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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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THE LEAP IN HOME ENTERTAINMENT: FROM RADIO TO TV

| December 1, 2013
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> THE LEAP IN HOME ENTERTAINMENT:  FROM RADIO TO TV

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 […]

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Pastimes

| November 1, 2013
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> Pastimes

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 […]

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HER NAME WAS IDA

| October 1, 2013
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> HER NAME WAS IDA

By Jane Ledbetter Ida Groschke Grisbee Hoehman spent her whole life in the Bear Creek (Addicks) area of Cypress. She was born there on December 17, 1868 and died there on June 6, 1961 at the age of 92. Ida lived a very busy, productive life even though she was handicapped with a progressive form […]

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THE TRUNK LINE CASE COMPANY

| September 1, 2013
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> THE TRUNK LINE CASE COMPANY

By Jane Ledbetter The natural gas transmission industry was a booming business in Texas in the 1950s. More and more facilities were being built to get gas from newly developed fields to the populous Midwest and the East Coast. Trunkline Gas Company became a major operator in this business and in 1955 built a pipeline/compressor […]

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An Oft-Overlooked Part Of The Educational System

| August 1, 2013
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> An Oft-Overlooked Part Of The Educational System

By Jane Ledbetter One of the strongest beliefs among early American settlers still exists today: the importance of educating our children. This was true in the Cypress area where four to six one- or two-room school houses existed from the late 1800s until the time of the Cypress-Fairbanks consolidation in 1939. From that small beginning […]

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OLD GLORY WAVES

| July 1, 2013
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br> OLD GLORY WAVES

A new flag pole flying the American flag was erected in May at Cypress Top Historic Park (26026 Hempstead Road). Located between the old Dance Hall and Juergen’s Store in the park, the flag is clearly visible from the road in front of the park as well as to visitors in the park. As the […]

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WHERE HAVE ALL THE MILK COWS GONE?

| June 1, 2013
HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR </br>WHERE HAVE ALL THE MILK COWS GONE?

By Jane Ledbetter In the 19th and early 20th centuries, city dwellers as well as farm families kept milk cows, drank fresh milk, and made butter and cheese. As the Houston population grew larger, keeping cows in the city became impossible. People in the outlying areas who had access to pastureland began milking more cows […]

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CYPRESS NATIVE HELPED PROMOTE ORAL HYGIENE

| May 1, 2013
CYPRESS NATIVE HELPED PROMOTE ORAL HYGIENE

By Jane Ledbetter For some reason, even today in this age of modern dentistry, the mere idea of going to the dentist causes some degree of anxiety for a large number of people: Will a cavity be found? Will I have to have a tooth pulled? Thankfully, today there are anesthetics and specialized dental tools […]

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SIT IN YOUR CAR, SEE A MOVIE!

| April 1, 2013
SIT IN YOUR CAR, SEE A MOVIE!

The return of the drive-in movie: The Showboat Drive-in, built in 2006 on Highway 2920 near Hockley. By Jane Ledbetter The idea of sitting in a car in a large outdoor area similar to a parking lot watching movies on a huge screen became a reality on June 6, 1933 in Camden, New Jersey. The […]

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