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Upshur County Photo Album


Businesses
Photo Description Picture

Big Sandy - Annie's Tea Room

Big Sandy Commercial Hotel - It was between the T&P and Cotton Belt Railroads on the north side of the tracts facing south.  It is noted on the back of the picture that when it was taken, Dailey and Lena Elizabeth Mings Beck, their daughter Vannie Dale, Mrs. Nancy Lovesa Beck, John Thomas Sr. and Cairo Viola Beck King and their children John Thomas Jr. and Irma Neville King, were all living in the Hotel.   Vannie Dale Beck,  John Thomas King Jr., and Irma Neville King were all born in the Hotel.  The picture was taken between 1903 and 1911. Thanks to Ann K. King Tebow for sending it in.
Big Sandy Train Depot - 1909
Big Sandy Depot - Ca 1910
Cotton Yard Postcard - Gilmer, Texas - 1911 - The information on reverse side of the postcard has been included as it might hold some information for someone in this area.
First State Bank Pritchett - downtown in 1919 in this photo taken by the Thomas Jefferson Petty Sr. family. The building on the far right is the Pritchett First State Bank again with Mr. Petty's Model-T in the street. I (Ronald Ellis Wade) have cancelled checks from this bank, Rosewood and most other early banks of Upshur County in my family archives at the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. They were from various branches of the family.  - Thanks to Ron Wade for this great picture.
Gilmer Pottery bowl
Gilmer Pottery vase
Lou's Cafe - Big Sandy - 1942 -very popular eating place in Big Sandy. Was located next door to
Two Rivers on the lot where Texana's is today. Owned by Lula Varner McLaughlin.  Submitted by Judy Varner
Rhonesboro Business Map - 1914   Thanks to Ron Wade for this great picture.
Rosewood Map - Thanks to Ron Wade for this great picture.
Rosewood Cotton Gin - Can you name the people in this photo? - Thanks to Ron Wade for this great picture.
Rosewood Depot - Thanks to Ron Wade for this great picture.
Satterwhite Store Receipt - Rhonesboro Community - John Hulet Satterwhite store owner.
Shepperd, J.R. Mercantile, Big Sandy, Texas c1915. Pictured left to right are Nolen Shepperd (s/o J.R. and Nona Mae Mings Shepperd), John Ray Shepperd and Frank Morrison.  This building is currently being refurbished for Big Sandy
Historical Museum.  Thanks to Alan Shepperd for this great picture.
Swan's Cafe in Gilmer - Thanks to Bill Phillips for identifying this as Swan's Cafe in Gilmer, owned by Paul Stolley. This was about 1949. The 2 men in the photo could be Paul Stolley & his father. Thanks to Geraldine Little Braswell for sending in this wonderful picture.  Mrs. R. L. Sarver and Mrs. C. Holmes have also identified the photo as the Swan Cafe. Their relative, Lila Maude Sharp worked in the cafe before she became a nurse.


