kellersberger (March 6 1888-October 2 1976), are pictured but not identified.
Date: 1910~

[Eanes one-room school building]

Description: Photograph of a classroom interior as seen from the back entrance door, showing wooden desks and seats with slatted backs in the foreground, along with a cast iron stove in the central aisle. To the back of the photograph lies the teacher's wooden desk, and a long blackboard that spans the length of the front classroom wall. There are two wall-mounted gas lamps above the blackboard, and several photographs are posted above and on the blackboard. The floor is constructed of wooden boards, and the walls are board and batten. There is a window to the right in the photograph, which has an opaque shade shaped like an awning. This is probably a view of the 1896 one-room school, which replaced the 1874 school that burned, and was used from 1896 to 1937. The 2 acres of land for the school were provided by William and Sophia Teague. Builders of the school were Henry Johnson, Oscar Carlson, and John Marshall. This photograph is copied from a manuscript by Mrs. H. R. Gentry, entitled: "Eanes School, Travis County".
Date: 1910~

[Photograph of Austin High School Violin Club]

Description: Photograph of the Austin High School violin club with their instruments. Sitting (left to right): Chas Granger, Hugh McKeown, Sally Story, Gerald Bacon, Kathleen Molesworth (piano), Zeno Martin, Herman Bohn. Standing (left to right): Fletcher Kulman, Anna Bartholomew, Ahrendt Schuetze, Marion Kerns, and Billy Morris.
Date: 1913

[Women Wading in Bull Creek]

Description: Photograph of six women wading in Bull Creek. They are holding up their skirts and pointing their toes at the camera. The names written on the back of the photo are (from left to right): Gertrude, Myrtie, Beulah, Ethel, Mamie McKenzie, and Zula Edens.
Date: April 21, 1913

[Austin High School Senior Class Picnic at Barton Springs]

Description: Photograph of the 1914 Austin High School senior picnic, showing a group of young men and women standing on stone steps leading down to Barton Springs pool. There is a curved stone wall behind the steps, with a large stone relief star, similar to the Texas seal. The women are dressed in long skirts, and some are wearing hats. The men are wearing light shirts, ties and dark trousers, and some are also wearing hats.
Date: 1914

[Donate Old Tires]

Description: Photograph of a tire donation point in front of the Texas State Capitol's south fa├žade during World War I. The donation point is designed to look like a totem pole like those found in the Pacific Northwest. The cement base of the pole is painted with the words "Donate Old Tires."
Date: [1914,1918]

[Group of World War I Army enlisted men eating beside tent rows]

Description: Photograph of several enlisted men in what appear to be World War I U.S. infantry uniforms, some wearing sweaters and others thick shirts, eating at the end of a row of field tents. They are eating from metal mess kits, and the meal appears to include biscuits. Several of the men are wearing enlisted visor hats. Three of the men are identified in handwriting on the photograph: Walter, Clyde and George.
Date: 1917

[Three students of the University of Texas School of Military Aeronautics on the lawn in front of the Old Main building, Austin, Texas]

Description: Photograph of three young men dressed in military uniforms, sitting on the lawn in front of the Old Main building at the University of Texas at Austin. The men have their legs straight out in front of them, showing the soles of thier boots, upon which is written in chalk: "BERLIN OR BUST", a popular patriotic/propaganda phrase during World War I. The man in the middle of the group has his campaign hat on his lap. The men are identified on the back of the photograph, from left to right as: Curry, Hart and Callender.
Date: 1917/1919

[Student gathering on University of Texas at Austin campus before Governor Ferguson protest parade]

Description: Photograph of a group of University of Texas students and supporters gathered on the lawn behind the Old Main Building, as they prepare for a protest march to Governor James E. Ferguson's (Pa Ferguson) capitol office. Many of the group are seated on the lawn or on chairs, and some hold umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun. A caption on the back of the photograph reads "scene in the campus before the student parade, May 28, 1917, Old Main Bg. in the background." The group was protesting Governor Ferguson's call for fraternities and sororities to be banned from the UT campus, and his further call for the removal of University president Dr. Robert Ernest Vinson. The Governor was not successful in either case, and was indeed himself impeached and removed from office by the Texas legislature on September 25, 1917.
Date: May 28, 1917