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Robert Ramsey, Sr. was the principal of Diboll High School between 1947 and 1974, in addition to serving as a teacher at the Blair School and a small school in Shelby County. His son, Robert Ramsey, Jr. was a Diboll High School student and athlete who lettered in baseball, basketball, and football. This collection primarily documents Robert Ramsey, Jr.’s high school athletic career, and also contains records documenting Robert Ramsey, Sr.’s career as a teacher and principal.
The Robert Ruby Martin Wagon Company Collection consists of a variety of items, the majority of which were passed down from Fauchie Brandon Thompson to his grandson, Robert Ruby. Some of the most significant items in the collection include a small, piece of paper that documents an agreement made between The Martin Wagon Company and the school districts to construct the first school buses in Angelina County, Texas, a time book dated 1922-1924, that recordsFauchie Brandon Thompson’s earnings at The Martin Wagon Company, and a rare company token patented July, 1899 from The Martin Wagon Company also adds to the importance of this collection.
The Ryan and Weeks Family Genealogy collection consists of genealogical research compiled by Franklin and Norma Weeks. Other records include speeches and written histories on numerous Angelina County cemeteries, histories of old sawmill towns Emporia and Hoshall, and a volume of compiled abstracts of title showing the history of the land where Ryan Chapel Methodist Church is located. Also documented is folklore at Stephen F. Austin State University and early Texas history.