At 103 Years Old, Aunt Faye Just Keeps Going

“This baby girl won’t make it, she’s just too small”, is what the Doctor said when Oleta Faye Glover was born. She weighed less than three pounds when she was born on April 6, 1913 at the family cabin near Winnsboro, Texas. She was the fourth of seven children born to Larkin and Pearl Stroman Glover.

Oleta Faye’s grandmother, Nan Stroman, put the tiny baby girl in a shoebox and placed her on the open door of the cast iron cook stove. For three weeks, Nan kept baby Oleta Faye warm by placing one stick of wood at a time in the stove to maintain constant low heat. Oleta Faye survived, and has survived 103 years since.

Her father owned a sawmill and moved from community to community sawing stands of

Oleta Faye Glover Turner

Oleta Faye Glover Turner

timber. Oleta attended first grade at New Hope School and the family moved to Gladebranch when she was nine. Larkin began farming then and she finished school there.

At fifteen, Oleta Faye Glover married Clyde Turner in Winnsboro.  They had two children, Joan Thorpe of Tyler and Tommy Turner of Austin. She has five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Family always came first, and she had a gift for making her children, grand-children, nieces and nephews all feel like they were her favorite.

100_2952As part of the War Effort, Oleta went from running her Singer Sewing Machine to running a Flange Machine at North American Aviation. Oleta was one of the first women hired to work in the plant at North American Aviation. Pictures of Oleta Faye running her Flange Machine appeared in the plant newsletter and on one of the plant posters.

Later, Oleta Faye worked at Titches Department Store for nine years and then became a claims supervisor for an insurance company. She retired after twenty years but she continued to work part time at Foley’s Department Store until 1989. She moved back to Winnsboro in 1995.

Oleta’ s love for the Lord always played an important part in her life. She was baptized when she was twelve in Gibson’s Pond near Winnsboro. She was a member of Forest Avenue Baptist Church for 20 years, Colonial Baptist Church in East Dallas, and First Baptist Church in Winnsboro. Her service organizations include Eastern Star and Red Hatters.

Oleta was a world traveler too. She was in Cuba just a week before Castro assumed power. In addition to traveling to all 48 states, she has been to Hawaii, England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Canada and Mexico.

She has always loved gardening and was one of the first women to volunteer at the Dallas Arboretum. She was a member of the Bells and Blossom Garden Club in Dallas, and a 20-year member of the East Dallas Garden Forum. She organized the Sunshine Garden Club in 1980.

After moving to Winnsboro, Oleta Faye volunteered until she was 95 at Winnsboro Presbyterian Hospital. She worked the cash register in the cafeteria until her eye-sight began to fail, and then answered phones.

Oleta Faye lived on her own in her Winnsboro home until she was 101 years old, where she had a beautiful garden and many friends. After a fall and rehabilitation, she came to live with her Nephew and Niece, Mark and FullSizeRenderPenny Glover in Flower Mound.

Mark and Penny always called Oleta Faye “Aunt Faye”, and she was always much more than their favorite Aunt.  Beginning in 2001, Aunt Faye and her Texas Honeys traveled to Jackson Mississippi for Sweet Potato Queen Parade.  She was the Grand Marshall in 2013.  Aunt Faye is loved by Sweet Potato Queens all across the nation.

Aunt Faye enjoys healthy living in Flower Mound. In good weather, she is out and about 10384444_1143003022390539_5021467471479758433_ntouring the gardens and visiting the chickens & turkeys in her chauffer driven golf cart. She turns 103 years old on April 6 and is healthier now than she was at 102 years old. But she has overcome the odds since 1913, when the doctor said this three-pound girl would not make it.

Recognizing These Great Trees

by Mark Glover, 10/29/15

Trees have always been a major part of our lives. They are a stabilizing force, connection to nature, and a source of beauty we can depend on – day after day and year after year.  It’s hard to imagine life without these magnificent trees we enjoy.

We have about forty trees on just under three acres. Bob Rheudasil (my father-in-law) planted almost all these trees when he built the home on this property in the late 1960’s. Bob was a man of the dirt and a renowned tree farmer. He knew how to raise healthy trees and they have all grown to be splendid specimens.

tree awardTwo of our trees are really spectacular with immeasurable value to us. The Town of Flower Mound recently recognized these two special trees with awards. Love and appreciation for trees is something that makes Flower Mound special. We greatly appreciate these tree awards from the Town of Flower Mound!

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Bob’s Water Oak – click to enlarge

Bob’s Water Oak

34-1/2” diameter at 4-1/2’

47-1/2’ tall +/-

73’ x 65’ canopy +/-

Bob transplanted this sapling in the late 1960’s from a
creek bed off what is now Morriss Road, close to where Forest wood Middle School is. The Edward Marcus Lodge sat on this property until 1983. Bob planted several of this tree’s sons in the decades after planting this tree. Its descendants are quite impressive as well.

Neil Sperry used Bob’s Water Oak in his book, Neil Sperry’s Complete Guide to Texas Gardening, 1991, page 97. Neil recognized the quality of this tree when it was about twenty years old.  At forty-five years old now, Bob’s Water Oak is nothing short of magnificent.

Almost daily, I sit at Edward Marcus’s desk that was given to Bob Rheudasil. Just in front of 20151027_174247_001-1_resizedme, out the plate glass window, is Bob’s Water Oak.  And just beyond it, a 250 year old Post Oak. It’s a special place and I’m grateful to occupy it.

Water Oaks are not native to Flower Mound, making this tree a little rare to begin with. This tree enjoys splendid health and will continue to provide pleasure for decades to come. Bob left us quite a gift with this tree.

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Freedom Oak click to enlarge

Freedom Oak

37” diameter at 4-1/2’

42-1/2’ tall +/-

69’ x 69 ‘ canopy +/-

This Native Post Oak has stood for about 250 years. We started calling it the Freedom Oak when we first learned its approximate age. It was an acorn about the time this Nation was founded in 1776. Perhaps it is 50 years older or younger, but 1776 provides an easy point of reference.

20151029_111909_resizedThis Freedom Oak may have heard a Native American Indian telling a story of the first white men he saw. It may have felt the rolling thunder of 50,000 Buffalo storming across Long Prairie, or may have provided refuge for a pair of bear cubs trying to escape a storm.

With the arrival of white setters, this tree would have seen new breeds of animals – horses, cattle, goats and chickens. Barbed wire, farming and ranching changed the landscape; then tractors, automobiles, houses, and more progress. Generations of families have come and gone during this tree’s life. Some may have stopped to enjoy this old tree; others scurried by, too busy to pay attention to an old tree.

25253_113282378695478_100000411498448_181316_2793910_nMany of us appreciate these old trees. Beyond their beauty, trees are living history and a strong connection to nature. If you take pause under one of the old trees and listen very carefully, you can hear their mighty whispers.

Flower Mound; A Story of Growth and Change

by Mark Glover, 6-05-13

Flower Mound has a colorful history and rich heritage. Buffalo, Cowboys & Indians, and Texas Rangers traveled through our Black Land Prairies and Cross Timbers. The earliest settlers discovered a land with natural beauty and abundant resources to build their farms and ranches.

Crosstimbers

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Geography and topography have always had a lot to do with why people are attracted to Flower Mound. The Eastern Crosstimbers run from South Texas to Kansas and through Flower Mound, interrupting vast Blackland Prairies to our East and West. Flower Mound has varied terrain, from hardwood forest to rolling hills and prairies.

Not much is left of how Flower Mound looked to the early pioneers. The Flower Mound (Mound) still exists as it did when the Buffalo and Antelope grazed its prairie grasses and wildflowers. Early leaders managed to preserve some stands of the Crosstimbers, more so than most communities. But much of Flower Mound is now urbanized with homes, schools and commercial development like many suburbs of DFW.

1171&2499The common thread that runs throughout the history of Flower Mound is the passion and fear of growth. This has been the central issue in virtually every municipal election. Growth and change has made the politics in Flower Mound highly spirited, and sometimes bloody.

The die was cast for growth in Flower Mound long ago. The completion of Lake Grapevine in 1953 and start of DFW Airport in 1969 changed rural Flower Mound forever. Dallas and Fort Worth were growing North. No one could stop it. The best early leaders could do was to steer growth toward higher quality.

The 1950’s and 60’s marked the transition from a rural culture to an upscale suburban community for Flower Mound. Edward Marcus (then Chairman of Neiman-Marcus) had a big part in steering Flower Mound’s early growth.

Black Mark Farm Headquarters

Black Mark Farm Headquarters

Edward Marcus entertained the rich & famous at his 4,000 acre cattle ranch named Black Mark Farm in Flower Mound in the 1950’s – 60’s. When Neiman-Marcus clients traveled to Dallas, they expected a real taste of Texas. A short drive from Neiman-Marcus in Downtown Dallas to Flower Mound provided what visitors expected – a working ranch, real cowboys, horses, and lots of cattle.

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Elizabeth Arden, Coco Chanel, & Stanley Marcus

Neiman-Marcus held extravagant Fortnight Celebration Parties in Flower Mound yearly, starting in 1957.  The first Neiman’s Fortnight made the cover of Time Magazine and was named “Dallas in Wonderland”. Neiman’s Downtown Dallas store was decorated for the French Fortnight theme and there were cultural celebrations all over Dallas showcasing art, film and fashion. Flower Mound hosted the Fortnight Western Party, and it was quite a party.

Coco Channel and Elizabeth Arden attended this first Fortnight Party. Barbecue and beans were on the menu, but not to the liking of by Coco Channel. She scraped her plate off under the table, right onto the red slippers of Elizabeth Arden. It was unintentional, supposedly.

Bob Rheudasil, Ladybird Johnson & Edward Marcus

Bob Rheudasil, Ladybird Johnson & Edward Marcus

Edward Marcus enjoyed his ranch getaway in Flower Mound, but saw that growth was unstoppable.  He would often discuss his vision for this land with guests to the ranch.  He saw his land becoming part of a beautiful and well planned community with fine parks, trees, and walking trails. A place where homes, schools, Churches, and businesses would co-exist and flow in harmony. A town where neighbors would walk, talk and enjoy their community.

In 1960, Flower Mound was threatened by the wrong kind of growth, a hostile takeover by Irving. Irving attempted to grow its boundaries by annexing land through Denton County. Flower Mound laid right in the path. The attempted land grab became known as the Denton County War.

Edward Marcus, Bruton Orand, and other large land owners agreed to finance a lawsuit against Irving to stop the land grab if local residents would take up the fight. Bob Rheudasil, Doc Wilkerson, Ray Skillern, and others were more than willing and organized residents. Flower Mound won the landmark lawsuit and the subsequent appeal against Irving.

The Town incorporated after the lower court ruling in 1961 and Bob Rheudasil was elected the First Mayor. Not everyone embraced creating a town, but it was necessary to stop future land grabs. Flower Mound took control of its own destiny.

The first Town Secretary was Pat Rheudasil, who worked without salary, without a real office, and had to organize a town with no resources or experience. Pat did everything from read water meters to balance the books and was the Town’s only employee for many years. Pat Rheudasil was the Mother of Flower Mound, if towns can have mothers. Bob Rheudasil always said, “No one did more for Flower Mound than Pat”.

In 1968, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a program to create several New Towns across the US. The New Town Program was meant to spur new ideas for urban planning, encourage self-sufficient communities, advance home building design, and help control urban sprawl.

Edward Marcus and development team for Flower Mound New Town

Edward Marcus and development team for Flower Mound New Town

Edward Marcus ceased the opportunity to make the vision for his land come true. He applied to be one of HUD’s New Town projects, naming it Flower Mound New Town (FMNT). HUD approved, and made the first phase loan guarantee commitment of $18 million in December of 1970. FMNT consumed all of Edward’s land, and all the land he could buy or option. The project consumed Edward Marcus as well.

Flower Mound New Town killed Edward Marcus. Stress from a non-performing partner, a downward spiraling economy, shifts in national politics, government red-tape, and cancelled HUD commitments were more than his body could endure. Edward Marcus died shortly after the projects failure in 1976.

But much of Edward’s vision survived. The Town of Flower Mound inherited parks, trails, streets, utilities, buildings, and well thought out plans for future growth. The town got its first real fire station and amenities through grants worked by FMNT. Edward’s vision and actions put Flower Mound on a path toward quality and well planned growth. It was a quantum leap forward for the town, one that Flower Mound would not made without Edward Marcus’s vision and leadership.

The 1970’s were plagued by the Dis-annexation Wars in Flower Mound. From 1971 to 1977, there were seven attempts by citizen groups to dis-annex different parts of the Flower Mound. FMNT brought on growth and change for the entire town, and some blame it for the Dis-annexation Wars. The real cause of the unrest was new taxes brought on by growth and the incorporation as a town.

A lot of residents felt Flower Mound was a town in name only, existing only to stop annexation by other towns like Irving, Lewisville, and Denton. Flower didn’t enact property taxes until 1972 and sales tax until 1977. Taxes, like growth, were inevitable. The Town Council said in a Press Release to citizens in October of 1972:

“There seems to be a great deal of misinformation being spread regarding the proposed taxation…,Flower Mound is situated in a position which makes it the focal point of urban development…,adjacent to what will become the world’s greatest airport…This area will witness a fantastic rate of growth…,Failure to properly ready ourselves for this urbanization can result in utter chaos in the form of strip zoning, haphazard development, poor construction of public, as well as private, facilities, and the invasion of Flower Mound by fly-by-night developers who come into the community, install second-rate facilities, and leave when their construction begins to deteriorate and create problems for the public…Town Council has a tremendous opportunity to build a first class city, but that can only be done by getting out front with proper controls.”

The Town Budget with new taxes was $258,000, of which $150,000 came from new taxes. The balance came from federal grants and utility franchise fees. The new taxes allowed the Town start-up a volunteer fire department, hire six police officers, hire a Director of Community Development & Building Inspector, and fund consulting fees for a City Attorney and Planning Consultant.

Taxes and rumors of more taxes had citizens of Flower Mound saying, “We want out”.  But, growth and change was inevitable and Flower Mound could not grow in a quality manner without a real Town Government and tax base.

Flower Mound earned the title Voting Capital of Texas during the period of the Dis-annexation War. With all the succession and regular elections, there was almost always an election going on. And 85-95% of the registered voters voted in these elections. Fortunately, none of the dis-annexation elections succeeded.

The 1980’s & 90’s marked the highest growth in Flower Mound. Tidal Waves of new homes rolled into Flower Mound and the town was consistently ranked one of the fastest growing towns in the US. Flower Mound grew from around 4,400 people in 1980 to over 50,000 people by 2000.

Many citizens wanted to shut the gate and stop new growth. Others wanted to stop growth to preserve trees and the natural landscape. Ever increasing growth, traffic, and commute times to jobs in Dallas or Fort Worth exasperated the stress of many residents.

Pro-growth advocates in the 80’s and 90’s sited new businesses, new jobs, lower taxes, and increased property values as the positives to embracing growth. The argument fell on deaf ears for most in the bedroom community. The pendulum swung toward slow to no growth policies and voters elected representatives that promised to deliver.

In January of 1999, Flower Mound enacted a Residential Building Moratorium to stop residential growth. This moratorium stayed in place for about a year, while new Smart Growth ordinances were written to slow future growth. The no growth sentiment remained strong in Flower Mound for several years, and still exists today.

