The Southwest Citizen (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, October 31, 1947 Page: 1 of 18
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Editorial, Circulation And
5717 Kirby Drive ... K. 3-1181
SERVING THE RESIDENTS OF HOUSTON'S SOUTHWEST AREA
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HOUSTON, TEXAS, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1947
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THE BIG PARTY over at Poe School tonight will draw Spooks, Goblins and Witches of every
description. Ready for the action to begin are these Halloween “sprites” above. Bedecked in their
party costumes they are from left to right, Neil Vogan and Harriet Vogan, both of 2355 Dunstan;
Marion McDaniel, 2332 North Boulevard; Ann Scrivner, 2304 Rohinhood; Carol Whitehurst, 2011
Wroxton; Peggy Graham, 2209 Dunstan; Teddy Hammond, 1502 Vassar, and Mary Flo Hrdlicker,
2210 Richmond, is in the center. The fun-festival will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school under
the sponsorship of the P.-T.A. Proceeds from the affair will go to supply the school with visual
education equipment. —Photo by Ottis Stahl, Jr.
sources tell of the weird and fan-
> tastic appearances of everything
from wild-haired witches to hootin’
cwls that are mysteriously sched-
uled for tonight’s events in the
area—as the Halloween atmos-
phere comes to its yearly climax.
As the story goes, citizens in
the Southwest area have been
vexed by spirits of Voodooland be-
cause of the citizens’ refusal to
By Bell a ire
Heated Hearing Held [
Over 280-Acre Area I
A plan for zoning the re-!
cently annexed 280 acres east J
of Rice Avenue for resdiential!
purposes only was under1
study by the Bellaire City
Council this week. The zoning
problem was taken under advise-
ment by the council after a hear-
ing was held on the matter at the
last regular council meeting.
The plan under study, which was
presented to the council by the
Bellaire Planning Board, is to zone
all the new territory for residences
A possible change in the original
recommendation loomed after the
hearing for a section of land on
Avenue B between Pine and Maple.
It was Intended at first that this
territory be zoned for 1200 foot
houses and 60 foot front lots, but
at the hearing on the matter, evi-
dence was presented by the owner
of the property showing that this
would be unsatisfactory because of
the poor drainage in the section
and the short distance to the sew
AND THEN THE RAIN—Joy reigned among merchants in
the 3600 block of University Boulevard at the beginning of the
week as long-delayed action on the paving in front of their stores
took shape. The southern half of the street In front of their
stores and half of the University, Edloe intersection was paved
and work had started on northern half of the street—when, delay
again, and worked stopped after the portion shown above was
poured. First, a broken crane slowed activity and then Wednes-
day’s rains further delayed the work. Glad tidings to the
merchants, however, were reports that materials to complete
that area are on hand and will be completed as soon as possible.
—Staff photo by Jerry Maze
Council, Page Talk Sought
Drive for Radio
Space Rented; New
School Contract Let
Overcrowded conditions at
the West University Elemen-
tary School will be relieved
Monday as the students now
going in double-session move
into two churches near the school,
Principal of the School Clarence
Orman announced after the Hous-
| ton School Board authorized the
rental of the churches this week.
Two rooms from the West Uni-
versity Baptist Church, 6215
Auden and two rooms from the
West University Methodist Church
at 3116 University Boulevard will
be used by the elementary pupils.
i The Bellaire Lions Club
| nounced this week that it
| Principal Orman said that work-
an men have ljeen getting the
will c^urc^es ready to accommodate
hack the efforts of the Bellaire pupiJs and the plans are to
Volunteer Fire Department to oh- m0ve into the buildinSs Monday,
tain a two-way radio tor sending ] Wlth the rental of the buildings
and receiving fire alarms ■'all the ' and the rellef of crowded “»><«-
way .. j tions comes the fulfillment of part
; of the work of the West Univer-
Jess Hyde, who announced the sity Civic club-s school commit.
intentions of the I.ions Club, said: teej headed by Ralph Browning,
Iu Effort To Push Paving ,,Any e(torts to lncrease the ...
Jn • . fforts t) in< lease the effi- vvhich has been working with the
age disposal plant, which is about j Seeking to break the stalemate+could not pave while it rains, even!c'encv ^’re department. will school board on the matter for
three fourths of a mile away. ; whlch ha„ brought their paving j i( they had the material. I It®”®'1* ["* “““““•‘S' ^ ‘h" over a month-
Owners of the land, Knox Howe j TT . . Rellaiie Lions Club ^ill do anj $
and Dade Cushman, told the coun-:P,'°Bram '° “ V,rtUa, standst11’' Unlver'lt)r Boule'rard and Aud“ thin* I" its power to aid the
cil that it would be impossible!West University City Council this! Street have been excavated but ject.”
to develop the land under the week sent a letter to Holland j not paved since the preliminary
proposed restrictions. It would I Page, contractor of the work, urg-1 work began on September 3.
cost at least $15,000 to build a jng an imme(jjate conference be-1 ©
house under the planned zoning, i tween the cmmcll and contractor.
they said, and it would be im- j Council agreeil by comraon con.
possible to sell houses in that area | sent at (:oncIusion ot a long djs
cussioii of the paving situation at
their regular meeting this week to
seek the confab with the Austin
contractor to see what can be done
about getting the job completed as
soon as possible.
at that price.
