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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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HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR
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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HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR
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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HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR
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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HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR
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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DID YOU KNOW

| March 1, 2013
DID YOU KNOW

At least two movies have been filmed in the Cypress area — one in 1994, the other one in 1999. (Are there others? Let me know!) The 1994 movie was The Chase with Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson. It was filmed on the newly completed, unopened stretches of the Hardy Tollway and a stretch of […]

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Do You Remember, Grandma’s Lye Soap

| February 1, 2013
Do You Remember, Grandma’s Lye Soap

By Jane Ledbetter Trying to keep bodies and homes clean has been a problem through the ages.  History tells us that as far back as 2800 BC in ancient Babylon people were working hard to produce a soap to help with cleanliness. A soap formula consisting of water, alkali, and cassia oil was written on […]

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Historically Cy-Fair – EARLY AMERICAN FICTION

| January 1, 2013
Historically Cy-Fair – EARLY AMERICAN FICTION

Owing to an increased literacy rate in America around the time of the Civil War, there was a great call for reading material among the general populace, particularly young, working-class audiences. Many writers and publishers rose to the challenge with a new genre called the “dime novel.” The term originated with a dime novel series […]

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Historically Cy-Fair – THE ONE-MAN BAND

| December 1, 2012
Historically Cy-Fair – THE ONE-MAN BAND

By Jane Ledbetter A one-man band? How can that be?  When we think of a band, we automatically think of a group of musicians playing different  instruments together on a stage or in a band hall. However, there is an instrument known as the “accordion” that is sometimes called a one-man band because it needs […]

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Historically Cy-Fair – MORE THOUGHTS ABOUT QUILTS AND QUILTING

| November 1, 2012
Historically Cy-Fair – MORE THOUGHTS ABOUT QUILTS AND QUILTING

By Jane Ledbetter Last month we began talking about quilts and quilting in American homes, particularly as labors of love and ways to express artistic yens and even patriotism. Although many quilts today are still made for practical purposes, many are also made because people love the craft itself. Oftentimes they also enjoy the friendship […]

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Historically Cy-Fair – RED, WHITE AND BLUE, DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, AND… QUILTS!

| October 1, 2012
Historically Cy-Fair – RED, WHITE AND BLUE, DONKEYS AND ELEPHANTS, AND… QUILTS!

By Jane Ledbetter Women in America have been quilting a long time. Their quilts have, through the years, added art and color in their homes whether they were humble, dark abodes or bright, cheery mansions. Quilts were, and still are, labors of love; the choice of colors and design give women an avenue to express […]

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Historically Cy-Fair ONE DAY IN FIRST GRADE, SEPTEMBER 1942

| September 1, 2012
Historically Cy-Fair ONE DAY IN FIRST GRADE, SEPTEMBER 1942

By Jane Ledbetter It was in the fall of 1942; school had been in session for a short while, having started the day after Labor Day. The children in Cypress Elementary School were just getting used to the school routine. My friend, Beverly (Smith) Schawe, a first grader at the time, remembers this particular day […]

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Historically Cy-Fair THE ORIGINAL “FAST FOOD”

| August 1, 2012
Historically Cy-Fair THE ORIGINAL “FAST FOOD”

In this day of fast food restaurants on nearly every street corner in Cypress, the question is sometimes asked, “What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?” For the people who grew up here before the 1950s, there was no such thing as “fast food” as we know it today. Most meals […]

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Historically Cy-Fair RODEO: A FAMILY AFFAIR

| July 1, 2012
Historically Cy-Fair RODEO: A FAMILY AFFAIR

By Jane Ledbetter Historically speaking, the job of schools in our society has always been to prepare children to live productive and happy lives as they look forward to better days through better ways.  As the Cypress-Fairbanks School District grew from the early one-room school buildings in the 1800s to more students, more faculty and […]

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WITH THIS RING I THEE WED…

| June 1, 2012
WITH THIS RING I THEE WED…

During the month of June many brides and grooms exchange rings in their wedding ceremonies as symbols of the love and devotion they feel for each other and the endlessness of their love.  An unknown author told a story many years ago about a king in a far away country who was married to a […]

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MEMORIES OF NEAL’S STORE IN CYPRESS

| May 1, 2012
MEMORIES OF NEAL’S STORE IN CYPRESS

By Jane Ledbetter My good friend, Beverly (Smith) Schawe, and I enjoy sharing memories of “the way Cypress was” when we were growing up. The memories written here are some of Bev’s recollections dating from around 1940. Bev’s mother worked in Neal’s Store in Cypress for several years. Bev was often with her mother in […]

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Here a Chick, There a Chick…

| April 1, 2012
Here a Chick, There a Chick…

By Jane Ledbetter The lives of Cypress settlers in the mid-to-late 1800s and early 1900s could be greatly enhanced by having a good-sized flock of chickens on the farm. Fried or scrambled eggs with bacon, sausage or ham was a real treat for breakfast; certainly a platter of fried chicken or chicken and dumplings would […]

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FOLK DANCING: A TRUE TEXAS ART FORM

| March 1, 2012
FOLK DANCING: A TRUE TEXAS ART FORM

By Jane Ledbetter In Texas in the middle to late 1800s, building churches and dance halls were often the first steps in settling the wide open frontiers. The Cypress Gun & Rifle Club (known more familiarly as Tin Hall) is an example of one of those early dance halls. Originally built in 1878, it was […]

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