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Life in Texas from the 1800's to 1950

Life in Tom Green County Texas from 1900 to 1950

Tom Green County, Texas from 1900 to 1950 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks and newspapers from Carlsbad, Christoval, Knickerbocker, Mereta, San Angelo, Vancourt, Veribest, Wall and Water Valley

 

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Inside the San Angelo Fire Station in 1930Inside the San Angelo Fire Station in 1930

In 1930 five members of the San Angelo Texas fire department posed with their fire trucks inside the fire station for this huge amazingly detailed photo

Two Workers at San Angelo CreameryTwo Workers at San Angelo Creamery

Two workers pour fresh milk into large churning vat where it will be turned into cottage cheese, butter or buttermilk at the creamery in San Angelo Texas in 1939

Edward Guess Service StationEdward Guess Service Station

In the fall of 1939 a photographer captured this great old photograph of the Edward Guess Gas Station in San Angelo Texas with a gas pump truck delivering gas to the underground tank.

First Bus in San Angelo in 1889First Bus in San Angelo in 1889

In 1889 a transit company showed up with the first car in San Angelo Texas towing a freight wagon.

Ted Harris in 1951 AdTed Harris in 1951 Ad

In 1951 Ted Harris of Water Valley Texas operating over 50 sections of sheep and cattle range testified in a national ad for Wyeth Tubex

Motor Boat in Christoval in 1940sMotor Boat in Christoval in 1940s

A happy motor boat owner shows off his Johnson Sea Horse powered boat in Christoval Texas in the 1940s as a nervous woman looks on.

Swimming in the Concho River in ChristovalSwimming in the Concho River in Christoval

Swimming in the Concho River under a rope bridge in Christoval Texas in 1946

Live Oak Courts in Christoval in 1946Live Oak Courts in Christoval in 1946

Nice old photo postcard of the Live Oak Courts in Christoval Texas in 1946

Christoval Texas in 1952Christoval Texas in 1952

In 1952 in Christoval Texas cars were lined up in front of the Rawls Naturopathic Sanitarium

South Concho River Motor Boat in 1947South Concho River Motor Boat in 1947

In 1947 a motor boat was cruising down the south Concho River in Christoval Texas when someone captured this peaceful scene.

Rawls Bath House in Christoval TexasRawls Bath House in Christoval

Very nice old photo of the Rawls Bath House in Christoval Texas in the 1940s

Early Homestead Near San AngeloEarly Homestead Near San Angelo

Remarkably detailed image of an early homestead near San Angelo in the 1800s by M. C. Ragsdale

Men Making Pies in San Angelo in 1939Men Making Pies in San Angelo in 1939

In 1939 three men were busy making pies when an unknown photographer captured this candid photo

M System Grocery Store 1930sM System Grocery Store 1930s

Very nice early morning photo of worker sweeping sidewalk in front of the M System Grocery Store in San Angleo in 1930s

Wrapping Bread in San Angelo in 1939Wrapping Bread in San Angelo in 1939

Huge highly detailed photo of Tender Krust bakery worker bagging bread in San Angelo in 1939

Drue McIver near San Angelo in 1920Drue McIver near San Angelo in 1920

In 1920 Drue McIver posed on his horse for this photo on a ranch near San Angelo Texas

Early Home in San Angelo TexasEarly Home in San Angelo Texas

In 1906 a Luca Kemmer sent a postcard of a thatched roof home in San Angelo. He wanted to let his aunt and uncle he was coming home early because the river was too high for camping.

San Angelo College in 1928San Angelo Collegiate Institute in 1928

San Angelo Collegiate Institute as it appeared in this post card in 1928 with students milling about on the grounds and a horse-drawn wagon on the lower left

San Angelo Train StationSan Angelo Train Station

In 1908 horse-drawn limousines and carriages gathered around the Santa Fe station in San Angelo Texas as  passengers boarded and disembarked from the train.