With ever increasing ordinances designed to slow development, Developers sought the path of less resistance. Growth went around Flower Mound to other communities. Lantana was built in the Summer of 1999.  Highland Village, Argyle, Bartonville and other towns got growth that would have happened in Flower Mound. Flower Mound still got increased traffic through town, but didn’t get the added tax base associated with this growth.

No one felt growth pains more than the founding leaders of Flower Mound. It was both a sad and exciting time for them. They watched Flower Mound grow from a beautiful landscape of farms and ranches with just over 700 people, to a sea of residential homes.

Bob Rheudasil in his Bluebonnets

Bob Rheudasil in his Bluebonnets

Bob Rheudasil was the founding leader I admired most. Bob was the first Mayor of Flower Mound and my father-in-law. He told me many stories about early Flower Mound and the people that lived here.

Bob moved to Flower Mound in 1953 to run Black Mark Farm for Edward Marcus. He was an expert on native prairie grasses, cattle, and trees. He was a man of the dirt and could grow almost anything. Bob planted many trees along corridors and in the neighborhoods of Flower Mound. He passed in 2011.

Bob grew friends very well too. He loved making new friends and seeing old ones. When Bob met a new Flower Mound resident he always told them, “I welcome you to Flower Mound, as long as you welcome the next to come”. Bob wholeheartedly welcomed new residents, but under one condition. If they didn’t welcome other new people to Flower Mound, he didn’t have much respect for them.

Early leaders like Edward Marcus, Doc Wilkerson, Bob Rheudasil, and Pat Rheudasil embraced growth because there was no other choice. But they had high standards and demanded quality from developers. They courageously wrangled growth to the best it could be.

The story of growth and change in Flower Mound is far from over. Flower Mound is entering a new up-cycle in economic growth. Flower Mound must continue to plan well, welcome new neighbors, and steer growth toward the best it can be.

Mark Glover is a native of the Flower Mound area and the son-in-law of Flower Mound’s First Mayor, Bob Rheudasil. Mark and his wife Penny live in Flower Mound Farms on their three acre mini-farm called Rheudasil Farms. Mark owns iMark Realty Advisors and helps clients buy, sell, lease and develop commercial real estate. The special relationship Mark shared with Bob Rheudasil and his development background provides him a unique perspective of the growth, development, and the history of Flower Mound. 

Copyright © Mark Glover & Rheudasil Farms

History on The Flower Mound This Saturday

Have you ever wondered about the history of Flower Mound? What was it like for early settlers? Where was the old Donald School, Waketon General Store and the other early 1800’s landmarks?

Are there really pictures of Elizabeth Arden, CoCo Channel, Dale Robertson, Ladybird Johnson, and John Wayne in Flower Mound?  Did Bobby Goodyear, JC Penny, and Ray Skillern really have land investments in Flower Mound?  Was it true that Edward Marcus (Chairman of the Board of Neiman-Marcus) had a 4,000 acre cattle ranch in Flower Mound?  And did Neiman-Marcus really have marvelous fortnight parties with movie stars, politicians, and foreign dignitaries in Flower Mound?

What was Flower Mound New Town? What did the Master Plan look like then?

The answers to the above, old photos and stories will be presented at the The Flower Mound Wildflower Walk this Saturday, May 11.  The Wildflower Walk is from 9am to 4pm at the The Flower Mound, East of Tom Thumb on FM 3040 (Flower Mound Road).

Mark Glover, local writer, historian and Mound Foundation member has a presentation, old photographs, and stories he will informally share. Mark will be on the Summit of the Mound from 10am to 12pm.  Alton Bowman, author of The Flower Mound, A History and Field Guide the Flowers and Grasses will also be available to share history of the Mound and its flowers & plants.

Come out and learn something exciting about Flower Mound history. Enjoy the wildflowers and the Flower Mound with us. It’s part of our heritage.

Logo Design Contest – The Flower Mound

Background Information

The Flower Mound Foundation is holding a contest to design a new logo for The Flower Mound.

