Month: May 2016

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El Paso jeweler: Angelo N. Lombardi

Thanks to Patrick Lombardi for the recent donation of photos, articles and documents related to his grandfather Angelo N. Lombardi. Angelo Lombardi, pioneer El Paso jeweler, came to El Paso from New York City in 1911, and became manager of the Eddy Foster Manufacturing Co., the largest jewelry business in the Southwest. Until World War […]

Ysleta School History Series: Old Stone Courthouse

The Old Stone Courthouse was built in 1882 when Ysleta was the county seat. It didn’t act as the courthouse for very long because  Ysleta lost the county seat election  of 1883  to El Paso. The Ysleta school district moved into the old courthouse in 1884. In 1915, after a successful bond election, construction started […]

1976: Developer of pinto bean dies in El Paso

August 3, 1976, El Paso Times Manrique R. Gonzalez, pioneer agricultural engineer in the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico who gained fame as a developer of the pinto bean, died Monday at Providence Hospital of an illness. Mr. Gonzalez, 96, gained prominence in this country just after World war I when, as a county agricultural agent […]

Event-Anita Blair: El Paso Legend, May 21

Coming up this month we will be hosting a very interesting talk and exhibit by local historian Joseph Longo about a force of nature in El Paso: Anita Blair. Anita was the first El Paso woman elected to the Texas Legislature and the first blind woman to be elected to office in the United States. Though […]

Curator’s Corner

One of the items accessioned into the archival collections last month was this special El Paso Times newspaper supplement from February 1968 celebrating the International Rodeo & Southwestern Livestock Show.      Its pages are chock-full of articles & advertisements pertaining to the rodeo & all of its accompanying events. One of the main attractions was […]