Sign Painters TruckSign Painters Truck

In 1939 a sign painter parked his Model T truck in front of a store in San Angelo Texas and an unknown photographer captured this interesting image

Star Saloon San Angelo Late 1800sStar Saloon San Angelo Late 1800s

Sometime in the late 1800s fourteen men, two horses pulling an odd wagon and a dog were caught on film in front of the Star Saloon in San Angelo

Horse Drawn Wagon in Downtown San AngeloHorse Drawn Wagon in Downtown San Angelo

Sometime in the late 1800s to early 1900s a freighter stopped his wagon train in front of the J. D. Rawls Grain and Hides company and posed for this huge crystal clear image

Ice Delivery Men in San Angelo in 1931Ice Delivery Men in San Angelo in 1931

In 1931 three ice delivery men posed with their mule-drawn wagon in San Angelo Texas

Mule and Ox Wagon Trains in San AngeloWest Texas Freight Trains Arrive in San Angelo in 1907

In 1907 an unknown photographer captured the arrival of a mule-drawn and an ox-drawn wagon train as the came into San Angelo Texas

West Texas Cattlemen in San Angelo in 1939West Texas Cattlemen in San Angelo in 1939

In 1939 two old-time cattlemen stopped to reminisce in San Angelo Texas when an unknown photographer captured this amazing photo

San Angelo Trolley in 1908San Angelo Trolley in 1908

In 1908 a San Angelo Texas Trolley Car stopped so eager passengers could disembark and attend an auction of lakeview lots

San Angelo in the 1890sSan Angelo in the 1890s

New settlers arrive with their children in San Angelo Texas in ox-drawn covered wagons in the 1890s carrying everything they own including horses, dogs and furniture

San Angelo Hot Peanuts and Popcorn Cart in 1940San Angelo Hot Peanuts Popcorn Wagon in 1940

Sometime in 1940 in San Angelo Texas an old street vendor stands with his hot peanuts and pop corn wagon just waiting for his next customer

San Angelo's First Jail 1875San Angelo's First Jail 1875

San Angelo built its first jail in 1875. Shortly after that three deputies posed for this incredible image

San Angelo Street Scene in 1910San Angelo Street Scene in 1910

Horses, carriages, a trolley and an early car fill the street in San Angelo in 1910

Sonora Mail Arrives in Ben Ficklin Texas  in 1875Sonora Mail in Ben Ficklin 1875

In 1875 the mail arrived in the first Tom Green County seat, Ben Ficklin Texas and an unknown photographer captured the event with armed men riding shotgun and two women and three children posing as well.

Water Valley Texas Pool Hall in 1914Water Valley Texas Pool Hall in 1914

In 1914 an unknown photographer captured this wonderful photo of four men playing cards and two playing pool in a pool hall in Water Valley, a small community in Tom Green County

Band Playing at San Angelo Luncheon in 1940Band Playing at San Angelo Luncheon in 1940

Sometime in 1940 a band entertained the group for a San Angelo luncheon

Concho Street in 1883 San AngeloConcho Street in 1883 San Angelo

Great old photo of Concho street in San Angelo Texas in 1883 includes covered wagons of new settlers near the Concho National Bank, local bakery, barber shop and more

Elderly Couple Enjoying Rodeo in 1940Elderly Couple Enjoying Rodeo in 1940

This elderly couple are certainly enjoying the San Angelo Rodeo in 1940.

Capping milk bottles in San Angelo in 1939Capping milk bottles in San Angelo in 1939

In 1939 a man works to put caps on milk bottles to be delivered to people in San Angelo.

Cattlemen talk at stockyards in 1939Cattlemen talk at stockyards in 1939

In 1939 three cattlemen took a break from the stockyard auction to visit

Bakery Truck in San Angelo Texas in 1939Bakery Truck in San Angelo Texas in 1939

Here's a rare look inside a 1939 bakery deliver truck in San Angelo Texas.

1908 San Angelo Parade Wagon1908 San Angelo Parade Wagon

In 1908 fifteen people people crammed into this horse-drawn parade wagon ifor this large crystal clear photo post card from San Angelo Texas. Then someone wrote "Can you see us all? . . . Well, Can You?

Boy with Donkey Cart in San Angelo Parade 1940Boy with Donkey Cart in San Angelo Parade 1940

In 1940 a young boy calms his donkey to get ready to ride his donkey cart in a San Angelo parade.

