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Since: Dec 10

La Porte, TX

#141 Jan 31, 2012
Oh I remember wrote:
<quoted text>I lived in Oak Meadows and it seemed like we rode our bikes to the pool and we went down allen Geona to southmore to one of the first or second streets and went to the left and the pool was on the left...SOOooo long ago but seens like yesterday some times..the trampoline place was right off the corner of Southmore and Richy and yes they where holes in the ground with the trampolins placed ground level.. I've never seen any like that again in my life have you? Remember all the watermellon stands where you bought the mellon and they sliced them and gave you a big shaker of salt..We would set at tables and eat them get sticky then go home and play in the waterhose..
01/30/12
Pasadena (Citizen) News

YOU'RE FROM PASADENA
... If you remember:

Gibson's Watermelon Gardens

As Remembered By Ronnie Bufford:

My Grandfather, Irra Gibson, and Grandmother, Flara Gibson, owned and operated a place in Pasadena on Jackson St. off of Spooner called "Gibson's Watermelon Gardens."

The Gibsons first sold watermelons on South St in Pasadena. Later, he moved to 507 E Southmore. In the early 50's he bought the property on Jackson St and Spooner. With his Ford truck, Irra and Flara went around to local area watermelon patches and as far away as Hempstead and Luling to purchase the finest melons he could. As a family, we all pitched in to unload melons from the truck into coolers. Then, a dump truck would bring in loads of sawdust and we would all work together to spread it evenly throughout the fenced in area.

Once completed, we would pull the picnic tables and benches down from storage, wash the plastic table covers and put a box of Morton's salt on each table. All lights were checked and made certain to only have the yellow bug lights installed. Once all of this was completed, the season was ready to begin. We were open 7 days a week through watermelon season which ran from May to Sept, but the busiest nights were Fridays and Saturdays.

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Since: Dec 10

La Porte, TX

#142 Jan 31, 2012
Norma E wrote:
<quoted text>01/30/12
Pasadena (Citizen) News

YOU'RE FROM PASADENA
... If you remember:

Gibson's Watermelon Gardens

As Remembered By Ronnie Bufford:

My Grandfather, Irra Gibson, and Grandmother, Flara Gibson, owned and operated a place in Pasadena on Jackson St. off of Spooner called "Gibson's Watermelon Gardens."

The Gibsons first sold watermelons on South St in Pasadena. Later, he moved to 507 E Southmore. In the early 50's he bought the property on Jackson St and Spooner. With his Ford truck, Irra and Flara went around to local area watermelon patches and as far away as Hempstead and Luling to purchase the finest melons he could. As a family, we all pitched in to unload melons from the truck into coolers. Then, a dump truck would bring in loads of sawdust and we would all work together to spread it evenly throughout the fenced in area.

Once completed, we would pull the picnic tables and benches down from storage, wash the plastic table covers and put a box of Morton's salt on each table. All lights were checked and made certain to only have the yellow bug lights installed. Once all of this was completed, the season was ready to begin. We were open 7 days a week through watermelon season which ran from May to Sept, but the busiest nights were Fridays and Saturdays.

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Watermelons were sold mainly by the slice for .35 cents a whole slice and 25 cents a half slice. If someone wanted either a whole melon or just a half a melon to go, we weighed it on a scale located in 1 of the coolers and it was sold for .17 cents a lb. and I was more than happy to carry it to there vehicle in hopes of a small tip. My Grandmother, Flara, did the cutting of melons behind a screened in cage. My Grandfather, Irra, ran the register and always greeted every customer with an amount of fingers in party. Such as 2 adults with 2 kids would get the sign of 2 fingers then another 2 with a cut sign. This meant 2 whole slices and 2 half slices and they had a choice of either a red or yellow meat melon. They were put on metal trays sponsored by beer companies such as Schlitz, Falstaff, and Pearl. Often, Coaches brought in their baseball teams with parents and treated them to a relaxing evening of a nice cold watermelon. Sometimes when opened, you would see men sitting off to the side playing a game of dominos.

