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The town plat of Bay City will be one mile square, near the center of which will be the court house and public square. All streets will be eighty feet wide except the four streets of either side of the public square, each lot of which will be one hundred feet wide. All blocks will be three hundred feet square and every one will be 140 feet deep, to a 20 foot alley giving every lot, whether on the corner or inside, an outlet. Tree planting will be encouraged, streets being wide enough for a row of trees on either side. As trees grow rapidly here Bay City can soon be a forest city. The town plan is a model of beauty and utility. All streets will be uniform and each a mile long.

Bay City Breeze, September 13, 1894


 Contractor Sykes made a flying trip to Wharton Saturday.

R. G. Kuykendall, the rustler of Wilson's creek was a pleasant caller Tuesday. He was on his road to Caney, the Egypt of Southern Texas, for corn.

Sheriff Hamilton and Attorney Gaines were in the city last Tuesday, looking after their improvements, and Mr. Gaines selected some good resident property. Both signified their intentions to build residences and move their families to Bay City at once.

Hon. R. C. Duff, of Columbia, candidate for Legislature, on the Democratic ticket, gave us a pleasant call last week, and made a speech Thursday night at Hardeman. He is well qualified and if elected, will render his district valuable service, by looking well after our interests.

S. M. Wilcox, U. S. Assistant Engineer, of the U. S. Engineer's office, Galveston, was escorted down from Wharton Friday by Messrs. Reeves and Barbee. From here he was escorted by the Town Company to Matagorda. Mr. Wilcox was sent out by the Government to make a preliminary examination of the Colorado river from Wharton to the coast, with a view of making a regular survey of the river, if it appears that its importance for navigation warranted it, and the people needed protection from the raft. We believe he will recommend the survey.


Almost every day some new firm or enterprise is located in Bay City.

WANTED. Ten thousand furs, by H. E. Moore, Deming's Bridge. Top prices guaranteed.

Four wagon loads of lumber came in Tuesday from Columbia, for the Sims livery stable.

Rowold Bros. have done a fine job painting the Breeze office. They are reliable and competent.

Dan Moore and J. L. Bandy have both selected resident lots this week, for immediate improvement.

We are requested to announce that Bro. Morris will preach at Matthew's Church on next Sunday. All are cordially invited to attend.

The real estate announcement of Shirley & Co. appears in this issue of the Breeze. They are a good reliable land company and are good rustlers, and if you want to buy or sell real estate give them a call.

We are glad to call the attention of our readers to the announcement of J. J. Shirley & Co., in which they propose to have a good variety of pear trees for sale in Bay City at the proper season. It is always well to get reliable goods from reliable  people.


Mr. J. J. Shirley returned from Bay City Saturday and is well pleased with the outlook. He purchased a lot on which will be immediately built an office for the real estate firm of Richardson & Shirley, they having associated with them E. C. Ray, who will take charge of the Bay City Office. Mr. Ray is a hustler and we predict a prosperous run of business. Those wanting information in regard to that country, will do well to address him. Bay City is the new capitol of Matagorda county. The lands of Matagorda are said to be very fine, but they are very remote from transportation. The Gulf Shore railroad is expected to be built through that county in less than a year. Lands are now cheap and the advent of the railroad will run prices up. It is a good general farming country. Most of the county is held in large tracts which will soon be cut up and sold in small bodies.--Alvin Sun.


J. W. Sims arrived yesterday from Columbia with a fine new livery outfit, finest in the country, and T. Y. Spencer, of Velasco, is putting in a lumber yard.



 Every day direct from Matagorda, served in all styles. Will also sell in quantity to consumers for family or hotel use. The very finest oysters at rasonable rates.

C. E. YEAMANS, Bay City, Texas.



Wharton, Texas, October 16.--Mr. G. M. Magill, of the Bay City Town Company, with Messrs. Lee and Mangum, old residents of Matagorda county, have just taken sounding in a skiff from Wharton to Bay City and report three and a half, four and thirty feet, after leaving the sandbar at Wharton down to Bay City. The river is now at the ordinary low stage. The river is in fine condition for navigation, with very few snags. As Houston is the nearest market for the two cities, and as the Post has done so much for Southwest Texas, and especially for Wharton, through its able and efficient correspondent, Judge W. F. Linn, a little space for this communication is asked for Matagorda's new county seat, Bay City.                        J.L.C.



 Commissioner's Court of Matagorda county convened in special session in Bay City on Monday, October 15, 1894.

Present, Hon. E. S. Rugeley, Sr., County Judge; Commissioners, H. H. Serril, H. W. Bowie, G. R. Brown, T. J. Poole, and Geo Austin, Clerk, comprising a full board.

Ordered by the Court that the building on the court house square at Bay City, be used as a temporary court house.

Ordered by Court, Poole objecting, that bid of L.T. Noyes, agent Diebold Safe and Lock Co., for building of a two-story brick jail be accepted, according to plans and specifications, for $8,475.

Warrant ordered for Conrad Franz, for $413 for bridge work on Hardeman slough.

Ordered by Court that county erect a modern two-story brick court house to cost not less than $25,000, nor more than $30,000, and authorized the County judge to advertise for plans, specifications and bids.

Ordered by Court that proposition of Bay City Town Company to donate $5,000 in cash, in lieu of frame court house, be accepted.

Adjourned to meet again in special session on November 1st.



 C.D.S. Graham, of Alvin, requests us to announce that beginning with next Monday, he will put on a daily hack line between Bay City and Wharton, for passengers and express. Leaving Wharton after the arrival of the train from Houston, will arrive at Bay City for supper. Leaving Bay City in the morning, will arrive at Wharton in time for the east bound train to Houston. Thus allowing people to go or come from Bay City to the railroad every day. This will be a great convenience for Bay City and the traveling public. Mr. Graham has plenty of means, is a good man, has good teams, and will be sure to make his line a grand success. Now people can get from Wharton to Bay City every day.


F. E. B. Stocker, the wide awake liveryman, of Wharton, announces this week through the Breeze that he is ready at all times to furnish the traveling public conveyance to Bay City.

Bay City Breeze, October 25, 1894


 The social event of the season in the Capitol of Matagorda County, occurred on last Friday night, the 25th instant, when the beauty and chivalry of not only this county, but of our neighboring towns, congregated in Bay City to dedicate the J. W. White drug store building with a grand ball. The attendance was large, the music furnished by Prof. Coston and son was delightful, the urbane Allan McNabb, as floor manager, was a grand leader, and while, without, the weather was cold and chilly, within, the soft strains of music, the radiant sunshine and smiles of the ladies, the gallantry of the gents, the maizy dream of the waltz, all combined to make the occasion one of pleasure long drawn out,"soft eyes  looked love to eyes that spake again," and all went merry as a marriage bell, until the great orb of day dispelled the love lorn merry makers.

