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Oral History Interviews, 2003-2011

Original residents, noted below, moved to Brentwood or Crestview in the early 1950s or before. Dates in parentheses indicate year of interview. An asterisk (*) indicates that a DVD of the full videotaped interview is housed at the Austin History Center. Interview excerpts and other information about each person can be found on this website, either by clicking on the link on or above the name or using the search box at the top of … Read more

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A Voice of the Violet Crown

I have a friend who is fascinated with genealogy, just as I am. She has told me the story of her great-grandmother, Dr. Elizabeth Durbin Irby Crow Smith, one of the first woman physicians in Northern Louisiana. As she passed away at age 73, she said to those around her: It’s a shame for me to die and take all this knowledge with me. Few of us will gain the wisdom Elizabeth did. She was … Read more

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Special Neighbors Remembered

We dedicated the blog post “A Voice of the Violet Crown” (December 9, 2012) in memory of a few special neighbors we have known. (Photo of the gate image, below left, by Brentwood neighbor Al Evans and reprinted with his permission.)  1996 Evelyn H. McCathran, of Crestview. Evelyn was a longtime Dartmouth Avenue neighbor and member of Crestview Baptist Church (her home was just west of the church). Evelyn, 76, passed away January 26, 1996. … Read more

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More Voices of the Violet Crown

In late 2009, we took video clips from some of our later oral history interviews and put them together into five different themes. We screened the clips inside BriteLites Studio at the Crestview Shopping Center in November 2009, during a fall Violet Crown Festival. (To learn more about many of the people we’ve interviewed, you can type their names into the search box at the top of the page.) We interviewed Carmen Canann in September 2009; … Read more

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Sense of Place, Part 2

More good stories from our neighbors who add to our sense of place here . . . WANDA AND EMORY MUEHLBRAD, whose grandparents were born in Germany, looked at each other and chuckled when we asked them to tell us their full names, during our interview with them in 2008: Wanda: My name is Wandalie Wilhelmine Hohertz Muehlbrad. Emory: I’m Emory Emil Wilhelm Muehlbrad. We come from German stock! BEN PETMECKY probably led a more … Read more

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Let There Be Luminarias!

Since 1994, luminarias have been a highlight of the holidays in our neighborhood, and this year is no exception. Thanks to the generosity of many neighbors, Arroyo Seco will once again glow with candlelight on December evenings a few days before and on Christmas. Brentwood neighbors started the luminaria project to celebrate the 1992 planting of more than 250 trees along Arroyo Seco and Hancock Creek between Koenig and Justin. (More about Hancock Creek here.) … 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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