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  1. That land was part of the S.W. Allen Survey of 2404 acres. The subdivision is called Pine Forest Annex and it looks from the Harris County Block books that your lot was lot 4 of Pine Forest Annex, with the address 5215 Brinkman. The owners of that land at the time the subdivision was platted were named George Elbert Castiller and M.F. James. The street Sue Marie was named for George Castiller's daughter, Susan Marie Castiller. George's wife was named Jean Marie Bulter Castiller. Pinemont used to be called Pearson Street. Was it called that when you were growing up? BTW...the empty lot is actually 3 separate properties running north-south. Two are owned by the same person.
  2. If you could, describe what you remember of you neighborhood at that time. Were there still farms around there? What stores did you shop at? Were their still some forest in the area? etc.
  3. Kizette's obit from the Chonicle. Marie Foxhall IS Kizette Paper: Houston Chronicle Date: Sunday 05/06/2001 Section: Unknown Page: Edition: MARIE C. (KIZETTE) MARIE C. (KIZETTE) de LEMPICKA FOXHALL, of Polish decent, born in St. Petersburg, Russia on September 16, 1918 to Tadeusz Lempicka and Tamara Gorska Lempicka and a long time Houston resident, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2001 at Regency Park in Houston, Texas. She attended school in Lausanne, Paris and London, as well as at Oxford and received her Master's degree in Political Science at Stanford University where she met and married the dashing Texan geologist also attending Stanford, Harold (Foxy) Foxhall. After a brief residence in Washington D.C., where Foxy served aerial intelligence during the war, the young couple moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where Foxy as State Geologist. They had many friends and jolly parties at their beloved Virginia Beach. Their daughters, Victoria and Christie (Cha), were born in Little Rock then the family came to Houston in 1952 so Harold could work at Dow Chemical. Kizette along with lifelong friends Natasha Rawson, Carmen King, Ellen de Hesse, and Andre Crispin became the core of the "international set" in Houston at that time. They brought a continental flavor to Houston and were among the visionaries who helped build the nascent arts and cultural organizations in the early 50's. Kizette dedicated her party happening expertise to the Alliance Francaise the Annual MFA costume ball, the Ballet Foundation, and various consular functions. She wrote and published the memoirs of her mother the world-renowned Art Deco painter, Tamara de Lempicka, as well as dedicated her life unselfishly to assisting her mother will all her myriad needs as a major art world figure. She was about to commence her own memoirs of childhood and wartime Europe and was excited about her granddaughter's incipient marriage. Kizette and Foxy loved tennis and were founding members of the Houston Racquet Club. She had many friends in Cuernavaca, Mexico where she maintained a summer residence. Kizette was preceded in death by her husband, Foxy. She is survived by her daughters, Victoria Doporto Lempicka and her fianc
  4. According to the archives of the Willow Meadows Civic Association the year Willow Pool was built was 1966. They posted this excerpt from the 1966 meeting minutes in one of their year 2000 newsletters, which is available in PDF format here: Willow Meadows Civic Association Newsletter 1966 Dr. Kaufhold and Mr. Millner presented information about the Willow Pool Corporation. It has leased land across from Willow Park to build a private swimming pool. Membership will be limited to 200 families from the Willow Meadows, Willow Bend, Willow Brook, and South Post Oak subdivisions. The facilities will cost $40,000. The initial fee per family will be $200, and dues will be $50 per year. I don't know how much more history there is
  5. Looking again at the HCAD records, it doesn't appear that Willow Pool Inc. owns that land, only the commercial buildings. Maybe they have a long term lease? It also shows to be in a floodway which I think would prevent anyone from developing that land. Does that area flood regularly?
