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06/25/20 12:18 AM #4654    

 

Judy Maxwell (1971)

Caren, I remember the perserves at Log Cabin...They were great, It was hard not to fill up on just them before the rest of the food came out. Everything I remember about the Log Cabin was great. Ate there growing up and as an Adult. Hated to see it go. Here is some History of it ~ kinda long but I thought intersting to read.   

The Log Cabin is a bit of Humble history and is remembered fondly by many long-time residents. It was a place where anybody from every walk of life felt welcomed and at home. Located 12 miles north of Houston on the Eastex Freeway, the Log Cabin was a very popular family restaurant frequented by locals as well as celebrities. A victim of the expansion of Highway 59, (the highway was expanded right through the dining room) the restaurant closed in December of 1990.

A.Z. Ward and his wife Relda began running the Log Cabin in 1946. Prior to 1946, the restaurant was run by A.Z.'s mother Beulah. The excellent reputation of the Log Cabin was not limited to just the Humble area. For more than five decades people frequently made the trip from the greater Houston area along the Highway 59 (which was just a two-lane road back then) just to enjoy the fried chicken, dumplings and, of course, A.Z.'s famous pear preserves and homemade biscuits.

Former patrons may recall red and green checked tablecloths with white tablecloths crossways on top. The dining room sat 300 people and the waitresses wore coordinating uniforms with starched aprons. The restaurant was open seven days a week and was only closed on Christmas Day. This saying was printed on the menu: A devoted wife who does the dishes should be granted these three wishes, a grateful mate, a well-kissed cheek, and a restaurant dinner every week.

"They served family style. They brought out platters and bowls of food. It was like sitting at the family dinner table," Mary Ellen Moore, a daughter of the Wards, remembered.

Humble Mayor Wilson Archer had this to say: "The Wards were great folks. Everybody in Humble loved to go there to eat. The Log Cabin had been a fixture in the Humble area for many years; I hated to see it go."

"Christmas Day was family time," said Linda Bement, another Ward daughter. "I remember one Christmas when the family was enjoying Christmas dinner at the restaurant. We must have had about 100 family members and friends there. We looked around and realized some of our customers did not notice the closed sign outside and had joined us!

"Mother was always at the front. She ran a friendly but efficient dining room. Her philosophy was, 'The customer is always right. If you were nice to people then they will be nice to you.' You could never be too good to wait on anybody," Bement stated.

Gertie Nealy, a resident of Humble since 1934, has fond memories of the Log Cabin. "The Wards were fine people; they contributed a lot to Humble. Going to the Log Cabin was special. When we took my girls there it was a treat. It was not like a regular cafe, you did not just get a plate. When you went to the Log Cabin you were served a complete meal. We really loved it."

According to Bement, then-Texas Governor Daniels and his limousine were frequently sighted at the Log Cabin. John Wayne ate there many times during the 60s while filming the movie "Hell Fighters." Mickey Gilley brought John Travolta to the Log Cabin while filming "Urban Cowboy." Travolta became so familiar with Relda he called her "Grandma."

"For years they fed a homeless man named Sam. Sam was served in the dining room just like everybody else. We were taught Sam was a fellow human being who should be treated with dignity, just like any other customer. If someone needed food they were never turned away," said Bement.

The Ward family was well-known in the community. A.Z. and Relda were married for 60 years and raised four children: Mary Ellen, Linda, Michalene, and James. The chimes at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Humble were donated by the Wards in memory of their daughter Judith. The four Ward children still live in the area and son James now operates a business on a portion of the property that was formerly the home of A.Z., Relda and the restaurant.

"My father was a very low-key person that did not look for recognition. He sponsored Little League teams and gave them a dinner at the end of the year. For years and years Dad purchased grand prize fryers from the Humble FFA and then gave the kids a dinner," Moore recalled.

Besides running the dining room at the restaurant, Relda also volunteered at school and was active in the PTA.

"He and my mother took part in whatever we were doing." Moore said.

Roy Schultz, a long-term Humble resident and family friend, remembers the Log Cabin accommodating a large number of civic events.

"Mr. Ward was so even-tempered. They lived a simple lifestyle. If you wanted quality for your dollar they were one of a kind. Their food was irresistible. We enjoyed unbeatable quality and service. Mr. A.Z. Ward was an honest man. He earned his place in life," Schultz said.

