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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, …

The Story Behind Lake Woodlands The Story Behind Lake Woodlands

Built for both recreation and flood control, Lake Woodlands is the third largest body of water in Montgomery County. The lake covers 203 acres and is one-and-one-half miles long from north to south. From east …

Read a Good Book Lately? Read a Good Book Lately?

Sometimes we take the public library for granted, but it was not always a convenience. Back in the 1930s a public library was a rarity. In 1934, a state-sponsored library demonstration office circulated books from …

Childcare in the Woodlands Childcare in the Woodlands

Preschool and child care availability are pretty much taken for granted these days, but where did it all begin in The Woodlands? When The Wood­lands first opened in the mid-1970s, they advertised all of the …

The Houston Open and The Woodlands – 1975-2002 The Houston Open and  The Woodlands – 1975-2002

We Woodlands residents love our golf, our beautiful courses, and the fact that in our short existence we’ve made history many times over by hosting the Hou­ston Shell Open.
The first Houston Open golf tournament, held …

Lighting of the Doves… In the Early Days Lighting of the Doves… In the Early Days

When The Woodlands was young, many of the seasonal celebrations were done a little differently than they are now. The reason things changed had to do with the growth of the community and more commercialism. …

Ann Friend, Beloved Community Leader Ann Friend, Beloved Community Leader

Ann was one of the first to be designated a Hometown Hero in The Woodlands.
Ann Friend and her husband, Clifford, moved to The Woodlands, Montgomery County, Texas, in 1977 when The Woodlands was just beginning. …

Scots-Irish in Montgomery County, Texas Scots-Irish in Montgomery County, Texas

Celtic immigrants from Scotland who sojourned in Northern Ireland for more than a century and known as the Ulster Scots or Scots-Irish, were some of the first settlers to inhabit early Texas under Spanish and …

The Woodlands Used To Be…

The Woodlands used to be a town of about 16,000 residences in 1986. Shortly thereafter, the wooden sign posted on Grogan’s Mill Road that reflected the population numbers had been changed to 18,000, and by …

Mt. Zion Cemetery in South Montgomery County, Texas Mt. Zion Cemetery in South Montgomery County, Texas

Mt. Zion Cemetery, located about a half mile from my house in The Woodlands, is the final resting place for many early residents of southern Montgomery County. The cemetery is located off Rayford Road and …