Connecting Our Community

As I have said before, I grew up in the small Quaker community of Friendswood, TX. We moved there in 1955 when I was 1-year-old. My parents bought 25 acres and sold off pieces to build our house. This was the first subdivision in the town of 911. My dad was busy building a business, a family and also a community. He was on the school board for 25 years and the city council for 2 years.

In 1960, a nearby city decided to annex our small community. The men of Friendswood worked hard to stop this. On November 1, 1960, Friendswood became an incorporated city. This week I was at the library where I saw a poster about a contest for the 50 year celebration of this date.

I began to think about what kind of picture I could paint. The first thing I thought about was a picture we had of the Fourth of July Parade in about 1960. Friendswood has been having a Fourth of July Parade for over 100 years. It is a really big deal. When I was little, the parade would end up at the old city park. Some of the men of the community had been cooking BBQ all night. The ladies brought their best pies. There was a rodeo. It was great fun. Now the parade ends at the new Stevenson Park and everything is catered, but it’s still great fun.  Well, back to the contest.

Several years ago Joyciana Baker, the docent of the museum called to say she had a poster of our family in the parade that she would like to give to us. I went and picked up the poster.


I am in the wagon with my mother. My dad is the one with the donkey ears. I think that my 2 brothers were in the back carrying shovels. The next year my mother pulled the wagon with a sign that extolled equal rights for women. Judging by my size in the picture, it was about 1960. I wanted to incorporate this into my painting.

There are several other important things in Friendswood that I thought would represent “Connecting Our Community”.

City Hall:

Stevenson Park:

The Liberty Tree :

So this is what I turned in today:


They will announce the winner October 31st.

Wish me luck!

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