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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.


Jimmie Beth Jordan and Bill Ferguson, 1951

Jimmie Beth Jordan and Bill Ferguson, 1951

1951 Woodville Dogwood Festival Duchess Jimmie Beth Jordan and escort Bill Ferguson.

1948 DHS Juniors

1948 DHS Juniors

Members of the Diboll High School Junior Class, 1948. Front: Mary Sue George and Blant Ferguson.  Back: Rose Saxton and Marian Edwards.  Diboll High School is in the background.

Betty Smith and Avery Jones

Betty Smith and Avery Jones

1950 Senior Class Favorites Betty Marie Smith and Avery Jones.

1925 Group in Front of Car

1925 Group in Front of Car

A group stands in front of a car in 1925.  From left to right: Mr. Sanders, Beatrice Jones, Juanita Mosby, Carl Ferguson, and Rilla Armstrong.
 

Sammie Burt, 1966

Sammie Burt, 1966

Sammie Burt relaxes in a lawn chair, 1966.

Coach Billy Burt

Coach Billy Burt

Left to Right: Coach Billy Burt holds his sleeping son David Burt, and Betty Simmons, 1966.

Sammie and David Burt

Sammie and David Burt

Betty Burt with her son David and Betty Simmons, 1966.

Ed and Pearl Hoot, 1957

Ed and Pearl Hoot, 1957

New doctor in town, Dr. Ed Hoot and wife Pearl Hoot, taken at the home of Ralph and Pris Magill in July 1957.

Mrs. Cecil Purdy and Patti Hector, 1980

Mrs. Cecil Purdy and Patti Hector, 1980

Longtime Diboll piano teacher Mrs. Cecil Purdy (on right) with her daughter Patti Hector, ca. 1980.

Joann Hendrick, Every Inch a Queen

Joann Hendrick, Every Inch a Queen

Joann Hendrick poses with Willis Jordan and others from the Shop and Truck Shop,who supported her Diboll Day Queen candidacy in 1960.
 

Woodrow Wood Retires, 1975

Woodrow Wood Retires, 1975

Woodrow Wood on the day he retired as the Diboll Housing Authority director, May 15, 1975.

Diboll Ballerinas

Diboll Ballerinas

Ballerinas Kristen Fulmer, Fran Rich, and Suzanne Stubblefield, ca. 1962.

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