Concho Ave and Chadbourne Street in 1895Concho Ave and Chadbourne Street in 1895

In this rare old photo men on horses stop to talk in the middle of the street in front of the saloon while pedestrians crowd the street and buggies and wagons maneuver for position

4H boys with sheep in San Angelo Tx 19404H boys with sheep in San Angelo Tx 1940

Two teen-aged boys proudly show off their prize lamb in 1940. . . . Zoom in

Concho National Bank Construction in 1883Concho National Bank Construction in 1883

Spectators on foot and in horse-drawn wagons and even a hearse filled the street n 1883 to watch workers complete the construction of the Concho National Bank in San Angelo

Barbershop in San Angelo, 1908Barber Shop in San Angelo, 1908

Barbers in vests and ties stand ready to cut patrons' hair with various tonics lining the shelves in background in this photo from 1908. see full size

Boy Watches San Angelo Rodeo in 1940Boy Watches San Angelo Rodeo in 1940

All dressed up in cowboy hat and bandana this young boy looks forward to the day when he can join the rest of the cowboys in the rodeo arena. He would be about 84 today. Do you recognize him? Take a closer look

Chadbourne Street in San Angelo in 1900

Busy day on Chadbourne Street in San Angelo as buggies, wagons and a few very early cars fill the dirt street in the early 1900's. View full size

Chadbourne Street San Angelo 1919Chadbourne Street Scene San Angelo in 1919

By 1919 horse drawn buggies have been replaced by early cars on the now paved Chadbourne Street and a big welcome sign has been stretched across the street. View Full Size

Chadbourne Street San Angelo 1930'sChadbourne Street San Angelo 1930's

The 1930's saw Chadbourne street transformed into an auto center with businesses on both sides offering cars and service to the model A's and T's that lined the street. The Auto Company, Highway Garage and Ford Tire Store can be seen. See the full image

Model T Converted into Truck in 1920Old Car Converted into Truck near San Angelo Texas in 1920

In 1920 a farmer and his wife posed for a picture in their old car they converted into a truck complete with rifle mounted on side. look closer

Branding Cattle in Tom Green County in 1907Branding Cattle in Tom Green County in 1907

The Iron is hot for these cowboys near San Angelo in 1907. Branding was necessary to help ranchers identify new calves and to protect against rustlers.

Landon Hotel San Angelo, Texas in 1909Landon Hotel San Angelo, Texas in 1909

The Landon Hotel was a busy place in 1909 San Angelo. Pedestrians and buggies cause traffic jam as trolley unloads passengers . . . see full size

Cattleman with His Horse at 1939 San Angelo AuctionCattleman with His Horse at 1939 San Angelo Auction

Cowboy stands with his horse at the coral of the San Angelo cattle auction in 1939

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Man takes family milk cow to market in 1939Cow in Trailer Towed by Car in San Angelo 1939

Man takes family milk cow to market in low sided trailer. Many families kept kept milk cows in their back yards in 1939 often staking them them out to graze in vacant lots.

Resources:

West Texas History & Memories

Early Life in Texas County by County

Books about Texas People and Places

Amazing People from Texas County by County

Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

Texas History by Category and Event

San Angelo Memories

San Angelo, TX: History and Memories

Tom Green County Unclaimed EstatesTom Green County Unclaimed Estates

These Deceased Residents of San Angelo, Grape Creek, Knickerbocker and Christoval Texas Left a total $392,653 in Unclaimed Money for their heirs.

Know the Heirs? Let them know . . .  See the list

Amazing People from Tom Green County

Famous People from Tom Green CountyFamous People from Tom Green County Texas

Life in Tom Green County Texas 1875 - 1950Life in San Angelo Texas 1875 - 1950
Books about Tom Green County People and Places

Books about Tom Green County TexasBooks about People from Tom Green County

 

What's your Favorite Book about a Texas County, Town, Person or Place? Here's our best reads list County by County

 

Mysterious TexasTrue Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texcas
 Loneliest, Least Populated Counties in Texas
Texas Cowboy HistoryBooks about Texas People County by County
 

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