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Durham Family Collection, 1910's-1960's

The Durham family has long been associated with Diboll, Texas, particularly in the lumber industry and the Diboll Free Press. The Durham Family Collection primarily consists of photographs focusing on Paul Durham, Jr. and wife Jimmie Beth Durham during their years at Diboll High School, their high school friends, Paul Jr.’s career at the Diboll Free Press, the Diboll Housing Authority construction projects, and numerous landmarks and members of the Diboll community. These are selected images and publications from that collection.


Paul Durham, Sr. With Load of Logs, Early 1900's

Paul Durham, Sr. With Load of Logs, Early 1900's

Paul Durham, Sr. in front of a load of large logs in the early 1900's

Mary Lou and Paul Durham, Sr.

Mary Lou and Paul Durham, Sr.

Mary Lou and Paul Durham, Sr. in Diboll, ca. 1938.

Paul Durham, Sr. and Friends in Arkansas

Paul Durham, Sr. and Friends in Arkansas

Paul Durham Sr. (left) and three unidentified men on a visit to Hot Springs, AR, ca. 1925.  One of the men with him may be Ritchie Wells of Diboll.

Mary Lou Durham and Children

Mary Lou Durham and Children

Mary Lou Durham sits on the steps of a home with an infant while a child plays in the background.  Photo is possibly from the White City logging camp in San Augustine County, 1919-1920.  The infant may be Pauline Durham, born in White City in 1919.  The child on the left is probabably Buster Durham.

Lillie Jordan and Hazel Durham, 1925

Lillie Jordan and Hazel Durham, 1925

Lillie Faye Jordan (middle left) and Hazel Durham (middle right) in Fastrill, ca. 1925.

Paul Durham, Sr. and Daughter Pauline, 1925

Paul Durham, Sr. and Daughter Pauline, 1925

Paul Durham, Sr. with daughter Pauline in Fastrill, ca. 1925.

Mary Lou and Pauline Durham, 1919

Mary Lou and Pauline Durham, 1919

Mary Lou Durham holds daughter Pauline in White City, San Augustine County, in 1919.  Pauline was born in one of the boxcar houses in the logging camp in 1919.

Elmer Ray Wells and Pauline Durham ride Balaam in Fastrill, 1928

Elmer Ray Wells and Pauline Durham ride Balaam in Fastrill, 1928

Elmer Ray Wells and Pauline Durham ride Balaam the donkey in Fastrill, ca. 1928.  Balaam was a favorite playmate among the children in the Fastrill logging camp.

Durham Siblings, ca. 1926.

Durham Siblings, ca. 1926.

Mary Lou and Paul Durham, Sr.'s chlildren, ca. 1926.  Malcom (Buster), Pauline, Jeanette, and Mary.

Infant in Washpan

Infant in Washpan

One of the infant Durham children in a washpan, possibly Buster, born in 1914.

Paul Durham Sr. Stands on Engine 10

Paul Durham Sr. Stands on Engine 10

Paul Durham, Sr. (right) and an unidentified child stand on Engine 10.

Mrs. Jennings 5th grade class, Diboll Elementary, 1952

Mrs. Jennings 5th grade class, Diboll Elementary, 1952

Mrs. Jennings 5th grade class, Diboll Elementary, 1952
Front row, left to right: Beverly Taylor, Judy Jordan, Connie McClellan, unidentified, Alma Wilkerson, unidentified,unidentified, Janette Barber, unidentified
Middle row, left to right: unidentified, unidentified, unidentified, Burl Griffin, Travis Parker, Rose Mary Powers, Mrs. Jennings.
Back row, left to right: Travis Gossett, Elmo McCullum, Kenneth Capps, unidentified, unidentified, Mike Crager, and Billy Frank Pate.

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