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Mellie Keenan Esperson
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Birth: Jan. 29, 1872
Manhattan
Riley County
Kansas, USA
Death: Jan. 14, 1945
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA

No history of Houston, Texas is complete without a mention of one of it's greatest businesswomen: Nellie Keenan Esperson. A native of Kansas, Nellie and her husband Neils moved to the Bayou City in 1903. Here in this great city they pioneered the Humble Oil Field. Over the next few years the couple diversified their wealth into real estate and other business interests.

Neils passed away in 1922, leaving Nellie a vast sum of wealth. In 1927 Nellie built the 32 story Esperson Building. It becane the firsr central air conditioned office building in Houston in 1938. Unfortunately the Esperson Building is now dwarfed by the glass and steel monoliths of a different time. Eventhough, the Esperson Building still stands as a marvel of architecture of the time.In 1930 she was honored with an award from the Advertising Club of Houston as the city's most successful business woman.

Mellie passed away two weeks before her 73rd birthday. The Espersons had no children. 
 
Burial:
Forest Park Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
 
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Record added: May 05, 2001
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Rest in sweet peace.
- Timberly Young
 Added: May. 5, 2009
We have a beautiful building with character and history among the sterile architecture because of you. Thank you.
- Miss Morgan
 Added: Aug. 11, 2002

- Julie Karen Hancock (Cooper) Jackson
 Added: Jun. 26, 2002
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