Evelyn Smith Hill Vogel Collection

Optimist Club Photograph

 Collection consists of travel materials, biographical materials on Evelyn Smith Hill Vogel's family, newspaper clippings, publications, deeds and abstracts, and photographs.


Biographical and Family History

  • Journal written by Iris Hatcher, Fort Worth, for trip made June  4 through 25, 1970. Typed copy "A Trip to Europe" found with other memorabilia traced to Dorsett Graham
  • Frog Calls; TCU student, faculty, and; staff directory: 1972 to 1973; 1974 to 1975; 1975 to 1976
  • TCU Greek Directory, 1975 
  • Canadian-Bermudian Cruise of 1973, written by Bennett L. Smith. August 29 to September 11, 1973; Typed account, 21 pages; Of local interest is account of the Santa Fe depot (Fort Worth) from which they departed
  • Travel world's 61 day World Carousel Tour, September- November 1972
  • Family tree of William Riley Smith and Nancy Elizabeth Simmons Smith, donor's grandparents
  • "It Was Long Ago.in Germany.and They Had No Flag" undated article, possibly 1930's, newspaper unknown, about Josephine and Rosa Vogel (sisters) time in Germany as students in the 1890's
  • Photocopy of program for graduation exercises for Fort Worth High School, Class of 1901, held at Opera House, May 24, 1901

Deeds and Abstracts

  • Abstract for A. Conner Survey: Lots Seven and Eight, Block number 47, University Place Addition, City of Fort Worth. Line of titles to creation of Fairmount Land Co.  In 1928, lots held by Bryant's School. (Cullen Bryant, president)
  • Abstract for George Kinder Survey: Lots nine through 16, Block number 12, Chamberlain Arlington Heights (First Filing). Line of titles to creation of American Land and Investment Company (Alfred W. Chamberlain, Vice President; Humphrey B. Chamberlain, President, February 9, 1890.) It continues to the acquisition of lots 13 and 14 to Miss Ruie Smith (aunt of Mrs. Evelyn Vogel; sister to her father, Bennett). Included are the Deed of trust, Mechanic's Lien, Assignment of Lien, Release of Mortgage or Deed of Trust, 1926 tax receipts from City of Fort Worth for lots 12, 13 and 14. This address became: 4825 Harley
  • Abstract for Thomas B. Taylor Survey: Lot number three, Block number six, and 141/2 feet Block number five, Bellaire Addition, City of Fort Worth. Includes ROW to Fort Worth and Rio Grande RR, November 24, 1886. Dedication of area for Bellaire Addition by Fort Worth Extension Co. (Lloyd McKee, pres.), January 24, 1924. Will of Etta Price Newby is included page 99-104 Restrictions for addition listed on page 121. It concludes in 1940 with Deed of Trust for Jack G. and Kathryn Harris. 3601 Westcliff Road, South. Included are tax statements for 1939 (City of Fort Worth), survey of property, Transfer of Lien, and Mechanic's Lien
  • Copy of deed from Taylor County, Texas;  records concerning the transfer of land from Theo. O. Vogel, Emory T. Ambler, George P. Phillips to Abilene Baptist College for the purpose of constructing a college. Both Vogel and Ambler were residents of Tarrant County, (Phillips from Taylor County). Vogel was grandfather of Mrs. Evelyn Vogel's husband. Filed for record May 9, 1891, four pages. Abilene Baptist College became Hardin-Simmons University, and is still located on this land
  • Contract of sale for Lot 13 and 14, Block 12, Chamberlain Arlington Heights, 1st Filing. 4825 Harley. From Margaret Adams, executrix of Ruie Smith (donor's Aunt) estate to William D. O'Grady, May 3, 1984

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Photographs by W. D. Smith, Commercial Photographer 

  • Wives of Optimist Club, Fort Worth, upon occasion of its anniversary. Mrs. Dorsett Graham is in second row, fifth from left. On her left is Virginia Henry, 1954 
  • Members of Optimists Club, on same occasion. Seated at far right: John Graham (husband to Dorsett); standing third from right, his brother, T. E. Graham. Seated at far left: Wheeler Worley, executive secretary for Optimist, 1954
  • Members of Optimist Club standing behind their wives; In top image: third from right, Virginia and P. D. Henry; second from right, Dorsett; John Graham. In bottom image, fifth from left, Kathleen and Thomas E. Graham. Site unknown, possibly Hotel Texas, 1954

Note: John Graham worked at Community Public Service Co. with Mrs. Evelyn Vogel's father, Bennett Smith. Mrs. Graham worked as a chaperone at TCU after the death of her husband.


  • Our Simmons Forefathers and Their Descendants. Original text by Georgia E. Crosthwaite (1897-1962) and extended by Bennett L. Smith, editor. Published by Bennett L. Smith 2529 Stadium Drive Fort Worth, Texas, 358 pages with index and three page errata sheet insert typed by Evelyn S. Vogel, 1973
  • Community Public Service Company, Its History, People, and Places . by Bennett L. Smith. Published by Bennett L. Smith, 2529 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, Texas. First Edition. Printed by Branch-Smith, Inc.,1975
  • REGIONAL TEXAS MAPS: 1720-2001, REGION I, Red River to Dallas/Fort Worth, to Waco/Temple Axis and Two Degrees East and West, Including 42 Counties Plus Parts of 24 More. Compiled by Lewis M. Buttery. Published by Old Maps of the Southwest, 301 South Arnold Street, Lampasas, Texas 76550, Spring 2004


  • Copy of "Faceted Stained Glass" commissioned by 1st National Bank, Ft. Worth. Designed and created by Smith Stained Glass Studios, 1967. (from brochure). 2 sheets describing window and subject of the Nativity.
  • "Romance in the old 8th Ward School" Fort Worth Press, October 4, 1933. Photocopy of article. Image of late 1890's or early 1900's.
  • Copy of post card of Fort Worth Country Club, Arlington Heights, postmark is 1910. This club was built in late 1890's on site of Ye Arlington Inn (which burned). After River Crest Country Club was established, this club closed. The site was the home for Willard G. Burton, whose step-daughter Nenetta married Amon Carter. After Mrs. Burton's death, the property was purchased by Obie Leonard.
  • Legendary Lands of Asia.  by Douglas and Helen Johnston, Newington, Connecticut. 1968
  • Ruie Smith comments; typed notes from various reflections written by Ruie Smith from April 18, 1982 to November 21, 1983, begun when she was 97, 4 pages.  Ruie Smith was the elder sister to Bennett Smith, Mrs. Evelyn Vogel's father. Ruie Smith taught school in the Fort Worth schools for many years, principally at Stripling High School and Arlington Heights High School.