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About J. Michael Harter:

Mike Harter was born on September 12, 1943, in Lubbock, Texas. He lived in Lubbock until 1973, when he moved to his current residence in Amarillo, Texas. He was married to Janet Raye Guidry of New Orleans on December 30, 1975. They have two children together named Matthew Curry Harter and Jacob Bertin Harter, and two grandchildren named Elizabeth Jewel Harter and Mason Michael James Harter.

Mike Harter graduated from Monterey High school in 1961, then attended Texas Tech University from 1961- 1962. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Scholastic Philosophy from Immaculate Conception Seminary in 1965, and was certified as a Texas state teacher in history and English at West Texas State University in 1975, along with earning his Master of Arts in History.

Harter taught at Christ the King High School in Lubbock, Texas from 1968 to 1973, and then at Alamo Catholic High School in Amarillo, Texas from 1973 to 1983. He then instructed at Stephen F. Austin Middle School in Amarillo, Texas from 1983 to 2001, and then transferred to Amarillo High School, where he taught from 2001 to 2009. Harter concluded his school teaching career after teaching part-time at Ascension Academy from 2009 to 2015.

Mike Harter was born on September 12, 1943, in Lubbock, Texas. He lived in Lubbock until 1973, when he moved to his current residence in Amarillo, Texas. He was married to Janet Raye Guidry of New Orleans on December 30, 1975. They have two children together named Matthew Curry Harter and Jacob Bertin Harter, and two grandchildren named Elizabeth Jewel Harter and Mason Michael James Harter.

Mike Harter graduated from Monterey High school in 1961, then attended Texas Tech University from 1961- 1962. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Scholastic Philosophy from Immaculate Conception Seminary in 1965, and was certified as a Texas state teacher in history and English at West Texas State University in 1975, along with earning his Master of Arts in History.

Harter taught at Christ the King High School in Lubbock, Texas from 1968 to 1973, and then at Alamo Catholic High School in Amarillo, Texas from 1973 to 1983. He then instructed at Stephen F. Austin Middle School in Amarillo, Texas from 1983 to 2001, and then transferred to Amarillo High School, where he taught from 2001 to 2009. Harter concluded his school teaching career after teaching part-time at Ascension Academy from 2009 to 2015.


The Montgomery Harrison Wadsworth Ritchie Photo Collection was given by Cornelia (Ninia) Ritchie to the Center for the Study of the American West for processing in 2018 with the intent that it be accessioned by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.  Montie Ritchie (1910-1999) was a rancher and a man of many interests and talents, including photography. Many of the images attest to his long life of travel, sport, and adventure. The images document numerous trips to locations throughout the US West, Europe, and Asia. Images also document life and events on the JA Ranch. The collection is comprised of 7,231 slides meant for the PPHM Research Center. Of these, 340 images have been digitized for storage in a searchable online repository. In addition, Ninia Ritchie has donated a large number of JA and Montie Ritchie-related documents and photographs. These will comprise 675 additional scanned files for the online repository.

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