The Southwest Citizen (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 1, No. 8, Ed. 1 Friday, September 5, 1947 Page: 1 of 22
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SERVING THE RESIDENTS OF HOUSTON'S SOUTHWEST AREA
HOUSTON, TEXAS, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1947
Due in Class
‘RESCUED’ FROM KIRBY CRATER—Charles Fee, above, 2-year-old resident of Southwest
Houston, was found in this cavernous Kirby Drive hole after he had been missing from home for
two days. Motorists who have driven on Kirby Drive theorize that Charles had been wandering
around the valley in which he is pictured, attempting to find his way out. The “incident, of course,
Is exaggerated, but the hole, at Kirby Drive and Sunset, isn’t. Charles is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
W. M. (Bill) Lee, 2439 Bissonnet.—Photo by Ottis Stahl Jr.
Plans Are Made
To Get Tents
For Village Fair
Arrangements to obtain tents in
which exhibits will be held for the
first annual Village Fair were
made at a Wednesday night meet-
ing of the fair committee of John
R. Burkett Post No. 77, American
Region, which is sponsoring the
A motion was also passed at the
meeting to allow any civic organ-
ization, such as volunteer fire de-
partments, or Girl Scouts, to erect
and operate booins at tlieir own
expense during the fair, with pro-
ceeds going to the inidvidual or-
ganization. Earl Burkett of the
arrangements committee will be in
charge of that portion of the fair. |
The fair will be held from Tues- !
day, October 7, through Sunday, i
October 12, under the sponsorship I
of the Legion post with the aid of !
the Village Association.
The possibility of obtaining an j
orchestra to furnish music at the j
fair was discussed, and a commit- j
tee was named to investigate.
Members of the committee pres- j
ent at the meeting Wednesday j
night were Charles Drnek, Wesley
Brown, Grady Smith, Dr. Donald
Taylor, Fred Miller, Jerry Sebasta,
Bill Marshall and Wayne Bennett.
To Name Officers
The Home Demontsratlon Club
of Bellaire will elect new officers
pt its meeting at 10 o’clock next
Thursday morning in the activi-
ties building of the Bellaire Pres-
Miss Frances Punchard, country
home demonstration agent, will
give a demonstration on refinish-
Ing furniture. A covered dish
luncheon will be served at noon.
Mrs. C. C. Moore will be hostess
for the meeting.
Kirby Drive Due to Remain
Haven of Homeless Holes
Kirby Drive, the nemesis of any
car whose owner is daring enough
to attempt to navigate its moun-
tains and mudholes, is destined to
continue as the “hot rod” maker
of Southwest Houston.
Travis Smith, assistant director
of public works for the City of
Houston, told The Citizen this
week that no plans for any sort
of improvements are now sched-
uled for the immediate future.
The reason for the lack of inter-
est on the part of Houston, Mr.
Smith said, is Kirby Drive’s hybrid
location. The street itself is in the
City of Houston, but the property
on the west side of the street is in
West University and the city can-
not assess those owners for Kirby
Drive improvements, Mr. Smith j
Grading or topping? Mr. Smith
indicated that absolutely nothing j
is planned to make Kirby Drive
a more comfortable—or rather, a
less uncomfortable — street on
which to ride. However, where
the city several weeks ago tore up
portions of Kirby Drive to lay
storm sewers, the city will attempt
to repair these defects, he added.
Several residents of both Houston
and West University who are
forced to traverse the rugged ter-
rain have expressed the sentiment
that such a meager effort will be
unnoticed when the general con-
dition of the street continues to
be the answer to a mechanic’s
prayer. And the city’s defects, still
uncorrected, were added several
weeks ago, they notice.
