By LeaAnne Klentzman
This is a all call for former Alief residents. The long running Alief Homecoming is struggling to find and invite all former Alief residents to a community homecoming on Sunday May 19, 2013.
Betty Youngblood Stelzer has been heading up the Alief Homecoming celebrated at Youens Elementary for the last 20 years. This year she has asked the media to help her find former “Aliefians” who have moved from the immediate area. Ms. Setlzer said, “The Alief old-timers are scheduled to gather for their 64th consecutive year to share in a barbeque lunch and hear about the good old days in Alief, Texas. These Homecomings often become family reunions. Last year we had 14 from one family and hope to break that record this year.” Lt. Colonel Ervin Rees and Betty Youngblood Stelzer have served as President and Secretary/Treasurer for the last 20 consecutive years.
Seltzer provided a brief history saying, “Alief was first settled in 1861 and was known as Dairy, Texas. In 1896 it had a population of 25 and the community had one two-room school. In 1917 the community was renamed “Alief” in honor of Alief Ozella Magee who was the country’s first postmistress; she is buried in the Alief Cemetery at Bellaire and Dairy Ashford.
In 1911 the first Alief school was constructed, that building fell to condemnation in 1939.” Today Alief ISD has 46 schools, many of which are named in memory of original settlers to the area. In the late 1970’s Alief was annexed by the city of Houston but the school district and remains. In stark contrast to a population of 25 in 1896; 2009 found Alief with a population in excess of 100,000.
For many years Mrs. Mora Boone attended on behalf of her late husband James Boone, an early Alief ISD superintendent. Mrs. Boone celebrated with the group up until she was 104 years old in 2006.
Sunday, May 19, 2013 will be another moment for fun and fellowship for longtime residents as they continue the 64th consecutive Homecoming which will be held at the Youens Elementary School, 12141 High Star in Alief.
All “Aliefians” are invited to join us from 12 noon until 4 p.m. All attendees are requested to make a reservation for a delicious $8.00 barbeque lunch by calling Betty Youngblood Stelzer at 713/668-7859 or Emailing: RBStelzer@Comcast.Net.”