Churches & Cemeteries

Photo Description Picture
Big Sandy Baptist Church - Early 1900's
Concord Church Group ca 1910 (Note 46 stars on US Flag) - Banner says: Concord Grove No. 559, W. C., Concord, Tex. - Most of these people are unnamed - Bottom row, 3rd from right: Mary Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Raines Ellison and baby - Thanks to Di Ann Tarhalla for this picture. Submitted by Leslie Rainey - The lady 2nd from left on bottom row is Dessie Cesil Farmer Hendricks, she's wearing a white blouse with a black bow. Her father, Henry Freeman Farmer is standing on the back row 2nd from the right ( black hat). And we believe his wife, Laura Stevens Farmer is the heavy lady standing on the far right of the photo middle row. And finally back row on left, the tiny lady standing in black is Artha Lee Hamilton Glasco, a cousin.
Enon Baptist Church - Early 1950's
Gilmer Baptist Church - 1909
Gilmer First Baptist Chruch - 1917
Gilmer First Baptist Church - Year unknown
Gilmer Methodist Church - (The old one.)
Woodland Baptist Church Baptism - 1936 - Margie Holeman at age 16 is the 4th from the right (hiding behind another) - Thanks to Lee Whiteley for this great photo.
Woodland Baptist Church Ca 1935 - Thanks to Lee Whiteley for this great photo. It was just north of Glenwood on the road to Gilmer.
Pioneer Mother - Elvey Shepperd  (1779-1860) - Born South Carolina. Daughter of Elijah Anderson, Solider of American Revolution, & Elvira Brack.  Married William Shepperd in Georgia, Feb 22, 1802.  Husband died 1824 in Alabama.  Led her family to Texas in 1845, where with help of sons & slaves, she built one of first homes in this area - a log cabin that stood for over 100 years.  Recorded - 1965  Thanks to Alan Shepperd for this great picture. (Note: She is buried in the Gay-Hagen Cemetery, but this plaque is found in the John Ben Shepperd Cemetery, Gregg County, Tx.  The plaque was stolen several times from the Gay-Hagen Cemetery and replaced.  The last time it was stolen it was recovered by the police and given to John Ben Shepperd for safe keeping.  It was then placed in his private cemetery.)

City & County Government

Photo Description Picture
Courthouse Lawn Bell on NW corner.  Thanks to Tom Mitchell for this picture.
Courthouse - Front of postcard says Court House, Gilmer, Texas;   Back of postcard is dated 1909.
Courthouse - 1937
Courthouse - Early 1950's
Courthouse - 2002 - Thanks to Tom Mitchell for this picture.


Events

Photo Description Picture
Baptism at Bishops Hole, Concord, Upshur Co., Tx - 1921     Thanks go to Di Ann Tarhalla
Baptism outside of Big Sandy - 1935 - Can you identify the church group?
Gilmer Yamboree - Ca 1950's
Gladewater Rodeo - 1949 Gladewater Rodeo, Gladewater, Texas.  The back of this card is signed by Charles Walker, Pres. of the Gladewater Rotary Club and mailed to a Rotary Friend in Pittsburg, Texas in 1949.
Gladewater Rodeo - 1957 - Gladewater, Texas.  Billy Warden's "Scramble" Prize Being Auctioned.
Gladewater Rodeo Program; 30th annual rodeo - 1967. A new rodeo arena is being built in 2002-2003 that sits beside where the old one was.
Pritchett Reunion - Appears to be ca 1910 - Thanks to Elna Beard for this great picture.  Per Brian Morgan - the two men sitting in the front center....older man may be R.M.Morgan with the cane and his son Roe Morgan which looks to be in his 20-30’s to his right.





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People


Unidentified People & Places



Places/Homes

Photo Description Picture
Davis Home - This house in Gilmer was built by Horace Vernon Davis, Mayor of Gilmer for 3 or 4 terms, at the intersection of Butler and Trinity Streets.  Was sold to his brother, Henry Lee Davis b. 1896, owner of Davis Dry Goods,  Maberry Grocery, and  Gilmer Wholesale Grocery for 70 yrs.  Henry Lee and Violet Davis lived in this house when their two sons were born, i.e.:  Richard b.1924 and Thomas b. 1929.  Housing in the area was so scarce during the Kilgore oil boom that part of the house was renovated to accommodate boarders working in Kilgore.  Boarders could  also stay in the garage apartment behind the house.  This  picture is not dated; however, the snow and icicles should be a clue!  Thanks to Jeanne Truly Davis for this wonderful picture.
Rhonesboro Community - This is a LARGE picture and has been left large so that you might able to identify some of the people in the photo. This picture is on ahard cardboard background; It is in excellent condition; the name Satterwhite appears on the building to the right. Thanks to Karen Warren for sending in this wonderful picture
Rhonesboro Street Scene - John Hulet Satterwhite, owner of Satterwhite store, is standing behind the
Wagon to the left front with his hands on his hips, wearing a suit and a bowler hat.   Thanks to his granddaughter Dovie Kaupke for this great picture! See the Satterwhite store receipt under Business photos!

