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[Letter from Elmer Josephine Wheatly to James R. LeBlond, May 29, 1961]

Description: Letter typed to James R. LeBlond from Elmer Josephine Wheatly concerning the renewal of the lease of the building she owned in Waco, Texas: "I wish to retain possession of building at 1008 N. 25th St. for another year..." Also included in a clipping from a newspaper with the headline "Wheatly Dance School to Open September 17" at the top; the clipping says that the "Wheatly School of Dance has been set for Monday, Sept. 17."
Date: May 29, 1961
Creator: Wheatly, Elmer Josephine
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Song Lyrics Created by John Greaves to Josephine Bahl, July 25, 1896]

Description: Song lyrics written by John Greaves to Josephine Bahl entitled: "Try Me Once Again." A few lines in the chorus section read: "Remember the promise I made to you while driving in the lane the letter I did write you..."
Date: July 25, 1896
Creator: Greaves, John
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Letter from Elmer Holcomb Wheatly to Josephine Wheatly, July 27, 1904]

Description: Letter written to Josephine Wheatly from her husband, Elmer Holcomb Wheatly. In the letter, Elmer talks about a type of kidney pills that might help Josephine feel better, as well as his visit with her father one night. Finally he wishes Josephine a "nice time in Belleville this week with love to all and kisses for you."
Date: July 27, 1904
Creator: Wheatly, Elmer Holcomb
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Letter from John K. Strecker, Jr. to Josephine Bahl, July 15, 1897]

Description: Letter written to Josephine Bahl from John K. Strecker, Jr. in Waco, Texas. Strecker, Jr. says that he had just received "a beautiful lot of foreign birds skins and also a snow-white weasel skin." He goes on to describe the dance party that had recently took place and was amazed that they only had one keg of beer available.
Date: July 15, 1897
Creator: Strecker, John K., Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Letter from John K. Strecker, Jr. to Josephine Bahl, August 22, 1896]

Description: Letter written to Josephine Bahl from John K. Strecker, Jr. This letter discusses his recent bout of sickness and the fact that his doctor says he should not read or write. John also relays information on her relatives in Waco who were recovering from scarlatina: "Leda, boy, and Blon are all nearly well...they merely had a light form of scarlatina."
Date: August 22, 1896
Creator: Strecker, John K., Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Letter from John K. Strecker, Jr. to Josephine Bahl, August 1896]

Description: Letter written to Josephine Bahl from John K. Strecker, Jr. describing events taking place in Waco. He spends part of the letter talking about a woman named Gertrude saying: "she is just the right height for me."
Date: August 1896
Creator: Strecker, John K., Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Letter from Tommie Suits to Elmer Josephine Wheatly, July 24, 1937]

Description: Letter written to Elmer Josephine Bahl from Tommie Suits in New York City. Suits describes a letter that he received from Elmer's mother and mentions that "Johnnie Lou said she got her cat." Suits talks about dancing and his trip to Washington D.C. over July 31st to August 1st and 2nd: "I had planned on getting there early Saturday and staying until late Monday."
Date: July 24, 1937
Creator: Suits, Tommie
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Travel Log Prepared by John Philip Herlin Bahl, August 1964]

Description: Travel log prepared by John Philip Herlin Bahl in August 1964 concerning their trip to Waco, Texas. He describes his visitation with his sister, Josephine Wheatly, in her home on the day that she died; he recalled their conversation: "We discussed several different thing and a couple of business matters that I had that she knew was unfinished and she asked me a lot of detail..." He also discusses his visit to Dr. Cramer due to chest pains, and was diagnosed with a "nice case of Shingles."
Date: 1964-08-23~
Creator: Bahl, John Philip Herlin
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Travel Log Prepared by John Philip Herlin Bahl]

Description: Travel log prepared by John Philip Herlin Bahl (Harry) from his "Auto trip from K. C. to Waco for Xmas." The log details his car malfunctions, costs to fix them, the number of miles per gallon he got on his trip, and the wreck that he had just outside of Waco on December 28th.
Date: 1936-12-28~
Creator: Bahl, John Philip Herlin
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Two Letters from Elmer Holcomb Wheatly to Josephine Wheatly, August 10, 1904]

Description: Two letters written to Josephine Wheatly from her husband, Elmer Holcomb Wheatly, in Waco, Texas. The first letter discusses Josephine's father's sickness and that her mother is coming down to see him; Elmer and Harry Bahl had not told him that she was coming. The second letter is a response sent shortly after the first, and it states: "Papa is no better he is real sick Harry will write you this morning."
Date: August 10, 1904
Creator: Wheatly, Elmer Holcomb
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Letter from George L. Meyer to Josephine Bahl, August 17, 1896]

