The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on March 22, 1956 · Page 19
Get access to this page with a Free Trial
Click to view larger version

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 19

Baytown, Texas
Issue Date:
Thursday, March 22, 1956
Page 19
Start Free Trial

Page 19 article text (OCR)

Thursday, March 22, 1956 Old Timers In Area Will Recall These Days Highlands Mrs. Johnson Sr. Tells Of First Railroad By ED'TILLKRY Sun Stuff Writer Though the thundering roar of the dlesel has replaced the whine of the electric train, and neat homes now face tree-lined streets that were once a part of a gigantic rice farm, Mrs. Harry K. Johnson Sr. recalls when Highlands was the Elena Fruit and Cotton Farms. The venerable lady of Highlands recalls the day in September of I 192i when she and her husband, } the late Harry K. Johnson, moved I from Is'ew Orleans to the area | now known as Highlands to estab- ' Jish rail connections between the present Baytown. and Houston. The Johftsons came to the new home at the request of Sam Bertron, then president of Houston I Light and Power Co., to establish 1 the connecting link, pn a cost plus ' 10 per cent basis. Shortly after his arrival in his new home Johnson round it necessary to visit Baytown, and to make the trip, he had to take a circular route through Barbers Hill- En route to Baytown Jonnson told his companion, Dr. Collier, "Unless nomething unforeseen happens, I am going to build a railroad from Baytown. to Houston that will open r f__________ B>i ^^ m — , .,_ UP TO I $1,000.00 ON A NEW 1956 I DODGE ERNIE DITTMAN I 107 EAST TEXAS I — .^j—.—_ BUY A NEW 1956 FORD BEFORE LICENSE TIME (April 1st) Thod Felton's this area, and it will develop in .no time." Mrs. Johnson has lived to «eo tho area far exceed the wildest / boundaries of the imagination of her husband, antf is enjoying the prospects for future expansion of her home city. Launching on the project Johnson first contacted the late W, S. Farish, then president of Humble Oil and Refining Co., to seek right- of-way through company property. He met with enthusiastic Farish who gave him the necessary land, realizing the company's need of the lino for future expansion. The first joint In the steel ribbon was laid near the refinery in June of 1925, and after, many difficulties in obtaining right-of-way up the line were overcome, the line was completed in May 1027. The Missouri Pacific Railway Co. assumed operation of the line, and soon the new venture was known as "The Jewel of the Missouri Pacific." In addition to opening the then infant Gulf Coast area to industrial expansion, the line completely paid for itself in three years. The Northshore Railway began moving huge tank trains from the Humble P-efinery, and" transporting passengers to the thriving city of Houston, shortening the distance to terms cf only minutes. The late 1920's spelled disaster for Tyrell and Garth Investment Company, but iaid the groundwork for the founding of Highlands. The excessive rainfall flooded the 17,000 acres of the company, and it was then the owners sub divided the vast holdings. Johnson and his wife bought o=e o' the 5.000-acre tracts and" named it Highlands Farms, because of the 42-feet above sea level position it enjoyed. A grateful Garth gave Johnson a 481 acre tract from, which the Johnson family is moving send today for sale in other markets. Disaster also Struck the Johnsons in those early days of 3929. The strawberries planted on 1,000 acres of the Johnson property were wiped out in the flood which occurred at the harvest time. During those early days of the Highlands community the Johnsons employed some 800 to 1,000 persons, whose children were sent to the two-room school established by the Johnsons. As the tempo of the Johnson farms increased new settlers moved to the area, new businesses established and the growth became rapid. Johnson died Dec. 15, 19+9. after seeing the city he built blossom into i\ thriving area with some BO business establishments lining thr Crosby-Lynchburg highway which is the city's main street. Replacing the original school is a modern school plant which teach- about 500 children in the elementary grades, and no longer arc the citizens of Highlands in constant dread of a burn-out. The Volunteer Fire Department of Highlands has kept fire loss to a minimum. Highlands Is ateo the home of the Highlands Civic Club, a progressive organization which is forwarding the growth of the city; the public library, built through the efforts of the Highlands Garden Club, and 1 modern homes that grace the city. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are the parents of two children, Harry K. Johnson Jr., and Mrs. Kate Slack, now of Virginia, both of whom have families of their own. Mr, and Mrs. Johnson Jr. and their four children, Jacquelln, 11, Harriet, 9, Ada Jane, 6, and Harry Keene, 4, live in Highlands and assist in the operation of the busi- ness, and Mrs..Slack's two daughters, Carolyn and Jane, live with the family in Virginia. . The Lakes, on the Johnson property, is now a pleasure resort for hundreds of persons annually. The site is near the Baytown Boat club, an<f is equipped with picnic grounds, recreational facilities and excellent swimming conditions. As a stranger travels the streets of the inviting city it is difficult to envision the swampy riceland from which it was born. Difficult to understand how an area so nearly void of habitation only 40 years ago could progress so far, so fast Yet it's all true, and Mrs. Johnson can recount the deeds of early settlers who wrote the first chapters in the history of The Gold Coast, America's fastest growing area. Central Heights As ea For Negroes To Open Central Heights, designed as an exclusive Negro sub-division in what was formerly a part of Busch Terrace, will open officially at 3 p.m. Sunday, A ceremony which will include addresses by Dr. George W. Snowden, minority group housing adviser to the commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration, Baytown city officials, FHA and: VA officials and ministers, it will mark the opening of the new half million dollar residential area. Central Heights, located on West Texas at Airhart Drive, includes 438 lots and an approximately 350 of them are FHA and GI approved. Bracewell Construction Co. bought 250 lots in the new subdivision and now has 25 homes under construction. Eighteen of those being constructed have been sold. Baytex Home Builders, owned by W. J. Jones Jr. of Houston and Baytown, has bought 110 lots in Central Heights and has 10 houses unde- construction there. Homes in Central Heights will have three bedrooms and will be priced from $9000 to 510,500, the developers said. They will be con- for your Easter costume... .,\e touch of makes thi- Nylon Taffeta Pett; stand-out news FANTASY underlines the beautiful new shape that's making headline news in fashion: a slim molded torso of Nylon lricot...a fabulous 200-inch sweep...lier upon tier of rustling Nylon taffelo with designer touches of loce. In while with white, pink or blue lace, . Small, medium, large. Others to 10.98 in white and colors . . . with tier upon tier of net and laco ruffles. ALTMAN'S IS YOUR PETTICOAT HEADQUARTERS structed of siding: or cedar shakes with brick trim. At least 20 floor plans will be used in building the houses. The houses will include large kitchens ana family rooms and attached garages, according to the plans. Tile will be used in the kitchens and bathrooms and the houses will be equipped with attic fans. The houses will be constructed on 60 by 105 lots. Concrete streets, curbs, gutters and all utilities already have been installed and made available. C and H Co. headed by I. !•• Lerner or Baytown. has developed the subdivision. Lerner who formerly owned stores in Baytown is now president of Gibralter Mortgage and Loan Corp. of Baytown. Five model homes will be open for inspection following the three hour program planned for the opening day. Daddy Deepthroat and his band will provide entertainment. The First Mortgage Co. of Houston is making the FHA and GI Loans for Bracewell Construction Co. Prudential Insurance Co. of America and Gulf Coast Investment Corp finance the homes built by Baytex Co. THE 270-TON French trawler Vert Prairial lies on her side in the "Graveyard of Ships" off Land's End, the southwest tip of England. The vessel floundered in heavy seas and the entire crew of 17 men aboard was drowned. Lifeboats could not reach the stricken vessel because of the rocks, and the sea was too high for rescuers attempting to scramble over the boulders. (IntcrnationaU The Sfore of Personalized S«Trie* 6 95 Size Small 4l/ 2 to Large 4. • Black and white with cushion crepe a r sunday best iW Lona torso s+vles ... billowma skirf *A^! ^ L° n 9 Torso sfyles... billowing skirts and petticoats . . . beautiful fashions title f or grs by Youngland - Tiny Town - Cinema 3' 5 to 12 95 A!i the up-to-the-minute -fashions the young set will be wearing this Easter ... the cutest collection you've ever seen. Over-blouses, buttons and bows styles, long torso look, linen-like weaves mixed with lace, sheers with delicate prints, solids with contrasting print trims . . . cottons and nylons in a wide variety o-f colors. Sizes: I to 3, 3 to 6x, 7 to Easter Slips by Her Majesty and Scampers Nylon parchment taffeta tiered skirts and nylon tricot trims. Pretty with full skirts and dresses. 1.9L Other Slips 1.98 to 4.95 Easter Bonnets Pretty straws and nylon nets in sprinq pastels. Wide assortment of styles and shapes. Adjustable. 2.95 Other Hats 1.98 to 3.95 Easter Panties Panties prettily trimmed with nylon lace or nylon sheer. Double crotch. In white and pasteis. 59e Other Panties 59c to 1.00 Solid and Two-Tones ittle boys' suits ETON SUITS Little boys' suits that are washable, shape retaining and cresss resistant. 2 or 3 Durton fronts wiih breast and side pockets. Shorty .cants with back pockets. In solids and pastels and dark color combinations. Sizes I to 4. 3.98 to 7.98 LONGIE SUITS Man tailored suits for big brother in fancy weaves of the finest -fabrics. Soiio's or combinations. Styled to perfection like Dads. Sizes 4 to 12. 8.98 to 19.98 DRESS SHIRT SETS Broadcloth shirts tailored Just lib Dad's. Set includes bow tie and cuff links. Sanforized. 1.98 • Blue I Whitt * Brown & Whiff

Get full access with a Free Trial

Start Free Trial

What members have found on this page