Costco to Host Book Signings for Local Authors

Arts and Entertainment

May 19, 2014

Houston's River Oaks, by local author Ann Dunphy Becker with George Murray, boasts more than 200 vintage images and provides readers with a unique opportunity to reconnect with the history that shaped their community.


In the early 1920s, when T.W. House Jr., A.C. Guthrie, and Thomas Ball came to the conclusion that Houston needed a new country club, complete with an 18-hole golf course, they formed Country Club Estates. They chose to build on land called the House tract just west of downtown. Very quickly 300 memberships were sold with each including one share of stock in the company.


Within a year, Will and Mike Hogg, along with Hugh Potter, recognized this as a perfect idea for the bustling city of Houston. They purchased 1,100 acres eventually creating the River Oaks Corporation. Images of America: Houston's River Oaks takes the reader from 1923 to 1970 and tells the story of one of the most carefully planned subdivisions in America.


Today, River Oaks is known as an enviable place to call home. The careful planning undertaken by these Houstonians 90 years ago produced results of unmatched beauty and a quality of life still enjoyed today.


Highlights of Houston's River Oaks include:

    • 1920s: Country Living in River Oaks

    • 1930s: Anyone Can Afford to Live Here

    • 1940s: The War Years

    • 1950s: The "Happy Days" Decade

    • 1960s: A Changing World


Join the authors for a signing:

Where:  Costco

3836 Richmond Ave., Houston TX 77027

When:  Friday, June 6th, 2013; 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.

Ann Dunphy Becker is a Houston historian who previously published Images of America: Houston 1860-1900. With the help of longtime resident and businessman George Murray, as well as many lifelong River Oaks residents, Becker was able to put together a wonderful photographic history of the founding of this subdivision through 1970.

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