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Halvor I. Ostebee Collection, 1848-2004

Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Halvor I. Ostebee Collection, circa 1848-2004



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ostebee, Halvor I., 1872-1953
Title: Halvor I. Ostebee Collection
Dates: 1848-2004
Creator Abstract: Halvor Ingebret Ostebee was a pioneer Beaumont, Texas, photographer who, during the Spindletop oil boom, was best known for the first action-picture of the Lucas gusher, the city's landmark oil well that was discovered in 1901. He opened his first portable photo gallery, called Beach Studio, in Beaumont, in 1897. The city's elite flocked to have pictures taken on birthdays and other anniversaries, and particularly weddings. His photographs of the history-making event at Spindletop were printed in newspapers and magazines all over the country; he also took many pictures of the famous oil lake fire of that time.
Content Abstract: This collection primarily contains photographs from Ostebee's personal collection, featuring photos of the Lucas Oil Well and Oil Lake, and street scenes of Beaumont, along with local churches, buildings, and people of the time. It also includes documents, such as family name and genealogical histories, Halvor Ostebee's oath to the Beaumont Light Guard (Texas Volunteer Guard), his certificate of citizenship, and the submission form for his photo, "Wild Gusher," to the Library of Congress.
Identification: AC-419
Extent: 1 box, approximately 0.3 cubic feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Biographical Note

Halvor Ingebret Ostebee was born in Sand, Rogaland Parish, near Stavanger, Norway, in 1872, on the Ostebo Farm. He was the first child of Siri Mikkelsdattar and Ingebright Pedersen Tysseland (in keeping with Norwegian custom, his father took the surname Ostebo when he moved to the farm of his bride). At age 10, he and his family, including four siblings, immigrated to America and settled in Joliet, Illinois. The youngest child, Stina Taletha, died of measles, about a month after the family arrived. Four more Ostebeee children were born in the United States. Halvor was confirmed in the Stavanger Lutheran Church in LaSalle County, Illinois, in 1885. They lived in Joliet until 1887, when they moved to Hendrum Township, Minnesota, where other families from Norway had settled.

Little is known about Ostebee before he came to Beaumont, Texas, at the age of about 22, although it is believed that he had been a photographer for a Chicago newspaper and that he had traveled the country for the newspaper. His first studio, in Beaumont, was a portable building on the northwest corner of Laurel and Orleans, called the Beach Studio; a year later, he moved to a building between H.A. Perlstein's Blacksmith Shop and the Gordon Grain Company, at the corner of Pearl and Fannin Streets. One of his studios was the "Beaumont Art Studio" which took "High Grade Photos of All Descriptions," and was located at 961-963 Pearl Street. Another studio listing was for "Ostebee, The High-Priced Photographer, Beaumont Art Studio; Simplex Photos, 75 cents per dozen," located at 559-1-2 Pearl Street. He had several business partners; one of his ads stated: "Ostebee & Weber, Successors to Yancey & Ostebee, Artists and Photographers, Beaumont, Texas." A self-portrait, dated 1896, reads: "H.I. Ostebee – Traveling Agent: Portraits in Crayon, Pastel, Water Colors, India Ink, etc." In 1897, Ostebee was sworn in to the Texas Volunteer Guard, Beaumont Light Guard Company F, 5th Regiment, formed at the time of the Spanish-American War; he used the name Harry and was 25 years old, weighed 138 pounds, had light blue eyes, fair complexion, and medium-light hair. He was self-described as an artist and photographer.

In 1899, at 27, Ostebee married Erna Mueller, age 19, the daughter of August and Amalie Mueller, at the Christian Church of Beaumont. Mueller's father was born in Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, and had come to New Braunfels, Texas, as a child. Her maternal grandfather, Jacob Brecher, was one of the first founders of New Braunfels. August Mueller and his wife Amalie, with their daughter Erna and son Raoul, moved to Beaumont from New Braunfels, where August had been a carriage maker. He then went to work as a wheelwright at the Beaumont Wagon and Carriage Manufacturing Company, the city's biggest carriage maker at the turn of the century.