  6. From deed records the land was purchased by Willow Pool Inc. from the State of Texas in 1978. I'm not familiar with that private pool, but maybe you could call them and ask what the history is: 713.723.7669
  7. Speaking of "when cattle were still running there." The Addicks dam area was well known in the 60s and 70s as being the perfect environment for Psilocybe cubensis mushrooms. You had everything there a magic mushroom might want, readily available growing medium (cow patties) and lots of water and humidity. I used to hear about people going back in there and picking mushrooms by the grocery bag full. Those mushroom people must have been, either fearless or totally unaware that the area was spilling over with special ops, black helicopters, 18 wheelers, Chupacabras, UFO landing pads, snakes, crop circles, and ghosts. Or maybe they were part of the same larger conspiricy. Sounds plausible doesn't it? Can someone check to see if there is an X-file already open on Addicks Dam? Bat boy spotted at Addicks Dam
  8. The aerial photos are in the Texas Room at the Julia Ideson library downtown. You can also look at the TOPO maps for Addicks which shows there were several roads and a house in that area. The TOPO maps also show, what appears to be, those same circles. In the photos and satellite images it always looks like there is water in the smaller circle. That made me also think of a well and a windmill. This is the publication about Addicks Dam archeology. Joe Ben Wheat was well know in archeological circles, so I'm sure he did a good job. The Addicks Dam site I: An archeological survey of the Addicks Dam Basin, southeast Texas (Bulletin) (Unknown Binding) by Joe Ben Wheat (Author)
  9. Here is a 1965 aerial shot of that area. You can see those two circles, but not the cross. The whole area looks like it was scraped clean at that time. I imagine those mounds must have something to do with all the heavy equipment that was pushing dirt around back then. I saw via Google that someone did an archeological survey of Addicks dam relating to evidence of native american occupation. It would be interesting to read that publication. I saw it available from more than one source.
  10. This is from the 1925 annual for the photo above:
  11. Galleria One had two General Cinema theaters, Galleria I & II. When Galleria Two opened it had two more, Galleria III and IV, but they were much smaller.
  12. This was the approximate location of the Poor Farm up until 1921. In 1921 Harris County decided this land was too valuable for a poor farm and sold it for $78,000
  13. Here are all the stores in Galleria I from the 1972 city directory: 1000 Funshop Inc 1100 Gerhart's Isabell Bazaar Shop 1110 Norman Merle Cosmetics 1115 Motherhood Maternity Shops 1120 La Feminique Wig Salon No 63 1130 Fal's Famous Name Shoes No 5 1140 Pick Pocket Inc hand bags 1152 Carva-Riviera Jewelers 1154 River Oaks Flower House 1156 Locksmiths Salon in The Galleria Blair Ginger Cosmetics 1158 Hertel's Barber & Style Salon 1160 Vacant 1170 Pacesetter Club Pacesetter Restaurant 1185 Marlin's Dottie Health Foods 1192 House of Ties 1195 Vacant 1200 Walker's Pat Figure Perfection Intl reducing salon 1210 Southern Fabrics Inc 1220 Branch The gifts 1230 Boudoirs by Joyce Bertam bath accessories 1250 Corrigan Robt E Jewelers Inc 1260 Ice Capades Chalet & Skating School 1270 El Fenix Restaurant 1290 Farrel's Ice Cream Parlour & Restaurant 1310 Coquery The restr 1340 Rich J Sports Ltd attire 1350 Collins Money Tree No 653 1355 Yarn Spinner The Inc 1360 Scullery The cookware 1370 Jeans West clothes 1380 Arts Intl 1385 Nan's Toys 1390 Cinema I Cinema II 1403 Sunshine Co clothing 1407 Sounds 'n Imports music 1410 Matthews Fine Jewelry custom mfrs 1420 Brass Boot shoes 1423 Photo Place Inc That 1433 Farmer Fanny Candy Shop No 716 1435 Piazza's Shoes & Service Inc No 5 1436 Sanborns International Travel 1440 Hickory Farms of Ohio gro store 1450 Sam Houston Book Shop 1460 Disc Records 1470 Gallagher Helen Gifts 1480 Michael I restr 2100 Gerhart Isabell Inc womens clothes 2115 Vacant Vacant 2120 Backstreet Clothing 2130 Thayer McNeil shoes 2140 Lesli Judi clothing 2150 Lugene Inc opticians Dempsey & Carroll Inc stationers & engrs 2155 Page Boy Maternity Shops No 3 2160 Hanover Shoes 2170 Capezio clothing 2180 Tinder Box The tobacco 2181 Shirt Gallery The 2190 See's Candies 2193 Point Venture resort development 2200 Gittings Inc photog 2210 Cross Mark Inc leather mdse 2220 Cuzzen's of Houston mens clo 2230 Bally of Switzerlan Inc clothing 2240 Margo's La Mode ladies clo 2260 Chandler Shoe Store No 4789 2275 Albert's hosiery 2280 Sweeney & Co jwlr 2300 Elaine Shop The clothing 2303 Ming's Jewelry 2305 Key West Hand Print Fashions 2310 Apogee ladies clo 2340 Tiffany & Co jwlry china & crystal 2350 Wayne J Ltd mens clo 2370 Foxmoor (Div of Melville Shoe Corp) 2375 Slax N Stuf No 3 ladies clo 2380 Rauscher Pierce Securities COrp stock exchange 2400 Florsheim Shoe Shops 2410 Leopold Price & Rolle mens clothes 2418 Town & Country Shotes 2420 Next Door clothing 2430 Julies clothing 2440 William Richard mens clo 2450 Victors P-J Botiques mens fashions 2460 Berrytree No 5 cards & gifts 2470 Junior Magic ladies clo 2480 Shoe Gallery The 3100 Sportsman's Gallery 3170 Handmakers inc rep craftsman 3180 Long Meredith Gallery Realty Associates Inc 3194 Flower Children The No 3 3195 Kaufman Marjorie Graphics 3196 Sotherby Parke-Bernet art gallery 3197 Wilds & Cannon Regent Shop antiques 3230 Valdari of Colombia 3240 Bryant Galleries art 3250 Oriental Pearl Gallery import 3253 Stevens Patricia International modeling sch 3255 Galleria The (Ofc) 3270 Children's World clo 3280 Toys International No 2 3330 Sloane W & J Inc furn 3400 Old World The 3404 Old World Antiques The 3405 Pritchard Gallery 3410 Simmons John gifts 3420 Denhome Modern Danish Furniture 3425 Radio Shack 3430 Gene's Tailors Inc 3435 American Express Co.
