Showing posts with label health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label health. Show all posts

Friday, May 17, 2019

Copper sediments in Texas HHSC water supply removed.

Copper sediments were removed from the Texas HHSC water supply in May 1, 2019. The process of removing copper sediment from the Texas HHSC water supply took a process of several months due to lack of state funding. The carpet was being redone on 5 floors of the HHSC building. That is why the removal of copper sediment took so long. The Texas HHSC building has had some major plumbing issues over the years it’s been open.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Austin, Texas facing a smelly water crisis.

City of Austin, Texas is currently facing a smelly water crisis. Residents living downtown and south have been complaining that the water from Colorado River aka Lady Bird Lake smells like poop. Residents have been complaining about their water supply smelling like poop containing an unusual odor. The City of Austin is aware of this. City of Austin officials state Zebra mussels are to blame for downtown's smelly water. Zebra mussels are the reason why the water smells like a septic tank.

These Zebra mussels can be traced to the inside of a raw water pipeline at the Ullrich Water Treatment Plant which is where these fowl odor issues can be traced and backtracked to. This information is all according to KXAN and Austin Water. (Ref: https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/city-of-austin-zebra-mussels-to-blame-for-downtown-s-smelly-water/1761932112?fbclid=IwAR2BzoGQdiaV3XRZvwN2dxFosg6-b3d7Gu2EToQMlBxAGLk6aVgLze4Fi8Q)

Residents living downtown and south have been complaining about how Colorado River is polluted by the presence of Zebra mussels. Evidently, Zebra mussels can be transferred by even small amounts of water as these tiny mollusks can latch on to any surface under water.

Zebra mussels were first found in the state of Texas in 2009. As of 2019, Zebra muscles have multiplied spreading quickly across the Colorado River Basin.

State agencies, city officials, county officers, and environmental groups have asked boat owners to clean their boats before and after each use when coming to or from the water. Currently there is no boil water notice in effect.

A perspective of the smelly water crisis Austin, Texas is facing.

City of Austin, Texas is currently facing a smelly water crisis. Residents living downtown and south have been complaining that the water from Colorado River aka Lady Bird Lake smells like poop. Residents have been complaining about their water supply smelling like poop containing an unusual odor. The City of Austin is aware of this. City of Austin officials state Zebra mussels are to blame for downtown's smelly water. Zebra mussels are the reason why the water smells like a septic tank.

These Zebra mussels can be traced to the inside of a raw water pipeline at the Ullrich Water Treatment Plant which is where these fowl odor issues can be traced and backtracked to. This information is all according to KXAN and Austin Water. (Ref: https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/city-of-austin-zebra-mussels-to-blame-for-downtown-s-smelly-water/1761932112?fbclid=IwAR2BzoGQdiaV3XRZvwN2dxFosg6-b3d7Gu2EToQMlBxAGLk6aVgLze4Fi8Q)



Residents living downtown and south have been complaining about how Colorado River is polluted by the presence of Zebra mussels. Evidently, Zebra mussels can be transferred by even small amounts of water as these tiny mollusks can latch on to any surface under water.

Zebra mussels were first found in the state of Texas in 2009. When discovered, no one would have second guessed Zebra mussels would spread like wildfire. As of 2019, Zebra muscles have multiplied spreading quickly across the Colorado River Basin.

State agencies, city officials, county officers, and environmental groups have asked boat owners to clean their boats before and after each use when coming to or from the water. Currently there is no boil water notice in effect.


However some residents in the area complained their water smell like copper as they have remains of copper sediment inside of their water. This can be attributed to plumbing issues from over the years.

Another example of copper sediment of being found in the water is the Texas HHSC water supply. Copper sediment still remains in Texas HHSC water supply.

On the date of 10/4/2018, an employee of Texas HHSC found copper sediment in the water coming from a water fountain. The copper sediment sample was recorded and documented on the date of 10/4/2018. It was then that an employee taped the copper sediment sample on top of said water fountain.

This was an attempt to warn and inform Texas HHSC employees along with contractors about copper in their water supply coming from a particular water fountain.

Sticky notes were posted on the water fountain with the captions of “Mmm… copper” and “Can we drink this or nah”. One sticky note has a humorous remark poking fun at this situation with a caption saying “Enjoy a glass of water. Have a copper more while you’re at it”. The grammar found on those sticky notes has atrocious grammar errors.

As of April 2019, copper sediment remains evident in the Texas HHSC water supply. Little has been done to change the water supply connection to a better water source. Only 2 drains have been unclogged to remove any copper sediment. Any exact plans as to how the removal of copper in the Texas HHSC water supply have not been confirmed or made public yet.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Copper sediment still remains in Texas HHSC water supply.

