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Group of Pioneers Outdoors

Description: Copy negative of two rows of pioneers sitting and standing outside surrounded by trees. The back grow is standing up and the first row is sitting down in chairs or on the ground with crossed legs.
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

[Group of Pioneers]

Description: Photograph of a group of men and women pioneers. L-R: Fay Turner-now Mrs. J.B. Chase of Boston, Ray Orgain-artist and designer in NY, Grace Elser-now Mrs. Hammett Hardy, May Tarlton and John Tarlton, with guitar, Bert Rose and Grace Hollingsworth behind, Gene Orgain, Lena Evans-now Mrs. Ed Callier of Dallas, Maurice Winfrey with parasol, Frances Tarlton-now Mrs. Lee Ellis.
Date: 1897~
Partner: University of Texas at Arlington Library

Veterans and Dames of 1846

Description: Group of men and women posing on the steps of the Tarrant County Courthouse, first row is seated and six rows standing on steps. Photograph taken by Charles L Swartz, May 22, 1902. Mrs. M. Moore Murdock, founder of The Dames of 1846, is seated in the center of the front row.
Date: 1902
Partner: Bosque County Historical Commission

Judge J. A. Lynch

Description: Shown here is a reproduction of a steel engraving of Judge J. A. Lynch, founder of Mineral Wells. The source of the engraving remains unknown. A fragment of copy at the bottom of the picture mentions the "inconvenience of hauling it from the Brazos River." The initials "GSW" are visible to the left of the judge's lapel.
Date: unknown
Creator: Thomas Beauregard (?)
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

Dedication Stone

Description: Pinkish stone engraved with this message: “Dedicated to the -- Pioneers of West Tex. -- By Seniors 27.” The edges of the stone are not smooth, and a piece appears to be missing from the top.
Date: 1927
Partner: McMurry University Library

[Photograph of Texan Pioneer Orville Thomas Tyler]

Description: Photographic portrait of an older man with short, white hair, parted on the right side, and a short, thick, straight beard of the same color. He is shown from the chest upwards. The man is wearing a medium-colored, suit with a light-colored waistcoat underneath, a medium-colored bow-tie, and a light-colored shirt. A white, rectangular sticker on the back of the photo gives information about the portrait's subject, Orville Thomas Tyler, including the dates of his birth and death, his move to Texas in 1834, and his participation in Salado community activities.
Date: unknown
Partner: Salado Public Library

[Pioneer family]

Description: Photograph of an early pioneer family standing beneath a tree. There are three women in long white dresses and four men. They are behind a chicken wire fence, and there is a house behind them in the background.
Date: unknown
Partner: Collingsworth County Museum

[Col. and Mrs. W. Riess (W. R.) Austin]

Description: Colonel and Mrs. W. Riess (W. R.) Austin are depicted here, from an image taken from a 1902 photograph. Colonel Austin is mentioned on page 54 of "Time Was..." second edition. A. F. Weaver says, "...the Austin Well, established by Col. W. R. Austin, who came from Kentucky to Palo Pinto County about 1880. Austin settled on Staggs Prairie, where he farmed and ranched. Then he became interested in mineral waters when he had an eye infection that affected his sight. So he moved to Mineral Wells, and the constant use of the waters restored his sight. He engaged in the dairy business, at first; but later entered the mineral water production field, establishing the Austin Well, which was later operated by his son-in-law, Tom Sims."
Date: unknown
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

[An Early Couple]

Description: This picture is probably a photographic portrait of Col. and Mrs. W.R. Austin, mentioned on page 54 of "Time Was in Mineral Wells..." second edition. He established the Austin Well where "Blind Nellie" was employed. See also, [Col. and Mrs. W. Riess Austin]
Date: unknown
Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library

Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmaetic: Early Education in the Big Bend Country

Description: This is a research paper written by Cynthia Lee Rogers for an American History Class at Marfa High School. It describes the schools in the Big Bend area from 1880s -1940. The early pioneers began a school system in Marfa around 1885 with a one room school house and one teacher. Other schools included public, private and parochial. Some wealthy families hired governesses to tutor their children. Private school were often created by neighboring ranchers who would hire a teacher for their collective children and those of their ranch hands. Some early schools along the river were in areas of unrest so teachers had to bring guns to school. Fort Davis had an inter-racial school for a few years. The paper includes many pictures of pioneer teachers on the frontier.
Date: unknown
Creator: Rogers, Cynthia Lee
Partner: Marfa Public Library