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Charnell Walls graduated from Diboll High School in 1987. She went on to become a flight attendant for United Airlines. After being laid off in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, she attended aviation school at the University of Oklahoma. There she joined the OU Chapter of Women in Aviation and obtained her pilot’s license in 2020. She has donated materials related to her status as a pilot as she is possibly the first African-American woman to become a pilot from Diboll. Her collection contains copies of her licenses, certificates, photographs, and news articles related to her training and career as a pilot.
The Webber Family Collection consists of nineteenth and twentieth century correspondence, photographs, travel souvenirs and memorabilia, and military records documenting the personal and professional lives of George Webber, his wife Gertrude Temple Webber, and their son W. Temple Webber. George Webber served in the Spanish-American War before marrying Gertrude Temple, daughter of East Texas lumberman Thomas L. L. Temple, and practicing law in Texarkana, Arkansas. Their son W. Temple Webber was employed by Southern Pine Lumber Company in Diboll, Texas, being instrumental in the company’s growth into the Temple-Eastex corporation.
W. Temple Webber (1904-1983) was a manager and executive in the Temple family East Texas lumber businesses, including service on the board of directors for Time, Inc. This collection consists of correspondence, reports, and business papers documenting Webber’s activities in the East Texas lumber industry.
Ben Weber served in the 353rd Military Police Escort Guard Company during World War II. He transported German and Italian prisoners to POW camps throughout the United States, guarded the camps, and protected a hospital on Iwo Jima. This collection documents Weber's service during the war, and consists of correspondence, photographs, a copy of the Iwo Jima Inquirer, and a copy of a translated Japanese diary about the Battle of Iwo Jima.
On November 1, 1986, Franklin Weeks and his wife Norma Ryan Weeks gave a program entitled "Ryan Chapel as a Public School" as part of the Ryan Chapel United Methodist Church Sesquicentennial program. This scrapbook commemorates the program, containing photographs and texts documenting Ryan Chapel Methodist Church as a public school, the Weeks family, Ryan family, early Angelina County school history, and Franklin Weeks' retirement party.
Haskell Welch's Moscow, Camden and San Augustine Railroad Color Slides are a collection of 100 35mm color slides depicting the railroad operating in 1961. Most of the images depict engines 14, 2, 5, 6, and 201, conductor Carl Vinson, engineer Earl Amerine, and trains of Southern Pacific freight cars.
Robert Weston was hired by Temple Industries in 1963 as the vice president of marketing. The Robert Weston Papers contain correspondence, clippings, price lists, advertisements, marketing surveys, and reports documenting Temple Industries products and marketing activities in 1965.
Charles N. Wilson was an East Texas politician who served in the Texas government from 1961-1972 and the United States House of Representatives from 1972-1996. He is best remembered for securing funding and arms for the Afghan Mujahideen freedom fighters in their fight against the Soviet Union during the 1980s. The Charles N. Wilson Collection consists of photographs, 35mm negatives, plaques, awards, biographical and genealogical material, and election certificates for Texas and the United States congressional positions documenting his political career and focusing on his involvement with Afghanistan.