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  1. Schott's Bakery: Established 1893
  2. I found a history of Bering's on their web site here Bering Hardware History Some of the history sounds a bit apocryphal.
  3. A. Bering and Bro was the name of the company before Bering & Cortes. I'm not sure what year it started but this advertisement is from 1886. I believe that Cortes was the son-in-law of August Bering. Bering Hardware is still run by descendants of August Bering
  4. Settegast-Kopf Funeral Directors have been around by name since 1901, but I doubt that it is still owned and operated by family members.
  5. Did I read on HAIF somewhere that the Roller Coaster at Luna Park was moved to Playland Park when Luna Park closed down?
  6. You need to check again. That article was not from 03/22/08, but from June 23, 1987. If Rhea Robinson just died 3/22/08 she would have been about 107 years old.
  7. This photo isn't very sharp, but it's a lucky one because it caught the building during the brief time when housed the Schott & Colby Druggist establishment. This photo is from 1884. The Stegemann and the Sawyer buildings
  8. I see these types of deed records from time to time and have always wondered about the "other valuable considerations" part. If someone knows please fill me in. 15/21 Japhet Realty Ltd is principally owned by Mike and Zalman Melnik. They had a metal recyling business called HouTex which they sold to another larger company call Metal Management Inc in 1997. This 15/21 Japhet Realty LTD. seems somehow tied to that same deal. How the deal with Methodist and The Jerry and Jewel Mitchell Trust came about I have no clue. Most of the sources were just deed records, but I did look at the Mitchell probate cases for both Hattie Allen Mitchell and Jerry L. Mitchell. The Max Stubenrauch biography came from a book "History of Texas, together with a biographical history of the cities of Houston and Galveston : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named cities, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families. " Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1895, The receipts came from contemporary probate cases. It would make sense that sick or dying people would be using doctors and pharmacist. I already knew something of the history of the Stegemann building and already had that photo. I'm still looking for a front facing photo of the Sawyer Building from a time before the remodeling. The info on when the building was built came from Galveston Daily News for 9/15/1878 which you can search online through the HPL site
  9. I actually followed back to the beginning. In 1838 A.C. Allen sold the entire block to Moseley Baker, one of the participants in the battle of San Jancito. As you probably know that is the block that contained the old Capitol building, which became the Capitol Hotel. The same year, 1838, Moseley Baker sold to Samuel Whiting and the story follows forward from there as above. In 1893 Lewis & Rosenberg sold the lot and building to a man named Jeremiah L. Mitchell. J.L. Mitchell owned a popular jewelry story in Houston for over 50 years. When J.L. Mitchell died in 1920 the lot and building went to his wife Hattie Allen Mitchell. When she died a few years later their son, Jerry Mitchell inherited the building. In 1928 Jerry Mitchell and his wife at the time, Jewel Mitchell formed a trust and all their property, including 506 main went into the trust. Jerry and Jewel Mitchell were divorced and later Jerry Mitchell married again and formed another Trust. That trust left most of the estate to the Methodist Hospital. That building was tied up in those two trust until 1998 when it was sold by the trust to 15/21 Japhet Realty Ltd for $10 and other valuable considerations.
  10. I found this article from 1894 interesting. When they were removing the cornerstone of the old high school building they found a time capsule from 1857. It says when they lay the cornerstone for the new building they will put the documents back.
  11. Bracey's Block Books are also a good place to find names on the property, but it would have to be from before the 1950s to use those. You can also request those books at the front desk of the Texas Room. Once you have a name from the block books, you can trace back through the deed records either forward to now or back to the beginning. Tracing deed records can be a bit complicated if you've never done it, but the folks at Harris County are very helpful. What is the neighborhood?
  12. I know just what you mean. Last time I was there one of the "patrons" was getting very belligerent just because the staff asked him to sign in. He was raising his voice and waving his arms. Things came close to getting out of hand. He didn't think he should have to sign in just to go read a magazine (eventhough they don't really have magazines in there).
  13. I just realized that in my aerial photo the neighborhood IS Forest Pines so 1969 must be right. I was surprised to see so many houses from what I had heard. My theory is that Rosslyn probably never had much in the way of any services such as water, gas, sewer until much later than 1909. People snapped up those lots at $10.00 a lot, usually in multiples since they were 25'X125', but I never saw any of the people who bought the lots living in that area in the census. It looks to me from the HCAD records that there are several investors holding onto much of that land. I wouldn't be surprised to see it re-developed again soon. It also appeared from earlier maps that Acorn was the original Mangum road.