Description: Letter written to Josephine Bahl from George L. Meyer while Josephine was in Mascoutah, Illinois visiting relatives. Meyer says that he will be visiting Mascoutah soon and wants to eat with her in the morning; he also mentions the fact someone sent him a letter and he wants to talk to her about the sender.
Date: August 17, 1896
Creator: Meyer, George L.
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Master's Certificate of Dance to Elmer Wheatly]

Description: Master's Certificate of Dance presented to Elmer Wheatly from the "Chicago National Association of Dancing Masters Normal School." This certificate is signed by the principal, president, and secretary of the school.
Date: August 25, 1939
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Good Notes Certificate to Josephine Bahl]

Description: Good notes certificate presented to Josephine Bahl from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Waco, Texas; according to the certificate she received "630 good notes" during "the 1st and 2nd Sessions." The back of the card has text that says the school was opened from "7-15-1874 - 1946," and is located at "NW corner 8th and Washington."
Date: unknown
Creator: Academy of the Sacred Heart
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Photo Album of a Camping Trip in Waco, Texas]

Description: Photo album with a compilation of photographs from a camping trip taken around Waco, Texas in August 1908. Each page has a photograph and a handwritten caption describing the actions taking place in the pictures.
Date: [1908-08-22..1908-08-23]
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Letter John K. Strecker, Jr. to Josephine Bahl, April 3, 1896]

Description: Letter written to Josephine Bahl from John K. Strecker, Jr. concerning his affection for her and no other: "Must the thought always find birth in your mind that I love another?" He later tells her that "you of all girls have respect for my hobbies, my animals and books."
Date: April 3, 1896
Creator: Strecker, John K., Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Letter from John K. Strecker, Jr. to Josephine Bahl, August 12, 1896]

Description: Letter written to Josephine Bahl from John K. Strecker, Jr. discussing his recent visit to her family members in Waco, Texas; her relatives had been struck by the Scarlet Fever and their house was quarantined. Later in the letter he discusses his recent publication of one of his articles on a Florida bird."
Date: August 12, 1896
Creator: Strecker, John K., Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Letter from John K. Strecker, Jr. to Josephine Bahl, July 14, 1895]

Description: Letter written to Josephine Bahl from John K. Strecker, Jr. responding to the congratulatory message sent by Bahl previously. He says at one point in the letter that he hoped to "have the opportunity to return your congratulations tenfold."
Date: July 14, 1895
Creator: Strecker, John K., Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Letter from John K. Strecker, Jr. to Josephine Bahl, January 5th, 1896]

Description: Letter written to Josephine Bahl from John K. Strecker, Jr. regarding the poultry show at his exhibit on a Thursday night. He says to her that if she hasn't "made an engagement for next Sunday night with J. L. remember me."
Date: January 5, 1896
Creator: Strecker, John K., Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Dance Program for Elmer Wheatly's Dance Students]

Description: Dance program for Miss Elmer Wheatly's dance recital; the recital entitled "Varieties of 1936." Each of the twelve pages contains advertisements for different businesses including one that shows support towards "Harvey Butts for Sheriff." Also included on the pages are the different acts of the event and different actors and actresses, as well as the music being played.
Date: June 2, 1936
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Bill of Costs to Harry Bahl, March 5, 1920]

Description: Bill of costs in probate matter in accordance with the estate of Michael Collins. This account lists the costs and fees towards the clerk, sheriff, and judge, totaling to $16.10. The note at the bottom of the paper reads: "I, J. W. Baker, Clerk of the County Court in and for said County and State, hereby certify the above to be a correct copy of the original Bill of Costs now on file in my office."
Date: March 5, 1920
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Membership Certificate to Elmer Wheatly]

Description: Membership certificate to the Dance Masters of America, Inc. presented to Elmer Wheatly in 1949. The text on the certificate reads: "This is to certify that Elmer Wheatly is an active member of the Dance Masters of America, Inc., and is hereby entitled to all privileges of active membership in this organization for the year 1949."
Date: 1949
Creator: Dance Masters of America, Inc.
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Mechanics' Lien Contract Between Elmer and Josephine Wheatly and their Contractor]

Description: Contract between Elmer H. Wheatly and Josephine Wheatly and their contractor to build their home. The contract states: "with the said parties of the first part, to furnish all the labor and materials for, and to construct, erect and complete upon the lands and premises hereinafter described..."
Date: October 31, 1912
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch

[Dance Program for Josephine Bahl's Benefit Ball]

Description: Dance program for a benefit ball "given by the Waco Engine Company No. 3," and Josephine Bahl's dance program. The program contains the order of dances and the presentation of badges; on the back of the program there are the names of the committee members involved.
Date: November 24, 1898
Partner: Private Collection of Margay Welch