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George Beverly Shea, a gospel singer, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award on Feb. 12, 2011. Shea sang in the Billy Graham crusades. He still performs at the age of one hundred and one years.


Justin Allen, 23 Brett Linley, 29

Matthew Weikert, 29 Jesse Reed, 26

Justus Bartett, 27 Zachary Fisher, 24

Chase Stanley, 21 Brandon King, 23

Matthew Johnson,21-Dave Santos, 21

Probably didn’t see them on TV or in the news. They are just a few of the men who died recently for our freedom. A veteran is someone who, at one point, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of up to and including their life. Maybe we could take time to say one short prayer for each one of their families. And maybe we could do our share on the home front to keep the freedom that they gave their lives for.

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Marilyn Beaubouef-Crews, 79, of Stafford, TX, passed from her earthly life into the arms of Jesus on December 26, 2010. Marilyn was born in Grayson, Louisiana. While she and her husband lived on Long Look, they were active members in the Almeda Baptist Church. She is predeceased by her first husband Johnny B. Beaubouef, her parents, three brothers and an infant sister. Marilyn is survived by her second husband, Donald Crews, two daughters (by Johnny) and their spouses, Deborah Perry and husband Larry, and Sharon Reed and husband Steve, five grandchildren, four greats, three step children: Mark, David, and Laura, their spouses and children. She was loved by her husband, adored by her grandchildren and shared a special loving bond with her daughters. She gave them all a strong spiritual foundation in Christ and many special family memories. "

Dr. Robert “Lendy” McDonald, 86, passed away January 14, 2011 in Round Rock, TX. Lendy’s ancestors came to America in 1626. He served in Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 17th Airborne Division receiving the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. In 1945 he married Dorothy Jane Murry and graduated as Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from A&M in 1951. He and Dorothy were members of the Almeda Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, four children: Vance, Bobbye, Maggie, Tyler; 5 grandchildren and 8 greats.

Almeda Moe -- Fresno Crusade

Community Wide Crusade

First Baptist Church Fresno will host Christian diversity featuring Paul’s Journey at their Community Wide Crusade Feb. 6th - 11th. The following churches and speakers will participate: Sun. at 10:45 am, Don Barnett; Sun. night, Bill Murphey from Skyview Baptist; Mon., Bobby Morgan from Abiding Faith (the service will honor Arcola Police Officers); Tue. Wayne Calder from Shepherd of the Heart Methodist; Wed. Father David Zapalak from Sacred Heart Catholic Church; Thur. Dr. Rose from Holy Trinity Missionary Baptist on South Post Oak, and Fri., Pastor Joe De Los Santos from El Shaddai in Fresno. All evening services start at 6:30 pm. Sat. Feb. 12th the church will provide live entertainment and a Valentine banquet. $20 per couple. Call 281-935-3969 or 281-431-4244.

Almeda Moe

Moe’s 90-year-old Uncle Cloe, was worried. Cloe explained that he had seen a delightful widow and had asked her to marry him, but he couldn’t remember if she said yes or no. Moe encouraged him to call and just ask what her answered had been. Nervously, Uncle Cloe called and finally told her his memory was not so good and he could not remember what her answer to his proposal was. The widow replied, “Well I said yes, and I am so glad you called because I couldn’t remember who had proposed.”

Only remaining evidence on Moses Shipman's place

A photo taken by John Walker is of a very old brick lined water well or cistern. Cisterns were bottle shaped holes placed where they could catch rain water from the roof of a home. This one was at the home of

... Moses Shipman which was built sometime in the early 1820’s. The only remaining evidence of the Shipman home is the well, located south of Hyw 6, east of the Ft. Bend Toll, near Knight Road.

Moses, born in Kentucky, married his wife, Mary from South Carolina and had ten children. Seven were born in seven different states before the family arrived in Texas. Not known for sure if Moses died in 1836 or 1838.

In 1836, on his way to the Battle at San Jacinto, Santa Anna destroyed the Fitzgerald dwelling. Fitzgerald’s daughter, Sarah Fenn and her family lived at the Moses Shipman home until they could relocate.

The Shipman house was made with logs and boards made by hand and joined together with wooden pins as there were no iron bolts or nails available. They used water from creeks and ponds.

The Danny Williams family lived in the Shipman home for a year. Williams and his wife, Ann are buried at the Duke cemetery.

Their son, Johnny lived for years at the Shipman home with Judge Senior. Senior reconstructed the home into a two story dwelling.

After Senior’s death, vandals burned the vacant house, which was one of the few homes built by a member of the “Old Three Hundred”. To learn more of the history and see the picture go to John Walker’s website: Shipman.htm

85 and Line Dancing

CLARA BENNETT-WARD, 85 does not spend her days sitting in front of the TV. After she retired at the age of 66, her doctor said she must lose 50 pounds. He prescribed a personal trainer. She lost weight and has kept it off . You will find 85-year-old Clara keeping up with younger seniors every Thursday at the Hiram Clarke Multi-center as they line dance. This mother of six, grandmother of about 12, and great grandmother of another 12 with more on the way, is seldom home. She goes to Tom Bass Park and the YMCA also. Clara keeps on the move every day including Sunday as she attends her church, Windsor Village U. Methodist.

History of Pierce Junction Oil Field Community

My, how the neighborhood has changed!