Schools

Photo Description Picture
Big Sandy School - Ca 1910
1938 Big Sandy Wildcats - Submitted by Jenny Glenn Hoover
Brumley School - 1900-1901 - This great picture belongs to Mary Moore Hamberlin - Submitted by Juanita Anderson Bacala
Brumley School - 1910  Submitted by Donna Spence
Brumley School - Year Unknown - Submitted by Donna Spence
Brumley School - Year Unknown - Submitted by Donna Spence
Center Point School in Pritchett - 1915 - left front row is Raymond Landers, and second row, right is James Kuykendall. Submitted by N J Patterson, D/o Raymond Landers.
Concord School 1934 -  Photo Owner and contributed by: Leslie Rainey.  Jessie Denson is listed as the teacher, 4th from right- Autha Bell Willis Rainey, grandmother of Leslie Rainey.

Concord School 1922. Submitted by Margaret Bishop Bradshaw.
Crossroad School 1932 - Vernon Sanders is second row second from left.  Contributed by Chuck Sanders.
Crossroad Singing School - on the boarder of the frame it says J.M. Hays Gilmer Texas
Photo Owner: Lizzie Mackey Warren (deceased): Contributed by Elaine Warren Thompson (her daughter)
Third from last on back row looks somewhat like my Uncle Troy Mackey.
Crossroad Singing School - Photo Owner: Lizzie Mackey Warren (deceased): Contributed by Elaine Warren Thompson (her daughter) - My Mother's brother Troy was the teacher and he is the tall one in the back and her sister Ruthie Mackey Helpenstill is the first one in middle row and  Annie Mackey Valdetero is the last one on the second row.  These Mackey's are children of Elisha Terrell and Sarah Artie Greer Mackey. (See next picture for back of photo with names)
Crossroad Singing School - Photo Owner: Lizzie Mackey Warren (deceased): Contributed by Elaine Warren Thompson (her daughter) - Names identifying people in above photo.
Crossroad Singing School - Aug 3, 1921 - Photo Owner: Lizzie Mackey Warren (deceased): Contributed by Elaine Warren Thompson (her daughter) - My Uncle Troy Mackey is the 4th one in front row.
I would love to know the story of why the one girl in second row has her face cut out.
East Mountain School - Year Unknown - Thanks to Geraldine Little Braswell for this great picture!
Essex School Commencement Programs - 1896-1897 commencement program for elementary students at the Essex School. F.L. McKinney, Principal; Hattie Willard, Assistant; Directors: B. Davis, W.R. Arrington, ? Still.  On the cover page it gives the name of the school and the year.  It was on land about 1 to 2 miles North of the Rosewood Community. The lettering is a true medium green, on heavy paper, almost like cardboard....but yet smooth......and the edges of the paper are embossed.....easily felt on the original.  Note the hole in the upper left hand corner.....the 3 pages are threaded together with a cord through those holes.  The actual size is about 3 to 3.5" by 6". Thanks to Sheila Pool for letting us display this wonderful treasure. NOTE: This school was gone many years before the Rosewood school was built.
Essex School - January 16, 1905 - Later became Rosewood School. Harvey Surestus Wade, was a teacher that year. The other 3 identified arehis children. Can you identify any of the others? Submitted by Ron Wade for this great picture. NOTE per Sheila Pool: The Essex school was located about 1 to 2 miles NNE of Hwy 154 & Rosewood....but the Rosewood School was located in Rosewood community, just about 1 block north of the old bank building.
Forest Hill School - Year Unknown - Photo made available by Juanita A. Bacala and submitted by Geraldine Little Braswell
Forest Hill School - Nov. 13, 1918 - Photo made available by Juanita A. Bacala, submitted by Geraldine Little Braswell
Forest Hill School - 1923 - 1914 students at Forrest Hill School    Thanks to Geraldine Little Braswell for this great picture!
Gilmer High School - 1911
Gilmer High School Football Team - 1917 - One of the earliest photos located of Gilmer Football Teams, this one from 1917.  It was taken on the front steps of the newly completed Gilmer High School building.  Note the football helmets of the day.  Left to right bottom row, Edwin Boyd, Bryan Boyd, Glen Stephens, Bennie Clark, Marion Smith, Duggar Cook and Eddie Marshall.  Second row, Cosby Oliver, J. D. Warren, Hilton McClelland, Henry McClelland, Boyd Moody, Joe Lindsey and Coach Keahy.

