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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Appleman Family Photographs, 1890s-1980s

Appleman Patents

Appleman Scrapbook

Old Beaumont

Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Appleman Family Papers, 1890s-1980s



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Appleman family
Title: Appleman Family Papers
Dates: 1890s-1980s
Asbstract: The Appleman family owned the first Buick dealership in Beaumont, and actively participated in the social life of the town. This collection of digital photographs, scanned from the originals, includes photos of family members, their travels, the B. K. Appleman Buick dealership, and photos of early Beaumont. It also includes advertisements for the B. K. Appleman Gumbo Bit and patent applications.
Identification: AC-585
Extent: 108 TIFF files
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Biographical Note

Boyd Kenida Appleman was born in Pennsylvania on November 21, 1874, to Mathias M. Appleman and Margaret J. Barber. He married Ada Frances Buckwalter (born 1869), and they had one daughter, Lois Ethel. The family moved to Beaumont, Texas, where Appleman opened the city's first Buick dealership. They established their home at 2599 Calder Avenue. Appleman also served as a director of the Beaumont Security State Bank and Trust Company.

In addition to his auto business, Appleman was an inventor. He filed patents for a "starting mechanism for explosive engines," and also invented the Appleman Gumbo Bit. This bit was used during the second Beaumont oil boom of the 1920s. It excelled at drilling through the "gumbo" clay soil which is found in the southeast Texas region. Likewise, Appleman's older brother, William (March 14, 1856 - March 13, 1936), invented a steering gear for automobiles, which was patented in 1915.

Boyd Appleman married Ada Frances Buckwalter, born 1869, on January 1, 1901, in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. They had one daughter, Lois Ethel Appleman, who was born October 26, 1906. Lois married Luther Albert Holmes around 1931, and they had one daughter, Frances Holmes (February 16, 1932 - January 1992). She then married John Winn Caffey (June 16, 1891 - August 11, 1964), on February 2, 1934, and they had one son, Boyd Winn Caffey (October 6, 1936 - April 18, 2013), and one daughter, Nancy Lois Caffey, born in 1940.

The family was very involved in the social life of Beaumont in the 1910s and 1920s. Lois took dancing lessons from Judith Sproule at the Sproule School of Dance. They also enjoyed driving around Beaumont in their Buicks and taking photographs of local homes and shops.

Boyd died on September 12, 1962, and Ada died in 1947. Lois died on December 9, 1960. They are all buried in Magnolia Cemetery in Beaumont, Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains 108 digital images, scanned from the Applemans' family collection of photographs. Most photos have only their front side scanned, but those photos which had writing on the back also had their back scanned.

A majority of the photographs consist of family portraits, depicting Boyd K. Appleman, Ada Frances Appleman, Lois Appleman, and Frances Holmes. Among the photos of Lois are photos taken of her with her classmates at the Sproule School of Dance. The collection also includes pictures of the exterior and interior of the Appleman Buick dealership at 901 Pearl Street in downtown Beaumont (it later was moved to College Street). There is also a photograph of "The Virginias," which appears to be a men's chorus, and a portrait of "Soldier Billy," a soldier with whom the family corresponded until his death in 1928.

A second folder of images contains scans of the patent submitted by William Appleman for his steering gear. It also has scans of advertisements for the Appleman Gumbo Bit.

The third folder of images includes photographs from a scrapbook documenting the family's travels. Photographs' locations include Huntington, West Virginia; Beaumont, Texas; Lafayette, Louisiana; the South Liberty Oil Field in Liberty, Texas; and the Grand Canyon. It also contains photographs of oil fields in Texas, possibly the "Second Spindletop" field in Beaumont.

The fourth folder holds photographs taken around Beaumont, including several pictures of various homes around the city. Most of the locations are unidentified, but one photo was taken in front of the original YMCA building on Forsythe Street. Another photo was taken in front of what was possibly the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Fletcher.

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Organization of Collection

This collection is held in one folder, with four subfolders. Subfolder titles correspond to series titles, and photographs are listed chronologically, and then alphabetically.
Appleman Family Photographs
Appleman Patents
Appleman Scrapbook
Old Beaumont

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.

Copyright

The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright for materials created by the Appleman family. Exceptions include items published elsewhere, for which copyright is retained by their creator and/or publisher. 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
Appleman, Boyd Kenida, 1874-1962
Organizations
B. K. Appleman Buick Dealership (Beaumont, Tex.)
Sproule School of Dance (Beaumont, Tex.)
Subjects
Buick automobiles
Dance
Family life
Inventors--Beaumont (Tex.)
Travel
Locations
Huntington (Cabell county, West Virginia : inhabited place)
Grand Canyon (Arizona, United States : canyon)
Liberty (Liberty county, Texas : inhabited place)
Genres/Formats
Digital images
Black-and-white photographs

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Separated Material

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Appleman Family Papers, 1890s-1980s, AC-585, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nancy Caffey , 2013 August.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2013 August.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2013 September.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Appleman Family Photographs, 1890s-1980s

