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This collection contains two books related to the history and renovation of the Dawn of Light Masonic Lodge on Leach Street in Lufkin. A historic building that is important to the community of North Lufkin, the building is now under the ownership of Sarah’s Hope Charitable and Educational Foundation, an organization formed to provide community service and to help raise funds for the restoration of the Masonic Lodge. There are two books in this collection, one that details the history of the building and provides copies of historic documents related to the building’s history. The other book focuses on Sarah’s Hope, that organization’s activities, and the erection of a historical marker at the Masonic Lodge.
The Scrappin’ Valley Collection consists of loose photographs, a scrapbook, and seven guest books from the years 1963-2013. Originally established as a hunting lodge for Temple Lumber Company’s Pineland employees, Scrappin’ Valley became a meeting place and a weekend getaway for Temple executives, customers, suppliers, and friends, including Lady Bird Johnson and Congressman Charlie Wilson. After the 1973 merger, Time Incorporated President Jim Shepley brought customers to the lodge and conference center for hunts and weekend parties. The guest books contain the signatures of these notable guests, as well as the Sportsman of Boggy Slough.
This collection consists of records belonging to the Diboll Booster Club, compiled by 1964 Booster Club President C. H. Shepherd. These records cover two decades of Diboll Day, including correspondence, fundraising efforts, financial records, and souvenirs. C. H. Shepherd came to Diboll with his wife, Marjorie in the mid-20th century and worked for Temple Industries as a General Manager for many years. In the 1980s, he served as mayor of Diboll.
Rayville Ranch existed in Trinity and Houston counties from 1913 to 1933, for the purpose of protecting and encouraging second growth timber on cutover Southern Pine Lumber Company lands, and to protect land titles in newly established industrial forests. This collection consists of photographs documenting the ranch, members of the Silvers family, ranch pasture riders and workers, and ranch life.
Grady Singletary was a cattleman, pilot, photographer, and railroad enthusiast interested in the history of Cherokee County, Texas. This collection consists of photographs, correspondence, research notes, maps, and a soil survey concerning Cherokee County, particularly the Southern Pine Lumber Company logging camp Fastrill, Southern Pine logging railroads, the Texas State Railroad, and Rusk Penitentiary.
This collection consists of yearbooks, photographs, and other Diboll memorabilia belonging to lifelong Diboll citizen, Joe Smith. A 1946 graduate of Diboll High School, Mr. Smith worked for Temple Industries, formerly Southern Pine Lumber Company, for nearly fifty years as both an electrician and a foreman. He attended First United Methodist Church in Diboll with his wife, Emma James Smith, and two sons, Joe Henry and Bill Smith.
This collection consists of two Southern Pacific Lines employee time tables showing freight and passenger train schedules for railroad lines in Texas and Louisiana. They also show rating of engines in freight service, special instructions to employees, interlocking whistle codes, company surgeons, division officials, and a map of the divisions. One is time table number 4 for the Beaumont Division, dated April 4, 1926; and the other is time table number 1 for the Beaumont Division and Terminals Division, September 7, 1930.
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Southern Pacific Lines Employee Time Table, 1926
A railroad employee time table for the Southern Pacific Lines in Texas and Louisiana for April 4, 1926, showing freight and passenger train schedules, rating of engines, special instructions to employees, interlocking whistle codes, company surgeons, division officials, and a map of the divisions.
Southern Pacific Lines Employee Time Table, 1930
This Southern Pacific Lines employee time table shows freight and passenger train schedules for railroad lines in Texas and Louisiana. It is time table number 1 for the Beaumont Division and Terminals Division, September 7, 1930. It also show rating of engines in freight service, special instructions to employees, interlocking whistle codes, company surgeons, division officials, and a map of the divisions.
The Southern Pine Lumber Company Accident Reports and Insurance Records includes accident reports, payroll reports, and correspondence documenting lumber industry hazards, the worker's compensation process from 1917-1938, and general compensation and insurance laws. The claims also include affiliated companies such as Temple Lumber Company and Temple Manufacturing Company. The records were created by or maintained by Clyde Thompson, who managed Southern Pine’s compensation claims.
Fred M. Springer was an engineer for Mobil Pipe Line Company and a lifelong railroad and photography enthusiast. This collection consists of 53 8x10 black and white prints created from Springer's original negatives, showing steam locomotives, diesel locomotives, and freight cars of the Southern Pine Lumber Company and Texas South-Eastern Railroad Company, as well as railroad stations in Diboll, Burke, and Palestine.