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Historic plaque - Fannin County Courthouses

Description: Photograph of a historic marker. It reads: "Fannin County Courthouses. Commissioners' Court first met at Jacob Black's cabin on Feb. 26, 1836, before Fannin County was officially organized. In 1838 Warren (near present Ambrose in Grayson County) was named the county seat. The courthouse built there in 1840 was a two-story oak and cedar structure with rough plank floors. In 1843 the county seat was moved to Bois D'Arc, town's name was changed to Bonham, for an Alamo hero, the next year. Judge John P. Simpson donated land for the small log courthouse of 1843. Later another cabin was built with a breezeway connecting the two. In this early courthouse jurors sat above the courtroom in a loft that could be reached only by an outside ladder. This log building served until 1881 when a two-story brick structure was erected at the same location. This was replaced in 1888 by a three-story courthouse made of native stone from Gober, south of Bonham, and built by Scottish-born stonemasons Kane and Cormack. Fire in 1929 destroyed the clock steeple, and the building was remodeled. Using part of the 1888 structure, this courthouse was constructed in 1965-6 with a facade of Leuders stone. It was dedicated by Governor John Connally. (1974)"
Date: October 10, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries

Fannin County Courthouse

Description: Photograph of the Fannin County Courthouse in Bonham. It has many windows, and a flagpole stands in front of the building. There are four cars parked in front of the courthouse.
Date: October 10, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries

James Butler Bonham statue

Description: Photograph of the James Butler Bonham statue on the grounds of the Fannin County Courthouse. It was created by artist Allie Tenant in 1938, according to the date on the statue.
Date: October 10, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries

Confederate memorial, Fannin County

Description: Photograph of a Confederate memorial in Fannin County. It reads: "To the Confederate soldiers who sacrificed their lives for a just cause, this monument is lovingly dedicated by the Daughters of the Confederacy, aided by the Confederate Veterans Association of Fannin county."
Date: October 10, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Confederate memorial, Fannin County

Description: Photograph of a Confederate memorial on the grounds of the Fannin County courthouse. It is a tall monument, with a statue of a man at the top. There is text on the base of the statue, and there are cars parked behind it.
Date: October 10, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Portrait of Man

Description: Copy negative of a full length studio portrait of Frank Mayes wearing a suit, standing at a rustic fence and gate with a background made to look like the outdoors.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Woman by Signpost

Description: Copy negative of a woman standing next to a signpost.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Family Portrait

Description: Copy negative of the Ely Family in front of a house on Binckly Farm.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Marvin Methodist Church; Church #2

Description: Copy negative of two pictures of churches. The first is of the Marvin Methodist Church building near Ely, Texas with a telephone pole, viewed from front left. The second is of another church in Marvin or Ely Texas with bushes in front and a house in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Run Down House #1

Description: Copy negative of two pictures of the run down old Ely family house. The first is a view of the house with porch on the right and plants in front. The second is a view of the house and barn with plants in front.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Run Down House #2

Description: Copy negative of two pictures of the run down old Ely family house. The first is a view of the house with porch on the right and plants in front. The second is a view of the house and barn with plants in front.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Wallace Grocery Store; Barn Where Elys Lived

Description: Copy negative of two pictures. The first picture is of the Wallace Grocery Store and Gas Station with a car parked under the front and another building on the right. The second picture is of the barn where the Ely's lived in Ely, Texas with three people in front of it.
Date: 1950~
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Headstone, Cemetery

Description: Copy negative of two pictures of headstones for Ely family members in the cemetery in Ely, Texas with other headstones and trees in the background. The stone on the left is for L. W. Ely who was born January 18, 1829 and died May 11, 1904.
Date: 1950~
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Marvin Methodist Church; Church #1

Description: Copy negative of two pictures of churches. The first is of the Marvin Methodist Church building near Ely, Texas with a telephone pole, viewed from front left. The second is of another church in Marvin or Ely Texas with bushes in front and a house in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Headstones; Lady with Headstones, Cemetery

Description: Copy negative of two pictures. The first picture, taken in 1957, is of a headstone for a person in the Ely family who was born September 27, 1887 and died April 13, 1903 in a cemetery with other headstones in the background. The second is of Julia Etta Ely Cook standing between two Ely family headstones in the Ely, Texas cemetery with other tombstones and trees in the background. The stone on the right is for F. M. Ely who was born November 20, 1854 and died July 13, 1904.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

