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[The Abel Family and Home]
Photograph of the Abel family and home at South 17th Street and Ross in Waco. From left to right, they are Ida Victoria, Maud Vivian (standing), Lillie Jane, Robert Downman, Clarence Albert (standing), Hector Valdemar, and Valdemar. Ida Victoria sits in a wooden rocking chair on the porch, and Lillie Jane sits in a wicker chair next to her. She holds Robert Downman, and Maud Vivian stands behind her chair. Clarence Albert stands on the porch steps, while Hector Valdemar sits on the arm of a rocking chair. Valdemar stands next to the chair, leaning against the side of the house. The photograph was purchased at the Abel estate sale in Waco, Texas.
[Abilene Bankers Camping Trip]
Photograph of John T. Willis, Sr. on a bankers camping trip. He stands in between two other men, Bob Adams on the left and Fritz Fulwiler on the left. Willis wears a hat and holds a pipe in his mouth. The campsite is visible behind the men.
[Abilene Clearing House Association]
Photograph of John T. Willis, Sr. in a group photograph of the Abilene Clearing House Association. He stands in the middle of the back row with his hands on the shoulders of the man in front of him. All of the men are dressed in white shirts, and several have money in their pockets or hands. The men in the front row are Kirk -, Herman Pender, and Curtis Weaver. Roy McCollough is on the left in the back row, and Bob Adams stands on Willis' other side.
[Abilene Clearing House Association]
Photograph of John T. Willis, Sr. in a group photograph of the Abilene Clearing House Association. He stands in the middle of the back row with his hands on the shoulders of the man in front of him. All of the men are dressed in white shirts, and several have money in their pockets or hands.
[Account Between Dr. Alexander Archer Beville and Dr. Black, 1870]
Paper containing an expense account between Dr. Alexander Archer Beville and Dr. Black. The first column lists the month, the second the day of the month, the third the what was bought, and fourth how much it cost.
[Acting Troupe in Blackface]
Photograph of an acting troupe, all men, in black face. One of them, in the back row, is dressed as a woman, with a blouse and a feathered hat. The man in the front row wearing a striped hat holds a horn instrument. The man on the far right does not wear black face, and is dressed in a three-piece suit and tie.
[Addie Smith Howell and Children]
Photograph of Adalade "Addie" Smith Howell, center, and two of her children. Jewell Howell stands to the left of her mother, and Robert Calhoun Howell to the right. Adalade and Jewell Howell wear high necked white dresses, and Robert Howell wears a suit and tie.
[Alexander Jacob Beville's Farm]
Photograph of the farm of Dr. Alexander Jacob Beville located in East Waco. Several unidentified men sit around a pit. A table is set up in the background, and the house can be vaguely seen.
[Alexander Jacob Beville's Farm]
Photograph of the farm of Dr. Alexander Jacob Beville in East Waco. Several unidentified men sit around a long table covered with a tablecloth and food. There is a smoking fire pit in the foreground. A man stands with his back to it.
[Anthony Garnett Smith, Sr. Family Cemetery]
Photograph of the cemetery of the family of Reverend Anthony Garnett Smith, Sr., which is located 75 yards away from the house. There are four graves visible in the photograph.
[Anthony Joseph Smith, Sr. at the Anthony Garnett Smith, Sr. Cemetery]
Photograph of Anthony Joseph "Joe" Smith, Sr. standing at the Anthony Garnett Smith, Sr. cemetery. He wears trousers with shirts tucked in, and is surrounded by foliage.
[Baby Portrait of Nannie Clara Evans]
Photograph of Nannie Clara Evans as an infant. She is wearing a white-lace dress and is sitting upright in a tapestry-covered chair.
[The Bahl Family]
Photograph of the Bahl family. From left to right, they are Josephine, Blond, Leda and Harry Bahl. The women wear high-necked dark dresses and ribbons in their hair. Harry Bahl wears a suit and tie, with a medal in his lapel.
["Be a Link in Our Chain" Card]
A card with a pencil drawing of a chain, and the words "Be a link in our chain."
[The Beck Family Home]
Photograph of the home of Roy Elmer Beck. It is a two-story American Craftsman-style house in Waco, Texas. Parked by the curb in front is an automobile, next to which Mr. Beck is standing.
[Behrens Drug Company]
Photograph of the exterior of Behrens Drug Company in Waco in 1892. A line of twelve white men stand in front of the store. To the right, two African American men stand. One of them wears an apron. The door to the store stands open.
[Bible of Rev. Anthony Garnett Smith, Sr.]
Photograph of a page of Reverend Anthony Garnett Smith, Sr.'s Bible, which features one of Reverend A. G. Smith's handwritten notes.
