Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

J. F. Usener, Sr. and Jr. Collection:

An Inventory of their Records at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Usener, J. F., Sr.
Title J. F. Usener, Sr. and Jr. Collection
Inclusive Dates 1927-1971
Identification MSS 7
Extent 2 boxes
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

In 1927 Dr. John Fred Usener, a Houston dentist, brought a four acre parcel of land south of San Jacinto Bay near LaPorte, known as the old Prince Green tract. Prince E. Green, an elderly African American, had lived there a number of years prior to 1912 when he gained title to the property. Usener was interested in real estate development and in the 1930's, developed the Prince Green Yacht Basin and later the Barbour's Cut Cafe on the site. He encountered difficulties with the public, and also with C. A. Barbour who was dredging a channel to reach refinery terminals above Usener's property, plus the Seaboard Realty Company.

Dr. Usener died in 1969, and his niece, Mrs. Dorothy Eckels Justman, became executor of the estate. In compiling the necessary documents to settle the estate, Mrs. Justman assembled 3 volumes (in notebook form) of material ranging from legal documents and maps to newsletter clippings and photographs. These volumes and other material relating to the yacht basin, real estate, and the increasing industrialization of the area provide material for scholars researching recreational activities and the burgeoning industrial complex along Houston's ship channel. The Port of Houston has recently (1970's) developed a container port at LaPorte, giving substance to the dreams of the 1927 developers.



The 3 volumes comprise the important part of the collection. They are indexed by the compiler and arranged both chronologically and topically, but are tabbed so the material is easy to locate. In addition, the loose material is in folders.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Prince Green Yacht Basin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

J. F. Usener, Sr. and Jr. Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Mrs. Dorothy Justman, May 13, 1975.

Processing Information

Processed by: Margaret L. Henson, May 15, 1975.

Detailed Description



Box Volume
1 1 and 2 History of Prince Green Yacht Basin, 1824-1971


Construction at Prince Green Yacht Basin

Box Volume
2 3 Construction costs, appraisals, 1971 sale


Business Documents

Box Folder
2 1 Andy's Official...Hunting & Fishing Guide, 1937; "Deep Water for Texas, "1888; Riparian Rights fron 60 Tx Jr 2d; 8 chapters of "Real Estate Selling", 1927
2 Regulations for PGYB Cafe (Barbour's Cut) Off Price Stabiliza
3 Newspaper clippings, 1928, 1971 LaPorte as a port


Record Books

Box Volume
2 1 Prince Green Marina 1940-55
1 Income Tax Record Book 1921-34