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[State Meeting of W. H. and F. M. Society]

Description: Photograph of a large group of people at the State Meeting of the W. H. and F. M. Society at the Shiloah A. m. E. Church in Galveston, including Mrs. M. A. Carr, Mrs. L. M. Sewell, L. M. Sanders, and Rev. W. D. Johnson. The people are sitting and standing in several rows in front of the side of the church with stained glass windows in the background. Written on the front of the photograph: "State Meeting of the W. H. and F. M. Society. Mrs. M. A. Carr. Pres. Mrs. L. M. Sewell, sec. at Shiloah A. M. E. Church, Galveston, Texas. Rev. L. M. Sanders Pastor, Rev. W. D. Johnson, Bishop."
Date: August 13, 1926
Creator: Palmer Studio
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Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Postcard of Twelfth and Franklin Streets in Waco]

Description: Postcard showing people and buildings on Twelfth and Franklin Streets in Waco, Texas, with Austin Avenue Methodist Church visible on the left side of Twelfth Street. A handwritten note on the back of the card is addressed to Mrs. W.D. Barton in Ozona, Texas and says, "I guess you think I have forgotten you but I haven't. I am fine. I don't know when I will be thru. I like Waco fine. Go to Sunday School and Church every Sunday. We have about 500 members in Sunday School when I go. A Meeting has just close and it sure was fine. Charley Cortes."
Date: May 13, 1911
Creator: Cortes, Charley
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Photograph of Waco, Texas in 1917]

Description: Aerial photograph of downtown Waco, Texas as seen in 1917; the old city hall and the square around it can be seen directly in the center of the picture. The Brazos River can seen on the right side of the photograph.
Date: September 13, 1917
Creator: Stauts & Sons
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, July 13, 1943]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on July 13, 1943. He discusses getting a magazine, and his plans to go fishing soon. He also denies ever signing up to fly planes, as his father had received a letter from the Air Force that claimed he had.
Date: July 13, 1943
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, June 13, 1944]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on June 13, 1944. His mother has returned home from the hospital, and Willis urges her to get well. He commends the speed with which the Allied armies have been moving through Italy, and still hopes that he'll be home before the end of the year.
Date: June 13, 1944
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, May 13, 1944]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr. on May 13, 1944. He thanks them for the flint they sent him, and asks for a few more boxes. He sends his condolences on all the rain Waco had received, noting that it'll take a while for the river to recede and the fishing to improve. He mentions seeing Wilbur Crawford recently, and the two of them deciding they want to go on a camping trip. He sends well wishes to his mother.
Date: May 13, 1944
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his Parents, May 13, 1945]

Description: Letter from John Todd Willis, Jr. to his parents Clara and John T. Willis, Sr., on May 13, 1945, detailing his time overseas. He worked in a plant for a while, then in a battery shop. After a while he broke his foot, and had it put in a cast, so he worked in a supply room until it healed. They were on their way to Oran when Italy fell, so they went on to Italy instead. After the invasion of southern France, his company moved to northern Italy and built the largest maintenance shop in Italy. In May 1945, he was in charge of the Tire and Battery Shop.
Date: May 13, 1945
Creator: Willis, John Todd, Jr.
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[The Abel Family and Home]

Description: Photograph of the Abel family and home at 777 South 17th Street and Ross in Waco. From left to right, they are Ida Victoria, Maud Vivian (standing), Lillie Jane, Robert Downman, Clarence Albert (standing), Hector Valdemar, and Valdemar. Ida Victoria sits in a wooden rocking chair on the porch, and Lillie Jane sits in a wicker chair next to her. She holds Robert Downman, and Maud Vivian stands behind her chair. Clarence Albert stands on the porch steps, while Hector Valdemar sits on the arm of a rocking chair. Valdemar stands next to the chair, leaning against the side of the house. The photograph was purchased at the Abel estate sale in Waco, Texas.
Date: August 13, 1898
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis