Posts by Elizabeth Ygartua
June is right around the corner, which means bridal season is officially upon us.
Flip through our summer edition of Society Weddings to learn about the companies springing up to help grooms make pitch perfect proposals, and how Preston Hollow resident Vatana Watters turned her garage bridal gown business into a global brand.
Planning a wedding? Check out our Wedding Resources directory.
Be they four legged, finned, feathery, or scaly, pets are part of the family. Pose with your pet or send us your favorite snapshot by May 24 for the chance to be featured in our Pet People section, which premieres on May 31. This section will cover news and information for all pet lovers, including community pet-friendly establishments, local animal organizations and services, and your cutest pet pics. Email your pet family portraits to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Back in March I blogged about Spring Break fun at the Nasher Sculpture Center, and teased the free ‘Til Midnight series. Well it’s here. Starting this Friday, and ever third Friday until August, enjoy regional music, and film screenings in the Nasher’s garden from 6 p.m. to midnight.
This week hear indie folk band Air Review, whose music I first heard on 91.7 KXT-FM. The local band’s song America’s Son, is brilliant and perfectly mellow. It’s the kind of song that kept me streaming KXT when I was living in Virginia.
Afterward you can nestle down on your picnic blanket for the Academy Award-winning Life of Pi.
No outside food or beverages are allowed in, but snacks and picnic baskets are available to purchase from the Nasher Cafe. I’ll probably grab something first and then head over. Hope to see you there!
Corroborating a legend is never easy. In the 39 years since her death, Susie Rose Youree Lloyd seems to have been all but forgotten, except for a few short paragraphs in Diane Galloway’s books on Park Cities history.
The legend goes that in the early days of Highland Park, the town’s budget was mistakenly sent to her house. Thinking it was her tax bill, she sat down and wrote a check for the entire amount.
No records or persons were able to confirm the legend or the amount sent, but it does somewhat illustrate her reputation and character.
If her name doesn’t sound familiar, perhaps her residence does. Lloyd lived in the mansion at 4101 Beverly Drive, on a 6.6-acre estate now owned by Ed Cox that sits just south of the Dallas Country Club.
Lloyd and her husband, Alfred Tennyson Lloyd, an advertising executive and shrewd investor, bought the house in 1915 for $22,500, according to an article in The Dallas Morning News from March of that year. It was said to be “the most expensive residence site ever sold in Dallas.”
To give perspective, the house is now worth $21,369,910, according to the Dallas Central Appraisal District, and it was built by famed architect Herbert Greene, who also designed the Belo Mansion.
The Lloyd fortune came, as best can be discerned, from her husband’s investments and her own inherited fortune, said lawyer James Van Hook Jr., who also said the Lloyds divorced but remained great friends.
Van Hook is the son and grandson of the lawyers who managed properties Rose inherited from her father, Peter Youree, a prosperous banker and businessman in Shreveport, where she was born in 1881.
Rose loved the arts. She reportedly hosted a fete for opera cast members in 1939, and she took in a 1951 performance as a guest of Joe and Evelyn Lambert, of Lambert’s Landscaping.
In 1970, Rose auctioned off a $5,000 French picnic for 36 guests in her gardens to benefit TACA, which Evelyn Lambert helped found. Caviar was flown in for the decadent party, which was bought by a group that included civic leader James H. Bond and his wife. The guest list included Perry and Nancy Bass and Jane Murchison, among other bigwigs. And the servers for the party were local celebrities, including Dorothy Malone, and Henry S. Miller Jr.
Entertainment was provided by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “I’ve directed many concerts,” conductor Anshel Brusilow told the Morning News, “but never one where the orchestra outnumbered the audience.”
Rose was a certified “clubwoman,” attending Calyx Club, Idlewild Club, and Hesitation Club parties, and playing golf at Brook Hollow Golf Club and the Dallas Country Club.
According to Galloway’s book Dallas Country Club: The First 100 Years, she was also a bit of a thorn in the DCC’s side. During a party she was having in her garden, she smelled an offensive odor coming from Turtle Creek. The country club had been running its sewage, with town approval, into the creek.
Not having any of that, Rose had the drain cemented shut overnight and called the next morning to advise the club to not let any of its members run the showers that day.
Rose died in 1974 and was buried in Scottsville, near Marshall, which was founded by her maternal grandfather, state senator and plantation owner William Thomas Scott.
If our civil servants were important to making Highland Park what it is today, so too were the socialites and philanthropists. Lloyd’s eccentricities live on in legend, but so do her contributions to the arts.
