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Jesse F. Tarlton Papers

Identifier: P-0089

Scope and Contents Note

The Jesse F. Tarlton Papers consists of personal documents, obituaries, photographs, a tie clip of Mr. Tarlton’s, and the scissors used at the 1957 ribbon-cutting of the DFW Turnpike. The materials date from 1912-1971 and measure .2 linear feet (1 box). Due to the small size of the collection, the materials are described at the folder level.

The first folder consists of personal documents of Mr. and Mrs. Tarlton, including their marriage certificate, diplomas, teaching certificates, and handwritten wills.

The second folder contains tributes to Mr. Tarlton from the staff of Denver Avenue Elementary, The Council for Community Service, Broadway Baptist Church, and the Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department. Obituaries for Mr. and Mrs. Tarlton are included.

The third folder consists of a number of photographs that include Mr. and Mrs. Tarlton, their son, Kenneth, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the opening of the DFW Turnpike.

The fourth folder contains a tie clip of Mr. Tarlton’s and the shears used in the 1957 ribbon-cutting ceremony of the opening of the DFW Turnpike.


  • 1912 - 1971

Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Jesse F. Tarlton was born on June 23, 1884, in Keene, Johnson County, Texas. Mr. Tarlton moved to Fort Worth in 1910, after his graduation from the North Texas State Teachers College in Denton. He earned a subsequent degree from Texas Christian University. Mr. Tarlton married Ola May Whitehouse on August 19, 1913. They had three children. Mr. Tarlton taught at Diamond Hill School and was principal at Denver Avenue Elementary school for 25 years before his retirement in 1949. Mr. Tarlton served on the Fort Worth City Council from 1953 – 1961. He served as Mayor Pro Tempore from 1959 – 1961. Mr. Tarlton was appointed to the Fort Worth Park and Recreation Board on May 25, 1965 and served until his death on February 2, 1971. He was a member and deacon of Broadway Baptist Church as well as a member of the Kiwanis Club and the local, state, and national Retired Teachers Association. He was known as “Mr. Jess” by his many friends.

Sources: Program of the 48th Annual Southwestern Park and Recreation Track, Field, and Golf Meet, February 26-27, 1971, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, n.d.


.20 Linear Feet (1 box, 4 folders)

Physical Location

This collection is currently housed off site. Please contact staff at 817-392-7740 or to request this collection and allow 10 business days for transfer.
Jesse F. Tarlton Papers
An Inventory to the Collection
February 2013

Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

500 West 3rd Street
Fort Worth Texas 76102