University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Detering Family & Business Papers



Overview of the Collection

Creator Detering family
Collection Title Detering Family & Business Papers
Dates 1871-1989
Identification 05/2014-009
Physical Description 9.00 linear feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Family History:

The Detering family has lived and worked in the Houston area for over a century, owning numerous Houston properties and several long-standing businesses. Herman Eberhard Detering (1862-1927) moved from Germany to Houston, Texas in 1881. Upon moving to Houston, his first job was working for Henke’s Grocery. Soon after, Detering purchased a lot at 3028 Washington Avenue, where he opened the Detering General Store. He married Helena “Lina” Stuer in 1891, and they made their home above the store. The five Detering children, Alma, Elsa Anna, Herman Eberhard, Carl August, and Lenora Lina, were all born at home on Washington Avenue. In 1895, Mr. Detering bought another business, the Houston Broom Factory, and located it behind the grocery store, on Center Street. The grocery store was closed in approximately 1913, after the family moved to McGowen Street. Herman Eberhard Detering also became a real estate entrepreneur early on, buying and selling land all over the Houston area. According to family lore, Eberhard believed Houston waterways would be used for transportation but did not know which bayous would be important, so he bought on all of them. He had several real estate partnerships, including Bottler & Detering and Kalb & Detering.

The Detering children continued in the family businesses and real estate ventures. In 1926, Carl Detering opened The Detering Company, a provider of building materials and supplies, in the same location as their father’s grocery store. He was joined shortly thereafter by his brother, Herman. Alma Detering kept an office at the Detering Company as well, and ran the Houston Broom Factory from there until its closure in the 1940s. Alma also oversaw the accounting for the family’s other businesses and properties during this time. The Woodridge Company (a partnership between Herman and Carl) and Carl Detering Developer (a business in which Alma and Herman were also heavily involved) are two examples of businesses created by the Detering children to manage real estate development. Other companies associated with the Detering family included the Detering Concrete Tile Company, Turning Basin Development Company, the Detering Company of Beaumont, Inc., and the Detering Galleries.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains deeds, abstracts of title, legal files, real estate sales records, and many other materials related to businesses and properties held by various members of the Detering family from 1871-1989. The collection has been divided into five series: Properties, Legal Files, Trust and Estate Papers, Business Papers, and Financial Papers. Folders within each series (or subseries) are arranged chronologically.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Family Name:
Detering family
Genre/Form of Material:
Estate Records
Financial records
Legal documents
Property records
Geographic Name:
Houston (Tex.) -- History
Topical Term:
Commercial real estate -- Texas -- Houston
Real property -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Detering Family and Business Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.


