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Old 02-09-2010, 08:32 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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When I google this I can't get any info on this. I assume the street is named after a person. Anyone know who he/she was?

Also, is the Jester dorm at UT Austin named after the same person?

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Old 02-09-2010, 08:37 AM
Location: Spring, TX
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In 1908, Judge T.M. Kennerly and Rev. Frederkck F. Huhns discussed the need for a church in the Houston Heights. These two men led a meeting in a hall above Simon Lewis' store at 403 West 19th Street on May 31, 1908. At the meeting, nineteen people agreed to organize Baptist Temple, and Rev. Huhns was called to be the church's first pastor. The congregation continued to meet in this space for the next five years.

[LEFT]Then in 1911, Baptist Temple began work on its first building at the corner of 20th and Rutland Streets, land which had been donated by the Houston Heights Company. This is where the church has been located ever since.


In 1927, T.C. Jester became the church's fourth pastor. Dr. Jester was recognized as a leader in his church, in his denomination, and in civic affairs. Under his leadership, the Baptist Temple became one of the leading churches in Houston, and most of our present church buildings were either built or remodeled during his tenure.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:41 AM
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Thanks for the quick response! I even get a picture!

From the wikipedia page on Jester dorm, Jester was named after a former governor of Texas and not this guy above.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:10 PM
Location: Beautiful Downtown Rancho Cordova, CA
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I just found this thread. I grew up on Saxon, a street that intersected T.C. Jester. I remember when the three Baptist Churches in the area were Oak Forest Baptist, pastored by George Richardson, White Oak Baptist and Baptist Temple. Others of course came later.

Baptist Temple was a great church then, although we went to Oak Forest. It was very respected and this thread really brought back some memories.
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Old 10-30-2010, 01:28 AM
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Default Who was T.C. Jester

In addition to being the long time pastor of Baptist Temple, he was also the head of the Houston Planning Commission. As a result of this service, the street T. C. Jester was named after him.
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Old 07-19-2011, 01:35 PM
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Actually, "T.C." are initials for "The Court."
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:34 PM
Location: Heights
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T.C. Jester was instrumental in making The Heights dry back in the day (1912-ish)- or so says this history of Houston book I have at home.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:17 AM
Location: Channelview
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Default Who was T.C. Jester

I only know of him as the Reverend who officiated my parents wedding on 12 Dec. 1947 @ my Aunt's home in Oak Forest.
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Old 02-06-2012, 05:57 PM
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Heck with T.C. Jester. I want to know who this Heights fellow is. Also, was Mr. Post Oak actually a doctor?
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by houstmom View Post
Also, is the Jester dorm at UT Austin named after the same person?

The dorm is named for the Beauford Halbert Jester (January 12, 1893 – July 11, 1949), the 36th Governor of Texas, serving from 1947 until 1949, when he died of a heart attack. He is the only Texas governor ever to have died in office. Jester was the son of George Taylor Jester.
He won the governorship in the Democratic primary in a run-off election in 1946 by defeating Homer Rainey, who had been discharged by the regents as the president of the University of Texas at Austin in 1944 in a dispute over academic freedom.
As governor Jester created the Board of Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools, the Texas Youth Development Council, and reformed the state prison system. He also increased funding for state hospitals and orphanages, enacted strong right-to-work laws, and supported an anti-lynching law.
Jester was easily re-elected to a second term in 1948. He then helped implement the most extensive education reforms the state of the time through the 1949 Gilmer-Aiken Act, the first comprehensive system for Texas school funding.
Jester was born in Corsicana, the seat of Navarro County in east Texas, attended the University of Texas at Austin and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He later studied law at Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His studies were interrupted by the First World War. In 1919, he resumed his law studies at the University of Texas, from which he received his LL.B a year later. He returned to Corsicana to practice law, and was president of the Navarro County Bar Association for many years. Jester also served as director of the state bar association from 1940-1941. Jester was elected to statewide office in 1942 as a member of the Texas Railroad Commission serving until 1947.
For many years, Jester was a member of the University of Texas Board of Regents, and from 1933-1935 was the youngest man to ever serve as president of that body. In honor of his service, the Jester Center on the University of Texas campus was named after him in 1968. This contains Jester Dormitory, the largest residential facility on campus, housing just under 3,000 students, as well as classroom and faculty space. Also, a Texas Department of Corrections complex of prisons, the Jester Prison Farm, was named after Jester—featured in the 1974 movie, The Sugarland Express.

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