Month: March 2021

Mabel Welch:Pioneer Woman Architect

Mabel Welch: Pioneer Woman Architect Mabel Clair Welch was born on November 8, 1890, on her grandfather’s plantation near Longtown, Panola County, Mississippi. In 1899, Mabel’s father, Martin Luther Vanderburg, Junior, decided to move his family to Northeast Texas With their neighbors, the Blackburns and the McBeths, the Vanderburgs departed Mississippi for Texas in covered […]

Julia Brown Hall of Radford School in 1991.

Lucinda de Leftwich Templin

From “Radford School: The First 75 Years of Excellence” by Laura Cramer, The Password On January 15, 1910, a group of El Paso businessmen met at the Chamber of Commerce. Their purpose in the meeting: to discuss the possibility of establishing a private boarding school for girls. Other meetings followed in rapid succession. And by […]

Judy Zarate: She was always there.

Judy Zarate, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, served in local and national roles in the Women’s Political Caucus, becoming a leader of the caucus in the 1980s. This mother of three and member of Leadership Texas was twice local chair of EPWPC and served on the board for nine years. In 1986, Zarate served […]

Anne Holder Fought for Women Rights.

Anne Holder, a UTEP-trained sociologist, educator, and early activist in the El Paso Woman Political Caucus, was named Feminist of the Year in 1976 at their Women’s Equality Day (WED) fundraising banquet.  Her obituary in the El Paso Times in February of 2017 described her “as a woman of passion and burning rhetoric.”A key player […]


When Nazi Wives Came to El Paso by Jonna Perrillo

When Nazi Wives Came to El Paso by Jonna Perrillo Boarding a Pullman train car in 1947 that would take her and her children from New York City to El Paso, Texas, Ursula Haukohl noticed that her last name was misspelled on her ticket. Yet when she mentioned this to one of the railway workers […]



Jaxon’s, Ashley’s Gardens, and Bill Parks BBQ are all lost, but not forgotten, restaurants of El Paso. Learn the history of these restaurants, complete with pictures and menus, in the El Paso County Historical Society’s new book, “Lost Restaurants of El Paso.” From El Paso’s earliest days, the mix of travelers who have moved through […]