As of April 2019, copper sediment remains evident in the Texas HHSC water supply. Little has been done to change the water supply connection to a better water source. Only 2 drains have been unclogged to remove any copper sediment.

The Texas HHSC has had some major plumbing issues over the years it’s been open. However this is not surprising considering there was a rat infestation which caused a $60,000 vermin infestation in 2017 at the Texas HHSC building. Any exact plans as to how the removal of copper in the Texas HHSC water supply have not been confirmed or made public yet.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fresh Start, Inc. Halfway House now up for sale as senior housing.

A former halfway house once operated by Fresh Start, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio is now up for sale. Fresh Start, Inc operated this halfway house as a drug treatment center for men with substance abuse issues. This 46,172 square foot building is located on 1.16 acres with a parking space. Senior Executive Director Michael Smith has put this property up for sale. This building will have a capacity of 100 beds. Parking lot space is available. He plans on redeveloping this building by converting it into senior housing. He is looking for any potential buyers in the market.

loopnet lists this property under a category of Senior Housing For Sale right beneath said location address. In fact, many realer websites have this property listed under senior housing as well. (Ref: https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/17349015/2415-East-55th-Street-Cleveland-OH/)

The former Fresh Start, Inc. Halfway House is located at 2415 East 55th Street Cleveland, Ohio, US 44104. Their phone numbers were 216-431-2554 and 216-531-1373.


Here is the history of the property and building.

The property was cleared to build King's Hall Apartments in 1920 which is when the original structure was built. King's Hall Apartments operated from 1920 to 1968. An addition was added in 1967. Remodeling was done to the exterior with an additional layer of bricks. In 1968, King's Hall Apartments was sold to Fresh Start, Inc. for an undisclosed amount of money.

Fresh Start, Inc was a participant in the State of Ohio’s Primary Residential Alcohol and Drug Program for many before closing down. Fresh Start provided 6 hours of therapy, lectures, workbook assignments, skill building groups, life skills, money management, and peer assessment. On average Fresh Start provided 2 to 3 hours of treatment per day during a 7 day period. (Ref: https://charityreports.bbb.org/cleveland/fresh-start-inc-in-cleveland-oh-21796)

Many alcoholics have gone through this program. These adult males were chemically dependent but were willing to accept treatment. (Ref: https://web.archive.org/web/20160704215708/http://drc.ohio.gov/Public/HalfwayHouse/fresh.htm)

Fresh Start Inc. closed its Cleveland offices in 2011 after former employees sued former chief executive officer Ruby Black for monetary fraud. Former employees received more than $18,000 in unpaid retirement funds and loan repayments according to the terms of a consent decree signed in US District Court. (Ref: Cleveland Plain Dealer, May 14, 2013)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Former Modgil Oil and Gas station in Windsor, Ontario, Canada abandoned after being put up for auction.

A former gas station operated by Modgil Oil and Gas has been abandoned even after being put up for auction back in 2017 for a price of $25,000 (Canadian dollars). The underground tanks have already been removed. No buyer’s premium was insured on this property during the time of auction. (Ref: http://www.lacasseauctions.com/auction.php?id=6)

Although an MWH Environmental Site Assessment was conducted in 2011, a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment was never made or conducted. This leaves some questionability on whether this commercial property is environmentally safe. Luckily the auctioneer required a minimum satisfactory Phase One Environmental Report prior to forwarding funds and an MWH Environmental Site Assessment report is available to interested parties.

It is now 2019 and this former gas station once operated by Modgil Oil and Gas has been abandoned after being put up for auction.

Modgil Oil and Gas is located at 4060 Sandwich Street, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9C 1C4. The postal address is 4060 Sandwich St, Windsor, ON N9C 1C4.

This former Modgil Oil and Gas is now up for sale.
This former Modgil Oil and Gas is now up for sale.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Former Natchez General Hospital in Natchez, Mississippi to be converted into senior apartments.

The former Natchez General Hospital is expected to be converted into a senior-living apartment building for senior citizens. The building will house more than 100 people. Brownstone Affordable Housing is going to spend more than $5 million to convert the vacant building into rental units geared for medium-income elderly people. Work is expected to be complete by 2020. Despite some opposition from residents, plans might go through.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Donald Trump signs hemp bill into law.

