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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.


Redgate, Trinity County

Redgate, Trinity County

Log camp housing at Redgate in Trinity County,  in the late 1930's.

Diboll Public Housing Site 4 Plan

Diboll Public Housing Site 4 Plan

Site 4 Plan Diagram for Public Housing Administration, Diboll Housing Project, 1960's.

Diboll Public Housing Site 2 Plan

Diboll Public Housing Site 2 Plan

Public Housing Administration Site 2 Plan Diagram for the Housing Authority of the City of Diboll, 1960's.

Joe Diamond Cafe

Joe Diamond Cafe

The popular Joe Diamond Cafe sits among older sub-standard housing that was replaced with public housing in the 1960's.

Walter Allen Addition

Walter Allen Addition

A view of the Walter Allen Addition, 42 new housing units built with an FHA loan in1964. The federally funded housing projects replaced old substandard houses.

Walter Allen Park Tennis Courts

Walter Allen Park Tennis Courts

Tennis Courts at Walter Allen Park in the federally funded housing projects in Diboll, 1966.

Public Housing Site 4, June 1966

Public Housing Site 4, June 1966

A view of new housing units in Diboll Housing Authority site 4, looking northeast on June 10, 1966.

Mr. Physical Perfection Visits Diboll, 1959

Mr. Physical Perfection Visits Diboll, 1959

Marine Recruiter and Body Builder "Mr. Physical Perfection" visited with Diboll students on June 08, 1959 at the Diboll Elementary School Gym.
Left to right (not complete): Wanda Garrett, Kathryn Grace, james Watkins, Lucy Clegg, Eddie Horton, Charles Butch Lester, Kenneth Nash, John Miranda, Spencer chumley, Sgt. Sam Griffith, Louis Landers, Paula Rector and Irene Staton,

Library of the Year, 1968

Library of the Year, 1968

The Texas Library Association awarded the "Library of the Year" Achievement Award to the T. L. L. Temple Memorial Library Achievement Award.  Librarian Gertie Mae Lawrence and Jim Love stand next to the award sign on April 05, 1968.

Judy Jordan at News Bulletin Office

Judy Jordan at News Bulletin Office

Judy Jordan (Gartman) stands in front of the first Diboll News-Bulletin office in the Village, 1962 or 1963.  Judy was the first full time paid employee at the newspaper and worked there for more than 30 years.

Free Press Sign

Free Press Sign

Sign for the Diboll Free Press offices, 1980's.

Free Press Mailroom

Free Press Mailroom

The Free Press mailroom, where papers were prepared for shipment to readers.

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