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Picking Cotton: A Family Affair

| August 1, 2015
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> Picking Cotton: A Family Affair

By Fred Collins August is generally our hottest month. It was also the beginning of the cotton picking season for small family farms in Texas. In many areas of the state, school would not start until most of the cotton was picked because it was a family affair. In some years, school wouldn’t start until […]

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The Story of the Original Cypress Top Well

| July 1, 2015
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> The Story of the Original Cypress Top Well

As recalled by Fred Collins from an oral description by Gene Zaboroski In the earliest photos of the Juergen Store at Cypress Top — from about 1907 — a windmill is visible behind and to the east of the store. This mill sat on top of a hand-dug well that was lined with bricks, according to […]

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The Old Humble Service Station in Cypress Top Park

| June 1, 2015
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> The Old Humble Service Station in Cypress Top Park

Humble Oil, which is known today as ExxonMobil, was building franchise service stations across America as the new mobile population boomed. Soon after 1952, Humble realized that its brick-and-mortar service stations might be built on a highway that would become obsolete. It designed a modern modular structure that could more easily be moved. The service […]

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Shearing Sheep in Old Cypress

| May 1, 2015
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> Shearing Sheep in Old Cypress

By the 1930s, most farmers in the Cypress area were German descendants who were second- and third-generation Texans. They or their parents had once made a living growing cotton. The Great Depression and its poor cotton market caused them to look for other ways to make a living. Since they owned their land and intended […]

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It Happened in 1856

| April 1, 2015
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> It Happened in 1856

The year 1856 was an interesting one. A History of the Railroads of Texas by S.G. Reed reports the commenced by Sept. 20, 1856, although newspaper reports mention July or earlier. The year is mentioned in an interesting account of early Texas: Tall Men with Long Rifles, the story of Creed Taylor’s role in the […]

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The Ides of March

| March 1, 2015
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> The Ides of March

The Ides of March was a term for mid-month on the Roman calendar, which was a lunar calendar, based on moon sequences.

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Snow and Valentine’s Day

| February 1, 2015
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> Snow and Valentine’s Day

Valentine ’s Day was always fun at school. We got candy and those silly little Valentine cards that made …

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A Recap of Cypress History

| January 1, 2015
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> A Recap of Cypress History

In the files of the Cypress Top Historical Park Collection is a copy of a 1910 Abstract for the purchase of land by E.F. Juergen. That land is now

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The Christmas Tree Tradition

| December 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> The Christmas Tree Tradition

Many people consider Super Bowl Sunday the biggest unofficial holiday in the nation. But during my lifetime, a . . .

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Opening Day of Deer Season

| November 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> Opening Day of Deer Season

Many people consider Super Bowl Sunday the biggest unofficial holiday in the nation. But during my lifetime, a . . .

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“Going the Way of the Buggy Whip”

| October 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> “Going the Way of the Buggy Whip”

Most senior citizens recall this phrase readily. It refers to the fact that cars replaced horses and hence there was no more need for buggy whips among the general populace.

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Yellow Fever in Cypress

| September 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> Yellow Fever in Cypress

The outbreak of Yellow Fever caused losses greater than the Chicago Fire, The San Francisco Earthquake and the Johnstown Flood combined.

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It’s Hurricane Season

| August 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> It’s Hurricane Season

Most Texans know that Galveston was devastated by the worst natural disaster in U.S. history with the Storm of 1900. Adjusted to today’s …

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A July Anniversary for the Railroad

| July 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> A July Anniversary for the Railroad

Meeting people at the train station was a common pastime and a good excuse for a photo of a friend.

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The Making of an American Brand

| June 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> The Making of an American Brand

These two pieces of paper tell a significant story of how business was conducted in that era. By Fred Collins Carhartt is a well-known brand of clothing worn at construction sites, in the oil patch, and on most farms and ranches. It is considered the best work wear for people that make living outdoors. The […]

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Traditional May Celebrations

| May 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> Traditional May Celebrations

A decorated car from a parade to celebrate spring in the early 20th century. By Fred Collins May Day was celebrated by some early European settlers in the Americas. It was Celtic and pagan in origin but morphed into a popular spring celebration in the United States by the 19th century. According to Wikipedia, some […]

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April 21 is San Jacinto Day

| April 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> April 21 is San Jacinto Day

By Fred Collins W hen I was a kid, April 21 was a statewide holiday and a chance to be off from school about the time spring fever was hitting hard. However, my seventh-grade Texas history teacher made an impression on me and I have always revered this day. As one learns the full story […]

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Sam Houston’s Cypress Connection

| March 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> Sam Houston’s Cypress Connection

, By Fred Collins Beginning as early as 1820, Texas has been the darling of land speculators. Many of Texas’ iconic figures were heavily involved in that popular Texas activity. Jim Bowie refused to follow Sam Houston’s order to destroy and retreat from the Alamo likely because he held more than a million acres of […]

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Valentines Speak of Love in any Language

| February 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> Valentines Speak of Love in any Language

Whatever Its Origins May Have Been, Feb. 14 Has Become The Day For Exchanging Love Messages

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CYPRESS AND THE CYPRESS TREES

| January 1, 2014
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> CYPRESS AND THE CYPRESS TREES

By Jane Ledbetter The question is often asked: “How did the town of Cypress get its name? Was it because of Cypress trees growing here?” That question has yet to be answered. We know there were Cypress trees along the bayous and creeks in the Houston area, but the name “Cypress” was in existence when […]

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