All the serving was done by us grandkids. I was proud to serve tables and would hustle hard for those tips of loose change amounting anywhere from $.10 to $1.00. After the melon was eaten, it was my job to clean the table. We always had a wet rag to wipe tables down. The rinds, seeds, and juice were disposed of in 55 gal drums out back. Forks and trays were washed and sterilized in super hot water.

After closing every night, we loaded the barrels into the back of my Grandfather's truck, drove to a near by horse pasture, and dumped them out for horses and cows to eat. They loved those rinds; none ever sat out and rotted. Also inside up front by the coolers, was a Coca-Cola machine that we kept loaded every night. They were bottled 6 oz. cokes selling for .05 cents each. The watermelon stand was closed down in the late 60's due to my Grandfather's poor health issues.

Editor’s note: Cindy Poole grew up in the Pasadena Deepwater area. Have memories of Pasadena you want to share? Email cindy at Mikeandcindypoole@yahoo.com
Mike

Pearland, TX

#143 Feb 14, 2012
east texas wrote:
We lived in the east end of houston (near Milby HS)and used the old Pasadena Hospital (now gone)with Dr Connor, Dr Wild, Dr Ducroz. That was the nearest Hospital to us at the time. That was the shopping area at the time.
I was delivered by Dr Ducroz in 1959 and he was my Dodtor into the mid 60's or so. Him and his nurse wife were so nice and treated me like one of their own kids. Dr Ducroz always had a mirror deal on his head with a light in the middle of it. Mrs Ducroz always gave me shots when I was sick usually saying somthing like "Michael we gonna have to put it in your hip boy"

Those were the good old days.
east texas

Lufkin, TX

#144 Feb 14, 2012
Dr Wild set my broken arm in 1943 and by all rights, in todays medical world, a doctor would have referred me to a specialist and would have probably required surgery. He just took a couple of X-Rays and slapped a big old plaster cast on it and said come back in a week and we will X-Ray it again. It is not as straight today as it should be but functional.

Since: Dec 10

La Porte, TX

#145 Feb 15, 2012
Mike wrote:
<quoted text>I was delivered by Dr Ducroz in 1959 and he was my Dodtor into the mid 60's or so. Him and his nurse wife were so nice and treated me like one of their own kids. Dr Ducroz always had a mirror deal on his head with a light in the middle of it. Mrs Ducroz always gave me shots when I was sick usually saying somthing like "Michael we gonna have to put it in your hip boy"

Those were the good old days.
Right.(music) Those were the days (music), and I wanna go back. ;~)
Steve

Houston, TX

#146 May 13, 2012
Norma E wrote:
ACTUALLY,
what I'm trying to find out is:
WHAT was the building that had, like a 10 foot cowboy/man on its roof?
I think that "BIG TEX" was the store that had a big cowboy on the roof over the entrance.
Former LP resident

Colorado Springs, CO

#148 Oct 26, 2012
east texas wrote:
We lived in the east end of houston (near Milby HS)and used the old Pasadena Hospital (now gone)with Dr Connor, Dr Wild, Dr Ducroz. That was the nearest Hospital to us at the time. That was the shopping area at the time.
Was this the Pasadena Hospital of the early 1950s? If so, do you know the address of where it stood?
Norma E

Houston, TX

#149 Oct 26, 2012
Former LP resident wrote:
<quoted text>
Was this the Pasadena Hospital of the early 1950s? If so, do you know the address of where it stood?
Pasadena General Hospital was on Southmore St. almost intersecting Pasadena Blvd.
east texas

Lufkin, TX

#150 Oct 27, 2012
The hospital I am thinking of was on Shaw Street in the old part of Pasadena. It has been demolished. I remember Dr Ducroz being there. Pasadena General was on Tatar (now Pasadena Blvd.) It still exists.
Red bluff girl

Jackson, MS

#152 Apr 20, 2013
My parents bought a house in red bluff terrace when the neighborhood was brand new. I was born in 1963 and lived on Ingersol until we moved in 1974. I have wonderful memories of childhood days spent playing outside with my best neighborhood friends, Red Bluff Elementary School days and shopping with my mother. I remember we always got groceries at Lewis & Coker. Seems like it must have been close to Red Bluff neighborhood? Anyone remember?
quiet citizen