Folder Item
1 1 Late Appleman Ancestors, front, 1890s
2 Late Appleman Ancestors, back, 1890s
3 Lois Appleman, 1906
4 Lois Appleman Sunday School Certificate, 1908
5 First Buick Building on Calder Avenue[?], 1910s
6 Lois Appleman, 1910s
7 Lois Appleman, 1910s
8 Lois Appleman, 1910s
9 The Virginias, 1910s
10 William Appleman[?], 1910s
11 Lois Appleman, 1919
12 Lois Appleman, 1919
13 Lois Appleman, front, 1919
14 Lois Appleman, back, 1919
15 Lois Appleman, front, 1919
16 Lois Appleman, back, 1919
17 Lois Appleman, 1919
18 Judith Sproule, front, 1919
19 Judith Sproule, back, 1919
20 Elizabeth Perkins, front, 1920
21 Elizabeth Perkins, back, 1920
22 Sophie and Grace, front, 1920
23 Sophie and Grace, back, 1920
24 Lois Appleman, 1925
25 B. K. Appleman, front, 1927
26 B. K. Appleman, back, 1927
27 B. K. Appleman at car, front, 1927
28 B. K. Appleman at car, back, 1927
29 Soldier Billy, front, 1927
30 Soldier Billy, back, 1927
31 Envelope from Dixie Gas and Fuel, sent to B. K. Appleman at 2599 Calder Avenue, 1931
32 Letter from Dixie Gas and Fuel to Mrs. B. K. Appleman, regarding photography of the Appleman home, 1931 April 16
33 Photograph of the Appleman home at 2599 Calder, 1931
34 B. K. Appleman with Frances, 1932
35 Frances Holmes, 1932
36 Frances Holmes and Boyd Caffey, 1937
37 Frances Holmes, front, 1940s
38 Frances Holmes, back, 1940s
39 Nancy and Boyd Caffey with Frances Holmes, mid-1940s
40 Nancy Caffey, 1941
41 Frances Holmes at graduation from Beaumont High School, 1950
42 The Appleman Buick Building, 1950s
43 The Appleman Buick Building, 1950s
44 Frances Holmes' Dorm Room, 1950s
45 Frances Holmes, front, 1951
46 Frances Holmes, back, 1951
47 Appleman Buick Building, 1980s
48 Ada at Boarding School[?]
49 Ada at Boarding School[?]
50 Ada Frances Appleman, 19[?]2
51 Ada Frances Appleman, 19[?]
52 Appleman Ancestors, undated
53 B. K. and Ada Appleman at social function, 1920s
54 B. K. Appleman
55 B. K. Appleman
56 B. K. Appleman
57 Interior of B. K. Appleman's Buick Office
58 B. K. Appleman on Beaumont street (front of photo)
59 B. K. Appleman on Beaumont street (back of photo)
60 Frances Holmes' Grandfather[?]
61 Lois Appleman
62 Lois Appleman
63 Lois Appleman
64 Lois Appleman
65 Unidentified family portrait

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Appleman Patents

Folder Item
2 1 Advertisement for gumbo drill bit invented by B. K. Appleman, 1920s[?]
2 Advertisement for gumbo drill bit invented by B. K. Appleman, 1920s[?]
3 William Appleman Patent Application for Steering Gear, Page 1, 1915
4 William Appleman Patent Application for Steering Gear, Page 2, 1915
5 William Appleman Patent Application for Steering Gear, Page 3, 1915
6 William Appleman Patent Application for Steering Gear, Page 4, 1915
7 William Appleman Patent Application for Steering Gear, Page 5, 1915
8 William Appleman Patent Application for Steering Gear, Page 6, 1915
9 William Appleman Patent Application for Steering Gear, Page 7, 1915

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Appleman Scrapbook

Folder Item
3 1 Ada Appleman with unidentified man
2 Photos of Coffman's Flowers and Stella E. Boothe Business School, Huntington, West Virginia, 1920s
3 Photos of Stella E. Boothe Business School and downtown Huntington, West Virginia, 1920s
4 B. K. Appleman at various locations, including Hopi Point at the Grand Canyon, 1920s
5 B. K. Appleman with unidentified man, 1927 February 20
6 Lois Appleman at Beaumont Train Depot, 1920s
7 Lois Appleman and Ada Appleman
8 Lois Appleman with car
9 Lois Appleman with dog
10 Lois Appleman with dog and unidentified man
11 Lois Appleman with horse, in front of house
12 Lois Appleman with Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad train at Lafayette, Louisiana, and at other unidentified locations
13 Lois Appleman on travels, including a photo at a monument for the "Great Valley Road" or "Great Buffalo Trail," in the eastern United States
14 Lois Appleman with unidentified man
15 Oil drilling scenes, 1920s
16 Oil drilling scenes, 1920s
17 Oil drilling scenes, 1920s
18 Oil drilling scenes, 1920s
19 Oil drilling scene with unidentified man, 1920s
20 Oil drilling scenes with workers, 1920s
21 Oil drilling scenes with workers, 1920s
22 South Liberty Oil Field, at Liberty, Texas, circa 1925
23 South Liberty Oil Field, at Liberty, Texas, circa 1925
24 South Liberty Oil Field, at Liberty, Texas, circa 1925
25 Huntington, West Virginia, showing the Central Huntington Garage, 1927 July 4

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Old Beaumont

Folder Item
4 1 Appleman family in front of [former?] residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Fletcher[?]
2 Appleman family in front of unidentified residence
3 Appleman family in front of unidentified residence
4 Appleman family in front of unidentified residence
5 Appleman family in front of unidentified residence
6 Appleman family in front of unidentified residence
7 Appleman family in front of unidentified residence
8 Unidentified man with car standing in front of Beaumont YMCA on Forsythe Street
9 Appleman family in front of unidentified building in downtown Beaumont
10 Appleman family in front of unidentified residence

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