A picture of Erna taken at the Ostebee Studio has a note attached, saying: "My first day in Beaumont, February 12, 1899." A picture of Halvor and Erna, taken at the Matzdorf Hall, in New Braunfels, Texas, places them celebrating New Years in 1899; the banner at the top of the ballroom says: "Happy New Year to All, 1899." It appears the dancers are toasting the couple, who are at the front of the room, so they may have been announcing their recent marriage. Halvor and Erna had three children: Elsie (born 1903, died 1970), Edwin (born 1905, died 1970), and Lucile (born 1908, died 2001). All the children were gifted artistically, and Erna was also an accomplished artist and homemaker; Edwin later became an artist, sign painter, and a neon designer. The Ostebee children grew up in a house at 2169 South Street, and attended Averill School. They referred to their father as "Papa" and all three children hated to have their pictures taken.

Erna helped support the family in ways that she could. When times were good, she would have 20 or more people gathered at her table for a meal she prepared on a wood stove; Halvor made home brew and wine. When times were bad, during the Depression, Erna opened a barbecue stand beside their house in Rosedale, on the old Voth Road; Halvor made the mistake of passing out some of his prized home brew to her customers and was thrown in jail, and the business was subsequently shut down. At one low point, the family burned hard-cover books in the wood stove to keep warm because they didn't have any money for firewood.

Ostebee's career as a portrait photographer declined after he closed his studio and moved all his photographic materials to their home, but he continued to take photos. He walked or rode the street car, carrying his big camera and tripod, and took pictures wherever he could. At the height of his career, he took pictures of Beaumont's elite; at the end of his days of photography, in his sixties, he walked to the Pear Orchard and photographed the children of Beaumont's poor black residents. He worked at a number of different jobs over the years to support his family. He was a clerk at E.L. Wilson Hardware Company, a laborer at Beaumont Box Manufacturing Company, and a tank builder at Magnolia Petroleum Company. Halvor was a quiet, gentle man; he was good-natured and liked to make jokes and chuckle about things. He smoked a pipe with Prince Albert tobacco. One of his favorite expressions of approval was, "That’s the ticket!" Whenever he left the house, he always wore a suit with suspenders, a necktie, and a hat, with black high-topped shoes. He wasn't very tall – only 5'7" or 5'8" at most – and had bright-blue eyes and sandy hair that never turned completely gray, even at 80 years old. He was very physically fit because he walked everywhere most of his life; he never learned to drive and never owned a car. When an ice-skating rink opened in the city in the early 1940s, he went ice skating (in his seventies); he was a proud fan of Norwegian Olympic skater Sonja Henie and he went to see all of her movies. All of his life he loved the boiled potatoes and fish of the Norwegian diet that he grew up with. He spoke Norwegian, German and English, but with an accent. He read all of the local newspapers every day because he liked to keep up with current events. He had a crystal radio set that he listened to and was always interested in the weather reports, perhaps because he grew up in such cold climates.

Unfortunately, many of Ostebee's early photographs were lost. Thieves stole an exhibit of his work at the Southeast Texas State Fair, in the 1920s or 30s. In later years, he destroyed the plates and photographic chemicals that were stored at home because Erna could no longer tolerate the smell and the clutter. At the time of her death, in 1937, Erna was 57 years old; Halvor was a widower for the next 26 years. He did not become a naturalized citizen until after she died, in 1937, and he was 65. He lived for a while with his son, Edwin. Later, he lived in a room at 945 Alma and at 1335 Ashley, the then-Schlesinger's Home for the Aged, where he died at age 80, in 1953. Both he and Erna are buried at Magnolia Cemetery, in Beaumont.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains photographs taken by Halvor I. Ostebee from approximately 1858 to 1903, including most notably, photos of the Lucas gusher, the city's landmark oil well that gushed in 1901. Other photographs depict Beaumont around the turn of the century, including city functions like the Texas Rice Festival, scenes of downtown Beaumont and some of its historic buildings (especially churches), and several photographs of the Ostebee family. The collection also includes documents, such as Halvor Ostebee's oath to the Beaumont Light Guard, his certificate of citizenship, and the submission form for his photo, "Wild Gusher," to the Library of Congress. Photographs of Ostebee himself, from childhood through adulthood, are found throughout the files, including self-portraits taken in his studio, with his Light Guard Company, and with his wife. The collection also contains interesting correspondence, such as a playbill from a show at the Kyle Theatre in downtown Beaumont, several postcards of the City of Beaumont, a 1949 directory of Lamar College (now Lamar University), and a bill of sale from Blain's Cash Store, circa 1940s, which was located on Crockett Street (now the city's entertainment district). Other files include some of Halvor Ostebee's negatives, scanned images from books at the Tyrrell Historical Library, and several local newspaper articles about Ostebee (One article, published in The Sunday Enterprise, in 1933, stated, "Hardly an event of importance occurred in Beaumont in those earlier days without Mr. Ostebee being on hand with his camera to record it for the future.") Several obituaries ("Fashionable Photographer of Spindletop Boom Dies", "Death Takes Mrs. Ostebee") and Ostebee's death certificate are also present. Many scans and photos, obtained from his granddaughter, Lelia Burel Arnett, in 2004, at the time of the Tyrrell's exhibit on Ostebee, are also available, as well as a file containing Ostebee family events (circa 1848-2001), genealogical notes, and a biography of his life (composed by Lelia Arnett).