While we are sure we did not get all the names, the crowd being so large, the following is a partial list of the prominent people present. From Matagorda; Mrs. Geo. Austin and family, Mr. Geo. Culver and wife, Mrs. Nettie Hatch, Mr. W. D. Barker and wife, Misses Annie Duffy, Dora Bruce, Blanche Inglehart, Belle Freeman, Bertha and Maggie Baxter, Messrs. W. C. Brown, Clifton Yeamans, Harry Burkhart, Clarence Dietrich, Jno. and Henry Sirrell, Wm. Franz, Wm. and Jesse Wallace. From El Campo; Messrs. Fisher, Carlton , Hahn, Beakes, Yeager and King. From Deming's Bridge; Messrs. T. E. and James Partain and Johnnie Wheeler. From Wharton; Miss Nannie Davis, the two Misses McMasters and Messrs. Brooks and Beakes. From Bay City; Misses Ida Thompson, Lida Franz, May Miller, Mamie Kilbride, Mrs. Fannie Wallace, Messrs. Scott, J. Wendell, J. K. Sayers, Arthur Collins, Johnnie Thompson, Sam Franz, R. A. Mathis, J. H. Mayfield, R. H. Traylor, Roland and R. H. Inglehart, and Dr. Simonds, of Caney. A great many of our town people dropped in for a little while to enjoy the music and witness the fun and frolic.

Last week we neglected to note that Amos Lee had bought out the interest of E. C. Ray, in the real estate firm of J. J. Shirley & Co. While Mr. Ray returned to Alvin, Mr. Lee has moved to Bay City and will push the business here, for which he is well equipped, having lived in the county for a number of years and is well acquainted with the lands of the county. He also owns some lands near the city which, he is subdividing, and offering in small tracts. We wish the new firm all manner of success.

Col. J. R. Currie arrived from Dallas Friday and accompanied by J. W. Gaines made a business trip to Brazoria forepart of the week.

A great many of our young people went down to Matagorda yesterday to attend the Moore-McCamley wedding which was followed by a grand ball.


A change in the card of the Matagorda County Abstract Co. will be found in this issue. R. C. Gaines has sold out his interest to R. H. Traylor and Allan McNabb is now secretary.


T. D. Fisher, Dr. H. Carlton, Henry Hahn, Abe Beakes, Ed. Yeager and H. P. King, leading members of El Campo's four hundred, were enjoying the ball Friday night and, in company with Dr. Scott, gave us a pleasant call.


Mr. Abel Pierce, of Deming's Bridge, drove over Thursday and was accompanied on his return by attorney J. W. Gaines. He says a large panther has been frequently seen lately on Palacious point and that they are thinking of organizing a hunt for him.


In noting arrivals last week we overlooked the arrival of J. K. Sayers, son of our esteemed townsmen, W. E. Sayers, who arrived from Spokane, Washington, to make Bay City his future home and to assist his father in their large and rapidly growing mercantile business in Bay City. Welcome.





 Up to Tuesday noon the following real estate transfers had been filed with County Clerk Austin since the records have arrived in Bay City:

Cornelius Davis and wife, to J. Gordon Brown, warranty deed to 703 acres of land out of the Lawrence Rainey league, on upper Caney.

David Boaz to W. Boaz, warranty deed to 320 acres out of section No. 554, G. C. & S. F. R. R. survey, west side of river.

V. L. LeTulle to Irvin Rugely, quit claim deed to 25 acres out of the Wm. Rabb league on lower Caney.

W. F. Neal and wife to Eugene Haralson, warranty deed to 20 acres out of Jacob Bells league, north of Bay City.

Hamet Graves, et al, to W. C. Braman deed to undivided interest in Grand tract No. 5, Matagorda town league.

David Swickhimer to J. J. Shirley, et al, lot 1 block 77 Bay City.

David Swickhimer to Sallie H. Sims, lots 9, 10, 11 and 12, block 49 Bay City.

David Swickhimer to W. E. Sayers, et al, lot 14, block 78 Bay City.

David Swickhimer to E. S. Rugeley, Sr., lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 block 88 Bay City.

David Swickhimer to W. T. Kuykendall lot 17, block 75 Bay City.

David Swickhimer to Fannie P. Hamilton, lot 11 block 65 Bay City.


Bay City Breeze, January 31, 1895


Alvin Henderson, deputy head consul, Woodman of the World, instituted a camp here last week of that order with twenty members. The following officers were elected and installed: T. J. Hamilton, consul commander; R. A. Mathis, advisor lieutenant; J. D. Moore, banker; E. E. Scott, physician; W. C. Carpenter, clerk; J. W. Gaines, Jr., watchman; H. M. Greene, escort; D. A. Shannon, sentry; D. P. Moore, J. M. Sims, J. W. White, managers.


Ira G. Lord and family are spending a few days on the beach.

Mrs. Dr. Scott is visiting her father on lower Caney this week.

Roland Inglehart and wife returned from a two weeks visit to friends at Matagorda.

C. H. Williams was a member of the party who went to Velasco Tuesday on the railroad mission.

Mrs. J. S. Teel, of Willis Point, sister of Druggist J. W. White, is here on a visit for a few week.s

J. C. and Frank Faeckney, contractors, of Columbia, were here Monday bidding on the bridge contract.

Assessor Steve Hill and E. J. Inglehart were up from Matagorda in attendance upon commissioners court.

Henry Williams, Jno. Wendell and E. H. Rowold are spending the week on the beach, near the mouth of Caney.

R. A. Mathis leaves to-day for Navasota on a short business trip He will meet his mother at Hempstead and accompany her here, where she will spend several weeks on a visit.

Dr. J. C. Mayfield, of Alvin, and J. W. Sprowles, of Brazoria, were in the city Tuesday. Dr. Mayfield was looking after the closing up of the business affairs of his son, the late Herndon Mayfield, deceased.

W. E. Matkin, of Howell, Ark., was in Bay City Monday looking over our county with a view of locating here. He was highly pleased with our lands and general prospects, and he at once departed for home to arrange matters to move here during the coming fall.

Frank Blizarde, who was engaged in the merchantile business here a few months last spring, returned from Keith, N. C., yesterday and says he is coming back to his first love to stay. He does not at present know just what he will engage in, but says stay he will, and that he is very sorry he ever left. We welcome him back.

Judge W. C. Carpenter and G. M. Magill left Tuesday for Velasco to confer with the members of the Boston syndicate on a railroad west from that place. They will be joined by several of the planters from lower Caney, who are taking a deep interest in the proposed road. The meeting was arranged by the citizens of Velasco and our people invited and urged to be present.

John Hagerty, of Ft. Worth, accompanied by his sister, Mrs. Fred Vogg, of Matagorda, passed through the city Monday on their way to Ft. Worth, where Mrs. Vogg will visit for some time at the home of her brother. This is the first visit of Mr. Hagerty to our county for twenty-five years, this being formerly his home. They were both delighted with Bay City, expressing great confidence in her future.