Harry was born in Dallas on June 29, 1926, to Harry C. and Pearl McKinney Hoover. He was predeceased by his parents; his two sisters, Dorothy Craven and Helen Heyn; and his wife, Emily, whom he tenderly cared for during her extended illness. They were married for 52 years.
Survivors include his four children: Andrew Hoover and his wife, Mary Ann, of Dallas; Nancy Hoover Landry and her husband, Daniel, of Lafayette, La.; Brian Hoover of Dallas; and Diane Hoover Conoly and her husband, Clay, of Bandera, Texas. His nine grandchildren, who he was extremely proud of, and who lovingly called him “Tex” and “Pop,” include Collin Hoover and his wife, Taylor; Christopher Hoover; Nicholas Hoover; Matthew Hoover; Morgan Landry and his wife, Amy; Christian Landry; Kelly Landry; Alec Conoly; and Sharp Conoly.
He also leaves behind his loving special friend and dancing partner, Martha Smith of Plano. Martha was a great companion to Harry these past four years, and we thank her for all the love and comfort she brought to his life.
Harry was a longtime resident of the Park Cities. He graduated from Highland Park High School with the Class of 1943. He continued his education at New Mexico Military Institute, where he was a cadet commanding officer and the cadet captain of the Fancy Drill Team Platoon. From 1944 to 1946, he served in the United States Army, Armored Engineer Battalion (3rd Army, “Hell on Wheels”). The Army sent him to Oregon State College to study civil engineering for army specialized training.
After his service, he attended Rice University, earning a B.A. in architecture in 1950 and a B.S. in architecture in 1951. He also served as president of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity. Harry fondly remembered his two years as a yell leader for his beloved Rice Owls and continued to be a very active supporter of Rice University.
After moving back to Dallas and apprenticing for three years, he started his own firm of Harry C. Hoover Jr. and Associates, Architects and Planners in 1955. His creative design style won several awards. Homes and commercial buildings he designed can still be found throughout the state of Texas. He is credited with creating “Retrospect,” a public outreach program designed to introduce architects and architecture to a broad spectrum of the Dallas populace and inform the public of the endeavors of the Dallas Chapter of AIA.
He met and married Emily Williams of Wilmington, Ohio, in 1956. They began their family in 1957, moving to University Park in 1962.
Harry was a very learned man and was constantly researching or writing. He recently self-published two books sharing his philosophy on spirituality and responsibility. He encouraged his children to be independent and educated, and led his life as an example of never giving up, always trying to improve yourself and your community. He was very active in many civic and professional organizations. He was a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Dallas Chapter of AIA, the Texas Society of Architects, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, and the Zoning Advisory Committee of University Park. He was a past president of the Park Cities Lions Club, and was also very proud of his multiple turns as the club “Tail-twister,” as he was very good with a story or joke to bring the room to laughter. He was a past president of Rice University Alumni and represented Rice University as a member of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association. Harry was a past director of the Downtown YMCA, and served on the Board of Management. He was formerly on the Board of Directors of Camp Grady Spruce and a past officer of the Dallas Tennis Association.
Harry was an avid tennis player through his memberships to Royal Oaks Country Club and T Bar M Racquet Club, and taught all four of his children how to play the game. Harry also enjoyed many years of coaching his sons and their friends through the Park Cities YMCA youth sports program. In these past years, Harry enjoyed the friendships he shared with the members of the Silver Haired Supper Club and the Carrollton and Farmers Branch Senior Dance clubs.
Harry and Emily both donated their bodies to UT Southwestern Medical Center for the research and advancement of medical science for the benefit of others.
Memorial contributions in Harry’s name may be made to Rice University, Department of Architecture/General Support, Office of Development, P.O. Box 1892, Houston, TX 77251. Or to the Highland Park Education Foundation, 4201 Grassmere Lane, Dallas, TX 75205 or www.HPEF.org.
If you’re like me and you’ve been trying to avoid shopping lately in an attempt to boost your savings account, you can shop the Salvation Army WEARhouse sale tomorrow and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and consider your conscience assuaged, a little.
The sale will feature any remaining clothes from the “Chic Boutique,” which were presented by Tootsies at yesterday’s Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary fashion show and luncheon, and other designer items, shoes, hats, and handbags.
All proceeds from the tenth annual sale will benefit the Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command. So strap on those fashionable shopping/walking shoes and head to the Salvation Army Warehouse at 9216 Harry Hines.