Another subject of disagreement
See ZONING OF
Page 4, Col. 5
Toll of Poisoned
Dogs in Bellaire
Mounts to 17
No new evidence was uncovered
this week concerning the poison-
ing of dogs In Southdale and the
south end of Bellaire as two more
dogs were reported dead of appar-
ent poisoning, Police Chief J. H.
Canigan of Bellaire reported.
Seventeen dogs have died of I
poisoning in Bellaire in the past
P. G. Crowe of 4904 Palmetto
reported that, two 10-month-old J main purpose in this move is to
puppies that he owned disappeared | get the work done and get the city
“We have notified Mr. Page,”
said Mayor Ralph Lee, “that we
feel a state of emergency now
exists in our paving situation and
feel that it is imperative that we
discuss the issue with him.”
Councilmen expressed great
concern over delays in the work
and the need for speed in opera-
tions, pointing to the damage on-
set of the rainy season could do
to excavated but unpaved streets.
“We have left the next move up
to Mr. Page,” said the Mayor. “We
have informed him that we will
meet any time he desires. Our
one night this week after he had
been awakened by their howls.
out of the mud.”
Meeting with the council and
pro- Mr. Browning said this week;
“We are happy to have the crowd-
The Bellaire Fire Department ed conditions relieved as much as
plans to build a two-way radio ! they are, but our work is still not
similar to radio station KWPJ, finished. Our next move will be
Holland Page, who is contracted i which was recently constructed by j to work with the school board on
to do the work on University the Wesl University Fire Depart-' some sort of permanent relief for
Boulevard and Auden Street, began
the work on the third of September
in fulfillment of a contract that
was made with the City of West
University Place last April 3.
The origiual contract with Hol-
land Page called for the paving
of Auden from the north side of
University Boulevard to the north
side of Rice Boulevard, University
Boulevard from Kirby Drive to
Community Drive and Wesleyan
and Rice Boulevard for a distance
of six blocks.
Before the contract was carried
out, however, it was discovered
that Weslayan Street would be
paved by Harris County and some
of the residents on the other
streets would not sign up for their |
portion of the paving.
When the present work plans of
ment. ’ the elementary school.”
Present plans for raising the Another action taken by the
money for the enterprise—and es- sc*10°1 board this week for the
timated $3000—includes the promo- j bene£it of the Southwest was the
tion of the Seventh Annual Bel- j awardmS o£ the contract for the
lairs Fire Department's dance to ProPosed high school to be
be held on December 5 at the JOnd-1 bull‘ ln Braes Hei8hts-
O-Main Dance Hall. „ The contract was let to the J'
| W. Bateson Company, Inc., on the
• merits of its low bid of $1,796,295.
Mr. Hyde said that the only: The new wh,ch has not
plana that have been formulated j been given a nam0i will be ]arger
by the Lions Club, so far, are to and more up_,0.date than Lamar
aid in the promotion of the dance. High Schooli reports indicated
Part of the idea for the proposed ! There wm be 34 dassr00ms jn
radio station, said W. J. “Bud" the new school and u wm b„
Ward, Bellalre's assitsant lire capable of taking care of between
chief, came from Claude V. Rey- n and ]3 hundred students.
n°lds. who was the "ramrod” for j Before the contract was award-
station KWPJ in West University, ed it was rumored that the junior
Mr. Reynolds reported that high school would be made into a
when the two departments have
their radio stations complete, co-j
operation between the two cities
, at fires will be possible.
Holland Page are complete. Auden 1 , . a , „ ,, .
"We hope to have Bellaire on
will he paved for the two blocks' same frequency as West Unl.
between Rice and University and | yerslty Mr Revnolds 8aid. -but j
University will be paved between | ^ ^ |(l ,)e ,aken „p with the'
Mr. Crowe said that they "hoi- taking part ln the discussion was
lered" during the night as if in | E. Townes, Jr., legal represen.
pain. But when he awoke in the tative of the city on paving mat-
morning they were gone
haven’t been seen since.
