Monthly Archives: November 2011

A Few Stories About Street Names, Part 1

Over the years, as we’ve talked with neighbors and looked into public records, we’ve learned how some of our Central Austin streets came to be named and what some of them once were called. Here’s Part 1 of what we’ve gathered so far. We invite you to share what you know about neighborhood streets by sending us an email (see link at right). AGGIE LANE—According to longtime Aggie Lane resident Don Gresser, the street was … Read more

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The Gift Must Always Move

With Thanksgiving coming up, we’d like to acknowledge just a few of all who have encouraged us in our Voices of the Violet Crown community/history project, especially since 2007: Neighbors, friends, and family, who purchased copies of our film A Community Mosaic and book From Abercrombie to the Violet Crown, and Crestview Shopping Center businesses that helped sell them—Crestview Barber Shop, Crestview Beauty Salon, and Crestview Pharmacy. Texas Oral History Association, for acknowledging our project … Read more

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A Salute to Violet Crown Veterans, Part 2

Our special series for Veterans Day concludes with stories about Bob Harwood, Ben Petmecky, and Emory Muehlbrad and video clips of John Carlson and Bill Williamson talking about veterans settling in Crestview as it was being developed in the late 1940s and early 1950s. BOB HARWOOD Bob was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for his service in the Army during World War II. He enlisted in February 1942 and served in the 6th … Read more

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A Salute to Violet Crown Veterans, Part 1

In honor of Veterans Day, the next two blog posts feature just a few of the military veterans who have lived in Brentwood and Crestview and are among the first neighbors who moved here. BILL WILLIAMSON, AL KIRBY, AND JOHN CARLSON You can read more about Bill here, Al here, and John here. We interviewed Bill on October 7, 2007; Al on March 29, 2009; and John and his wife Judy on September 5, 2009. … Read more

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