A unique era ended when the expansion of Highway 59 forced the Log Cabin to close its doors in 1990. The Ward children and generations of employees have worked at the Log Cabin, including six of the Calderon brothers who later joined the police department.

A.Z. and Relda moved to Forest Cove shortly after the closing. They both lived into their 80's and passed on this year within three months of each other. The Log Cabin, A.Z. and Relda remind people of a bygone time of family-run restaurants' personal family service and will be fondly remembered for years to come by the Humble and Houston community.


06/25/20 06:35 AM #4655    

Donald Bratton (1970)

We too went to the Log Cabin for Sunday family dinners.  Seems like it took forever to get there from Frisco Street.  My cousin, Joel Mueller married Linda  around 1964.  The reception was held at the L. C.  They met at Sam Houston State.  Linda currently resides in Kingwood.  


06/25/20 07:53 AM #4656    

 

Judy Maxwell (1971)

Martha,

I meant to tell you, I Love that you put the Christmas picture of you, Scott, Jim and Tim on here. It's a great picture and I can't believe the one year I don't make it to Christmas, Santa shows up!! The 4 of you remind me of so many memories together....From bucking barrells in your front yard, dog attack before your Birthday Party, to summer camping at Patrick's Landing and Inks Lakes. Your Mom taking you to get your License to Drive, I go too of course and  I get my License intead of you....
LOL ...
Just a couple of the many things in our past and looking for several more years in the furture....


Judy

                                               


06/25/20 07:54 AM #4657    

Randy Tolman (1967)

Thank you all for the memories. The Log Cabin was great but it seemed so far away. In Humble! There was another eatery like it on Airline Dr. called The Windswept Inn. They served the family style fried chicken and sides. We held our Sam Houston FFA Father & Son banquet there in '66-'67. I was President of our FFA that year. I don't remember much about my days at SH except the Agg building and all the goings on that took place out there with Mr. Harvey & Mr. Cherry, the two teachers who came after long time Agg Teacher Mr. Sewert reteired. My brothers and I spent our Saturday nights at  Love Park in the Heights area, dancing the night away with the beautiful girls from Reagion & Waltrip, to the records spun by DJ's from KILT 610 Radio.


06/25/20 09:12 AM #4658    

John (Billy) Spies (1971)

I was a member of the Key Club my senior year at Sam. One of the reasons a few of us joined is that we got to eat lunch with the Kiwanis Club once a month at Log Cabin. We participated in service activities, but the fried chicken served family style was definitely a perk for a teenager.

 


06/25/20 09:47 AM #4659    

John (Billy) Spies (1971)

Mr. Henderson, didn't you teach an Oceanography class at one time and share a classroom/lab with Mr. Chappell?


06/25/20 10:07 AM #4660    

 

Kathy Culpepper (Gunderson) (1968)

Beth Green#4644. My friend in Willis has a hugh fig tree in her yard. She doesn't eat figs so they are left for the birds. I have picked and preserved some from there. I also have a smaller tree at my house in spring. If you live nearby we could go get some gigs if you give me a jar in return. I tried but was unsuccessful in making gigs as good as my Moms. Wish I could ask her what her secret was.

Kathy Keels Thanks. It is funny how things change 50 years later. Lol

06/25/20 10:27 AM #4661    

 

Kathy Culpepper (Gunderson) (1968)

Kathy Newton #4648. Hello. You walked me right down memory lane. My older sister Barbara 1965 could drive so we girls. Barbara, Shirley and I would go to the Catacombs. I loved the black lights and dancing was my life. Remember how visine looked under the lights. Streaked down your face and not knowing it! Lol. Also Bailey's after Junior Achievement on Wednesday nights. We girls had a lot of fun together. Sure do miss Barbara. She passed from cancer at 56 years old in 2003.
Also remember measuring dress lengths and making boys cut their hair if it touched their collars. That's why I thought that joke was so funny.Times have sure changed.

