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The Texas Story

A number of years ago a friend of mine Wayne Hancock was president of Rovi Texas, a company that owned the Rice Hotel in Houston on the site of what was the first government of the Republic of Texas.  The building was scheduled for demolition so the company had held an auction of all the materials inside.  Wayne himself purchased some materials including elevator granite, etc for his home to be built on Houston’s Southwest Freeway. The home was later purchased by Warren Moon, quarterback of the Houston Oilers.  After the mentioned auction Wayne offered me and my brother—both in the construction business—the opportunity to go through the building and take whatever was left as it was scheduled for demolition anyway.  We went through it and recovered mainly some doors and some solid brass Sargent doorknobs and doorplates which being attached had remained.

I have a supply of twenty or so doors and an even larger number of doorknobs and doorplates.  The doors have been painted but underneath are beautiful I believe mahogany.

I have included photos of a few other artifacts to lend to the authenticity of the doors and door hardware.

Contact us at vern@voteforvern.com for pricing.

 

 

For Sale a Very Private Three Acres Perfect for Home Compound 

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Scarce three acres near Spring.  Densely wooded, pristine and untouched since Sam Houston deeded the property to Wuensche ancestors in 1845.  One minute from I45, eight from new Exxon campus and two hundred yards from Lemn Elementary–Texas exemplary Klein ISD school.  Unrestricted.  Perfect for a very private estate home or business.  $299,000.

Vern Wuensche

vern@voteforvern.com

Wuensche land

 

 

 

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In Praise of Packrats

In danger of seeming self-serving and creating conflict in America’s marriages, I believe we should praise packrats rather than diminish them.  So here goes . . .

Without packrats, there would be few museums. For something to be displayed in a museum it must either be valued continuously for several generations or be held by a packrat who simply stores and ignores it till it becomes an antique.  After that with enough time passing it can be displayed in a museum.

A case in point is the Texas Wendish Heritage Society and Museum founded by my mother and four other women in 1971. Being blessed with a continuously dedicated staff over the years it now has an impressive museum, over one thousand members all over the world, and a substantial endowment for annual student scholarships.  This smallest of ethnic groups in Texas begin in a perfect place: Serbin, Texas.  Serbin is a small farming community where Wendish residents who valued their heritage never moved, threw nothing away and had the space to keep things.  A great start for any museum.

Packrats in managing their stuff ask one question: does the item have sentimental or economic value.  If it has a sentimental value it is always kept. If it has economic value its value must be greater than the cost of keeping it over time. That value, in turn, is based on that person’s situation and personal creativity.  Which is why farmers are the best packrats.  They are tied to the land, rarely moving, with lots of available space in land and buildings to keep things which will be useful at some point. And magazines consequently are always saved on a farm.  They take up little space, were produced under heat, so stacked in a dark barn they have little danger of ultraviolet rays of the sun damaging their spine.

Which brings me to why I am so fond of magazines . . .

I grew up on a farm in McDade, Texas (pop. 250) where with a minimum wage father we had fresh air and ate very well but had no money to buy a newspaper let alone a magazine.  But a kind-hearted neighbor being one of the few educated persons in the town gave us some old issues of Life magazine and the New York Times while it was still a good newspaper. As our school had three grades in one room, five students in my 8th grade graduating class and a principal who had received his teaching certificate in the Army, these magazines were an assist to my rather poor educational environment.  And later, having had this early impetus, when I graduated from college I saw subscribing to a wide variety of magazines to be a way to continue my education.

My father and his father before him both saved all the annual issues of the Farmer’s Almanac for a century.  Each issue gave the phase of the moon the weather and of course advertised a number of products.  Little else.  But in perusing a large number of them one day I found a solitary issue saved by my grandfather in 1902 that allowed for a daily one-line diary entry for the day.  I had never met my grandfather but his life came alive through his daily disciplined entries.  He methodically recorded “66 days in cotton”  “worked in corn 46 days” which explained the genetics of one brother and me being accountants with another being a chemist. Another entry answered a question about an often told family story of my grandfather meeting Governor Pa Ferguson   I could never figure out how my dirt poor, honest and hardworking grandfather in the small town of Spring, Texas had ever met him.  Yet there it was in a one-line entry on November 4, 1902: “served on election” which gave him access to politicians. Which I never knew.

So in true family fashion, I have kept all of the many magazines I have subscribed to for fifty years.  I have had a simple process, read them, place them in a dark closet and once a year transfer this three-foot stack to a dark attic in the home where I have lived for 39 years.