  14. I found a photo of the new Central High after the fire. It is fairly non-descript compared to what it replaced: After the fire: An Ad from the yearbook:
  15. In case you were wondering what happened to Carter Roberts:
  16. Looks to me, from Live Local maps, that the old P-Farm is now F.M. Law Park and a junior golf course.
  17. I remember the P-Farm very well. I played baseball in the Southeast National Little League and our baseball fields were right across Sims bayou from the P-Farm. There was wooden bridge at the back of the fields which crossed over to the P-Farm. I used to walk down to that bridge to watch the alligator gars and the various type turtles and snakes down in the bayou. This 1882 article from the 1882 Galveston Daily News explains a lot about the original "poor farm" operation. The four acres mentioned had originally belonged to the Brashear family. There is still a Brashear street along Washington avenue: Houston, October 21, 1882 -- To the Honorable Commissioners' Court of Harris county: The undersigned committee appointed by the court to select a site for a county poor-house, work-farm and hospital, and to purchase the same, have a report that they have performed that duty. Quite a number of locations were offered to the committee around and near the city. A personal inspection of the different places was made by the committee, the examination being for the most part made during the rainy weather of September. Opportunity was thus afforded to note the facilities for natural as well as artificial drainage. After a careful examination of all the locations submitted, and a compararison of the places, taking into consideration the cost of improvements, etc, the committeee were of the opinion that the offer of Drs. Stuart, Larendon, and Boyles was the best price and adaptability of the place to the purposes for which it is to be used being considered. This offer embraced four acres and improvements. lately occupied by them for a hospital, and thirty-three acres, lying adjacent thereto and on White Oak bayou, owned by Dr. T.J. Boyles, together with all personal property thereon. The price stated was $9000. Accordingly, on the fifth day of September last, a contract of purchase and sale was consummated, and persuant to this agreement, possession of the property was delivered on the first instant by terms of the agreement of purchase. The contract existing between the county and Drs. Stuart, Larendon, and Boyles was abrogated from and after Octorber 1. Upon taking possession, and inventory of al household effects, furniture, farming implements, stock and other personal property was taken, and is herewith submitted. As will be seen, each item of this property is appraised and the total value is estimated to be $288.80., the original cost being considerably more. The improvements consist of the main building and wing two stories in height, containing twenty-one rooms, besides halls and galleries, a two-story building in the rear of this, about eighty feet in length used for sick wards. Besides these there are two or three small buildings adjacent and a stable and buggy house. THis tract as well as the other, is fenced and in cultivation. There is a good windmill on the place, cisterns, well, etc., and the buildings are supplied with water from the waterworks and connected with the telephone system of the city. The place is located just outside the city limits and is within 200 yards of the Glenwood street car line. On the farm place there is a house containing four rooms, a large barn, a hothouse some thirty feet in length, a cistern, a large elevated iron tank in the field, having a capacity of 610 cubic feet. By means of the windmill this can be supplied with water from the bayou for purposes of irrigation. By building a short dam, a fish pond of about three acres in area and from five to twenty feet in depth can be had on this place. On the farm is a supply of stock and farming implements sufficient for present needs, including a wagon and a large lot of drainage pipe, etc. Some alterations and repairs of the infirmary buildings to hole county convicts sent there, so that the labor may be utilized at once. Some county convicts have already been sent to the farm and ar working satisfactorily. The services of Dr. T.J. Boyles as house surgeon, have been secured until the first day of Janurary next, and an arrangement made by him with the committee giving him the right to use part of the building for the care of his private hospital patients until that time. Beginning with the first of October, the employes of Drs. Stuart, Larendon, and Boyles were continued in their respective positions in the employ of the county until further notice, with the same salaries as heretofore. A competent and experienced market gardener, to supervise the farm work, has been employed. You committee would suggest that if the necessary machinery was purchased, the cost of which would not be great, and cloth, hosiery,etc, necessary for the inmates, and no doubt more could be made and the labor of the female inmates thereby utilized. Pursuant to instructions from the committee, the county clerk has notified all indigent persons now drawing a stipend from the county treasury, that arrangements for their care at the poor-house having been made, such stipends would be discontinued after the present month. It was deemed best to give a month's notice in anticipation of this action of the court, so that no inconvenience should be occasioned them by the sudden stoppage of the allowances. The attention of the court is directed to this matter, as these stipends now amount in the aggregate to $300. Copies of the contract of purchase, etc, are in the hands of the committee, subject to the inspection of the court. C. Anson Jones, County Judge; Frank S. Burke, County Commissioner, Committee