Deer Park, TX

#153 Apr 21, 2013
Lewis and Coker was between Burke and Bearle on Red Bluff road. There was a White's Home and Auto at the of the strip center. There also was a Honda shop and a store called Ben Franklin if I have that right. I also went to Red Bluff Elementary from first grade all the way through. Mr. McCarol was the principal and Mrs Huffman and Mrs Reed were the physical ed teachers. You may even recall Jeffie Smith Kindergarten on Thomas and Alastair. I did not get to go there as you had to pay for kindergarten at that time.
Mike

Pearland, TX

#154 Apr 21, 2013
El Yokel de Local wrote:
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Anyone who grew up in that area in the 50s surely would not have survived this long without succumbing to some sort of cancer.
Hey El Yokel. I grew up in that area during that time and I actually survived cancer. I guess modern medicine has progressed. I also recall the KKK passing out flyers there on Red Bluff in their full uniforms/regalia in I think it was 1980. In the 70's they passed out papers at my school that said something like "this ticket entitles one nixxxr to a trip back to Africa on a ship shaped like a Cadillac". It was all kind of a scary time for the youngsters.
Old Fart

Houston, TX

#155 Apr 21, 2013
Norma E wrote:
<quoted text>
I always thought it was a radio station but what I'm trying to find out is there was a statue?, that was on top of the building and it seems like it was of a cowboy?, called Sugarfoot.
The old Capitan theater had a cowboy statue on the roof
Red bluff girl

Jackson, MS

#156 Apr 23, 2013
quiet citizen wrote:
Lewis and Coker was between Burke and Bearle on Red Bluff road. There was a White's Home and Auto at the of the strip center. There also was a Honda shop and a store called Ben Franklin if I have that right. I also went to Red Bluff Elementary from first grade all the way through. Mr. McCarol was the principal and Mrs Huffman and Mrs Reed were the physical ed teachers. You may even recall Jeffie Smith Kindergarten on Thomas and Alastair. I did not get to go there as you had to pay for kindergarten at that time.
thanks quiet citizen!!! I went to our church, Memorial Baptist for kindergarten then Red Bluff Elem. for 1-4 grades. I don't remember the principal at the time I was at Red Bluff but I do remember my teachers! Mrs. Griggs for 1st grade and my teachers for 2nd-4th grades, Mrs. McLain, Mrs. Couvillion and Mrs. Padgett for 4th gr. who was my favorite:) If I'd stayed at Red Bluff I believe Mr. Shaver or Shaffer was 5th gr. teacher... I went to Gardens for 5th gr. because my mother was PE teacher there for first part of my 5th gr. year. We moved out of state during that year. In reply to comments about cancer, I was indeed diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 23, malignant but all contained and removed and now it's 26 healthy years past:) I haven't been back to Pasadena since we moved so long ago but cherish those sweet, innocent childhood memories:)
Red bluff girl

Jackson, MS

#157 Apr 23, 2013
I've enjoyed reading through comments about old memories of pasadena particularly the 60's through early 70's. I grew up in the Red Bluff area but moved when I was still young child, only ten years old. My mom has alzh now and I'm remembering my childhood trying to recall some of those places there, where they were and if they're still there:) Dr. Ducroz was our doctor and I remember having to go to his office lots for B-12 shots which I hated!! I remember it seems that his office was in a "plaza" type building/clinic or maybe part of hospital? I remember it had rock garden type areas in the walkway area to his office? Am I remembering correctly and where was it? Also another favorite was shopping with my parents at Sears because I always loved looking in the dept. where they had saddles on display to purchase. Also, the candy/popcorn stand in the store. My sweet Daddy always bought us popcorn:) Is the Sears store still there and where exactly way back then? Anyone out there remember?
Do you remember

Pasadena, TX

#158 Apr 23, 2013
Pasadena Datsun?
Lomaxx

Houston, TX

#159 Apr 25, 2013
I nearly drown in Sims Bayou in '74? We stopped in the boat with 2 trolling motors and got another 6 pack at Spencer! Then it turns into concrete and were going to the Ship Channel. Where the concrete ended(behind to the Safeway store on Richey?) was a 5' waterfall and the undertow is where several folks drown. Never went back down it but I hope they corrected it.
quiet citizen

