Southwestern Times (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 11, 1951 Page: 1 of 28
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PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE
BELLAIRE. SOUTHSIDE PLACE. BRAESWOOD, SOUTHAMPTON.
SOUTHGATE AND ADJACENT AREA.
(Official Publication for the Cities of West University Place, Bellaire and Southside Place)
Volume 8—Number 3
HOUSTON, TEXAS, OCTOBER 11, 1951
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Braeswood Shopping Center Opens Today
Formal opening of the Braeswood Shopping Center will start
today and continue through Saturday, complete with gifts,
searchlights, pennants and drawings for prizes. The center, lo-
cated at the northeast corner of West Holcombe (Bellaire)
Boulevard and Greenbriar, is a project of A. J. Sheffield and
C. Mike Murphy. For information about plans of the various
firms in the center, see Pages 4 through 10.
Williams Quits Civil Defense Post In Bellaire Council
Southwest - Might Stay In Bellaire Okays Pay Hikes
J. L. Williams resigned this
week as Civil Defense director for
Southside and West University
Place but may continue to head
the Bellaire organization.
He said, “Bellaire has a smooth-
ly running operation with approx-
imately 2800 residents registered
and West University has about 50
“I cannot accept such a serious
responsibility without an efficient
and workable organization. It has
been taking too much of my time,”
continued Mr. Williams.
“The day is coming,” said Mr.
Williams, “when Civil Defense will
According to Mr. Wiliams, Bell-
aire officials have asked him to
reconsider, his resignation in that
city. “After a few details have
been worked out, I will probably
stay, because I have plenty of
help there,” he said.
Members of the West University
council and Mayor Hal Terry ac-
cepted Mr. Williams resignation
Monday night with appreciation
for the work he has done and re-
grets that he could not continue.
Colonel Lewis W. Amis, who re-
cently resigned as West Univer-
sity Civil Defense director, turned
all his maps, charts, instructions
and correspondence over to the
city council Monday night.
He had no comment Wednesday
morning on Mr. Williams resigna-
tion or his own plans for the fu-
ture. He said that he would prob-
ably have an announcement to
make in two or three weeks.
Just Ain’t Cricket
Bellaire residents who have re-
ceived tickets in the current en-
forcement of the city garbage can
ordinance can take heart.
Last week the Bellaire police
gave the Bellaire fire department
a ticket for failure to have a lid
for the station’s garbage can.
Do Your Part
For Hourly Men
Pay raises for Bellaire city la
borers and some office employees
were authorized by the city coun-
cil last Wednesday night at a
meeting in which a study of traf-
fic lights and another dispute on
topping Avenue A were other
Principle feature of the wage
boost program was the increase of
laborers’ hourly wages by five
cents. The raises, effective as of
October 1, will stay at the same
level for one year.
On the subject of Avenue A,
Councilmen Burks, Baker and
Fitzgerald announced that they
would go along with topping the
thoroughfare, along with Third
from Jessamine to Old Richmond
Road and Avenue B from Bellaire
Boulevard to Richmond, provided
that the streets were excavated
and curbs and gutters installed
Mayor West and Councilmen
Cayton and Ward, who have con-
tinuously favored topping, opposed
the proposal of the other three on
the basis that the cost would be
too exhorbitant for the present city
finances. They stated their belief
that the thoroughfare should be
topped, with the City of Bellaire
paying for materials for a regu-
lar topping job and the county
supplying labor and equipment.
Plant To Get New
Pump And Wiring
A faulty sewage disposal plant
became an important emergency
Issue at the meeting Monday night
of the West University city coun-
City engineer Irving Peabody and
Whitt Johnson, city secretary,
brought the problem dramatically
to the attention of the council by
saying that county officials were
distressed about the plant’s con-
dition and might take action.
Three times the existing pump
had been repaired without success.
Mr. Johnson gave the council es-
timates given by two companies
for replacing the pump, column
and shaft. Both estimates were ap-
Councilmen voted the replace-
ment as an emergency, and funds
will be appropriated immediately.
Electrical repair of the plant was
advocated by Commissioner Frank
Hangs, who recommended the eng-
ineering job to be given to Ray-
bum M. Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton
will do the engineering for 12 per
cent of the cost of the electrical
work, which had been estimated
previously at $7000.
A three-day observance of
the opening of an important
addition to Southwestern sec-
tion shopping facilities will
start today when 14 firms in
the Braeswood Community Center
hold a joint celebration.
The shopping center, a project
of the Braeswood Building and De-
velopment Company, is located at
the northeast corner of West Hol-
combe (Bellaire) Boulevard and
The firms which will join in the
formal opening ceremonies include,
from east to west along the build-
ing, the Montrose Liquor Store,
owned by Vincent Vallone Jr., at
2236 West Holcombe; Buster Dees'
Troubador Lounge at 2240; Lundy’s
Insurance Agency and the Bell
Realty Company at 2242; the Chain
Pastry Shop at 2250; One’s A Meal
at 2252; the Braeswood Drug Store
Braeswood Center Flower Shop
at 2258; Lewis and Coker Super-
market at 2266; the Braeswood
Barber Shop at 2270; The Fine
Arts at 2272; Spencer's Hardware
at 2278; Trudy’s Style Shop at
2282; Braeswood Beauty Salon at
2286, and the Braeswood Washa-
teria at 2290.
To Open Later
Firms which will open later in-
clude the Braeswood Linen Shop
at 2248, the Braeswood Cleaners
at 2274, Bell’s Fabric Shop at
An impressive group of firms
have also leased space in the sec-
ond story offices. Among them
are the Whiteford Insurance
Agency; the production department
of the British-American Oil Com-
pany; Carl G. Peterson & Son,
real estate loans; the Grolier So-
ciety, Inc.; Mutual Boiler and Ma-
chinery Insurance Company; G. W.
Bowne, agent for Johnson and
Johnson; Dr. Hedly S. Hichens and
Dr. Henry C. Hichens, dentists;
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Marble Tables And Law
As a result, the deadlock which
started the week the present coun-
cil was inaugurated still stands.
On the subject of street lights,
the council consulted with Joe Me-
vis of 545 South Rice Avenue,
vice president of the Nunn Electric
Supply Company, on the possi-
bility of installing a Crouse-Hinds
traffic control system.
Mr. Mevis recommended that
lights, the timing of which could
be changed for different times of
the day and different days of the
week, be installed at Post Oak
and Rice, Bellaire and Avenue A,
Bellaire and Post Oak Road, Bell-
aire and Rice and at the Rice-
Publicizing National Fire Prevention Week in their own way,
West University Volunteer Firemen this week put the sign you
see above on one of their trucks and devoted afternoons to
driving Scout groups around the city. Two of the paid firemen,
J. D. (Red) Allstott and G. J. Forcher, are shown in the photo.
Photo by Peter Whitney
He explained that the system,
which could later be tied into a
central control office at the fire
station, would cost about $11,700
for the present plan. The matter
was taken under advisement by
Bellaire Police Chief John Hlavaty demonstrated his prowess
with an axe this week when he smashed a confiscated marble
table, now illegal under Texas laws. The table was confiscated
from 4548 Old Richmond Road. No one came forward to claim
the machine. Standing in front of the table is Patrolman J. W.
Moore. Pkoto by Hi© Maurers
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Brackman, Irvin H. Southwestern Times (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 3, Ed. 1 Thursday, October 11, 1951, newspaper, October 11, 1951; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth576552/m1/1/: accessed May 27, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bellaire Friends Library & Historical Society.