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Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Sue R. Ford Photograph Collection



Collection Summary

Creator Sue R. Ford
Title Sue R. Ford Photograph Collection
Dates: 1940s-1970s
Abstract: 1940s-1970s
Identification A1991-033
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/collections/ead.php?xml=sue%20ford%20ead
Quantity: 249 photographs
Location: STA Photo File
Language: English

Historical Note

Sue R. Ford, 1898-1977, was a writer and photographer for the Kleberg County (TX) Farm News. She covered stories of local interest of South Texas. Her sister, Dr. Patricia Ford Axmann, donated Sue R. Ford's photograph collection to South Texas Archives 1991. Dr. Ford Axmann told stories about Sue Ford's life during those years. Sue made her living by writing, photographing, and developing pictures. Sue also raised chickens, sold butter and eggs. After the war in 1945 she ran a day care center at her farm and later operated a boarding house for senior citizens. She worked hard and chronicled a time when people farmed, ranched and built a home in South Texas.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes 249 photographs taken by Sue R. Ford, a reporter and photographer for the Kleberg County Farm News (Texas) from the 1940s to the 1970s. The collection includes photographs of homes, buildings, people, and events in the Kingsville, Ricardo, and Corpus Christi (Texas) areas. There are several photographs of the Santa Gertrudis breed of cattle developed at King's Ranch. These shots were taken before the Santa Gertudis breed began to be marketed. It was in 1940 that the United States Department of Agriculture recognized the Santa Gertrudis as a purebred. The name of the Santa Gertrudis breed is from Rincon de Santa Gertrudis, the name of the original land grant purchased by Captain Richard King from the heirs of Juan Mendiola. Images of parades, storefronts in Kingsville, oil rigs, the cattle trade, farm crops, migrant workers and Celanese, the chemical plant in Nueces County are part of the collection. Country life, ranch life, and life in small rural communities are captured by Sue Ford. Sue R. Ford's photographs depict the country and farm life of Kleberg County during the middle of the twentieth century. It was during this time that farming, ranching, and the development of the towns grew rapidly. This growth was due to the St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railway, oil exploration, and the establishment of South Texas Teachers College (now Texas A&M University- Kingsville).

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Arrangement

The document is a biography of Luis Fuentes Sr. The photographs are arranged in the donor's original order.

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Index Terms

Persons
Ford, Sue R., 1898-1977
Organizations
Celanese Corporation
Petronilla Grain Company
Boy Scouts of America
Geographical Names
Kleberg County (Tex.) – Social life and customs
Kingsville (Tex.)
Ricardo (Tex.)
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
Petronilla (Tex.)
King Ranch (Tex.)
Subjects
Country life -- Texas, South -- Kleberg County
Farm life -- Texas, South -- Kleberg County
Cotton gins and ginning -- Texas, South
Parades -- Texas, South-- History
Hay -- Texas, South
Grain -- Storage -- Texas, South
Cattle trade -- Texas, South
Santa Gertrudis cattle -- Texas, South
Poultry -- Texas, South
Cabbages -- Texas, South
Migrant labor -- Texas, South
Railroad travel -- Texas, South
Housing -- Texas, South
Chemical plants -- Texas, South
Oil well drilling rigs

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