Sunday, October 1, 2017

Future for Hippo’s Hill Country Hideaway in Spicewood, Texas unknown.

In 2016, Hippo’s Hill Country Hideaway in Spicewood, Texas closed down due to wage labor violations cited by the Department of Labor, low quality service, and a set of other problems. Customers have complained about the lack of service and staff having an unprofessional attitude when doing customer service with customers. Not only have customers complained. Hippo’s Hill Country Hideaway employees have complained too. Hippo’s Hill Country Hideaway failed to pay their workers federal minimum wage.

Hippo’s Hill Country Hideaway was a small successful known restaurant to many Lake Travis residents and Austin citizens along with the rest of Travis County. The rest of Travis County knew about Hippo’s Hill Country Hideaway very well.

Future of the former Hippo’s Hill Country Hideaway building remains unknown presently speaking. However parts from the building have been moved and relocated offsite to an unknown location. The green square single story unit structure at the front entrance is no longer present from street view. Party due to wage labor violations cited by the Department of Labor and a set of other problems.

Friendship of Manda School works to historically preserve Manda Community Center.

From 2016 to 2017, the Friends of Manda School have begun maintenance and upkeep of the former Manda School building as an attempt of historic preservation. The Manda community along with several volunteers have been restoring the Manda School building to its original condition as found decades earlier.

Every single year the Friends of Manda School clean the school building and land property by mowing the grass and terminating insects from hidden corners. Ceiling tiles from top roof have been restored.

Several window panels have been replaced and window screens have been added to all windows of this school. All wooden floors have been flattened and resurfaced to be up to code for building standards and code standards by volunteers from Friends of Manda School. Central AC heating is now connected to this building.

Every single year the Friends of Manda School hold meetings at the Manda Community Center. Mainly these meetings are about future regards of Manda Community Center and funding for historic preservation toward this building which are held by the Board of Directors for Friends of Manda School. Friends of Manda School is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of this school building.

As a community center, community functions, social gatherings, programs, and various meetings are still held inside this building.

Manda School is now operated and preserved by the Friends of Manda School (Friendship of Manda School) as Manda Community Center. Friends of Manda School plans to keep the Manda School open as the Manda Community Center in Manda, Texas which is near the town of Manor, Texas.

History of Vidor, Texas revisited.

The city of Vidor, Texas was founded as a logging mill town in 1895 by Charles Sheridan Vidor and his group of men. Charles Sheridan Vidor was the founder of the city of Vidor, Texas. The area was surrounded by big thicket forest which had provided a good business incentive for Charles to start up his Miller & Vidor Lumber Company in that area of East Texas in 1905. In 1909, the first post office was established for the small town of Vidor. In 1910 is when business had really gotten started. During the early part of the 20th Century, Vidor was a lumber town and a mill town.

Charles Sheridan Vidor was the founding father of the town of Vidor, Texas. He helped plan the blueprint layout of Vidor to become a city. Charles Sheridan Vidor was a racist city official who was the towns founding father and local KKK member that happened to make it very clear in law and order the nobody black would live there. He carried two .38's on his hips.

EVEN in 1920 when Vidor had a population of 50 people that was roughly male and all white. So despite local historians and citizens stating that black people had lived in Vidor prior to Charles Sheridan Vidor and his men moving there is false. The United States Census books show Vidor had an all-white population back then. Vidor has always been white by default. White flight found a haven in Vidor as well as Rose City and Lumberton in 1920.

In the 1920s, Vidor, Texas was known as the Bloody Vidor. The reason for that is because violence and bar fights were part of the culture in Vidor, Texas. Violence was a recreational sport back then. The local KKK was no exception to that. The violent activities had ranged from shootings, hangings, lynchings, arson, murder, and beatings along with cross burnings. Violence and terrorism was a common factor in Vidor, Texas at that time.

It was prior to 1925 that Vidor was only by ferry across the Neches River. The ferry was accessible to the residents of Beaumont who worked for the Miller & Vidor Lumber Company. Vidor just had one road call Main Street running through the city back then.
There were malaria epidemics that swept people away. The mosquitoes were so thick that they had smothered cattle. Vidor was known as a swamp back then. Many of the roads had huge potholes. There has always seemed to be an atmosphere of poverty and isolation in Vidor that has really continued to thrive.