The Marijuana Times, High Times, and KiwiFarms.net report that the US Congress passed a bill to legalize hemp and President Donald Trump says he will sign the bill into law. The bill President Donald Trump will sign into law is called the 2018 Farm Bill. (Ref: https://kiwifarms.net/threads/u-s-congress-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-trump-says-he-will-sign-it-into-law.50895/)

The 2018 Farm Bill includes a provision to legalize hemp throughout the entire country. This bill will allow farmers to grow it as any other agricultural commodities available once the bill takes effect. It will be the first time in decades that hemp will be finally legal after the bill is finalized. Hemp soon will become legalized. (Ref: https://themarijuanaherald.com/news/u-s-congress-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-trump-says-he-will-sign-it-into-law/)

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 34 states have passed some type of policy allowing hemp to be cultivated at the state level. States such as Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and North Dakota are considering legalizing hemp to help the industry.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Former Dymet Corp building in Muskegon, Michigan to turn into development training facility.

A partnership between Muskegon County, Michigan State University and Michigan Works of Muskegon was announced on March 9, 2015. The plans are to develop a deconstruction research and development training facility called Second Harvest at the former Dymet Power Metallurgy building in Muskegon, Michigan. (Ref: https://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2015/03/stakeholders_industry_leaders.html)

Michigan Works of Muskegon plans to used deconstruction materials attained from the elimination of blight homes and the former Dymet Corp building. The private sector could benefit from it. However much needs to be renovated. The presence of hydraulic oil, sodium cyanide, oxidizer, and nickel powder drums and several other unknown drums are definitely there.

According to EPA, a Phase I Environmental Assessment and a Phase II Environmental Assessment have already been performed at this site. Liquid spills have remained untouched and need to be cleaned up before any commercial use. (Ref: https://semspub.epa.gov/work/05/928995.pdf)

The former Dymet Corp building is located at 1901 Peck Street, Muskegon, Michigan, US 49441.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Warren Webster and Co. Building of Camden, New Jersey to be demolished.

The city of Camden, New Jersey had put up a demolition bid for the Warren Webster and Co. Building. The contract provides demolition for removal of one commercial building on 6/28/2018. All footings will be removed from final site gradings. Concrete slabs will be restored. (Ref: https://www.ci.camden.nj.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/ad-Bid-18-22-1601-and-1625-Federal-Street.pdf)

Bids will not be received after the time specified for the opening of the bids. Bids received after the hour appointed will be deemed invalid and returned unopened to the Bidder. Specifications may be obtained at the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Room 213, City Hall, 520 Market Street, Camden, New Jersey 08101. Any questions concerning this bid, please contact the City of Camden Purchasing Bureau at 856-757-7159 or fax questions to 856-541-9668.

Lead removal is no longer pending. A Phase I Environmental assessment has already been completed by Camden Redevelopment Agency under EPA funding.The Phase I Environmental assessment was performed in order to comply with All Appropriate Inquiry before the site can be sold to a developer for redevelopment. There are no current redevelopment activities. Contractors are not going to have difficulty removing the building.


The Warren Webster and Co. Building was constructed in 1888 entirely out of brick. Warren Webster and Co. occupied the building from 1888 to 1923. The building was sold to Felton-Sibley Paints in 1924. The site was also utilized by the Victor Talking Machine Company as a warehouse to store materials from the until 1935. Borden Chemical operated a facility there from 1967 to 1981.
(Ref: Philadelphia Inquirer, Page 42, Thursday, May 15, 1969)

The Warren Webster and Co. Building has been abandoned since 1981 when Borden Chemical shut down its operations. The property and building were destroyed by a fire in the mid-1980s and has remained vacant since then. (Ref: https://archive.epa.gov/epapages/newsroom_archive/newsreleases/73da070f4e96831185257720005b2c71.html)

The City of Camden acquired the property in February 1999. This building and its property was last owned by New Jersey Transit when they purchased the property from City of Camden in 2002. (Ref: http://njparcels.com/sales/0408_1184_5)

For now the Warren Webster and Co. Building sits abandoned and dilapidated in various states of ruin until a bidder purchases the bid.

The Warren Webster and Co. Building is located at 1625 Federal Street, Camden, New Jersey, US 08105.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Donald Trump to sign hemp bill into law.

The Marijuana Times, High Times, and KiwiFarms.net report that the US Congress passed a bill to legalize hemp and President Donald Trump says he will sign the bill into law. The bill President Donald Trump will sign into law is called the 2018 Farm Bill. (Ref: https://kiwifarms.net/threads/u-s-congress-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-trump-says-he-will-sign-it-into-law.50895/)   

The 2018 Farm Bill includes a provision to legalize hemp throughout the entire country. This bill will allow farmers to grow it as any other agricultural commodities available once the bill takes effect. It will be the first time in decades that hemp will be finally legal after the bill is finalized. Hemp soon will become legalized. (Ref: https://themarijuanaherald.com/news/u-s-congress-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-trump-says-he-will-sign-it-into-law/)

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 34 states have passed some type of policy allowing hemp to be cultivated at the state level. States such as Arizona, Texas, Colorado, and North Dakota are considering legalizing hemp to help the industry.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Copper sediment samples found in Texas HHSC water supply.

