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[Several ruins in Presidio]

Description: Photograph of the remains of several stone buildings that are part of the remaining ruins of a Presidio ranch. The ruins are next to a road lined with small posts, visible in the lower-right corner, and desert mountains are visible in the background. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "These are the ruins of the ranch house of another West Texas settler whom the land defeated. Manuel Musquiz tried to homestead in the canyon near the present town of Ft. Davis in 1854. Continued Indian raids drove him back to the security of the East" (p. 4).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph

Shafter 8th Grade Graduation Class of 1941

Description: Photograph of the eight grade graduating class of Shafter, Texas in 1941. Front row: Ernestina Soza, Guadalupe Ramirez, Jesus DeAnda, Middle row: Luz Ramirez, Esperanza Contreras. Antonia Pina, Estanislada Franco, Tuth Gschwind. Back row: Tommy Tyree, Eugene Hernandez, Leander Juarez, Raul Flores, Bobby Sloan, Ben Jimenez, Edward Watts, teacher. This photo was included in a research paper by Cynthia Lee Rogers for an American History class at Marfa High School.
Date: 1941
Item Type: Photograph

[Shafter ghost town]

Description: Photograph of a series of partial ruins and lots in abandoned Shafter, Texas. Mountains are visible in the background. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Once this ghost town, Shafter, was the producer of an important source of income, silver" (p. 7).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph

Shafter School

Description: Photograph of Shafter School during the mining days in Shafter, Texas. Students stand outside of the building. The large bell to the right was rung to signal the start of the classes. Once a group of boys stole this bell. This photo was included in a research paper by Cynthia Lee Rogers for an American History class at Marfa High School.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Sheared sheep roundup]

Description: Photograph of four cowboys on horseback rounding up sheep in pens. A group of sheared sheep are in a pen in the foreground and a group of unsheared sheep are grouped on the other side of the fence, with the cowboys spread out behind them. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Although modern inventions have made ranching easier, the truck can't compare to the cow pony when it is time for round-up" (p. 11).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph

[Shed at the Brite Ranch]

Description: Photograph of the shed at the Brite Ranch in West Texas. This photo was included in a report for an American History class at Marfa High School.
Date: 1984
Item Type: Photograph

[Sheep being sheared near Marfa]

Description: Photograph of two men shearing sheep who are laying on a low platform in a pen. A third man is in the background, looking at fleeces and tools around the fence of the pen. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Shearing usually takes place in April before lambing season" (p. 11).
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Sheep in a field near Marfa]

Description: Photograph of a flock of sheep a field; a structure is partially visible in the background. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "Sheep ranching is most successful on the stony, rolling hills" (p. 11).
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

Sheriff's Convention

Description: Photograph of participants at a Sheriff's Convention in Lytle, Texas. Women and children look out from a window.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Sid Evans rides a bronco]

Description: Sid Evans, a young boy (and brother of Jess Evans), is riding a bronco in a rodeo competition. A small crowd off to the left watches Sid ride.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

Silvester and Felcita Chavira Wedding Photo

Description: Photograph of the wedding of Silvester and Felicita Chavira in Marfa, Texas in 1909. The three groomsmen are: Chico Chavira, Gregorio Vizcaino and Jose Salgado, . The three bridesmaids are: Maria Ordonez, Adela Cordero and Barbarita Montoya. The men wear suits and all of the women have flowers in their hair. This photo was included in a research paper by Evangelina Uranga for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1966.
Date: 1909
Item Type: Photograph

Silvester Chavira with his Wife and Children

Description: Studio family portrait of Silvester Chavira with his wife Felisita, his son Salvador, and his daughters Elvida, Tanita, and Enedina in 1914. The daughters have large bows in their hair. This photo was included in a research paper by Lupita Traveo for an American History class at Marfa High School in 1967.
Date: 1914
Item Type: Photograph

[Skillets]

Description: Photograph of three skillets on a table. The skillets originally belonged to Mrs. Isidra Magallanez. They were used in her restaurant, Isidra's, in Marfa, Texas.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Skunk in the Grass]

Description: Photograph of a skunk in the grass in West Texas. This photo was included in a research paper by Harvey Slaton for an American History class in 1971.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Small body of water at Big Bend National Park]

Description: Photograph of the banks of a curving river at Big Bend National Park. Vegetation is growing along the banks of the water and there are desert hills rising on the right side of the photo. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "An excellent highway curves through terrain in which hikers are often lost in the rough mountains of the park along the Rio Grande. The native has a deep respect for the land which the traveler must quickly learn if he takes it upon himself to stray from the trails" (p. 10).
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

[Small Group of People]

Description: In this photograph, there are four adults and a child sitting together in a group. To the left, there are two young women sitting in the back and an older woman sitting directly in front of them, leaning against their knees. The third woman is facing a man who is also sitting in the back and a little girl sitting in front of him. All of the people in the group are dressed up; the women are wearing dark-colored dresses and hats. The man is wearing a suit and tie and a hat. The little girl is wearing a dress with a plaid pattern. The two younger women are holding bottles and the man is holding a third bottle and is pouring it into a glass. Behind the group is a wall made of bricks. An accompanying handwritten note reads, "Left to right: ? , ? possibly Mrs. Augustus Julius Bogel, Sr. (W. W. Bogel's mother) of Shreveport, La. (visiting), Mrs. W. W. Bogel (Sarah Newton), W. W. Bogel (William Woodworth), the child ? possibly Jessie Bogel - oldest child of W. W. and Sarah Newton Bogel."
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph

Smith and Matilda Casner

Description: Photograph of Smith Cook Casner and Matilda Knuell McDonald Casner. He wears a suit and tie and she wears a large hat. This may be a wedding picture; they were married in 1904. This page is part of a 1977 report for a history class at Marfa High School by Jess Evans.
Date: 1904~
Item Type: Photograph

Smither's Photo Lamp Shade

Description: Photograph printed on a lamp shade by Fred Smithers. The photograph appears to be a group of cowboys on horseback riding down a rugged slope, most likely in West Texas. This is considered a collectible item. Though an outfit in New Mexico tried to patent these photo lamp shades, Smithers was the first to create them and proved it in court with a letter from President Roosevelt thanking him for the lamp he had given him years prior to the patent dispute. This photo was included in a research paper by Jaime Javier Vasquez for an American History class in 1978.
Date: unknown
Creator: Smithers, Frederick William
Item Type: Photograph

[Soaring in Marfa]

Description: Photograph of a man in the cockpit of a glider on a tarmac. Five men are standing around the glider, looking down at it. The image accompanied a written speech, with the caption: "A new source of revenue in the Big Bend is coming with the growing popularity of soaring" (p. 12).
Date: 1969
Item Type: Photograph

[Soldier]

Description: Photograph of an unidentified soldier in uniform outside the barracks.
Date: unknown
Item Type: Photograph