The Southwest Citizen (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 15, Ed. 1 Friday, October 24, 1947 Page: 1 of 16
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Editorial, Circulation And
5717 Kirby Drive . . . K. 3-1181
Published Each Friday by
For the Service and Information
Of 1 1,500 Homes In The
<SERVING THE RESIDENTS OF HOUSTON'S SOUTHWEST AREA
VOLUME I. -fr SERVING 45,000 READERS -fr_HOUSTON, TEXAS, FRIDAY. OCTOBER 24, 1947_5c Per Copy; $2 Per Year bn Mail fr_NUMBER 15
$280,000 In Permits
Issued This Month
Termed by many competent I
observers as one of the fastest
growing areas in the state, the
Southwest section of Houston
continued during the first
three weeks in October to
maintain a dazzling growing j
pace, a check of building permits
issued in the area disclosed this |
The three principal cities in the [
section Bellaire, Southside Place
and West University Place—have
already issued .">8 building permits
with a total estimated value of
$280,000, information obtained at
the city halls showed.
Bellaire is leading the group
with 2fl permits issued so far and
West University Place is in second
place with 17 permits passed out..
The compact community of South
side Place has given out only one
permit so far this month.
Largest of the permits issued j
was by West University Place to
the West University Place Meth-
odist Church. 3611 University Bou-
levard. for the construction of an
educational building to cost an es-
In Bellaire a group of four per
* Units were issued to Frank Gaskey
for the construction of four one-
story homes with two car garages
to be built at a total cost of $42,000.
Other permits issued in Bellaire
are listed below:
C. H. Nelius, 5109 Cedar, addi-
tion to cafe. $1,000.
W. W. Care.v, 4907 Chestnut,
screen porch. $500.
Fred Wall, 4816 Laurel, five-
room house and garage. $7,000.
Fred Wall. 4814 Laurel, five-
rooni house and garage, $7,000.
Ballinger Construction Company,
4544 Teas, six-room house with two
car garage. $12,000.
Basswood Corporation, 4712 lx>-
See SOUTHWEST BUILDING
Page 3, Col. 1
On Tennyson Job
Paving work in West University
Place was reported to be moving
ahead this week, as paving con
tractors finished the 68 and .">9
hundred block of Tennyson and
completed the intersections at
Tennyson and College and Rice and
Contractors in the West i tiiver-
sity area have been hampered for
the past three weeks by the lack
of gondola freight cars to haul
sand and gravel to the jobs.
This week, however, it looked as
• though relief from the situation
was in Right, as two cars of gr; v°l
and three cars of sand came in :or
the job on University Boulevard.
Officials of Holland Page, con-
tractors paving University Houle-1
vard. said that concrete pouring
will begin as soon as enough ce-
ment can be secured to star'
They also reported that the first
portion of University to ne paved
when material is available is that
portion from Bdloe and University
back to the newly constructed
This job will be done first in an
rffort to relieve the merchants who
have been blocked off in that area
since excavation first began, the
Southwest To Get
Y. M. C. A. Service
The Southwest area is scheduled
to receive branch service under the
expansion program of the Houston
Y. M. C, A . announced this week
by Gavin Ulmer, president of the
board of directors.
A Southwest branch to serve
West University Place. Bellaire.
Braeswood. Southside Place and
Southampton hr well as the devel-
oping territories south of Bissonnet
and west of South Main is desig-
nated in the expanded plan scheri
u«d for development during the*
next two years as soon as they
can be financed,
When Ottis Stahl Jr., free-lance photographer who is gaining a reputation as one of the state's
leading candid photographers for weddings, obtans a nuptial assignment, he isn't happy until he
has taken pictures of the cake-cutting and rake-eiting at the reception. Almost invariably the cake
ceremony pictures are among the most outstanding and most interesting of the wedding picture
series. The radiance of the bride and the happiness of the groom seem to be emphasized at what
might be called their first domestic ritual after their marriage. These pictures are typical of Mr.
Stahl's work, taken at weddings during the last t.vo years.
Plan 7 o Rent Extra
Space Has Objection
Sterner Laws Asl^ed
As I 5 Pets Poisoned
Cake provided an excuse for smiles and lau?hs among members of the wedding party after
Miss Idelle Kingel. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A M. Kingel of 3119 Pittsburg, was married to
Norman Abramson, April 2ft, 1947. The reception and cake-cutting were held at the Rice Hotel.
