July 31, 2013
Mueller’s streets honor a diverse cross-section of Austin leaders and legends, extending the city’s great history and distinct culture to the northeast Austin community.
Our newest homes are well under construction and residents have begun moving in. These homes face welcoming and walkable streets with names that reflect the history of Austin:
Sister Philomena Feltz, who was a heroine to families in Austin who needed help, came to Austin in 1932 to supervise the Diet Kitchen at the Seton Infirmary when she became aware of hunger within the community and began her famous “Soup Line,” doling out soup from the back door of the hospital.
Robert Browning Street
Robert Browning, a daredevil pilot, World War I veteran and aviation pioneer in Austin, ran one of the first companies to serve and train pilots in Central Texas. In 1939 Mr. Browning started Browning Aerial Service at University Airport, near The University of Texas, one of Austin's original fixed based operators. Robert Browning is also the inspiration behind the name of Mueller’s hangar, located near Mueller Central and the Mueller food trailers.
Mattie White was a pioneer of the arts in Austin’s African-American community. She founded Austin’s first private school for African-American girls at her residence in 1892 and was later employed to teach art at what became known as the Texas Blind, Deaf, and Orphan School, a position she held for more than 40 years. Mrs. White also helped her husband organize the Travis County Emancipation Celebration Association, which led a drive to purchase land for a park in East Austin.
Frank McBee has been called the “godfather of high tech in Austin” and “dean of Austin high tech” for his achievements in the city’s well-regarded high tech environment. Mr. McBee helped found Tracor Inc. and managed its growth into Austin’s first homegrown company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. He also encouraged more than 20 former Tracor employees to start their own companies, fueling the development of this sector of Austin's economy.
Danny Ruiz had a long and distinguished career as a public servant. Starting at a young age, he worked as a youth director and coach at the Salvation Army Youth Center during high school. Later, Mr. Ruiz worked with the Model Cities Program in Austin and eventually became a key Mexican-American leader in the state government, serving under Jim Hightower in the Department of Agriculture, Bob Bullock in the State Comptroller’s Office and Gary Mauro in the General Land Office.
Ada Simond held a career in teaching and public health until launching a new career as a writer, sharing her experiences as an African-American. Ms. Simond wrote a series of children's books that chronicled the life of a fictional African-American family living in East Austin in the first half of the 20th century and in “Looking Back,” her weekly column in the Austin American-Statesman, she shared the history and heritage of the local African-American community. She was also a founding member of the W.H. Passon Society, a local historical organization devoted to preserving African-American history.
Come on out and get to know Mueller. To get acquainted with the full vision for Mueller, please visit our information center, Mueller Central, located at 4550 Mueller Blvd. Click here for address and operating hours.
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