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  1. Very cool find! I found this while browsing The Age. magazine dated February 25, 1876. I did not know Mitchell Louis Westheimer had stables.
  2. There has been some confusion about how Buffalo Speedway was named. In the discussion people have brought up the oval track on Westheimer Road and the oval track on Stella Link by the present-day Pershing Middle School. HAIF has figured out the large oval track on Stella Link near Buffalo Speedway was called the Houston Speedway, often times referred to the Bellaire Speedway. Nobody had concrete information about the oval track on Westheimer Road. Everything about the mysterious oval track was from maps and internet articles. I was researching Mitchell Louis Westheimer earlier this week. I was browsing the newspaper The Houston Daily Post dated January 4, 1896 and saw a classified ad by M.L. Westheimer about leasing of a race track. The ad states: Race Track For Lease- I will lease my one-mile regulation race track, three and one-half miles from Houston, to good, responsible parties. Address M.L. Westheimer, Houston. Here's a Bellaire map from 1921. You can see the edge of the city on the far right. The street grid with the rectangle dots that are, presumably, buildings. The oval track is roughly 3-1/2 miles west of the city. I think HAIF has finally figured this out! In the map by the oval track you can see the same rectangle dots and circular red dots. I'd imagine those were buildings (dwellings, stables, barns, shacks, etc.) and then red circles are, presumably, water wells. In 1906, Mitchell's wife posted a classified ad selling the remainder of the 640-Acre Westheimer farm. 88-1/2 acres left over. The ad states: My farm of 88 1/2 acres with dwellings, barns, wells, etc.; suitable for dairy or truck farm. Apply Mrs. M.L. Westheimer, 1501 Texas avenue.
  3. I was browsing the newspaper The Houston Post dated November 15, 1914 and came across an article about an auto accident injury that took place on Sid (Sidney) Westheimer's farm on Clark street. Two were injured. Mrs. C. McDaniel was painfully injured and her husband was severely bruised Saturday evening at 6:30 o'clock when the automobile in which they were riding turned over into a ditch near the Sid Westheimer farm on Clark Street Road. The automobile had just turned out of the gate at the Westheimer farm when the driver lost control. It is thought that Mrs. McDaniel suffered a fractured arm, although Saturday nght it was not known whether it was a sprain or a fracture.
  4. I know Mitchell Westheimer had a 640-acre farm that was located off of Westheimer Road. There are two very famous Houston history websites that contain information about the farm. Tshaonline.org and Heritagesociety.org. https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/westheimer-mitchell-louis Westheimer purchased at auction a 640-acre tract extending from what is now Bellaire Blvd. north beyond what is now Westheimer Road in Houston. The tract became known as the Westheimer Plantation. It featured a large, plantation-style residence on the site of present Lamar High School, stables for the livery, and a racetrack. In the 1860s Houston had no public schools, so Westheimer built a school on his farm, hired a teacher, and allowed area children to attend free. A miller by trade, Westheimer owned a flour mill in Houston, became a hay merchant in the 1850s and 1860s, and built the first streetcar rails in Houston. https://www.heritagesociety.org/westheimer-family When he arrived in Houston he quickly bought up a 640-acre tract that extended from where Holcombe Boulevard is today and north to the present Westheimer Road, bounded by Buffalo Speedway on the east and Fondren on the west. After buying his land, Westheimer built a flourmill and also operated for a time as a hay merchant. I was browsing old newspaper and maps and I found a little more information. From The Houston Post dated January 4, 1896: For Rent or Sale- My farm containing 150 acres, three and one-half miles west of Houston, in good cultivation, on a good road. Parties must furnish their own tams. M.L. Westheimer, No. 1113 San Jacinto Street. City of Houston directory dated 1886: Westheimer, Mitchell L., hay dealer r. and farm 3-1/2 miles w of city, at Westheimer Station. The Houston Post had an article that is dated March 23, 1887: Accidentally killed. At a late hour this evening, Judge Railey held an inquest over the body of Solomon Coleman, a school teacher of this city, who was accidentally killed while hunting on the prairie, near Westheimer Station, five miles west of Houston. The Houston Post had an article that is dated April 3, 1887: Headlight Flashes. All passenger trains entering the city were on time this morning. -- Conductor John Gray of the Texas Western railway has a force of men at work placing ties on the road between this city and Westheimer Station. A Houston map dated in 1895: It shows two parcels of land labeled "1" and "3" that is labeled "Westheimer." The parcels look to be roughly 3 to 5 miles west of the city core. I'm not sure if both of these equals the whole 640-acres. It doesn't look like that much land. Maybe 150 or 200 acres? Seems like half of the farm is missing. Maybe it was left off the map. Closer in, on the left. There was also an oval race track on his farm, or located on his other parcels of land. A map dated 1921 shows an oval track on Westheimer Road near Buffalo Speedway. Race Track For Lease- I will lease my one-mile regulation race track, three and one-half miles from Houston, to good, responsible parties. Address M.L. Westheimer, Houston. I am guessing that whole square parcel of where the race track is located in the 640-acre Westheimer Station Farm. Looks about equal in size to the Texas Medical Center's 500-Acre BioPort campus on Buffalo Speedway.
