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[Photograph of a Dead Tree]

Description: This photograph is focused on the remains of a dead tree, still standing, in a field of dry brush. To the left is shorter tree. In the background there is a small building to the left and a telephone pole; to the right, there are more trees and mountains. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph says, "Original prayer tree died from unknown causes."
Date: unknown

Indian Implements

Description: This is a research paper written by Leticia Cortez for an American History Class at Marfa High School on November 28, 1967. In the paper she describes the [Native American] Indian utensils and implements found in their households and the various uses of these items.
Date: November 28, 1967
Creator: Cortez, Leticia

Former Teacher Marks 16th Year as Paisano Secretary

Description: This article gives a brief biography of Jesse Blackwell, written when he was 81. It tells about his family, career as a techer, and his involvement with the Baptist church. The citation at the beginning says "Copy of article taken from the Saturday, July 26, 1952 El Paso Times by Patty McKenzie, Times Correspondent."
Date: July 26, 1952
Creator: McKenzie, Patty

Bloys Campmeet Pageant

Description: This photograph shows a large group of people standing in a semi-circle under a tree. The people are all dressed up in fancy clothing or pioneer-style clothing. In the back, there are ten women and one man of various ages, but all relatively young, as well as five young children in the front. It appears to be nighttime. There are several handwritten notes on the back. The first notes give these names: "1. Jean Shannon," "4. Sue Johnson," "5. Chere Livingston," "6. Lois Burns," "10. Sargie Ruth Jones." Additionally, there are notes that say, "Re-enactment" and "Bloys Campmeet Pageant."
Date: unknown

The Indian Mummy

Description: This is a research paper for an American History Class at Marfa High School in 1967. It describes the discovery of two mummified Indian babies from 1200 or earlier, found near Pinto Canyon in 1952. It describes how they were preserved. One was sent to the Smithsonian Institute and the other was on display at a local motel. The paper also mentions other artifacts found in the cave.
Date: 1967

[Bishop Family House]

Description: This photograph shows a house situated on a lawn. In the foreground, there are low bushes and plants lining the yard which is grassy and has scattered plants throughout. The house is a single story with several windows and a patio with several posts and a low wall enclosing it. There is ivy covering the near corner of the house and several of the posts around the patio. In the background, there are several tall trees. There is a handwritten note on the back of the frame: "Made adobes. Bishop house where Audrey Minms lives now."
Date: unknown

Then Came the Indians

Description: This is a research paper written by Richard Hewitt for an American History Class at Marfa High School on December 10, 1969. It includes stories about Indian attacks in west Texas, the location of petroglyphs, and descriptions of different arrowheads and their uses.
Date: December 10, 1969
Creator: Hewitt, Richard

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

The Indians of The Big Bend Country

Description: This is a research paper written by Nancy Edwards for an American History Class at Marfa High School in April 1968. The paper discusses the various tribes in west Texas and how they lived, artifacts found in pueblos and caves, historical descriptions of early Spanish interactions with the tribes, and relationships between the tribes. It covers popular legends of some tribes and legends surrounding the Marfa Lights.
Date: April 1968
Creator: Edwards, Nancy

[Four generations of Cabezuelas]

Description: January 1959 picture of Catalina Cabezuela, her daughter, her granddaughter, and her great-granddaughter (Melva Yvonne). The women are seated on a red couch. From left to right: Catalina Cabezuela, Catalina's daughter, Catalina's granddaughter, and Catalina's great-granddaughter.
Date: January 1959

Josepha Castro

Description: Photographic postcard of Josepha Castro. A description of this photo by Eddie Rivera reads," Mrs. Castro was born in Shafter, Texas. She was best known for her fine knitting. She knitted fine articles and sold them. It was her hobby. She sold them only to make enough money to buy more supplies. She is the aunt of the Ignacio Campos family. She was a very religious person. She also liked to help the people who could not afford to buy or have something. You might have called her 'The Salvation Army'."
Date: unknown

[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

Newspaper article of Marfa rotarians presenting city with old land grant

Description: Newspaper photograph of Henry Allen Coffield, Judge Hunter Metcalfe, and Lucius Bunton. Henry Coffield is accepting a land grant presented by a Marfa Rotary Club program. Mayor Coffield is in the center of the photograph. To the left of him is Lucius Bunton. To the right of Mayor Coffield is Hunter Metcalfe. Hunter Metcalfe is holding a paper copy of the land grant in his left hand and a framed copy of the land grant in his right hand.
Date: unknown