  18. The original "poor farm" for Houston was across from Glenwood Cemetery.
  19. 1836 Marshall 1930 Census image. Thirteen year old Walter is at the bottom:
  20. That coin store was called Astro City Coins. I remember that place. I thought at the time, that the Galleria was an odd choice for a coin store location, but it seemed to work for a number of years. A few other stores that I remembered: Jeans West Rings by Morrow Margo's La Mode - I always throught that was a loopy name Hoffritz Cutlery - I bought a throwing knife there. I may even still have it. Berry Tree - cards Christian Science reading room - I always felt sorry for those people in there because I never saw anyone using it.
  21. Here is a transcript of an article from the Chronicle of Nov 6, 1966: State to Honor Century Old School Center By Louis Hofferbert - Chronicle Reporter For more than a century--almost since the Allen brothers drove stakes and announced they had established a city--one block in downtown Houston has served as the center of the city's educational system. It is the block where, as long as 109 years, one month and 21 days, Houstonians gathered to lay the cornerstone of what was to become the Houston Academy. Through succeeding years and many buildings it was to be known variously as Houston High, Central High, Sam Houston High, and finally the administrative headquarters of the school system. Under its various names and roots it has witnessed history and made history. Its rolls have carried many of Houston's most illustrious names. Its buildings have been ravaged by time and by fire. Its walls have heard the oratory of Ashbel Smith---and of Lyndon Johnson. The colorful and significant background of that block 1300 Capitol, will be recognized Tuesday and 1:30 p.m. when a state historical marker will be dedicated in a ceremony of the Harris County Historical Survey Committee. The Houston Academy was chartered 110 years ago. Mrs. Cornelia Ennis donated the school site and James Stevens, a merchant, willed $5000 for a building. Another $10,000 was raised by popular subscription and construction of the first two-story red brick building began. The cornerstone laying was in September 1857. The Houston Academy was not a public school. It was maintained by tuition charges and subscription. Its first principal was Dr. Ashbel G. Smith, the pepperpot from Connecticut who did not get here in time to wrest Texas from Mexico, but had a hand in almost everything else undertaken by the new republic. Dr. Smith (often referred to as Gen. Smith) became Texas first surgeon-general and held the rank of colonel in the 2nd Texas Infantry during the Civil War. He was the first regent of the University of Texas, a founder of the university's medical school, and held such post as ambassador to England and France. It was from a balcony of the academy that Sam Houston urged Texas in 1860 not to secede from the Union. It was in one of its classrooms that the body of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston lay in state after his death in the battle of Shiloh. Houston's public school system was established in 1878, but the old academy building was so dilapidated classes were held in the Masonic Hall. In 1881 the old structure was renovated and named Clopper Institute, in honor of E.N. Clopper, the city's second superintendant of schools. In 1894 a new Temple of learning was erected. It was an ornate four-story brick building known first as Houston Normal and High school. Later the name was shortened to Houston High, and in 1914 to Central High. This is the school fondly remembered by most "old-time" Houstonians. The building was destroyed by fire in March 1919 and was replaced by the first U-shaped section that now occupies the site. The rebuilt school opened in 1921 with 1485 pupils and 70 teachers. The principal was F. M. Black one of Houston's most beloved school officials, for whom Sam Houston High's famous Black Batallion was named. The school continued to be known as Central High until 1926 when the name changed to Sam Houston High. It carried that name in the early 1930's when Lyndon B. Johnson taught public speaking and debating there. Sam Houston High it remained for 26 years. Although there is a Sam Houston High today, it is not the same school. The downtown Sam Houston High was discontinued in 1952 to make way for the school system's administrative offices. In 1955 a new senior high was built on Irvington and was given the Sam Houston name. Present to take leading parts in the Tuesday ceremony will be Judge Ewing Werlein of the First Court of Civil Appeals, Mrs. Jennie Morrow Decker, granddaughter of Sam Houston; Lester Prokop of the state historical commision, and school Supt. Glenn Fletcher, Harold G. Pyle chairman of the survey commitee will be master of ceremonies, and Frank E. Tritico will introduct the guests. LBJ with his debate team from his time teaching at Sam Houston High You can probably guess what is occupying that block today----A parking lot. I am curious about a few things. When they tore down the old Houston Academy building they found a time capsule in the cornerstone full of things from 1857. When they built the 1894 Houston High they put their own time capsule in the cornerstone along with the contents of the 1857 time capsule. What ever happened to those items? And what happened to the historical marker put on that site in 1966?