06/25/20 10:41 AM #4662    

Beth Green (McConnell) (1973)

Ooo, Kathy, that is a tempting offer. I have one of my dad’s gigs! We are still isolating, so we would probably have to just meet in Willis if we decide to go. Do you know if the figs are ripe now? I was thinking it is later in the summer, but that’s been a LONG time ago! I think a jar of preserves would be a small price to pay for you to hook me up with fresh figs 😉 


06/25/20 10:48 AM #4663    

Jacquelin Burnaman (Young) (1972)

Hey everyone, I don't post very often but the discussion about the Log Cabin brought up many memories. Even though I lived in north Houston until I married, my family never went there. My new husband and I started going there after church( since we lived in Humble ) a little while after we married. We often  went with friends at church and sometimes we ate at Windswept Inn after we moved to the Aldine area. Such good food and wonderful memories. I wish there were restaurants like those still around. They were such fun and had much better food than anywhere I know today.  Thank you Judy for the history about the Log Cabin. 

Jackie Burnaman Young 1972


06/25/20 11:17 AM #4664    

 

Kathy Culpepper (Gunderson) (1968)

Beth Keel The figs are not ripe yet. Still green. They are getting big so another month probably. I'll let you know when I see ripe ones. I live in spring so we can meet up and go to Cathey's house on the other side of Lske Conroe.

Judy maxwell The Long Cabin is where my Dad always held Scouting events, like the Blue and Gold Banquet. Also Mr. Bateman had a Sam Houston Band Banquet there. We went many times since my Dad was over 50 years active in scouting and was a silver beaver winner, which is their highest honor. I loved the food at Log Cabin. Who remembers San Jacinto Inn where you could get all you can eat seafood. It was next to the San Jacinto Monument. It burned sometime in the 90s. Those were my 2 favorite restaurants.

06/25/20 01:15 PM #4665    

 

Linda Downey (McKnight) (1967)

Kathy Culpepper, weren't you in the band? I was in the band and I remember you! I ran across a Sam Houston Tiger Band annual picture recently. I think it was my junior year. I graduated in 1967. Do you remember Mary Bates? She was a year behind me as you were. We got new band uniforms and mine was made exactly for me. Fit perfect!


06/25/20 02:42 PM #4666    

 

Martha Buchanan (Braden) (1971)

Judy, 

We had so much fun and you and the boys had a lot of fun at my expense!!! Bucking barrel! Funny you mention the driving license l was telling that story the other day. 

Let's plan a trip to the lake soon when Scott and Vicki are up there 

 

 


06/25/20 02:42 PM #4667    

 

Martha Buchanan (Braden) (1971)

Judy, 

We had so much fun and you and the boys had a lot of fun at my expense!!! Bucking barrel! Funny you mention the driving license l was telling that story the other day. 

Let's plan a trip to the lake soon when Scott and Vicki are up there 

 

 


06/25/20 04:24 PM #4668    

 

Judy Maxwell (1971)

Martha,

I'm ready tell me when and I will be there...

LIke my Dad always told you he Loves you that is why he picks on you,,,,,,OH and remember the year he asked for a school picture of you ....he wanted to put it in the window of the house to keep out burglars......I still remember you and him joking around about that. At least we both has parents with a sense of humor.

Judy


06/25/20 06:22 PM #4669    

 

Caren Reynolds (Cates) (1965)

Judy Maxwell - Thank you so much for the interesting Log Cabin, information!  I think the secret to their fried chicken was the fact that they used small chickens.  Some of their relatives opened a place close to Normangee with the same concept, friend chicken family style with vegetables.  We ate there a few years ago; however, I understand that they are now closed.

Kathy Culpepper - I just looked up your sister, who was a classmate of mine.  I definitely remember her.  I am sorry that you lost her so young.  It is cool that you remember her driving you around.  I used to take my sisters with me to Baileys, even though they were much younger.  My sister remembers those good times.  My twin brother, Coady (also a 1965 classmate) passed away in 2009 at the age of 62.  I know how sad that can be. Being a twin, we always had each other to play with, he was Roy Rogers and I was Dale Evans.....sweet memories.  


