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    Ruby Thompson Shemwell Collection

    Southwestern Greyhound Lines Company, Fort Worth Office Group Photograph, 1954

    Pictured: Southwestern Greyhound Lines Company, Fort Worth Office, November 1954

    Summary: The Ruby Thompson Shemwell (family) Collection consists of materials relating to Ruff H. Shemwell’s (1907-1987) long career with Southwestern Greyhound Lines and Ruby Thompson Shemwell’s (1910-1999) experience as a nurse. Mr. Shemwell began his career with Southwestern Greyhound Lines in 1934 -- just one year after the company was established. During his work as a dispatcher in San Antonio, Texas, Shemwell was awarded an eight year safety award. He was transferred to the Fort Worth General Office in 1944, where he worked in the operating department as chief clerk until he was promoted to Director of Personnel in 1952. Shemwell continued his work with the company until his retirement in 1971. During Shemwell’s time with the company, Southwestern Greyhound Lines became one of the major bus transportation companies in the United States. Its headquarters were in Fort Worth, Texas, and served a total of nine states covering 7,238 route miles.

    Shemwell Family

    Family Papers, undated, 1945-1974

    • Ruff’s annual passes and certificates
    • Notary Public certificate, June 9, 1945, to R. H. Shemwell from Tarrant County
    • News Clippings about Ruff Shemwell
    • Letter from United States Department of Transportation commending R. H. Shemwell on his safe driving record, May 5, 1971
    • Letter from Vice-President of Greyhound expressing appreciation for R. H. Shemwell’s 20 years at Greyhound, August 3, 1954
    • Letter announcing the retirement of E. F. Freeman, President of Central Greyhound Lines, November 17, 1966
    • Xerox copies of Ruby Evelyn Thompson’s nursing diploma from City-County Hospital, Fort Worth, undated
    • Receipt from Leonard’s Department Store, January 1974
    • Six annual passes for travel aboard Greyhound lines
    • Two cards certifying R. H. Shemwell’s safe driving

    Family Photographs, undated, 1929-1947

    • Xerox copies of family albums and photos
    • Original photographs of Downtown Fort Worth, Texas and Pacific Station and an airplane

    Miscellaneous Publications, undated, 1880-1942

    • 1880 Almanac
    • Children’s Play Mate Magazine, March 1942
    • "Meats, Quick-Cured at Home" pamphlet, The Figaro Company Inc., Dallas, Texas, undated
    • Architectural drawings from Good Housekeeping Magazine, circa late-1940s-1950s
    • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, guide book, 1936

    Southwestern Greyhound Lines

    Company Papers and Publications, undated, 1944-1970

    • Company roster of drivers, 1970
    • Operators Seniority Roster, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1970
    • Annual bid sheet
    • Two pages from a rotogravure of Fort Worth city officials, police chief, staff, motorcycle squad, emergency crews and patrols
    • Greyhound company brochure, undated
    • Safety Bulletin, 1944-1945
    • Atlantic Courier, March 1950
    • “Fort Worth,” Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce magazine, October 1950, with Greyhound bus, terminal, territory map on cover and article on page 19
    • “In Transit,” 75th anniversary of Amalgamated Transit Union, September 1967

    Photographs, 1927-1954

    • Company photograph, Fort Worth office, November 1954
    • Photos of unidentified drivers, 1927, 1928, 1954

    Bound company magazines, 1931-1945

    • Highway Traveler - February 1931, December 1943-January 1944
    • Southwestern Roundup - July-December 1940
    • Southwestern Roundup - January-December 1941
    • Southwestern Roundup - January-December 1942
    • Southwestern Roundup - January-December 1943
    • Southwestern Roundup - January-December 1944
    • Southwestern Roundup - January-March 1945

    Unbound company magazines, 1945-1954

    • Southwestern Roundup - April-July, October (15 copies), 1945
    • Southwestern Roundup - January-March, April (two copies), May (two copies), June, July (two copies), August (seven copies), October (two copies), November, 1946
    • Southwestern Roundup - March (five copies), April-September, October (three copies), 1947
    • Southwestern Roundup - January, March, May (three copies), 1948
    • Southwestern Roundup - February-March (two copies), 1952
    • Southwestern Roundup – April 1954


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