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Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 24 folders.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions apply.

Copyright

The Tyrrell Historical Library does not hold copyright for most of its collections. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Ostebee, Halvor Ingrebet, 1872-1953
Ostebo, Siri (Sarah) Mikkelsdatter, 1848-
Ostebo, Ingebright Pedersen Tysseland, 1849-
Ostebee, Erna Mueller, 1880-1937
Thornton, Elsie Ada Jonie Ostebee, 1903-1970
Ostebee, Edwin Joseph, 1905-1970
Burch, Lucille Amelia Ostebee, 1908-2001
Organizations
Beaumont Art Studio (Beaumont, Tex.)
Beaumont Box Manufacturing Company (Beaumont, Tex.)
Beaumont Light Guard Company F, 5th Regiment (Beaumont, Tex.)
Beach Studio (Beaumont, Tex.)
Beaumont Wagon and Carriage Manufacturing Company (Beaumont, Tex.)
Blain's Cash Store (Beaumont, Tex.)
E. L. Wilson Hardware Company (Beaumont, Tex.)
Gordon Grain Company (Beaumont, Tex.)
Kyle Theatre (Beaumont, Tex.)
Lamar College (Beaumont, Tex.)
Southeast Texas State Fair
Texas Rice Festival (Beaumont, Tex.)
Subjects
Archives
Artistic photography
Clippings
Genealogy
Historic buildings--Beaumont (Tex.)
Historical chronology
Oil well drilling
Photojournalism
Portrait photography
Genres/Formats
Articles
Archive collection
Black-and-white photographs
Copy prints
Correspondence
Documents
Federal government records
Genealogies
Photographs
Photographic postcards

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Related Material

AC-2003/35, Spindletop Collection, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

AC-2003/290, Ostebee Collection, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

AC-2004/042, Ostebee Collection, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

AC-2004/066, Ostebee Collection, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

AC-2004/069, Ostebee Collection, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

AC-2004/121, Ostebee Collection, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

The Tyrrell Historical Library also featured an exhibit in its main reading room, called, "Spindletop Photographer: Ostebee Exhibit 2004-2005," and the exhibit material is archived in the library's Exhibit Archives.

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Separated Material

The 2004-2005 Tyrrell Library exhibit material is archived separately in the library's Exhibit Archives.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], [Folder], [Box], Halvor I. Ostebee Collection, 1848-2004, AC-419, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

This is an artifical collection assembled by the library's staff, circa 2004, with images and information acquired from Lelia Arnett, granddaughter of Ostebee..

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2004.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2012 October.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Halvor I. Ostebee Collection, 1848-2004

