Betty Drewry Collection


Summary: The donor inherited the following collection from her mother, Mabel Howerton Cooper, who married a widower, Karl Guenther, in 1968. Guenther had previously been married to Lina Franke (1895-1964). Karl Guenther became the step-father to Betty Cooper (Drewry). Many of the photographs in this collection were taken by the Fort Worth photographer Swartz.

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Franke Family Photographs

  • Herman Bruno (H.B.) Franke
  • Mary Scharf Franke
  • Karl and Rosalie Franke
  • Lina Alma Franke Guenther
  • Olga and Paula Franke
  • Otto Guenther
Other Photographs
  • The Burning of the Texas Spring Palace on the Night of May 30th, 1890, photograph by J.E. Daniel, undated.
  • Third and Fourth Grade Class Picture, First Ward School in Fort Worth, 1906.
  • Fifth Grade Class Picture, David Crockett School in Fort Worth, 1907.
  • Painters and brewery workers in front of a Fort Worth saloon on Labor Day, undated.
  • Five photographs of unidentified persons, undated.


Olga and Paula Franke, undated 

Pictured: Olga and Paula Franke, undated.

Franke Family Records and Ephemera

  • Certificate for H.B. Franke's membership to the German club/society Sterbe-Kasse der Gross-Loge of Fort Worth, Loge No. 33, April 7, 1895.
  • Fort Worth University's School of Music advertisement for music lessons, 1896-1897.
  • Business receipts from J.H. Armstrong and Co., Fort Worth, 1896, and L.P. Robertson, Funeral Director and Embalmer, Fort Worth, 1908-1909.
  • Fort Worth Public Schools card listing grade level, classroom number, building number, teacher's name, and principal's name, 1903.
  • Cemetery Warrant Deed, North Fort Worth Townsite, Co., to Karl Franke, Block 40, Lot 6, Fort Worth City Cemetery (Oakwood Cemetery), March 10, 1904.
  • State and county tax receipts for property owned by H.B. Franke, 1907-1908, 1911.

Oversized Materials

  • Portrait of Paula Franke, undated.
  • Framed portrait of Karl and Rosalie Franke, undated.
  • Baptismal Certificate for Lina Franke Guenter, January 25, 1899.
  • Confirmation Certificate for Lina Franke Guenther, April 25, 1915.

Land Records

  • Tract 17, G.W. Burkitt subdivision of the Jole Walker survey.
  • James Harrison addition of the J.N. Ellis survey.
  • Resolution from the City Secretary of Fort Worth regarding street improvements to property owned by the Franke family, March 14, 1912.


"Leonard's Brothers Celebrates 20th Birthday," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 12, 1938.


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