Detailed List of Contents

Properties

Deeds and Abstracts
Box Folder
1 1 Abstracts and Deeds - Various 1871-1924
2 Abstracts and Deeds - Various 1891-1933
3 Abstracts - E.C. Crawford Addition, Block 14 1895-1912
4 Deeds and Original Papers - E.C. Crawford Addition 1909-1949
5 Abstracts to Ross Property and 30 acres Jacob Thomas survey 1909-1949
6 Abstracts to Ross Property and 30 acres Jacob Thomas survey 1909-1949
7 Abstracts covering Woodridge Subdivision Section 1 and Detering Addition 1910, 1916
8 Abstracts - Luke Moore League, 40 acres of Lot 11 1911-1912
9 Abstracts to Suburban Addition 1912
10 Abstracts - E.C. Crawford Addition, Block 14 1922-1950
11 Abstracts - Land in John R. Harris and the H.B. Prentiss Survey 1928-1941
12 Detering Abstract covering Smith and Gibbons Addition 1929
13 Abstracts - Smith and Gibbons Addition 1929
14 Abstract of Title - Land in Busch subdivision of Eli Noland Survey 1930
Box Folder
2 1 Abstract of Title - Land in Busch subdivision of Eli Noland Survey 1940
2 Detering Abstract covering Blocks 1-5 Woodridge Section 1 1940
3 Abstract and Original Papers - E.C. Crawford Addition, Block 5, Lots 2, 3, and 8 1949-1950
4 Deeds, Abstracts, Surveys - Moers Tract 1940s
5 Abstract and Original Papers - E.C. Crawford Addition, Block 5, Lots 4-7 1950-1951
6 Saddlebrook Subdivision Deed and Restrictions 1952, 1967
7 Abstract and Original Papers - Park Place Lot 1955-1956
8 Deed from Ben G. McGuire to Carl Detering - Half block on Fannin Street 1970-1971
Sales, Leases, and Purchases
Box Folder
2 9 Various land sales by Lina Detering 1936-1958
10 Purchase of land in John R. Harris and the H.B. Prentiss Survey from Katherine H. Moers 1940-1949
11 Lease to W&S Realty Corporation - Brunner Addition, Block 46 1945-1959
12 Lina Detering - Resale of Cedar Lane tract to Bishop Hines, for church 1953-1955
13 Lease of land to International Harverster Company 1954-1957
14 Purchase from George - Daniel, Crawford Addition land 1955-1970
15 Sale to Jones Apothecary - Suburban Addition, Block 7, Lots 1, 2, 25, and 26 1956-1960
16 Sale to Bethany Christian Church - E.C. Crawford Addition, Block 4 1958
17 Sale to Texas Highway Department - Katy Highway 1958
18 Sale to Bruce Bristol - Suburban Addition, Blocks 6 (partial) and 7 1958
19 Sale to Bethany Christian Church - E.C. Crawford Addition, Block 4 1958
20 Lease to Telephone Road Lions Club - Woodridge and Winkler 1958-1963
21 Sale of land to Jagger Associates, Inc. (folded map/plans) 1958-1967
22 Sale to Inrope Corporation - Suburban Addition lots 1959
23 Sale to City of Houston - Elgin-Beulah-Lockwood Grade Separation 1959-1960
24 Proposed sale to Housing America Corporation and Inwood Construction Company - E.C. Crawford Addition 1961-1963
25 Sale to Dietrich F. Gothe - Camp Logan Cement Works 1961-1966
26 Texaco, Inc. Station Site Lease - Katy Road 1961-1967
27 Lease to United Aircraft Corporation - Gulf Freeway 1962
28 Purchase of land - LaPorte Interchange 1962-1970
29 Bulletin Board Sign Leases - LaPorte Interchange 1963, 1968
30 Lease to Humble Oil and Refining Company - Land in Alexander Ewing survey 1963-1964
31 Lease of land to Blaz'r Steaks 1963-1964
Box Folder
3 1 Memorial Drive and Detering St (2 proposed sales, both called off) 1963-1966
2 Control Data Corporation Lease - Buildings 2 and 4 1963-1971
3 Control Data Corporation Lease - Buildings 2 and 4 1963-1971
4 Detering Family lease to Brazer's Inc. - Triangle tip Gulf Freeway 1964
5 Lease to Walter Tropst - Woodridge Drive and Gulf Freeway 1964
6 Lease to Woodridge Corporation (same as Marvin Leggett) - West Side Woodridge Drive, South Freeway 1964-1966
7 Lease to M& P Building Corporation - Woodridge Drive and Gulf Freeway 1964-1973
8 Proposed sale of 10 acres north of Houston to Jamaica Corporation 1965-1966
9 Herman E. Detering sale of Wirt Road area to city 1965-1967
10 Detering lease to Chrysler Motors Corporation - Woodridge and Gulf Freeway 1965-1977
11 Detering Family sale to Welcome E. Wilson - H. Busch survey 1966
12 Amendment to lease to Gateway Employment Service - Office City Buildings 1966
13 Sale of land to Lincoln Properties 1966-1967
14 Resale of Lot 1286, Block 66, Hawthorne Place by H.E.D. Trustee 1967
15 Sale to Walter P. Moore - Land in E.C. Crawford Addition 1967
16 Carl A Detering lease to S.K. Vincent - Putt Putt Golf Course, tract in Alexander Ewing survey 1967-1969