Box Folder
1 1 Photo 1: Lucas Oil Well and Oil Lake, undated
2 Photo 1: Spindletop (Lucas Gusher), circa 1901; Photo 2: Spindletop (Lucas Oil Lake), circa 1901
3 Page 1, Photo 1: Lucas Avenue looking east, 1923 May 18 (downtown street flooding); Page 1, Photo 2, Row 1: Burch Service Station employees James C. Burch, husband of Lucile Ostebee Burch, and three unidentified males, in Voth, Texas, circa 1925-1932; Page 2, Photo 1: Pearl Street looking north from Fannin (street scene outside H. A. Perlstein's); Page 2, Photo 2: Unidentified male standing next to two wooden oil tanks at Spindletop, circa 1901; Page 3, Photo 1: Ostebee photo of unidentified house with wagon in foreground; Page 4, Negative 1: Unidentified female toddler portrait; Page 4, Negative 2: Lucas Avenue looking east, 1923 May 18; Page 4, Negative 3: Burch Service Station employees James C. Burch and three unidentified males, in Voth, Texas, circa 1925-1932
4 Page 1, Photo 1: Pearl and Crockett Streets; Page 1, Photo 2: Main and Crockett Streets; Page 2, Photo 1: Triangle, Crockett, and Main Streets; Page 2, Photo 2: Creosote works, circa 1899; Page 3, Photo 1: Unidentified river boat scene; Page 3, Photo 2: Main and Crockett Streets; Page 4, Photo 1: Neches River Steamer; Page 4, Photo 2: Main and Crockett Streets, circa 1900; Page 5, Photo 1: Neches River scene; Page 5, Photo 2: Unidentified new residence (Sabine Pass, circa 1900); Page 6, Photo 1: Unidentified downtown street scene; Page 7, Photo 1: Unidentified muddy street scene; Page 7, Photo 2: Unidentified wagon depot; Page 8, Photo 1: Unidentified downtown street scene; Page 8, Photo 2: Unidentified railroad yard scene; Page 9, Photo 1: Jefferson County House, 1898; Page 9, Photo 2: Crowd gathered on downtown streets at Crockett and Pearl Streets; Page 10, Photo 1: Crowd assembled for street sales outside of John M. Kinney Feed Store and a branch of the Lake Charles Carriage and Imp. Co.; Page 10, Photo 2: Texas Rice Carnival, circa 1899
5 Page 1: Ostebee family name history document from The Historical Research Center; Page 2: Halvor Ostebee's confirmation certificate from the Stavanger Lutheran Church in LaSalle County, Ill., 1885; Page 3: Harry I. Ostebee's Oath to the Beaumont Light Guard, Company F, 5th Regiment, 1897 November 11; Page 4: duplicate of Ostebee's Oath; Page 5: Texas Adjutant General Service Records, 1836-1935, for Harry I. Ostebee, off the Texas State Library & Archives Commission website; Page 6: Wedding invitation for the marriage of Halvor Ostebee and Erna Mueller; Page 7: Halvor and Erna Ostebee's marriage license, 1899 December 11; Page 8: Certificate for 50 shares of the capital stock of the Beaumont and Pacific Slope Oil Company, 1907 April 15; Page 9: Halvor I. Ostebee's certificate of U.S. citizenship, 1937 November 5; Page 10: Copyright for Ostebee's photograph, "Wild Gusher", into the Library of Congress, 1902 March 8
6 Photo 1: Ostebee photograph of downtown Beaumont street flooding (Szafir's Bookstore in foreground); Photo 2: Portrait photograph of Halvor Ostebee, 1898; Photo 3: Portrait photograph of Halvor Ostebee in older age, undated; Photo 4: Potrrait photograph of Ostebee children Edwin, Lucile, and Elsie, undated; Photo 5: "Negro hanging" outside of Jefferson County Jail, 1899; Page 6: Ostebee photographic postcard of unidentified house with wagon in foreground
7 Ostebee family events document, 1848-2001
8 Ostebee-Mueller-Burch family events document, 1848-2001
9 Halvor Ostebee's notes on births and deaths in his immediate family
10 Page 1, Photo 1: Episcopal Church at Orleans and Forsythe in Beaumont; Page 2, Photo 1: Baptist Church at Pearl and Forsythe in Beaumont; Page 2, Photo 2: Neches River scene; Page 3, Photo 1: Methodist Church at Main Street and Forsythe in Beaumont; Page 4, Photo 1: Catholic Church and Convent in Beaumont; Page 4, Photo 2: Methodist Church at Main Street and Forsythe in Beaumont
