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Historically Fort Bend:
Surveying the Land
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Surveying the Land

Imagine that you have arrived in colonial Texas and applied for your land grant. Married heads of families received a league (4428 acres) if they declared that they were a rancher, and a labor (177 …

Historically Fort Bend:
Recalling Icy Cold Winters in the County
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Recalling Icy Cold Winters in the County


by Chris Godbold
Fort Bend County has had a mild winter so far but the past has not always been so kind. Jane Long told that Galveston Bay froze over in December 1821 while she waited …

Historically Fort Bend:
Recalling Icy Cold Winters in the County
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Recalling Icy Cold Winters in the County


by Chris Godbold
Fort Bend County has had a mild winter so far but the past has not always been so kind. Jane Long told that Galveston Bay froze over in December 1821 while she waited …

Historically Fort Bend:
Edwardian Fashions
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Edwardian Fashions

by Chris Godbold
Clothing styles in the Edwardian era (circa 1901-14) continued trends prevalent in the 1890s but also began a simplifying trend that would accelerate during and after World War I. The era was dominated …

Historically Fort Bend:
Religious Observances
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Religious Observances

Religious observances have taken place in Fort Bend County since the days of Austin’s Colony. Perhaps, the settlers fresh off the Lively stopped to say a prayer of thanks when they reached land after months …

Historically Fort Bend:
Blue Ridge
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Blue Ridge

by Chris Godbold
A crest of land on Oyster Creek in the northeast part of Fort Bend County lay unoccupied until the 1890s. It was part of Austin’s
Colony. In 1893, W. Allen Robinson and his family …

Historically Fort Bend:
The Fort Bend County Fair
Historically Fort Bend:<br> The Fort Bend County Fair

Fort Bend County has long been interested in celebrating and promoting the produce of its fields and pastures and in recognizing the skill of its citizens. On occasion, Fort Bend County folks held fairs, open …

Historically Fort Bend:
Victorian Mourning Customs
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Victorian Mourning Customs

Victorians were fond of rules and rituals, especially in social occasions and for lifetime events such as weddings and funerals. Elaborate mourning customs were the etiquette of the day, especially after the death of Prince …

Historically Fort Bend:
William Jennings Bryan in Rosenberg
Historically Fort Bend:<br> William Jennings Bryan in Rosenberg

Fort Bend County has seen its fair share of politicians. Some of them live here while others are just passing through. The travels of the presidential candidates throughout the country are a contrast to earlier …

Historically Fort Bend:
When it Was a Child’s World
Historically Fort Bend:<br> When it Was a Child’s World

Young Victorian children were seen as innocent beings that should be protected against the realities of the world, especially intimacy. As a result, parents dressed their toddlers and young children, both girls and boys, in …

Historically Fort Bend:
Thomas Jefferson Smith
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Thomas Jefferson Smith

After the end of the Texas revolution, a fortunate soldier made his way to Fort Bend County. He had survived battle and capture and was now set on making his home in Texas. Thomas Jefferson …

Historically Fort Bend:
Our Lost Structures
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Our Lost Structures

by Chris Godbold
Fort Bend County is very forward looking. Right now, it is experiencing great growth and diversity in its population. New roads are constructed and older ones are expanded. However, we should not lose …

Historically Fort Bend:
Fort Bend Men and the Houston Rodeo
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Fort Bend Men and the Houston Rodeo

 
March in Houston means Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo time. Though the Rodeo is located in Houston it has plenty of Fort Bend ties, and has since its inception. Fort Bend ranchers sent their cattle …

Historically Fort Bend: Spinning Wheels and Spinning Fibers Historically Fort Bend:  Spinning Wheels and Spinning Fibers

In Austin’s Colony, access was limited to finished goods such as clothing, blankets and other textiles. Instead, many families made these items for themselves from start to finish. They harvested cotton from their fields or …

Historically Fort Bend:
William K. Davis
Historically Fort Bend:<br> William K. Davis

Son of Kinchen W. Davis and Fannie Pleasants, William Kinchen Davis was a prominent landowner and citizen in Fort Bend County. He was born on November 11, 1822 in Alabama. Davis arrived in Texas on …

Historically Fort Bend:
Let’s Go Shopping
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Let’s Go Shopping

During the month of December, our attention turns to buying Christmas presents. Shopping becomes our favorite national pastime. We busily look for the perfect gift for friends and loved ones. Shoppers move from store to …

Historically Fort Bend:
Numerous Black Politicians Rose to Prominence in Years Following Civil War
Historically Fort Bend:<br> Numerous Black Politicians Rose to Prominence in Years Following Civil War

By Chris Godbold
The end of the Civil War in Fort Bend County gave rise to a black population active in county politics. After Juneteenth, thousands of black slaves in Fort Bend County were suddenly free, …

Historically Fort Bend:
The Old 300
Historically Fort Bend:<br> The Old 300

Portraits of Old 300 members
 
By Chris Godbold
The Old 300 are the first settlers brought to Texas under Stephen F. Austin’s contract to bring families to the Mexican province. The contract was initially negotiated by Stephen’s …

Historically Fort Bend:
Renaissance Revival Furniture Popular in Victorian Era
Historically Fort Bend:<br>Renaissance Revival Furniture Popular in Victorian Era

By Chris Godbold
Victorians enjoyed several styles of furniture, the popularity of one overlapping with the growing popularity of another. One of those was the Renaissance Revival style which brought back motifs and forms used during …

Historically Fort Bend:
Surviving the Storm
Historically Fort Bend:<br>Surviving the Storm

By Chris Godbold
We are now in the midst of hurricane season. Today we benefit from sophisticated radar and warning systems, but in the early 20th century there were no such early warnings. This was especially …

Historically Fort Bend: Simonton: Red Potato
Capital of Texas
Historically Fort Bend: Simonton: Red Potato <br>Capital of Texas</br>

 
By Chris Godbold
Simonton is located on the Southern Pacific rail line 14 miles northwest of Richmond. Originally part of the league of land granted to Thomas Westall, the first settlement in the area was by …

Historically Fort Bend: Bustling
About in Victorian Days
Historically Fort Bend: Bustling <br>About in Victorian Days</br>

By Chris Godbold
Popular fashions never stay the same for very long. Styles change as new ideas on how to flatter the figure or shape the human form come into vogue. This is especially true with …

Historically Fort Bend: Randolph Foster Historically Fort Bend: Randolph Foster

Randolph Foster was an early Old 300 Texas pioneer who made his home on his land grant that straddled northwest Fort Bend County and southwest Waller County. Prior to settling in Austin’s Colony he served …

Historically Fort Bend: Carpet Cleaning in Late Victorian Texas Historically Fort Bend: Carpet Cleaning in Late Victorian Texas

April brings with it what passes for spring in Fort Bend County. One of the many things associated with the season in the 19th century and today is spring cleaning, which includes chores like cleaning …