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[Abilene Clearing House Association]

Description: 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.
Date: 1910
Item Type: Photograph

[Abilene Clearing House Association]

Description: 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.
Date: 1912
Item Type: Photograph

[Acting Troupe in Blackface]

Description: 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.
Date: [1911..1915]
Item Type: Photograph

[Booklet for The Queen's Ball]

Description: 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.
Date: November 9, 1916
Item Type: Text

[Booklet for The Queen's Ball]

Description: 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.
Date: November 11, 1915
Item Type: Text

[Bride and Groom]

Description: 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.
Date: April 29, 1917
Item Type: Photograph
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[Card Advertising Fruit of the Loom]

Description: 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.
Date: November 15, 1917
Item Type: Text

[Clara Evans' Wedding Journal]

Description: 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.
Date: 1917/1967
Creator: Willis, Nannie Clara Evans
Item Type: Book
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[Couple Playing Cards on a Porch]

Description: Photograph of a group of people sitting on the porch of a house. A man and woman sit on the steps playing cards. He holds his in his hands, while hers rest on her lap, as she has food in her hands. In the left background, a woman and a little girl wearing a heavy fur-lined coat, hat, and muff stand. A man wearing a flat cap sits on the porch behind the couple playing cards.
Date: 1913
Item Type: Photograph

[The Evans Family Relaxing Outdoors]

Description: Photograph of Nancy Caroline Sleeper Evans surrounded by her granddaughters, Elizabeth, Frances, and Ruth Evans, who are all of similar age. They are seated in the grass with toy dolls, just outside the Evans family home at 2100 Colcord Avenue in Waco, Texas.
Date: 1915
Item Type: Photograph

[Five Men in Bathing Suits]

Description: Photograph of five men in bathing suits sitting on top of a beam over a roaring river. They all look down. One sits off to the side on the left. The second from the right is labeled "Paul".
Date: 1915
Item Type: Photograph

[Four Men in a Hot Air Balloon]

Description: Photograph of four men standing in between two painted pictures that make it appear as though they are standing in a hot air balloon. Three of them wear flat caps, while the third, who is labeled Paul, wears a straw hat. A sign on the hot air balloon painting reads "Above Them All In Hico."
Date: 1914
Item Type: Photograph

[Girl With a Muff]

Description: Photograph of a little girl standing on the porch of a house, dressed for warm weather. She wears a fur-lined coat, a bonnet, and a muff, also lined with fur. A house can be seen in the background.
Date: 1914
Item Type: Photograph

[The Hastings Family]

Description: Photograph of the Hastings family. Mr. Thomas Newman Hastings holds a baby boy, Homer. His wife, Martha Helen Hansen Hastings, stands to the right. In front of her stands Rosie Lee Hastings, who has ribbons in her braided hair. Her hand rests on the arm of the chair her father sits in.
Date: 1911~
Item Type: Photograph

[Herman Stricklin and Friend]

Description: Photograph of Herman Stricklin and a friend during World War I. Stricklin sits on the ground, and his friend sits on his shoulders. Stricklin's hat is placed to the left. Bushes or trees can be seen in the background. The photograph was purchased at the Abel estate sale in Waco.
Date: 1918
Item Type: Photograph

[A House in Hico]

Description: Photograph of a house in Hico, Texas. It is a two-story building with a wrap-around porch and a large front yard. There are very few trees in the front yard, although there is one to the back of the house.
Date: 1911
Item Type: Photograph

[Invitation from Blair Stribling to Etta Mae Carroll - October 5, 1915]

Description: Invitation extended to Miss Etta Mae Carroll of Abbott, Texas to serve as Duchess of Abbott in the Texas Cotton Palace of Waco, Texas. It is signed by Blair Stribling, the Queen's Chancellor. Included with the invitation is information for visiting duchesses and their attendants at the queen's court and a court calendar.
Date: October 5, 1915
Item Type: Letter

[Letter Concerning John T. Willis, Sr., April 16, 1919]

Description: Letter from an unknown assistant cashier at the First State Bank & Trust Co. of Abilene, Texas to whom it may concern expressing interest in the future of John T. Willis, Sr., and informing the reader of Willis' history at the bank and his competency in the field of banking.
Date: April 16, 1919
Item Type: Letter

[Letter from E. B. Bynum, April 14, 1913]

Description: Letter from E. B. Bynum of the First State Bank & Trust Company to whom it may concern, on April 14, 1913, recommending John T. Willis, Sr. to any position that he may be considered for.
Date: April 14, 1913
Creator: Bynum, E. B.
Item Type: Letter