11 Article 1: Newspaper article from the BEAUMONT JOURNAL announces Halvor Ostebee a new citizen to the city; Article 2: Newspaper article from THE SUNDAY ENTERPRISE, circa August 1929, proclaims, "H.I. Ostebee, Leading Photographer Here in the 90's Given Space on Orleans Near Liberty for the Asking"; Article 3: Newspaper article from THE SUNDAY ENTERPRISE, dated April 9, 1933, announces, "H.I. Ostebee Was Official Photographer To Beaumont Elite in Preoil Boom Days"; Article 4: Newspaper article from the BEAUMONT JOURNAL announces, "Fashionable Photographer of Spindletop Boom Dies"; Article 5: Newspaper obituary states, "Death Claims H.I. Ostebee"; Article 6: Beaumont Enterprise obituary announces, "Halvor I. Ostebee Funeral to be Held at 2 this Afternoon."
12 Photo 1: Scanned image of Beach Studio, Ostebee's early, portable portrait photography studio; Photo 2: Scanned image of oil rail cars in the Beaumont Oil Field; Photo 3: Scanned image of two unidentified railroad workers loading oil in the Beaumont Oil Field; Photo 4: Scanned image of a rock blown out of an oil well while gushing in the Beaumont Oil Field; Photo 5: Scanned image of the Plant of the Harry Brothers Company in Beaumont, Tex.; Photo 6: Scanned image of a view of Crockett Street taken in front of the Crosby Hotel; Photo 7: Scanned image of Ostebee's wife and three young children on a bench in the woods; Photo 8: Scanned image of the Harry Brothers Company in Beaumont; Photo 9: Scanned image of the interior of The Beaumont National Bank; Photo 10: Scanned image of unidentified citizens making a trade on the porch of the Crosby Hotel; Photo 11: Scanned image of the entrance of The Beaumont National Bank; Photo 12: Scanned image of unidentified citizens making a trade on the porch of the Crosby Hotel; Photo 13: Scanned image of a crowd at the corner of Crockett and Pearl Streets during the oil boom; Photo 14: Scanned image of the new Post Office and Federal Building; Photo 15: Scanned image of St. Louis Catholic Church and Convent; Photo 16: Scanned image of a rock blown out of an oil well while gushing in the Beaumont Oil Field; Photo 17: Scanned image of St. Mark's Episcopal Church; Photo 18: Scanned image of two unidentified railroad workers loading oil in the Beaumont Oil Field
13 Copies of newspaper articles in Folder 11
14 2004 Biography of Halvor Ostebee,
15 Postcard 1: Pearl and Crockett Streets in Beaumont, Tex.; Postcard 2: Catholic Church, Beaumont, Tex.; Postcard 3: M.E. Church, Beaumont, Tex.; Postcard 4: Fire of oil tanks struck by lightning in Beaumont, 1896; Postcard 5: Saint Anthony's Catholic Church and Convent in Beaumont; Postcard 6: Court House and Jail in Beaumont; Postcard 7: Unidentified downtown street flooding outside Carter & Son Key Makers in Beaumont; Photo 1: Movie poster photograph of Edith Roberts in "The Deciding Kiss", produced by Tod Browning. Photo negative 1: Black-and-white negative of movie poster photograph of Edith Roberts in "The Deciding Kiss."
16 Photo negative mailer for two dozen postcard flat negatives, 1931 September
17 Newspaper clipping from the Beaumont Enterprise depicting Southeast Texas Armistice Day Parade, 1937 November 12; Hand-written note, on Lelia Arnett's stationery, naming the seven girls shown in foreground of newspaper photo of the band of the Port Arthur Texas National Guard
18 Program 1: Commer McDuffie School of Dancing program of the Starlight Revue, undated; Program 2: Sproule School of the Dance program for a dance performance held at City Auditorium, 1947 June 18-19
19 Directory of Lamar College, 1949
20 Photo 1: Cardboard portrait photo of unidentified infant in christening gown taken by Ostebee & Weber, Artists and Photographers; Photo 2: Cardboard portrait photo of unidentified woman taken by Ostebee; Photo 3: Cardboard portrait photo of unidentified young child taken by Ostebee at Beaumont Art Studio; Photo 4: Cardboard portrait photo of unidentified teenaged male taken by Ostebee at Beaumont Art Studio; Photo 5: Cardboard portrait photo of unidentified woman taken by Ostebee & Weber, Artists and Photographers; Photo 6: Cardboard portrait photo of unidentified man taken by Ostebee "The High-Priced Photographer" at Beaumont Art Studio; Photo 7: Cardboard portrait photo of another unidentified infant in christening gown taken by Ostebee & Weber, Artists and Photographers; Photo 8: Cardboard portrait photo of unidentified male taken by Ostebee & Weber, Artists and Photographers.