Gilmer High School Football Team - 1921 - Front Row, second from left, Dr. Madison Ragland; second from left middle row, Johnny Mann.

Gilmer High School Football Team - 1930 - Back Row, left to right, Coach Henry McClelland, Cranfill Cox, Bill Seago.  Front row, far right, Bill Glass.  Second row, far left J. D. Graves.

Gilmer High School - Ca 1951 - Gilmer High School about 1951 when it first opened as a "one-hall school".  After the remodeling in the mid-80s, the covered walk by the classroom windows you see in this picture was removed. The windows were filled in with concrete block in most cases, and the walk became what is now the first hall, the original hall is the second, and a third hallway leads to classrooms, the library and the cafeteria. The big structure to the right was  the auditorium, and is now the band hall. The large structure to
the left was and is a gymnasium. Thanks to Mary Kirby for this information.
Gilmer High School Graduation Baccalaureate Program - 1957 - Page 1
Thanks Geraldine Little Braswell for this picture.
Gilmer High School Graduation Baccalaureate Program - 1957 - Page 2
Thanks Geraldine Little Braswell for this picture.
Gilmer High School Graduation Baccalaureate Program - 1957 - Page 3
Thanks Geraldine Little Braswell for this picture.
Gilmer High School Graduation Baccalaureate Program - 1957 - Page 4
Thanks Geraldine Little Braswell for this picture.
Gilmer Public School - 1910
Glenwood School - 1946    Picture #1 has on the back: Annie Beth Rains, age 12, year 1946, grade 6;  Picture #3 has Annie Beth Rains, Durans Davies, Martha Piears, Bonnie Priticher;  Pictures # 2 & 4 have nothing on the back.
Thanks so much to Beckey Cadenhead for these wonderful pictures.  These were left to her by her mother, Reba Marie Blalack Watson (nee Rains).
Grice School Students - 1923. A big thanks goes to Retta DeLesdernier for this wonderful picture. If you can identify any of these students, please contact Elaine
Herbert's Vocal School - 1907 - Gilmer, Texas. This is a class of Dr. Herbert's Vocal School which was held in a building behind where the Upshur House Hotel stood. Dr. Herbert came from an eastern state and stayed to hold several classes. On the front row, left to right are Mrs. J. M. Hayes, two children, Mrs. Mayfield, Doc Mayfield of Shady Grove, Mr. Morgan of West Mountain, Mr. Phillips, a teacher in the school, Mrs. Bowman and two Miss Bowmans; second row, Ola Latch, first wife of Harvey S. Wade and daughter of L.A. "Daddy" Latch, Rosa Bowman, Mrs. Herbert, Dr. Herbert, Mrs. Emmett Dean, Emmett S. Dean, Roe Morgan, Mr. Seaborn, school assistant, Mrs. Seaborn and Mr. Floyd; fourth row, fourth from left is Fred Miller and on right end os Joe J. Wade; fifth row, third from left is A. B. Mackey, Fanny Mackey, Frank Mackey and Frank Morgan; top row, fifth from left is Julius Murphy, tenth in row is Johnny Wilson and next to him is A.B. Caffey. All were identified by Harvey S. Wade who attended this school in an earlier session and who owned this photograph - Thanks to Ron Wade for this great picture.
Latch School - 1918 - Also the photo & article written by Ron Wade. Thanks to Ron Wade for this great picture.