[Bible of Rev. Anthony Garnett Smith, Sr.]
Photograph of a page of Reverend Anthony Garnett Smith, Sr.'s Bible. About 114 names and birthdates have been recorded throughout the Bible. The names on this page are slaves.
[Birthday Card to Johnie Louise Bruyere, December 24, 1945]
A card addressed to Johnie Louise Bruyere on her birthday. It reads: "When someone has a friend like YOU/Steady, kind, staunch and true/A friend who can always understand/And gladly lends a helping hand./Then what a pleasure to express/Best wishes for your happiness/And what a pleasure to extend/Birthday greetings to you, my friend." It is signed "Miss Sallie." It has purple flowers on the front, as well as the words "Birthday Greetings to You."
[The Blessing Family]
Photograph of the Blessing family. Anna and John Blessing are both seated. John Blessing holds his son, John, on his lap, and their daughter, Anna, stands next to her mother.
[The Blessing Family]
Photograph of the Blessing family. Anna and John Blessing are both seated. John Blessing holds his son, John, on his lap, and their daughter, Anna, stands next to her mother.
[Booklet for The Queen's Ball]
Booklet for the Queen's Ball, a celebration of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen of the Year at the Texas Cotton Palace in Waco. Included in the booklet is a portrait of Her Majesty Queen of the Year, a list of members of the royal court, a program of dances and songs, a list of duchesses for Texas, and committee members.
[Booklet for The Queen's Ball]
Booklet for the Queen's Ball, a celebration of the coronation of Her Majesty Queen of the Year at the Texas Cotton Palace in Waco. Included in the booklet is a list of members of the royal court, a program of dances and songs, and a list of duchesses for Texas.
[Bookmark for Good Will Week, 1933]
An orange bookmark with green print. It reads: "I am Playing My Part In Good Will Week (2107). My name is: Johnie Louise Bruyere, Waco, Texas. Nov. 4, 1933. Welcome to Baylor's Homecoming." Bruyere's name, city, and date are handwritten.
[Boy Scout Card, 1966]
Boy Scout card awarded September 1966 registering Hester Beck Willis as a den mother of Pack 6 in Waco, Texas.
[Boy Selling Pastries in Mexico City]
Photograph of a small boy selling pastries on the street in Mexico City. A woman holding her son offers him a pastry. The boy selling pastries stands next to a row of cars parked on the street.
[T. Bradford Willis in the Parlor]
Photograph of T. Bradford Willis standing in the parlor of the home of Anthony Garnett Smith, Jr. in Talbot County, Georgia. The photograph was taken in 1983. He stands next to a fireplace, which has been boarded up. He holds a hat under one arm, and a camera in his hand.
[Bride and Groom]
Photograph of John T. Willis, Sr. and Clara Evans Willis on their wedding day in Waco, TX. They stand in front of tree, arm in arm. Clara Evans Willis holds a bouquet of flowers in the crook of her arm.
A Brief History of The Austin Avenue United Methodist Church of Waco, Texas
Text describing the history of The Austin Avenue United Methodist Church in Waco, Texas, including information about its establishment, staff members, congregation, and historic significance of the building located on Austin Avenue near 13th Street.
[The Campbell Sisters]
Photograph of the Campbell sisters. They are, in no order, Mrs. Jennie E. Tico, Mrs. Belle Wilcox, Mrs. Mary McIntosh, Mrs. Callie E. Blessing, and Mrs. Valie Mulhall.
[Card Advertising Fruit of the Loom]
Card advertising Fruit of the Loom. It bears a painting of fruit, a peach in the middle with purple grapes to the right and green grapes to the right, and raspberries in the front.
[Card for Wolf Brand Chili]
Card for Wolf Brand Chili. It has a picture of a wolf in red, and reads: "Lyman's Pure Food Products Company, Corsicana, Texas. Mrs. J. A. Wilson, Waco, Texas."
[Carlsbad Caverns]
Photograph of Thomas Middlebrook Willis, left, John T. Willis, Sr., middle, and John Todd Willis, Jr., right, at Carlsbad Caverns.
[Cast of "Bluebonnet Land" at Gurley School]
Photograph of the cast of Bluebonnet Land, a Musical Pageant of Texas, given in honor of the seventh grade class of Gurley School on May 18, 1937. The children sit in a yard outside. Several of the children wear black face, and a girl in the middle of the back row holds a Texas flag.
[Certificate Awarded to Hester Beck Willis]
Certificate awarded to Hester Beck Willis upon her entry into the Daughters of the American Revolution. It reads: "This certifies that Hester Mae Beck is a regularly approved member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Henry Downs Chapter, having been admitted by the National Board of Management by virtue of her descent from Daniel Allen who with unfailing loyalty rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence as Private during the Revolutionary War. Given under our hands and the seal of the National Society this first day of February 1950." It is signed by the President General, the Recording Secretary General, and the Registrar General.
