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Jones Newsstand, 1935, located in the 900 block of Texas Avenue.

Jones Newsstand, 1935, located in the 900 block of Texas Avenue.

By Story Sloane III One of the highlights of doing what I do is connecting family members with a person in a vintage photograph. I never tire of having someone point out a relative in one of my photographs and then tell me a part of their family history. Former city of Houston Police Chief Jack Heard was in the gallery many years ago and noticed a picture of the 1928 Houston police shooting team. Dead center in the photograph was his father, Percy Heard. Percy was one of the youngest police chiefs in the city of Houston’s history. Jack pointed out that the pistol his dad was holding was used in the swearing-in ceremonies of three generations of Texas lawmen. Not only did I learn a little history about his father but Jack helped to identify some of the other policemen in the photo. Occasionally I am a guest on the “Great Day Houston” morning TV show and, as a result, I get several emails and phone calls asking if I have photographs in my collection that might reveal a family member or a family business. The most recent was an inquiry about the “Jones Newsstand” that was in operation on Texas Avenue across from the Rice Hotel. Much to my delight I found that I had not only one photograph of the business but three. Thanks to their granddaughter, Janis Frank, I now know the newsstand was owned and operated by David Jack and Ester Jones. The newsstand had a shoe shine operation and during the 1920s was known to take a few gambling wagers. The Jones Newsstand was also captured by noted Houston artist Frank Freed and can be seen in a book of his art. These personal slices of family history help to transform our large city into a community of familiar faces. Keep those requests coming! Photos courtesy of Story Sloane’s Gallery, www.sloanegallery.com

Detail of the racing forums sold at Jones Newsstand.

Detail of the racing forums sold at Jones Newsstand.

Houston Police shooting team, 1928. (L-R) Buffalo Huddleston, Dan Blalock, unknown, Percy Heard, unknown, Little Mike Meinke, Big Mike Meinke.

Houston Police shooting team, 1928. (L-R) Buffalo Huddleston, Dan Blalock, unknown, Percy Heard, unknown, Little Mike Meinke, Big Mike Meinke.


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