On the date of 10/4/2018, an employee of Texas HHSC found copper sediment in the water coming from a water fountain. The copper sediment sample was recorded and documented on the date of 10/4/2018. Later that very day is when an employee taped the copper sediment sample on top of the water fountain. This was an attempt to warn and inform Texas HHSC employees along with contractors about copper in their water supply coming from a particular water fountain.

Copper sediment sample from 10/4/2018.
Copper sediment sample from 10/4/2018.


Sticky notes were posted on the water fountain with the captions of “Mmm… copper” and “Can we drink this or nah”. One sticky note has a humorous remark poking fun at this situation with a caption saying “Enjoy a glass of water. Have a copper more while you’re at it”.

Sticky notes with humorous remarks.
Sticky notes with humorous remarks.
Another sticky note with a humorous remark.
Another sticky note with a humorous remark.

The Texas HHSC has had some major plumbing issues over the years it’s been open. However this is not surprising considering there was a rat infestation which caused a $60,000 vermin infestation last year in 2017 at the Texas HHSC building. Sewer rats were found in water pipes causing damage. (Ref: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/11/29/texas-health-regulators-overrun-several-hundred-rats/)

Any exact plans as to how the removal of copper in the Texas HHSC water supply have not been confirmed or made public yet.


Copper sediment found in a water bottle.
Copper sediment found in a water bottle.

What happened to Building 27 at Willowbrook State School?

Building 27 at Willowbrook State School was built in 1941 and completed in 1943. The building was designed to be a male infirmary and is a one-story structure constructed out of brick. This building along with Building 25 and Building 29 were designed to be for non-ambulatory patients. (https://s-media.nyc.gov/agencies/lpc/arch_reports/689.pdf)

Many of its patients were nonverbal and required continuous care. Many could not walk or speak. Building 27 housed 140 profoundly retarded (IQs under 20) adolescents of both sexes. Only a few were toilet trained which is why the building reeked of urine and feces.
(https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/GPO-CRECB-1972-pt5/pdf/GPO-CRECB-1972-pt5-1-1.pdf)
(Ref: https://www.thecrimson.com/article/1973/10/5/for-a-friend-in-the-snakepit/)

Building 27 was featured in the 1972 documentary Willowbrook : The Last Great Disgrace recorded by Geraldo Riviera for his news exposé. These patients did have clothes on. But the one thing that couldn’t be hidden is that there were no training programs. That all these patients did was sit during the day.
(Ref: http://index.geraldo.com/folio/willowbrook)

Today Building 27 is now a part of CUNY College of Staten Island. The perimeter is fenced off with a chain link fence. Building 27 is now being used for storage along with Building 25. The abandoned former Willowbrook State School buildings are owned by the College of Staten Island.

Students who attend CUNY College of Staten Island claim they hear voices coming from these building as they believe the campus is haunted. Some students and local residents have claimed to hear voices coming from Building 27 and Building 25.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Copper sediment found in Texas HHSC water supply.


On the date of 10/4/2018, an employee of Texas HHSC found copper sediment in the water coming from a water fountain. The copper sediment sample was recorded and documented on the date of 10/4/2018. It was then that an employee taped the copper sediment sample on top of said water fountain. This was an attempt to warn and inform Texas HHSC employees along with contractors about copper in their water supply coming from a particular water fountain.

Copper sediment sample from 10/4/2018.
Copper sediment sample from 10/4/2018.
Sticky notes were posted on the water fountain with the captions of “Mmm… copper” and “Can we drink this or nah”. One sticky note has a humorous remark poking fun at this situation with a caption saying “Enjoy a glass of water. Have a copper more while you’re at it”. The grammar found on those sticky notes has atrocious grammar errors.
Sticky notes with humorous remarks.
Sticky notes with humorous remarks.


















Copper sediment found in a water bottle.
Copper sediment found in a water bottle.
The Texas HHSC has had some major plumbing issues over the years it’s been open. However this is not surprising considering there was a rat infestation which caused a $60,000 vermin infestation last year in 2017 at the Texas HHSC building. Sewer rats were found in water pipes causing damage. (Ref: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/11/29/texas-health-regulators-overrun-several-hundred-rats/)

Any exact plans as to how the removal of copper in the Texas HHSC water supply have not been confirmed or made public yet.







Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Man who fakes Down syndrome gets arrested.

