Monthly Archives: October 2011

“Pee Pop” of Dwyce Drive

Milton Gebhard‘s 2009 obituary didn’t reveal much about the man or his life—only that he was 89 and a retired carpenter, and he once lived in Austin. His birth certificate, found online, shows that he was born Milton Hugo Henry Gebhard, son of Bruno and Hedwig Renter Gebhard of Round Top, Texas. His Brentwood neighbors remember him well. One young neighbor who couldn’t pronounce Gebhard’s last name nicknamed him Pee Pop. His driveway was a … Read more

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“Create Here!”—One Neighbor’s Story

Among the neighbors we’ve interviewed for the Voices of the Violet Crown project is Kristie Zamrazil of Crestview. We videotaped Kristie in September 2009 next to her “Create Here” tile, on the south end of the Wall of Welcome. Jean Graham completed the mosaic wall, filled with handcrafted tiles and mosaics, in March 2008. “I moved to Crestview in 2002, after looking for a house for two years. One thing I wanted was to live … Read more

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“Red Ryder” of Cullen Avenue

The large, colorful mosaic image of Ryder Schwartz, known as Red Ryder, is one of the highlights of Jean Graham’s Wall of Welcome on Woodrow Avenue in Austin. Ryder’s mother, Beverly Lester, and her parents moved to Cullen Avenue in Crestview in 1949, and she grew up there. Beverly returned to live in the Cullen house in 1972, when Ryder was 6. Five years later, Beverly took him to see Turk Pipkin juggling at Symphony … Read more

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Hancock Creek/Arroyo Seco, Part 5

Copyright 2017 Susan Burneson. All rights reserved. Kindly talk with us before reproducing any content you find on the website. WILDLIFE AROUND THE CREEK: DOMINO THE PIG Over the years, a variety of animals have been observed in Hancock Creek along Arroyo Seco, among them a spotted wild pig named Domino. On the morning of May 17, 2003, as volunteers were setting up the first Violet Crown Festival in Brentwood Park, a baby pig escaped … Read more

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Hancock Creek/Arroyo Seco: Part 4

Copyright 2017 Susan Burneson. All rights reserved. Kindly talk with us before reproducing any content you find on the website. In recent years, people in Brentwood and Crestview have become more involved in preserving, enhancing, and maintaining their local green spaces, including Hancock Creek. And, city, state, and federal projects are helping manage erosion, flooding, and drainage there. TREES In late 1992, Brentwood and Crestview neighbors, through a project coordinated by the Brentwood Neighborhood Association … Read more

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