Southwestern Times (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 22, 1950 Page: 1 of 36
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PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY FOR THE RESIDENTS OF WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE,
BELLAIRE, SOUTHSIDE PLACE. BRAESWOOD, SOUTHAMPTON.
SOUTHGATE AND ADJACENT AREA.
Volume 6—Number 39
HOUSTON, TEXAS, JUNE 22, 1950
5c a Copy—Subscription $1.50 a Year
Bellaire — City Of Progress — 32 Years Old
First State Bank Of Bellaire To Open
Bellaire’s growth may also be observed in this building, the
First State Bank of Bellaire, which is being completed this week.
The bank, of which L. Goldston is president and C. C. Overton is
executive vice president, will hold open house July 2, opening for
business the following day. Ph#o by Peter Whitney
Post Office Studies
Site Possibilities For
New Village Building
The Village will get a new post
office building sometime in the
near future, but the “where” and
“when” are still completely un-
known, it was disclosed Tuesday
by the Houston Postmaster, Gran-
“We want to stay in or just at
the edge of the center of The Vil-
lage,” Mr. Elder explained, “but
at the same time we want to lo-
cate on a site which will give post
office patrons better parking fa-
cilities than are available at the
present Rice Station.”
Mr. Elder added that “we would
like to be a little farther out on
Rice Boulevard or on some street
not so heavy with traffic as Rice
and University Boulevards are in
Firemen Attend Fire
A story that began with a fire
ended with a much different kind
of fire Saturday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Leland Ueckert of
6310 Auden in Southside Place
were hosts to members of the West
University and Southside Volun-
teer Fire Department at a barbe-
cue in appreciation of the fire-
men’s work in extinguishing a fire
in their garage on February 3.
Haynes Takes Office
As WU Lions’ Leader
Collis P. Haynes of 3609 Cason
was installed as president of the
West University Lions at a char-
ter night meeting Monday in the
Farnham House Restaurant. Mr.
Haynes succeeded James L. Mc-
Pherson of 3725 Plumb.
Other officers, all of whom were
installed by Hiram Brandon, dis-
trict governor-elect from Bay City,
include Art Nason of 2428 Times
Boulevard as first vice president,
Buck R. Lay of 5212 Laurel as
second vice president, Paxton Huff
of 3406 Albans as third vice pres-
ident, William L. McMillan of 2414
University Boulevard as secretary,
Abe B. Greenberg of 3111 Not-
tingham as treasurer, John S.
Keith of 3903 Northwestern as lion
tamer and Paul T. Burton of 4022
Aberdeen Way as tail twister.
Taking office as directors were
A1 Sanders of 2807 Jarrard, Herb
Beckman of 3518 Georgetown, J.
A. Lewellen of 2605 Talbot and
George Bell, Jr. of 3131 Albans.
New Water Well Site
Obtained By Council;
Absentee Vote Begun
Work started this week on the
drilling of a new Bellaire water
well after the city council com-
pleted negotiations for trading
lots. Originally planned for the
northwest corner of Avenue A and
Birch, the well will be located at
the southwest corner of Avenue A
“We traded because the new site
has more trees, making it more
attractive as a playground site,”
Mayor Everal L. West explained.
In other business of the week,
City Clerk Burgess Pool announc-
ed that July 4 will be the last day
for absentee voting in advance of
the July 8 municipal election.
At its Wednesday night meet-
ing the council also named Harry
H. Hedges, Jr. of 4433 Verone to
fill the vacancy on the park board
occasioned by the resignation of R.
O. Allison, who is moving to Fort
WU Methodist To Add New Buildings
When construction plans are completed by the West University Methodist Church, the new and
old buildings will form a combination like the one pictured above. Tentative plans submitted recently
have been approved by the church’s board of stewards. The new sanctuary, to seat 644 persons, is pic-
tured at the lower left. The building at lower right is already in existence. Shown in the background
portion of the drawing, two wings will be added to provide additional Sunday School classrooms.
West University Methodist Board Of Stewards
Approves Architect’s Construction Plans
Architectural plans for a new
sanctuary and additional educa-
tional building at the West Uni-
versity Methodist Church have
been approved by the church’s
board of stewards, R. J. Eubank,
chairman of the building commit-
Plans were submitted recently
by the Goering and Reichert firm.