21 Page 1: Genealogical document showing lineage of the Cornelius Rivers Jackson family; Page 2: A scanned copy of an obituary for T.R. Jackson, of Beaumont, Tex., from the weekly BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE, dated Nov. 26, 1898; Page 3, Photo 1: Wedding photo of unidentified couple; Page 4: Death certificate for Mary (Zola) Arceneaux (daughter of Florence Anna Jackson), dated June 17, 1978; Page 5, Photo 1: Cardboard portrait photo of Zola taken by Ostebee & Weber.
22 Postcard 1: Generic postcard, postmarked 1912 and affixed with a one-cent stamp, to a Mrs. Lattie George, of Beaumont, Texas, (c/o C.W. George) from a Mrs. Hebe Hall, of Jasper, Texas; Program 1: Playbill for George White's "Scandals of 1924" at Kyle Theatre in Beaumont, Texas
23 Photo 1: Scanned photo of Halvor Ostebee sitting in his studio in the Perlstein Building, in 1900; Photo 2: Scanned photo of the Beaumont Light Guard, Company F, 5th Regiment; Photo 3: Scanned portrait photo of Erna Mueller, dated 1899 February 12. Photo caption reads, "My first day in Beaumont"; Photo 4: Scanned photo of the streetscape facade of Beaumont Art Studio at the Perlstein site, dated 1898; Photo 5: Scanned photo of the 1899 New Year's Eve party at Matzdorf Hall in New Braunfels, Texas; Photo 6: Scanned photo of Halvor Ostebee as a child, outside his home in Norway, with his parents, Ingebret and Siri Ostebee; Photo 7: Scanned photo of the Beaumont Light Guard, Company F, 5th Regiment (Halvor Ostebee fourth from right); Photo 8: Scanned photo of Halvor Ostebee as a boy on a horse, taken at an unidentified location, outside of a barn with other horses and two unidentified men; Photo 9: Scanned portrait photo of Halvor Ostebee as a young man; Photo 10: Scanned portrait photo of Erna Mueller on her first day in Beaumont; Photo 11: Scanned portrait photo of Halvor Ostebee, dated 1892; Photo 12: Scanned portrait photo of Halvor and Erna Ostebee's wedding picture, dated 1899 November 4; Photo 13: Scanned photo of the 1899 New Year's Eve party at Matzdorf Hall in New Braunfels, Texas; Photo 14: Scanned photo of the Ostebee family (left to right): Edwin, Lucile, Erna, and Elsie, seated on a bench in the woods; Photo 15: Scanned photo of the Ostebee family picnicking (right to left): Elsie, Edwin, Lucile, and Erna; Photo 16: Scanned portrait photo of Halvor Ostebee taken while residing in Hendrum, Minn., in 1893; Photo 17: Scanned photo of the young Ostebee children in the yard outside an unidentified residence (left to right): Edwin, Lucile, and Elsie; Photo 18: Scanned photo of Halvor Ostebee as an older man, dated 1937: Photo 19: Scanned photo of Halvor Ostebee in his Beaumont Light Guard uniform, dated 1897; Photo 20: Scanned photocopy of Photo 16; Photo 21: Scanned photocopy of Photo 3; Photo 22: Scanned portrait photo of Erna Ostebee (date unknown) taken by Ostebee; Photo 23: Scanned photocopy of Photo 3; Photo 24: Scanned photocopy of Photo 14; Photo 25: Scanned photo of Edwin Ostebee as a boy; Photo 26: Scanned photo of the 1899 New Year's Eve party at Matzdorf Hall in New Braunfels, Texas; Photo 27: Undated portrait photograph of Ostebee children (left to right): Edwin, Lucile, and Elsie (a photocopy from File 6, Photo 4); Photo 28: Scanned portrait photo of Halvor Ostebee, dated 1892; Photo 29: Photo 29: Scanned photo of Ostebee children (left to right): Elsie, Lucile, and Edwin, taken in an unidentified yard outside a residence; Photo 30: Scanned portrait photo of Halvor Ostebee, dated 1888; Photo 31: Scanned portrait photo of Halvor Ostebee and his mother, Siri, dated 1890, taken by an A. Laurens of Fargo, North Dakota; Photo 32: Scanned portrait photo of Halvor Ostebee taken while residing in Hendrum, Minnesota, in 1893; Photo 33: Scanned photo of the Ostebee family (left to right): Erna, Lucile, Elsie, and Edwin, taken at 2196 North at 6th Street, in Beaumont, Texas, (Lucile's birthplace), in 1908; Photo 34: Scanned photo of the Ostebee children (left to right): Edwin, Elsie, and Lucile, seated under a Christmas tree inside an unidentified residence; Photo 35: Scanned photo of the Ostebee Studio, dated 1899
24 Cash receipt of store credit with Blain's Cash Store, Inc., on 234 Crockett Street, circa 1940s; Handwritten note from Ostebee's granddaughter, Lelia Burel Arnett, explains that her relatives worked for the Blain family in the 1920s in Beaumont

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