06/26/20 11:43 AM #4670    

 

Katherine Newton (Courtland) (1968)

Good morning!  June 26, 2020.   About DANCING!!!    Wow, thanks for the photo of Domed Shadows, Judy Maxwell!  Also enjoyed about the Larry Kane posts and the figs too!  You are a group with many talents and stories!!   More thoughts on the Domed Shadows:     When I went dancing there with a group of SHHS gals in 1967-68, we were the only ones from SHHS who went there and most of our classmates never even heard of it. I was surprised to learn later on here that classes behind me continued the tradition. There were not many popular night clubs that let in underage. We only ordered coke or Dr Pepper though, never tried to get alcohol, but most of the patrons were 21 and up, many who came to Houston for events at the Astrodome. We dressed up with a lot of makeup in heels, hose and dressy dresses to look older. I think they winked at our young age as females, and would not allow same age guys inside. Amazing my parents thought we dressed that way for a movie but even the movies were more of an 'occasion" than now. (Remember the fancy old theaters downtown and the Alabama Theater on West Alabama?) Anyway, for an update on the Domed Shadows, we had been living in Alabama for the 1990s and were transferred back home to Houston in 2001. We bought a home very close to Rice Univ and Rice Village where I spent my early years, so I frequently drove down Buffalo Speedway near Main St for various shopping outings. I could not believe the Domed Shadows was still standing! It looked pretty rough and was renamed a Hispanic name but it WAS there! They finally tore it down around 2007. Only if those walls could talk!    Another very interesting nightclub I attended after high school days but while I was still underage, was the Cinder Club! It was 98% Black with fantastic music and we only felt safe going there with dates as a good sized group. The Cinder Club was near U of H, not far from Dowling St in the black neighborhood. They had good sized black bands, almost orchestra quality but played fabulous music like Heard it Thru the Grapevine, Sittin on the Dock of the Bay, Brick House, Chubby Checker twist music, Elvis stuff, etc. As had been a longstanding tradition at Roberts Elem on Greenbriar,  I took ballroom dance along with my whole Elementary class in the 6th grade.. We moved to the North side when Mom remarried Geo. Cornell who owned a tax business at Roxella and E Hardy St. and I attended Fonville. Anyway the year of lessons kind of stuck with me like riding a bike. In the 1990s, even though we were in our late 40s, we began to take ballroom dance lessons with a group of friends in Birmingham, AL. Hubby was amazed when an advanced dancer asked me to dance and I could follow him on most of his complicated steps in the swing, rhumba and fox trot (similar to country 2 step). Our 2 kids were going off to college soon and this gave us a whole new hobby and new friends to enjoy every weekend. Thus we began to dance every weekend, at least 50 weeknds ever year for about 25 years now. We have even found places to dance in Paris, Venice, London, Hawaii, and Dubai, and then dancing almost every night on cruises. When dancing in Paris, an older gentleman sat at our table in the balcony, drank both of our drinks, waved and moved on! Europe played mostly American rock and roll but did not respect the line of dance as in most ballroom over here.  When we returned to Houston after 15 years in Alabama, it took a little while to discover the underground ballroom dance world. There were actually about 6 formal ballroom dance private membership clubs in 2001-2008, but now I think there are only 2 or 3 left. We danced at great venues: the Petroleum Club, the Downtown Club, River Oaks CC, the Rice Hotel where we had our SHHS Prom. Hubby and I became coPresidents of Houston's oldest club, The Quadrille, created by returning WW2 soldiers who desired to continue the Officers' Balls they had in the Military. We had 5 lovely balls per year at the gorgeous Houston Country Club off Woodway. Nothing like waltzing to nice orchestra music all dressed up in flowing gowns and tuxes, with everyone knowing how to weave in and out of the crowd. We were just social dancers, never competition quality, but absolutely enjoyed it immensely!  In between the formal dances, we danced weekends at the St Regis hotel near the Galleria or a piano bar called "Capps", a great old dive where Frank Sinatra's former driver hung out and the band had a singer from Archie Bell and the Drells! (The Tighten Up song) Those two places are still great venues for live music as far as I know. As the dancers aged, the clubs have slowly folded, and one of the few that still exists is The River Oaks Dance Club which held most of their balls at the newer Petroleum Club with a lovely downtown Houston view. Returning to Birmingham for retirement, they have the same struggle with most of their private ballroom groups closing due to age and not as many young people join. Studies have shown ballroom lead and follow dance is the absolute best sport for your brain, better than walking, swimming, golf, etc. Dancers show less dementia than average. So, after 25 years of dancing from 1 to 5 times in a week, the Pandemic has ground us to a halt with no dancing since Feb 1st. We miss the dancing and our dance friends so much. We should practice some at home, but it just makes me sad as we do not know when it will ever feel safe to host or attend a dance again. Wish more of our young people enjoyed dancing like we did in high school. I think many just stand around a bar with music and drink. Many community or senior centers offer dance lessons, so maybe consider them if we ever end this Pandemic! Usually one trades off, so a partner is not needed for the lessons.