A man named Paul Menchaca from Gilbert, Arizona was arrested for fraudulent schemes and sexual abuse after faking to have Down syndrome on September 6, 2018. Police say was at his home at the time of arrest. He was pretending to have Down syndrome. Paul even went out of his way to hire caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers.

Now the disturbing fact is that Paul Menchaca did this for a living as ABC 15 and Lovelyti’s News Network pointed out. What’s even more disturbing is that he was receiving money for this act.

This is stupid. Clearly the caregivers were not trained well enough to realize that the man did not have Down syndrome. How a neurotypical person can fake having Down syndrome is absoultuety staggering. He obviously has an infantilism fetish. That’s what it is. How the caregivers did not see or perceive the signs is baffling. What’s next? A man faking autism? Next we will have people pretend or fake being into persistive vegetative state. As of course we live in an “anything goes” society as Lovelyti pointed out.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Dangers of the Zika virus in Brazil rehashed.

Did you know that there is an epidemic of the Zika virus spreading around in Brazil? 1 out of every 50 children born in Brazil today are born with the Zika virus. The Zika virus is from the airborne Zika mosquito and can be sexually transmitted. The Zika virus is like the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

In 2015, the occurrence of Zika virus was 20 times higher than usual. Although less than 1% of infants in Brazil are born with microcephaly, the chances of them getting the Zika virus are much higher than average compared to other countries. United Nations (UN) had begged all tropical countries along the equator to make abortion legal for medical defects.

This whole Zika virus thing is scary. It remains unsafe to conceive babies for a few months after you recover from the Zika virus. Signs of contracting Zika virus are vomiting and frequent seizures. The other signs include small heads and small brains. One way to get rid of the Zika virus is to kill the kill Zika mosquitoes or insects carrying the virus in order to prevent the Zika virus. Another way is by teaching dangers of Zika virus through sexual education. Brazil is attempting to kill Zika mosquitoes in order to prevent the Zika virus from happening.

Why pro-lifers crave drama.

Pro-lifers want drama. They are martyrs. They crave the attention regardless of what is best for the child or not during pregnancy. It doesn’t matter what is best for the child. The person who gets the credit is the parent in said situation. Not the child. It’s almost abuse to the child.

A significant portion of pro-lifers have a tremendous martyrdom complex which can be considered unrealistic, irrational, and cruel by many. You see this a lot with conservative Christians and backwards extremist Islamics. Our human culture rewards this sort of behavior and it is quite sickening. They use offspring as ransom for financial gains.

More or less to them pro-lifers, it gets their message out for whatever they have to say. It’s the glorification of martyrdom they want to receive. There's already a huge lack of resources in this world as the entire planet is living in limited resources.

History of Brewton Springs School in Austin, Texas rehashed.

Brewton Springs School was one of the many forgotten educational institutions of Austin/Travis County that have been long forgotten. In fact, Brewton Springs School was one of the many Travis County rural schools. As a school, Brewton Springs School operated from 1879 to 1950. Brewton Springs School was devoted to education.

Brewton Springs School was also called Bruton Springs School which that school was sometimes referred to as. Brewton Springs School went under several names over the years as its time operating as a school such as Snuff Box School, Snuff Box, and Bruton Springs School.


Brewton Springs School was established in 1879 as a 1-12 school which taught grades 1 through 12. School was taught in an old picket house located on the Allen Farm taught by Miss Annie Gambee. Miss Annie Gambee was the first teacher. Students sat on benches made of elm logs. Each bench furnished seats for 5 to 6 students. Its earliest school trustees were Herbert H. Allen, Joe Hutson, and Pate Patterson.

The school was granted its own school district in 1879. Although Brewton Springs School was within bounds of present day Eanes ISD boundaries, Brewton Springs School had its own school district called School District #50 that was not connected with Eanes School or to the Eanes School District #48 (now known as Eanes ISD) at that time.

Brewton Springs School was a completely autonomous school operated as cited in the book Eanes: Portrait of a Community. Brewton Springs School instead operated as a “county school” under Travis County Public Schools for the Travis County Common School District.

(Ref: Eanes: Portrait of a Community, Linda Vance, 1986)
(Ref: Eanes: A History of the School and Community, Linda Vance, 1976)


In 1881, the first school was built as a 15’ x 10’ foot box square building designed as a one-room schoolhouse located on the Jim Brewton farm. Hence the name Brewton Springs. The school only had one door. By 1881 Brewton Springs School had county funding and state funding allocated towards the school.
The old picket house reverted back to the Allen Farm in 1881 as part of their agreement in terms of ownership. No deeds were created. The school district gave the house back to Jack Allen.

