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Back When … IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! Back When … IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR!

By Char Schneider
Let’s get out the lights and decorations! Where are we going to get the tree? When are all the parties? These are only some of the questions floating around at this time of …

Back When… A CHURCH HERE, A CHURCH THERE Back When… A CHURCH HERE, A CHURCH THERE

Not surprisingly, the first five denominations to plan for congregations in the new development were already strong in other parts of the county.
By Char Schneider
It’s Sunday. Where should we go to church? In the early …

What’s a Blue Law?. What’s a Blue Law?.

By Char Schneider
Why are the malls closed?” “Why is this section of the grocery store roped off? I need nails and screws!”  These were some of the conversations heard throughout the South, including Texas, until …

Back When … THE HOMETOWN OUTDOOR SCULPTURES Back When … THE HOMETOWN OUTDOOR SCULPTURES

What hometown community would be complete without art? The Woodlands has been home to outdoor art sculptures from the very beginning. In fact, for the size of our community, we have more outdoor sculptures than …

Back When … LET’S CELEBRATE Back When … LET’S CELEBRATE

No Independence Day celebration would be complete without fireworks!
By Char Schneider
It’s the Fourth of July and time to celebrate our country’s birth. But did The Woodlands always celebrate the way we do today? For the …

Back When … BIRTHPLACE OF THE TEXAS FLAG Back When … BIRTHPLACE OF THE TEXAS FLAG

Six Flags of Texas” is not always a reference to the amusement park. The term originated from the fact that the state of Texas has flown under six different flags or governments.
The first national flag …

Back When … HOW MAGNOLIA DEVELOPED Back When … HOW MAGNOLIA DEVELOPED

By Char Schneider
We all know about the “Austin 300,” but how did Texas grow from there?  There were the oil strikes and the cattle drives, but it was the railroads that really made it all …

Back When … A TALE OF TAMINA Back When … A TALE OF TAMINA

By Char Schneider
Where did the unusual names of towns in Montgomery County originate?  Many of these towns or communities have an interesting story behind their name. One such community is Tamina.  It is located on …

Back When … IT’S AN ELECTION YEAR! Back When … IT’S AN ELECTION YEAR!

By Char Schneider
It’s time once again for the Presidential Election. Where do we vote?  In 1980 there was no problem finding out where to vote because there was only one polling location in all of …

Back When … 20th CENTURY MONTGOMERY COUNTY Back When … 20th CENTURY MONTGOMERY COUNTY

By Char Schneider
The discovery of oil in Montgomery County began a new phase of development. Even though it was the loblolly pine and short-leaf pine belt of Texas, sawmill activity and lumber production began to …

Back When … SHAPING MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PART 3 Back When … SHAPING MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PART 3

By Char Schneider
In the last half of the 1800s newspapers began to appear in some of the towns. Some of them were short-lived, while others still exist. Mail in the early years was delivered by …

Back When … SHAPING MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PART 2 Back When … SHAPING MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PART 2

By Char Schneider
When Montgomery County was created on Dec. 13, 1837 it became only the third county in the State of Texas. The original county included large parts of what are now Grimes, Walker, Waller, …

Back When … SHAPING MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PART 1 Back When … SHAPING MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PART 1

By Char Schneider
Did you know that once upon a time our county was much larger? On Dec. 14, 1837, Montgomery County became the third county in the State of Texas. It came into existence because …

A CRAFTY LADY A CRAFTY LADY

By Char Schneider
Where can I buy my fabric and craft supplies?” This question would definitely have been asked by any of the early residents of The Woodlands who liked to sew, knit, crochet, or do …

The Hometown Outdoor Sculptures The Hometown Outdoor Sculptures

By Char Schneider
What hometown community would be complete without art? The Woodlands has been home to outdoor art sculptures from the very beginning. In fact, for the size of our community, we have more outdoor …

CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS: LUMINARIES CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS: LUMINARIES

By Char Schneider
One of our oldest traditions in The Woodlands is the setting out of luminarias at dusk on Christmas Eve. Because of the Hispanic influence throughout the Southwestern United States, luminarias have been a …

In The (Golf) Swing of Things In The (Golf) Swing of Things

The Tournament course was the home of the Houston Open for 17 years.
By Char Schneider
The cry of “Tournament Week” was heard yearly throughout The Woodlands for many years. Although the Houston Open golf …

Where are the Coupons? Where are the Grocery Ads? Where are the Coupons? Where are the Grocery Ads?

 
Grocery stores were planned for each of the additional village centers as they opened.
As any master-planned community developer knows, you must have a grocery store in your plans and preferably in the early years.
Before The …

How Far Away are the Schools? How Far Away are the Schools?

By Char Schneider
Any time families move, one of the major concerns is the schools. How far away are they? What are their ratings? How many graduates go on to higher learning? And the list goes …

Let’s Celebrate Let’s Celebrate

By Char Schneider
It’s the Fourth of July and time to celebrate our country’s birth. But did The Woodlands always celebrate the way we do today? For the most part, yes. From at least the late …

A Church Here, A Church There A Church Here, A Church There

By Char Schneider
It’s Sunday. Where should we go to church? In the early years of The Woodlands this very well may have been the question on Sunday mornings. Initially, the only churches in the area …

Getting In and Out of Woodlands in the Early Days Getting In and Out of Woodlands in the Early Days

In the late 1970s, and early 1980s the question, “How do I get in and out of The Woodlands?” was a fairly simple question with a fairly simple answer. There were only two options: I-45, …