I visited with Martha Ray (Pate) Jones yesterday in Bryan. She had a signature book that had belonged to Josephine "Josie" Pate.
Think of this as the predecessor to the school year book. It is about the size of a men's wallet. Most of the signatures and notes were students and relatives at Bethel Academy from about 1898 to 1900.
The notes were from:
Lula Pate (her sister)
Sam Pate (her brother)
Zula Pate (her niece, daughter of William Riley Pate and Hattie Ellington)
Eula Ob... (unclear)
Musetta (Ferguson) Todd
W R West or Wert
I have scanned this book and added a few comments on the identity of the individuals, who wrote the notes.
I will be glad to share this with anyone who would like a copy.