The Citizen (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 32, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 11, 1948 Page: 1 of 26
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HOUSTON, TEXAS, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 1948
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3 Nominated Local Schools Supervised
For Posts In
Cox, Brewer, Bowen
Proposed For Council
s A nominating: committee
of Southsid4 Place Men’s
Civic Club has chosen three
potential candidates to run
for the city council in the
election to be held in April.
Chosen by the three-man com-
mittee were Alex S. Cox, Jr.,
Frank P. Bowen and Ben E. Brew-
er. If officially chosen, Mr. Brew-
er will be running for re-election
and Mr. Bowen will be running for
s councilman job after having
served several years as city secre-
tary. Mr. Cox has never held a
The selection of these men does
Are Hard Hit By
Measles reached the epidemic stage in the Houston
public schools last week and Dr. A. C. Hutcheson, direc-
tor of health for the school system, reported that the
Southwest section and West University especially are the
hardest hit of any area in town.
check with the different
schools in the Southwest showed
that more students from the ele-
mentary schools were out with the
disease than were from the junior
and senior high schools.
Dr. Hutcheson explained that
this is usually the case because
m6st of the older students have
survived a seige of the measles
and many of them are immune.
He added that measles are
yearly occurrence in the schools
but stated that they are worse now
than they have been in many
In the West University Ele-
not make their backing from the mentar;y
civic club official. Their nomina-lp0r|e(j
cases was Inestimable. Officials
of the school said that last week,
when the disease was reported to
be taking the greatest toll, some
of the rooms dropped down until
only 10 or 12 students were pres-
Coondit School in Bellaire also
reported its share of the measles,
but, unlike the others, stated that
it seemed to be subsiding in that
area and the students are return-
ing to school. Officials of that
school said that the disease was
at its peak last week.
Mrs. Helen Steele, principal of
Poe Elementary School, said that
about 50 per cent of the rooms
School there were 347 were only half full, some of them
absent Monday, it was re-
by the principal, Zelpha
will remain tentative until|Shumate. Of this amount, it was
estimated that about 60 per cent
of them had measles. Other child-
hood diseases were reported at the
school. There are several cases
of chicken pox and a number of
cases of mumps.
At Pershing Junior High, 84 stu-
menjdents were reported absent Mon
day. Clarence Orman, principal
of that school, stated that prob-
ably 30 per cent of that number
The three vacancies in the coun- were suffering from the measles,
cil will be left by O. S. Ferguson.I All of the schools officials con-
the regular meeting of the men’s
club next month.
At that time, nominations will
be asked for from the floor. Then
a vote will be taken. The three
men who receive the vote of the
complete club will be the
endorsed by the civic club.
J. M. Childs and Ben E. Brewer, tacted said that it was hard to
Their terms will expire the .first estimate the am™nt of m^sles or
of April and the election will be
held on the first Tuesday in April
Members of the nominating
committee \vno chose the potential
candidates were J. A. Whitson, T.
C. James and Joe Onstad.
other diseases because of the
prevalence of influenza and the
bad weather. Each these con-
ditions cause a large number
absentees, they said.
At Roberts Elementary School,
two cases of the mumps were re-
ported and the number of measles
’48 Car Plates To
At the same time that the re-
port was made by the nominating
committee, which was at the regu- a *111 If
lar meeting o 1 the club held last fJC AV3ilS!}lC Here
week, reports were heard from the
Southside Park Board, the City,
the Fire Department and the Civic
Club’s Cub Scout Pack No. 38.
Other business included a talk
on sanitation which ended with
a general discussion of the ad-
vantages of havirfg the city water
supply approved by the state
It was voted by the club, after
the discussion, to notify the city
council and the Southside Women’s
Civic Club that they are in favor
of taking the necessary action to
have the water supply approved.
The Women’s Civic Club has pre-
viously appeared before the coun-
ciMo ask that this action be taken.
The J. M. H. Store at Col-
lege and Milton in West Uni-
versity Place has been desig-
nated one of the 20 locations
in Houston and Harris County
where the 1948 license plates
can be bought when they go
on sale for the first time next
Announcement of the differ-
ent places that the new plates
can be obtained was made by
Assessor-Collector, Carl S.
