Over the Fence

Over the Fence

Short stories of everyday life in Humble.

These boots belonged to Irva Linbrugger Yancy, 1926 Humble High School graduate. During her time in high school she was a member of the Glee Club and wore these lace up boots in a school play her junior year.

Ladies Boots

  • <p>Vintage 1920's brown canvas lace-up boots with black soles and toes. </p>
  • <p>Irva Linbrugger Yancy</p>

Wedding Dress Doll Furniture

  • <p>Doll Furniture made from the beads of a wedding dress.</p>

Hair Receiver

  • <p>Vintage hair receiver</p>

Wondering what to do with your wedding dress? Mrs. Lizzie Linbrugger, mother of Irva Yancy, made doll furniture from her wedding dress after her wedding to Henry Linbrugger. This card is also from their 1907 wedding.

How did they get such big hair? During the Victorian era, and beyond, pots like this were kept on the dressing table to store hair removed from brushes. The hair was recycled as stuffing for small bags, called ratts, used to style women’s hair.

This necklace was worn by Humble High School student Vera White in the 1920s. The locket is a beautiful and functional solution the age-old question, “Where can a girl keep small items when she has no pockets?”

Two aviators lost their lives when their plane failed to come out of a tailspin at 300 feet and crashed nose down in Humble on July 15, 1919. The plane was known as a Canadian Curtiss, owned by the Houston Aero Company.

Pilot Carl L. Conrad and mechanic Donald H. Sibley had spent the day at Humble, taking civilians up for short flights. Conrad was performing stunts for the crowd when the crash occurred. Sibley was pinned beneath the motor, badly burned, and was dead by the time the crowd arrived to help. Conrad was unconscious and died two hours later at Falvey Hospital. Conrad had been a lieutenant in the air service at Ellington Field and had been a bombing instructor. Sibley had belonged to the enlisted personnel at Ellington as first-class chauffeur.

The plane crashed near the home of the Redmon family, southeast of the Humble Cemetery. Souvenir hunters were taking off fragments of the wreck the day after the crash. Posing with the wreckage are Violet and Thelma Redman.

1920's Coin Holder Locket

  • <p>1920's vintage coin holder necklace locket.</p>

1919 Barnstormer Crash

  • <p>Fallen barnstormer</p>

1866 Doll Cradle

  • <p>1866 Handmade toy cradle</p>

W.C. Hammil carved this cradle for his sister. “Irene Hammil” was written on the underside while the varnish was still wet. Years later, this coverlet was pieced together by Mrs. Maxine Hall Gooch, a teacher in Humble ISD during the 1940s and 1950s.

Toys from the 1930s & 1940s

  • <p>1930s Shirley Temple doll. 1940s toy irons.</p>

Shirley Temple was a symbol of happiness and hope during the bleak years of the Great Depression. Dolls such as this one from the 1930s were expensive at $3.00 each, but still very popular! Also popular were these “just like Mommy” real working irons. They were sold by the Metal Ware Co. of Wisconsin in the 1940s. Don’t worry, we have been assured they did not get very hot!

1922 Tragic Train Accident

  • <p>Early 1900s train lantern.</p>

Keystone Viewer

  • <p>Keystone Stereoscope Viewer</p>

Smoking Tobacco

  • <p>Pipes and cigar box</p>

This lantern is from a passenger train that collided with a switch engine in Humble, December 14, 1922.


The accident was one of the most peculiar in American railroading. The passenger train was approaching the station at a moderate rate of speed. The freight engine was standing on a passing switch. When 200 yards away the engineer on No. 28 saw that the freight engine was standing only twenty feet from the switch and that it was too close to the passenger track. He threw on the brakes.

The passenger engine glided slowly past the freight engine in safety. So did the baggage car. But the steps of the first passenger car struck a beam on the freight engine. The beam was ripped away. As it broke it tore off one of the cylinders and broke the steam pipe connecting the boiler with the cylinder.

In an instant there was a terrific rush of high pressure superheated steam. It poured through an open window of the first passenger coach. The coach was in three compartments, but so swift was the inpour of the steam that few if any of the passengers in the three compartments succeeded in escaping. Some who fell or thew themselves on the floor of the car escaped with terrible burns. Those whom the steam caught standing died or were mortally hurt.

Keystone Viewers were used to view stereoscopic images. Two separate images, one for the left eye and one for the right, are viewed together to form a single 3-D image. This model was purchased in Austin in 1935.

You will see many smokers of pipes and cigars when looking through old black and white photos of historic Humble. Dr. McKay seems to always have a cigar in his hand! This long clay pipe belonged to A.V. Rousseau. The pipe and case belonged to Samuel L. Covington, grandfather of Juanita Harvey.