University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Flores (Vetal) San Angelo Scrapbook Collection, [ca. 1870s]-1991



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Flores, Vetal
Title: Flores (Vetal) San Angelo Scrapbook Collection
Dates: [ca. 1870s]-1991
Abstract: The Vetal Flores San Angelo Scrapbook Collection, [ca. 1870s]-1991, contains a number of photographic scrapbooks with captions, loose photographs, and other materials documenting the history of San Angelo, Texas.
Accession No.: 2010-273; 2011-117
Extent: 3 ft., 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The city of San Angelo, Texas, was first established in the late 1860s across the North Concho River from Fort Concho, which had been built in 1867. As an early frontier town, San Angelo was characterized by saloons, prostitution, and gambling. San Angelo was located at the juncture of the North, South, and Middle Concho rivers and was surrounded by farms on the east and ranches on the west. The town's economy, therefore, became more diversified than that of many other frontier settlements.

San Angelo became the new county seat for Tom Green County when the flood of 1882 destroyed the neighboring town of Ben Ficklin. The town later became a shipping center with the coming of the Santa Fe Railroad in 1888 and the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient in 1909. Wool growers, cattle ranchers, and the railroads combined to make San Angelo one of the leading cattle markets in Texas, the largest sheep market in the United States, and one of the leading inland wool and mohair markets in the nation. The First Christian and the First Methodist churches were established in 1882 and the First Baptist Church in 1883. In 1940 the United States War Department selected San Angelo as the location for Goodfellow Air Field. By 1961, Fort Concho was declared a National Historic Landmark.

Sources: Duke, Escal F. “San Angelo, TX.” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed November 2, 2010. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hds01>


Scope and Contents

The Vetal Flores San Angelo Scrapbook Collection, [ca. 1870s]-1991, contains a number of photographic scrapbooks with captions, loose photographs, and other materials documenting the history of San Angelo, Texas. Series I encompasses photographic scrapbooks that include images of the Beck, Eckert, Willig, and Flores families, along with other prominent pastors and town leaders. Other scrapbooks depict local buildings and important events. The second series contains numerous loose photographs of the early San Angelo community including an essay on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The third series provides documentation of historical markers located in the San Angelo region with photographs.


 

Arrangement

The papers are arranged into three series:
  • I. Scrapbooks
  • II. Photographs
  • III. Historic Markers and documentation

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Autry, Morine
Beck, Alma
Beck, Emil
Beck, Fred
Eckert, Amanda
Eckert, Oscar
Flores, Edna Anna Boyett
Flores, Vetal -- Archives
Grimes, Judy
Grimes, Tim
Willig, Frances
Willig, Herbert
Subjects (Organizations)
First Baptist Church (San Angelo, Tex.)
Tom Green County Historical Commission
Subjects
Families -- Texas.
Places
Fort Concho (Tex.)
San Angelo (Tex.)
San Angelo (Tex.) -- History
San Angelo (Tex.) -- Photographs
Tom Green County (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vetal Flores San Angelo Scrapbook Collection, [ca. 1870s]-1991, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Evan Usler, November 2010, April 2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Scrapbooks: [ca. 1870s]-1984

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4Jc101 Edna Anna Boyett Flores families undated
William Willig, Fred Beck, and Oscar Eckert families [ca. 1903]-1960s
Scenes in and around San Angelo/People, businesses, houses, 1906 and 1936 flood [ca. 1870s]-1936
People of the Concho Valley and San Angelo [ca. 1880s-1960s]
Scenes, places buildings, people and homes in and around San Angelo, Texas [ca. 1880s-1960s]
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4Jc102 Pastors of the First Baptist Church, 1881-1984
Scenes, people, business, houses, and churches in San Angelo, Texas 1872-1964
Scenes, homes, and people around San Angelo, Texas 1867-1949
More early day scenes, buildings, and people in the Concho Valley 1872-1933
Homes in and around San Angelo, Texas [ca. 1880s]-1962
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4Jc103 “Some More Scenes, People, and Things in and Around San Angelo, Texas”, with tin type photograph, [ca. 1880s]-1980s



 

Photographs [ca. 1880s]-1991

Essay on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow undated



 

Historical Markers and documentation 1975-1986

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4Jc103 Eckert-Fairbanks House
Hotel Cactus
Massie House
Maier House
Sacred Heart Cathedral
First United Methodist Church
Emmanuel Episcopal Church
Ben Ficklin Cemetery
Butterfield or California Trial
Anson Clubhouse in Christoval
Tom Green Co.
Standard Times
Site of Ben Ficklin
Sheep and Goat Industry in Texas
St. John Hospital
Fort Concho
First Presbyterian Church
The Rust Building
Original Tom Green Co.
First Baptist Church