In 1926 is when the Miller-Vidor Lumber Company had moved to the small town of Lakeview, Texas in search of more virgin timber for their business. Vidor had lost a lot of jobs a result from that particular business decision. The rest of the Miller-Vidor subdivision was planned on a blueprint, built, and laid out by 1929. The final results were finished by then over there.
By 1929, the town of Vidor had faced poverty, violence, fire, and isolation. The reasons for these factors was because of the Great Depression that had struck the United States economy with a fatal blow to the NYSE stock market.


By 1930, it was clear that the local KKK did not want black citizens living in Vidor. The reason for that is because of a local tale that a black men had raped a white woman in the middle of the night at midnight. The women had screamed loudly and had gotten the local KKK's attention. So the local KKK had formed a local search party to find the black rapists. The KKK had hung two black men before they got the right one. The fourth one got away. There were 3 nooses from a tree at a fishing hole nearby and nooses hanging from a sign in the middle of Vidor. The sign said "Nigger, don't let the sun set down on you in Vidor.". It was at that point that the KKK members had decided they did not want black citizens living in the city of Vidor.
By 1930, Vidor was known as a sundown town.

In the 1930s, the Ku Klux Klan groups that had a stranglehold in local politics that had ruled Vidor with an iron fist were known as Knights of the White Camellia (KWC), White Camellia Knights (WCK) and Vidor Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. The surrounding thick forests provided some cover for secret meetings of the Ku Klux Klan. It was an idealistic environment for the local Ku Klux Klan groups.
Vidor was national headquarters and state headquarters for the Ku Klux Klan along with Dallas, Texas , Pulanski, Tennessee , Beaumont, Texas , Houston, Texas , Mena, Arkansas , Pine Bluff, Arkansas , Harrison, Arkansas , and Hammond, Indiana along with several other klan klaverns in cities & town across the Untied States.


In the 1950s is when Vidor had became a white flight haven in East Texas. It was known to many citizens in East Texas that Vidor was a white flight haven for racist bigots and the KKK. Vidor was a Democratic city right then. The town of Vidor was still very small. Arsons, cross burnings, and fires were a common sight in Vidor in the 1950s and 1960s. The 50s is when Vidor had built many public schools for the city as well as Rose City.

In 1960s and 1970s, Vidor had continued to attract large numbers of residents as white citizens left Beaumont. Vidor was a haven for white flight. There have been local stories that had persisted of black people stopping for gas and just being chased out of town. Hippies being refused serviced because of their long hair along  with many other horrible treatments. Vidor was the national headquarters for the KKK along with Dallas and Pulaski along with several other klaverns. A Klan bookstore welcomed shoppers on Main Street and the Klan catered local functions. The KKK was headquartered in Vidor.

The local VOKKKK had made the local newspaper headlines in the Vidorian newspaper during the 1980s era. Local klansman A.W. Harvey, Grand Dragon of Vidor's Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan had ran for mayor of Vidor in an unsuccessful attempt in the 1980s. No citizens took his political viewpoints very seriously at all of course. Most of the KKK left Vidor by 1987.
By the 1980s, things were quiet in the small town of Vidor for a while.


In the 1990s is when Vidor started getting riled up wild again!

In 1993, the US government had to bring blacks into Vidor's public housing after a court order from the Black vs. Young court case that caused a court order that public housing complexes be desegregated back in 1981. Most public official did not comply. So the White Camellia Knights and KKK had held a march in the community. The KKK had forced black families to move out of Vidor by 1994.
The main perpetrators of these controversial events were local citizens Charles Wayne Lee (then Grand Dragon and now Imperial Wizard of the White Camellia Knights), Michael Daniel Lowe (Grand Dragon of the Texas Knights of the Ku Klux Klan), James Hall Jr., Edith Marie Johnson of the Nationalist Movement and White Camellia Knights, and Thom Robb. Organizations such as the White Camellia Knights, Nationalist Movement, Texas Senate, Texas Legislator, The Creationists, and Aryan Nation were responsible

By 1995, the racial tension had calmed down and black citizens had moved in again with no hassle. The city of Vidor was surely but slowly loosing it's racist stigma on again for the second time since the 1980s. The reputation of Vidor had changed drastically around the middle of the 1990s.

By 2000, Vidor had became a mill town and a business town again. The city official of Vidor started encouraging people to move to Vidor in the mid 2000s. The KKK had left the city of Vidor thus moving away from the city limits into other towns in the United States.

