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Church History Book III

Description: Book handwritten by Blanche Avant titled, "Church History Book III." The book concerns the history of Christianity during the sixteenth century.
Date: 1902-03-04/1902-04-03
Item Type: Book

Church History: Book IV

Description: Journal written by Blanche Avant titled, "Church History, Book IV," about the history of the Episcopal church. The final pages of the journal contain recipes.
Date: April 5, 1902
Creator: Avant, Blanche

[Class Schedule for Ben Avant, 1907]

Description: Class schedule from West Texas Military Academy for Ben Avant, 5th Form, dated Sept 18, 1907. Classes included: Study Hall, Spanish II, Plain Geometry, History V, English V, Algebra V, Arithmetic V, And English Grammar. Signed by Principal A. G Blackwell.
Date: September 18, 1907
Item Type: Text

Ethel's Lock of Hair

Description: Photograph of a page from the Christian family Bible. It shows a lock of Ethel's hair and has this written on it, "This is the first piece of hair that was cut off of little Ethel C.C. Christian's head. Allie wrote it after April 23 1900" This photo was included in a research paper by Mike Shurley for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Date: 1900~
Item Type: Photograph

The Gulf Coast of Texas, The Winter Vegetable Garden of America

Description: "The Gulf Coast of Texas" is a booklet published by the Passenger Traffic Department of the Rock Island-Frisco Lines. Chapters include: As to Texas,South Texas in General,What the Land is Like, Crops and Their Returns, Is South Texas a Citrus Region?, The Important Question of Markets, Some Specific Performances, The Question of Cost, The Question of Labor, As to Health and Comfort, Towns of the South Texas Coast, North of the Nueces and The Way to Southern Texas. Included ate two maps, one of the Texas coast and one of the Rock Island-Frisco Railroad Lines.
Date: 1906
Creator: Sebastian, John
Item Type: Text

[Letter From John Harris to A. M. Avant]

Description: Letter from John W. Harris to A. M. Avant, Esq. The letter concerns blueprints of properties sold and unsold. The letter is on Harris & Rogers Insurance Agents letterhead. The letter is dated January 22, 1901.
Date: January 22, 1901
Creator: Harris, John W.
Item Type: Letter

[Letter From John W. Harris to A. M. Avant]

Description: Letter from John W. Harris to A. M. Avant, Esq., concerning rent for land in Atascosa County. The letter is dated April 24, 1903 and is written on Harris & Rogers Insurance letterhead.
Date: April 24, 1903
Creator: Harris, John W.
Item Type: Letter

[Letter From R. Avant to A. M. Avant]

Description: Letter from R. Avant to A. M. Avant. The letter concerns family business and real estate. It is written on Dillard & Avant letterhead and dated September 30, 1906.
Date: September 30, 1906
Creator: Avant, R.
Item Type: Letter

[Letter to A.M. Avant from L.J. Roter in 1909]

Description: Handwritten letter written to A.M. Avant from L.J. Roter on August 14, 1909. It discusses Mr. Roter's health, his whereabouts and a business transaction between him and Mr. Avant.
Date: August 14, 1909
Creator: Roter, L.J.
Item Type: Text

[Main Street of Alpine]

Description: Postcard of Main Street in Alpine, Texas, in 1909. The road is unpaved. There are several stores and horse-drawn vehicles along the road. Text below the photograph says, "Alpine, Texas. Published by The Palace Pharmacy." The card is addressed to Byron Avant in San Antonio, Texas.
Date: 1909
Item Type: Postcard

Map of Texas Showing Rock Island-Frisco Lones and Connections

Description: Map of Texas that is included in the booklet, Texas A Southwest Empire published by the Rock Island-Frisco Lines and Chicago & Eastern Illinois Railroad in 1909. It shows the Rock Island-Frisco railroad lines and connections in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and New Mexico.
Date: 1909
Item Type: Map

[Marfa's Private School, 1905]

Description: Photograph of school children in April 1905. They are outside the school building in Marfa, Texas. The teachers, Elena Lopez and her sister Fe Lopez, stand in the doorway. Written on the blackboard in the photo, "Marfa's Private School, April 6, 1905"
Date: April 6, 1905
Item Type: Photograph

Photo of Lorina Cruz

Description: Photograph of Lorina Cruz on the day of her wedding, June 18, 1900. She wears a dark dress, a white hat and large pearl earrings. She married Delfine Juarez. This photo was included in a research paper by Frankie Quintanas for a history class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Date: June 18, 1900
Item Type: Photograph

[Poll Tax Receipt]

Description: Poll tax receipt for $1.75 received from A.M. Avant on January 30, 1908 in Pleasanton, Texas.
Date: January 30, 1908
Item Type: Text

[Portrait of Frank Duncan]

Description: Portrait of Frank Duncan with a dark mustache and wearing a suit. A handwritten message on the back of the photo states that it is a "self made" portrait.
Date: 1901
Creator: Duncan, Frank
Item Type: Photograph

[Program of First Annual Field Day, West Texas Military Academy, 1909]

Description: Program for the First Annual Field Day at West Texas Military Academy held on April 13, 1909. Events included: shot put, relay races, 50 and 100 yard dashes, high jump, hurdle races, one mile race, 1/2 mile race, three legged race, broad jump, needle race, potato race and consolation race.
Date: April 13, 1909
Item Type: Text

Richard C. Daly's Account to Harry Warren on Jan. 15, 1907, at Presidio, Texas

Description: Richard C. Daly's account to Harry Warren, Deputy Collector of Customs, on January 15, 1907, at Presidio, Texas. Daly arrived in Presidio, Texas, in 1866, after a long stint in the U.S. Army (fought in the Civil War). Daly gives a description of the men, and their wives and children, living in the town during that time.
Date: January 15, 1907
Item Type: Text