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Mae Belle Morehead

Description: It is believed that this photograph is of Mrs. Mae Belle Morehead, a grade school teacher in Elkhart, Texas who was affectionately referred to as "Miss Mae Belle". Photo was probably taken by Osjetea Briggs.
Date: 1940~
Partner: Anderson County Historical Commission

Map of Anderson County

Description: Blue line print of survey map of Anderson County, Texas, showing rivers, creeks, original land grants or surveys, blocks of land, cities, towns, and railroads. Scale [ca. 1:200,000] (6000 varas to the inch).
Date: 1895
Creator: Schutze, E. & Walker, Addison
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library

Tire Tightener or Expander

Description: Patent for a device aimed to provide a pair of plates, one disposed adjacent each severed end of a felly of a wheel, and provided with a right and left threaded member having threaded connections with said plates, so that they may be separated, for expanding the felly tight against the tire.
Date: March 30, 1915
Creator: Lawrenson, Judge Peck & Hastings, Charles
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Vehicle-Wheel Bearing.

Description: Patent for vehicle wheel bearing that provide an economical, safe, durable, reliable and light running spindle, for use in connection with automobiles and other fast running or weight carrying vehicles, including illustrations.
Date: October 30, 1917
Creator: Douthit, Albert G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Cynthia Davis, June 21, 2016

Description: Ms. Davis is a lifelong resident of Lufkin, Texas. She was born with cerebral palsy, but she adapted to her handicap. She chose to go to Lufkin High School prior to forced integration. She became a special education teacher, although she had difficulty with promotions. She has been responsible for most of the caregiving in her family. In the interview, Ms. Davis discusses what segregated Lufkin was like, the difficulty she faced as part of the integration process at Lufkin High School, her education, overcoming a disability, her experience as a victim of domestic abuse, difficulty raising her children, and her life as a caregiver for multiple family members, including her parents and grandchildren.
Date: June 21, 2016
Creator: Davis, Cynthia & Howard, Jasmin
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Kenneth Estes, June 24, 2016

Description: Mr. Estes was born in a small town in Texas. He spent time in the military before coming to Lufkin in the 1970s. He then worked for Lufkin Industries. His interview focuses on life in small-town Texas, his time in the military, labor activism at Lufkin Industries, and how Lufkin has changed over time.
Date: June 24, 2016
Creator: Estes, Kenneth; Howard, Jasmin & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with S'ydney Benemon, June 23, 2016

Description: Ms. Benemon was born and raised in Lufkin, Texas. She attended segregated schools in Lufkin until the schools integrated in 1970, her senior year. Ms. Benemon went on to work for the Lufkin State School for decades before retiring in 2016. During her interview, Ms. Benemon provided information about the community of North Lufkin when she was growing up. Ms. Benemon also described businesses and people that were prominent in the North Lufkin community. Further, Ms. Benemon described the many conflicts that occurred during the first year of integration, such as an incident when armed white parents came to Lufkin High school in efforts to confront Black students. In response, some Black students staged a walkout/march. Ms. Benemon also discussed ongoing issues, including infrastructure, that the predominately Black community in Lufkin still face.
Date: June 23, 2016
Creator: Benemon, S'ydney & Howard, Jasmin
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Betell Benham, June 27, 2016

Description: Ms. Benham was born and raised in Lufkin, Texas. She went to segregated schools in Lufkin before participating in integration during the 1969-1970 school year. She graduated high school and went to college at the University of North Texas. She then became a flight attendant and worked in retail. She returned to Lufkin and worked with her mother, Bettie Kennedy, in the community. In the interview, Ms. Benham describes segregation in Lufkin, experiences with discrimination, problems during integration, discrimination she experienced at UNT, her work as a flight attendant, her time spent in retail, and the work of both her and her mother in the community.
Date: June 27, 2016
Creator: Benham, Betell; Howard, Jasmin & May, Meredith
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

[Ben Parker Homestead]

Description: Photo of the Ben Parker Home, located west of Elkhart, Texas. People pictured are: (left to right) Ben J. Parker, Ross Parker, Lorene Parker, Estelle Parker (on porch), Joe Bailey Parker, Docia Parker (on porch in chair holding:) Dale Parker, Charm Parker, Jack Parker, Lucinda Ellen (Lula) Parker.
Date: 1911~
Partner: Palestine Public Library