A Guide to the Dugosh Family Papers, 1895-1935
San Antonio, Texas, native Eleanor Gertrude Wharton was the daughter of John H. Wharton, an immigrant from England, and Mary Ann Wharton. Eleanor Wharton married Adolph F. Dugosh, also of San Antonio, in 1902. They were the parents of two children, Raymond A. and Ruby Dugosh. Adolph Dugosh was employed with San Antonio newsstands and bookstores before becoming a buyer for the book department of the Wolf and Marx department store.
Correspondence, financial and legal documents, printed material, photographs, and artifacts are part of the Dugosh Family Papers, representing several members of the San Antonio, Texas, family.
Correspondence dates from 1895 to 1905 and consists mainly of letters sent and received by Eleanor G. (Nellie) Wharton before and after her marriage to Adolph F. Dugosh. Many of the early letters were sent to Wharton by relatives in England or from friends in Texas and discuss family and personal events. A lesser number of letters are to Dugosh from friends in and out of Texas. After 1902, most of the correspondence was exchanged between Mr. and Mrs. Dugosh.
Property records consist of financial documents and deeds related to a lot on Mission Street in San Antonio, which was purchased by the Wharton family for their residence. An abstract of title is related to lots in the same area. Insurance records are also related to the Wharton home.
Most of the remainder of the material consists of scattered items, including a few account statements, property tax receipts, stock certificates, and printed material. Printed material includes invitations, programs, greeting cards, and other items. Housed separately are several printed items related to the Crescent Social Club, an organization which included members of the Wharton and Dugosh families.
A few newspaper clippings, most of them undated, relate to family members and include obituaries.
Those photographs which have been identified are of family members or friends. Most of the unidentified items are of individuals and include a baseball team photograph, probably the San Francisco team of Frank Browning, the husband of Nellie Dugosh’s younger sister, Myrtle Wharton.
Two artifacts, a printing plate for a business card of Adolph Dugosh and a wallet, were included with the papers.
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[Identification of item], Dugosh Family Papers, 1895-1935, Col 9666, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
Gift of Lee V. Fritze, on behalf of the Ruby Dugosh estate, 1997 June.
Processed by Warren Stricker, 1998 February.
Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 December.
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