■ . ..
Large slices of cake were hi order at the
reception following the wedding of Miss France*
Alley to Frank Perry, March 20, 1947, at the
home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Alley,
4504 Elm. Bellaire . , ,
... In contrast were the delicate hits
eaten by this bride, the former Miss Iris
Muncy, and her groom. Paul A. Stent. The
reception was held at the home of her sister,
Mrs. Paul H. Clark, 4004 Riley, after their wed-
ding Aug. 16. 1947.
Whether or not two
churches near the West Uni-
versity Elementary School
will be rented by the Hous-
ton School Board to be used
as class rooms to relieve
overcrowded conditions in
the school will he brought before
the school hoard next Monday, W.
E. Moreland, superintendent of
public schools, announced.
Mr. Moreland said that it was
originally intended that the build-
ings he rented at the first oppor-
tunity to alleviate the crowded
conditions, but he was advised that
there is objection to holding classes
[ off the campus from the mothers of
the students involved.
Therefore. Mr. Moreland said. It
I will he presented to the school
board for action.
Plans early in the week were to
rent the West University Baptist
Church, 6215 Auden, and the West
University Methodist Church, 6116
I University Boulevard, and use two
rooms from each to hold classes'
for the students who are now forced
j to go in double sessions.
A letter, however, was sent to’
1 Mr. Moreland stating that a poll
of the mothers of the students in- j
volved had been taken, and they
were against having their children
going to school off the campus. The
I letter, which was signed by Mrs.
| Paul Wiley, Is printed on page 4.
of today’s Citizen.
I An attempt to solve the over-
crowded elementary school problem
has been in evidence ever since
tlie 'Wait "university Civic Club's t . , „ . . . r, , * „ i .
I This week Pat Geraghtv of Bel-4- Bellaire s 19-year-old Pat who
committee, headed by Ralph Brown .. . . x. . r,.A t . , ...
i J t , laire is in New \ork City taking is a model at Everett-Buelow’s
mg. was appointed about a month . . . r,
a screen test for Eagle-Lion Films was entered in the contest with- I npi p J
,1K°' _^___ And being dined at New York's | out knowing. Pat's modeling teach Jll illC ibOUtllWCSt
exclusive night clubs, among other j er, Mrs. Kay Cordorman. owner,
things, as a reward for being se- | of the Corderman school of model Those blues-giving blue laws,
lected "The Girl in America's Fu- ing, sent preliminary photographs cause of great consternation, con-
ture” during a recent magazine to the magazine without telling fusion and heated words in the
contest. : Pat anything about it. City of Houston during the past
All these things have happened; Pat. however, was informed of week, have for the most part been
to Pat in the past week. Pat has j what had happened by Mrs. Cor- merely a source of interesting
known since September 9 that shejderman when the pictures, taken reading for citizens of the South-
HEADING FOR FAME—Bellaire’* Pretty Pat Geraghtv was
“very excited by it all,” as she climbed aboard a plane at the
Municipal Airport Tuesday on her way to New York for a screen
test with Turhan Bey and many other honors as the result of
being named "The Girl in America’s Future” by Salute magazine.
Kav Gorderman, another Southwest resident, also Pal's modeling
instructor who first entered Pat's picture in the nationwide con-
test, accompanied her on the trip. Staff Photographer Jerry Maze,
who took the winning picture of the lovely young blonde several
months ago. also snapped the above photo.
As another dog was poisoned
| this week, bringing the num-
ber up to 15 for the past six
weeks. Bellaire’s Police Chief,
J. H. Carrigan. prepared lo
carry the matter before the Bei-
| laire City Council and ask that
! a strict ordinance on the matter
“I am going to ask that an
ordinance be passed stiffening the
i penalty for poisoning dogs, be-
cause the state law’s now in exist-
ence cn the subject are far too
j lenient,” Chief Carrigan said.
I The 15 dogs that have been
■killed by poisoning in the past
| six weeks have all been from
Soutlniaie and the i.rath end of
i Bellaire, it was revealed.
| Chief Carrigan reported that a
j piece of meat with a strychnine
in it was discovered on Avenue
A. and since the discovery local
! drug stores have been checked for
; people who bought strychnine, but
as yet "we have had no definite
results,” the chief said.
It is Chief Carrigan’s belief that
the people who are spreading the
poison are throwing it from cars
as they ride along the road.