  5. I was reading the newspaper La Grange Journal dated September 16, 1909 and came across Westheimer wedding article that specified the address of Mitchel Louis Westheimer's wife. It appeared in the Houston Post on Friday. The engagement of one of our prominent young men, Jake Alexander to Miss Carrie Westheimer of Houston. For some time Jake’s friends have been worried over the fact that Jake disappeared every now and then and landed invariable at Houston, but the secret is out now. We reproduced herewith the announcement which appeared in Sunday’s Post: This evening Miss Carrie Westheimer and Jake Alexander will receive their friends at the home of Miss Westheimer’s mother, Mrs. M.L. Westheimer, 1612 Hadley Avenue. Those who will be with them are the mothers of the prospective bridge and groom, Mrs. Westheimer and Mrs. Dora Alexander of LaGrange, Miss Rae Alexander, a sister; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Alexander, Mrs. Hellman being a sister and Mr. Alexander a brother. The prospective bride will have with her cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund J. Westheimer and Mrs. W.E. Gale and her sisters, Misses Aurelia and Mollie Westheimer. Mrs. Westheimer knitting at her home:
  6. I was browsing the newspaper The Houston Post dated November 29, 1909 and came across a business ad for Sid Westheimer Co. Undertakers and Embalmers located at 104 San Jacinto Street - Phones Preston 227. I wonder if there's a photo of the building?
  7. Very cool find from the Houston Public Library Digital Archives. Mitchell Louis Westheimer had so many different businesses! I know of the following companies he started. Westheimer Transfer Company Westheimer Transfer & Storage Company Westheimer Undertaking Company (Possibly written as Westheimer Undertakers and Funeral Directors.) Houston City Stables By M.L. Westheimer Westheimer Undertakers and Funeral Directors, 1217 Prairie at Caroline. Men standing beside Funeral vehicles parked in front of the building. Date: 1905
  8. Found this bit of history on the Rice Digital Scholarship Archives. Dated 1923. Very cool!!
  9. This is one of the Mitchell (Michael) Louis Westheimer's companies. Westheimer storage was founded in the late 1800's. I was doing some research on Mr. Westeimer, he had a lot of companies! I almost bought some antiques on Ebay I stopped by the other day to snap a picture. I wonder if this is the last standing modern-day building of theirs. The family no longer owns it. The family sold the company some 50-years ago.
  10. I was browsing an old neighborhood newspaper called Southwestern Times. The issue is dated October 5, 1944. Noticed an add for the infamous Westheimer Storage & Transfer Co. They were advertising their South Main branch located at 6628 South Main St. Very cool find!!
  11. Does anybody know who designed Mirabeau B. Lamar Sr. High School on Westheimer? Who carved the map of the State of Texas abpve the auditorium? Anyone have construction photos or old photos of Lamar?
  12. Does anyone know how this street got its quirky name? I assume the "Buffalo" part is from the bayou. But "Speedway?" What's up with that? Anyone have the history?
  13. I know Mitchell Louis Westheimer owned hundreds, if not thousands of acres of land in the Houston and surrounding areas. From what I gather, his plantation ranch was near the intersection of Westheimer Road and Buffalo Speedway. I believe Mitchell gave HISD the land to build Lamar High School on Westheimer rd. Does any photos, or drawings, of his plantation ranch exist? I'm looking for his historic mansion. While looking at the Houston Public Library Digital Archives I see a historic mansion that housed the business Westheimer Undertaking Company. It was one of Mitchell's many business ventures. Did he and his family also live here? Or was the mansion just an office for Westheimer Undertaking Company? Grand mansion housing the Westheimer Undertaking Company 1929-03-29
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