Mabel and the Merrymakers.

Mabel Moody was born in Big Spring, Texas; she was the daughter of William Edward Moody and Clara Cochran. Moody married Marion Shirvalle in 1925 in El Paso. According to the 1920 U.S. Census, she was living on Olive street in E Paso. Marion ran the Retail Dairy Place and she her last residence was […]

Curator Corner: Bits of History

El Paso County Commissioner Louis J. Ivey Make Surprising Discovery, 1935 In 1935, County Commissioner and pioneer lover valley cotton farmer discovered was named by “The Valley of The Pyramids”, 12 miles north of Fabens. It was described as ” a canyon filled with myriad colored clays shales and volcanic ash”. The El Paso Herald-Post wrote that […]

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Who Founded La Tapatia Inc?

La Tapatia started as a tortilla factory  in the 1950s, at least  as early as 1953. In 1958, it moved from 9075  Alameda  to 9030 Alameda which is now a tuxedo rental place. It was sold by the original family to the Gus and  Ted Rallis, and Mayor Ray Salazar in 1970. They sold it […]

Iconic “castle house” defined by family, atmosphere

The home at 1201 Cincinnati Ave., known as the “stone castle,” has stood at the location for more than 100 years, providing a spacious and unique home to many families over the decades. Following is a description of the home by Harriot Howze Jones, writing in the El Paso County Historical Society newsletter, Password: “The […]


A Tribute to Frank W. Gorman, Jr.

It is with extreme sadness that the El Paso County Historical Society notes the death of Mr. Frank Gorman, Jr., former president of the organization, co-sponsor of the Gorman Award at El Paso History Day, and friend of the Society. Below is his obituary as it appears on the Martin Funeral Home site. Our hearts […]

El Paso Women and Equestrian Sports Part One : 1914 to 1930s

 El Paso Women and Equestrian Sports Part One : 1914 to 1930s       El Paso women horse riders proved they could be just good as men when completing in equestrian sports. The El Paso Horse and Driving Club was founded in 1944, with Mrs. Joseph Carter  as was one of the organizers. They […]

Mystery solved: Lolita around the corner

Walking down Texas Avenue recently, I noticed a weathered, sun-beaten sign atop a building at the corner of Texas and Oregon Street. “AROUND CORNER: Lolita,” it read. I walked around said corner but found no teenage nymphette from that book by Nabokov, nor any evidence that she had been there. (The 1997 film remake did […]

Dr. Vilas had big impact in El Paso

Walter Nathaniel Vilas brought big ideas, big names and big events to his adopted home of El Paso in the late 1800s and early 1900s.   Dr. Vilas was born on Sept. 11, 1847, in Red Creek, Wayne County, N.Y. He was one of seven children of Dr. Calvin Vilas and Mary Catherine Ford. The […]


Ysleta Woman’s Club

Photo Credit: Ysleta Woman’s Club Collection, UTEP Special Collections The Ysleta Woman’s Club was organized in March 1921 at “Sunnyfields” on Alameda, the home of Mrs. J. Stoney Porcher, which later became Cesar Chavez Academy. The club’s first president was Mrs. W.B. Abadie. Other officers included Anne Whitney, vice president Elinor Porcher, treasurer Gertrude Cadwallader, […]

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