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    Katherine Backus Durbin Collection

    Summary: Donor had been a student of Paschal High School business teacher Lesbia Word Roberts, who gathered various items for the County archives after visiting with donor at a Paschal reunion.

    • Manuscript: The Oakley Farm, three-page typed narrative, written by Katherine Durbin, detailing how the land on the Clear Fork - on what is now the Colonial Country Club site -passed down in the family
    • Manuscript: Backus Laundry History, two-page typed narrative, written by Katherine Durbin, regarding the beginnings of the laundry business, explaining early process of laundering, and giving locations for various stores
    • Deed Records transferring title of Oakley farm from H.T. Flynn to J.C. Oakley, 29 October 1915
    • Deed Records transferring title from G.R. Patterson to J.C. Oakley, September 3, 1919
    • Portraits of James Calvin Oakley and Mattie Rebecca Hawkins Oakley
    • Copies of family snapshots: "Children from Oakley Dairy Farm" on car, with Spot the dog; Lottie Oakley Backus; Ed Backus in front of 2nd laundry truck; Katherine Backus in the 20's, with Lael Backus; 1st laundry truck; 1st employee, Lando Harris; Lottie Oakley Backus and Ed Backus. Color print taken at Colonial Country Club, October 2000 showing creek winding to TCU stadium (site was Oakley dairy farm)
    • Post card advertisement for "Back Us" laundry on 1551 W. Berry and 2111 Evans Ave. - two cent postage
    • Presbyterian Messenger, 9th Presbyterian Church, November 1936, Washington, D. C., program for funeral of Rev. George Morrison Oakley, brother of James Calvin Oakley
    • Snapshot copies related to laundry: Men in overalls, Edward A. Backus is holding a stick; Sign attached to a water tank between laundry and Ray Neighbors Drug Store on Berry; Back-Us Laundry and Dry Cleaning at 1555 W. Berry; Katherine Backus Durbin putting clean clothes in car in front of  Backus Laundry and Cleaning, used for ad
    • "Back-Us Laundry Grew With the Berry-TCU Area" in Fort Worth Press, July 7, 1950
    • Photograph: Mattie Rebecca Oakley and Katherine Rebecca Backus, taken at Oakley Farm on a Mother's Day in late 1920's
    • Photographs: Snapshots at Meacham Field, late 1920's: Airport employees with William G. Fuller, Meacham Field manager. Eugene Durbin in next to Fuller
    • Photograph: Meacham Field hanger, late 1920's
    • Photograph:  "The Skyliner" American Airways plane
    • Photograph: Ryan M2 belonging to J F Dexter, General Contractor, Dallas, Texas
    • Photograph: Battle Fleet Fighters (five planes)
    • Photograph:  Fort Worth Air Port, Meacham Field
    • Photograph: Aviator turning propeller
    • Photograph: Crash of U S Mail Express plane near a house (Railway Express Agency)
    • Photograph: U.S. Army, Curtiss P-10, A.C. 27-227, parked on runway at Meacham Field
    • Photograph: American Airways passenger plane
    • Photograph: NAT First passenger plane presented to Amon G. Carter
    • Photograph: Unknown man in front of plane
    • Photograph: Pilot, unknown
    • Photograph: Pilot in flight suit by open cockpit plane
    • Photograph: Mechanics and spectators by crashed by plane
    • Photograph: Three engine plane
    • Photograph: NAT biplane flying over terminal (farm buildings in background) U.S. Mail Express
    • Photograph: Sea plane
    • Photograph: Small biplane with two open cockpits on grass
    • Photograph: U.S. Mail plane in front of hanger, pilot in cockpit
    • Photograph: Navy biplane in front of hanger
    • Photograph: "Dallas Spirit" in hanger
    • Photograph: Curtiss F807 outside hanger
    • Photograph: Man in suit next to plane
    • Photograph: Plane on runway with man turning propellers, pilot in cockpit
    • Photograph:  Cargo plane on ground

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