The architectural design of the school building was built as a snuff box. Because the school was shaped similarly to a snuff box, students called the school “Snuff Box School”. However the name Snuff Box did not derive from the architecture of the school building itself.

Brewton Springs School was called the Snuff Box School during the 19th century and early to middle 20th century because so many of its students chewed tobacco and dipped snuff. That is how the name Snuff Box came about. (Ref: Lone Star Travel Guide to Texas Hill County, 2011)

Brewton Springs School was located east of Bee Cave and west of Cuernavaca Drive near Patterson Road less than 0.2 miles of the junction of Cuernavaca Drive & FM 2244. The roads were unpaved.

During its earliest years when tax funds ran low and there was not enough money to pay a teacher, students from Brewton Springs School attended school at Bee Caves School, Teck School, Cox Springs School, and Eanes School. It was only on occasion that Brewton Springs School students were sent to Bee Cave to attend the Bee Cave School.

In 1888, the State of Texas closed down Brewton Springs School because when tax funds ran low, there was not enough money to pay a teacher or 2 teachers. This was only temporary. Brewton Springs School students were sent to Bee Cave to attend the Bee Cave School until 1890. The school reopened in 1890. This time the school had 3 teachers. Enrollment was 80 students. A majority of its students were white.

A split caused by a change and shift in scholastics resulting in a small house to be built at Walnut Springs in the Walnut Springs Baptist Church. 2 houses in the school district proved to be too many. School terms were split. One term was taught half at one house and half at the other. So the school moved back to the Allen farm and away from the Jim Brewton farm. Brewton Springs School moved a series of several times during its history throughout the 19th century and 20th century.

1892 is when the Walnut Springs Baptist Church house had burned. It is unclear how the school burned. It could have been antics by local children or its students. This fire had no documentation or produced leads as to who had done it. (Ref: The Defender, 1936)

Around 1896 is when Brewton Springs School was moved to the Thomas Riley Place. At this point the school moved several times. The school district hired 3 more teachers to teach at the school.
(Ref: Eanes: Portrait of a Community, Linda Vance, 1986)
(Ref: Eanes: A History of the School and Community, Linda Vance, 1976)


Brewton Springs School was moved again in 1904. During the same year, the school was remodeled with more lumber from leftover donations. Benches were donated. 14 teachers were hired throughout the 1904-1905 school term. 34 students attended this school during the 1904-1905 school term.

Green Hudson owned a ranch and gave 5 acres of land for a school in 1922. It was at this that Brewton Springs School was moved onto Patterson Road (then Patterson Lane) near Patterson Ranch. Edna Patterson donated .02 acres of land to the school. Brewton Springs School was located on top of a hill near Patterson Ranch. Brewton Springs School was an all white school with a 97% white/caucasian student population. 2% of the student population was Mexican (Hispanic).

Brewton Springs School was a one-room schoolhouse when it was located on top of a hill near Patterson Ranch on Patterson Road. Sometime in the 1920s is when the school building was later expanded to become a two-room schoolhouse.

Even in the 1920s when most schools were 1-8 schools, Brewton Springs School was a 1-12 school unlike Eanes School were school stopped at 7th grade. From the 1920s on, Eanes School did not go beyond the 7th grade. The 1920s is when Eanes School began changing its scholastics by primarily teaching elementary school grades.

(Ref: Eanes: A History of the School and Community, Linda Vance, 1976)
(Ref: Eanes: Portrait of a Community, Linda Vance, 1986)

(From the 1920s on, Eanes School did not go beyond the 7th grade. The 1920s is when Eanes School began changing its scholastics by primarily teaching elementary school grades. 8th grade students were bussed to Allan Junior High School. Although Eanes School did not mainly go beyond the 7th grade, Eanes School still taught middle school students and high school students until 1943. After 1943, high school students attended Austin High School and Allan High School. Middle school students attended Allan Junior High School and later O. Henry Middle School. Some had remained at Eanes School as the school had taught middle school grades until 1950. Eanes ISD would continue busing its high school students to Austin ISD until 1967.)


1936 is when the school district began making plans to tear down and rebuild the then-current Brewton Springs School building. Meetings were held with the Superintendent of Travis County Public Schools. It was decided that the old log cabin school be sold to land owner Homer Teague.

In 1937, the school was torn down and rebuilt on John Teague’s property located on FM 2244 (Bee Cave Road) near Cuernavaca Drive by the Teague land. John Teague and Homer Teague moved into the old schoolhouse afterwards. The other old log cabin schoolhouse remained as a private residence on the Teague land.

