Hedwig Village, Texas
|City of Hedwig Village|
|— City —|
|• Mayor||Sue V. Speck|
|• Total||0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)|
|• Land||0.9 sq mi (2.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||43 ft (13 m)|
|Time zone||CST (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1374028|
The Spring Branch Memorial area was originally settled by German immigrants in the 19th century. Hedwig Village's name originates from Hedwig Road, which was built on the property of Hedwig Jankowski Schroeder; Schroeder and her husband immigrated from Germany to Texas in 1906 so they could farm.
In the mid 1950s, effort to form a Spring Branch municipality failed. Hedwig Village was incorporated on December 23, 1954 and established a zoning ordinance in 1955. Because of the 1955 incorporation, Houston did not incorporate Hedwig Village's territory into its city limits, while Houston annexed surrounding areas that were unincorporated. Hedwig Village incorporated because residents feared that Houston would annex them. Around 1963, residents of Hedwig Villages and other Memorial villages wanted what Gio Gustilo of the Houston Chronicle referred to as "a more country-like atmosphere within close proximity to Houston." Laverne Coller, a resident quoted in the Houston Chronicle who moved to Hedwig Village in 1963, was paraphrased by Gustilo as "Hedwig Village is unique among the villages in that it was the only municipality to accept the existing commercial sector, which was quite a bonus to the city's revenues."
In 1960 the city had 1,182 residents. By 1966 the community had two schools, one library, and two churches. By 1970 the city had 3,255 residents, and in 1971 the city completed a park. The city had 3,994 residents in 1980 and 2,616 in 1990. Coller said in 2003 that many children of early Hedwig Village residents had begun to settle the Hedwig Village area. In 2003 Coller, as paraphrased by Gustilo, said "Despite the changes, several of her old neighbors remain and the camaraderie with new residents is good."
Hedwig Village is located at (29.779990, -95.519412).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2), all of it land. This makes Hedwig Village one of the smallest municipalities in Harris County. Hedwig Village is 10 miles (16 km) from Downtown Houston.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,334 people, 956 households, and 668 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,706.5 people per square mile (1,047.9/km²). There were 1,038 housing units at an average density of 1,203.7/sq mi (466.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.41% White, 1.33% African American, 0.17% Native American, 12.43% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 2.01% from other races, and 2.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.26% of the population.
There were 956 households out of which 35.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.6% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $66,250, and the median income for a family was $101,928. Males had a median income of $69,375 versus $41,316 for females. The per capita income for the city was $52,153. About 3.0% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.1% of those under age 18 and 4.0% of those age 65 or over.
When Hedwig Village was first established, houses were similar to ranch houses and there were more private dirt roads than paved streets. Katy Road (now Interstate 10, Katy Freeway) had many neighborhood stores, according to Laverne Coller.
In 2003, Edith Spang, a former librarian at the Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library quoted in the Houston Chronicle, said that as time passed, the civic locations, including the library; the medical care facilities; the shopping venues; and the traffic were all parts of Hedwig Village's growth Spang remarked that Hedwig Village "has definitely changed along with the other villages. It's lost the sleepy little country atmosphere." Coller said that none of the stores that had originally existed when she moved still existed by 2003.
Infrastructure and government 
As of 2009 the mayor of Hedwig Village is Sue V. Speck. The council members are, in their respective council positions by number, Barry Putterman, Carrol McGinnis, Bob Dixon, Matt Woodruff, and William Johnson.
The Village Fire Department serves all of the Memorial villages. Laverne Coller said that voter turnout numbers are high in Hedwig Village, and that "[t]he people in Hedwig Village are a very responsible, dedicated group of citizens. We have had council people who serve term after term voluntarily even though they don't get much glory."
Hedwig Village operates its own police force. The village is within the Memorial Villages Water Authority. Laverne Coller said that, as paraphrased by Gia Gustilo of the Houston Chronicle, "seems to attract professionals perhaps" because Hedwig Village has its own police force.
Hedwig Village is located in District 136 of the Texas House of Representatives. As of 2008 Beverly Woolley represents the district. Hedwig Village is within District 7 of the Texas Senate; as of 2008 Dan Patrick represents the district.
Hedwig Village is in Texas's 7th congressional district; as of 2008 John Culberson is the representative. The pro-Republican Party publication Human Events identified the zip code 77024 as the zip code that gave the eighth largest contribution to John McCain's 2008 U.S. Presidential Election campaign. The zip code, which includes Hedwig Village, gave $540,309 United States dollars by October 24, 2008.
Parks and recreation 
The city operates Hedwig Park. The Corbindale Road park has picnic areas and gazebos. It is in proximity to the Spring Branch Memorial Library. The Houston Business Journal said "Children find the location especially exciting because it's just across the street from the Village Fire Department." A park in Hedwig Village is named after Hedwig Jankowski Schroeder.
Colleges and universities 
Primary and secondary schools 
Public schools 
Hedwig Village is served by the Spring Branch Independent School District, which has its headquarters in Hedwig Village.
Gallery of public schools 
Private schools 
A Pre-K through 8th grade Catholic school called the St. Cecilia School, operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Houston is located in Hedwig Village. A nearby Kindergarten through 12th grade Catholic school called the Duchesne Academy is located near Hedwig Village in Houston.
Other nearby private schools include The Kinkaid School (Piney Point Village), The Monarch School (one campus in Houston and one campus in Hilshire Village; moving to a new Houston campus in Spring 2009) and The Parish School.
Public libraries 
The Houston Chronicle is the area regional newspaper.
Postal services 
The United States Postal Service location serving 77024 is the Memorial Park Post Office at 10505 Town and Country Way, Houston, Texas, 77024-9998.
See also 
- "Mayor & Council Members." City of Hedwig Village. Retrieved on April 12, 2009.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Hedwig Village city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
- Hedwig Village, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Spring Branch, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
- Lee, Renée C. "Annexed Kingwood split on effects." Houston Chronicle. Sunday October 8, 2006. A21. Retrieved on July 6, 2011. "Some of the area communities that incorporated as cities and escaped annexation by Houston:" Print version exclusively has the information cited; the information is not included in the online edition.
- Gustilo, Gia. "WHAT'S IN A NAME / Hedwig Village emerges from donated farm land." Houston Chronicle. Thursday April 25, 2002. ThisWeek 7. Retrieved on October 13, 2012.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "About Us." Village Fire Department. Retrieved on April 12, 2009.
- "Precinct Maps : Precinct 3." Harris County. Accessed October 13, 2008.
- "House District 134." Texas House of Representatives. Accessed October 11, 2008.
- "Senate District 7" Map. Senate of Texas. Accessed September 28, 2008.
- "Congressional District 7." National Atlas of the United States.
- Connelly, Richard. "Memorial & Hunters Creek Village -- The Real America." Houston Press. October 24, 2008.
- "SW large.gif." Zipfocus.com. Accessed October 28, 2008.
- "CITY OF HEDWIG VILLAGE, TEXAS REGULAR MONTHLY CITY COUNCIL MEETING THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010 6:30 P.M. – 955 PINEY POINT ROAD." (Archive) City of Hedwig Village. Retrieved on June 26, 2011. "#8B. City of Hedwig Village Park Issue"
- "Houston's neighborhood parks offer change of pace in the city." Houston Business Journal. Sunday October 26, 2003. Retrieved on October 13, 2012.
- "Early Childhood." Spring Branch Independent School District.
- "Elementary School Boundaries." Spring Branch Independent School District.
- "Middle School Boundaries." Spring Branch Independent School District.
- "High School Boundaries." Spring Branch Independent School District.
- "Spring Branch Memorial Branch Library." Harris County Public Library. Retrieved on November 29, 2008.
- City of Hedwig Village official website
- Village Fire Department
- Hedwig Village, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online