Henry Rosnovsky, Bellaire's as-
sistant police chief, reported the
1 similarity between these recent
poisonings and a siege of poison-
ings that happened about three
years ago when Mr. Rosnovsky
See BELLAIRE POLICE
Page 4. Col. 5
Bellaire Beauty Feted In
\. T him I esl Included Blue Laws Cause
As Part Of City
The far-away, more serious approach of
eating wedding cake was demonstrated at the
reception for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Matranga at
the home of the bride's uncle, B. II. Settle,
3736 Carlton, after their wedding July 10. 1946.
She is the former Miss Frances Copeland . . ,
. . . And the more cozy, dreamy technique
was employed by Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Evers-
berg at the reception at the home of the bride's
parents. Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Winters. 3906 Mar-
quette, following their wedding June 28, 1947.
She is the former Miss Billie Winters.
! The advantages of being a part was one of two finalists in the ! by Jerry Maze, now a Citizen Staff west. Greater part of the area lies
■ of the city of Bellaire were ex- contest, but it was not until last Photographer, began to move into outside the Houston city limits and
| plained by Mayor Madison Rayburn weekend when Pat got a wire from the finals. is not affected by the shutdown,
| to a group of people from Braeburn Arthur D- Morse, editor of Salute When Pat comes back next week yet.
I Country Club Estates, the section Magazine, the periodical that spon-! she will have had a screen test, Some business houses, however,
I recently annexed by Bellaire, who aored t,le contest, that she knew a week’s stay at the fashionable were not so fortunate and this
‘appeared before the city council | she had won. j Algonquin hotel in New York City, week were eyeing tickets handed
.last week asking "what the city The readers of Salute Magazine j and a modeling course under Wal- out by forces of Chief of Police
is going to do for them.” | t hose Pat as "The Girl in Ameri* ter Thornton. And she will have B. W. Payne and Chief Inspector
I “You will receive an approximate 1 < a 8 Future over Vir«inia Harves- been given a complete wardrobe j W. P. Haley last Sunday. None of
‘ 40 per cent reduction on your lire!ter’ a New York Photoghapher’s j designed exclusively for her by j the establishments were located
insurance. You will receive .*10 a model- The two girls were chosen I Kathryn Kuhn, several photographs west of Shepherd Drive, however,
year on your gas rata arid you will j as finallats bv a Rvoiip of famous of herself by Bruno, the famed as the move lost its intensiveness
i have the benefits of garbage col- hudges’ includinK Melvyn Douglas, j Hollywood photographer and - a with distance from the downtown
movie actor; Walter Thornton, whole lot of stuff I don't evenj area.
owner of the Thornton Modeling know about yet." she added be- Given tickets in this area were
Agency: Earl Wilson of the New j fore stepping aboard a plane here Recreation Bowling Palace. 6445
York Post: Monte Proser, owner Tuesday noon. S. Main; Parmeson's Grocery, 2630
of the Copacahana night club; | When asked what she thought South Shepherd; the Alabama
Kathryn Kuhn, New York design- of the possibility of going to Hoi- Food Market; the Snak 'N' Pak
er; Max E. Youngstein, publicity lvwood. Pat reported that she was Hamburger system stand, 2608
lection and fire zoning and police
j protection," Mayor Rayburn told |
j "hut what about the tixc: ?” the
mayor was asked.
In answer to this q te . u flip
Morris L. Wallace received a n adequate
helping from his new bride, the former Miss
Donna Mae Burgdorff. at the reception at the
home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. II. Burg-
dorff. 3910 Arnold, following their wedding
July 6. 1946 . . .
. . . Helping his bride is Don Hoyt at the
reception at the home of Mr. and .Mrs. E. II.
Wolfhart, 3523 Georgetown, following their
wedding June 21. 1947. Mrs. Hoyt is the former
Miss Fatty McStravick, daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. A. W. McStravick, 6328 Buffalo Speedway.
I mayor informed the iro.ip that the director of B«*IM.!on Film,, and ' very -excited about the whole Sou,h Shepherd: Parson's Phar-
macy, 2600 South Shepherd, and
Prince’s Drive-Iin, 4500 Main.
In all, the chief reported hand-
ing out 20 tickets. Conviction in
a violation carries a fine of from
$20 to $50.
