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[Tug Boat Christening]

Description: Photograph of release of the tub boat Margaret C. after christening. The boat is splashing side first into the water after being released from her ties. The tug being released after just having finished construction.
Date: unknown

[Brick Complex at Texaco Refinery]

Description: Photograph of a brick complex at the Texaco Refinery in Port Arthur, TX. Three workers are walking around the building. A tall storage tank is on the left with a ladder leaned against it. An object that appears to be an oven is in the picture foreground with a tall pipe protruding from the top.
Date: unknown

[Sabine Seafood Fishing Docks]

Description: Photograph of the Sabine Seafood Company in Sabine, TX. The building is attached to a wooden pier on a body of water. Several rows of fishing boats are docked next to the pier. They are covered in nets.
Date: unknown
Creator: Everett, James

[Photograph of George M. Sims]

Description: Photograph of George M. Sims. Sims was the Superintendent of Schools in Port Arthur, TX from 1914-1944. He was one of the first to use the 12-year school grade system. He is posed wearing a suit and tie. Only his head is photographed. He is also wearing glasses.
Date: unknown

[Tugboat Preparing to Pull Tanker]

Description: Photograph of the Texaco tugboat "Havoline" assisting a full Texaco tanker to the sea with its load. The tanker is labeled as the "Wyoming" out of Wilmington, Delaware. One large smokestack on the bow of the ship carries the Texaco logo. An American flag is also flying from a pole on the bow. Another tanker, the "Nautica" out of Monrovia, is docked nearby.
Date: August 9, 1971
Creator: Watkins Studio

[Seafers - Whigham Home]

Description: Photograph of the Seafers-Whigham home. Preston Seafer's family came to Port Arthur in 1897. The house is two stories high, with columns in the front. Bushes line the front of the house.
Date: 1976-07~

[Aerial of Mary Gate Memorial Hospital]

Description: Photograph of Mary Gates Memorial Hospital in Port Arthur, TX. The hospital is a three story building at the far left. Residential neighborhoods are to the right of the hospital. According to accompanying information, the hospital was converted and used as a city hall from 1930-1970.
Date: unknown

[Office of J.M. Guffey Oil Company]

Description: Photograph of original office of the J.M. Guffey (Gulf) Oil Company in downtown Port Arthur, TX. The building has three floors. A covered balcony extends from the second floor. It is supported by wooden columns on a porch around the first floor. The second floor balcony has pieces of fabric draped around it.
Date: unknown

[Crowd in front of the StrandTheater]

Description: Photograph of a crowd of people outside the front doors of the Strand Theatre in the 500 block of Procter. The marquee says "John Barrymore-Dolores Costello and George O'Hara in The Screen Classic 'The Sea Beast.'" In the foreground, there is a row of cars.
Date: 1926

[Photograph of Jennie Wood Stilwell]

Description: Photograph of Jennie Wood Stilwell. Jennie is the wife of Arthur Stilwell, founder of Port Arthur. This is a profile portrait. She is wearing an elaborate light-colored dress and has an ornate string of pearls around her neck.
Date: unknown

[Eastern Texas Electric Company Vehicles]

Description: Photograph of six vehicles belonging to the Eastern Texas Electric Company. On the side of each vehicle is an advertisement promoting the use of electric appliances and GE refrigerators. Several men are seated on the side stoop of each vehicle. In the back is the company's main building. Many power lines are running from the building out.
Date: unknown

[Photograph of Young George M. Sims]

Description: Photograph of George M. Sims at as a young man. Sims was the Superintendent of Schools in Port Arthur, TX from 1914-1944. He was one of the first to use the 12-year school grade system. He is posed wearing a suit and tie in a formal portrait.
Date: unknown

[Charles Martin Company]

Description: Photograph of a group of three men standing and one woman sitting in a Charles Martin Company office at Realty Building. They are identified as W. J. Burch (oil inspector), C. E. Booz (senior manager), Elda LaPoint (secretary), and DeWitt Cudd (clerk). Charles Martin Company consisted of deep oil inspection and a steamship agency. The group is surrounded by desks with papers and typewriters on them. There is a set of filing cabinets to the left of the group, and a clock hanging on the wall towards the right. Text below the photograph says "Pictured left to right are: W. J. Burch, C. E. Booz, Senior Manager, Elda LaPoint, and DeWitt Cudd."
Date: 1920

[Dick Dowling Monument]

Description: Photograph of a monument honoring Dick Dowling in Sabine Pass Battleground Park. A statue of a man is on top of a marble pedestal that has three segments containing text. The center portion of the monument, beneath the statue includes a symbol with a star and laurel leaves at the top and text that says: "In memory of Lt. Richard W. Dowling and his men. Texas remembers the faithfulness and valor of her sons and commends their heroic example to future generations. Erected by the state of Texas, 1936." Additional text is in the segment on the right and the left segment is labeled "With Dowling Were" and contains a list of names.
Date: August 6, 1963
Creator: Watkins Studio

[Aerial of Texaco Island]

Description: Photograph of Texaco Island in Port Arthur, TX. Several ships are docked by the shore. On the island are a large grain elevator and a motor oil packaging factory. At the far end of the island, the is a grouping of petroleum storage tanks.
Date: unknown
Creator: J. C. Watkins Photography

[Photograph of Texaco Employees]

Description: Photograph of two Texaco company employees standing outside in Port Arthur, TX. Both are dressed in suits and wearing hats. They are J. C. McCullough from the Pipeline Department and C. C. Blackman, company superintendent.
Date: unknown

[Photograph of Jeannine Villemez]

Description: Photograph of Jeannine Villemez at the First National Bank in Port Arthur, TX. Jeannine is a teller at the bank. The decorations around her appear to be Christmas oriented. She is standing next to a poinsettia and is holding a platter of cookies in her hands.
Date: unknown

[First Water Well Near Port Arthur]

Description: Photograph of two men standing near the first water well near Port Arthur, TX. The well is a hand pump device with a wooden trough to take water towards a holding container. Both men are wearing hats. The man on the left is holding a small glass of water in his hand.
Date: unknown

[Menhaden Fish Plant]

Description: Photograph of the Menhaden Fish Plant in Port Arthur, TX. The plant is a grouping of buildings, dominated by a long structure to the left of the rest. An area for storage of raw building materials is to the right. Four fishing boats are docked in the Sabine-Neches Canal adjacent to the plant.
Date: unknown
Creator: J. C. Watkins Photography

[Gates Day Memorial Celebration]

Description: Photograph of a memorial celebration in memory of John W. Gates in Port Arthur, TX. A large crowd is milling around a large open park near a building. In the middle of the park is a small gazebo. People are in the gazebo seated. Many of the people are carrying umbrellas.
Date: unknown

[Gulf Refinery Employees on Break]

Description: Photograph of four workers from the Port Arthur Gulf Oil Refinery on break. They are seated on a wooden bench in front of an oil railroad car. All four are wearing hats and having a conversation. The picture has had two holes punched on the left side.
Date: unknown

[Port Arthur National Guard Band]

Description: Photograph of the Port Arthur National Guard Band on a stage; three men are standing and holding drums, and the rest are sitting and holding various instruments. A man sitting on the back row in the first chair on the left is identified as Sergeant John L. McClintock. He is holding a bass horn.
Date: 1938