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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.


Betty Jean and Mary Margaret Durham, 1929

Betty Jean and Mary Margaret Durham, 1929

Betty Jean and Mary Margaret Durham in Fastrill in 1929.  Notice the family's storm shelter in the background.

Infant Betty Jean Durham

Infant Betty Jean Durham

One of the Durham family children, probably Betty Jean, standing in front of a car in the 1930's.

Man with Baby and Farm Animals

Man with Baby and Farm Animals

An unidentified man holds an infant petting a rooster. 

Diboll High School Senior Class, 1927

Diboll High School Senior Class, 1927

Diboll High School Senior Class of 1927
Front row left to right: Millage Ashworth, Louise Burns, Alvin Miles, Ethel Durham, Minnie Cockrell, Chester Jones, Vivian Henry, Beeman Russell, and Myrtle Waltman. Back row left to right: Gladys George, Geneva Ryan, Dorothea Wright, George “Rat” Johnson, Carrie Coan, Mack Frazier, Estelle Weisinger, N.L. Allen, Mildred Richards, Milton Hickman, and Lennie Ballinger.
 

Couple with Baby

Couple with Baby

An early 20th century photo postcard from the Durham Family Collection.

Mary Margaret Durham at Fastrill

Mary Margaret Durham at Fastrill

Mary Margaret Durham at Fastrill, ca. 1928.

Durham Family, ca. 1929

Durham Family, ca. 1929

Paul Durham, Sr. with wife Mary Lou and Daughter Betty Jean in Fastrill, ca. 1929.  Betty Jean Durham died a few months after this photo was taken.

Louise Richmond

Louise Richmond

Vina Wells' daughter Louis Richmond, ca. 1922 at Fastrill.

Durham Children, 1922

Durham Children, 1922

This Durham family postcard photo is inscribed "Rev. J. A. Durham, Nov 5, 1922"
From left to right standing: Ethel Durham, Malcolm "Buster" Durham, Hazel Durham. On Lounge: Pauline and Jeanette Durham.  The photo was probably taken at Fastrill.

Ethel Durham, Lillie Faye Jordan, and Hazel Durham

Ethel Durham, Lillie Faye Jordan, and Hazel Durham

Friends Ethel Durham, Lillie Faye Jordan and Hazel Durham, ca. 1922 at Fastrill.

Ethel Durham and Friends Fishing at Fastrill

Ethel Durham and Friends Fishing at Fastrill

Children from Fastrill fishing or crawfishing.  Ethel Durham is second from left.

Boy with Capgun

Boy with Capgun

An unidentified boy with a capgun at Fastrill.  He is probably a Durham family member.

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