06/26/20 06:44 PM #4671    

 

Kathy Culpepper (Gunderson) (1968)

Caren Reynolds #4669. It is hard losing a sibling. We were so close. That year we lost Barbara the 9 months later Mom and Dad passed 1 month apart. We never quite got over the sadness.
Barbara was much more outgoing and we had tons of fun going places like Dodson Lake, she and I both taught swimming there. Spring creek was another summer time hangout.

Linda Downey #4665 I was in the Tiger Band. I remember you. I played from elementary until I got a job at 15. Money meant more in those days. Lol

06/26/20 07:46 PM #4672    

 

Judy Maxwell (1971)

Kathy ~ Dodson Lake is where we took swimming lessons.....

What instrument to you play?

Judy


06/26/20 08:31 PM #4673    

 

Katherine Newton (Courtland) (1968)

Randy Tolman,  You preferred the gals from Regan and Waltrip?? How could you? angry


06/27/20 01:53 PM #4674    

 

Kathy Culpepper (Gunderson) (1968)

Judy- Barbara and I taught in the morning at Dodson Lake then took life saving lessons to be life guards in the afternoon. I was only 13 so I was a junior life guard. Barbara worked at Inks Lake as a lifeguard and got to live there during the week. I was so jealous that I wasn't old enough. Then in the evenings that summer we also took every Red Cross course offered at the Red Cross Headquarters downtown in that beautiful old house right below the pierce elevated. When I was 15 I was a Red Cross volunteer at the Veterans Hospital during the Vietnam war. If you see a pattern, my Dad was active also in Red cross and worked during Hurricanes and other disasters. My Dad, my Hero, Scouts, Red Cross and also a volunteer fireman for the Aldine Westfield Volunteer fire department on Little York.

I played clarinet in the band. All of us Culpepper's played in the band. We were always busy doing something constructive like Mom and Dad. I was quite the nerd in those days.

06/27/20 07:34 PM #4675    

Randy Tolman (1967)

Katherine. Well now that I've had time to think about it, my timeline may have been a little off. I started going to Love Park BEFORE high school. My oldest brother got his drivers license and he told us there. That would make me about 12-13yrs old. My 2 brothers, me, and our 2 neighbors all went. It was a lot of fun and we kept on dancing 🕺 the nights away. Nothing against the girls from Sam Houston at all. As a matter of fact there was this one girl when I was in SH that I was totally smitten 🥰 with. I'll not mention her name (LS) to save her some embarrassment. She just didn't seem to be as interested in me as I was in her. Go figure?? In high school, after both my brothers graduated, about all I did on weekends was work and about all I did on weekday nights was work too. So I never really got to hang out with the kids from SH. Also about the year I was President of the FFA class, it was school year '65-'66 because I graduated in January '67. By the way (LS) if you ever read this I hope you have had a good life. I think about you often. I've had a good life. Been married to my lovely wife from Aldine High School for 51 years now! I love reading all these post even though I didn't know most of the people who are on here. Some I do remember, however. Y'all be good to each other and keep posting!<>>

 


06/28/20 11:40 AM #4676    

 

Linda Downey (McKnight) (1967)

#4674 Kathy, I never thought you were a nerd! I thought you were funny. You made me laugh. Now that I read about all the things you were involved in, I'm so impressed!  You have really lived your life to the fullest!  I have thought of you so many times, even though I only knew you for a short while. You were fun to be around! 


06/28/20 05:09 PM #4677    

 

Kathy Culpepper (Gunderson) (1968)

Linda Downey you made my day. Thank you so much. We were busy that's for sure.

07/04/20 10:01 AM #4678    

 

Judy Maxwell (1971)

                      HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

 

                        


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