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Author Crimm, A. Carolina Castillo, 1946-

Title Turn-of-the-century photographs from San Diego, Texas / Ana Carolina Castillo Crimm ; Sara R. Massey.

Published Austin : University Of Texas Press, 2003.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  976.4463 CRIM    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st ed.
Physical description xvii, 230 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Notes Features the photographs of William Klettus Hoffman.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Map of Duval County, Texas xiv -- Map of San Diego, Texas xvi -- Historical Backdrop 1 -- Land 2 -- Early Settlers 4 -- European Newcomers 5 -- From Village to Town 6 -- Hoffman Brothers 8 -- Civil War Years 11 -- A Catholic Church 12 -- Dangers on the Frontier 14 -- Other Hardy Newcomers 16 -- Sheep Ranching 18 -- Formation of Duval County 19 -- Advent of the Railroads 20 -- Hoffman Siblings in San Diego 23 -- Mix of Cultures 25 -- Healthful Climate for Some 26 -- Social Life 27 -- Downturn in the Sheep Market 28 -- Overcoming Adversity 30 -- Local Politics 32 -- Newspapers' Role 33 -- Young Willie Hoffman 34 -- Life at the Turn of the Century 37 -- Traveling Photographers 38 -- Willie's Social Circle 41 -- Collins Estate 42 -- More Political Violence 43 -- Family Business Concerns 45 -- Hoffman Collection 49 -- Photographs 57 -- Women at Home 59 -- Homes about Town 75 -- Men at Work 97 -- Children at School and Church 155 -- Families and Friends 177 -- Entertainment 193 -- Who's Who in and about San Diego 211.
Summary Situated in the South Texas borderlands some fifty miles west of Corpus Christi, San Diego was a thriving town already a hundred years old at the turn of the twentieth century. With a population that was 90 percent Mexican or Mexican American and 10 percent Anglo, the bicultural community was the seat of Duval County and a prosperous town of lumberyards, banks, mercantile stores, and cotton gins, which also supplied the needs of area ranchers and farmers. Though Anglos dominated its economic and political life, San Diego was culturally Mexican, and Mexican Americans as well as Anglos built successful businesses and made fortunes. This collection of nearly one hundred photographs from the estate of amateur photographer William Hoffman captures the cosmopolitan town of San Diego at a vibrant moment in its history between 1898 and 1909. Grouped into the categories women at home, homes about town, men at work, children at school and church, families and friends, and entertainment, the photos offer an immediate visual understanding of the cultural and economic life of the community, enhanced by captions that identify the subjects and circumstances of the photos. An introductory historical chapter constitutes the first published history of Duval County, which was one of the most important areas of South Texas in the early twentieth century. This collection is the heritage of the Hoffman family, of the town of San Diego, and of the people of Texas. It will appeal to everyone with roots in South Texas, students of Texas history and Borderland Studies, and devotees of photography.
Other author Massey, Sara R.
Subject Hoffman, William Klettus. -- Pictorial works.
Hoffman, William Klettus. -- Friends and associates -- Pictorial works.
Hoffman, William Klettus.
Mexican Americans -- Texas -- San Diego Region -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
Photographers -- Texas -- San Diego -- Biography.
San Diego Region (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
San Diego Region (Tex.) -- Social life and customs -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
San Diego Region (Tex.) -- Ethnic relations -- Pictorial works.
Duval County (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
ISBN 0292705220 (alk. paper)