By Robert Martin

As a youth growing up in PJ, better known as Pierce Junction to outsiders, during the period from mid 20's to mid 40', we had the advantages of a small compact community located near a big city. It was home to about fifty families. Houston, with a population of about 150,000 in 1940, was five miles away since their city limits were at Braes Bayou adjacent to Hermann Park.

PJ covered about four square miles roughly defined by Holmes Road on the north side with Almeda Road running north to south through the center. Drilling for oil around a salt dome was the reason for development of the community.

Since Houston was such a long distance away, numerous oil producers built housing for their employees. There was little infrastructure in this unincorporated community. The discovery oil well, Taylor #2, was completed on February 19, 1921 at a depth of 3,490 feet by Gulf Production Company. By the end of that year over 1.4 million barrels of oil had been produced. By 1938 over 32 million barrels had been produced from 77 wells. An interdenominational community church was established. The Henry Wallace family operated a small restaurant/grocery store/filling station on the SW corner of Almeda Road and what is now called Feldman Street. Adjacent to and behind this store was a facility owned by Joe D. Hughes to prepare drilling rig sites using mules and fresnos. After this operation became mechanized, the facility was used for the training of show horses.

The Wallace family moved to Hastings about 1938. About the same time the Roy Davison family established a new café/grocery store on the NW corner of Almeda and Feldman, the current site of Tweety’s Motel.

A photo of an ash tray from the Pierce Junction Café.

A close friend acquired it from a flea market many years ago and presented it to me because of my fond memories of those days. Any significant grocery shopping was done in Houston with the nearest "super market" being on Main Street and Holman. The only concentration of homes was in the Gulf and Humble camps with over twenty homes together. The remainder of the homes were scattered throughout the oil field. At some point the Almeda schools were consolidated with the Houston schools and the older Almeda children rode busses with the PJ children. There are NO recognizable buildings remaining in PJ.

Why all the reminiscing? A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to tour PJ and part of Almeda with my sister. The portion of PJ where we lived in the Rio Bravo Oil Company camp is likely under twenty of sanitary land fill and the Wildcatter Golf Course. This camp had three homes, a group of bachelor rooms and a mess hall.

The four to five mile drive from PJ to Almeda now has a heavy concentration of housing developments and mom and pop businesses on the west side and industrial plants on the east side. In some areas there is a dense growth of ten to twenty foot high trees. In my day this was nearly all prairie with weeds about knee high. The old Almeda school has been replaced or revamped. Only one commercial establishment was recognizable in Almeda, Parker’s Hardware. It was a pleasant sight and I started to go inside and see if they still have some of the same merchandise. I bet they do.

History Now and Then


In Houston on January 18th, the Crispus Attucks Teaparty met at “This Is It” a soul food restaurant, at 2712 Blodgett. The tea party chose their name in honor of Crispus Attucks, a black, who was the first person killed in the Revolutionary War.

Co-founder Anita Moncrief, a fascinating speaker, is another brave black who stood up, while working for Acorn, and reported the corruption and misuse of money that was suppose to help the poor. Referring to the Crispus Attucks Tea party, she says, “It’s not about Democrats or Republicans. It is about the black community. The minority vote has been misused and manipulated by people for so long The Attucks Tea party mission statement is, “To build a strong base of conservative Black entrepreneurs, elected officials and constituents that provide Black conservatives a viable way to express and implement their conservative values politically.”

According to co-founder E. L. Johnson, the residents of black neighborhoods are largely conservative, despite the liberal, government-program propaganda being pumped in. Residents like Marie Johnson, a long time Democrat, who is fed up with the direction of the country, is typical of those who turned out.

Another speaker at the first meeting was State Representative, James Earl White. He was the first black to win his seat in a majority white area. Race is no longer more important than character and what a person believes.

The Crispus Attucks Tea party is the first one in the nation started by blacks. While founded by blacks in a black neighborhood, the tea party welcomes all regardless of race. Next meeting is Feb. 2nd.The email is:


U. S. Representative for 22nd District is Pete Olson.

Olson’s first two year term began in 2009. He was reelected and is now on the Transportation & Infrastructure, Science, Space & Aeronautics, and Homeland Security Committees. Back in 2009, he co-sponsored HR 381 to cut the budget 5% across the board in discretionary spending.

One of the best ways to find out about a representative is to see who supports them and who is against them. On the Internet the thatsmycongress web site says Olson’s Progressive rating is 0%. His stance that life begins at conception, belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman, his votes concerning global warming, and voting as a life time member of NRA all contributed to his 0% score on that web site.

To his many supporters, Progressive views rate 0%. Olson raised $1,262,929 and spent $1,226,911 as of Nov. 22, 2010. The top 5 industry contributors were Oil & gas, Air transport, Health professionals, Retired, and Real Estate.

Olson was born in 1962, graduated from Rice and passed the bar in 1988 after studying law at U. of T. He spent the next nine years as a Naval Aviator and became a Naval Liaison Officer to the U. S. Senate. In 1998, he was an aide to Phil Gramm and then Chief of Staff for John Cornyn. He, his wife, and two children are members of the Methodist church and live in Sugarland. He recently co-sponsored a bill to increase child tax credit and to make IRA withdrawals penalty and tax free.