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HISTORICALLY CY-FAIR – E.F. Juergen, A Man with Many Hats

| June 1, 2017

E.F. and Mary Juergen with children circa 1912;

E.F. and Mary Juergen with children circa 1912;

The land, buildings and furnishings that make up Cypress Top Historic Park were once owned and operated by E.F. Juergen. He was “Mr. Cypress.”

E.F. Juergen was born in 1871 and by 1895 had constructed a general merchandise store in Waller for Ed Weygand, Sr. Ever the enterpriser, he married Weygand’s daughter in December. They had a child the following September. In 1897 he moved to Cypress where he purchased a store with a residence/boarding house and a saloon. But he was only getting started.

In 1898 he became postmaster of Cypress Top, a position he continued to hold until his death. A Dec. 4, 1899 newspaper article reported Deputy Sherriff Juergen was wounded in an incident in which he returned fire. Somewhere along the way, he and Ottilie Weygand divorced. In 1900 he married Mary Zahn. Family rumor is that he chose Mary over another girl because Mary could work harder. He was all about working and getting something accomplished. He and Mary had eight children – she worked very hard, too. He was politically active and was elected to the executive committee of the Harris County Democratic Party and was re-elected in 1902. He was also the freight master for the Houston and Texas Central Railroad for a year or more, while still running his store and saloon on a day-to-day basis.

In the Houston Post in 1908, he was listed among a group of men who endorsed a German-descent candidate for representative. Jim Sigmund of the Cypress Historical Society researched the Grace Springs development at Hot Wells and determined that E. F. Juergen was a real estate agent for the 1909 venture. A Houston newspaper reported in 1910 that he was appointed to a special committee to work for the passage of a bond issue to deepen the Port of Houston. In 1912, he published a letter in the Houston Post in support of the embattled Texas governor. He was an active member of the Sons of Herman, the Masons and the Cypress Gun Club (later known as Tin Hall).

His many businesses and community involvement ended abruptly in 1929 when he suffered a massive stroke and died before he could receive medical attention.

Visit Commissioner Steve Radack’s Cypress Top Historic Park at 26026 Hempstead Highway to learn more about Cypress, Texas, or American history. The park is open daily from dawn to 7 p.m. The museum buildings are open on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Arrange a special tour at cypresstop@pct3.com or 281-357-5324. The Cypress Historical Society is in the California Poppy yellow train depot replica; hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and the third Saturday of the month from noon to 3 p.m. The Society has genealogy and historical information for the greater Cypress area. Contact cypresshistsociety@att.net or 281-758-0083.

Historical facts courtesy of Cypress Top Historic Park Collection & Cypress Historical Society: Preserving Cypress History for Posterity.

 

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