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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.


Diboll Housing Authority's LBJ Addition

Diboll Housing Authority's LBJ Addition

Diboll Housing Authority's LBJ addition in June, 1966.

Bruce Durham in Subscription Ad, 1967

Bruce Durham in Subscription Ad, 1967

Free Press editor Paul Durham's son, Bruce, poses for an ad for newspaper subscriptionsin 1967.

Margie Harrell at Diboll Housing Authority Office

Margie Harrell at Diboll Housing Authority Office

Margie Harrell began working for the Diboll Housing Authority in 1968 as secretary for Director Woodrow Wood.  Upon Mr. Wood's retirement in May 1975, Mrs. Harrell was promoted to director.

Durham Family, ca. 1900

Durham Family, ca. 1900

Durham Family photo, ca. 1900.  Standing in back: unidentified, Paul Durham, Sr., Fannie Durhma.  Seated:: Rev. J. A. (Jim) Durham, wife Janette Manley Durham, unidentified.  The two boys in front are unidentified.  Paul Durham, Sr. is about 13 or 14 years of age

Southern Pine Plywood Souvenir Postcard (front)

Southern Pine Plywood Souvenir Postcard (front)

Southern Pine Plywood plant dedication souvenir post card (front), September 2, 1964.

Southern Pine Plywood Souvenir Postcard (back)

Southern Pine Plywood Souvenir Postcard (back)

Southern Pine Plywood plant dedication souvenir post card (back), September 2, 1964.

Ryan Chapel Methodist Church, 1930

Ryan Chapel Methodist Church, 1930

Ryan Chapel Methodist Church in the Burke community of Angelina County, Texas, 1930. Former Diboll resident Maud Carroll gave this photo to Paul Durham in the 1970's.

Engine 11 at Fastril, ca. 1930

Engine 11 at Fastril, ca. 1930

Southern Pine Lumber Company Engine No. 11 at the south leg of the wye at Fastrill, which can be seen in the background.  J. T. Farrow, Engineer and Paul Durham, Sr (left) are standing on ground, ca. 1930.

081 Temple Lumber Company Engine 6

081 Temple Lumber Company Engine 6

Temple Lumber Company Engine No. 6.  Paul Durham, Sr is standing on left, ca. 1910-1920.

TSE Engine 9 at Diboll

TSE Engine 9 at Diboll

Texas South-Eastern Engine No. 9 at Diboll Depot, ca. 1920.

Temple Lumber Company Engine 17 at Pineland, 1935

Temple Lumber Company Engine 17 at Pineland, 1935

Temple Lumber Company Engine No. 17 with log train at Pineland, ca. 1935.

Paul Durham, Sr. and Group in New Orleans, 1924

Paul Durham, Sr. and Group in New Orleans, 1924

Paul Durham, Sr. (#23) with a group at the Southern Pacific Lines Association 14th Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA in 1924.

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