If you think some of the names we hear today are unusual,
you might be surprised to learn it is nothing new. Imagine
going through life with the given name of “Quarantine.” A
member of one of Galveston’s most well-known families in
the late 1800s did, preferring to be addressed by his full first
name rather than shortened versions or nicknames.
In any language, there is a short list of specific words
that are reserved for the direst situations. They’re as
powerful and as frightening as weapons. The words
“Fire!” and “Snake!” will trigger instant panic and
clear a room or an area in an instant. During the Civil
War, no phrase inspired as much fear as “The Yankees
are coming!” The word “hurricane” still sends
everyone packing. In 1867, that list of words reserved
for the scariest of circumstances included another
terrifying phrase at the very top: “Yellow Jack.”
If you own or rent property, have a vehicle or
boat, are a builder or have lived on Galveston
Island for any period of time, you undoubtedly
know the name Henry Freudenburg. For more
than five decades, the man behind the Henry
Freudenburg Insurance Agency, Inc. has been helping
his community weather the ups and downs of life,
helping to provide a safety net, and build for the
future through a genuine dedication to serve and a
firm commitment to competitive and fair rates.
Galveston author Kimber Fountain’s genuine love for the island is as strong as the 10-mile long seawall that protects the city from nature’s wrath. The Texas Gulf Coast native has expressed the bond she feels with the island and its storied past in the pages of two books that pay homage to the area: Galveston Seawall Chronicles (2017), and Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of the Line (2018).
Founded by John Egert, Sr., the firm was responsible for elevating numerous residences and public buildings on the island during the post-1900 Storm grade raising project. These items were acquired through the estate of Eva Fritiofson, a descendent of the Egert Family.
Most Galvestonians are familiar with the story of Dr. Isaac Cline, the meteorologist who headed the Island’s weather office during the 1900 Storm. As famous as that chapter of this life was, few know what became of him afterward.