Preliminary Report on the Location and Condition of Texas Centennial Markers in Harris County, Texas
Manuscript Collection: MC194
Louis Lenz, Texana collector, was born on December 18, 1885, to Charles and Emma Lenz in Yorktown, Texas. He graduated from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A＆M University) in 1907 with a degree in civil engineering. He married Neal Woodson in 1915. He worked as chief engineer for the Vacuum Oil Company until 1931 and served as district engineer for Magnolia in Lake Charles, Louisiana, until his retirement in 1951.
After retirement, Lenz moved to Houston where he started to collect Texana. In 1956, he designed the special medallion authorized by Congress to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the Texas Declaration of Independence. His collection of over 4,000 books and journals was acquired by the University of Texas in 1963. At the time of his death in 1967, Lenz was vice chairman of the Harris County Historical Survey Committee, an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas and a member of the Knights of the Order of San Jacinto.
The Harris County Historical Survey Committee was established in 1958 following the 1953 establishment of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee. The first committee was appointed by the Harris County Commissioners Court and Harris County Judge Robert Casey. Arthur Lefevre, Jr. was chairman with other notable members including Ima Hogg, George R. Brown, Colonel William B. Bates and Governor William P. Hobby.
In 1973, the Harris County Historical Survey Committee became the Harris County Historical Commission. The commission is responsible for reviewing all applications for state historical markers in Harris County before submission to the Texas Historical Commission and is responsible for arranging marker dedications, assisting in the preservation of historic properties and promoting the history of Harris County and Texas.
The Preliminary Report is a signed 14 page report on the survey made by Louis Lenz in 1958, of the location and condition of the Texas Centennial Markers and additional historical markers in Harris County, Texas. The report, with a cover letter, was sent to members of the Harris County Historical Survey Committee and its chairman, Arthur Lefevre, Jr. A contemporary photocopy of this document is included.
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[Identification of Item], Preliminary Report on the Location and Condition of Texas Centennial Markers in Harris County, Texas, MC194, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.
Louis Lenz, January 1959.
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