♦council for the work, Mr. Smith
“Then the problem would be up
to the city council,” Mr. Smith
added. “Also, if West University
wer# to bear part of the cost of
improvements something might be
The ultimate goal of the public
works department, Mr. Smith add-
ed, is to pave Kirby Drive from
Bellaire to Westheimer—but that’s
a project for some year in the fu-
Meantime, if members of the
wreck-driving “Hot Rod” Club
want to know the location of a
good practice street, they can just
ask those drivers who are forced
to drive along Kirby Drive be-
tween Rice Blvd. and Sunset.
The only possible way to secure
improvements for the street in the
near future, from the City of
Houston, is for a group of resi-
dents of Houston who will drive
on Kirby Drive to petition the city
Youthful Robert Pender,
Leukemia Victim, Dies
l Robert Pender, of 3918 Coler-^and It wouldn't be long until he
New Makeup Idea
To Greet Readers
The Citizen Magazine supple-
ment this week presents a new
cover makeup: Readers will be
confronted with the familiar visage
of their neighbor, Henry A. Schu-
nacher, "big as life” as repro-
duced by the staff artist.
The John R. Burkett American
Legion Post 77 will be featured
in one of the top stories, giving
a brief history of the post and
some of its immediate aims.
The personality spotlight this
week turns on that colorful pio-
neer of Southside Place, John
Hodge, t. he good “right arm" of
the Associated Press in Houston.
His varied career, highlighted by
his news-gathering ability, makes
Southwest men are defended by
feature writer Mildred Shaw Nel-
son in a research on courtesy in
the area. Plenty of Sir Walter
Raleighs may be found on every
corner of the Village, she pro-
j It's exclusively for and about
j people of the Southwest section
of Greater Houston.
The Southwest, along with Hous-
ton, will pack up its children and
send them off to school beginning
Schools serving the Southwest
all will open on that, date, most
of them expecting an increased
enrollment over last year.
Children of the Southwest go
to Lamar High School, John J.
Pershing Junior High School, West |
University Elementary School,
Roberts Elementary School, Poe j
Elementary School, and Condit
Elementary School in Bellaire.
W. E. Moreland, superintendent
of public schools, said that it is
possible that the West University
Elementary School and Roberts
Elementary School will have such
large enrollments that it will he
necessary to have double sessions.
This cannot be determined, how-
ever, until after school begins,
Mlrabeau B. Lamar, the high
school which serves the South-
west. will open with an expected
enrollment of 1700 students, W. J.
Moyes. principal, announced.
Condit Elementary School In
Bellaire, which Is soon to have a
new addition, will open Its doors
to an expected 400 students, El-
len K. Stearns, principal of the
Principal Clarence Orinan of
Pershing Junior High is expecting
about 2400 students In Pershing
and the West University Elemen-
tary School together. Both of the
schools are located on the same,
ground and together last year they
had a total enrollment of 2200.
Roberts and Poe Elementary
Schools are looking forward to
a slightly larger number of stu-
dents than they had last year.
Roberts school had a little over
700 students at, the end of last
semester, and around 800 are ex-
pected this year.
Poe Elementary is expecting
Most of the schools in the South
LAST LOOK AT PLANS AS GROUND IS BROKEN—The block chairmen who made the enter-
prise possible and West University Place Mayor Ralph B. Lee, the contractors and city couneilmen
took a last look at the plans as ground was broken Wednesday afternoon to begin grading prelimi-
nary to paving of Tennyson from the 3800 through the 4200 block. Mayor Lee and the couneilmen
were at the informal ceremony, in the 3800 block, to express the appreciation of the City of West
University Place for the work done by individual citizens. Complete arrangements for the paving
were made by citizens in the area which is to be paved. Seated in the bulldozer is Councilman C. P^
I,annum, and standing, left to right, are Contractor W. E. Brogan Jr.: Mayor Lee; Block Chairmen
Lee R. Grote, Charles A. Haas, J. I. Branan, C. II. Crouch, W. R. Starke and J. B. Anderson; Coun-
cilman Max Douglass; and Contractor .1. L. Williams.—Photo by Ottis Stahl Jr.