The Flower Mound (the Mound) was created some 66 to 144 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. Once the oceans receded from this region of Texas, the Mound towered some fifty feet above the adjoining Blackland Prairie.

The Mound exists today as it did for hundreds of years and when the first pioneers settled this region of Texas in the 1850’s. The Mound has never had a plow in it or a permanent structure built on it.  The same Bluestem, Indian Grass, Switch Grass and Wildflowers grow there as they did when Buffalo and Antelope grazed them. It is one of the last remaining pieces of unaltered Blackland Prairie.

The Flower Mound Foundation (Foundation) received the deed to the Mound on July 25, 1983, and celebrates its 30th year of existence on this date. This anniversary marks the assurance that the Mound will not be developed and the Mound will survive in perpetuity as one of the last remaining examples of natural Blackland Prairie.

The mission of the Foundation is to preserve the original character of The Flower Mound and to sponsor works of related historic, scientific, and educational interest. The Foundation has a Facebook page for the Mound at www.FaceBook.com/TheFlowerMound and is currently designing a website where the new logo will be utilized. The logo will also be utilized for letterhead, social media, signs, merchandise, and for any other purpose the Foundation deems necessary.

Prizes

Three prizes will be awarded:

  • $200 cash for First Place
  • $100 cash for Second Place
  • $50 cash for Third Place

Contest Basics

  • The logo is open to all individuals that are legal residents of the State of Texas and agree to the rules of the contest.
  • The contest ends at 11:59 pm, June 22, 2013.  Winners are to be selected in early July, and will be notified by email.
  • The logo is open to any design, but must contain ‘The Flower Mound’ in one version, and another version with ‘The Flower Mound Foundation’ (variant version).
  • Judges will be selected by the Foundation Board and may include Foundation Board members.
  • The Foundation reserves the right to reject any or all logo designs, alter any design, or combine elements of logo designs.
  • See the ‘Official Rules’ for more details at: http://rheudasilfarms.com/?p=564

Official Rules

The Flower Mound Logo Contest

This document describes the official rules (“Official Rules”) of The Flower Mound Logo Design Contest (the “Contest”). The object of this contest is to design a logo for The Flower Mound and The Flower Mound Foundation. Information on how to enter and about the prizes is part of these Official Rules. To the extent of any inconsistency, these Official Rules prevail.

Definitions

“Entry” means a logo design created by the Entrant for this Contest.

“Entrant” means the individual that offers the Entry under the terms of this Contest.

“Mound” means The Flower Mound.

“Foundation” means The Flower Mound Foundation

Eligibility

1. The Contest is open to any individual that is a legal resident of the State of Texas. All individuals submitting designs understand that all rights to the logo are automatically given to the Foundation and become the sole property of the Foundation upon submission to the contest. No further compensation will be awarded other than the contest prize.  All entrants agree to sign a form stating this if they are chosen as the winner.

2. Entrants must be of sufficient legal age and standing to enter into a contract with the Foundation as required below. If the entrant is not of legal age, a parent or guardian must submit the entry on their behalf stating so in the entry email.

How to Enter

1. Initial entries must be submitted by email to The Flower Mound Foundation via email at Mark@iMarkRealty.com   The entries must be submitted as a scalable vector graphic in EPS format, and also as a JPG. See the Submission Guidelines below for further information.

2. The email must include the name, age (if under 18), postal address, phone number and email address of the entrant.

3. No more than 3 Entries may be submitted by any one entrant. This does not include the ‘Foundation” variant. (See Guidelines)

4. Entries must conform to the Submission Guidelines set out below. Entries which fail to do so will be rejected.

5. The contest ends at 11:59 pm, June 22, 2013, Central Time.  Winners are to be selected in early July, and will be notified by email.

6. We will attempt to acknowledge all entries within one week of receipt; however, we cannot be responsible for entries or responses lost in e-mail.

