Austin History Center

John W. Ezelle Scrapbook

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ezelle family
Title: John W. Ezelle Scrapbook
Inclusive Dates: 1908-1942
Bulk Dates: 1932-1942
Abstract: John Ezelle and his wife, the former Addie Justine Castleton, moved to Austin in 1910 when he was promoted to district manager of the Southwestern Bell Telephone company. The scrapbook, which covers the years 1908 to 1942, documents his career, civic participation and family life in Austin, Texas.
Identification: AR.2013.003
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 scrapbook)
Location: Oversize Volumes
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

John W. Ezelle was born on February 19, 1880 in Trenton, Tennessee. After his first experience with a telephone in 1896 he became interested in the technology and went to work in a local telephone office. He moved to Texas in the early 1900s and married Texas native, Addie Justine Castleton in 1908. The couple had one son, John William Ezelle, Jr. in 1909. After working for Southwestern Bell Telephone company in a variety of Texas towns including San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Bellville, Sealy, Lockhart and Cuero Ezelle was transferred to Austin and promoted to district manager.. Ezelle was responsible for making Austin the first Texas city to have the modern dial telephone system. He worked for Southwestern Bell Telephone company until his death on September 2, 1942 as the age of 62.

Along with managing Southwestern Bell Telephone company Ezelle was involved in civic affairs. He was made president of the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 1932 and after serving as secretary of the Austin Rotary Club for twenty years he was made president in 1934 and district governor in 1939.

Scope and Contents

The scrapbook documents John W. Ezelle's career, civic involvement and family life from 1908 until his death in 1942. Newspaper clippings highlight accomplishments at Southwestern Bell Telephone company and election to offices of various civic organizations. Photographs include the family at home and at Camp Val-Hallah, as well as Ezelle at work with office employees. Loose materials found in the pages of the scrapbooks consists of Ezelle's funeral program, correspondence and cards.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Ezelle, Addie Justine Castleton.
Ezelle, John W.
Austin Chamber of Commerce (Tex.)
Rotary Club of Austin--History.
Southwestern Bell Telephone.
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

Austin Files: Biography - Ezelle, John W.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John W. Ezelle Scrapbook (AR.2013.003). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: Purchase

Donation Date: 2013

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Oversize Volumes John Ezelle scrapbook, 1908-1942