,'/■ i-.: *
PRELIMINARY PAVING WORK STARTS—Excavation work, preliminary to the pouring of
concrete, was started by Holland and Page, general contractors of Austin, on Auden St. between
Rice and University Rlvds. Wednesday morning. The work is being done to fulfill a contract made
between the city of West University Place and Holland and Page last April. This picture was taken
about 300 feet north of University Boulevard facing Pershing Junior High School, which is in the
Auclen Preliminary Paving Work Starts
Roads were closed leading into* When the contract was firsthand Rice Blvd. for a distance of
Auden St. Wednesday because i ma^e by the city, Holland and six blocks.
Holland and Page, Austin contrac- Page were lo Pave Audf f™r" the ! Since that time it has been re-
tors had begun preliminary work i n°rth SldC °‘ Univers‘ty Blvd' t0 vealed that Weslayan St. will be
tors, had begun preliminary work the north side of Rice B1 t. Uni- , TT . ^ J
paved by Harris County, and the
west are prepared to make addl- on Paving Auden St. under a con- ; versity Blvd. from Kirby Drive
tions to their faculties, hut ap-! tract which was signed with the j to Community Drive, Weslayan
pointments will not be definite un-1 city of West University Place last
til school officially opens.
To Meet Today
At Legion Hall
The regular monthly meeting of
the Village Association will be
held at, 4:30 o’clock this afternoon.
Robert Levy, president, has an-
Routine business will be trails
acted, Mr. Levy said.
The meeting will be held at the
Legion Hall, 5505 Kel'.in, in the
Wednesday Auden was being
graded and prepared for the actual
pouring of the concrete.
And later Wednesday work was
i started on University Blvd.
Initial \\ ork
Is Begun On
W. U. Paving
BY ORLAN JONES
An informal ceremony Wednes-
day afternoon started preliminary
paving work in the 3800 block
of Tennyson St.
Tennyson is to be paved from
the 3800 through 4200 block by
Brogan and Williams, general con-
tractors. Approval of the plans and
specifications for the work was
given the contractors by the West
University City Council some time
At a special meeting of the city
council last Friday, Whitt Johnson,
city engineer, was authorized by
the council to give the work or-
der to Brogan and Williams as
soon as the required number of
citizens on the street signed con-
James L. Williams, of Brogan
and Williams, said that enough
signatures were gained in the
3800 and 3900 blocks of Tennyson
to begin work, and enough of
the residents in the other blocks
have either signed or promised
to sign to almost assure paving
through the 4200 block.
Tennyson Is the first street to
be paved under a plan which is
being coordinated throughout the
city by the Citizens Paving Com-
mittee, an organization appointed
by the city council for the pur-
pose of fostering paving action.
Mayor Ralph B. Lee and council-
men Max Douglass and C. P. Lan-
mon were at the ceremony Wed-
nesday representing the city, as
were all the paving chairmen
and assistants of each block in
that area who worked with the
contractors to secure signatures
of the residents.
To assure paving in that sec-
tion, a system was adopted under
which each resident agreed to pay
for paving in front of his house
and signed a contract to that ef-
The work was done by the resi-
dents of the area and the contrac-
“The action of the people on
Tennyson is a perfect example of
what a group working together
can do. Mayor Lee said at the
ceremony. ‘‘These people got to-
gether to get paving on their street
and accomplished it in short or-
to have been paved on Rice Blvd.
failed to sign the contracts and
j paving there will not be done.
When the present work plans of j der.”
Holland and Page are complete, I He added that city officials
Auden will be paved for the two i hope that the success of the work
| blocks between Rice and Universi-
ty Blvds, and University will be
j paved from Kirby to Community
; Work was started on Auden at
DUPLEX SOLD 1 Action was again deferred on
A. Hicks of Tyler, retired con- jthe Pr°P°sed Houek Real‘y Co-
tractor, formerly of Houston who ! rent-housing project at a special about 9 a. m. Wednesday and all
is returning here, has purchased j meeting of the West University j roads leading into the street were
city council last Friday night.
on Tennyson St. will be used
See INITIAL WORK
Page 3, Col. 2
a brick duplex and garage apart-
ment at 1218 Banks from Robert
Neil Pearson for $26,000. Mr.
