During the next couple of columns, I am going to discuss something many people have asked about in emails.
As I have said before, sometimes the right circumstances have to happen for something to occur, and now they have.
I was very fortunate to be able to sit down and talk with Ms. Evelyn Albrecht Garland. Now, that name will ring a bell to some, but most of you will remember her when I tell you that her family owned and operated the Dairy Dream on Main Street and Magnolia from 1959 to 1979.
Ms. Garland recalls: “The Dairy Dream was in the Albrecht family for about 20 years. My dad ran it from 1959 until he sold it to my sister and her husband, Mary and Frank Stutzman, and then my other sister and her husband, Caroline and Lewis Wofford, bought it.”
Leslie Smith Albrecht was raised in the Spring Branch area of Houston; however, Mr. Albrecht’s great-great-grandfather came to Texas in 1848.
Miss Josephine Salinas met Leslie Albrecht in Brownsville and within a couple of months, they knew they were perfect for one another and married. They came to Houston in 1942; and after the war was over, Mr. Albrecht made a living fishing in Galveston Bay.
He owned a fish market in Seabrook; and in the fall of 1959, he purchased the Dairy Dream in League City. He leased the building but owned the business.
Ms. Garland remembers: “It wasn’t a very going enterprise when Daddy took over. He organized the cook line and burger dressing line.
“He developed the recipes and invested in a new grill and increased fryers, both by about three fold. He had one of the first speaker systems to call out order numbers for people in cars to know when their order was ready.”
Now back in the ’60s, there was not much entertainment for school-age children in town.
However, after a Friday night football game, you saw nothing but kids and cars in the parking lot of the Dairy Dream because it was the place to be.
One would think with all that action going on in the restaurant that it would be tough to keep track of all the kids and what they were up to.
But that was not the case, as Evelyn recalls: “I loved it when kids would come there to get food on a date and start necking in their cars and Daddy would get on the speaker and say, ‘None of that!’ Most of the kids liked daddy so much they would just look up and smile and wave.”
On Saturday, “Walker’s Beef with the Butlers,” a murder mystery, will play out at the Butler Longhorn Museum.
Social time starts at 6:30 p.m., giving you an opportunity to locate clues. Then at 7 p.m., it starts.
For information, call 281-332-1393.
Chris John Mallios, a longtime resident of League City, is writing a series of occasional columns about the history of his hometown. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.