W. C. Brown left Monday moring for Dallas and New Orleans, where he goes to purchase a big stock of boots and shoes, which he will run in connection with his saddlery establishment. Mr. Brown is a honest, sober, and industrious young man, and by his gentlemanly conduct he has built up a fine business and the Breeze congratulates him upon his success, and hopes his new venture will likewise prove successful.

Bay City  Breeze, August 15, 1895


Second Month.

The second month ended on Dec. 9th. Up to that date we had enrolled 39 boys and 49 girlstotal 88. There were 307 cases of absence and 260 cases of tardiness during the month. Corporal punishment was administered in two cases.

The pupils are graded by a scale in which 10 is perfect, 9 excellent, 8 good, 7 fair and any grade below 7 is considered poor.

All who reach a general average for the month of 9 or over, in both lessons and conduct, have their names placed upon the roll of honor for that  month. Honorable mention is made of all who average 9 or over in conduct but fall below that high average in lesson.

Some pupils are endowed with brighter minds than others; some have had better school advantages than others; some have more time to study at home than others; and some have better assistance in home study than others. Hence, it may not be possible for all to get on the roll of honor. But every one can behave properly and thereby win the honorable mention for good conduct. We hope that all parents will urge their children to strive for this honorable distinction.

In making out the roll of honor, the names are grouped by grades, and the one making the highest average in each grade heads the list of that grade, and the next highest is placed second and so on; the lowest being last.

Following is the

              ROLL OF HONOR2 MONTH.

                       (Principal's Room.)

GRADE E. Florence Baxter, Lou Wallace, Lila Franz, John Greene, Edna Moore, Estelle Ladd, Alice Rugeley, Frank Shannon, Florence Applegate, James Gaines, Maud Hill, W. L. McCamly, Fanny Johnson.

GRADE F. Omega Baxter, Lillian Ladd, Ollif Turner, Mellie Sims, Pinkie McIntosh, Simon Johnson, Mabel Williams, Bertie Hill, Tenie Wallace, Myrtle Franz, Martha Lee.

                      (Assistant's Room.)

GRADE C. Ernest Bond, Minnie Hull, Emma Lee, Nettie Hull, Stanley Gillett, Oliver Franz, Matt Johnson, Joe Treat, Sarah Hicks, Nettie Elliott, Annie McIntosh, Fred Gillett.

GRADE B. Willie Melliourne, Daisy Fisher, Jimmy Hicks, May Ladd, Maggie Lee, Jay Applegate, Jeff Mangum, Oliver Wallace, Lewis McIntosh, Grover Moore, Ed. Lee, Elmo Lee.

GRADE A. Walter Gillet, Annie Hamilton, Florence Lee, Edna Hull, Eula Sims, Martha Turner, Susie Hill, Katie Gillett, Walter Baxter, Stanley Lee, Allen Stokes, Archie Franz, Emma Franz, Grover Mangum, Willie Wofford, Hallie Lee, Robt. Baker, Olivia Franz, Olga Benedict, Philip Watkins, George McIntosh, Jane Galbraith, Effie Wofford.

                  HONORABLE MENTION.      Richard Johnson, Maud Sisk, Unnie Mangum, James Sisk.



Under the auspices of the literary department of the Epworth League, Miss Ladd and Mrs. W. C. Carpenter are preparing a splendid musical and literary entertainment to be given in the school house on next Wednesday night, Dec. 25th. A small admission fee of 35 cents will be charged for adults and 10 cents for children, net proceeds to go to the Epworth League in order to procure some new song books. The entertainment promises to be a rare treat. Following is the programe:

Music by the band"Corn Flower Waltz." Misses Ladd, Applegate, Moody and W. C. Brown.

Song"The Star." Miss Ladd, May Ladd. Tableau.

Instrumental duet"Sleigh Bells." Misses Ladd and Applegate.

Song"Comrades. Twenty little boys. Tableau.

Instrumental solo. Miss Baxter.

Song duet"Life's Dream is O'er." Misses Moody and Ladd.

"Veiling the Novice." Misses Elouise Moody, Anna and Shirley Rugeley, Ollie and Annie Lords, Mabel Ladd, Lida Franz, Mrs. R. A. Mathis and W. L. McCamly. Tableau.

"Christmas Chorus." By all the performers.

Recitation. Miss Estelle Ladd.

Instrumental music"Over the Waves." Misses Moody, Ladd, Applegate and W. C. Brown.

Song. Mrs. Jno. W. White.

"Woman's Rights." Tableau.

Song quartette"Come Where The Lillies Bloom." Misses Ladd, Moody, Judge Carpenter and J. A. Sullivan.

Guitar duet. Misses Ladd and Applegate.

"Artists Studio." Tableaux. Pictures, Annie Hamilton, May Ladd, Mabel Ladd, Elouise Moody, Edgar Bramlett, W. L. McCamly.

Song"Jockey Hat and Feather." Lillian Ladd.

Instrumental music. Misses Ladd, Moody, Applegate and W. C. Brown

"Gypsy's Warning." Tableau. Misses Anna Rugeley, Ladd and L. J. Gartrell.

"Visions of Paradise." Tableau. Misses Anna, Shirley and Alice Rugeley, Lida Franz, Mabel and Estelle Ladd, Florence Applegate, Maud Hill, Mesdames W. C. Carpenter and R. A. Mathis. "Sleeping Girl," Elouise Moody.

Song. Judge Carpenter and Miss Ladd.

Song"Won't you be my Sweetheart," Florence Baxter. Answer, Mellie Sims.

"Night and morning." Tableau. Miss Ladd, Mrs. Carpenter, May Ladd, Eula Sims.

Bay City Breeze, December 19, 1895


 T. J. Hamilton attended Masonic Lodge at Demings Bridge Saturday.

Ike Kuykendall, of Ashby, was admiring the new court house Tuesday.

W. H. Huffaker, came up last week from Matagorda to work on the court house.

Miss Ada Keithly, of Willow Springs, Mo., arrived last week to visit her sister, Mrs. N. H. Rowlett.

Col. A. H. Pierce was in town Tuesday and Wednesday looking after his extensive interests in this county.

Major McReynolds, of the K. O. Ranch was in the city a short while yesterday looking after their large interests.

G. B. Culver, of Matagorda, was in town fore part of week and bought W. C. Williams' cattle at good figures.

Geo. Beckelhymer, a contractor from Corpus Christi, accompanied by his wife, arrived in the city last week and they may locate here.

Judge Rugeley passed through fore part of week en route to Wharton, where he goes after his family who have been visiting in Wharton for sometime.

Michael O'Connell, Sr., was in town yesterday on business. He got a fall that frightened him and his friends for a little while, but Dr. Bouldin soon brought him around all right.

T. J. Proctor, of Groesbeck, Texas, came in yesterday prospecting for a lumber yard. Mr. Proctor is a very pleasant gentleman and we hope he will decide to cast his lot with us, for a lumber yard we badly need.

