Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

Mrs. R. W. Heflin Collection

Manuscript Collection: MC115

Collection Summary

Creator: Heflin, R. W., Mrs.
Title: Mrs. R. W. Heflin collection
Dates: 1857-1937
Dates: (Bulk: 1880-1910)
Abstract: Scrapbooks, postcards, printed materials, newspapers, stamps, photographs, memorandum books, and a deed of trust document the interests and geographical background of one family.
Identification: MC115
OCLC Record No.: 55148083
Quantity: .1 linear ft.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Little is specifically known of Mrs. R. W. Heflin, donor of the materials. An assumption can be made that she was Josie Frankenberger, daughter of W. L. Frankenberger and Daisy D. Frankenberger of Pearland, Texas. Mrs. Heflin's maternal grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. William Steel Smith of Garnett, Kansas, whose family probably emigrated from Illinois after the Civil War to settle in eastern Kansas.

Scope and Content Note

Scrapbooks, postcards, printed materials, newspapers, stamps, photographs, memorandum books, and a deed of trust document the interests and geographical background of one family. Although primarily filled with cut-out prints of people, flowers, and birds, the scrapbooks also contain concrete poetry, stories, clippings from magazines, advertisements, calendars, sermons, puzzles, games, and report cards. Of particular interest is the Bronston & Co. Catalog. Only the first 167 pages were used for a scrapbook. The remaining 310 pages are advertisements for products sold in Garnett, Kansas, in 1888. The 151 postcards and a bookmark were removed from 2 albums created by Josie and Daisy Frankenberger. Of interest in the printed materials is an advertising pamphlet which in addition to directions for using dye and patent medicine testimonials contains the story "Cousin John's Extravagant Wife." Newspapers include issues from Springfield, Illinois (1857, 1858), Garnett, Kansas (1897, 1919), and Pearland, Texas (1896). Cancelled postage stamps (147) date from the Civil War period until 1937. A daguerreotype of Mr. and Mrs. William Steel Smith and a cabinet photograph of Daisy Smith are the only identified family photographs. Photographs documenting the vanishing West at the end of the 19th century include 2 prints of bison on the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains and 2 prints of life in a Native American camp. A large team photograph (10.5 x 13.5 inches) of an early southeastern Texas baseball team includes the names of the team members on the reverse side. The single legal document, a deed of trust, records the assignment of land owned by W. L. Frankenberger and his wife, Daisy D. Frankenberger to J. W. Edmundson in Pearland, Texas.


Organized into six series: Correspondence, Legal, Printed Materials, Photographs, Scrapbooks and albums, and Newspapers; arrangement is by subject.


Restrictions on Access


Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Index Terms

Frankenberger, Daisy
Frankenberger, Josie
Smith, William Steel
Frankenberger family
Bronston & Co.
Garnett (Kan.)
Pearland (Tex.)
Springfield (Ill.)
West (U.S.)--Photographs
Postage stamps

Administrative Information


[Identification of Item], Mrs. R. W. Heflin Collection, MC115, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.


Gift of Mrs. R. W. Heflin, 1954.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2004.



box folder
144.2 1 Envelopes 1887-1909
2 Cancelled Postage Stamps circa 1860-1937
3 Memorandum Books 1901-1931, undated


box folder
144.2 4 Deed of Trust 1901 February 19

Printed Materials

box folder
144.2 5 Advertising: Calendars 1905, 1919
6 Advertising: Pamphlet; Dress Pattern 1887, undated
7 Images of Women circa 1895-1910
8 Images of Fruit and Flowers undated
9 Woodblock Print: Flag, unknown nationality undated


box folder
144.2 10 Photographs undated
Missing Snapshot Album - Lake Geneva, Wisconsin undated

Scrapbooks and Albums

OV10 Scrapbook circa 1880-1890
Scrapbook in Bronston & Co., Garnett, Kansas Catalog 1888
Scrapbook "Cyrus B. Wat / Garnett / Kansas / Presented by his Mother" 1890 October 3
Scrapbook. Blue and gilt circa 1890-1899
Scrapbook. Brown and gilt circa 1890-1899
PC1 Postcard Albums (2). All postcards have been removed from the albums. circa 1900-1913


Newspaper Cabinet Illinois State Journal, Springfield, Illinois 1857 March 25-August 18
Garnett Eagle, Garnett, Kansas 1897 December 31
Garnett Review, Garnett, Kansas 1919 May 9
Pearland Advocate, Pearland, Texas 1896 February 22