Latch School - Ca 1920.  Thanks go to Lea Ann Tedford for this wonderful picture she got from her aunt Leslie Bowin Thorn.

Latch School - 1936 - Photo submitted by Ron Wade. Whoever sent in all the names, please contact me for credit.
LDS School - First in Kelsey Community
Little Cypress School ca 1891. Some of the spelling of the names may not be
accurate. Thanks to Sheila Pool for letting us display this wonderful picture.
Mings Chapel School - Sept 1908. Thanks to Leslie Rainey for sending this in!
Ming Chapel School Girls - Thanks to Leslie Rainey for sending this in!
Mt Gilead School - Dec 1915. This is just one of more than 40 schools that
educated children before WWI.  Thanks to Retta De Lesdernier for this wonderful picture!
Perryville School - Matell Stenson Teacher - Year unknown - Submitted by Samuel E Warren Jr
Poe Creek School 1922 or 1923. Submitted by Margaret Bishop Bradshaw.
Pritchett Normal School - Date unknown
Pritchett School - 1900
Pritchett Singing Class - 1902
Pritchett School - 1924-1927, Pritchett, Tx   In the back there is a boy with his arms crossed on another boy's shoulder.   Next to him to the right is a girl looking off the side instead of at the camera.  This girl is Tula Stanley who was born in 1909 and lived in Pritchett across the railroad tracks. Two of her sisters are in this picture also. Thanks to Letty Harrington for this great picture.  If you can identify any of these "kids", please email  Letty or Elaine.
Pritchett School (Latch) 1931-1932, Pritchett, Tx   Thanks to Letty Harrington for this great picture.  If you can identify any of these "kids", please email Letty or Elaine.
Rosewood School (?) Picture - Pre 1929 - Thanks to Alice Hudnell Lane for the picture! Albert Hudnell is 2nd from the right on the front row. Alice says it had to be taken before 1929 and is probably Rosewood School. Several have told us this is the school bus in the background with the roll up tarp. Does  anyone know who the other kids are?
Rosewood School Students - 1915 - Thanks go to Sheila Pool  for this information.
Sand Hill Singing School Group – Sand Hill Community Auditorium ca 1909 - Thanks to Joan Williams for this great picture.
Old Sand Hill School ca 1910-1911 - Thanks to Joan Williams for this great picture. Thanks to Angie Shaw Tippen for Original of photo copy which had been provided by Joan Williams. Information below submitted by Joan Williams.

1st Row (Bottom step L - R) Parker Hill, Luther Shaw, Hayward Jones, Katie Beene, Mark Collum, Ruby Williams, Effie Shaw, Ola Williams, Clyde Echols, Myrtle Echols, Elton Hagler, Eugene Collum

2nd Row L- R Abel Loyd, Ellie Shaw, Nolan Helms, Jessie Gunter, Paul Loyd, Lura DeShazo, Edna McKinley, Ophelia Shaw, Ima Dean, Frank Barnes, Ace Hill

3rd Row L - R Robert “Bob” Shaw, Herbert “Hub” Jones, Loyd DeShazo, Richard Hill, Vodie Hefner, Minnie Shaw, Nora Gunter, Elma McKinley, Ruby Hill, Blanche Mathis, Buford Hagler, Jim Quinn (Teacher)

Top Row L - R Lester Gunter, Elsie Collier, Oliver Hagler, Georgia Loyd, Lillie Hill, Pauline Gunter, Quinny Shaw, Verna Lee Hefner, Olan Loy

