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[Wedding photograph of Luis and Nieves Colomo]

Description: Nieves Marquez and Luis Colomo on their wedding day. Nieves is wearing a wedding dress created by her two sisters, Carlota and Dorotea Marquez. Both Nieves and Luis are standing. Nieves is to the left of Luis. Luis is wearing a suit with no tie. Nieves was sixteen in the photograph and Luis was twenty-one years of age.
Date: September 19, 1917

Antonia Cano in Grand Falls, Texas

Description: "This picture of Antonio G. Cano was taken in Grand Falls, Texas on December 12, 1914. Her husband, Martin, was a loyal follower of Pancho Villa. They later moved to Grand Falls in 1925." This statement was made by Alma Cano and was included in a research paper by Delfina Heredin for a history class at Marfa High School in 1975.
Date: December 12, 1914

Van Adams at the Gas Pump, 1914

Description: Photograph of Van Adams at the gas pump in 1914, Marfa, Texas. Description on the back reads, "This is type of service stations. Normally gas was pumped into a 5 gal can & then strained thru chamois skin to keep out dirt. Probably no one remembers Van Adams. His father was a River officer." This photo was included in a research paper by David Newton for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1971.
Date: 1914

Wedding Photo of Encarnacion and Jose Chavez in 1918

Description: Description of this photo from a paper by Londa Venegas written in January 1977 for a Marfa High School history class, "In this picture are my grandmother's parents, brothers, and sisters. From top left to right is: Maria, Jose and Encarnacion Chavez, Jose Jr. Center left to right: Manuela, my grandmother Francisca, her parents Jose and Thomasa, Teofila, Jose Inez. Bottom left to right: Sisto, Jesus, the baby is Paula, Sabina, and Pantalion Herrera. This picture was taken when my great aunt was married to Jose Chavez in 1918 in Casa Pierda."
Date: 1918

Jose Maria Chavez

Description: Description of a photo of Jose Maria Chavez from a paper written in 1966 for a Marfa High School history class by Mary Melendez reads, "The picture was taken in 1917. The person is Jose Maria Chavez. He was serving in the army when the picture was taken. He served during World War I. He was at that time married to Christina Magallenez. They were living in Marfa at that time. After he completed his military services he came home to Marfa where his wife was. They had four children to take care of and send to school. He was a cook by occupation and worked for ranchers around the Marfa area. With the money he earned he sent his children to school to learn to read and write. He always tried to give his family whatever they needed."
Date: 1917

Jose and Guadelupe Chavarria with Cavalry Soldiers

Description: Photograph of cavalry soldiers near the U.S.- Mexico border, charged with keeping Pancho Villa out of the United States. In this photo two soldiers are trying to talk Jose Chavarria into selling them his horse in Ruidosa, Texas. His mother, Luisa looks on as she holds her one-year old grandson, Guadalupe. This photo was included in a research paper by Ernest Mediano for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1968.
Date: c. 1918

Leap Year Dance Nineteen And Twelve

Description: Dance card for "Leap Year Dance Nineteen and Twelve." The inner pages list different types of dances, such as waltz, two-step and three-step. The dances repeat and there are 25 total dances. A handwritten name is on the line next to each dance. There is a small pencil attached to the pamphlet.
Date: 1912