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[Photograph of the Schreck Family]

Description: Photograph of the Frank S. Schreck family posing for a portrait. From left to right: Frank is standing behind a drum and dressed in a tasseled military uniform, complete with a saber at his side; baby Ursula is sitting on a tall stool and wearing a white dress; mother Ursula is in a dark dress, sitting down and holding a bow; child Enrique (Henry) is seated and wearing a uniform like his brother's; Frank S. Schreck is seated next to his wife, wearing a dark suit, and has his left hand on son Alfonso's shoulder; Alfonso is also wearing a military uniform and holding a bugle; Leo is similarly dressed and has a bow across his back. There is a painted woodland scene in the background, and the family is standing on an animal skin rug. The reverse side of the photo contains two handwritten notes; the first says: "Matamoros, June 3d, 1899 To our dear sister Mrs. Anna B. Schreck and her dear and sweet family, as a token of sin-cere affecton. Frank Schreck and Ursula Fuente[...]r Schreck." The note in the lower-left conrer says "Oct. 5-, 1956. To my cousin E. E. Schreck, Leo. M. Schreck."
Date: June 3, 1899

[Photograph of Mary Elizabeth Donaldson, 1923]

Description: Photograph of Mary Elizabeth Donaldson as the Queen of Port Arthur's 25th Anniversary celebration in Texas. She is sitting to the right, wearing a beaded crown and a beaded dress with a long train bunched around her feet. She's holding a scepter across her lap. There is a painted woodland scene in the background. The photo is contained in a greenish grey paper folder. The front flap is stamped with a pattern and has "The Studio Miss Woods Prop Port Arthur" printed upon it.
Date: 1923
Creator: The Studio

[Photograph of Faculty of the First School in Port Arthur, Texas]

Description: Photograph of the principal and teachers of the first school in Port Arthur, Texas. Four rows of people sit on a railed stairway leading up to a set of double doors on a brick building. The group is made up of twelve women wearing light blouses and dark skirts, with two men in suits sitting in the front row. The reverse side of the mat contains a handwritten list of surnames and the name of the principal, Steven Durfee. He is noted as the father of Mrs. Frank Timmons
Date: unknown

[Photograph of Canal Bank in Port Arthur, Texas, February 2, 1922]

Description: Photograph of the Port Arthur, Texas, ship canal and bridge showing signs of erosion. The grass and sand of the bank shows vehicle tracks, leading back past power lines and towards houses. The mid portion of the photo displays the bridge raised over the canal with some people standing along the structure. On the lower right portion of the photo is a dated note describing the view.
Date: February 2, 1922

[Photograph of People at Port Arthur College, 1914]

Description: Photograph of men and women on the steps of Port Arthur College. They are arranged in six rows that decline upward, with the final row being comprised of a single man. Men in the photograph are wearing suits and ties, whereas the women are wearing blouses and skirts. Two separate pieces of a paper have been taped above and below the photo. Over the photo is a description of the image and the date. Below the image is the name of the donor, Maccie Barrier LaGrone.
Date: 1914

[Photograph of the First Bank in Port Arthur, Texas]

Description: Photograph of the first bank in Port Arthur, Texas, c. 1908. The bank is a single story clapboard building with a flat roof. Two tall windows are on the side between entrances. Two signs hang over the left entrance, the first printed with "P. Haney and Co. Contracting Stevedores" and the second with "W. H. Gilliland S. S. Agent." To the right of this entrance is another sign advertising a postal telegraph. Two men in suits stand in front of the left entrance, with two more men posing under a telegraph advertisement in the background. Under the photograph is a mounted and printed piece of paper describing the photo and mentioning that the first telephone in the building had Mrs. Fred Borden as one of its operators. There is also a handwritten description on the back of the mat.
Date: 1898

[Photograph of a Museum Display of the First Queen of Port Arthur, Texas]

Description: Photograph of a museum display depicting the first queen of Port Arthur, Texas, 1923. A mannequin wearing a tiara and ornate dress stands between a display case to the left and a document display case and chair to the right. Small signs amid the mannequin's feet note the dressmaker, Ida Griffin, and the first queen of Port Arthur, Mary Donaldson. Near the bottom of the photo is a photo of the original queen wearing the dress. To the far right is a sign urging pioneer families to display at least one item from the case.
Date: unknown
Creator: Watkins Photography

[Photograph of Men in Front of a Texaco Station in Port Arthur, Texas, June 22, 1932]

Description: Photograph of a group of thirteen men standing in front of a Texaco gas station. The men stand in two rows. The first row features three men in suits and a fourth man in a shirt and bow tie. The second row is primarily composed of men in white shirts and ties, with the third and eighth man wearing suits. Behind them, the Texaco station flies a Texaco and United States flag side by side. A single pump can be seen just behind the group, and a Texaco shaped like a question mark is further to the right. A body of water can be seen in the right background. The reverse side of the photograph identifies Fred P. Dodge as the person on the far right of the front row.
Date: June 22, 1932

[Photograph of Oil Well Fire in Port Arthur, Texas, September 13, 1902]

Description: Photograph of an oil well fire, with smoke roiling into the sky as eighteen men look on. A tank to the left of the blaze is itself giving off smoke. Industrial materials litter the foreground, and two intact oil rigs can be seen in the background. On the reverse side, there is a handwritten passage stating "Kieths Ward Fire - Texas Gusher throwing 200 ft and Higgins 10000 barrel Pressure Tank."
Date: September 13, 1902

[Postcard of a Flooded Street in Port Arthur, Texas, August 1915]

Description: Postcard depicting a group of men standing in a flooded street in Port Arthur, Texas. The waters rise over the knees of the men gathered at the intersection of Austin and 5th Street. Two telephone lines and two buildings loom above either side of the street; the building to the right is the Port Arthur post office. Trees and several other buildings can be seen in the background.
Date: August 17, 1915
Creator: D & H Photo

[Photograph of the Hayne Family, 1906]

Description: Photograph of Mr. and Mrs. Hayne, Alda, and Andy (on the pony) in front of a house labeled 248 in Port Arthur, Texas. There are several houses on the fenced in property, three with visible chimneys and two with ornamental posted awnings. Walkways made up of crushed shells have been made outside of the fence. On the reverse mat side of the photo, the address is given as Houston Avenue and Fourth Street in Port Arthur.
Date: 1906

[Photograph of Factory Workers]

Description: Photograph of factory workers. They have lined up into different levels of rows to pose for the photo. Their manner of dress is varied, but most wear dark clothes. Many of their hands are covered in soot. They are posed inside of a factory, with industrial materials visible behind the men and beneath them.
Date: unknown