Dr. L. B. Creath, who has been looking over the county for a week, left Tuesday with Henry Rugeley for Lake Austin and Lower Caney. The Doctor is much pleased with our county and people and seriously contemplates locating. We hope so, for he will make us a valuable citizen.

H. D. Applegate left with his family yesterday morning for their home in Victoria. They have been spending the winter in Bay City in order to be with Mr. Applegate, while he was building the court house. Mrs. Applegate and Miss Florence made many friends while here, who regret their departure, and they will all be accorded a warm welcome whenever they may return.


Work on the court house is progressing very nicely considering the continued rains. They are now putting on the slate roofing. As soon as that is finished the inside finish work can go right ahead. About all the frame work of the roof and tower is up. The steps to the entrances  are also being put in. Even now the building presents an imposing appearance and is visible as far as the eye can reach from all parts of Bay Prairie. Mr. Applegate informs us that with favorable weather the building could be completed now in 6 to 8 weeks.



George Austin informs us that C. W. Sterry and Mrs. Chas. Nulty, of Matagorda, are in receipt of late information that a rich uncle had recently died in Maine, leaving them a large legacy. Jim Sterry, of Port Lavaca, is also an equal heir with them. Mrs. Nulty is a sister of the Sterry's. Chas. Nulty had come up to work on the court house, but Oscar George came up after him yesterday to bring him the good news and take him back to Matagorda to meet another one of the heirs from Maine, who is here to take steps looking towards the settlement of the estate...

Bay City Breeze, January 30, 1896


Rev. A. J. Anderson preached here  Monday night.

J. M. Sims was among the people of the west side the past week.

W. J. Phillips and Arthur Stewart were up from Matagorda Monday.

Jno. C. Underwood and W. J. Shelton were over from Columbia Tuesday.

E. W. Pendecrest, of Elliott, Iowa, is in the city prospecting with a view to locating.

T. F. Baldwin, of San Antonio, has accepted a position with the W. E. Austin Abstract Company.



 The following we clip from "The New Test," a weekly paper published at Lockhart in the interest of the colored people, which gives a vivid description of the festivities here on the 19th of June:

"Attention, citizens! All citizens of Matagorda and surrounding counties are invited to attend the great reunion of ex-slaves and their descendants at Bay City, Texas, on June 19th.

"Come and hear ex-slaves tell of the sudden change from slaves to citizens; hear them make the chains of slaverydom rattle once more.

"Oh that lamb! A free dinner will be provided for all; come and eat mutton, pork, beef and cakes once more on that day the grandest of the nineteenth century; come and hear Judge Wego Jones express himself and sing that good old song about

"After old Sabine has left this world!"

"Prof. B. T. Richardson will tell of slavery from its birth; Prof. N. B. Moore will tell of the rise and progress of the slaves from 1865, to the present time; Rev. John Sidney will trace the Negro from Adam down through the generations of Ham, Solomon and the Queen of the South, while Prof. A. G. Hilliard will tell of the Negro as a Soldier. Those great and eloquent orators, Rev. Thomas Roberson, Rev. O. Dorse, Hon. Jeff Robbins and Bro. Richard Ruffin will tell of the fidelity of the slave during bondage and of his past and present manhood.

Deceitful ways. Come and see our new court house and jail; hear our city clock strike the hours, as they are second to none in the state. Brother Jefferson Robins says he is very willing to whoop that in less than ten years Bay City will be the hub of the solid south.

The great Colorado is only two miles away. Go to the livery stable and hire a span of Norman horses (rates low) and drive your lady love out to the river that she may behold the greatest catfish stream in the known world.

The Grand March will take place at one o'clock sharp commencing at the corner of Avenue L and Moore street thence southward to Hamilton Plaza, thence westward to Austin street and thence northward to Sims' Avenue, under command of grand field marshal Harris Anderson and forty aides de camp, and the far famed Eagle Lake Silver Cornet band of seventy-five pieces and a mascot.

A Grand Emancipation Ball will take place at night in Hamilton Hall. Come one and all, both young and old and witness the wonder of the 19th century!


Rev. O. Dorse, chairman; Lee McRoy, Arthur Gee, Wm. Ranger, John Robbins, Willie Thompson, Wm. Duncan, Samuel Norris, Lewis Thomas.


Parris Roberson, Ike Standford, Joe Williams, Octave Herman, George Ambore, Cato Clay.


Prof. R. H. Harris, chairman; Hall McHenry, Allen Sawyer, Wonder Farris, Lee Jones, Ben Griggs, R. A. Roberson, Alfred Sidney, Raney Anderson, Mack Herman, Prof. A. G. Hilliard.

Solomon Jones, Assistant Manager; Isiah Jones, president of the company; Prof. Henry Smothers, collector."


The school entertainment at the new court house on Saturday night, will be full of grace, beauty, music, eloquence, wit, humor, and local jokes and hits that cannot fail to "bring down the house." As the cause is a most worthy one, and the price a mere trifle, we hope that the people of the county will come out in force and laugh and grow fat.


Persuant to the call of Prof. H. F. Smothers, president of the colored teachers institute of Matagorda county. There was a meeting held at the Warren Bridge school house May 1st, 1896, for the purpose of reorganizing the institute for the scholastic year. The following officers were elected: R. H. Harris, president; W. W. Cooper, vice-president; and A. G. Hilliard, secretary. The necessary committee being appointed the following program was arranged to be executed in the town of Bay City, May 22nd, 1896:


Introductory Address... Prof. H. Smothers

Annual Address..........R. H. Harris

School Management....Prof. W. W. Cooper

The Participle.....Prof. W. B. Moore

Addition in connection with multipli-cation, best method...J. J. Grundy

Secretary.               President

Williams Bros., last week, pur-chased W. E. Sayers & Co's., stock of groceries and hardware and are now occupying the stand with a general stock of merchandise. Mr. Sayers will continue to make Bay City his home, and will ere long again engage in some busines here.

G. W. Benedict returned from the west side Tuesday, where he has been at work on the Gill Kuykendall residence.

Bay City Breeze, May 7, 1896

A. S. Robbins, of the lumber firm of Blades & Robbins, Athens, came in on the steamer Bay City, first of week and has been visiting his nephew, Dr. J. E. Simons, of Caney. Mr. Robbins, or rather his firm took the contract to build the large Simons residence in Bay City and shipped the lumber and material to Wharton several weeks ago but so far owing to the bad roads and the fact that the steamer had more than she could do he has been able to get very little of the material to Bay City, as yet, and is now talking of rafting it down. However, Mr. Robbins likes our country and says all we need is transportation.

Bay City Breeze, February 11, 1897

BC Personal

John McCrosky was in town Monday.

R. H. Traylor returned to Matagorda this week.

Dr. J. Broadfoot, the Wharton specialist was in town yesterday.

Bruce Wallis was in town fore part of the week looking after cattle trades.

Frank Hawkins and family spent fore part of week visiting Dr. Rugeley.

