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    William S. Davis Collection

    Chamber of Commerce breakfast honoring U.S. President John F. Kennedy, and handwritten note




    Davis home, 5100 Crestline Road, Fort Worth, 8 by 10 inch Black and White, no date

    Chamber of Commerce breakfast honoring U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Friday, November 22, 1963, in the Crystal Ballroom at the Texas Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas. Visible guests at the head table from L-R: Texas Governor John B. Connally, Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson, Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson, First Lady Jacqueline B. Kennedy, President Kennedy, Raymond Buck (at podium),

    Fort Worth mayor Bayard Friedman, Mrs. Cornelia C. Friedman; Photographer is unknown, but donor credits it to Mid-Continent (his family's oil company) in the accompanying handwritten note; 8 by 10 inch Black and White (Images shown above)

    Summary: Fort Worth oilman and Railroad enthusiast William S. "Bill" Davis has been a generous supporter of the Tarrant County Archives donating both collection items and supplies. The son of oil legend Kenneth William Davis, one of the founding members of the Petroleum Club of Fort Worth, Bill Davis has a passion for Fort Worth history. His collection reflects his interest in family history, railways and Fort Worth.  Images shown are a Midcontinent photographer's image of President John F. Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth and a personal note from the donor (above); a donated map (below).


    Encyclopedia of Western Lawmen and Outlaws by Jay Robert Nash, 1992


    Manuscripts and Research Notes


    Ultra magazine, March 1983, Mitzi Davis on cover


    • Boomtown: A Portrait of Burkburnett by Minnie King Benton, 1972
    • The Science of Railways Volumes II through XII by Marshall M. Kirkman, revised and enlarged edition, The World Railway Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1898
    • North America dated 1835-1840 in pencil, showing Republic of Texas (Image shown)
    • Manuscript: Bound Family of Fort Worth - an 11-volume set created by the donor with the help of various researchers. The 1994 prologue signed by the donor states "Family archives are enchanting collections filled with the images of the people and places that form our heritage...."
    • Collection of research notes, printed materials, and photographs about the Mid-Continent Building, also called the Fort Worth Club Building when built
    • Donor's collection of newspaper clippings about railroads
    • Feasibility study for Tarantula Railroad, July 13, 1990
    • Texas Humanist article, FW and DC Railroad
    • Aura magazine, July-August 1990, Tarantula Railroad, page 44
    • Texas Monthly, September 1990, page 116, listing Texas wealthy
    • Fact sheet on Tarantula Railroad for presentations
    • Invitation to opening of Tarantula Railroad
    • Bandana with Tarantula name
    • Fort Worth News-Tribune, October 5, 1979
    • Folder on FW Stockyards Inc.
    • Texas Highways, June 1994, Trains issue with Tarantula Railway story
    • Fort Worth Chronicle, Vol. II, Issues 3,5,6,7
    • Script for Tarantula excursion train
    • Folder of newspaper clippings regarding Tarantula Railway
    • Folder of copies of Tarantula "Express News"
    • VCR tape, "Mayor's Run", December 6, 1991
    • Three engineer caps, with Tarantula logo
    • Three color Tarantula postcards, six "Yesteryear" postcards
    • Texas Highways, March 1993
    • Glass mug, "Granbury Express", June 28, 1994
    • Small American flag, one pin "Little Engine that Could"
    • Two foam white minstrel hats; hatband says "Tarantula Train"
    • Folder with Granbury Express, VIP ticket, clippings photographs
    • Folder with Grapevine Inaugural train, name tag, pin, notices at dedication, issue of Grapevine Sun covering the event


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