Hicks will occupy one apartment
of the duplex, each unit of which
has seven rooms. Mr. Pearson is
moving to Shreveport.
; blocked off so that the work could
i be accomplished.
fdge, the 4-year-old victim of
leukemia, died last Friday at his
For the past several months
citizens of West University have
known that the boy’s case was
hopeless. Everyone knew but
young Robert, and he was the
bravest of them all, neighbors say.
He would lie in his bed, where
he had been confined for the last
two months, and speak about the
time when he would be able to go
to school. Then he would talk
about his favorite subject—trains.
could get up. What Robert didn’t
understand, though, was that the
doctors had given him up com-
Robert was stricken with leu-
kemia about last May, and since
then it has been an endless, use-
less fight to save his life.
Transfusions were given to Rob-
ert, sometimes as many as two a
week—all to no avail.
Not long before Robert’s death,
a newspaper appeal for blood
brought many donors to the child’s
bedside, among them another leu-
Often during his sickness, Rob- j kemia victim who had been cured,
ert’s parents would take him to Robert was buried in New Orle-
the train yards—where he could , ans last Saturday,
gee his beloved locomotives. I Survivors include his parents,
It wouldn’t have been Robert's ; Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Pender of West
nature to give ufc even if he had ; University, and his grandmother,
known, neighbors say. Just a week j Mrs. E. F. Pender of New Orleans,
before he died, Robert told his | The Pat H. Foley & Co. Funeral
uncle that the doctor wouldn't | Home was in charge of local ar-
have to come to see him anymore. | rangements.
2 New Housing
Two housing projects totaling In
cost $2,681,333 are planned for the
near future in Southwest Houston,
the builders announced this week.
Work will be started about Dec.
1 by the T. B. Hubbard Construc-
tion Co. on a $1,291,333 apartment
project in Montclair subdivision,
along Law, Drake and Purdue j
Ave., between Weslayan a n d j
Academy. There will be 12 two-
story brick and frame apartment
buildings, each of which are to
have 10 apartments.
Plans for five six-unit brick
apartment houses in the 7000 block
of Academy St., to cost $265,000,
and 75 residences in the Southwest
section, to cost $1,125,000, were
annouheed by Charles R. Olds,
builder. Most of the homes will be
built in Ayrshire Place, Braeburn
Country Club Estates and in a new
section of Riverside Terrace.
Rites Held for Dr. Green
Funeral services for Dr. Charles+tors
Campbell Green, 65, prominent
Houston physician and one-time
city health officer, were held
at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the First
Bishop Clinton ^S. Quin and
Bishop A. Frank Smith officiated
at the services. Burial was in Glen-
wood cemetery, under the direc-
tion of the Geo. H. Lewis and Sons
Doctor Green died at 8 p. m.
Sunday in his home, 5328 Institute.
A native of Selma, Ala., Doctor
Green had been a resident of
Houston for the past 61 years.
It was between the years 1913
and 1917 that Doctor Green was
city health officer. Since 1919 he
had limited his medical activities
to surgery and from 1930 until
1939 he was the chief surgeon for
the Southern Pacific Railroad.
At the time of his death, Doctor
Green was a consulting surgeon,
a professor of clinical surgery of
the Baylor University College of
Medicine in Houston, a member
of the and board of direc-
BRICK HOME SOLD
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Martin have
bought a five-room brick house at
3602 Belfontaine for $15,000 from
the Houston Realty and Building
Co. Mr. Martin is with H. and S.
