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Oral History Interview with Alphonso Vaughn, June 22, 2016

Description: Alphonso Vaughn was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas. He lived through the integration of local schools as a high school student. From Amarillo, he entered the military and then attending the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas. Upon his return to Amarillo, Vaughn helped start the city’s Juneteenth Celebration along with various civil rights and cultural organizations. He served five, two year terms as president of Amarillo’s NAACP. Since then, he has served as a Potter County Commissioner.
Date: June 22, 2016
Creator: Zapata, Joel & Vaughn, Alphonso
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Pearlene Martin on June 9, 2016.

Description: Pearlene Martin was raised around Texas and obtained her Masters degree at West Texas State College. She began teaching in Plainview Texas in the 1950s and then moved to Amarillo with her husband. She taught in segregated and integrated schools. In 1980 she became the first women president of the Amarillo NAACP. Since retiring, he has continued her involvement in the community. Some of Martin’s accolades include receiving the 1977 Edward Henderson Award, one of YMCA’s highest awards; the 1992 Service Provider Merit Award given by the Women’s Coalition for Change; the 1993 Merit Mother award from the Texas Mothers Association; and the 1999 Woman of Distinction Award presented by the Texas Plains Girl Scout Council.
Date: June 9, 2016
Creator: Wisely, Karen & Martin, Pearlene
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Socorro Medina on June 5, 2016

Description: Socorro "Coco" Medina grew up in Amarillo and attending university in Denver, where she joined the Chicano Movement. She returned to Amarillo and began to push for social justice in the Panhandle through the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and other mainstream organizations. She also launched the first Spanish language radio station in the city alongside her husband and is currently helping preserve the history of the city's Mexican American population.
Date: June 5, 2016
Creator: Zapata, Joel & Medina, Socorro
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Ebelardo Lopez, June 10, 2016

Description: Ebelardo “Abe” Lopez was born in La Mesa, Texas to a home mother maker and father who drove large trucks and farmed part time. Once graduating from high school in La Mesa, he was sent by his parents and the farmer his dad worked for to Texas Tech University in Lubbock to sign up for classes. He entered Texas Tech, left to join the military, then returned to finish his degree. Once finishing his degree in history and leaving a graduate program in history, he obtained a job as a probation officer in Amarillo, Texas. There, he was inspired to go to law school at George Washington University. Upon returning, Lopez worked in a privet practice then as an assistant DA. Lopez was asked by many to run for state district judge, which he did. He won several times from the late 1980s to 2008 as a Democrat in a heavily Republican region.
Date: June 10, 2016
Creator: Zapata, Joel & Lopez, Ebelardo
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Iris Lawrence, June 22, 2016

Description: Iris Lawrence was born and raised in the North Heights neighborhood of Amarillo, Texas. She attended African American universities, including Howard University, and earned a master’s degree in English. While in college, Lawrence also participated in attempting to integrate Amarillo while on school breaks. Upon returning to Amarillo after living in various places like Austin, Texas, Lawrence worked for the state’s comptrollers office and served as the president of the NAACP.
Date: June 22, 2016
Creator: Wisely, Karen & Lawrence, Iris
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library


Description: Patent for improvements in churning machines so that they "may be used in connection with containers of different sizes" (lines 14-15).
Date: April 7, 1914
Creator: Crume, John J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Street-Indicator for Cars

Description: Patent for a device that allows passengers to press a button that tells the driver at which streets to stop.
Date: February 10, 1914
Creator: Hamilton, Burnett & Timmons, Cyrus C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Oral History Interview with Elisha Demerson, June 11, 2016

Description: Elisha Demerson was born and raised in Amarillo. Elisha Demerson and his twin brother both received appointments to West Point, but returned to Amarillo after two years to be near their ill mother. Elisha Demerson first worked at Pantex as a yard worker but entered West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M University) where he gained a bachelors then a masters in engineering. He has his own congregation as a minister. In addition, Elisha Demerson became the first African American Potter County Commissioner, the first African American county judge in Texas in the late 1980s, and the first African American City Council Member.
Date: June 11, 2016
Creator: Demerson, Elisha; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Lilia Escajeda, July 6, 2016

Description: Lilia Escajeda was born in El Paso, Texas. She grew up between El Paso, Van Horn, and Amarillo; and she remembers going to segregated schools in Van Horn. She settled in Amarillo as an adult after her husband died, and she eventually became the first female loan-officer for any bank in Amarillo, at the Amarillo National Bank. She joined various community organizations, boards, and became both the first Mexican American women Amarillo College board member and City Commissioner (later City Council Member).
Date: July 6, 2016
Creator: Escajeda, Lilia; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Jewelle Allen, June 8, 2016

Description: Jewell Allen was born and raised in Georgetown. She graduated valedictorian from her high school and obtained a scholarship to attend Prairie View A&M University. She transferred to Huston–Tillotson University in Austin, where she met her husband, and graduated with a BA in English. She and her husband moved to Amarillo after he was recruited as a coach. She coached girls' basketball and taught English in Amarillo and was involved with Greek Letter organizations as well as the NAACP.
Date: June 8, 2016
Creator: Allen, Jewelle & Wisely, Karen
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Abel Bosquez, June 8, 2016

Description: Basquez was raised in the Panhandle and joined the Marines as a young man. Upon returning, the settled in Amarillo and eventually obtained a job at Pantex. At Pantex, he became invovled with Union organizating and evetnually became an organizer lobbying in Washington DC. From there, he began joining other ogranizations such as LULAC to raise scolarship money as well as to promote voter regestration. He ran for State Representative in Amarillo three times.
Date: June 8, 2016
Creator: Bosquez, Abel; Wisely, Karen & Zapata, Joel
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Internal-Combustion Engine.

Description: Patent for a two-cycle, reciprocating piston internal combustion engine that preheats incoming fuel and is designed to run smoothly and reduce vibration, including illustrations.
Date: January 12, 1915
Creator: Bukoviny, Frank W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Stock Tank

Description: Patent for an improved water tank for livestock, connecting an elevated reservoir to a trough at ground level.
Date: August 19, 1902
Creator: Wright, Wayne C.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Valve Setting Machine

Description: Patent for a valve setting machine. This invention is a machine for "revolving the main driving wheel of a locomotive to set the valves (11-12). Illustration included.
Date: August 4, 1908
Creator: Wyllie, Robert E. & Twohig, John D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Sand Screen

Description: Patent for a sand screen. This invention is for sifting and screening sand. Illustration included.
Date: October 25, 1910
Creator: Tress, Paul G.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department