“STACKS OF SPOOKS/* above, were eagerly anticipating the annual fun frolic at Condit school
tonight when pictured here. Wearing regulation attire for the big party are, far left, top to bottom,
Christopher Clark, 4818 Willow', and Dlekie Murcheson, 4900 Lauren; second row, top to bottom,
Robert Donaldson, 4912 Willow; Jimmie Cram, 4812 Willow, and Carol Beckman, 4908 Spruce; third
row', top to bottom, Bobby Cram, 4812 Willow -, Lanny Murphy, 4803 Willow, and Judy Lewis, 4914
Linden; fourth row, Tony Cavender, 4822 Willow; Margaret Chun, 4991 Willow and Mike Berwick,
Riceville Road; fifth row, Janice Hunter. 4812 Florence; Karen Miner, 5123 Huisache, and Janice Giles,
5105 Huisache; far right, Fern Palmer, 5103 Huisache, and Phil Harrison, Riceville Road.
Funfest Set In Southwest For Tonight
Everything points to a gala tlme-f The peeping ghosts at Poe are-fments for the parties. At Poe, Her-
fn the Southwest tonight. ! related to be authentic enough to j bert Vogan, 2355 Dunstan; Mrs. P. j
Whispers from the most spirited J frighten ol’ Edgar Allen himself. ; H. Scrivner, 2304 Rohinhood; Mrs.
Adding to the eerie atmosphere j Charles R. Hrdlicker, 2210 Rich
will be fortune tellers, magicians, j mond, and Mrs. M. E. McDaniel,
marionettes and Walt Disney com-12332 North Boulevard, were among |
ics. Steaming food, right from the those directing the work,
phantoms’ boiling pots, wil be I ©
served by brightly painted appari-! Mrs. Hrdlicker will he in charge
tions. ! of the famous country store, from
Goblins, gargoyles and spookily- which home made pics, cakes and j
clad spectres will lead the grand I candy may be purchased. Proceeds'
march at Condit. Prize packages J from this carnival will go to sup-
will be sneeringly awarded to the i ply Poe School with visual educa- j
cooperate with the dreary and evil! spirit wearing the most appropriation equipment. The activity will
spooks during the year. Goblins ate costume for the affair. Hob- j last from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in
will fly low, bright pumpkins will ; goblins will have a festive time i the school.
five their annual jagged smile and bobbing for apples, stretching The Condit party will also he
scary unnamed creatures will blow their long crooked fingers for grab closely supervised, Mrs. J. B. Cav-
their screeching horns. hags and listening to strange fore- under, 4822 Willow, publicity chair-
g casts of the fortune teller. There man of the P.-T. A. has stated.
Two of the most spirited groups will he free movies to thrill even Enough entertainment will he
will be at Poe and Condit schools the most subdued ghouls and a provided to keep the younger set
will draw brightly colored juke box will pro-1 busy during the evening. The party
As paving stands in the city this
Mr. Crowe said he suspects the | weelc. University Boulevard from
dogs were poisoned because the | tjie 3500 to the 4000 block. Auden
mother dog had become sick the i from University to Rice and the
night the puppies disappeared. He 4000 block of Tennyson are ex-
surmised that the puppies had; cavated hut not paved,
eaten the bulk of the poison and
crawled away during the night be-
fore they died.
Chief Carrigan reported that
plans to draft a stricter city ord-
inance against people poisoning
dogs was being worked on by city
Some time soon, Chief Canigan
said, the matter will be taken up
with the S. P. C. A., who it Is
hoped, will help make an ordinance
for the city.
Federal Communications Commis-
When the Bellaire radio is com-
See CONTRACT IS
Page 4. Col. 3
Building in Area
Holds Rapid Pace,
New Permits Show
j plete all the trucks will have ra- Building in the Southwest re-
of Rice and Auden and the inter- dios and each volunteer will have tained its rapid pace as 12 new
a receiving set in his home. Con-; building permits were issued in
tact will be possible between the Bellaire and West University Place
trucks and the station, the station 1 in the past week for an estimated
and the home an dfrom one truck 1 total of $80,275. Southside Issued
to another. j no permits this week,
ness men announced thu* they j Issuance of the 12 new' permits
would aid the fire departm •• t with! in the Southwest cities—Bellaire,
money and support. i West University Place and South-
It is also expected that, other | side Place—brings the total to 50
civic organizations in Bellaire will | permits for an estimated value of
join the efforts of the department, j $360,275 issued so far in the month
Mr. Ward said. of October.
Seven permits were issued in the
past week in Bellaire. They are:
Owen and Carbon, 4428 Effie,
four room house and garage,
In the hands of the West Univer-finance appears to be a solution,"♦West University Municipal Swim- j $u600.
Judiciary Committee this week I 3a*d Mayor Ralph B. Lee, pointing ming Pool were awarded to Kelley j
the 3500 and 4000 block.
To date the only concrete that
has been laid is at the intersection
section of Edloe and University,
and a small portion in the 3600
block of University.
