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Description: 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.
Date: May 18, 1937
Description: 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.
Date: February 1, 1950
Creator: Daughters of the American Revolution
Description: 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."
Date: May 16, 2009
Creator: Daughters of the Republic of Texas
Description: 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.
Date: February 12, 1986
Creator: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
Description: 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.
Date: February 5, 1946
Creator: United Services Organization
Description: 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.
Date: March 4, 1968
Creator: Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
Description: 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.
Creator: E. R. Smith & Bro.
Description: 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.
Item Type: Postcard
Description: 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.
Creator: Willis, T. Bradford
Description: 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."
Date: December 23, 1933
Item Type: Letter
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.
Creator: Willis, Nannie Clara Evans
Item Type: Book
Description: 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.
Description: 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. Their house is now numbered 4804 Hillcrest Dr.
Description: Photograph of Clara Evans Willis standing on the porch of the first Willis home on Ethel Street in Waco, TX. Chairs can be seen in the background. Clara Willis holds a fan in one hand, and a handbag hangs on her other arm.
Description: Photograph of Clara Evans Willis holding her son, John Todd Willis, Jr. She has a gauze veil on her head, and the baby has only a blanket. She looks down at him. The photograph is housed in a brown folder which opens up and was probably meant to be used for presenting it in a household.