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J. E. Ray Family Collection

Identifier: A-0270

Scope and Contents

The main item in this collection is a 15-page scrapbook given to Mrs. James Oscar Ray and H. T. Muckleroy by Aldrich Nelson Walker. The scrapbook contains photographs from the 1920s of family members, friends, and old Nacogdoches, including but not limited to: Stone's Mill, Christ Church, local schools, Arnold Street, Main Street Pharmacy, a Tyler Fire Truck, Main Street, Scouting, and Y.M.C.A. Small Gymnasium. Also in this collection are a photograph of James Oscar Ray and an old check.


  • Creation: 1920-1930


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

James Oscar Ray lived in the Nacogdoches area his entire life. Born in San Augustine September 10, 1855, he married Anna V. Clayton February 21, 1877. Together, they raised 8 children. According to the federal censuses, Ray worked a number of professions: grocer (1880), bartender (1900), and collection agent (1910). He died in Nacogdoches January 3, 1929.

One of Ray's grandchildren was Aldrich Nelson Walker (1/5/1910-1/5/1981). Walker was born to Deedie Ray and William Robert Walker January 5, 1910. Born and raised in Nacogdoches, Walker never married nor had any children. The 1930 federal census listed him as an electrician. He died on his 71st birthday in Fort Worth.


0.50 Cubic Feet


This collection consists of three items housed in one clamshell box.

Guide to the J. E. Ray Family Collection
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository