The El Paso County Historic Society acquired a donation that included a wealth of paperwork, maps, pictures and extra from a descendant of one of many metropolis’s founding households.
Jo Mapel, whose late husband’s grandmother, Lemire “Queeny” Nebeker, was a member of the Morehead household, traveled to the Solar Metropolis lately to ship the donation, which she acquired upon Nebeker’s demise.
“I all the time had an curiosity in household historical past,” Mapel stated. “As soon as we married, I took an curiosity in his (Jameson Miller Mapel) household historical past.”
In accordance with Mapel, who went to Austin Excessive College however now lives in Belton, Texas, the objects had been left for her in an previous trunk following Nebeker’s demise, as she was the one member of the family who confirmed an intense curiosity within the household’s historical past.
“I felt prefer it was a sacred belief,” Mapel stated. “I felt very strongly (that these things) must be cared for correctly.”
Mapel famous that a few of the paperwork and pictures, which embrace land patents for Fort Bliss and early pictures of El Paso, have “by no means seen the sunshine of day.”
After taking a list of the objects and scanning the paperwork that weren’t too massive or too fragile, Mapel reached out to former historic society President Fred Evans about donating the objects.
Mapel famous that Evans had beforehand mentioned creating an 1800s-era bed room on the historic society, so, together with the treasure trove of early paperwork, pictures and household albums, she donated the Morehead household’s bed room suite, which she had known as her personal for the previous 40 years.
“It’s sort of like giving your youngsters away,” Mapel stated of the donation.
On the morning of April 23, Mapel gave a presentation that detailed the wealth of the objects being donated, which now shall be completely housed on the historic society’s headquarters at 603 W. Yandell Drive, and gave attendees perception on the historical past of those early El Paso households
The story of the Morehead household, which converges with the Nebeker, Morris, Bassett, Newman and Miller households, all early movers and shakers in El Paso, is complicated and Mapel stated it took her a long time to attach the dots.
“I’ve discovered rather a lot,” Mapel stated.
The paperwork, maps and pictures are all nonetheless in “pristine” situation, Mapel stated.
“They’re good,” Mapel stated. “These are irreplaceable; they’re priceless.”
Evans praised the donation, which included pictures with hand-written notes that “don’t exist elsewhere” and supply a “cultural sense of these instances.”
“We’re very grateful, very honored to have these things,” Evans stated. “There’s numerous necessary issues right here.”
Researcher Trish Lengthy contributed to this report.