Today having only economic value to me, I am clearing them out.  Newsweek, Texas Monthly and Forbes are for sale on my Woodmark Magazines storefront on Amazon.com. https://www.amazon.com/s?me=A1XD9JTEPGVVGQ&marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER  The remainder in most cases are for sale as listed below for $30.00 each upon request for a specific issue to vern@voteforvern.com

Today it is difficult to be a packrat.  People move too much.  And there are fewer people on farms.  Which is why packrats today generally marry non-packrats.  Otherwise where on earth would they have the room to put all their stuff.

National 

Newsweek 2600 1968 to 2013
The Week 48 April 2008 to April 2009
Smithsonian 76 April 1974 to June 1982
Psychology Today 25 May 1974 to May 1980
Grit 12
Success 30 June 1989 to June 1972
Quest 36 March 1977 to June 1981
Signature 8 November 1986 to August 1987

 

National Business

Forbes 1300 1968 to 2019
Inc 339 August 1985 to Sept 2011
WSJ 67
WSJ Metropolis 3
WSJ Future of Everything 4
Forbes ASAP 41
Forbes FYI 25 October 1, 1990 to Winter 1997
Forbes Life 30
The Economist 6
Venture 8
Management Focus 13
Fast Company 12
Executive Edge 5
Your Company 5
Financial World 4
Smart Business
Wall Street Journal 72

 

Texas 

Texas Monthly 374
Alcalde 299
Texas Highways 40
Texas Homes 7
Texas Builder 22
Texas Republic 11
Texas Traveler 2
Texas Business 24
Texas Business Review 4
Texas Building & Remodeling 3
Austin Homes and Gardens 9
Dallas Business Journal 57
Texas Building Trends 27
Texas Coop Power 114

 

Houston 

Absolutely Memorial 30
Cite 60
DBA 46
District 3
Energy Corridor Living 31
Houston 4
Houston Arts 1
Houston Business Journal 2600
Houston Business Journal Book of lists 21
Houston City 4
Houston Design Resources 1
Houston Home 3
Houston Home & Garden 13
Houston House & Home 48
Houston Lifestyle 3
Houston Lifestyle & Homes 37 May 1989 thru Feb 2017
Houston Living 31
Houston Lutheran 12
Houston Metropolitan 45
Houston Style 5
Houstonian 2
Inside Houston 2
Island Living 1
MFA Today 4
Ultra 5

 

Conservative 

Conservative Chronicle est  530
First Monday 79
Insight 46
National Review 651 March 10, 1989 to present
New America 19
Politics Today 8
Rising Tide 14
The American Spectator 12
Weekly Standard 534 April 6, 1996 to June 4, 1918
Campaigns & Elections 2

 

Membership Groups 

AA Chronicles 5
Army Reserve 2
Beta Gamma Sigma 10
Freedom 19
Houston Lutheran 12
KPMG 15
Life of the World 14
MBA 8
McCombs 39
NKBA 12
NKBA Profiles 13
Phi Kappa Phi Journal 60 Spring 1974 through Winter 1991
Texas CPA 111 May 1977 thru October 1992
The Lutheran Witness 112

 

 Builder 

Architect AIA 1
Architectural Digest 12 September 1986 thru September 1988
Better Homes & Gardens 10
Builder 86
Builder and Architect 40 February 1996 thru October 2001
Builder and Contractor 8
Builder News 3
Building Design & Construction 10
Cabinetmaker 129
Custom Builder 24
Custom Woodworking Business 180
Custom Woodworking Business 2
Fine Homebuilding 22
Home Plans 8
Home Plans 29
House Beautiful Kitchen & Bath 1
KBB 86
Kitchen & Bath Business 6
Kitchen & Bath Design News 58
Luxury Builder 13
Pro Remodeler 22
Professional Builder 382
Professional Builder & Remodeler 22
Professional Remodeler 71
Qualified Remodeler 25
Remodeling 394
Remodeling World 2
The Healthy Home 1
This Old House 13
Woman’s Day Kitchen & Bath 9
Wood & Wood Products 291

 

 Various 

American Bible Society 2
American Enterprise 4
Architect 1
Biblical Archeology Review 5
California 1
Canvas 1
Careers Today 1
Conde Nast’s Traveler 4
Constructor 1
Corporate Finance 1
Deck Builder 2
Details 1
Food and Wine 4
Foreign Affairs 1
Fortune 1
Good Old Days 1
Harpers 7
Harvard Journal 3
Healthy Home 1
Historic Preservation 1
Home PC 1
Home PC 1
Intellectual Digest 7
Intrapreneur 1
Journal of Real Estate Taxation 4
Manhatten 2
National Journal 1
New Times 3
Newsmax 3
People 1
Pinnacle 2
Polo 2
Reader’s Digest 1
Runners World 1
Selling Power 2
Small Business Computing 1
Small Business Report 1
Smart Money 1
Solar Engineering Magazine 1
Time 7
Trend 1
Virtuoso Traveler 3
Wilson Quarterly 4
Wired 1

 

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