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Shafter School

Description: Photograph of Shafter School during the mining days in Shafter, Texas. Students stand outside of the building. The large bell to the right was rung to signal the start of the classes. Once a group of boys stole this bell. This photo was included in a research paper by Cynthia Lee Rogers for an American History class at Marfa High School.
Date: unknown
Partner: Marfa Public Library

[Dinner Bell]

Description: Postcard of a dinner bell in a field. There is a field of trees in the background. The text on the back reads, "How about answering the dinner bell on Prude Ranch". There is a stamp affixed to the back of the postcard and it was mailed July 25, 1938.
Date: 1938~
Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

[Photograph of Murphy Baptist Church Sign]

Description: Photograph of a red brick sign with letters reading, "Murphy Baptist Church," and upon which there is a small black bell. The sign is roped off by a metal chain run through small metal posts. The sign is to the right and in front of a gravel or concrete parking lot, where a blue truck is parked. In the distant background, there is a small house. Handwritten notes on the back of the photo indicate the bell was donated by the family of W. D. Daniel, Jr.
Date: unknown
Partner: Murphy Historical Society Inc.


Description: Patent for a bell ringer for use in locomotives, with instructions and illustrations.
Date: October 15, 1891
Creator: Baker, John L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department


Description: Patent for an alarm designed to attach to windows or entryways and sound to alert residents of a burglary attempt, with illustrations.
Date: May 29, 1906
Creator: Hobbs, Francis Marion
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Improvement in Devices For Ringing Bells.

Description: Patent for an improvement to a mechanism that externally strikes a bell to ring it, "applicable to fire, hotel, school, church, factory and other bells. By it the striking may be performed with great rapidity and regularity" (para. 10).
Date: September 18, 1877
Creator: Perry, Elton
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Woman with the Parker Bell]

Description: Photograph of Lavinia Ward, née McDaniel, standing outside of her brick house with a small hand bell, known as the Parker Bell, that belonged to her grandfather, Robert Henry Parker. It is resting it on the lip of a planter or urn in front of the house. A handwritten note on the back claims that the bell was once "used to call slaves in each day."
Date: 1985
Creator: Willis, T. Bradford
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

Jones Chapel Methodist Church Historical Marker

Description: Jones Chapel Methodist met in an old school house until they built a sanctuary in 1889, on land donated by Captain A. C. Jones to three former slaves, who served as trustees of the new church. Charter members included Classie Douglas, Ann Felix, Felix Garner, Lawson Glenn, Serena Hodge, Ellen Jones, Ben Lott, Leanna Lott, Mose Lott, J. J. McCloud, Carrie McCampbell, P.M. McCarty, Kimmie Nancy, Elvira Newton, Rebecca Simms, Wesley Simms, I.E. Starnes, George Steward, Katy Ware, Sam Ware, Harriet Williams and Mary Williams. Many of the early members were former slaves. In 1926, the present frame church was built on the original site, where the congregation fervently serves the African American community of Beeville. It is locate at 115 North Leverman Street.
Date: unknown
Partner: Bee County Historical Commission

[Photograph of a Firemen on a Fire Truck]

Description: Postcard with a photograph of a group of firemen standing on an old fire truck. The truck has a few ladders loaded on the back, a water hose rolled up, and a large bulb figure also in the back. The men are all wearing their uniforms and are standing around the front seat behind the alarm bell, and there is an advertisement on the wall in the background that reads: "Cook with Gas."
Date: [1909..1912]
Partner: Fire Museum of Texas

[Postcard with a Line of Cars at a Factory]

Description: Postcard with a photograph of two cars parked on the sidewalk at a factory; the caption on the photo reads: "Webb cars at Factory." There are a few firemen working on the car in the foreground which has an alarm bell and horn as well as ladders attached to the back. There is another truck in the background with ladders and an alarm bell as well.
Date: [1909..1912]
Partner: Fire Museum of Texas