17 Detering Family lease to Liberty Sign Company - Katy Road November 17, 1967-November 17, 1970
18 Lease to B.F. Goodrich Company - Gulf Freeway and Winkler Drive 1967-1971
19 Sale of land to La Quinta Motor Inns 1967-1972
20 Sale to Walter P Moore - E.C. Crawford Addition, Block 19, Lots 19, 20, and 21 (partial) 1967-1972
21 Proposed lease to RSC Management Company (no deal made) 1968
22 Saddlebrook Subdivision lot sold to Thomas E. Greacen and wife 1968
23 Proposed sale to Unit, Inc. (no deal resulted) 1968
24 Detering lease to Humble Oil and Refining Company - Corner Gulf Freeway and Woodridge 1968
25 Detering lease to Dot Systems Inc. - Gulf Freeway thru to Winkler 1968-1969
26 Lease to Robee's Franchise of Houston - Corner of Woodridge and Winkler 1968-1970
27 Sale to James C. Smith - Brashear Addition, Block 5, Lot 6 1968-1975
28 Lease to John W. Moore, III - Land in Luke Moore survey 1969
29 Detering Lease to Virgil Boll (Pizza Hut) 1969-1976
Box Folder
4 1 Lease to Shell Oil Company - Commerce Central, Block 2 1970
2 Sale to State Highway Commission 1970-1971
3 Detering lease to Mobil Oil Corporation (service station) - Gulf Freeway and Winker Drive 1970-1972
4 Purchase of land from Philip Getz - Washington Avenue and Studemont Street 1970-1973
5 Purchase of land from City of Houston - Washington Avenue and Studemont Street 1970-1973
6-8 Sale of land to Texas Highway Department 1970-1973
9 Washington Avenue property - Attempted purchase from Leonard Golasinki 1970-1973
10 Detering Family sale to James P. Lee, Trustee - Several lots, Suburban Addition Block 1 1971
11 Washington Avenue Property - Purchase from Helen Delmont 1971-1973
12 Herman Detering sale to Billie Frazier (widow of Parkhurst Frazier) - Freeway Manor, Block 3 1972
13 Oil, Gas and Mineral lease - Five Detering children to Austral Oil Company, Inc. 1972
14 Detering lease to Humble Oil and Refining Company (service station) - Woodridge and Office City Drive 1972
15-17 Willow Creek Apartments - Harold Farb deal 1972-1973
18 Sale to Luther High School - Old maps of commerce central and other matter 1972-1973
19 Sale of land to Texas Highway Department 1972-1974
20-21 Detering Family sale to Lutheran High School Association - Tract in John R. Harris survey 1981-1982
Subdivions and Properties
Box Folder
5 1-2 Lucky Seven Addition - J.H. Weisenberger 1900-1944
3 Detering Land Book (surrogate copy) 1915
4-5 Travis Street Property - Alma and Lenora Detering 1934-1982
6-7 Woodridge Subdivision 1939-1963
8 Woodridge Section IV 1940-1951
9 E.C. Crawford Addition 1940-1972
10 Woodridge Section IV Restrictions 1941-1947
11-17 Saddlebrook Subdivision records approximately 1941-1985
Box Folder
6 1 C.G. Fitze Homestead Addition - Block 12 1946
2 Ordinance vacating and abandoning a portion of Woodridge Drive Subdivision 1947
3-4 Ship Channel Property 1948-1963
5 Rent Houses - Paul J. Wooley, et al 1949-1955
6 Sadddlebrook Subdivision Architectural Committee Amended Restrictions, etc. 1952, 1968
7 Dallas at Sam Houston Park 1954-1955
8-9 Suburban Addition - Condemnation 1954-1970
10 Leverkuhn Addtion - Block 8 1956-1971
11 Brays Bayou Rectification - Spoil Disposal Contract with Harris County Flood Control District 1957-1959
12 Miscellaneous - Woodridge and Winkler corners 1957-1963
13 Saddlebrook Subdivision - Lot 15 1958
14 E.C. Crawford Addition Exchanges - Blocks 14 and 16 1958-1959
15 Office City, Commerce Central - General 1950s-1960s
16 Carl and Herman - Legal Exchange Papers, Woodridge and Winkler 1950s, 1960s
17 Suburban Addition - South of Freeway 1961-1973
18 Office City records 1962-1969
19 Cherry House restoration - Harris County Heritage Society 1963
Box Folder
7 1 Crawford Survey - Hi Rise Apartments, Irving Klein 1963
2 E.C. Crawfod Addition - Blocks 5 and 6 1964-1970
3 Old Broom Factory Property - Wagner Street 1964-1977
4 Sackett Street Property - Rear encroachment 1966
5 3100 West Alabama - Construction Specifications 1967
6 Crawford Addition and Office City Buildings 1967-1968
7 Leverkuhn Property 1967-1968
8 Memorial Drive and Aloe Street 1967-1972
9 E.C. Crawford Addition - Walter P, Moore 1967-1988
10 Saddlewood Subdivision - Lot 8, restrictions (nothing done) 1968
11 Carl and Herman - Exchange Deeds, E.C. Crawford Addition 1960s, 1970s
12 E.C. Crawford Addition - Several lots 1960s-1980s
13 Land - Gulf Freeway and S. Loop East 1972-1981
14 Office City undated
15 Old Detering Maps and Plans undated