Col. W. B. Wadsworth came up from Matagorda yesterday en route to Hearne.

Miss Jennie Parker, accompanied by Milton Winston, was shopping in the city Monday.

R. L. Duncan, a Brazos bottom planter of Hearne, came in yesterday prospecting and is much pleased with our country.

W. C. Carpenter was called to Wharton Tuesday to see his wife, who is ill and under the care of her uncle Dr. B. R. Valls, of Wharton.

Mrs. R. A. Mathis was visiting in town Monday, having recently returned from her extended trip to Mexico. She will resume her residence on Caney.

Miss Louise Holt, accompanied by her friend, Mrs. Groce, of Galveston, is expected home this week. Miss Holt has been visiting in Galveston for several weeks.

F. L. Spencer left Monday evening for Bay City, Matagorda county, which he will make his future home. Flay has many friends in Decatur who wish him success in his new home.--Decatur Free Press.

Charley Partain was over from Deming’s Bridge yesterday. He reports Miss Pearl Pierce as suffering from an attack of typhoid fever, very similar to the one her brother, A. B. Pierce, has just emerged from, but so far in not so violent a form.

R. W. Warren, of Ionia, Missouri, accompanied by his son, Earl Warren, of Simonton, Ft. Bend county, came down from Wharton Monday prospecting and expressed themselves as much pleased with our town and county. They expect to return soon with some of their friends to purchase property.

W. E. Harris, the ever popular traveling apostle of Gust Heye & Co., came in last night accompanied by two other gentlemen, one a Mr. Brown, another Knight of the Grip, and Mr. Duncan, an old friend of his who is in the county prospecting. Mr. Harris has a host of friends among our county merchants because he is a good man representing a good house and in his travels he never fails to say a good word for old Matagorda county. He thinks we have a great country and a great future.

Bay City Breeze, March 25, 1897


The Matagorda and Wharton Counties
Cattlemen's Protective Association

Offer the following rewards for information leading to the arrest, conviction and punishment of any person or persons for the following offenses, whenever the same are committed in connection with the property of any member of said association:

    Theft of cattle by a white man                                                             $500.00

Theft of cattle by a negro                                                                      250.00

Cutting wire fence (when a felony)                                                       100.00

Burning pasture or grass (when a felony)                                           100.00

Butchering beef without complying with the law                                   50.00

Skinning cattle or having possession of hides unlawfully                    20.00

Leaving gates open or tearing down fence                                          10.00

Following is a list of the members of this association:

Frank Rugeley, C. D. Kemp, Huebner Bros., D. P. Moore, S. T. Taylor, W. T. Taylor, W. B. Wadsworth, Ed Kilbride, Dr. A. M. Pelton, C. W. Burkhart, C. B. Culver, Stewart Bro's., John F. McNabb, Green Savage, J. A. Lawson, Holt & Bruce, Fred S. Robbins, B. A. Ryman, Wylie M. Kuykendall, John Matthews, Frank Hawkins, J. H. Rainey, John T. Sargent, Fred McC Robbins, R. M. Winston, George T. Sargent, R. G. Kuykendall, M. O'Connell, M. O'Connell, Jr., Dan O'Connell, E. H. Phillips, J. F. Williams.

                                By order of the Executive Committee.

J. F. HOLT, Secretary                                   W. B. WADSWORTH, Chairman.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 9, 1899

Bay City

Mrs. J. B. McCain visited home folks in Houston.

Miss Lula Ryon is in Lane City, the guest of her brother.

Mrs. Oscar Barber visited home folks in Palacios last week.

Miss Sallie Gregory of Van Vleck is the guest of Miss Lewis.

Miss Lena Floyd of Wharton is visiting her cousin, Miss Erma Lewis.

Mrs. Ralph Byars of Markham is visiting her mother, Mrs. Davidson.

Mrs. James Mayfield of Tanglewood is visiting Mrs. James W. Rugeley.

Mrs. J. M. Barber of Houston and little son are visiting her father, T. J. Poole, and family.

Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Crawford are visiting Mrs. Crawford's mother, Mrs. Jackson, in Smithville.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Todswer left for Houston this week, where they will make their future home.

Miss Essie Reel and mother returned from Houston Monday, having visited friends and relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Victor Brasfield of Chicago arrived last week to visit Mr. Brasfield's parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Brasfield.

Misses Meta, Janie and Lizzie Hawkins arrived home Tuesday from Sherman where they have been attending Kid-Key [Kidd-Key] College.

Misses Nettie Austin and Minnie Barber entertained with a week-end party, having as their guests Miss Annie Hamilton of Matagorda, Miss Bessie Austin of San Antonio, Miss Lula Ryon of Missouri, Miss Green of New York City; Misses Irene Barber, Lula Hill, Zalie Austin, Erma Lewis, Florence Deadrick; Messrs. George Serrill, Dick Lewis, J. C. Bland, Dr. A. S. Morton, Dr. S. R. Sholars, M. Boney, R. Cookenboo, N. McMahon, T. H. Bridenell and E. S. Block; Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Dantzler, Mr. and Mrs. George Austin.

Galveston Daily News, May 30, 1909

From Wednesday's Daily

C. V. Cabaniss of Markham was in town this morning.

J. L. Logan of Blessing was among the visitors to the city today.

John R. Rowles was in town from Blessing today.

Miss Mildred Taylor returned to her home in San Antonio today after a visit of several weeks with the family of V. L. LeTulle.

R. O. Middlebrook of Matagorda was in town this morning en route to Houston. He says there is nothing doing in the Big Hill sulphur field at present, but that he is looking for the beginning of operations in the near future.

The enrollment on the opening day in the Jefferson Davis High School was 452, against 490 last year. Last year's opening day enrollment was 100 in excess of the attendance on the first day of the previous term. The attendance at the colored school is also considerably less than last year.

The Grand Opera House orchestra has been reorganized, and the members will meet Sunday afternoon the first practice of the season. The organization consists of eleven pieces, as follows: First violin, Prof. Gannon; second violin, Walter Gillette and R. A. Kleska; piano, Mrs. Waldron; cornet, Hayden McDonald; clarionette, Grover Coston; flute, E. Zedler; trombone, Stanley Gillette; base, Z. DeLano; traps, Percy Block. This list includes the pick of the town's musical talent for the instruments named, and the patrons for the Grand will hear some high class music during the coming season.

A letter received by C. L. DeAubin, who is holding down the Wells-Fargo express office here while J. T. Stockton takes his vacation, announces that the genial agent of the carrying corporation has taken unto himself a wife since he left here two weeks ago. Mr. Stockton did not divulge the young lady's name, but stated that "she was an old sweetheart of mine," and added that they were then in New York seeing the sights and enjoying their honeymoon. Neither did he say just when he was likely to bring his wife home.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 9, 1910


December 2, 1910


From Saturday’s Daily:

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Byars yesterday a fine 10-pound girl.