Smith, who said that more lo-
cations will be announced
The J. M. H. Store is the
only place in the Southwest
area that has been designated
so far. All cars must have the
’48 plates by April !.
even less. She said that her at-
tendance began dropping shortly
after Christmas and reached the
maximum last week.
Only six cases of measles were
reported at Lamar High School.
Talked At W. U. Meet
Setting their sights on such
things as street markers,
street paving, sidewalks, sup-
ervised recreation and city
beautification, about 35 rep-
resentatives from leading West
University Place clubs and organ-
izations took the initial step in the
shaping of a program to obtain
these civic improvements at
meeting last week.
Called together to formulate
plans for coordinating efforts
the groups into one all-out push
toward common goals, representa-
tives heard a discussion of over-all
aims and detailed explanation
each project. Members from each
organization then filled out forms
on which they stated which project
projects their club would be
most interested in working on.
Bellaire Launches Vast
City Improvements Plan
Still a Question
Mark, Talk Shows
The question of the paving of
Weslayan Street was once again
brought before the West Univer-
sity City Council, this time by W.
G. Fullick who asked if the county
is going to pave the street and
if they aren’t will it be possible
for the city to pave the intersec-
tion at Coleridge and Weslayan
where his home is located.
In answer to the question of
whether or not the county will
pave Weslayan, Mr. Fullick was
informed that the street is not a
county designated road because it
is not 60 feet wide and when
or if the county will take it into
its systtm of roads remains in
Mr. Fullick’s primary interest
in the matter was acquiring some
sort of drainage for the Coleridge
and Weslayan intersection. At
that spot, he explained, the water
will not drain off because of the
inadequacy of the ditch and the
fact that new paving has just been
laid at Coleridge.
Acting Mayor C. P. Lanmon
told Mr. Fullick that it would
not be to the city’s advantage to
pave the intersection until a de-
cision is reached by the county.
has money from previous bond is-
(See WESLAYAN PAVING
Page 4, Col. 3
council for approval. The sug-
gested financing method, Mr.
Adams said, probably will consist
of calling for a voluntary assess-
ment on the waterbill.
Ralph Browning and Howard
Ponzer reported on the crowded
condition of local schools, pointing
out that even completion of the
new school on Stella Links Road
will not entirely remedy the jam-
med situation that exists in Persh-
ing Junior High and West Univer-
sity Elementary schools.
On the paving issue, Henry
Using these forms as a guide,
Bill Adams, West University Place
Civic Club president and ramrod
of the move, pointed out that the
next step would be the forming of
over-all committees to direct work
on each improvement.
“I believe we have made a big
step in the right direction,” said
Mr. Adams. “All of those at the
meeting demonstrated an intense
interest in these civic problems and
expressed desire to help in the all
out effort to get these needed im-
Most of the clubs indicated a de
sire to push the street marker
drive through to a speedy con-
President Adams announced that
Bill Buschardt, head of this civic
club project, expected to have all
sample markers here within a week
or 10 days and that those appointed
from the various groups to work
on this particular committee would
meet with Mr. Buschardt to select
the type marker which best meets
the local requirements of cost,
availability and functional design.
The marker along with a suggested
method of financing the project
will then be submitted to the city of Kirby Drive to make it an im_
NEW TEEN-AGE CANTEEN OFFICERS discuss plans for next meeting of the organization
with J. R. Stevens Jr., left, chairman of youth activity for the Southwest Kiwanis club, sponsor of
the Canteen. The new' leaders elected Friday are Jeff Platt of 5210 Oak street, Bellaire, center,
president, and Ronald Hall, 2830 Robinhood, vice president, right. Associate officers, not pic-
tured. include Jim Dickson. Jack Gliddcn and Pat Baldwin. Mr. Stevens supplies the records
played at Canteen meetings in the West University Place Community House.
—Photo by Ottis Stahl Jr.
Wheels Continue to Turn
Slowly, On Kirby Paving
J \ J
The wheels are turning—thoughlthan the current year,
slowly—on the proposed pavingj Councilman Harry Holmes, who
He reported, however, that the city Johnson, city consulting engineer,
reported that he is making a sur-
See W. U. IMPROVEMENTS
Page 4, Col. 3
portant traffic thoroughfare
serve the Southwest region.
J. M. Nagle, director of public-
works, was completing cost esti-
mates on the project and was
expected to present them to the
city council this week.