7. There is no fee to enter the Contest.

Submission Guidelines

  1. The purpose of the contest is to develop a logo and unique brand for the Mound and the Foundation. The design should relate back to unique features of the Mound and mission of the Foundation, but is completely open to the designers creativity.
  2. While open to any design, the logo must contain ‘The Flower Mound’ in one version, and another version with The Flower Mound Foundation’. Both logos will be utilized. The logo must not contain any text, other than is specified above.
  3. The logo will be utilized for letterhead, websites, promotions, social media, signs, merchandise, and for any other purpose the Foundation deems necessary.
  4. The logo should be scalable and will be utilized in a variety of applications. It should work in monochrome, as well as in full color. It will need to be suitable for high quality printing.
  5. Entrants should take care to ensure that their entries are not in any way similar to existing logos or other copyrighted images. Logos cannot contain copyrighted material. Logos must have been created and edited by the contestant(s). Logos may not include images or licensed images that have been previously published. There are no colors specified for the design, but colors should be limited to a reasonable number to allow cost effective printing.
  6. The Logo must be easily reproducible and scalable for large and small formatting. Due to requirements for high quality printing and re-sizing, Entries must be submitted in scalable vector graphic format (EPS). We advise against the use of halftones and gradients unless created inside a vector graphics program. If you chose to use color, the color in this version must be CMYK, no spot colors.
  7. JPGs 1000 pixels square of the logo and “Foundation” variant are also requested so that entries can be posted to social media and websites.
  8. Please send each entry individually and note clearly in your emails that you are doing so. Please name your logo electronic files in this format:  LastnameFirstnameBasic.jpg and LastnameFirstnameFoundation.jpg
  9. Multiple entries should be as:  LastnameFirstnameBasic1.jpg and LastnameFirstnameFoundation1.jpg, LastnameFirstnameBasic2.jpg and LastnameFirstnameFoundation2.jpg
  10.  To recap, a one logo entry will consist of four attachments: the basic logo, and the “Foundation” variant, each in EPS and JPG format.

Judging and Selection of the Winning Design

  1. The contest ends at 11:59 pm, June 22, 2013 – Central Time.  Winners are to be selected in early July, and will be notified by email.
  2. Judges will be selected by the Foundation Board and may include Foundation Board members.
  3. The winners will be posted on our Facebook Page and emails will be sent to the winners.
  4. The Foundation reserves the right not to select a winner if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received. In this circumstance, no prize will be awarded.
  5. The Foundation reserves the right to reject any or all logo designs, alter any design, or combine elements of logo designs.
  6. The Foundation reserves the right to disqualify any Entrant or Entry at its sole discretion. There will be no correspondence or appeal with a disqualification.
  7. The winner will be required to sign a legal form assigning all ownership of the logo to the Foundation. No further compensation will be awarded other than the contest prize. Submitting an entry into the contest will show you are in agreement with this rule.
  8. Accepting the prize constitutes permission for Foundation to make public and otherwise use winner’s name and city of residence for publicity purposes. Further personal data may be requested but is not required.

Prize

Subject to the legal requirements outlined above, the winning design will be announced in early July.

Three prizes will be awarded:

  • $200 cash for First Place
  • $100 cash for Second Place
  • $50 cash for Third Place

Intellectual Property

1. All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design.

2. All Entries become the sole property of the Foundation and may be displayed publicly and utilized in any manner the Foundation deems to use the Entries.

Acceptance

Participation constitutes Entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By participating in the Contest, the Entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read, understood, and agrees to be bound by these rules. This includes the guides and rules referred to herein. These Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the Entrant and the Foundation in relation to the Contest. These rules govern the Entrant’s participation and supersede any prior or other agreements between the Entrant and the Foundation and relating to the Contest.

Consideration

The Entrant agrees that the ability to participate in the Contest and to compete for the prizes offered in connection with the Contest constitutes sufficient consideration for the Entrant’s obligations under these Official Rules.

Thank You for Participating!

