My Maternal Grandfather, Harry William “Billy” Linderman

Second wife of my maternal grandfather,  Martha  “Mattye” Mae (Burden) Johnston Linderman & Harry William “Billy” Linderman, March 23, 1986, Houston, Texas. They married on July 13, 1966 in Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas. They resided at 2727 Drexel Drive, Houston, Texas.

“HARRY WAS RAISED LUTHERAN. HE WAS THE ONLY SON OF EDWARD FRANCIS & GUDRUN (LUND)LINDERMAN. HIS FATHER NICKNAMED HIM “BILLY”, AND HIS MOTHER CALLED HIS FATHER” EDDIE”. EDWARD CALLED GUDRUN “GUD“. HE HAD THREE SISTERS, GLADYS, IRENE, AND EVELYN LINDERMAN.

HARRY LINDERMAN WAS THE GRANDSON OF MARY LINDERMAN OF WINONA, MINNESOTA, GREAT-GRANDSON OF ABRAHAM LINDERMAN AND MARIA A. “MARY” HAMMELL OF WINONA, MINNESOTA AND CRAWFORD, NEW YORK. HARRY WAS A SUAVE, DEBONAIR  WELL-MANNERED GENTLEMAN.

HARRY MARRIED PHYLLIS ADELE “EUGENIA” PALEN ON FEBRUARY 27, 1823 IN CLAYTON, IOWA.

HE WAS RAISED AT 705 WEST THIRD ST, DUBUQUE,DUBUQUE CO, IOWA. THE LINDERMAN CHILDREN WERE RAISED LUTHERAN. HE ATTENDED LINCOLN SCHOOL, DUBUQUE,IOWA FROM SEPT. 1909- JUNE 1915. GRANDPA’S GRADES WERE ALL A’S. HARRY GRADUATED FROM DUBUQUE HIGH SCHOOL IN JUNE 1921.

HE WAS A VERY INTELLIGENT,WELL MANNERED GENTLEMAN. HARRY WAS A SUAVE, DEBONAIR GENTLEMEN. HARRY WORKED AS DISTRICT SALESMAN,AND THEN SALES MANAGER IN THE REFRACTORY [FIRE BRICK] DEPARTMENT, AT HOUSTON BUILDER’S SUPPLY, AT 119 NORTH HAMILTON, HOUSTON, TEXAS.

THEN, HARRY AND PHYLLIS (PALEN) LINDERMAN, STARTED THEIR OWN BUSINESS IN HOUSTON,TEXAS, CALLED “LINBAR INC,” IN 1952, AND RAN IT UP UNTIL 1970. IT WAS INSTALLING FURNACES. HE WORKED FOR “FLEXIBLE WALLS,INC.” FROM 1970-1972. “DRYWALL INC.” FROM 1972-1977, AND “EAVES CONSTRUCTION, INC.” FROM 1977-1982. HARRY RETIRED FROM HIS BOOKKEEPING POSITION WITH “EAVES CONSTRUCTION, INC. AT THE AGE OF 80 IN 1982.

HARRY & PHYLLIS BOUGHT A HOME AT 4002 ARNOLD IN WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE, HOUSTON,TEXAS.

THEY ALSO BUILT A SUMMER PLACE, AND A TAVERN IN GAYHILL, BURLESON COUNTY, TEXAS. THE TAVERN WAS NAMED “SATURDAY’S TAVERN”. HARRY RAN THE BAR, PHYLLIS PLAYED THE PIANO, AND AUNT PATSY (LINDERMAN) COOKE & UNCLE KENNETH EDWARD JACKSON SANG IN THE TAVERN. OUR FAMILY LOVED THE “NIGHT LIFE”.

GRANDPA WAS THE FAMILY BARBEQUER, AND HE BUILT A HUGE, BRICK BARBECUE PIT. HARRY & PHYL LINDERMAN, JEAN & LEROY FREDERICK, PATSY & JAY COOKE, AND BILLIE & KEN JACKSON SPENT MANY A SUMMER WEEKEND TOGETHER IN THE COUNTRY.

HARRY WILLIAM LINDERMAN WAS THE CHAIRMAN OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF HARRIS COUNTY IN HOUSTON, TEXAS IN 1954.

HARRY SOLD THE FAMILY HOME AT 4002 ARNOLD TO HELP PAY FOR PHYL’S MEDICAL BILLS. PHYLIS PALEN LINDERMAN DIED OF HODGEKIN’S DISEASE ON 27 DEC. 1963, IN HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS.

HARRY’S SECOND WIFE WAS MARTHA “MATTYE” (BURDEN) JOHNSTON. THEY MARRIED IN RICHMOND,FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ON JULY 13, 1966. HARRY AND MATTYE RESIDED AT 2727 DREXEL DRIVE, HOUSTON,TEXAS FROM 1966 TO 1995. THEY WERE MARRIED FOR TWENTY EIGHT YEARS.

GRANDPA HARRY WAS THE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER, AND HISTORIAN. BETWEEN 1950 AND 1960 GRANDPA TOOK ROLLS AND ROLLS OF 8mm. MOVIE FILM OF OUR FAMILY. MOST OF THE ROLLS WERE DESTROYED IN THE FLOOD FROM TROPICAL STORM ALLISON ON 8 JUNE 2001, AT 11039 LAFFERTY OAKS STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS.

GRANDPA-HARRY WILLIAM & GRANDMA-PHYLLIS ADELE (PALEN) LINDERMAN WERE ALWAYS THE GRACIOUS HOSTS. THEY WERE LOVED BY ALL.

HARRY’S FATHER WAS GERMAN, AND HIS MOTHER WAS NORWEGIAN. HARRY’S WORD WAS HIS BOND. HE WAS HONEST, HARD-WORKING, AND RESPONSIBLE. HE LOVED HIS FAMILY! THIS LINDERMAN DESCENDANT IS VERY PROUD OF HIM.”

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