Mayor Ralph B. Lee, who pre-
sided at the special meeting, said
that action would not be taken on
the question of the Houck Realty
Co. proposal until the matter could
j be given consideration after the
two absent council members, Ma-
jgill Armer and Max Douglas, re-
j turn from their vacations,
j The Houck Realty Co. is asking
| that the zoning restrictions on a
of the Methodist Hospital. J 12-acre tract bordering Bellaire
and a member of the Hermann j givdt on the south, Auden on the
Hospital staff. | easf Riley on the north, and Wes-
He was a member of the Ameri-| layan on the west> be lifted, so
can Board of Surgery, the South-j that the firm can build 80 unit., lllght reached the clim,x ot
Medical Society, and was a .of multiple family dwellings m; hard work to do
! that area to cost an estimated
Harold Decker. 1746 Rice Blvd..
lias been promoted to the vice-
presidency or the Pan American
Production Co. and Pan American
Gas Co., Edd R. Turner, president
of the Pan American firms, has
announced. The promotion was ef-
fective September 1.
Nottingham Kids Present
•Follies’ To Aid Blind
A group of neighborhood
fellow of the American College
Doctor Green received his doc-
tor of medicine degree form Tu-
lane university in 1909. He also
attended Southwestern University
Doctor Green was a member of
the Methodist Church, the Masons,
the Houston Country Club, and
j their share for one of Houston’s
| most deserving charities, the
Lighthouse for the Blind.
J After selecting their program,
I selling their own tickets—the
! tariff was 15 cents for adults and
nickel for other children—and
Under the plan of the realty
company, which is to build the
apartments and rent them. West
University will receive paving,
sewage disposal and utility con-,
nections in that section at no cost ■ rehearsillF- rehearsing and more
to the city. ■ rehearsing, this group of kids pre-
Permission was granted to Bio-
_ . T_ , Anyone who desires to con-
was a past president of the Rotary gan & williams, general contrac- trlbutc to thc Lighthouse for the
Cluh- itors' »« lhe raeetillK 10 "la,e aeal Blind through the "Nottingham
'coat on the 2800 and 2900 block Follies.. cast may send thelr
of Amherst. A previous agtee-i contributions to The Southwest
ment between the contractors and; citUeIli 571, Rirby „rive, Hous-
all of the residents of those two
blocks had been made.
Doctor Green served as a cap-
tain in the Army Medical Corps
in France during World War 1.
SurvivorR include his widow,
Mrs. Amelia Eaglet on Green, of
Houston; a daughter, Mrs. George
Black, of Houston; a son, Charles
Campbell Green Jr., of Midland;
ton 5. Cheeks should be made
out to The Lighthouse for the
Also at the meeting a motion_____
was made and carried that the city j sented the second aunual "Nott-
two brothers, Mac B. and John E. pay up to 25 per cent of the cost i ingham tallies” in the backyard
Green, both of Houston, and five j of paving the side streets of|°f 2421 Nottingham.
Charles j corner lots for the length of the |
I lot throughout the city. J
Campbell Green III, of Houston,
An exact audit of proceeds has
not yet been made, hut proceeds of
kids+last year's presentation, which
were donated to the cancer fund,
The Nottingham Follies this
year consisted of an original play,
"The Bus Ride”; a scene from
Tom Sawyer; several numbers by
the "Rhythm Sisters”; a quiz pro
gram; and an imitation of Carmen
Miranda by 8-year-old Davy John
Thirteen players were included L
the Nottingham Follies. They are
the following; Tommy, Davy and
Jennifer Johnson, all of 2424 Nott
ingham; Benny, Bill and Bobby
Moore, all of 2411 Nottingham;
Nancy Anderson, 2418 Notting
ham; Barbara Sutton, 2405 Nott
ingham; Allan Muller. 2440 Nott
ingham; Marlene McClellan, 2431
Quenby; Ij&ura Ann Lyon, 3321
Calumet? Patty Hofmann, 2417
Nottingham; and Scooter ("My un-
cle is Hubert Roussel”) Roussel.
2421 Nottingham, master of cere
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