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Sunday, May 7, 2017

News & Updates

I have more bad news, which saddens me personally quite a bit. B. I. Webb passed away a few weeks ago. I thought something must be wrong because I hadn't heard from him for a while. I always enjoyed our phone calls and always learned quite lot from them.  (As you'll read in this obituary, B. I. lived in Salley, South Carolina. He left Sugar Land in 1955, but he was a fount of knowledge when it came to old Sugar Land.)
B. I. Webb in 1947
God bless Charlotte and the extended Webb family. I'll certainly miss B.I. (My thanks to Norm Prasatik and Jerry Cooper for notifying me.)

Greg Ordeneaux (DHS '68) lost his father Elmo recently. His mother died not long ago, so I'm sure this is difficult. Click here to read an obituary. My sincerest condolences to Greg, Paula, and the extended Ordeneaux family.  God bless them as they grieve this loss.

Sugar Land has been in the news recently. Click this link to view an article about its recent award as Best City for Tourism. Mayfield Park is in the news, too.  Click here to read about the big plans for this part of old Sugar Land.

And last but not least, the City of Sugar Land declared May as historic preservation month. It's not possible to save everything, but the city is well aware of his historic assets and their value to the community.


Can anyone help identify the people in this photo? I got a note from Carolyn Ellis LeMaster. She's identified some of the children shown in this 1959 photo of an M. R. Wood group touring the refinery. They are elementary and junior high students. Recognize anyone? Can you confirm Carolyn's guesses? Post a comment to this blog if you can help.

More Images of Very Old Sugar Land

I've collected some old photos of the Cunningham/Imperial refinery from its very early years. Be sure to look at the captions because I've tried to explain what the photos show. Click on the image below to view the album. Click the 'i' in the upper right of the frame to display the captions.
The Cunningham refinery (later the Imperial refinery) in 1894.


More People of Old Sugar Land

More photos of people in old Sugar Land. Click the image below to view the album.
Grave of Eleno Flores, Sr. in San Isidro Cemetery.


More Photos from US and World History

I want to thank my aunt, Mayme Rachuig Hause, for emailing me these photos. Click the image below to view the photo album.
Willard Scott as the original Ronald McDonald.

The Old Sugar Land Dairy

Roy Lemke was in Sugar Land last week, and he dropped off some fascinating photos at the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation.  He's posted others on Facebook, which I've reposted on this blog.

Here's one that caught my eye. It shows Roy Lemke (senior) with the Sugar Land Dairy's delivery wagon. Fantastic. (We'll try to get a good scan in the future.)

I've posted other items about the dairy. In case you want to refresh your memory, here are links to the posts: