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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

University of Texas Arlington

Maserang and Donze Families Papers:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Maserang and Donze Families.
Title: Maserang and Donze Families Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1903-1989
Abstract: Jacob Maserang left Europe in 1858 to escape military conscription. He emigrated to New Orleans and then moved on to St. Clair County, Illinois, where he worked on his uncle's farm. In 1878, Maserang moved his family to Mansfield, Texas, bought 120 acres of land and began farming. His son Anthony Maserang (1867-1946) accompanied his parents and siblings to Texas in 1878. Anthony sold his father's farm in 1903 and bought 80 acres at the intersection of Old Cardinal Road and J.W. Pool. He is said to have made a good living on the farm, selling fruits and vegetables, home-churned butter, and eggs at a roadside stand. Anthony's daughter Lena May Maserang (1904-1999) graduated from North Texas State Teachers College in 1935 and obtained her master's degree from North Texas State College in 1953. She was married to Anthony Joseph Donze (1905-1989). The Maserang and Donze Families Papers are comprised of a photograph album, scrapbooks, business ledgers, genealogical materials, ephemera, and writings. The jewels of this collection are the 1926-1927 photograph album and two business ledgers (1903 to 1904, 1912 to 1923). The album contains clear, identified, and dated snapshots of Mansfield, Cedar Hill, Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas - both city views and family pictures. The two business ledgers record purchases and sales of various goods, crops planted and sold on the family farm, journal of daily activities, bank accounts, genealogical information, and miscellaneous entries such as treatment of colic in horses. Lena Maserang Donze is prominent in the collection with a few pieces of her poetry and other writings, her undergraduate and graduate diplomas, master's thesis, and scrapbooks.
Identification: Unprocessed manuscript 2012-49
Extent: 1 box (1.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Jacob Maserang (1827- ) left Europe in 1858 to escape military conscription. He worked briefly in New Orleans and then moved to St. Clair County, Illinois, where he worked on his uncle's farm. There he married Margueritte Schaeffer of St. Louis; the couple had eleven children. In 1878, Maserang moved his family to the area of Mansfield, Texas, bought 120 acres of land and began farming. His son Anthony Maserang (1867-1946) was born near East St. Louis, Illinois, and accompanied his parents and siblings to Mansfield in 1878. Anthony married Susan Elizabeth Parker, a native of Roanoke, Denton County. The couple had four sons and one daughter: Willliam Jacob (1900-1901); Michael Medlin (1902-1981); Lena May (1904-1999); Enoch Martin (1907-1968); and Clarence Anthony Maserang (1914-1940). Anthony sold his father's farm in 1903 and bought 80 acres at the intersection of Old Cardinal Road and J.W. Pool. He is said to have made a good living on the farm, selling fruits and vegetables, home-churned butter, and eggs at a roadside stand. Lena May Maserang graduated from North Texas State Teachers College in 1935 and obtained her master's degree from North Texas State College in 1953. She was married to Anthony Joseph Donze (1905-1989). Lena Donze died October 29, 1999 in Tarrant County, Texas.

Sources


  • Mansfield Historical Society, "Maserang Family,"The History of Mansfield, Texas: Mid-1800-1965 ([United States]: Curtis Media, Inc., 1996), 287-288.

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Scope and Contents

Photograph album, scrapbooks, business ledgers, genealogical materials, ephemera, writings. The jewels of this collection of family papers include a 1926-1927 photograph album and two business ledgers (1903 to 1904, 1912 to 1923). The album contains clear, identified, and dated snapshots of Mansfield, Cedar Hill, Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas - both city views and family pictures. The two business ledgers record purchases and sales of various goods, crops planted and sold on the family farm, journal of daily activities, bank accounts, genealogical information, and miscellaneous entries such as treatment of colic in horses. Lena Maserang Donze is prominent in the collection with a few pieces of her poetry and other writings, her undergraduate and graduate diplomas, master's thesis, and scrapbooks.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Donze family--Archives.
Donze, Lena Maserang,--1904-1999--Archives.
Maserang family--Archives.
Places
Cedar Hill (Tex.)--Photographs.
Dallas (Tex.)--Photographs.
Fort Worth (Tex.)--Photographs.
Mansfield (Tex.)--Biography.
Mansfield (Tex.)--History.
Mansfield (Tex.)--Photographs.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Separated Material

Eight books, pamphlets, and framed items of no archival value were deaccessioned from the collection.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of family friend, Joe Kyle, 2012.

Citation

Maserang and Donze Families Papers, 1903-1989, Unprocessed Manuscript 2012-49, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift, 2012.

Accessioned as number 2012-49.

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