  14. I found an ariel photo of Rosslyn. I'm not sure what year this was because the map said 1969 and that can't be right because by then Forest Pines would have been on the spot where the few developed streets of Rosslyn are in this photo. Someone I know who grew up in that area told me that was a poor and rough neighborhood and that most of the people who lived there were employed by the Acme brick works which can be seen just to the NE. I don't think I need to outline the subdivision because the boundries look pretty clear in the photo
  15. You just reminded me that the place was full of bugs. There were only a few buildings, one for the pool and another bathroom down by the lake, that were made of cinderblock. I remember lots of daddy-long-legs spiders and those big red ants and, like you said, the horseflies
  16. I spent a lot of time there as a kid. It was quite a hike from our house in East End to get there, or at least it seemed so back then, but it was a pleasant drive. We would go up Telephone Road to 518 and cut over from there. Once you got past Hobby it was all very rural. I think the official name for the place was SERA which stood for Shell Employees Recreation Area, but we called it Shellwood too. The employee picnics were always catered by Lennox Bar-b-que (yum). I learned to swim in that pool. We would fish in that lake, but never caught anything but small perch. I was really more fascinated by the creek or bayou which had lots of turtles, snakes and alligator gars in it.
  17. I'm not sure how well this is going to show up, but this is one of my favorite maps of that area. Rosslyn is on this map, but it didn't exist yet when this map was drawn.
  18. You are still confusing place names with subdivisions. I think what made Rosslyn a place name was putting the name "Rosslyn" in road names, even though the roads themselves preceded the subdivision. North Houston-Rosslyn Road was actually built in 1891 (at least the portion around Rosslyn) . Rosslyn wasn't platted until 1909. You need to go back a bit further in time to get some more perspective. Rosslyn was first called "Vollmer" because that was the name of the post office in the area, again another place name. The area was more commonly known as White Oak. None of the German farmers who populated that area at the time ever said they were from Rosslyn. They said they were from White Oak. Why don't you lament and rail against the fact that people don't still call the area White Oak? It's because you have maps from the 1950s instead of maps from the 1890's. Fairbanks was originally called Gum Island. Do you think people had arguments about whether Gum Island ever exisited? Do you see the Mangum Manor Park in the map you posted? That was the location of the White Oak Schutzen Verein. The shootiing and social club of the White Oak German community in the area. Did you notice that the place name Rosslyn on your map is about 1/2 mile away from the subdivision and that the map makers chose to put the Enco sign on top of the subdivision? This map looks to be from the 60s because Forest Pines is already on the map. You can see from this map the place name of Vollmer, which looks to be located at the White Oak Schutzen Verein or else at the Lutheran Church. The future location of Rosslyn in James Bays survey is just to the west. You can see on the map the Mangum-White Oak-Acorn-North Houston Rosslyn Road was already on this map from the turn of the 19th century.
  19. I think this is just a matter of semantics. Of course there was a subdivision of land created called Rosslyn. I posted the plat map and showed the location. To me the spirit of the discussion is about failed subdivisions. They were platted out on paper, but never really materialized in three dimensions. I will give one last example and then I give up. Here is a facet map of part of the original subdivision of Rosslyn that still exist and then follow that with a satellite photo of what is on that land today. A subdivision of land is one thing, which is, of course real but a bit abstract. A subdivision of streets and houses, cars and driveways is a three dimensional thing and becomes a neighborhood or a community, that is what Rosslyn never became.
  20. You should go down to the deed records office and research the deed record history of Rosslyn. Look under "grantor" James A. Fite starting in 1909. The legal description should say "Rosslyn". There are over 100 blocks and approx 44 lots in each block. I would be curious to know how much of the original subdivision was actually developed, although it seems obvious (to me) from the satellite and the re-platting of the only streets that were ever developed, that nothing really exists of the original subdivision. If you replat the original subdivision you have to file a new plat. This was never done for Rosslyn as far as I can tell. If you replat under a different name then it is a new subdivision. Forest Pines is not Rosslyn.
  21. This is getting silly. I didn't say the place or place name didn't exist or that some people didn't live there. Only that it didn't become what it was platted out to be. If it had, they wouldn't have been replatting on top of it 50 years later. The topic is "Subdivisions the Never Really Became Subdivisions". I think Rosslyn qualifies.
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