Legal Files

Box Folder
7 16 Mrs. Lina Detering vs. H. & T. C. R.R. Co. and City of Houston 1933
17-18 Mrs. Lina Detering Legal File 1935-1948
19 The Detering Company vs. E. Calvert Smith 1937-1940
20 Carl A. Detering vs. Alexander Ewing et al 1938
21 Carl A. Detering General Legal File 1939-1949
22 Herman Detering, Jr. General Legal Papers 1940-1960
23 County of Harris vs. Herman Detering 1941-1943
24 County of Harris vs. Carl A. Detering 1941-1943
25 Pacific Trading Co., Inc., vs. Standard Rice Company, Inc., et al 1950-1951
Box Folder
8 1 City of Houston vs. Herman E. Detering, et al 1950-1955
2 A.H. Krueger vs. Helen Johnson Chatman, et al - Transcript of Testimony 1954
3 City of Houston vs. Katherine Moers - Paving assessment on Berkeley Street 1955-1962
4 Miscellaneous Detering legal files 1957-1961
5 Harris County Flood Control District - Core boring license 1961
6 Carl A. Detering General Legal File 1964-1972
7 Lina Detering Estate vs. George Brooks (colored) - Tenant 3416 Washington Avenue 1965
8 LaPorte Freeway Construction Easement 1965-1966
9 City of Houston sanitary sewer easement for Winkler and Gulf Freeway 1966
10 Carle Detering vs. Federal Sign Company 1967-1971
11 Houston Lighting and Power easement to serve Office Building 4 1968
12 Alma Detering Legal Files 1968-1971
13 Ram-Hart Systems, Inc. - Bankruptcy of Robee's Franchise of Houston 1969-1972



Trust and Estate Papers

Box Folder
8 14 Herman and Carl Detering - Trustees for children 1923-1925
15 Detering Estate - General 1926-1930
16 H.E. Detering Estate 1927-1928
17 H.E. Detering Estate - Busch Subdivision partition 1930s-1970s
18 Detering Estate - General 1931-1934
19 Lina Detering Estate Files 1949-1953
20 Lina Detering Estate 1950-1965
21 Lina Detering - Miscellaneous Estate Files 1950-1989
22 Trusts Created by Lina Detering 1953
23 Lina Detering Estate Files 1953-1958
24 Trust #3 - Carl and Herman for children of each 1955-1959
25 Trust Files - Alma Detering 1955-1969
26 Estate of Mrs. Lina Detering 1958-1973
27 1954 Trusts - General Matters 1967
28 Detering Trusts - Exchange of properties 1967
Box Folder
9 1 Opinion on 1954 Trust as to Allocation of Income and Expenses 1968
2 Herman E. Detering - Copies of gift deeds to son and daughter, Herman Detering, III and Mrs. Deborah Inez Pannill approximately 1968-1970
3 Detering Heirs - Vendor's Lien to release Angel and Porfiria Rodriguez 1970
4 Herman E. Detering - 1976 Trusts for Children and Grandchildren 1977
5 Detering Estate 1979
OVS_Box Folder
10 1 Lina Detering Estate Files 1928-1981



Business Papers

Box Folder
9 6 The Detering Company - General 1926-1935
7 The Detering Company - General 1936-1954
8 Phylcar Corporation - General 1949-1965
9 Phylcar Utilities Inc. 1950-1961
10 McGowen-Austin Corporation 1952-1960
11 Standard Rice Company - Final liquidation 1959-1962



Financial Papers

Box Folder
9 12 Bank Records - Alma Detering 1957-1967
13 Tax Letters and Other Information 1959-1971
14 All Detering Bills 1969-1971
15 Tax Records 1970-1976
16 Freeway Warehouse Tax Return 1971-1975