Our newest acquisitions are the Strake-Gray Oilfield House and Roughneck House, due to relocate to our site soon. Donor Sarah Bess Gray Crow’s Dad, Dolly Gray, and his family were the second family to live in the home; while Harvey Lee was the first. The home was the Superintendent’s House for Strake Oil. Dolly Gray was instrumental in forming the Strake Oil baseball team, named the Strake Wildkats.
The house was a redi-cut lease house with screened porch and garage ordered from Sears and Roebuck. The house fabrication was called portable construction, built in 1938 for $3,200, and moved onto property in Conroe. The Strake-Gray House is a 3 bedroom/2 bath home with some original pine flooring and some carpet. Part of the exterior is original and rests on pier and beam pilings. In back of the home is a screened-in porch with some original wood and the original cabinets are still in place. There will be oilfield town and baseball exhibits in the home when the relocation and furnishing are completed.
* We are currently seeking sponsorships, either monetary or in-kind donations, for the project.
We are particularly proud of our lighted flying Pegasus, thanks to the generosity of donor, William (Bill) C. Conroe and his family along with a grant from the City of Conroe Convention & Visitors Bureau for relocation and restoration. Other interesting outdoor exhibits include a train, an antique tractor, a vintage cannon, a real “peckerwood” sawmill, a trough, an oil rig and a bronze bust of “Joe Roughneck”. There is always something interesting to see at the Heritage Museum of Montgomery County!