— Tony Austin wonders about the ‘Kingwood Historical Society’ —
Tony Austin has earned a new nickname - “Sherlock.”
Using skills that Sherlock Holmes would envy, Austin, the director of Kingwood’s Town Center Park Association, has solved several Kingwood riddles that could have been lost to time.
And, because the quest for historical facts never ends, Kingwood’s own Sherlock has a new request — what happened to the Kingwood Historical Society?
Austin’s original queries, however, were answered.
What is that odd looking metal sculpture between the Kingwood Community Center and the Kingwood Park and Ride? And who created it? And why?
And what exactly is buried in the time capsule next to the “Brillo pad-looking sculpture.” And why?
Austin posed those questions at a recent Partnership Lake Houston Kingwood BizCom as he discussed the park association’s efforts to spruce up John B. Turner Park.
The “Adventure of the Unnamed Kingwood Sculpture” resulted in several Tribune readers contacting The Tribune and Austin to offer clues. What Austin discovered was that the official name of the peculiar sculpture on display since the mid-1980s between the Kingwood Community Center and Kingwood Park and Ride is “The Forest Wind.”
The artist was Ken Young and he created the commemorative sculpture for Kingwood’s 15th anniversary celebration. It is supposed to resemble a forest, like a birds-eye view of trees blowing in the wind.
In recent days, Austin was able to solve the mystery of the events around the time the capsule was first sealed. It is supposed to be opened when Kingwood reaches its 100th anniversary on Oct. 11, 2071.
Taking his sleuthing skills to the Humble Museum, Austin discovered a clipping from a 1986 article in the original Kingwood Observer.
As Austin exclaimed, “What an amazing resource the Humble Museum is!”
The article, by then-Observer editor Joan Wilkes, says “Memories of Kingwood’s 15-year growth spurt were sealed for posterity in a time capsule to be uncovered in 85 years on Kingwood’s 100th birthday in 2071.”
The clip includes a photo of Kingwood Historical Association (KHA) members and guests who joined to seal the Kingwood time capsule at John Turner Park next to Kingwood Library (the library has since been relocated to Bens Branch and the Kingwood Community Center currently occupies the space).
Identified in the photo were KHA officers Ken Harwood, Dorothy Millerand and Randy Prish. Representing Friendswood Development Company (the developer of Kingwood) were Randy Creech and John Bruton. Betty Bourg represented the Kingwood Civic Club, Cindy Ecklund, the Kingwood Library, and an honored guest was Melissa Proctor, Miss Kingwood.
And what will be found in the time capsule when it is unsealed:
- 1986 Kingwood Art Show poster
- Foster Elementary School student essays
- Kingwood High’s Excellence in Education award
- The Kingwood Game
- Newspaper articles about Kingwood’s 15th birthday
- 1983 Library dedication program
- Contract of the first house sold in Kingwood
- First Kingwood Community Theatre play program
- The first Kingwood Observer
- Book of Kingwood drawings by Vince Semary
- Kingwood belt buckle and T-shirt
- Kingwood calendar
- Aerial photos of Kingwood in 1971 and 1986
- 1986 coins
- Photo of Melissa Proctor, Miss Kingwood 1986
Austin plans a 50th anniversary celebration when the Town Center Association rededicates John P. Turner Jr. Park. In the meantime, local “Sherlock” would like to know what happened to the Kingwood Historical Association? Were any current residents of Kingwood members of the group or have memories of the group?