V. A. TO MEET
The regular meeting of the Vil-
Paving officials on the jobs say \ lage Association will be held next
they are still delayed because of Friday night at 7:30 in the Amer-
the lack of sand and gravel due ican Legion Hall, 5505 Kelvin, it
to a shortage of gondola freight j was announced this week by Rob-
cars. ert Levy, president of the associa-
All the officials agree that, they | tion.
Ordinance Impounding Cars Is Studied
Club to Meet
is a proposed ordinance providing j0111 that if poppa has to come j and Gaffney, Houston architects.
; for the impounding
ot speeding!'10"11 at some late hour or before I Later in the week, after another
I 1 going to work the next morning j ...
[care driven by teen-agers without jtogethiscari poppawi|luke8t(,ps |meeting of the swimming pool
The first meeting of the South-
a driver’s license.
calls for the
to curb junior himself
Declaring that most of the traf-
committee, Mr. Cartwright, chair-
| man, said the plans had been re- j
A. A. Weinberg. Jr., 4400 Dar*
sey, four room house and two car
W. W. Carey, 5500 Chestnut, six
room house, $6500.
W. E. Jones, 4340 Betty, five
ampton Civic Club for the 1947-48 <ar *° *)e *mP°un(led until the cer- J fic violations in the city are youths changes, but they should be ready |
year will be held at 7:45 p.m. Mon-m^ca^e °f ownership is shown and!unt*er *'le a§e affected only |along with plans for the pool to
turned to the architect for several1 room h°use ai)d garage. $6500.
T. W. Menefee, 4324 Yerone. five
day In the auditorium of the Poe [a $10 fine paid
j by the state juvenile law, driving
room house and garage. $4500.
I. I. Gardescu, 5218 Locust, mov-
presented to the city council |ing garage next t0 house am|
Elementary School, it was an-| The committee, headed by Chair- T'e car’ *'ie niajor Ra'(* for approval in about three weeks, j building breezeway, $400.
nounced this week by C. F. Spang- man Norman West, and composed ; l>,oposp(* *a" s*lou'** P'°'p '‘‘'u Kelly’s Variety Store 5105 Ce*
able in getting the parents to 1 ®
ler, publicity chairman for the ; of lawyers, will study the plan as
club. to its legality and practicality and
Tentative plans for the meeting.; make recommendations to the city
Mr. Spangler said, are a discussion commission for action, possibly
of the basis purposes of the or- next week.
"crack down" on their speeding | Councilmen L. M. Armer and 1 dar. addition to store. $9000.
“At present, we can fine
j C. P. Lannion were appointed to I
i meet with the Civic Club’s street j
the)----1---- ------.-a*--*- J-a---
where big carnivals
hundreds of school children, at
least they were school children
prior to donning the holiday attire
Galich will transform them into all
»orts of Halloween “spirits.”
vide weird strains of music for all will begin at 6 p.m. on the school !
witch-crafters. t grounds.
q , So. to reiterate, it looks like a
A great deal of work and prep- j big time is in store for the South-!
aration has gone into arrange i west tonight. j
Five permits were isuea in West
University Place. They are:
Mrs. B. V. Crawford. 4149 Cole-
........... ........... marker committee to determine j rldge, adding a breakfast room.
ganization and the introduction of I The proposed ordinance was pre-. talher "f a speeding teen ager who, aM the dty can glve tbe projeot. j 5075.
newly elected officers. rented at the meeting ot the j doesn’t have a drivers license, he The councll alsu approved the, Homer Williams, 4127 Cason, one
It is also planned to receive re-[Council this week by City Attor- said. | 1947-48 budget as presented by C. story frame house, $7500.
City Corporation Judge Charles ; g Gammill, city treasurer. j Stanley A. George, 3016 Wrox*
Cartwright said that Ue Had re-j ^ ■ ton, two story house. $12,000.
New officers to be introduced! “We have sougnt a way to curb * en^.v imposed such penalty in a Another ordinance was passed; Pat M. Neff. Jr., 2808 Pittsburg,
are: President, Charles C. Worn-1 reckless driving by teen-agers, j (’a8e- okaying the borrowing of $20,0001 six room house. $12,000.
ack; vice-president, A. C. Krachy; j whom we are not able to prose- i 9 from the City National Bank to Peck and Peck Construction
secretary, John M. Robertson, and! cute under city laws at present,! In other action at the council! pay current operating expenses of i Company, 2804 Quenby, five room
j for a long time. This proposed ord ^ meeting, contract for plans on the j the city.
ports from the various committees n°y J°hn D. Kelley,
of the organization. ©
treasurer, C. F. Spangler.
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Murphy, John H.; Daniels, A. Pat & Farley, James L. The Southwest Citizen (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, October 31, 1947, newspaper, October 31, 1947; Houston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth566206/m1/1/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bellaire Friends Library & Historical Society.