If the drive is still in effect this
Sunday, Inspector Haley stated
that closer check will be made on
Work pushed forward this week* Mr. Townsend also pointed out outlying areas including The Vil-
in the move to obtain some type , mat at this time of the year the i lage'
savings on insurance, the gas rate manv others,
and the garbage collection would
| probably double the taxes to the
City of Bellaire for a year.
Several of the residents from
Braeburn who were present com
j- plained to the council on the
I grounds that they were not con-
| tacted concerning the annexation
| Some stated that they "did not
know there was such a move r.n-
Finances Present Snair
In Surfacing of. A venue A
derway until they were already In j ot hard RUr,a,,|‘ loPt>ing for Avenue county budget ia pretty well used Several merchants west of the
W. U. Masons Set
An important meeting of the
The double-bite, illustrated here twice, apparently is a favorite Stahl pose. At the left are Mr.
and Mrs. Richard Whittaker, who were married Aug. 2. 1947. The reception was held at the home
of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Carsey, 2733 Fenwood. She is the former Miss Sue
Carsey. At the right are Mr. and Mrs. I). C. Cox. w ho were married Dee. 14, 1946. Their rake-eating
activity was held at 3106 Albans, the home of the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs. W. K. McCauley.
She Is the former (Ha Mae McCauley,
A. Bellaire. with the search for a . . Houston citv limits reported an
. . "P or designated for definite proj- . ” , _ ,
way to finance the project posing increase in sales last Sunday, espe-
the biggest problem. County Com- e< ,8 and tbat anv work» not called cjally on such items as soda water,
missioner Jack Townsend of Pre- for in the budget such as the Ave- cigarets, tobacco and candy—all
cinct 1. stated that he has an engi- nue A project, poses a big problem "verboten" under the blue laws,
neer making a check of the street. Avenue A is one of the streets ••
ascertaining the amount of mate- in the Southwest area which
rial it would take and types best | reives county assistance in upkeep.!
suited. The information will he Bellaire Mayor Madison Rayburn
compiled Into a report. Mr. Town- stated that he also was anxious to
send said. see the work done but pointed out,
! "1 ant planning to contact Bel- "That until such time as we are1
laire city officials after 1 find out able to sell the city street improve- West University Masonic Lodge
j just How much the work will cost nient bonds the city will not he able will be held in the West University
and how much money the county j to render any substantial financial Methodist Church beginning at
j is able to appropriate toward the assistance in the project.” } 7;30 p. m. tonight, John K. Mooney,
I project.” said the commissioner. Mayor Rayburn reported that the D. 8. M. of the lodge, has an-
| adding, "1 am in hopes that the city oiling of streets in the city to pro- nounced.
will be able to meet us part of the vide relief from dust will be con | Plans concerning a permanent
! way on the deal. | tinned with emphasis on the heav meeting place are to be discussed.
I ‘I am very anxious to see the ly traveled streets. Sections getting Mr. Mooney said in stressing the
work done because it is really. the oil-coating this week included importance of the c onfab,
needed. Almost all of the residents I North Avenue A. from Bellaire j The local lodge received ap-
t there are vets and I'm really on boulevard to Richmond Road: Third proval of the Grand Lodge of
a month ago were at the meeting I their side They need a bus running j street, from Bellaire boulevard to Texas two months ago on plans
out there but cannot get it until Jasmine; Jasmine to First street: for a proposed new building to
See RAYBURN EXPLAINS there is a hard surface on the Laurel, from Third to Rice, and be erected by the lodge between
Mayor Rayburn explained to
| them that in the petitions for an-
1 nexatioti presented to the city coun-
j oil. an affidavit signed by three
! of the residents of the area stated
| that the signatures on the petition
were a majority of the qualified
voters of the area, which satisfies
Bellaire's basic, requirements for
It was further explained that on
I matters like annexation only the
j people who have paid their poll
tax and are registered in the pre-
cinct as having paid are contacted.
At the meeting a motion was
! carried to have the planning board
proceed with a zoning hearing on
I the newly annexed territory at the
earliest possible time.
| Another group of residents from
j that territory comprising 280 acres
that was annexed by Bellaire about
Page 6, Col. 2
J Willow, from Third to First. j Rice boulevard and University.
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Murphy, John H.; Daniels, A. Pat & Farley, James L. The Southwest Citizen (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 15, Ed. 1 Friday, October 24, 1947, newspaper, October 24, 1947; Houston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth566217/m1/1/: accessed April 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bellaire Friends Library & Historical Society.