[Certificate Awarded to Hester Beck Willis]
Certificate awarded to Hester Beck Willis for 25 years of membership in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. It reads: "Twenty-Five Years of Continuous Membership. This Certifies that Hester Beck Willis #012499 is a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, having been admitted to membership on January 11, 1984. In Witness Whereof the President General and Senior Members Committee Chair subscribe their names and have caused the seal of the Association to be hereunto affixed at Killeen, Texas this 16th day of May AD 2009."
[Certificate Given to Todd Bradford Willis by the Sons of the American Revolution]
Certificate awarded to Dr. Todd Bradford Willis by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. It reads: "This Certifies That Dr. Todd Bradford Willis is a member of The Texas Society By descent from Dr. John Julian." It has been signed by the President General, the Secretary General, the State President, and the State Secretary, and is dated February 12, 1986. The certificate bears the seal of the Sons of the American Revolution.
[Certificate Presented to Clara Evans Willis]
Certificate awarded to Clara Evans Willis for her work with the USO during World War II. It reads: "In Recognition of Meritorious Service in USO War Work, this certificate is presented to Mrs. J. T. Willis. February 5, 1946." It is signed by the chairman and the president of the United Services Organization.
[Certificate Presented to John T. Willis, Sr.]
Certificate given to John T. Willis, Sr. declaring that he has been a Master Mason for over fifty years. It reads: "To all Freemasons dispersed on the face of the Globe: This is to certify that our well-beloved Brother John Todd Willis has been a Master Mason for more than Fifty Years. As a visible token of their fraternal love and grateful appreciation, this certificate is presented to him by his brethren, the Masons of Texas, with the fervent hope that his years of service to the Craft will continue to increase. In testimony whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names and affixed our seals in the City of Waco, this 4th day of March, A. D. 1968, A. L. 5968." It has been signed by Grand Master J. W. Chandler and Grand Secretary Harvey C. Byrd.
[Charles Evans, Sr. Holding a Baby]
Photograph of an elderly man, Charles Evans, Sr., holding a toddler-aged boy, James M. Kendrick. They are standing outdoors in the yard of Mr. Evans' home in Waco, Texas.
[The Children of Joe Welch]
Photograph of Lillie, Edgar, and John Welch. Lillie sits in between her brothers on a balustrade in front of a painted backdrop. The boy to the right wears plaid pants and a white shirt, and the boy to the left wears a gown.
[Children Riding a Deer-Drawn Wagon]
Postcard featuring a photograph of two children, Hoyt and Burnetta L. Murphree, sitting in a small wagon that has a deer harnessed to it. According to handwritten information on the back, they are the children of Lena Beck Murphree.
[China Cup]
Photograph of a china cup that belonged to Anthony Garnett Smith, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth M. Smith in the 1840's. The cup was part of their wedding china. The cup was later given to their daughter, Adalade "Addie" Smith Howell of Hill County and McLennan County.
[Christmas Card to Johnie Louise Bruyere]
A Christmas card addressed to Johnie Louise Bruyere, from a man who signs himself "John R." It has a painting of a small cottage in the woods on the cover, with the word "Greetings" underneath. Inside, it reads "To wish you all happiness for Christmas and the New Year."
[Chum-On]
Photograph of Chum-On, John Todd Willis Jr.'s dog. He sits panting on the grass in front of a large building.
[Clara E. Willis by a Car]
Photograph of Clara Evans Willis standing next to a car in back of her home at 4704 Hillcrest Dr. in Waco, Texas. She carries a handbag.
[Clara Evans' Wedding Journal]
Journal belonging to Clara Evans detailing her relationship with John T. Willis, Sr., from their first meeting to their wedding. Newspaper announcements, wedding invitations, fabric samples from Clara Evans' bridal trousseau, pressed flowers, and photographs have been pasted into the book, along with descriptions of important events written by Clara Evans. It also contains articles pertaining to the Willises' Golden Wedding Anniversary in 1967.
[Clara Willis and Lucile E. Evans Powell at Baylor University]
Photograph of Clara Evans Willis, left, and Lucile E. Evans Powell walking arm in arm at Baylor University. Pat Neff Hall is visible in the right background.
[Clara Willis at Colcord Avenue]
Photograph of Clara Willis standing on the steps leading up to the Willis house at 2025 Colcord Avenue in Waco.
[Clara Willis at Home on Hillcrest Dr.]
Photograph of the home of Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. at 4704 Hillcrest Dr. in Waco. The ground and roof are covered in snow. Clara Willis stands on the porch.