The town of Vidor had suffered considerable hurricane damage from Hurricane Rita in the mid 2000s which led city officials and local politicians to change the image of Vidor around as a city. 2008 is when the city of Vidor decided to change their image problem. The City of Vidor offered asylum for evacuees of Hurricane Rita. By 2012, everything got quieted down.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Mopac toll road expected to be completed by 2019.

The Mopac toll road is expected be completed by the year 2019. By 2019, construction will have been completed and the toll road will be totally functional by then. Going directions northbound and southbound, Mopac toll road will merge in those regular lanes on Mopac Highway (Loop 1) north of the Colorado River. However due to budget cuts enacted by the Texas State Legislature, construction for the Mopac toll road has been delayed slightly. Thus moving Mopac toll road completion date to 2019.

Construction on Mopac Highway alongside Mopac toll road has been rather moving at a sluggish pace. Progress remains slow as usual. Rain weather from previous months in 2017 have delayed construction for the Mopac toll road as well other factors. May rain weather delayed construction the most. Construction for the Mopac toll road begins at nighttime. News reports that construction on Texas highways and roads move at a rather slow sluggish pace. That is nothing new. The latest Mopac toll road is expected be completed by the year 2020 or at least by 2019 at most.

Plans for former EZ's Brick Oven & Grill restaurant building remain unknown.

EZ's Brick Oven & Grill restaurant burger had closed down in January 2016 after a gas line broke resulting in uncontrollable fire. The fire did $400,000 dollars worth of damage to the restaurant building. It was a total loss. Especially for EZ's Brick Oven & Grill business owners.

It is unknown what the plans are for this building. However Austin CultureMaps has confirmed that the EZ Burger restaurant will be demolished in the near future. However that has not happened as of yet. No plans have been announced publicly as to what will happen to this building. The former EZ Burger restaurant building currently sits abandoned. Only time will tell us what happens next.

Over the course in the timespan of a year, the restaurant building has been graffitied on. Several graffiti taggers have made their mark on this building here. “No Trespassing” signs have been put up all over the restaurant. However the “No Trespassing” signs have not kept away vandals, criminals, vagrants, and taggers. Signs of homelessness and vagrancy have taken place. Trash has been scattered all over. Mail, posters, and paper lay near the door of the front entrance.

Longtime Austinites feel that they have lost an Austin icon. Still many former patrons and unsuspecting customers use their parking lot for patronage as EZ's Brick Oven & Grill is on the same commercial property along with 2 to 3 other businesses in the same commercial complex.

Berg's Mill School history long forgotten.

Berg’s Mill School is one of the many forgotten educational institutions of San Antonio and Bexar County. The Berg’s Mill School was a rural school located way out in the county in San Antonio, Texas. Not much is known about the Berg’s Mill School or its history. Many historians have not covered this school written in books. Many citizens of San Antonio seemed to have forgotten about this school’s existence or its presence.

Berg’s Mill School was constructed believably as a one room schoolhouse in the year of 1896. The one room schoolhouse was probably built as a single story structure. 1896-1897 is the first school year the Berg’s Mill School operated from. By then Berg’s Mill School was considered both as a rural school and a “county school”.  This school was a co-ed school. Most of the pupils were children of Mexican descent.

Student enrollment never went past 100. School attendance boasted a bumbling small population. Despite a small bumbling population of students, attendance seemed not to be very high. School attendance in the 1930s boasted a bumbling population.

Manual training and sewing were taught at this school. Boys were taught manual training while girls were taught sewing. Girls learned sewing at a young age. Girls held an intense interest in sewing.

In 1940, Berg’s Mill School closed. In 1940 when Berg’s Mill School closed, students who attended Berg’s Mill School were transferred and redistricted to Harlandale ISD and Southside ISD. Berg’s Mill School pupils were then transferred to San Juan School (now San Juan Elementary School). Berg’s Mill School closed due to the curbed growth of San Antonio growing southbound. Post World War II growth absorbed the population.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

US President Donald Trump plans to attack Korea.

It’s official! Donald Trump has planned to attack Korea. Donald Trump has declared the US is running out of patience with Korea over its nuclear drive. Trump claims its ballistic missile programs have gotten out of hand. United States calls on other regional powers in other countries from across the globe to implement sanctions against Korea. Sanctions will be employed in a phased and comprehensive approach. He wants all “responsible nations” to join in. So does the US.