Harvey Nuckols of Corpus Christi, is in the city visiting relatives.

Mr. Sam LeTulle, who is attending the A. and M. College is here on his vacation.

J. C. Willis autoed to Houston yesterday and spent the day in the metropolis on business.

Rev. John Sloan left this morning for Matagorda where he will hold services tomorrow.

Miss Thelma Dreyling, of Houston, is in the city visiting her friend, Miss Eunice Baker.

Mrs. S. O. Eidman is visiting in Houston this week, going over yesterday via auto.

Col. Jno. M. Simpson, of Dallas, spent yesterday and this morning in the city having come up from his ranch yesterday to be present at the hearing before Major Howell.

Mrs. Winnie McClave returned last Tuesday night after a two weeks’ visit with relative in Houston. She was accompanied by her cousin, Miss Thelma Dreyling who will spend the summer here.

Mrs. C. L. de St. Aubin will leave tomorrow to join her husband in Port Arthur. The departure of this estimable family from our midst is a source of the keenest regret on the part of the entire citizenship of Bay City.

Major Howell is a good listener, and it is usually the case that “still water runs deep.” We trust the Major’s recommendations to his department will result in the long-hoped-for improvement of the Colorado, and the consequent relief for the anxious ones along the stream.

W. E. Green stated to the Tribune man this morning that he will leave here tomorrow and will go to Port Arthur to make arrangements to move his family in about two weeks. Mr. Green and his family are well-known in Bay City and have many friends who will regret their departure exceedingly.

Mr. Geo. B. Culver, of Matagorda spent the day in Bay City yesterday and while here, incidentally, told Uncle Sam through Major Howell that we had the money if the United States did not with which we might improve the Colorado river channel. Mr. Culver is one of the country builders and is doing a splendid work for his section of the county as well as lending splendid aid to the other portions when his services are needed.

Mr. John J. Raezer, of Houston, is in the city and made a statement in the proceedings held by Major Howell yesterday. Mr. Raezer is well posted on all current events as well as being a good statistician on the crop situation.

From Monday’s Daily:

Mr. G. R. Tillman and wife who have been spending the past two months in Lockhart, Red Rock and Smithville with relatives returned to the city Saturday.

County Treasurer Arthur Collins informed us Saturday that Mr. N. M. Vogelsang and family had stopped in San Antonio and would sojourn there a month before going on the Alpine.

Mr. Bruce Wallace, a prominent citizen of El Campo, accompanied by his wife spent the day yesterday in the city with Mr. Wallace’s mother. They made the trip via auto and returned last evening.

City Engineer A. R. Leckie paid Brazoria county a visit of three or four days duration last week. He said the crops all looked very well, but were in no wise, ahead of ours that he could see.

Mr. H. N. Burditt, a prosperous farmer of La Ward, Jackson county, spent Saturday in Bay City on business. Mr. Burditt says the crops in his vicinity look fairly well and the indications are exceptionally good for a fine crop this fall.

From Tuesday’s Daily:

D. L. Gable, a Dallasite, was here Sunday, transacting some business.

George S. Moore, came over from Francitas and spent Sunday here.

W. M. Osman, a San Antonio citizen, was here Sunday and Monday.

P. T. Tipps, a Beaumont citizen, paid our city a visit Sunday.

J. P. Rice, of Joplin, Mo., was here Sunday and Monday on business.

J. R. Davis, of Helo, Texas, was in the city on business Sunday and Monday.

F. A. Davis, of Everett, Mass., was a business visitor to Bay City yesterday.

D. B. Cherry, a Houstonian, was a business visitor to Bay City the first of the week.

Dr. and Mrs. Henry Rugeley left this morning for Corpus Christi where they will spend sometime recuperating.

Dr. Abney left Sunday for Waco, where he has an important business engagement. He will be gone for ten days or longer.

T. M. Howard, a former citizen of Bay City, but now of San Benito, is in the city. He was joined here by his brother, O. J. Howard, of Eagle Lake.

B. R. Ellwood, of Colorado Springs, Colo., is in Bay City and has identified himself with the Matagorda County Development Company. Mr. Ellwood has traveled considerably over the country and says he considers this section the cream of all he has seen.

Wilbur Goodman, of Houston, representing the Southwestern Farmer spent yesterday and today in the city on business connected with his publication. Mr. Goodman comes from Michigan to Texas and has had much experience as a land holder in South Dakota and Iowa. He said that this part of Texas is far ahead of anything he ever saw in possibilities, and that its future is very bright indeed.

Oscar Thurston spend Sunday here from Buckeye.

John Roberson, a Buckeye business man was here Sunday.

Roy Bamer, of Buckeye, spent Sunday in Bay City.

Miss Ethel Gorman, of Palestine, visited in the city Sunday. She was registered at the Nuckols.

Rev. L. E. Selfridge left this morning for Matagorda where he will fill his regular appointment at the Presbyterian church.

Roy Tanquary, of Midfield, visited Bay City yesterday on business.

The Matagorda County Tribune, June 2, 1911

Big Fire In Bay City

Last Friday night at a very late hour fire was discovered in the Pape restaurant opposite the LeTulle hardware store, and before it could be arrested the flames had spread to the two adjoining stores which were occupied by a plumbing establishment and bakery. In the plumbing house was stored the printing outfit of the late Bay City Breeze owned by Ed Bond. It is said there was no insurance on any of the property burned, and then there is a later report that there was some insurance on either the restaurant or the building.

It was a close call for the Walker Furniture and Undertaking house, Mr. Wm. Walker owning the two buildings occupied by the furniture store. But for the prompt and efficient service of the firemen the whole row of frame buildings up to Ditch's would have burned.

Matagorda News, February 7, 1913


From Friday’s Daily.

Business in the city is good with everybody and everybody is happy.

Mr. Hope Thompson, of Hasima, was a business visitor to the city yesterday.

R. F. Faickney, of Van Vleck, passed through the city yesterday on his way to Houston.

Hon. John W. Gaines returned last night from Galveston where he has been presenting a case to the court of civil appeals.

O. E. Hatchett left this morning for Palacios where he will begin the construction of a neat summer cottage for Judge J. M. Sims. The cottage will be finished in time for the B.Y.P.U. encampment.

Miss Emma Lewis, who has been ill for the past several days, left this afternoon for Mineral Wells and will perhaps go to Colorado from there. She was accompanied by her brother, Mr. R. R. Lewis to Houston.

Mr. M. Mol, who recently purchased twenty acres of ground near the Modine place, has improved the place and will engage in the strawberry and celery business, he being experienced in both.

Master Morton McMahan was seriously hurt by stepping on a broken milk bottle last night. A gash three inches long was cut through the skin and tendons to the bone. An artery was cut and the little fellow lost a good deal of blood. He was hurried to the hospital where it was necessary to keep him under ether for a half hour to repair the damage. The carelessness of those who leave broken bottles about is emphasized by this accident. With children going barefoot as they do no broken glass should be left lying around.

