By Deanna Rainey
Title: Huntsville Walker County Photographs Collection, 1907-1990
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
The Huntsville Walker County Photographs Collection is composed of photographs of various subjects throughout Walker County, primarily Huntsville, Texas. The collection consists of one medium flat box, with 44 folders.
Series 1: Photographs
Subjects: Huntsville (Tex.) - History, Texas - History, Walker County (Tex.)
Scope and Contents of the Materials
Many photographs within the collection have been acquired by former Special Collections Librarians. Some can be found in the Times & Places Collection at the following link: http://walkercountytreasures.com/thumbnails.php?album=10
Other photographs within the collection have been collected from individual donors and the Walker County Historical Commission.
Huntsville, Texas was founded in 1835 by Pleasant Gray. He traveled from Huntsville, Alabama and settled in Texas on the divide of the Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers. The likeness of the land compared to his hometown inspired the name. He built two cabins, one to house his growing family and the other as a trading post. Soon others followed suit, through the help of posted advertisements in Huntsville, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana.
More information on the history of Huntsville and Walker County, Texas can be found in Huntsville & Walker County, Texas: A Bicentennial History (F392.W24H94) located in the Thomason Room at Newton Gresham Library.
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The Huntsville Walker County Photographs Collection. Thomason Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.
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- Series 1
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Negatives, circa 1990's; undated
- Contains negatives of the following from Mamie Wynne Cox's "Sam Houston Normal Institute: Twenty Successful Sessions 1879-1899" : Johnson & Rather Druggists Corner Drug Store in Huntsville, Texas, Andrew Female College, S. D. Johnson home in Huntsville, Texas, birthplace of Sam Houston, photocopy of Roy Clark from the 1958 Alcalde, views of the Square, Mrs. S. D. Johnson Boarding House, Mrs. Lucy Markham Boarding House, Phelps Train Depot, John A. W. Gray, Huntsville Boy Scouts First Troop - 1909-1911, Miss Henrie Willison Boarding House, Huntsville Cigar Factory, Foster Brothers. Also contains unknown negatives.
- Folder 2: Square Barber Shop, 1974 August
- Photograph taken by Mark Canada of a barber shop on the square. The barber, Andy Anderson, cuts a man's hair in the company of Presley Clements and Dick Hawkins. Barber shop immediately north of Texan Caf
- Folder 3: Automobile Accident, undated
- Contains a photograph of an older model automobile in the ditch. Faint image of Old Main and smoke stack in rear. Unpaved street possibly 19th. Also contains a business card for Charles T. Mallery of Mallery & Associates, whose family owned an early car dealership. Possibly the donor of the photograph.
- Folder 4: Andrew Female College, undated
- Contains three copies of a photograph of the Andrew Female College (1853-1876) located near 8th street and University Avenue, mid-block between Avenues J and K. Donated by Walker County Historical Commission September of 1983. Building later moved to Rogersville on 10th Street for Negro school.
- Folder 5: Cordaway Springs School No. 30, undated
- Contains a copy of a 1908 photograph of a class that attended Cordaway Springs School No. 30 in Angelina County, Texas.
- Folder 6: The Square, circa 1875
- Contains an early image of the Square. Third courthouse; burned 1888. East side facing north. Gibbs Brothers building with upstairs shutters. Smither and Co. on the right. Rail fence around court house with hitching rail for horses and mules.
- Folder 7: University Avenue & 12th Street, circa 1905
- Contains an image of the corner of current University Avenue and 12th Street. Southeast corner of the Square, Spring and Main Street early names. Felder's Store with photo gallery upstairs is east of F. H. Foster & Co.
- Folder 8: The Huntsville Troubadours, undated
- Contains an image of the Huntsville Troubadours, a local youth band.
- Folder 9: S. D. Johnson Home, undated
- Two images of the S. D. Johnson boarding house. Church in the background.
- Folder 10: Penitentiary Director's Residence, circa 1890
- Contains an image of the Penitentiary Director's Residence. Corner of current Avenue I and Thirteenth Street, facing south. Early Travis and Lamar Streets. Roof and chimneys of Thomason home on left.
- Folder 11: Parks Mayes House, undated
- Contains an image of Gillie and Eula Parks Mayes' house. Location of current Mayes addition of Oakwood Cemetery. East side of Avenue F, later MLK Avenue.
- Folder 12: Edwin King Goree, undated
- Two signed copies of a photograph E. K. Goree, Confederate veteran, financial director at Penitentiary, sitting in a horse-drawn buggy. Front of Howell Mayes house, later site of Estill Dormitory.
- Folder 13: Swearing in County Officials, 1970's
- County officials sworn in on the first day of the New Year. Ralph Davis, County Judge officiating, Tommy Adams, second from left, Lloyd Roark left. Ceremony downstairs in the Court House.
- Folder 14: North Side of Square, circa 1875
- Contains a copy of a photograph of the north side of the Square, Gibbs Brothers on left, Smither & Co. on right. The original photograph is circa 1873-1875. Unpaved sandy street.
- Folder 15: Johnson & Rather Druggists, circa 1895
- Three images of the interior of Johnson & Rather Druggists drug store. A collection of several bottles, including one from the Johnson & Rather Druggists drug store is on display in the Thomason Room with accompanying information. Also see file 9 for another image concerning S. D. Johnson. Note soda fountain, elaborate mirror, umbrella stand.
- Folder 16: Sam Houston Photographs, undated
- Four images of Sam Houston.
- Folder 17: Margaret Lea Houston, undated
- Image of Margaret Lea Houston.
- Folder 18: Huntsville Public School, 1907
- Two copies of a photograph of the Huntsville Public School building, built 1907, torn down 1963.
