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Most streets are named after numbers, types of commerce, landmarks or famous individuals.  How did Houston streets get their names?  Marks Hinton, author of Historic Houston Streets: The Stories behind the Name wondered that himself and thus began his research and interviewing of hundreds of Houstonians who had lived in their neighborhoods for fifty to seventy years to find some answers. We had the pleasure of having Marks as a guest speaker this week at our John Daugherty, Realtors sales meeting.  Marks spoke about some of the fascinating street names and how they came to be such as Anita, Artesian, Decimus Ultimus Barziza and probably the funniest to all the agents who attended was the story of how Shaft came to be named. He also spoke about the Rice murder conspiracy of millionaire William Marsh Rice, founder of the Rice Institute and later known as Rice University. Marks is currently working on a manuscript for a book about the most interesting people buried in our area cemeteries and we look forward to inviting him back to tell us what he uncovers, so to speak.


Marks HInton

Pictured above (left to right), Marks Hinton, Barbara Hinton, Cheri Fama and John A. Daugherty, Jr.



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Best of luck to Steve Thistle, General Sales Manager – John Daugherty, Realtors!  Steve is running for the 2015 Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) Board – Geographic Districts Central position.  HAR is the largest trade association in Houston and the second largest local Realtor® association in the country. HAR connects home sellers, buyers and renters with Realtors® SteveT. Shaggy Dog Steve has been a member of HAR for 30 years and has served on numerous committees and served as MLS chair in 2005.  He also serves on the Professional Standards committee which he has served for more than 15 years.  “I have always included serving my fellow Realtors® in my real estate practice.  “I feel it is very important to have an active role in how the business is done.  By serving on the HAR Board, I can have a voice for the agents and brokers in my immediate market”, said Steve.  Voting for HAR members concludes on August 4th and we wish all the candidates good luck and wish Steve the very best of luck!

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