Things have gone out of hand. Donald Trump has made attacking Korea a top priority over nearly everything else in politics. He warns that the Korean dictatorship regime “better choose a better path do it quickly”. Russia is ready to do whatever they can to help United States against Korea. Russia is ready to render aid to the United States.

“Today we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime of Korea. The Korean dictatorship has no regard for the safety and security of its people, for its neighbors, no respect for humanity, and has no respect for human life.” said Trump.

Former New Sweden School in Manor, Texas long forgotten.

New Sweden School was built as a one room schoolhouse in the summer of 1916. Classes started in the fall later that same year. Construction for the New Sweden School lasted from summer to fall. Herman Hees and Raymond Hees owned the land.

New Sweden School had its own school district called New Sweden School District (School District No. 22) before being consolidated into Manda School District. New Sweden School and several other schools along with school districts were consolidated to form the Manda Common School District in 1947. The Manda School District was dissolved in 1960 and was divided among Manor ISD, Pflugerville ISD, and Elgin ISD. Most students were bussed to Manor ISD though.

From 1948 to 1985, New Sweden School had served as a church. In 1985, the school building was all but abandoned. Over the years, the former school building fell into a horrendous state of rural decay. Overtime the building burned down from natural wildfire. Top roof perished from the flames. Top roof for this former school is no longer extant. Today the school is surrounded by shrubs, bushes, wild brush, and a slew of trees in the country breeze.

The former New Sweden School was located 7 miles north of Manor, Texas. The address for the New Sweden School was 12178 New Sweden Church Road, Manor, Texas, US 78653.

*New Sweden School District was School District No. 22 better known as District #22.
*New Sweden School and New Sweden School District eventually consolidated into Manor ISD.
*New Sweden School and New Sweden School District was abolished in 1947 even though the building was still in operation.
*Manda School District also went under the title of Manda Common School District.

History about Oak Grove Church in Austin, Texas nearly long forgotten.

Origins for Oak Grove Church date back to 1861 when the building was know as Oak Grove School. Oak Grove Church was the former Oak Grove School that was located on the end of Spicewood Springs Road in Austin, Texas which served as aa rural schoolhouse that had served Travis County and rural Austin from 1861 to 1970. Oak Grove School taught grades 1 through 8 as Oak Grove School was a K-8 school.

In 1970, the former Oak Grove School was converted from a 110 year old schoolhouse into a neo-classical modern church which would become the Oak Grove Church we know today. No known modifications were made to the church.

Over the years, the Oak Grove Church was set on fire several times by vandals. The Oak Grove Church finally burned to the ground on the date of August 31, 1992 after being set on fire several times. Report of arson to the Oak Grove Church had appeared in an August 31, 1992 edition of the Austin American-Statesman newspaper in an article titled “Congregation mourns loss of old church”. Today only a shed, cement foundations, and a basketball court remain. The shed is currently being used for storage.

Now Oak Grove Cemetery was first plotted in 1885. Earliest burial found at this cemetery dates back to the year 1887. Today the cemetery is maintained by the donations of friends and family. Oak Grove Cemetery is private property and off limits to the public.

Oak Grove Church was/is located at 7901 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, Texas, US 78759. Both the Oak Grove Church and Oak Grove Cemetery are located at this address. Oak Grove Cemetery is now property of Oak Grove Church. Today both Oak Grove Church and Oak Grove Cemetery are private property and are currently off limits to the public.

Friday, August 11, 2017

US President Donald Trump declares war on Korea.

It’s official! As of August 10, 2017, Donald Trump has declared war on Korea. Donald Trump has declared the US is running out of patience with Korea over its nuclear drive. Trump claims its ballistic missile programs have gotten out of hand. United States calls on other regional powers in other countries from across the globe to implement sanctions against Korea. Sanctions will be employed in a phased and comprehensive approach. He wants all “responsible nations” to join in. So does the US.

“Today we are facing the threat of the reckless and brutal regime of Korea. The Korean dictatorship has no regard for the safety and security of its people, for its neighbors, no respect for humanity, and has no respect for human life.” said Trump.

Things have gone out of hand. Donald Trump has made declaring war on Korea a top priority over nearly everything else in politics. He warns that the Korean dictatorship regime “better choose a better path do it quickly”. Russia is ready to do whatever they can to help United States against Korea. Russia is ready to render aid to the United States.