The planned expansion program
will provide for a new sanctuary
to seat 644 persons and will in-
clude a spacious choir loft and
a well appointed chancel. Accord-
ing to Rev. Karl O. Bayer, church
pastor, these features will provide
a beautiful setting for services,
baptisms, weddings and other
The new sanctuary will relieve
over - crowded conditions which
I have existed with a seating capac-
ity of only 200. A novel feature
of the sanctuary will be a sound-
proof, glass “cry room,” where
people caring for children may en-
Mrs. Santa Needs
Old Toys, Dolls
If your youngsters have toys
or dolls that they no longer
need, there is a little lady in
the Southwestern section who
wants the cast-aways.
She is Mrs. L. F. Patterson,
better known to thousands as
Mrs. Santa Claus, who works
all year at repairing and re-
painting so that less fortunate
children will have Christmas
gifts. Mrs. Patterson lives at
4018 Dumbarton. Her telephone
number is MAdison 5450.
Building, Business Boom And Strife Marked
Continued Growth During Past 12 Months
Despite organized heckling, initial political unrest, and
a threat of annexation to Houston which misfired, the City
of Bellaire has come through a mighty year with flying
A total of 36,840 feet of new sanitary sewers were laid
during the year, of which the city installed 17,740 feet and
contractors installed 22,100. New storm sewers constructed
during the 12-month period
totaled 14,160 feet, with the
city laying 9,860 feet and con-
tractors laying 4,300.
Add to these some 8,349 feet of
city-installed water mains, 16,750
feet of contractor - laid water
mains, 11,100 feet of city-paved
streets and 18,750 feet of con-
tractor-paved ones and you have
a pretty good start at understand-
ing what has been done.
But that’s not all. Bellaire will
add another 1,950 feet of storm
sewers and 20,083 feet of pave-
ment, now in process or under
contract, within the next 90 days.
Developers are expected to add a
lot of improvements during the
next three months, including
17,400 feet of sanitary sewers,
5,000 feet of storm sewers, 21,000
feet of water mains and 21,850
feet of pavement.
And those figures don’t include
such improvements as the drilling
of a $50,000 water well on South
Avenue A and the establishing of
a playground on the same site.
But to gain an understanding
of the past year’s accomplish-
ments, perhaps the best thing
would be to study the history of
Bellaire since June 22 of 1949.
Bellaire’s 32nd year of operation
as an incorporated municipality
started with the appointment of
Burgess Pool as city clerk after
several weeks of his familiariza-
tion with city hall routine. The
same week, the city council voted
to extend water mains north on
Post Oak Road almost to the S.
A. & A. P. railroad tracks.
The following week, on July 1,
the $112,287 sewage disposal plant
was opened, although it did not
get into full operation for some
First big news of the year was
the election of John T. Scott as
mayor in a close and hard-fought
battle. Mr. Scott was victor by a
narrow margin over William T.
Burks. James E. Hatch and E. E.
Brown were re-elected to council
posts. The other three men elected
to the council were Everal L.
West, former Mayor W. C. Gardi-
ner and Jack Lawler.
July was a busy month in gen-
eral for the city. One of the most
important events was the organ-
ization of the Bellaire Chamber
of Commerce, with Leon Rosner,
postmaster, as president. Another
event near the close of the month
was the topping of Avenue A.
But perhaps the occurrence
which prefaced some of the largest
public meetings in the city’s his-
tory was the presentation of a
proposed master zoning ordinance
to the city council by the planning
The new council had only two
weeks of smooth sailing in store.
Inaugurated on August 4, the mu-
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joy the services by means of a pub-
lic address system.
Another interesting feature
planned is a landscaped patio,
completely surrounded by build-
ings, which will provide privacy
and an excellent spot for serving
meals outdoors. There will also be
13 new classrooms which will give
more space for Sunday School
classes and will enable the church
to expand its already active com-
munity relations program.
A much needed Fellowship Hall
will also be available when the
construction i3 complete. A mod-
ern stage will be built into the
hall and will enable amateur the-
atrical groups of the congregation
and community to present varied
forms of entertainment. A com-
pletely appointed kitchen and pan-
try will be located behind the hall.
The plans also call for a pastor’s
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Brackman, Irvin H. Southwestern Times (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 39, Ed. 1 Thursday, June 22, 1950, newspaper, June 22, 1950; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth576654/m1/1/: accessed December 13, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bellaire Friends Library & Historical Society.