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[Rev Benjamin Rodarte]

Description: A photocopy of a photograph of Rev. Benjamin Rodarte. On the reverse of the photo was written, "A Mexican exiled priest took charge of the Mexican work as assistant to Fr. Henry Knufer in Aug. 1928. Died Dec. 22, 1929, in Abilene Baptist Sanitarium in consequence of an operation for gall stones."
Date: 1928/1929
Partner: The Grace Museum

Mexican Americans: The Invisible Minority in the Abilene Area

Description: An essay chronicling research pertaining to the history of early Abilene (TX) Mexican Americans. Notable themes include the education of Hispanics and the Catholic Church and Mexican Americans. Also included are lists of burials at the Abilene Cemetery (1880-1919), Callahan County Birth Records before 1900, Taylor County Birth Records, 1885-1920, Callahan County Marriages, 190-1920, and Abilene Marriage Licenses, 1886-1898. There is also an interview with Fernando "Fred" Santibanez, a descendant of one of the oldest Mexican American families in Abilene.
Date: 2000/2010
Partner: The Grace Museum

[Sketch of St. Francis Mission Mexican Combination School in Abilene, Texas]

Description: A sketch of the first St. Francis Mission Mexican Combination Church and School and Sisters House in Abilene (TX), built by Rev. R. A. Gerken, now Archbishop of Santa Fe, NM. The house was occupied for 18 months by Mexican Sisters of the Order of Maria Guadalpupe, exiled from Mexico during the Caranza Revolution. One of the Sisters, nursing the sick during the Flu, died here and is buried here.
Date: unknown
Partner: The Grace Museum

[Locomotive Roster]

Description: Copy photo of a Locomotives of the Texas Midland train roster.
Date: unknown
Partner: The Grace Museum