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Luker Photo Collection depicts life in Fort Worth

Posted July 15, 2016

man in business clothing sitting with Chihuahua in his shirt pocket

The Harley W. and Lucille Luker Photograph Collection is one of dozens of personal and family collections archived at the Fort Worth Library.

Harley Luker was born on May 22, 1907, in Fort Worth. Harley and Lucille were married in Oklahoma City on Dec. 21, 1938.

Harley and Todd Davis opened an aircraft company in Oklahoma City in 1937. He flew for the National Guard and an airmail company.

The Luker family moved to Fort Worth, where Harley became a test pilot for Consolidated. They moved to Florida after World War II but later returned to Fort Worth. Harley worked for Jack Robinson’s Flying Service and Melody Homes at Hicks Field. Lucille opened a floral shop at Mount Olivet Funeral Home. Harley died on Nov. 17, 1983, and Lucille died on Oct. 31, 1990.

In this November 1947 photo, Winston Luker is shown with one of his Chihuahuas. It is one of many Chihuahua photographs found in the Luker Photograph Collection.

The Luker photographs were given by an unknown donor sometime before 1991.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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