Shady Grove School - 1932. Thanks to Leslie Rainey for sending this in!
Simpsonville School - 1927 - Submitted by Samuel E Warren Jr
Simpsonville School - 1932 - Submitted by Samuel E Warren Jr
Simpsonville School - Clinton Clark Teacher - 1932 - Submitted by Samuel E Warren Jr
Soules Chapel Boys Baseball team-1930-31; Sent in by Mary Beth Marchant   My mother did not remember the boys names with exception of her two brothers, Norman Chester Insall and Carrol Smith Insall.
Soules Chapel Girls Volleyball team, year 1930-31; Sent in by Mary Beth Marchant.
Players left to right-back: Mary Laura Insall, Ella Garrett, Sallie May Hill, Jessie May Shrum, Iris Cook, Ruth Fennell     Players-left to right-front: Sybil Garrett, Mary Morris, Verna May Thompson
Soules Chapel School - Year unknown - Photo identified by Mary Laura Insall Johnson - Can you identify any of these students? Sent in by Mary Beth Marchant.
Union Grove High School Graduating Class of 1938 - Back row Right to Left:  Harold Wappler, Orvil L. Jones, M.L.  Leard, Malcom Palmer, Tommy Buchanan, Norman Hoffman, Everett Rinehart, Joe Smith, Second Row:  Merele Adams Ferrell, Hixey Hudspeth (he was the principal), Jack Mahan (he was the band director), Mattie Bell Wellborn Hoffman.
Union Hill Volleyball Team - 1934 -  Left to right: Christine Johnson, Gertrude Johnson, Sibyl Johnson, Inez Carter   Front: Naomi Sturdivant, Cora Lee Campbell, Faye Anderson and Ruth Fennell    Photo submitted by: Cora Lee Campbell Holmes
Union Hill School - 5th & 6th grade students - 1941-1942 - This great picture belongs to Patsy Parish McCurry - Submitted by Juanita Anderson Bacala
Union Hill School - 1952 Grads - Back row:  Billy Mike Talley, James Helton, Bill Gurley, Johnny Tye, Walter Thomas Durning, Tommy Bickerstaff, Neal Montgomery, Howard Loftis, and Jackie Ellis   Front row:  Bette Ruth Seago, Bettye Ann Bickerstaff, Betty Joyce Light, Claudene Moore, Jo Ann Latham, and Ruth Ann Bailey  - Submitted by Juanita Anderson Bacala
Union Ridge School 1925. Submitted by Margaret Bishop Bradshaw.
Union Ridge High School Graduating Class 1934 - Taken from the March 13, 2002 Gilmer Mirror    Thanks to Geraldine Little Braswell for sending this great picture.
Union Ridge High School Graduation Class - 1930  Submitted by Margaret Bishop Bradshaw.  Back Row: Hazel Watson, Vera Davis, Oleta Cope Davis, Elizabeth Cope Fullen, Clety Ellison Cook   Front Row Sitting: Eunice Harrison Murphy, Woodrow Presnell, Lois Arnold Seago, Graham Bradshaw
Union Ridge Teachers (year unknown) - _____ Boswell, Opal Haralson, Lois Holmes, Ruth Harrison, Charles (that is her name) Procter, Clyde Procter   Submitted by Margaret Bishop Bradshaw.
Union Ridge School Bus Drivers:  Front - Leroy Wallace; Middle - Howard Wallace; Back - Graham Bradshaw     Submitted by Margaret Bishop Bradshaw.
Union Ridge School - Year Unknown.      Submitted by Margaret Bishop Bradshaw.
Unknown School (Maybe Crossroads?) - Vernon Sanders (born in Big Sandy) is second row, behind boy making a face.  Contributed by Chuck Sanders.
Unknown School (Maybe Rosewood?) - Charles Weatherford Sanders (born & raised Rosewood, 1904-1950) is in front of and to the right of the girl in the striped dress. There is an arrow pointing to him.  Contributed by Chuck Sanders.
Warrick, Duke & Puckett eating watermelon in Upshur County - Thanks to Carmon Conder McManigell for this picture.

Street Scenes

Photo Description Picture
1912 - Cotton day in Gilmer
Gilmer Town Square - Cliff Davis' Shingle Mill Wagons on Gilmer's Town Square.  Date unknown. If you can supply a date, please contact  Dan Davis
Gilmer Square - 1930's
Tyler Street, Gilmer, Texas - Early 1950's



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