Deer Park, TX

#160 Apr 25, 2013
So far as your doctor, it seems like you remember the "Lava Rock Clinic" on Southmore street close to Burke Road, anyway, Lava rock was Doctor Darby was also. You may remember the big stuffed sailfish in the lobby across the way from the waterfall. There were some apartments beside the clinic and "Reed Bakery" across the street. So far as Sears, it was torn down and is now a crummy walmart. I also remember the aroma as you walked in the store, I remember the roasted cashews aroma was absolutely intoxicating. You were lucky, my folks never got us anything from there other than a walk-by to see what was in the air. I am sorry to hear about your mom, I lost mine seven years ago to cancer. Please, just be grateful, and I am sure you are, that you still have your mom at any capacity, she is still in there. Anyhow, I grew up on Thomas Street just between Delta and Burke, just a few streets over from you. I tended to stay away from your end of Burke and Delta Road as you had to fight to keep your bike from being stolen from you, right out from under you to be more precise. The old stomping grounds you knew started going downhill in the late seventies, mexicans came in and took over. My folks moved us to "up and coming Deer Park" and it was seemingly the best move they could have made as all of my old friends are dead or in jail from the old stomping grounds.
Red bluff girl wrote:
I've enjoyed reading through comments about old memories of pasadena particularly the 60's through early 70's. I grew up in the Red Bluff area but moved when I was still young child, only ten years old. My mom has alzh now and I'm remembering my childhood trying to recall some of those places there, where they were and if they're still there:) Dr. Ducroz was our doctor and I remember having to go to his office lots for B-12 shots which I hated!! I remember it seems that his office was in a "plaza" type building/clinic or maybe part of hospital? I remember it had rock garden type areas in the walkway area to his office? Am I remembering correctly and where was it? Also another favorite was shopping with my parents at Sears because I always loved looking in the dept. where they had saddles on display to purchase. Also, the candy/popcorn stand in the store. My sweet Daddy always bought us popcorn:) Is the Sears store still there and where exactly way back then? Anyone out there remember?
Red bluff girl

Jackson, MS

#161 Apr 26, 2013
Thanks again Quiet Citizen for catching me up on my childhood pasadena memories. I hate to hear that my old neighborhood has declined so and dangerous:( When I was a child "way back when" my part of Pasadena was heaven to me:) Do you by chance remember the little convenience store near the entrance of our neighborhood (Red Bluff Terrace) on the street (Burke or bearle) right before Delta St. that we called the "Time" Store because of the big clock on the top of the store front signage? We always walked or rode our bikes there, sometimes even skated on the sidewalks to it to buy candy and cokes! I don't know if that was the real name or not? I'm sure it's long gone too. Thanks for all your information as I've been gone since Feb. 1974 and haven't been back. I do cherish my memories of living there. I guess mostly in part because I had both my parents then and life was happy and simple:) thank you for your information:)
quiet citizen

Deer Park, TX

#162 Apr 26, 2013
That store was called "Wheat Check" later on. I do have a lot of good memories of that place to. I also had many ties to where you live now. My family all came from the Hattiesburg/Seminary/Collins area. My grand dad owned the store on the highway near Seminary named Williams & Anderson for several years. My father was born in the Collins area across from the Gulf Tank Terminal going into town. He was part of the infamous Cagle clan. Anyhow, if you get anymore questions run it by me I most likely know
Red bluff girl wrote:
Thanks again Quiet Citizen for catching me up on my childhood pasadena memories. I hate to hear that my old neighborhood has declined so and dangerous:( When I was a child "way back when" my part of Pasadena was heaven to me:) Do you by chance remember the little convenience store near the entrance of our neighborhood (Red Bluff Terrace) on the street (Burke or bearle) right before Delta St. that we called the "Time" Store because of the big clock on the top of the store front signage? We always walked or rode our bikes there, sometimes even skated on the sidewalks to it to buy candy and cokes! I don't know if that was the real name or not? I'm sure it's long gone too. Thanks for all your information as I've been gone since Feb. 1974 and haven't been back. I do cherish my memories of living there. I guess mostly in part because I had both my parents then and life was happy and simple:) thank you for your information:)

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