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Magcobar Photograph Collection (Richard Donovan Family)

This collection consists of selections of 39 photographs, company newsletters from 1956 and 1962, and a ca. 1970 catalog that document the operations of the Xact Clays and Magcobar companies in southern Angelina County, south of Zavalla,between the early 1940's and early 1960's, donated by Richard Donovan and Eva Berry Farley. A finding guide to the complete collection can be found under our website's Finding Guide tab, Magcobar Photograph Collection (2012:009). Magcobar (Magnet Cove Barium Corporation) mined for bentonite clay in southern Angelina and northern Jasper counties and produced high grade drilling muds. Richard Donovan, his father Allen, his wife Bonnie, and his sister-in-law Eva were company employees and are featured in the selections below.


Flooded Clay Pit 1962

Flooded Clay Pit 1962

A flooded clay pit in Jasper County, 1962.

Flooding Clay Pit 1962

Flooding Clay Pit 1962

Bentonite Mining, Upland Island Wilderness

Bentonite Clay Pit 1958

Xact Clays Bentonite Pit 1940's

Vina Donovan at Xact Clays Pit 1945

Vina Donovan at Xact Clays Pit 1945

Vina Donovan, Richard Donovan's mother, poses at the top of a clay pit.

Allen T. Donovan at Xact Clays Pit, 1943

Allen T. Donovan at Xact Clays Pit, 1943

Allen T. Donovan, Richard Donovan's father, poses at a clay pit, holding a camera.

Richard Donovan as a child, 1940's

Richard Donovan as a child, 1940's

Richard Donovan, second from the left, and his father, Allen, third from the left, pose on a Caterpillar D-8 tractor at a clay pit in the 1940's. An Xact Clays supervisor from Houston and the supervisor's wife are on either side of the Donovans. Allen Donovan was the Zavalla plant manager for Xact Clays.

Visit of a Houston Supervisor to the Clay Pits

Visit of a Houston Supervisor to the Clay Pits

A Houston supervisor and his wife pose on a power shovel at an Xact Clays clay pit.

Allen Donovan

Allen Donovan

Allen Donovan, Richard Donovan's father. This is his retirement portrait, 1959.

Allen Donovan Retirement Party, 1959

Allen Donovan Retirement Party, 1959

From left to right: Minnie Donovan, A. T. Donovan, and Ken Reed at A. T. Donovan's retirement party from Magcobar.  This occured at Petty's Motel and Restaurant in Lufkin, Texas in 1959.

Allen Donovan

Allen Donovan

Allen Donovan receiving a service award.

Allen Donovan, third from left, ca. 1956

Allen Donovan, third from left, ca. 1956

Allen T. Donovan, third from left, at a Macgobar awards party circa 1956.

Allen Donovan and Orien Van Dyke Observe Magcobar drilling exploration, 1953

Allen Donovan and Orien Van Dyke Observe Magcobar drilling exploration, 1953

A. T. Donovan and Orien Van Dyke, left to right on the ground, watch Magcobar drilling exploration in 1953.

Richard Donovan on top of T&NO Railroad Bridge, ca. 1956

Richard Donovan on top of T&NO Railroad Bridge, ca. 1956

Richard Donovan, left, climbed to the top of the Texas & New Orleans Railroad bridge over the Neches River, near Rockland, in about 1956. The other man is unknown.

Richard Donovan Painting Machinery at the Magcobar Plant south of Zavalla

Richard Donovan Painting Machinery at the Magcobar Plant south of Zavalla

Richard Donovan painting machinery a the Magcobar plant south of Zavalla, Texas.

Bonnie Donovan, Magcobar Office, South of Zavalla, ca.1956

Bonnie Donovan, Magcobar Office, South of Zavalla, ca.1956

Bonnie Donovan, wife of Richard Donovan and sister of Eva Berry Farley.

Eva Berry Farley at her Magcobar desk, 1962

Eva Berry Farley at her Magcobar desk, 1962

Eva Berry Farley, sister of Bonnie Donovan and sister-in-law to Richard Donovan.

Eva Berry Farley, 1962

Eva Berry Farley, 1962

Eva Berry Farley, sister of Bonnie Donovan and sister-in-law to Richard Donovan.

Eva Berry Farley

Eva Berry Farley

Eva Berry Farley, sister of Bonnie Donovan and sister-in-law to Richard Donovan.

Eva Berry Farley, 1961

Eva Berry Farley, 1961

Eva Berry Farley, sister of Bonnie Donovan.

Sambo Farley, Plant Accountant

Employees with Drilling Mud Bags

Employees with Drilling Mud Bags

Macgobar employees holding finished drilling mud bags.

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