Month: November 2016


Drury Bird: El Paso’s defender of animals

Drury Bird was born in Clarksville, Texas and grew up in El Paso, she was a foster child, being the adopted daughter of  the Cass Family. She was adopted by the Cass family after the death of her parents in a car accident. Bird  was close to her adopted sister, Marie Cass and the two lived together at 2811 […]


Alice Holder: El Paso Pioneer Business Woman

Alice Holder was named Realtor of the Year in 1973 by the El Paso Realtor Board. Holder got in the real estate business after the death of her husband. Holder worked in a prominent El Paso real estate firm then opened her own reality firm in 1964. Holder first office was at the Executive Center […]

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Ester Varela: El Paso’s First Women Justice of the Peace.

In 1940 Ester Welch Varela was elected the first woman Justice of the Peace in El Paso County, defeating the long-time incumbent, T.H. Apodaca. Varela was reelected in 1942 and retired in 1944. Varela was born in Oklahoma. Joseph Longo EPHS Curator CURATOR@ELPASOHISTORY.COM.


Curator’s Corner: Early Presidents of the EPCHS

Doing research on an exhibit for the Society on the past presidents of the El Paso Historical Historical Society, I found a newspaper article that talks about the early presidents of the society. It was published on April 23,1964 in the El Paso Herald-Post. The Society has the original photo that was used in the article. […]


Curator Corner: Dedication of J.M. Hanks High School

While I was archiving some material into our Pass Perfect  Archive Database, I found the Dedication and Open House program for J.M. Hanks High School on 2001 Lee Trevino Dr. The high school was established in 1978  and  it started off as a junior high school. The first  graduating class was in 1982. The actual building […]


Harry Mitchell Brewery

Many people don’t know about El Paso’s rich beer history. Take a look at some photos we have of El Paso’s prominent post-prohibition brewery owned by Harry Mitchell, as well as others of beer aficionados around town.

2016 Hall of Honor: Paco Jordan and Mrs. Jordan

2016 Hall of Honor Banquet

Here is a selection of photos from our 56th Annual Hall of Honor Banquet which honored Luis Jimenez, Michael Hudson, Holly Thurston Cox and Paco Jordan.

Early El Paso Women Fire Fighters

El Paso’s first woman firefighter was Karla Paige Bedell-Wingfield. She graduated from the El Paso Fire Academy in April of 1993. Wingfield was the first woman in the 100 history of the El Paso Fire Department to do so. Wingfield later went on to become a nurse practitioner, practicing in El Paso. Stephanie Hornbuckle joined Wingfield as a […]

J.J. Smith: Lower Valley Farmer and Politican

J.J. Smith came to El Paso with his family to from Illinois. Smith settled in Ysleta in the early 1900s where he founded the Ysleta Pear Packing Plant. He had two pear orchards on North Loop near Roseway in Ysleta. He also set up a residence for himself, his mother, sister and her husband, George Huffman, […]

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