From Saturday’s Daily.

Mr. C. R. Archibald is in the city visiting his sister, Mrs. A. D. Thompson.

Prof. R. E. Scott came up from Palacios this morning. He says the summer normal is thoroughly organized down to business with a vim.

Mrs. John W. Gaines and children left today for Hot Springs, Ark., for the summer.

Mr. Will Cherry, of Eagle Lake, has been in the city for several days visiting his sister, Mrs. Allen Stinnett.

Morton McMahon, who cut his foot so badly Thursday, is resting well.

Mrs. Laura Sweeny of Angleton is in the city the guest of her sister, Mrs. J. C. Willis.

Henry Lee is improving rapidly. He is now practically clear of fever and we hope to soon see him out of bed.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed DeCoux of Houston are in the city visiting relatives.

B. E. Norvell is sporting another new Paige automobile, which he claims sells for $950; well $950 may be right, but it looks like a $2,000 car to us fellows that want a car and have only $9.50 with which to buy.

Mr. Ludwig Mahler was up from Palacios today and stated that the pavilion dance last night was a great success from every standpoint, and that about eighty couples congregated at the pavilion to enjoy the evening.

In front of the Bay City Realty Companys’ office are two stacks of brick. One stack is a dark red while the other stack is a beautiful salmon color, and from our view point they are as good brick as we ever saw. They are from our new plant, the Bay City Brick and Tile Company. Messrs. Norvell and Gaines are spending several thousand dollars on the plant and inside of a month they will have the most up-to-date brick and tile plant in the gulf coast of Texas, with a capacity of from thirty to forty thousand brick per day.

From Monday’s Daily.

Mr. Sam Berg, of Matagorda, spent Saturday in the city on business.

Miss Marie Kennedy, of Chalmers, is the guest of Miss Lillie Linn.

Mrs. J. M. Andrews and Mrs. A. H. Wadsworth are expected to arrive home today from a visit of several weeks to Marlin and other points.—Wharton Spectator.

Mrs. Fred S. Robbins returned yesterday from a several weeks visit to Dallas.

Miss Ethel Smith, of Ashwood, is spending the week-end, as the guest of Miss Louise Linn.

Mrs. Terese Robbins is in the city from Matagorda the guest of her son, Mr. Fred S. Robbins.

Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Boney and family returned yesterday from a visit of several weeks to Mineral Wells.

From Tuesday’s Daily.

Capt. J. W. White is in Matagorda today on business.

Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Huston returned Sunday from a visit of several days in Galveston.

Miss Eunie Baker, who has been in Mineral Wells for the past nine months attending school, returned home yesterday for the summer.

Miss Helen Kilbride returned yesterday from Richmond where she has been attending the Moore house party for the past two weeks, the guest of the daughter of Congressman Moore.

Mrs. C. C. Howerton, mother of J. C. Howerton, editor of the Cuero Record, arrived in the city today on a visit to her grand-daughter, Mrs. J. R. Whittaker.

Mrs. Birdie Carter has returned home, after a visit of several weeks to friends and relatives in other parts of the state.

Mr. E. K. McMahan and family and Mr. White and family, who have been on “Ben Hur” beach for several days, have returned home.

Mrs. J. D. Wright, who has been so very ill with typhoid fever, was reported better yesterday afternoon.

Mr. H. F. Ninde was in the city today and says that while he is not just getting back from the Intercoastal Canal celebration, he is just getting over it.

Mr. James Pontius, of Indianola, Neb., spent the past few days in the county prospecting. He left for home yesterday afternoon.

From Thursday’s Daily.

Mrs. H. E. Ditch left yesterday for Houston on a visit.

E. B. Wells spent Wednesday in Houston on business.

Mr. George Kilbride, of Matagorda, is a business visitor to the city today.

Mr. Jack Pitluk left today for Austin, where he will visit for the next two weeks.

W. C. Duncan, manager of the light plant, spent Wednesday in Houston on business.

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Wadsworth returned yesterday from a visit to relatives in Hearne, Texas.

Morton McMahon who so badly cut his foot with a piece of broken milk bottle last week, is reported to be doing well today.

Mrs. W. S. Holman and children, who have been in La Grange for the past few weeks visiting relatives, returned home yesterday, accompanied by her sister, Miss Kaulbach.

Mrs. Laura Sweeny, of Angleton, who has been in the city for the past several days, visiting her sister, Mrs. J. C. Willis, returned to her home Tuesday.

Judge and Mrs. Wells Thompson arrived home today from a visit of several weeks at some of the watering places in Mississippi, where they have been since the re-union in Chattanooga.

The Matagorda County Tribune, June 27, 1913

From Saturday’s Daily.

Mrs. Rudolph Roemer of Elgin is here visiting Mrs. R. C. Emmel.

Mr. E. R. Emmel of Bryan, Texas, spent several days here visiting his brother, R. C. Emmel.

Born, this morning at the Bay City Hospital, unto Mr. and Mrs. Chester Kelly, a 12 pound girl.

Dr. R. H. Towles and wife of Houston spent several days here visiting Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Emmel.

Rev. Johnson and Mr. Campbell Sewall of Houston, are in the city visiting Mr. R. F. Anderson and family.

County Assessor Dan Moore and family went over to Palacios yesterday afternoon to join the Bay City campers at the B.Y.P.U. Park.

Miss E. May Turner returned this morning from a week’s visit to her home in Collegeport and is at her post in the Austin Abstract plant.

Mr. Lynn Yeamans, of Citrus Grove, spent yesterday in Bay City and informed us that he had just learned that his son, who invented an appliance for an aeroplane, has received $100,000 for his patent rights. Mr. Yeamans had received no confirmation of this report when talking to us.

Mrs. Oskar Korn and two little daughters returned today from Pecos, Texas, where she has been visiting her parents for the summer.

Miss Shirley Carter has returned to her home in this city after a stay of two weeks with friends at Seabrook.

From Monday’s Daily.

Born this morning to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Moore a pretty little girl.

Mr. R. E. L. Myers, of Corpus Christi, is in the city for several days on business.

Miss Vinnie Holland, of Marlin, is in the city the guest of Miss Matie Brewer.

George Serrill left Saturday for Galveston where he will spend several days taking degrees in advanced work in Masonry.

Miss Matie Brewer, who has been attending the summer Norman at Palacios for the past several weeks, has returned to her home in this city.

Miss Matie Brewer left today for Seadrift accompanied by Master Paris Smith, who is returning to his home after a visit of several days with relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Lewis, of Gonzales, accompanied by Misses Tonton and DeWitt, arrived in the city yesterday in automobile on their way to Palacios. While here they were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. H. Lewis.

Mr. Jno. M. Wright, secretary of the Tyler Box and Lumber Mfg. Co., of Tyler, arrived in the city yesterday and will begin at once to get contracts on timber for the factory here. Mr. Wright is registered at the Rice Hotel.

