Augustin Villagomez came to Houston in the 1920s. His first job was in the V.A. Hospital, working as an Order for cleaning rooms for 38 cents per hour. After saving some money, he went to Morelia to marry his girlfriend, Anavelia Rivera. They had 3...
County judges --Texas --Harris County --Interviews;
Harris County (Tex.) --Politics and government;
Hurricane Katrina, 2005;
Emergency management --Texas --Harris County;
Disaster relief --Gulf States;
Robert Eckels describes his experiences as former Harris County judge. He discusses politics in Harris county and in the city of Houston, as well as his involvement in handling the influx of the evacuees from New Orleans during hurricane Katrina,...
Jamail, Joseph D., 1925- ;
Lawyers -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Lawyers -- Texas -- Houston -- Biography; Houston (Tex.) -- History -- Anecdotes; Oral histories
Joseph "Joe" Jamail talks about growing up in Houston in the 1930s and his career as one of the top lawyers in America. He is considered one of the wealthiest lawyers in the nation and is often referred to as the King of Torts. Joe has given...
Clements, Rosalie--Interviews ; Shamrock Hotel (Houston, Tex.) ; Hotels--Employees--Interviews ; Women tailors--Interviews ; Oral histories
By answering an ad in the Houston Press, Rosalie Clements became an employee of the Shamrock Hotel, which opened on Saint Patrick’s Day, 1949. She began working as an assistant to the hotel’s developer, Glenn McCarthy, and later ran a...
Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Terry Hershey's interest in the environment contributed to making her an advocate for the conservation of nature. Her venture into the parks and recreation field, fighting against destroying vegetation,led her to raise...
In this interview, former Houston Mayor Fred Hofheinz discusses the political scene in Houston during the 1970s; accomplishments during his administration as mayor of the city; African American community social and political aspects; minorities'...
Streit, Yvonne -- Interviews;
People with disabilites -- Rehabilitation;
Yvonne Streit, a native Houstonian, graduated in Education from SMU and started teaching. Born from the despair of her deeply disabled daughter, she relied on her faith-driven resolve to assist the disabled adults and young children. She used a...
Jones, Edith Irby, 1927- ;
African American women physicians -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews;
African American women physicians -- Texas -- Houston -- Biography;
Southern states -- Race relations -- Anecdotes;
African Americans -- Social...
Dr. Jones talks about growing up in Hot Spring, Arkansas as a poor and ambitious girl, the events that shaped her life, her years in medical school, her career as a physician in Houston, and her life as a civil rights activist.
Maughmer, Earl -- Interviews ; Criminal Justice Personnel -- Houston -- Interviews ; Police Captains -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews ; Houston Police Department ; Houston Police Officers' Association ; Texas Municipal Police Association ; Oral...
After coming out of the Navy in 1939, Earl Maughmer signed up for police training. At that time the Police department was an active force in political campaigns. He played a prominent part in the formation of the Houston Police Officers'...
Barnstone, Gertrude, 1925- ;
Theater -- Texas -- Houston -- History;
School board members -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews;
School integration -- Texas -- Houston -- History;
Houston (Tex.) -- History -- Anecdotes;
Gertrude Barnstone talks to Jane Ely about her life in the theatre arts, her memories of Houston and Houstonians and her election to the Houston School Board during the desegregation of the Houston School System.
Lyons, E. A. (Everett Augustus)--Interviews ; County officials and employees--Texas--Houston--Interviews ; County council members--Texas--Harris County--Interviews ; Oral histories
E. A. (Everett Augustus) Lyons was first elected as Harris County commissioner in 1942, when road conditions were a major issue in the county because 85% of the roads were unpaved. Throughout the war, the county could not get parts and materials...
Born in an industrial family in Galveston, Texas, had a large share in the development of the Imperial Sugar Company in Sugar Land, Texas, and the development of industries there. Also was involved in the cotton industry and US Bank
Jefferson, Andrew L.,1934- -- Interviews ; African American Judges -- Texas -- Harris County -- Interviews ; Attorneys, General ; Oral histories
Attorneys at Law, Partner, 1960-61; Assistant Criminal District Attorney, 1961-61, U.S. Attorney, Harris County Judge.Served on the Constitutional Revision Commission for the State of Texas, and as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on the judiciary.
Eckels, Robert, 1957- -- Interviews ; Houston Independent School District (Tex.). Board of Education--Interviews ; County commissioners--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
Bob Eckel's interest in politics started early, when got involved in the political aspect of teachers' organizations. In 1960 he was elected to the HISD Board. He ran for the Commisioner's Court and got elected. According to Eckels, his proudest...
Blanton, Jack Sawtelle, 1927- ;
Gas industry -- Texas -- Houston;
Businessmen -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews;
Philanthropists -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews;
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, Tex.);
Mr. Blanton discusses his life in Houston, art collecting, the Houston Endowment, and Houston leadership.
When Coach Bum Phillips was head coach of the Houston Oilers, the team achieved the most wins in franchise history. In this interview Bum talks about his career as a football coach for the Oilers and for several other teams.