Main at McGowan
Joseph P. Carter house 2602 Main at McGowan; built 1910 (demolished).
Houston City Directory 1911:; Joseph Presley Carter (Pearl), prest Attoyac River Lumber Co., prest Carter Lumber Co., office 1402 Carter Building, ph. Preston 654, r 2602 Main, cor McGowan av. (3). Ph. Hadley 250.
Find a grave: Joseph Pressley Carter:Birth: Nov. 24, 1872, Sherman, Grayson County, Texas, USA; Death: May 12, 1946, Houston, Harris County
Texas, USA; spouse Pearl Guinn Carter (1873 - 1959) Burial: Forest Park Cemetery , Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA. Birth: Sep. 26, 1873, Leesville, Gonzales County, Texas, USADeath: Nov. 9, 1959, Houston, Harris CountyTexas, USA
A generation before River Oaks was developed in the 1920's, the neighborhood of South Main was the most exclusive in Houston. At 1917 Main at Pierce, the seven unmarried daughters of Thomas Howe Scanlan, Alberta, Caroline, Charlotte, Ella, Estella, Kate, and Lillian, lived in a grand turreted mansion at Pierce Street. The Scanlan Building at 405 Main at Preston was built to honor their father, mayor of Houston in 1870 under a Reconstruction administration. The entire Scanlan clan is buried in a family plot in Glenwood Cemetery marked with a tall obelisk. Good Catholics from Ireland, their collective estates were given to various Catholic charities. At 2016 Main, the contemporary location now of a high rise condominium building, Abraham Levy lived with Mrs. Fannie Goldman (sister?) in a house grand enough to have its own resident landscape gardener. Abe owned Levy Brothers, one of the largest mercantile establishments in downtown.
Joseph P. Carter (1872-1946) lived in the above opulent house at 2602 Main and worked at the penthouse of the Carter Building, built by his brother Samuel Fain Carter (1857-1928). S.F. Carter was a printer and typesetter at the Galveston News before entering the lumber business in East Texas, founding the Emporia Lumber Company with M. T. Jones (Uncle of Jesse Jones), and later the Lumberman's Bank. He built the Carter Building in 1910, an office tower dubbed at its christening, "Carter's Folly" for its 16 story height, thought to be architecturally unstable. He is buried at Glenwood Cemetery.
J. J. Sweeney at 2210 Main. Fanny Wolf at 2703 Main, whose son Jules sent a postcard a part of this series, lived across the street from the Second Presbyterian Church at 2702 Main (visible in this postcard in the mid distance). Wiley C. Munn, proprietor of Munn 's department store downtown, lived at 2901 Main (another postcard in this series).
2908 Main was the residence of Jesse Holman Jones (1874-1956), who started in the lumber business, and whose role in politics locally and federally, was immense, often rated as the second most powerful American in the 1930's after Franklin Delano Roosevelt.