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    Timeless Men of Colorado County
    Columbus, Texas

    Photos courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus, Texas

    The men of Colorado County shown here were the same as men from any other county in Texas - just more so. They were fathers, grandfathers, brothers, sons, uncles and brothers-in-law and if they may have thought they were something special it doesn't come across in most of these photos, excepting the ones where they're brandishing guns and/ or playing cards. The images roughly span the years from the late 1870s through the 1950s. These men with their arrogant, amused, belligerent, kindly, confused, indifferent and (other)wise expressions had their counterparts all over the country, but these had geography on their side - and that's what makes them "The Timeless Men of Colorado County."
    TX Colorado County - four card players
    Card Players L to R: Joseph Renz, Ed Brandon, F. Schindler, Joe Polocheck
    on Frank Renz (
    father of Charles & Joseph Renz) farm at his home.
    Photographer: Charles Renz c. 1910

    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives - Charles Renz Collection
    TX - Colorado County Precinct 3 Work Crew 1920
    Precinct 3 Work Crew 1920
    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives
    Columbus TX - Uniformed Band on Ladders at the Colorado County Courthouse 1890s
    Uniformed Band on Ladders at the Colorado County Courthouse 1890s
    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives
    Columbus TX - The Prause Band

    The Prause Band
    Standing left to right: Gus Prause, George Prause, Arnold Prause II, Unidentified, Rudolph Prause
    Seated: Arnold Prause III, Ben Prause

    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives

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    Tx Colorado County - Man operating equipment at Lorraine gravel pit
    1915 “Emil Untermeyer operating equipment at Lorraine gravel pit.” John V. Dedrick, Photographer
    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives
    Colorado County, Texas - Man On Ox
    Man with oxen - Ernest Willberg
    Photographer: Charles Renz

    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives - Charles Renz Collection
    TX- Colorado Conty - first bale of cotton
    1957 Alfred Raabe accepts annual $50 award for bringing in the first bale of cotton from Chamber of Commerce President Johnny Hajovsky. H.H. Seifert onlooking.
    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives
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    TX Colorado County Men
    Two Unidentified Men
    Oscar A. Zumwalt, Photographer

    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives
    Columbus TX - Max Schindler and Sons
    Max Schindler and Sons at Max & Josephine Schindler's anniversary party
    The Schindler's were neighbors of the Renz family
    Photographer: Charles Renz

    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives - Charles Renz Collection
    Columbus TX - Jacob Wolters
    Jacob Wolters
    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives
    Columbus Texas - Sheriff and Deputy
    Sheriff Frank Fred Hoegemeyer (l) and Deputy Barry L Townsend in front of the Colorado County Jail 1933
    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives
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    Texas  1880s - Young men drinking
    1880s “Young men, probably from Oakland
    Fey and Braunig, Photographers

    Courtesy Nesbitt Memorial Library Archives

    Forum: Charles Renz Collection

    "My grandfather, Charles Renz was a semi-professional photographer during 1907-1920 and lived in Cat Spring and Bernardo Prairie in Austin and Colorado county. I worked with Bill Stein of the Nesbitt Memorial Library archives in Columbus, TX and he helped create the Charles Renz Collection. I allowed him to copy 128 of my grandfather's photographs which I own." - Natalie McLain, Granddaughter of Charles Renz, October 06, 2012
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