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This is the first Houston history book to be written from the business perspective, where the stories behind the successes are told.
"Houston Legends" contains extrapolations into business culture innovators. Each chapter features historical perspectives in several key industries in the area’s dynamic growth. Each topic is reviewed on the economic impact, the business contributions and the people involved and creative activities will be chronicled.
Recurring themes include entrepreneurial spirit, business survival, strategies, growth and vision. The names, dates and events are intertwined with anecdotes, applicable to modern business. Common themes include giving back generously to the community, stages in the evolution of a business, creativity and mentoring the next generation of leaders. This is a methodical way of reviewing Houston history in terms of the pioneers and their legacies for free enterprise.
|Publisher:||Morgan James Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Hank Moore is a Futurist and Corporate Strategist, with his trademarked concept, The Business Tree. He has advised 5,000 clients on strategy and speaks internationally. He has published other books: "The Business Tree," "The High Cost of Doing Nothing," "The Classic Television Reference," "Power Stars to Light the Flame" and "The $50,000 Business Makeover." He has presented Think Tanks for five U.S. Presidents and has spoken at six Economic Summits.
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The "8-F Crowd" was a group of Houston business leaders and friends who frequently met for lunch in Suite 8-F of the Lamar Hotel in downtown Houston. Jesse Jones had built the Lamar in 1927 on the corner of Main and Lamar Streets. 8-F members played an important role in Houston's civic affairs, included building Rice University's football stadium in the 1950’s and the Astrodome in the 1960’s.
The core of the group included Jesse H. Jones, Herman Brown, George R. Brown, Gus Wortham, James Abercrombie, James A. Elkins Sr. and William P. Hobby, who founded successful corporations and acquired considerable wealth.
Houston's 8-F players needed the help of the powerful East Texas group, so they often invited them to join them at the Lamar, where decisions were made that shaped Texas' future and its economic course. That group included Texas Governor Allan Shivers, attorney Ed Clark, State Senator Ben Ramsey, Ottis Lock and State Senator Wardlow Lane. Their influence extended into Washington through their association with politicians such as John Nance Garner, Sam Rayburn, Lyndon Johnson, and Albert Thomas.
The 8-F power brokers are all gone today and the site of the Lamar Hotel is a parking lot. But the tales of what transpired behind the doors of Suite 8-F have become an integral part of Houston legend.
Jesse Holman Jones was born in Robertson County, Tennessee, on April 5, 1874. When he was nine, the family moved to Dallas, where his managed his brother's lumberyard. In 1895, he went to work in his uncle's firm, later manager of the company's Dallas lumberyard, then the largest. In 1898, Jones came to Houston as general manager where he remained with the company for another seven years.
Jones established his own business, the South Texas Lumber Company. He expanded into real estate, commercial buildings and banking. Within a few years, he was the largest developer in the area and responsible for most of Houston's major construction. He owned 100 buildings in Houston and built structures in Fort Worth, Dallas and New York City. He sold his lumber interests and began to concentrate on real estate and banking.
In 1908, he purchased part of the Houston Chronicle. In 1908, he organized and became chairman of the Texas Trust Company and was active in most of the banking and real estate activities of the city. By 1912, he was president of the National Bank of Commerce (later Texas Commerce Bank, and by 2008, part of JPMorgan Chase & Co.) He made one of his few ventures into oil as an original stockholder in Humble Oil & Refining Company. As chairman of the Houston harbor board, he raised money for the Houston Ship Channel.
During World War I, President Woodrow Wilson asked Jesse Jones to become the director general of military relief for the American Red Cross. He remained in this position until he returned to Houston in 1919. He became the sole owner of the Houston Chronicle in 1926. Jones served as director of finance for the Democratic National Committee, made a $200,000 donation, and promised to build a hall. These actions were instrumental in bringing the 1928 Democratic national convention to Houston.
On the recommendation of John Nance Garner, President Herbert Hoover appointed Jones to the board of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, a new government entity established to combat the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Jones as chairman of the RFC, a position he held from 1933 until 1939. In this capacity, Jones became one of the most powerful men in America. He helped prevent the nationwide failure of farms, banks, railroads, and many other businesses. The RFC became the leading financial institution in America and the primary investor in the economy. The agency also facilitated a broadening of Texas industry from agriculture and oil into steel and chemicals.
In 1940, Jones was offered the post of Secretary of Commerce. With congressional approval, he was allowed to retain his post as FLA chief during the war years, when he supervised more than 30 agencies that received federal money. He died in 1956. Collections of Jones's papers and memorabilia are housed at the Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin, at the Library of Congress and Houston Endowment.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Building For Generations. The creators and builders.
Chapter 2. Real Estate, Construction and Building.
Chapter 3. Energy Legends.
Chapter 4. Entrepreneurs and Innovators.
Chapter 5. Banking and Finance.
Chapter 6. Retail. Customer Service Legends.
Chapter 7. Timeline.
Chapter 8. Media.
Chapter 9. Arts and Entertainment.
Chapter 10. Music Legends.
Chapter 11. Medical, Science and Technology.
Chapter 12. Sports.
Chapter 13. Community Service and Quality of Life Legends.
Chapter 14. Streets, Buildings and Programs Named for the Legends.
Chapter 15. Schools Which the Legends Attended.
Chapter 16. What It Takes to Be a Legend.
Chapter 17. Quotes About Houston.
Chapter 18. Slogans. Attraction Points About Houston.
Chapter 19. American Business Legends.
Chapter 20. Yesterdayism. Nostalgia, Trends, Fond Remembrances of the Past.
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