At the request of the council,
these estimates were divided into
several sections, rather than an
over-all cost estimate for the en
tire project. This led to conjee
ture that the job might be done
piece-meal, a section at a time.
It seemed to be the general
opinion of the council that the
work should be done, but that
likely it would be made a part
of next year’s work plan rathe.
has been pressing for the project,
was told by Mayor Oscar Hol-
combe that Buffalo Drive was to
be done this year, and that Kirby
Drive probably wouldn’t be done
until next year.
Still unsettled was the matter
of the participation of West Uni-
versity Place along the sector
where it adjoins the Houston city
limits at Kirby Drive.
The problem here- is that Hous-
ton would not have the legal right
to assess West University Place
owners for their share and that
therefore some plan would have to
be worked out whereby the own-
ers would volunteer to share the
20st, or that West University Place
vould participate in the project.
Work On Ave. A
Awaits Dry Spell
Inclement weather is all that is
delaying beginning of work pre-
liminary to the paving of Avenue
A, R. Jack Townsend, commission-
er of Precinct I, said this week.
As soon as the rainy weather
lets up the street south of Bel-
laire Boulevard will be smoothed
and a stabilized shell base will be
laid, Mr. Townsend said.
“We need about five days of
good dry weather to do this,” he
said. “It would do no good to lay
the shell during the rainy spell.'
The commissioner said that an
inspection of the stretch would be
made this week and immediate
grading down of the rough spots
would be carried out if needed to
supply temporary relief to resi-
dents of the Southdale area.
Parks, Pool, Public
Bellaire city officials this
week set in motion a far-
reaching program of munici-
pal improvements by author-
izing sale of $300,000 in
bonds to finance the work.
Included in the program are im-
provements to streets, parks and
Three ordinances covering the
bond sale were passed by the city
council at its regular meeting
Thursday. The bonds have already
The largest bond-sale ordinance
was for $160,000 and this amount
was earmarked for street improve-
ments. The ordinance did not
state exactly what the money
would be used for but simply
designated it for street improve-
Mayor Madison Rayburn said
later that one of the paving proj-
ects to be given initial considera-
tion involves that stretch of Rice
Avenue running through the heart
of the business district and ex-
tending from Spruce south on Rice
to the southern boundary of Bell-
About the first money to be used
from the bonds for paving, he
stated, will be for the city’s part
in the paving of Avenue A. The
city previously made arrangements
with the county to pave the inter-
sections along Avenue A south of
Bellaire Boulevard if the county
would pave the rest of the stree .
The bulk of the money, the
mayor added, will be used for
paving intersections, easements
and the street in front of city-
owned property, where the people
sign up for paving. It is hoped
that a city-wide paving movement
will be underway shortly.
Another of the ordinances was
for $65,000 and that money is
slated for park improvements. Ac-
cording to the ordinance it will
also be used for the purchase of
lands for park purposes.
Mayor Rayburn stated that the
council expects to use the major
portion of that money for the con-
struction of a swimming pool to be
located on land adjacent to the
City Hall. It is hoped by officials
that the pool will be completed
before the summer is out. The
See BELLAIRE CLEARS
Page 4, Col. 6
western Auto Stores
WORK UNDERWAY—Work began yesterday
on the addition of a second story to two Village Shop-
ping center buildings, it was announced by the
Olcon brothers, John and A. E., developers and own-
ers of the center. What the completed project will
look like can be seen in the architect’s drawing above.
The work calls for the construction of second story
units over the present buildings in the 6100 block of
Kirby Drive, left, and the 2500 block of Amherst,
right above. The project is scheduled to cost $200,-
000 the Olson brothers stated. When the work is
complete 30,000 square feet of office and store space
will have been added to the buildings. The new
addition will be air-conditioned and will have ele-
vator service. John Olson said late Tuesday that they
expect to have some of the work completed in 30
days. The installation of the elevator will probably
increase the time it will take for the completion of
the project, he added. Some of the additional space
has already been spoken for, it was revealed. William
Keenan, owner of the Keenan’s furniture store, has
already contracted for about 50 per cent of the Am-
herst addition. The Olson brothers also announced
that they will install their offices in the new space.
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Murphy, John H.; Daniels, A. Pat & Farley, James L. The Citizen (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 32, Ed. 1 Wednesday, February 11, 1948, newspaper, February 11, 1948; Houston, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth566238/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.