Southwestern Times (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 18, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 24, 1946 Page: 1 of 16
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PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE, BELLAIRE,
SOUTHSIDE PLACE, BRAESWOOD, SOUTHAMPTON, SOUTHGATE AND ADJACENT AREA
Volume 2—Number 18
HOUSTON, TEXAS, JANUARY 24, 1946
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Future Of Vast Annexed Area Is Question Mark New Building
Deviating from the recommenda-
tions made by University of Texas
research men following a survey of
Houston's schools last summer, W.
E. Moreland, superintendent, and
H. L. Mills, business manager,
favor converting the present facil-
ities of Pershing Junior High and
West University Elementary into
an elementary school and providing
a new plant for junior high pupils.
Their recommendations were pre-
sented to the school board in a
meeting last week.
Special Features Needed
Mr. Moreland, in a statement to
the Times, said that it would be
difficult to convert the present
buildings into a modern plant for a
junior high, as it should have a
swimming pool, gymnasium, lunch
room, industrial and fine arts
facilities, library, science labora-
tories and other special features.
"While it would be preferable to
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Open Forum Meet
Set For Tomorrow
An open meeting will be spon-
sored by the West University Tax-
payers Association Friday night
for the purpose of explaining the
facts in the current annexation
controversy, according to R. C.
Hall, president. The meeting is set
for 8 p. m. at the West University
Community House and is open to
all residents of West University
Several prominent speakers, in-
cluding some of the pioneers of the
city, will present their views, and
an open discussion will follow.
In W. University
The certainty of an election to
determine the desires of the voters
of West University Place on the
annexation question is assured, ac-
cording to Ralph B. Lee, commis-
sioner, who declared that petitions
bearing the signatures of more
than 1000 persons had been turned
in by him to R. B. Allen, city secre-
tary. Signers of the petitions did
not necessarily indicate their dis-
approval of the annexation ordi-
nances or pledge their vote against
the ordinances in signing the peti-
The petitions read: "We, the un-
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The future of thousands of acres of prairie land, dozens of large
business enterprises and hundreds of homes is just one big question
mark while election and litigation proceedings move forward in con-
nection with the annexation ordinances passed by the West University
Council New Year's Eve.
Will the entire Southwestern area become one city with central
guidance to control the phenomenal growth expected?- Will adequate
sewage disposal facilities, a hotbed of discussion on the health front
just a few weeks ago, be provided for the present and the future resi-
dents? Will planned zoning regulate the development of the vast
business and residential sections scheduled for early construction? Or
will three or four independent water districts and a couple of addi-
tional incorporated municipalities spring up, each adding to the hap-
hazard development and unsanitary conditions which now exist?
These and others are the questions being asked today by property
owners and residents in the vast unincorporated area affected, in
Southside Place, in Bellaire and in West University Place.
The map above shows the territory covered by the annexation ordi-
nances which takes in the area to the Main Street underpass on the
south and to Westheimer Road and West Alabama on the north. The
white portions immediately to the north and south of West University
show the narrow strips annexed by Houston in an unexpected move in
1940 which completely hems in West University to the limits of Bel-
laire. Familiar landmarks included in the annexed area arc identified
1. Braes-Heights addition south of Bellaire at Southside Place. This
million dollar business and residential development will soon be
stymied unless its sewage disposal and water supply sources are
worked out. Part of this project, at the left, is in Southside. The cen-
ter portion is in Houston's 400-foot "choke strip" and the balance is
in the unincorporated area. 2. The roller coaster at Playland Park on
South Main. 3. Drive-In Theatre, also on Main Street. 4. Facing
north on Link Road near Main Street, this scene shows part of the
huge area expected to develop soon and, without jurisdiction, pour
additional pollution into Brays Bayou. 5. Looking towards downtown
Houston from the popular tourist court-cafe section south of the in-
tersection of the Old Spanish Trail and South Main. 6. Gaido's, popu-
lar eating place in the same section. 7. Colored shanties with their
mules and outdoor toilets, on West Alabama not far from Lamar High
School. 8. Main Street Airport.
Two Poll Tax
Sub-stations for the payment of
the 1946 poll tax have been set up
in the Henke & Pillot store at 2430
University Boulevard and at Wein-
garten's, 2512 University, Jim
Glass, Harris County tax assessor-
The sub-stations will remain
open through next Thursday, the
last day on which the poll tax may
be paid, Mr. Glass stated.
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Brackman, Irvin H. Southwestern Times (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 18, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 24, 1946, newspaper, January 24, 1946; Houston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth393157/m1/1/: accessed June 5, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bellaire Friends Library & Historical Society.