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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Meeting people at the train station was a common pastime and a good excuse for a photo of a friend.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
, 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 […]
Whatever Its Origins May Have Been, Feb. 14 Has Become The Day For Exchanging Love Messages
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 […]
By Jane Ledbetter Radio used to be the thing that brought the world to the people. The whole family would sit around the radio and listen to President Roosevelt’s “Fire Side Chats” or get the morning farm news and weather forecast first hand from Dewey Compton. There was nothing to see; the people listened and […]
The dictionary defines the word “pastime” as a way of spending time pleasantly: anything done for recreation or diversion. There are many different pastimes, such as gardening, hunting, fishing, and reading. Reading may be the most widespread pastime because it is easy to do and can be done in almost any setting. Quite a few […]