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Franklin Lee Cleavenger moved to Chihuahua, Mexico, with his family to supervise the installation of a telephone system there in the early twentieth century.  Franklin Lee Cleavenger was superintendent of the Compañía Telefónica de Chihuahua, and the collection shows some of the facilities of that enterprise as well as family scenes.  The family lived in the city of Chihuahua and visited many natural and cultural attractions in the area, which they documented with photographs.  A great-grandson, Darrell Cleavenger of El Paso, Texas, found a collection of glass plate negatives, many deteriorating because of poor storage conditions, and brought them to the University of Texas at El Paso Library to be scanned and made available to the public.  The period of time that the family spent in Chihuahua included years of the Mexican Revolution, 1910-1920, and the business was often disrupted by the violence and disorder occasioned by the war.

 
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