SNOOK, Texas (KBTX) — An extensive photographic history of Snook was on display at the same location Sunday afternoon.
People gathered at SPJST Lodge #9 to see photos of what Snook looked like over 150 years ago. The collection is owned by Bill Elsik, who says his father William, a Texas A&M graduate, began documenting all the families in the area after he retired about 20 years ago.
“We’re talking about tens of thousands of hours where my dad took old photographs and improved them using his computer,” Elsik said. “He re-digitized them and created a bunch of photo albums which are here. Man, I couldn’t even tell you how much money he put in, but it’s his job and I didn’t want it wasted.
Elsik estimates there were well over 10,000 photos, with the earliest being taken as early as the 1840s. The contents of some of the photographs included horse-drawn carriages, Model T cars and Snook’s first garage with a gas station hand pump.
“It was overwhelming. I saw that story, and knowing that our children won’t see those photographs or those tools, it kind of touched my heart,” Elsik said. “I have all this historical paraphernalia that I just didn’t want wasted. I want to pass it on. I want to pass it on to our children, and God willing, we’ll do it again next year.
The photos were free to take for those who wished to keep them. Elsik says he plans to donate his collection to a museum at some point.
“I encouraged everyone, if you see a picture of your family, take it with you,” Elsik said. “People found photos of their great-great-grandparents, and I’m so glad they were able to find this.”
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