While the school was being moved, classes were held in Watson Springs Baptist Church. Watson Springs Baptist Church was a single-room frame church. The church was also nicknamed “Snuff Box Church” and “Snuff Box Baptist Church” because members of the congregation used to spit tobacco juice out of the window during services. (Ref: Eanes: Portrait of a Community, Linda Vance, 1986)

By 1938, Brewton Springs School was yet again a fully functioning school with a small school district overseen by Travis County Common School District aka Travis County Public Schools. Brewton Springs School hardly ever had over 100 students. School was the only place and way students were able to take a bath and take care personal hygiene among other needs. A water well was established.


In 1948, Brewton Springs School began attempting to merge and consolidate into Eanes School District #48. Some Brewton Springs School students began attending the Eanes School. Eanes School District then operated both Eanes School and Brewton Springs School. At the time Eanes School was a 1-9 school which educated students in grades 1 through 9. (Ref: Eanes: A History of the School and Community, Linda Vance, 1976)

During that time only white families resided in the Eanes School District. Brewton Springs School was an all white school with a 100% white/caucasian student population as was Eanes School and Eanes Elementary School.

In 1949, both Brewton Springs School and its school district were consolidated into Eanes ISD under Gilmer-Aiken Law. Gilmer-Aiken Law consolidated many rural school districts, including Brewton Springs & Bee Cave, had reformed many Texas public schools. Eanes School students who wanted to continue their education past 9th grade either went to Brewton Springs School or to Allan Junior High School and Austin High School in Austin Public Schools (now Austin ISD).

However Brewton Springs School continued to operate under Eanes ISD until 1950. Brewton Springs School still operated as a 1-12 school.

(Ref: Eanes: Portrait of a Community, Linda Vance, 1986)
(Ref: EISD Monthly Newsletter, Eanes School 50 Years Ago, April 1984)


1950 was the year the Travis County Schools Superintendent and State of Texas (TEA) closed down Brewton Springs School and its school district during the 1950-1951 school year. The school district itself was consolidated and abolished during the same year. Brewton Springs School shut down due to lack of enrollment. (Ref: Eanes: A History of the School and Community, Linda Vance, 1976)

Brewton Springs School was shut down by the State of Texas (TEA) due to Gilmer-Aiken Law after Bill No. 116 of the 50th legislature was passed in 1950. After Brewton Springs School shut down, its students were transferred to Eanes School. Eanes School then had 80 students. A third room to the two-room rock building of Eanes School was constructed in the same year to relieve overcrowding. Classes were now held at the Eanes School. (Ref: Eanes: A History of the School and Community, Linda Vance, 1976)

Brewton Springs School students were merged with the Eanes School and some were sent to Bee Cave School. Brewton Springs School students were sent to both Cox Springs School, Dripping Springs School, and Lago Vista School as well.

In 1950, Eanes went from being a 1-9 school that educated students in grades 1 through 9 to a 1-6 where students in grades 1 through 6 were educated. The school district surrounding Eanes School (the now Eanes Elementary School) and Brewton Springs School was considered a common school district that sent its high school students to Austin ISD. (Ref: Eanes: Portrait of a Community, Linda Vance, 1986)

1950 was the year Homer Teague and his two sons, Robert Teague and Jackson Teague, lived in the building under rough conditions. Winters and summers inside the home proved to be brutal. They would live there until they moved in 1960.

When Brewton Springs School closed in 1950, TEA condemned the school building and the water well. The water well plugged and later destroyed.


In 1960, the building was abandoned on the Teague Land next to Commons Ford Ranch. Overtime the small building became covered with vegetation. It is unknown and unclear whether or not anyone else besides the Teague family lived in the original Brewton Springs School building after consolidation with Eanes ISD whereas the other school building became a private residence.

In 1985, Robert Teague gained ownership of the property from a handwritten gift deed produced in 1942 by the wife of Homer Teague.

In 1988, the old log cabin building of Brewton Springs School was moved to the Commons Ford Metropolitan Park in the Cuernavaca neighborhood by Robert Teague. Robert Teague donated Brewton Springs School to the City of Austin as an attempt of historic preservation. No known further work or renovations were done or made to the old Brewton Springs School building after 1988.

By 1990, the former school building fell victim to rural decay. Its windows were boarded up with plywood. No other known uses were made or have been documented and recorded.

Today the 5th Brewton Springs School building sits at the entrance of Commons Ford Metropolitan Park. Its windows are boarded up with plywood. A chimney was added to the building as an extra. It is highly possible that Homer Teague built the chimney.


Although the original school building of Brewton Springs School may no longer be extant or the memories of the Brewton Springs School may have been forgotten, Brewton Springs lives on as a historic name under the street name of Bruton Springs Road located in the Cuernavaca neighborhood.