 


Let’s Preserve Our History & Heritage!

They say many things about history. One is that history belongs to those that invent it. This is a scary thought to me. If true, this means a great deal of history is mere fiction and invented incorrectly.

A large percent of history is simply forgotten as well, never to be revealed of again. As the old-timers fade away, so does the history of their lives.

I knew some of the old-timers around Flower Mound and heard some of their amazing stories. I am still hearing stories, rummaging through old photographs, and collecting what a lot of people consider worthless junk. I sometimes wonder how many boxes of old photographs, newspaper stories, letters, and other artifacts are thrown away or lost as we lose our early residents.

The lives of those that were here before us are a treasure and should be preserved.  The older I get, the more I appreciate history. I hope you feel the same, and together, we can preserve our history and heritage.

I was blessed to have lived with and be a family member of Bob Rheudasil. He was the first Mayor of Flower Mound, my father-in-law, and one of the greatest men I have ever known. I always thought of Bob as the “Last Gentleman Cowboy”.

Bob Rheudasil as a young man

Bob was a real cowboy in early Flower Mound days and ran a cattle ranch with 4,000 acres and hundreds of world renowned Aberdeen Black Angus Cattle. When development and urban sprawl came to Flower Mound and a huge cattle ranch no longer made sense, Bob adjusted and became a renowned tree farmer. He planted many trees that still stand proudly around Flower Mound.

I want to write about Bob Rheudasil and early Flower Mound leaders to preserve these stories, many of which Bob told me.  Hopefully some of you will share your early stories too. Together, we can discover and record the real history and heritage of Flower Mound, and not leave it to others that may distort or guess at it. We can’t have strangers inventing our history and heritage for us, now can we?

Bob Rheudasil died on September 19, 2011, just months after the 50thAnniversary of

Bob Rheudasil receiving a Proclamation for Flower Mound's 50th Anniversary

the birth of Flower Mound. One of the last times Bob stood on his own was at a 50thAnniversary Celebration, where he proudly received a Proclamation from the Town of Flower Mound, honoring his early leadership. I believe Bob and God waited for that 50th Birthday party. Bob loved Flower Mound. He had a major stroke just days after this presentation and never recovered..

Flower Mound was born in 1961 in the midst of a land skirmish known as the Denton County Wars. The City of Irving was attempting to annex a lot of North Texas including Flower Mound.  Flower Mound had to fight a significant legal battle against this annexation, or become part of Irving.

Bob Rheudasil, Doc Wilkerson, Edward Marcus, and other early residents banded together and won a Landmark Legal Case to stop this massive annexation. Flower Mound was incorporated quickly after and Bob was elected the first Mayor.

Bob was a real ambassador for Flower Mound and always said, “I welcome you to Flower Mound, as long as you welcome the next ones to come”. These are some of the most unselfish words I know. Bob said them to every new resident he met, as he watched Flower Mound grow from farms and ranches to the community it is today. I hope more residents adopt this principle, as I have.

Flower Mound was born fighting for land rights and it seems like Flower Mound has been fighting ever since.  If you have been around Flower Mound long, you know the politics are always spirited and sometimes bloody.

Aside from fighting each other, we have always had to fend off outsiders from plundering the town for profits and precious resources. These struggles continue and are a part of who we are – even today. We have always had a lot to fight for and our struggles have made Flower Mound the quality community it is today.

When Bob was with us, a friend wanted me to help get the old-timers together at the Flower Mound Presbyterian Church to discuss the early history of Flower Mound, and to celebrate Flower Mound’s 50th Anniversary. I asked Bob if he would help me organize the old-timers and invite them. Bob told me all the old-timers he knew were already at the Presbyterian Church, in the cemetery next door. Now Bob is there with them.

Bob Rheudasil in his Bluebonnets

Bob and others in Flower Mound led amazing lives and left us a proud heritage. Let’s re-discover and share their lives, before this history is lost forever or invented by those that don’t really appreciate it.