ASHFORD’S EARLY DAYS
Ashford has not always been the busy area it is today. These residents have been in the community a long time and share their memories of how things used to be in our area.
Mike L. says....
There was a little convenience store located called Midget Market located where Pete’s Carpet is now. It used to be referred to as the Zebra lounge. The football referees would hang out there after football games at Memorial Ashford.
Amy L. says…
I remember when we (all the kids) used to ride bikes to school. I remember when the bayou was filled with 'forts' that all the kids played in (before all the buildings) I remember flying kites on the field along buffalo bayou. I remember catching 'crawdads' in the bayou behind our house LONG before we EVER thought about eating them!!
Herb/Betty S. say…
We remember when Mr. & Mrs. Mancuso lived on their small farm what is now the location of the Kroger store at Briar Forest and Dairy Ashford. They had cows and chickens, & you could hear the roosters crowing early in the morning. That was around 1970, when we moved to our home on Attlee Drive in Ashford South.
Leslie D. says…
I remember when Dairy Ashford ran BEHIND the North Pool. There used to be a farm where Kroger is now owned by the Mancuso family. I remember when the Mancuso’s cows would get out. They would wander over to the tennis courts (before we had the gates on the courts that we have now). Imagine trying to herd cows from the tennis courts! The kids loved it!
Sandy S. says…
YES - I do remember when Dairy Ashford was curve and ran behind the North Pool. It was so beautiful. I remember the winter after we arrived in Houston (we moved into our home on February 28, 1968), and that winter following it snowed - Dairy Ashford and the pool area were both so beautiful - it reminded me of my home - Michigan. Also, when we moved here - Ashford Parkway did NOT go all the way through both subdivisions (Forest and South). The last street that was paved going south in Ashford Forest was Shepherd's Ridge - then they started building more houses and streets. There were cows in the pasture just a couple of blocks away. The kids began school at Walnut Bend; then they went to T.H. Rogers for Jr. High - and they usually went Memorial, as Dairy Ashford was two lanes, and so was Westheimer. We drove all the way to Chimney Rock and Westheimer for a ‘fast food’ meal at Burger King. In fact I shopped at a grocery store on Westheimer, and sometimes at a store in Town and Country.
Kelly M. says…
I remember when we felt grown up because we could finally cross Dairy Ashford (on foot); Remember when Westheimer was nothing more than cow pastures going out to HWY 6…
Margaret D. says...
I remember when Dairy Ashford and Memorial was a two lane road and the corner of Memorial and Dairy Ashford was a four way stop. Briar Forest was a dirt road west of Dairy Ashford, there were people who boarded their horses on farms. It was not uncommon to see people riding horses in the area The closest gas station was at Blue Willow. Superior Oil had their headquarters at the southeast corner of Westheimer near Dairy Ashford. They had cows in front of their office. Hard to imagine that now!
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