Brewton Springs School was located near FM 2244 & Cuernavaca Drive, Austin, Texas, US 78733. Brewton Springs School is now located at 614 North Commons Ford Road, Austin, Texas US 78733.

History of Moore’s Crossing School long forgotten rehashed.

Moore’s Crossing School is one the many forgotten schools of Austin, Del Valle, and Travis County. It is one of those schools that has faded away with time and away from peoples memories. Moore’s Crossing School now only exists in county deeds and state records in an office operated the bureaucracy of Texas Government.

It is stated from Travis County Deed Records, Vol. 48: 573-574 that the Moore's sold a half-acre as a parcel of land on Onion Creek at the low water crossing to Travis County for $1 to erect a school building. That school building would become Moore’s Crossing School which was a simple wood frame building was erected by Travis County Schools after the land transfer in 1881. Members of the Moore family had donated land for a school to encourage commercial business at the crossing. (Ref: Travis County Deed Records, Volume 48, Pages 573-575)

There were no schools within walking distance of the Moore property at that time as stated from the Travis County Public Schools : The Defender Yearbook of 1936. From the years 1881 to 1909 Moore’s Crossing School was operated by Travis County Common School District. (Ref: The Defender, 1936)

Moore’s Crossing School was also used as a church during its time of operation. Of course this was after school hours. Moore’s Crossing School was used as a church from 1900 until 1904. 16 people were baptized at the church in 1900. The church broke no traditions of doing so. G.W. Stewart was pastor of Onion Creek Baptist Church in the year 1900 was a a pastor here as well. Brother R.C. McCullough was a visiting preacher. Pastor G.W. Stewart and Brother R.C. McCullough baptized many people. Moore's Crossing also supported a Methodist congregation that used the school as its meeting place.


Moore’s Crossing School served the Moore's Crossing community for nearly 30 years from 1881 to 1909. However, After 20 years of use, the at Moore's Crossing School did not meet county standards. In 1905, the Travis County Superintendent condemned the school at Moore's Crossing in the Travis County School Annual repertoire. The Moore School was looked upon with distaste as a relic of the area's past. Meetings were held at the school about future plans for use of this school.

“The Moore School is on the very edge of the district, on the very edge, indeed, of the bank of Onion Creek, which marks the boundary line. Meetings were held last year to agitate the building of a new schoolhouse near the center of the district and a special tax carried for that purpose, which, however, was defeated by a few opponents, on account of defective election retums. So, school will continue to be kept in a hulk of a house by the side of the creek The children will continue to shiver in the cold when the board shutters are opened to let in the light or to ruin their eyes in the semi-darkness when the shutters are closed to keep out the cold.”

The property returned to the Moore’s as per the original deed stipulation as stated in the Travis County Deed Records, Volume 238: 405-406 from 1905. School taxes in 1905 ranged from 10 cents to 20 cents depending on the support of the community. (Ref: Travis County Deed Records, Volume 238: Pages 405-406)

The Travis County School Annual of 1905 claims the Moore’s Crossing School was “perhaps the worst physical plant for white students in the county”. (Ref: Travis County School Annual of 1905, p. 63)


By 1909, the Moore’s Crossing School was all but abandoned. Later the Moore’s Crossing School was torn down in 1909 by Moore’s Crossing community residents. Only an outbuilding or 2 survived from the vicious demolition by local residents.

In 1910, Robert J. Moore replaced the school with a cotton gin on land he donated to W.T. Caswell. No traces of the school remained as after demolition everything was gone. Travis County Schools officials declared the school in inadequate by 1910. After Moore's Crossing School white students went to attend school at Pilot Knob (Pilot Knob Elementary School), Dry Creek School, or Elroy School off FM 812.


Today only a dilapidated outbuilding that was an outhouse for the Moore’s Crossing School survives, but exists in ruin on the Michalk property less than 1 block away from Michalk Grocery. Today the Michalk family owns the building.

Moore’s Crossing School was located at 12237 Moore’s Crossing Road, Del Valle, Texas, US 78617.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

El Paso Congressman Beto O’Rourke to run against Ted Cruz for Texas Senate.

In early 2018, Congressman Beto O’Rourke from El Paso, Texas publicly announced he would be running against Senator Ted Cruz for Texas Senate. Beto O’Rourke is also running for US Senate against Ted Cruz. However Beto O’Rourke is mainly shifted his focus on primarily running for Texas Senate.

In this past year alone, Beto has managed to gain Hispanic vote across the State of Texas. He plans to gain the Hispanic vote across the United States. In early 2018, Beto O’Rourke ran a 10k race from US to Mexico as a symbol of unity. All this was to gain the Hispanic vote across the United States.