The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on April 28, 1986 · Page 16
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 16

Baytown, Texas
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Monday, April 28, 1986
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4-B THE BAYTOWN SUN Monday, April 28, 19t6 BIRTHDAY MATTHEW WAYNE Gaedchens, son of David and Debra Gaedchens of Baytown, will celebrate his second birthday on April 29. Grandparents are Everett and Beverly Gaedchens of Baytown. Great-grandparents are R.L. and Winnie Childress of Baytown. BRANDON KYLE Hatcher, son of Sheryl A. Hatcher of Baytown, will celebrate his third birthday on April 30. He has a brother, Shawn. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Garrison of Baytown. Great-grandmother is Mrs. Tom Dunnington of Texarkana. STAGEY LEIGH Brent, daughter of Don and Elsa Brent of Highlands, will celebrate her first birthday on April 30. She has a brother, Steven. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. M.A. Brent of Georgetown and Mr. and Mrs. Victor A. Gonzalez of Bay town. CHRISTOPHER JOHN Fudge, son of Bobby and Deann Fudge of Baytown, is a new 4- year-old. Grandparents are Mrs. John Gibbs of Baytown and Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Fudge of Hatfield, Ark. Great- grandmother is Mrs. H.D. Warner of Big Creek, Miss. RUBY ADRIANNE Cisneros, daughter of Robert and Veronica Cisneros of Baytown, is a new 4-year-old. She has two brothers, Robert Jr. and Roland, and a sister, Ronica. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Cisneros of Baytown and Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Villareal of Corpus Christi. Great- grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lino Castillo of Corpus Christi and Mrs. R. Cisneros of Houston. ASHLEY NICHOLE Crow, daughter of Andy and Trina Crow of Baytown, is a new 1- year-old. Grandparents are Warren and Joan Adams, Christine Crow, all of Baytown, and the late Junior Crow. Great- grandparents are Douglas Lane, Wiley and Othele Adams, all of North Carolina, Clyde and Mary Steed, Price and Jimmie Crow, all of Mississippi- DEREK ANTHONY Gutierrez, son of Alfred and Deborah Gutierrez of Baytown, is a new 1- year-old. Grandparents are George and Wanda Messer and Celia R. Gutierrez, all of Baytown. Great- grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. George E. Messer Sr., of Port Arthur, Lillie Hodges of Conroe, Sarah Pace of Texas City and Maria R. Rocha of Oregon. CHARLES HENRY Irby, son of Don and Carol Irby of Mont Belvieu, will celebrate his first birthday on April 29. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. A.D. Irby of Mont Belvieu, Mr. and Mrs. John McMullin of Hempstead. Great- grandparents are Hattie Wingate of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. James Pyle of Conroe and Charles McMullin of Hempstead. Great- great-grandfather is D. Courtney of Houston. Pair recalls doodlebuggers BRAZOR1A (AP) — At the corner of Brooks Street and Highway 36 stands a dull, milky- white wood frame building. The wood is graying under the peeling paint. A red and white Coca Cola sign above the darkened doorway reads Buster's Club. The windows are boarded up, but looking through the open itoor, a man's silhouette is outL.ed by a dim yellowish light. "It's a pool hall and beer drinkin' joint now " Dick Forest says. But Forest, 79, and his wife Clyde, 75, remember when Buster's Club was Hampil's Drugstore. Mrs. Forest moved to Brazorja with her mother and twin brother, Jack, in 1913 as the ' Brazos and San Bernard rivers threatened to overflow their banks. One of her earliest memories is her first day at. school ... "and coming home from school to get behind the fountain and wash dishes. I was raised behind the soda fountain," she says. Her mother, Mrs. .A.B. Rogers, and C.C. "Doc" Hampil, \vere co-owners of the store. Mrs. Forest used to make the carbonated water to mix with syrup and ice. She served a lot of cherry and lime Cokes at a nickel apiece, but root beer was the big seller. Ice cream floats were popular 'too. The ice cream, packed in tubs of salt and ice, was shipped • by rail from Houston. Back then, the drugstore was the center of Brazoria's social scene. Locals used to gather at the soda fountain for something to do on a Saturday night and wound up sharing stories of love and life over the counter. In 1929, a young "doodlebug- ger" came into the store. A doodlebugger was what they called the men who came to the Brazoria area working on seismograph crews prospecting for oil. Like the rest of the folks in town, he used to go to the drugstore, and it wasn't long before he noticed the 18-year-old woman working behind the counter. "I used to go to the drugstore to get a drink of coffee and talk to her," Forest says, his speech colored by his distinctive Louisiana accent. "After a week of asking and asking her for a date, we finally had our first date." "He liked dancin' and I liked to swim," Mrs. Forest says of their dates. She liked to swim in the San Bernard River. "We had quite a gang that went down there." She was a daredevil and liked to dive off bridges or from steep banks. He liked to go dancing at the Blue Eagle Dance Hall. That was during Prohibition. "One night a guy said to me, '"Hey, you want a drink? 