School Exteriors

Description: Copy photograph of two images of school houses. The top image shows Elm Grove School, a one-storey brick building. Outside the school is an automobile. The bottom image shows Valley Creek School, a wooden one-room structure with no windows.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Photograph of Martha Rayburn

Description: Portrait of Martha Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's mother. She is wearing a dark dress with a high collar and glasses. Her light hair is braided and pulled back. It is matted on a dark board with the company's name embossed on the bottom of the board.
Date: unknown
Creator: Howse Bro's Studio
Partner: Sam Rayburn House State Historical Site

Photograph of Sam Rayburn and his sisters, Katherine (Rayburn) Thomas and Medibel (Rayburn) Bartley

Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn and two sisters; Katherine [Kate] (Rayburn) Thomas and Medibel [Meddie](Rayburn) Bartley. The women are on the left wearing dark dresses with brooches. Sam Rayburn is wearing a dark suit and tie. They are standing outside Sam Rayburn's home, near the screened porch on the south side of the home.
Date: February 2, 1957
Creator: Eastman Kodak Company
Partner: Sam Rayburn House State Historical Site

Photograph of Sam Rayburn With Four Siblings

Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn with four of his siblings. The black and white photograph was taken on the day of the dedication of the Sam Rayburn Library, October 9, 1957. The photo was taken in the parlor of Sam Rayburn's home. From left to right are: Tom Rayburn, Medibel (Rayburn) Thomas, Sam, Katherine (Rayburn) Thomas and Richard "Dick" Rayburn. The men wear dark suits with ties. The women wear dresses. They are sitting on a sofa that is now located in Sam Rayburn's bedroom. The Porfirio Salinas painting hanging in teh background is still on display at the Sam Rayburn House Museum as are many of the other items in this photograph.
Date: October 9, 1957
Partner: Sam Rayburn House State Historical Site

Portrait of Abner Rayburn

Description: Photograph of Abner Love Rayburn, Sam Rayburn's youngest brother. He is wearing a dark dress suit and bow-tie. It is matted on an oval board. Abner Rayburn was the only Rayburn sibling to be born in Texas. All of Sam Rayburn and his other nine siblings were born in Tennessee. Sam Rayburn was grooming Abner towards a career in politics. Abner died in 1914 of typhoid fever. He was 23 years old.
Date: unknown
Partner: Sam Rayburn House State Historical Site

Photograph of Martha Rayburn

Description: Photograph of Martha Rayburn. She is the daughter of Sam Rayburn's brother, Richard. This is her high school graduation photo. She is wearing a knit sweater with a collar as well as a double-strand necklace of pearls and pearl earrings. Information about the photograph or the subject is printed on the back, but has faded beyond recognition.
Date: unknown
Partner: Sam Rayburn House State Historical Site

Photograph of Sam Rayburn

Description: Photograph of Sam Rayburn. The photo is a head and shoulders view of Mr. Rayburn. He wears a dark suit jacket, dark tie, white button-down shirt, and a tan colored cowboy/fedora style hat. This image was taken of Mr. Sam later in his life, most likely between 1950 and 1961.
Date: 1950/1961
Creator: Wichita Falls Times and Record News, Photographer Jim Cochran
Partner: Sam Rayburn House State Historical Site

Photograph of Robert E. Lee

Description: Photograph of Robert E. Lee. General Lee served as a Confederate General during the U.S. Civil War. He died on October 12, 1870. The photo is a head and shoulders view of Lee. He is wearing a dark suit, white shirt and black bow-tie. He has gray/white hair and a medium-length beard. Text under the image reads, "Last Photograph General Robert E. Lee."
Date: 1850/1969
Partner: Sam Rayburn House State Historical Site

Photograph of Medibel Rayburn Bartley

Description: Photograph of Medibel Rayburn Bartley, Sam Rayburn's sister, wearing a dark-colored formal dress. She is standing in a formal living room next to a couch and chair. She holds her hands in front of her as she faces the camera.
Date: unknown
Partner: Sam Rayburn House State Historical Site