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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Gloria 'Tuggie' Laperouse Krehmeier (SLHS '48)

Many of you know Gloria 'Tuggie' Laperouse Krehmeier (SLHS '48) died last weekend.  The Krehmeier-Laperouse families were close friends of the Kelly-Rachuig families, so we're very saddened by the news.

Here are a few pictures of Tuggie over the years.  Click here to view an obituary.
 
9th birthday in 1939.

Wynelle Laperouse Roberts, Sally Rachuig Kelly, Mayme Rachuig Hause, Tuggie Laperouse Krehmeier, Robert Allen Laperouse, and Nona Laperouse on a picnic in Hermann Park, around 1940.

Tuggie Laperouse Krehmeier (r) with my aunt and classmate, Mayme Rachuig Hause.

Tuggie Laperouse Krehmeier (r) with Marjorie Wappler Buchanan.

1948 SLHS Prom - photo courtesy of Wooley family. (Tuggie is on the far left.)


The Imperial Crown, early 1970s, when Tuggie was a refinery tour guide.

More Images of Old Sugar Land


The first photo seems to be a very early photo of the Cunningham Sugar Refinery.  It may show the refinery just after it was built in the mid 1890s.  The camera is looking northeast from the location marked in the second photo, which was taken roughly 30 years later.




I included notes of annotations on the reverse side of the 2nd print.  I know the photo was taken before 1923 because the Three-Bay Warehouse has not been built.  Notice the location of the mule barn on the south side of the railroad tracks.  We know that location was the first home of the Sugar Land Motor Company.  The wooden railroad depot appears in the photo.  It was replaced in 1927 by the stucco building which was moved to Commerce Green Blvd. in 1985.  The wooden depot sat much further east than its replacement.  The 'new' depot was located nearer Ulrich St., which does not appear in the photo.

The last photo shows construction of Pan House No. 1 in 1927. 
  

More People of Old Sugar Land

 
Unfortunately, the bottom of the following photo caption is missing, but you see enough to know Al Bartolo was elected President of the Sugar Land Lions Club in June 1960.  (This article appeared in the June 25th issue of The Fort Bend Mirror.)  You also see the post office was big news back then.
 
 
I've posted the next picture before, but I wanted to show it again because you get a view of the post office when it was located in the Shopping Center between the Drug Store and the Barber Shop.  Mrs. Iiams was the postmistress back then.
 
 
 The next photo shows Nona Laperouse with a catfish she caught fishing in her backyard on Cleveland Lake.
 
 
I especially like the next two photos because they show Renny Pirtle (SLHS '41) as a half-pint sailor at his family's home on Imperial Blvd. in the late 1920s and as a USN service man 15 or so years later during WWII.
 

  
The final items are a short newspaper article about Joe 'Rabbit' Lewis, which appeared in a 1956 issue of The Fort Bend Mirror, and a photo showing Joe in 1907 working for the Sugar Land Railroad.  He's on the far left standing on the narrow-gauge engine.
 

Photos of the Imperial Refinery In 2006

 
Who says history is just the distant past. Here is an album of photographs Lauren Kelly Arnold took of the refinery in 2006, plus one of the old Baldwin Cleaners building on Bayview.  Click on the photo to view the album.
  

Vist to the San Jacinto Battlegrounds


I had an opportunity last month to visit the San Jacinto Battlegrounds with the Fort Bend County Historical Commission.  I hadn't been there since my last field trip in elementary school, so it's been quite a while.

We spent time in the Monument and Museum, and after lunch at the Monument Inn we had a guided tour of the battlefield.  Dennis Jones of Texas Parks & Wildlife led us through site.  Great stuff.  I didn't take a lot of photos, but here are a few to whet your appetite if you have a yen to visit.

To help orient you, we'll start with two maps of the battlegrounds. 
  
This map shows the flow of attack on April 21st.

This map marks the sites in the photos: 13, 14, 15, 16, & 19.
Site 16: Santa Anna's Camp.

Site 16: Santa Anna's Camp.

Site 14: Mexican Cannon.

Site 14: Mexican Cannon.

Site 14: Concrete emplacement showing the position of the Mexican Army's lone cannon (known as, 'The Golden Stallion').

Site 19: Sam Houston wounded & his horse killed.

Site 19: Sam Houston wounded & his horse killed.

Site 13: Mexican Breastworks.

Site 15: Mexican Breastworks.
 
The next 3 photos show the site of the Texian Camp before the battle.  The obelisk, known as the Brigham Monument, marks the spot where all but one of the 9 Texians killed in combat are buried.  (Benjamin Rice Brigham was one of the casualties.)  The monument is Site 8 on the map.
 


 
If you have an interest in the Monument, take a look at the following videos, which explain its history and construction.   Admission to the Park and the Monument are free.  


Sunday, March 30, 2014

1956 Sugar Land Telephone Book

 
Click on the image below to view the 1956 Sugar Land Phone Book. The telephone company had not yet implemented a dial switching system, so operators asked, "Number Please," whenever a caller picked up a phone. There were party lines and numbers ranging from 1 to 4 digits.
  

Sugar Land High's Class of 1959

 
We have another high school class celebrating a major milestone: this time it's the Class of '59 at old Sugar Land High.
  












More Images of Old Sugar Land


I'm not certain of the date for these photos, but I think they come from sometime between 1962 and 1965.  The first 3 show the construction of an addition to the old M. R. Wood School on the east side of the gym.
 
A view looking southwest.

Another view looking southwest.

A view looking northwest.

Another view looking northwest.
A view looking northward up Ulrich St. from the intersection with old Imperial Blvd.