1 I said, 'Yeah!' We went out back and he had it in a hollow stump in a tree. You know that ole corn whiskey made me sick!" Forest says. And there was another night when they danced until dawn. In July, only months before the stock market crash marked the beginning of the Depression, they were married in League City. From 1936 to 1945, the Forests lived in Louisiana, as Forest worked various jobs as a civil engineer. But at the end of World War II, they returned to Brazoria. Forest worked on Highway 36 and even today, years after road crews paved the road smooth, he remembers how cumbersome travel was over the muddy, rutted roads of the county. "There wasn't a shell on that road out there when we moved here," he says, waving his hand in the air, and pointing in the direction of Highway 36. "We were the only ones around here then except T.J. Toland, back down there and another family," he says, pointing in the general direction. "Why, this was a dirt road!" The couple built their wood frame house along County Road 348, about a quarter of a mile from where W. W. Short Stop now stands on Highway 36 North. "1 built this," Forest stops in mid- sentence and looks at Mrs. Forest, "we buiit this house here." It took them three months. "That's pretty quick for a big ole house," he adds. Mrs. Forest chuckles. "Of course there were no doors hung when we moved in!" But they had a fireplace. The brown bricks of the fireplace in the living room are from the original county courthouse that Forest helped tear down in 1933 when "Doc" Hampil was county commissioner and the courthouse was moved to Angleton. The work crew pried the slate roof off the courthouse, but were unable to get rid of the center of the roof. They had dynamite to blast it out, but no one wanted to do it. Forest volunteered to set the fuse and BLOOOM! and it was down. "I believe I'm the only man in Texas who shot the courthouse down ... with dynamite." Later, the salvagable bricks were sold and when it came to housebuilding time, Mrs. Forest's uncle, a bricklayer, built the fireplace. "I helped mix the mud," Forest says. "Mud?" Mrs. Forest says, as she casts a sideways glance at her husband. "Sure, mud," Forest says. "It was heavy like mud." He grins. In town, most of the old buildings that were the landmarks of their youth are no longer standing. LISA RENEE Barnes, daughter of Lois Colburn and Danny Barnes of Baytown, is a new 1- year-old. She has a sister, Heather, and three brothers, Frankie, Jason and Danny. Grandparents are Mildred Barnes, Marie Johnston, both of Northshore, and Buddy Howell of Baytown. (HEATH LAWSON Parker, son of Johnny and Mary Jane Parker of Baytown, is a new 3- year-old. Grandp .rents are Mr. and Mrs. Happy Lawson and Mr. and Mrs. John Parker, all of Crosby. Great- grandmothers are Lela Lawson of Center and Myrtle Faye Ashby of Henderson. ERIC ALLEN D'Olive, son of Norman "Buz" and Darlene D'OHve of Piano, is a new 6-year- old today. He has a sister, Brittany. Grandparents are Edward and Bea Sledge of Highlands and the late Norman and Valley Fern D'Olive. Great- grandfather is Charles L. Hobbs of Baytown. HEATHER MICHELLE Repp, daughter of Mike and June Repp of Baytown, is a new 6-year-old. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Bishop and Mr. and Mrs. James W. Repp, all of Baytown. Great- grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Bishop of Baytown. JENNIFER LIN Kuhlman, daughter of John and Linda Kuhlman of Baytown, is a new 6-year-old. She has a sister, Jessica. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Monte Young of Baytown and Mildred Kuhlman of Metairie, La. Great- grandmother is Mrs. R.J. Mounicou of Metairie, La. RYAN MATTHEW Brill, son of Larry and Cindy Brill of Baytown, is a new 2-year-old. He has a sister, Allisa. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Stevens of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. N.K. Brill of Wimberly. Great- grandmother is Roberta Haldy of San Antonio. LYNDSEY DYANE Case, daughter of Nathan and Dyane Case of Baytown, is a new 2-year-old. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Womack, David Case, all of Baytown, and Carolyn Puhalski of California. Great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Pichot, Dora Holt and Dixie Case, all of Baytown. JAMES DARRELL Spears, son of Buddy and Laura Spears of Baytown, is a new 5- year-old. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Holley Wells, Evelyn Marcotte, all of Baytown, and Nell Leveille of Metairie, La. Great- grandmothers are Essie Rivers of Logansport, La., and Mattie DrOddy of Oakdale, La. 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