The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan (Bellaire, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 41, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 17, 1973 Page: 2 of 32
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THE BELLAIRE TEXAN
Along about this time of year
19 years ago 1 sat down to plan
the very first issue of the Bel-
laire Texan. This was brought
back to me because I cleaned out
my desk to make it easier to
carry down the hall to a new of-
fice and ran across a copy of
Vol. I, No. 1 - the firstissue -
of the Texan. What made me
chuckle was a story on Page 1
about school bussing.
The headline read "Sing On,
School Bus Riders!’’ The story
detailed the efforts of Mrs.
Patty Gage, bus driver and wife
of then Bellaire Recreation
Dept, head Dick Gage, to quiet
down her children as she drove
them to Horn, Condit and Holy
Ghost elementary schools.
She got them to sing and blow
whistles, which produced a sound
of bedlam as the bustrundled
through Bellaire. Patty had one
problem she called upon par-
ents to help solve: "Parents could
help by having their children rea-
dy when the bus drive up, and
by asking their children NOT to
eat their lunches on boarding the
bus." Bellaire was sort of out
on the prairie then, plenty of
wide open spaces and huge drain-
age ditchesa all over, and the
school bus was used extensively.
* * * *
The lead story was about a
sewer bond issue of $200,000
up for voter ratification. This
was the first shot fired in what
turned out to be a multi-million
dollar program of bond issues
over the years to correct sew-
age disposal and drainage prob-
lems. And, these programs are
still going on, through that of
drainage in Bellaire has bee all
but solved. STill abad spot or
Another front page story
concerned the lack of sidewalks
and what to do about this. The
citizenry was urged to strike
out on their own: "If a neigh-
borhood wants a sidewalk, the
residents can agree among
themselves, get specifications
from the city, and contact any
contractor they desire. Both
sides of a block do not have
to sign up.” Lots of our side-
walks installed in this way.
Bellaire was in the throes of
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Cleans on the
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• Master Charge
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• Shopper's Charge
Wednesday, January 17, 1973
a tremendous residential
building boom then - some
3,000 houses in three years
were built - but no sidewalsk.
Builders figured we were too
far out in the country for such.
Two photographs were in that
first issue. On the front page
was one, showing TrinaMeredith,
Conrad Nealand Ann Stephenson
sitting on a pile of lumber wait-
ing for Bellaire High School to
be built. The school, planned for
2500 students was to open in
September, 1955. The school
harldy ever had less than 3,000
to 3,500 students, and became one
of the outstanding schools in the
state and, academically, the
nation. TTie other photo showec
R. H. Manning, Charles H. (Red)
Nelius and V. R, Hoffman kneel-
ing beside two giant fist - 211
and 189 lb warsaws - plus a
17 1/2 lb red snapper pulled
from the Gulf. Another story of
note concerned a rusty No. 2
washtub used to scoop up money
on “Air Conditioning Day” Sun-
day, Feb. 7 from the Bellaire
Baptist congregation. They coll-
ected more than $4,000. Even
inthose days they were trying to
cool off the Baptists. More about
this first edition later.
Bellaire C of C
schedule London trip
A low cost charter trip to Lon-
don, designed with the business-
man in mind, has been scheduled
by the Greater Bellaire Chamber
of Commerce for its members.
The upcoming trip , scheduled
to depart from Houston October
14, 1973, and return to Houston
October 22nd, will include the
direct, roundtrip jet airfare from
Houston to London, arrival and
departure transfers from airport
to hotel and return, baggage hand-
ling and tips, hotel accommoda-
tions for seven nights at a first-
class hotel with private bath.
THE BELUIRE TEXAN
PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY by
PRESTON PUBLISHING CO.
6622 Ferris Houston, Tx. 77036
P.O Box 999 Bellaire, Tx. 77401
City of Bellaire
Second Class mail privileges authorized at
Subscription S3. OO to S5.00aYeor
Advertising Rates Upon Request
V. M. Preston Publisher
Odell freston Managing Director
Bill Wilson Adv. Manager
Terri lee Pettigrew News Editor
Any erroneous reflection upon the character
or reputation of any person, firm or corporation
which may appear in the columns of the Bellaire
TEXAN will glodly be corrected when brought
to the attention of the publisher.
full-course breakfasts daily, a
halfday guided sightseeing tour of
London, and a tour representative
from arrival to departure to help
with other sightseeing and en-
tertainment desires ... all of
this for less than the cost of a
week’s vacation much closer to
home at a much less glamorous
spot. The $349 per person price
( subject to confirmation) is open
to all Bellaire Chamber of Com-
merce members and their fami-
lies, and is less than the cost
of airfare alone on a regular
This one week trip is an ex-
cellent opportunity tor the busi-
nessman and his family, who can-
not afford to leave the business
for more than a week, to see
England, where the attractions
are almost endless.
For further information, con-
tact either the Bellaire Chamber
to Commerce office, or the Es-
ther Grossberg Travel, Inc. 666-
1761. Reservations are limited.
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McKinney, Don & Pettigrew, Terrilee. The Bellaire & Southwestern Texan (Bellaire, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 41, Ed. 1 Wednesday, January 17, 1973, newspaper, January 17, 1973; Bellaire, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth567572/m1/2/: accessed January 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bellaire Friends Library & Historical Society.