- Folder 19: Fueling Depot for prison, undated
- Fueling depot for prison system, location unknown. Previously had a post-it note that read "found in the circulation book drop."
- Folder 20: Postcards, 1907; 1911; undated
- Contains several post cards depicting various scenes and buildings through Huntsville, Texas. Rescanned 2015, courtesy of Walker County Historical Commission, in completion of an Arts Commission grant.
- Folder 21: Walker County Heath Branch Fishing Club, 1936
- Contains an image of the Walker County Heath Branch Fishing Club of 1936. Also contains documentation naming each person in the photograph. Letter from Jeff Ray to Fred Robinson, former publisher of the Item, who had moved to Waco. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 22: Martha Mitchell of Possum Walk Road: Artist with Needle and Brush, 1982 April 9
- Contains images from an audio-visual presentation titled "Martha Mitchell of Possum Walk Road: Artist with Needle and Brush" featuring Weston McCoy as the photographer, Melvin R. Mason as the producer, Martha Mitchell as the artist, Jan Cole as the theme composer, and Bill Patrick as the sound engineer. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 23: Walker County Courthouse, circa 1957
- Walker County Courthouse (1889-1968), west side view. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 24: Huntsville Penitentiary, 1895
- A copy of a photograph of the Huntsville (Walls) Unit clock tower. Photo from Huntsville post cards. See #21.
- Folder 25: Presbyterian Church, circa 1920
- An image of three girls in front of the Presbyterian church, Main Street, currently University Ave. It was on the northwest corner of 13th and University.
- Folder 26: H. Y. Robinson Home, undated
- Two copies of a photograph of the H. Y. Robinson Home, north of Methodist Church sanctuary. Image not found in Times & Places. Razed in 1972, replaced by Methodist Social Hall.
- Folder 27: Deer Inside Prison Walls, undated
- A photograph of a group of deer grazing within the prison's walls.
- Folder 28: Parade Snapshots, circa 1940's
- Ten photographs taken during a parade. They were donated by Raymond Skains in 1983. On 75 South, currently Sam Houston Ave. Bobbitt's Cafe and tourist court, Humble gas station.
- Folder 29: Graves of Union Soldiers, undated
- A photograph of gravestones in Oakwood Cemetery of the Union Soldiers (stationed in Huntsville during Reconstruction) who died during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1867. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 30: J. B. Jones Home, undated
- Two copies of a photograph of the J. B. Jones Home that was located on 10th Street. After Miss Noreen Jones' death, house destroyed by arson in 1960's. Property left to United States, became site of downtown post office. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 31: Henderson King Yoakum Residence, undated
- Two images of Henderson King Yoakum's home in Shepherd's Valley, seven miles from Huntsville. Also contains a miniature biography about his settlement in and just outside of Huntsville, Texas. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 32: Mrs. W. A. Oliphint Home, undated
- Two copies of an image of Mrs. W. A. Oliphint's home located on 10th Street. Her nephew, J. W. Oliphint, called her "Auntie Booker"; her maiden name was Mary Elizabeth Alston, related to Eastham and Thomason families. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 33: Willie Adickes Leigh Home, undated
- An image of Willie Adickes Leigh's home,(Mrs. John Bush Leigh) which was located near the old high school on Avenue K. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 34: Dr. John William Thomason Home, undated
- Two copies of an image of the Dr. John William Thomason Home located on Avenue J. Dr. Thomason was son of Joshua Allen Thomason of "Oakland", father of J. W. Thomason, Jr. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 35: Hendon Thomason Home, undated
- An image of the Hendon Thomason Home on Avenue M. Later became "The Whistler" bed and breakfast, owned and operated by family descendants. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 36: Sam McKinney Home, undated
- Two copies of an image of the Sam McKinney Home on Avenue M, later moved to Bowden Road ranch and restored by Floyd Moore family. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 37: Gibbs-Powell Home, undated
- Two images of the Gibbs-Powell Home located on the corner of 11th Street and Avenue M. Built in 1863 by Thomas Gibbs. Bought by the Ben Powell family. House later became museum of Walker County Historical Commission. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 38: Ward Home/restaurant, 1940's-50's
- Three images of the interior, exterior, and Mrs. Parkhill in the yard of the Ward Home. Built in the 1860's, home was a wedding gift to Julia Thomason Ward (Mrs. Jeremiah) from her parents, Joshua Allen and Emily Fisher Thomason of "Oakland". The Ward Home was later known as the Junction Restaurant. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 39: Huntsville High School, undated
- Two images of the Huntsville High School. See #18. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 40: Lake Near Huntsville, undated
- An image of a lake near Huntsville, Texas. Image not found in Times & Places.
- Folder 41: Thorwaldsen's Christ Statue, undated
- An image of Thorwaldsen's Christ statue in Oakwood Cemetery. Erected in memory of a Powell child who died of tonsillitis. See #37.
- Folder 42: The Gustavus Benton Oliphint Family, undated
- An image of the Gustavus Oliphint Family. Written on the back is information naming each person in the photograph. Oliphint spelling variants include Oliphant for relatives of same family, as well as African-Americans who may or may not be related. Gus Oliphint's family lived on 10th Street.
- Folder 43: Sam Houston Collage, undated
- A collage of Sam Houston and various buildings in Huntsville, Texas. Possibly created for the Alcalde, SHSTC's yearbook.
- Folder 44: Red Ball Motor Coach, undated
- Houston-Huntsville-Corsicana-Dallas passenger and freight company bus on State Highway 75. Freight office located on 10th Street.
- Folder 45: Pictures of Huntsville, Texas, undated
- Several small photographs depicting various buildings and historical markers of Huntsville, Texas. Included in the images are the Steamboat House, Sam Houston's Grave, Old Thomason Family plantation house, and J. Robert King home on University Avenue.