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[Photograph of Remains of the Winona Hotel]

Description: Photograph of the Winona Hotel with a pole leaning in the foreground. This was taken after the hurricane that hit Corpus Christi in 1919. Inscribed on the back of the photo, "Side view of remains of the Winona Hotel. Arrows show the way the street runs. You can see how far out it sat."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of Miller Residence]

Description: Photograph of the Miller residence with damages sustained in the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi. Inscribed on the back of the photo, "Front view of our house and the Miller house. X points to the wreckage that you don't see from the picture showing the backs of the houses and the sand bank as it is hid by the bank of sand. XX our house. XXX the Miller home. Notice how the mud has caked and cracked at XXXX. What you see in the yard there just above the no. 13 is a pool of oil that ruined things. Of course this was taken quite a little while after the storm. You see only the remains of what was once a beautiful lawn. The little tree you see at the side or our house and the Palm in front are all that kept it from floating away."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of Plaza Hotel]

Description: Photograph of the Plaza Hotel with one side of the lower level missing. Two men are walking past the building. Inscribed on the back of the photo, "The Plaza Hotel right across east of the park. It is right in the middle of the street. You know it extended back east almost a block. The old Winona."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of House Without Walls]

Description: Photograph of a two-story house whose front walls are missing. Inscription on back of photo, "This is also brick covered with concrete. It is not stucco but hard concrete. This was one of the oldest houses here and was the same distance from the bay as the other - that is it was on the same side of Water St. But there were buildings across the street between it and the bay. Notice the furniture upstairs."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of Where the Japonica Landed]

Description: Photograph of the Japonica wrecked on the shoreline. A small building stands precariously to the right. Inscription on the back of the photo, "This shows how far the yacht "Japonica" was carried out of the bay and lodged on the side of the bluff. It was anchored about at X. This picture is taken from the bluff above. XX is where the Cotton Compress stood."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of Park After Hurricane]

Description: Photograph of a park in Corpus Christi, Texas that suffered great damage caused by a hurricane in 1919. Crews had been cleaning for 3 weeks at the time of the photograph. Debris is visible strewn all across the park. Several buildings are standing but damaged.
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of Remains of Hardware Store]

Description: Photograph of a heavily damaged hardware store after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi. Brick walls have been demolished by the storm. Inscribed on the back of the photo, "What is left of a hardware and implement store on Water Street." and "E.H. Caldwell Hdw. and Impl. The family company is still in business on Agnes Street - 1983 Bob Clark." Also a note, "Cotton bales are some of hundreds that washed in from the compress on Municipal Wharf - on waves they battered the downtown. C.L. Baskin"
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of Mrs. Hendrix Porch After Hurricane]

Description: Photograph of a woman standing on her back porch looking over the debris and wreckage left by the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi. Inscription on the back of the photo, "A back yard across the street from us. Mrs. Hendrix and little girl. My friend you heard me speak of so often. She is standing on her back porch."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of Seaside Hotel and Debris]

Description: Photograph of the destruction at the Seaside Hotel in Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919. Inscription on the back of the photo, "This is the Seaside Hotel - one of the oldest in town. In front of it is where that pretty big salt cedar arbor was. You can see what there is left. Notice how the sidewalk is even torn up. This hotel was also one of those buildings covered with concrete. Only one of the pretty palms in front is left."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of Remains of Loyd's House]

Description: Photograph of debris and boards near the Bay Front after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi. Inscribed on the back of the photo, "Between Chaparral Street and Bay near Loyd's pier and bath house near the Methodist Church. X what is left of Loyd's house. You know what a pretty salt cedar arbor there was too." Written on the front of the photo, "Bay Front"
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of Destruction Near the Bay]

Description: Photograph looking towards the town from the bay area of Corpus Christi after the hurricane of 1919. Inscribed on the back of the photo, "About a block and a half back from the bay. Near X you can see some of the machinery of the laundry still here. Notice the variety of things in the debris. This faces the bay. Everything in front was completely demolished".
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of House on North Beach]

Description: Photograph of two women and a man standing by the ruins of a house after the 1919 hurricane in Corpus Christi. Inscription on the back of photo, "Taken at that house left on North Beach. Mama wasn't quite ready but you can see that big tree trunk that came from nobody - knows - where."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of Hurricane Wreckage North of the Courthouse]

Description: Photograph of a man standing on a roof that lies on the ground after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi. Inscribed on the back of the photo, "Showing the street between the bay and the courthouse. Courthouse just across the street from the house at XXX. Our house located about at X, one block east and nearly a block north from the courthouse. XX is the back of the Rankin house. Looks undamaged here but if you could have seen it - even it would have been bad enough. Bay at O. Notice the rocking chair at the street crossing - just below O also the little house in the crossing."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photogrpah of W.W. Chapman Apartments After Storm]

Description: Photograph of apartment house after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi. Inscription on the back of the photo,"A stucco rooming house across north of the Winona Hotel. Notice the man sitting up on the second story porch. That shows how scarce rooms were and are. Notice the oil streaks on the little house by it. That isn't a fair sample of what many are like - ours on the inside, for instance." Note from C.L. Beskin, "This was 4 unit apt. house on Twigg St. between Chaparral and Water streets. Owned by Mr. W. W. Chapman."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie

[Photograph of Sand Bank Near Homes]

Description: Photograph of two homes with a sand bank behind them after the hurricane of 1919 in Corpus Christi. Inscribed on the back of the photo, "Ours and Lichtenstein's houses showing the sand bank. A very poor picture and entirely too small to tell much about. Notice that the high board fence isn't needed now we have a bank instead."
Date: 1919
Creator: Shirkey, Marie