  22. This is from a book titled "Texas Under Many Flags" published in 1930: Tobias Sakowitz The career of Tobias Sakowitz, president of the firm of Sakowitz Brothers of Houston, contains all the elements that issustrate a life of self-made manhood. Coming to this country a poor immigrant boy, from the outset of his career he has kept his goal constantly in mind, working industriously and honestly, building up confidence through fair dealing, and making the most of the opportunites which are to be found in his community and the head of the largest store of its kind in the State of Texas. Mr. Sakowitz was born December 25, 1882, at Kiev, Russia and is a son of Louis and Leah (Nathan) Sakowitz, natives of the same place. His father, born in 1851, came to the United States alone in 1884 with a colony of farmers who settled at Dickson, Texas, but soon found that agriculture was not his forte and accordingly established a modest men's clothing business at Galveston, with which he was connected until his death July 30, 1919. He was a man of fine character and an active member of the Jewish orthodox church. Mrs. Sakowitz, who was born in 1855, passed away December 25, 1915. Tobias Sakowitz was six years of age when he and the other children were brought by their mother to the United States to join their father at Galveston, where the youth aquired his education in public schools. From boyhood he had been trained along merchantile lines, and was not yet twenty-one years of age when, August 1,1903, he and his brother, Simon, started a small men's furnishing store at Galveston. Their capital was not large at the outset and they were forced to feel their way carefully for several years, but both were hard working and industrious and possessed the business sense to either grasp opportunities or create them. By the year 1908 their little establishment had grown to pretentious size, and Simon Sakowitz moved to Houston to take over the business formerly conducted by Emile Lipper, this founding the original firm of Sakowitz Brothers. Tobias Sakowitz, however, remained at Galveston, where he conducted the business with success until 1916, at that time coming to Houston. In May, 1917, the firm of Sakowitz Brothers was incorporated, with Tobias Sakowitz as president and Simon Sakowitz, vice president, and these positions they retain today. The Galveston store was disposed of in 1919, and since then the brothers have concentrated their attention and energies on the Houston establishment, which is now the largest men's and boy's exclusive wear store in the State of Texas, handling only high-class merchandise and catering to the best trade. The store is situated at 314 Main Street and is modern in every particular. Mr. Sakowitz has made service his watchword, and his large force of employees have been carefully trained as to courtesy and expeditious care of the interest of the customers. Mr. Sakowitz is a member of Beth Israel concregation, in which he is active, the Independant Order of B'nai B'rith, the Young Men's Hebrew Association, The Houston Club and the Glenbrook Country Club, and is a thirty-second degree Mason and member of the Mystic Shrine. At Galveston Mr. Sakowitz married Miss Tillie Littman, a daughter of Jacob Littman, a native of Germany, and a pioneer clothing merchant of Galveston. She died August 5, 1922, having had two sons, both talented musicians: Bernard a graduate of Fishburne Military Academy and the Wharton School of Business and Finance, at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is assitant director of the University of Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, and a director of the student body publication, the Punch Bowl, and Alexander Hirsch, attending the Horace Mann School, New York City, who is also a musician of parts. Benard was the one who inherited the business and was the father of Lynn and Robert (Bobby).
  23. SImple answer - They over-extended and went bankrupt when they couldn't meet their financial obligations On another note: For one of my "You will always remember where you were when..." stories; I was driving down Westheimer when I heard on the radio that John Lennon had been shot. I pulled into Sakowitz parking lot to listen for futher news, and that is where I was when I heard that John Lennon was dead.
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