Harvey M. McQuiston spent Saturday and Sunday in Houston on business.

Hayden McDonald and Stanley Gillette spend Saturday and yesterday in Galveston.

Mr. J. S. Foster has sold his home to Mr. Henry Ryman, who will make Bay City his home. Mr. Foster will occupy the Mrs. Holmes place on Avenue H. Miss Tennie Holmes will live with the Fosters.

Mr. F. Cornelius, a prominent citizen of Midfield, spent today in Bay City.

Miss Ethel King of Stockdate is the guest of Mrs. Russell Williams.

Miss Janie Darst, of Richmond, is in the city visiting Mrs. P. G. Huston.

County Surveyor E. N. Gustafson and Mr. E. L. Hawkins and surveying party will leave tomorrow for Pledger where they will remain for several days in the interest of the county.

Quite a large number of Bay City people are out in West Texas at the Texas Presbyterian encampment which is at Kerrville: Rev. and Mrs. L. E. Selfridge and family, Mrs. A. D. Hensley, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Poole Sr. and family, Miss Lucile Magill and Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Poole Jr. and family. They report a grand time and much spiritual good. The Misses Poole are said to be two of the most popular young ladies in the camp.

From Wednesday’s Daily.

Mr. A. A. Duffy was a business visitor here today from Matagorda.

Mrs. J. L. Walters left this morning for a visit to Iago and Wharton.

Messrs. J. F. and Henry Williams motored to Bay City from Matagorda today.

Mrs. Hugh Jones, of Joaquin, Texas, is in the city the guest of her sister, Mrs. R. W. Persons.

Miss May Binkley, of El Campo who has been visiting Mrs. A. A. Anderson, returned home this morning.

The Matagorda County Tribune, August 8, 1913



New Brick Schoolhouse Costing
$12,000 Is Erected—Streets Are Bettered.


Bay City, Tex., May 29.—Conditions in and around Bay City are rapidly improving over the past few months. Numerous local improvements are being made In the way of new homes. The home of Misses Hawkins is now completed at a cost of approximately $30,000. The Presbyterian people have completed a new home for their pastor; the Baptist congregation has completed a new two story brick church home for their pastor, and the handsome two-story brick church building is nearing completion. This building is one of the most handsome in South Texas and, when completed, will cost about $25,000.


Contractor O. E. Hatchett has just completed a two-story brick school building at Magnet at a cost of $12,000, and contract has been let for another school building near Bay City.


Numerous improvements are being made on our streets, besides several blocks of cement sidewalk are now being laid. Bay City at present has about twelve miles of these sidewalks.


Mayor Klein has been active in cleaning up the town, during the past few weeks and the general appearance is greatly improved. A petition has been circulated and presented to the three railroads entering Bay City, asking for a union passenger depot. There is practically no opposition to this from the railroads, and it will not be long: until same will be built.


The public library has outgrown its present quarters and will move into a new and larger building within a short time.


Galveston Daily News, Sunday, May 30, 1915


From Friday’s Daily.

Miss Pearl Morton, who has been for several months at San Benito and Brownsville , is in the city, the guest of Mrs. Jesse Matthews.

Miss Mays Jacobs of Greenville , S. C., is in the city on a visit of some duration with her sister, Mrs. D. A. Switzer.

Mr. J. C. Willis of Wharton spent today in Bay City on business.

Mr. O. E. Hatchett has secured a contract to build a fine new school house for Prairie Center and will begin work at once.

Mr. Simon Lewis has returned from an extended trip to friends and relatives in Alabama and Georgia and says that while he enjoyed the trip he was glad to get back home.

Mrs. Robbins and Mrs. Lewis and children returned yesterday from a week in Brazoria County , which they report had a glorious rain on Tuesday, covering all points except the immediate coast, which is parched as never before in their knowledge. Of especial important is the relief to the crops on the State farm and Gulf Prairie, as it means the interest of all the people of Texas .

From Saturday’s Daily.

Mrs. W. L. Penny of Houston is in the city on a visit to her parents, Judge and Mrs. Jesse Matthews.

Judge S. J. Styles has appointed J. A. Elmore county auditor, vice H. M. Elmore who was accidentally killed last week, an account of which was published in the last issue.—Wharton Spectator.

Mrs. C. J. Green and granddaughter returned yesterday from Yoakum after visiting Mrs. Green’s daughter, Mrs. C. W. McClelland.

Mr. H. C. Hunt of Buckeye spent today in the city on business.

Mr. Jack Walker of Markham was a business visitor to the city today.

The Tribune has received an interesting letter from our good friend, Dooley Franz, who is now at Paris Island . He and Everett Bond are the only two Texans there, but they are having a good time and enjoy it, although there’s no place like Texas for them.

An interesting photograph was recently received by Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Keller of this city which was taken during a visit of the king and queen of England to the city of Lincoln , an interesting account of which appeared in the London Post, of April 10. Mr. Phil E. Davant, 1st lieutenant in the American service, a son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Keller, had been appointed one of the national honor guards which acted as escort to the royal party. Lieutenant Davant’s picture was shown in the group immediately next to their majesties, an unusual honor as the portraiture readily reveals. The wife of Lieutenant Davant, who is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keller, is making her home in Bay City with her parents during the period of the war.

From Monday’s Daily.

Mrs. James F. Perry of Freeport is visiting Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Perry, leaving Wednesday for Gonzales.

Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Blackburn returned to Sugar Valley yesterday, bringing W. D., Jr., whose eyes are improving constantly, after the serious accident in May.

Mrs. Ellen Cherry left Saturday for Temple , where she will undergo an operation.

Mrs. Allen Stinnett and little daughter spent yesterday in Buckeye, the guests of Mrs. Robinnett, who left today for St. Louis , en route to her home.

Mr. S. S. Moore of San Antonio is in the city on a visit to friends and relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Cox of Granger, Williamson County , are in the city on a prospecting tour.

Mrs. R. E. Scott of Pittsburg is in the city for a day or two, after which she will go to Sweeny to visit her sister. Mrs. Scott will then return to Bay City for a visit of several days.

Mr. W. A. Furber of Markham was a visitor to the city today.

Judge F. H. Jones has returned from a business trip to Dallas .

Mr. G. M. Reed was a business visitor to Bay City Saturday.

Johnnie May Williams, who has been visiting home folks at Matagorda, passed through the city Saturday on his return to Camp Ellington . He is a member of the aero squadron and is being trained in aviation.

Mr. C. S. Wiseman and wife of Wharton were visitors to Bay City Saturday. “Doc” was on The Tribune force for several months prior to going to Wharton where he is now at work for the Spectator.

Commissioner’s Court met today in regular monthly session with Judge John F. Perry presiding and with Commissioners Louis Huebner, J. B.  Hawkins, Henry Sanders and Charley Cabaniss present.

Dr. G. S. Hessenbruch, of the Gulf Sulphur Co., spent Saturday in the city on business.

Rev. J. P. Gilliam began a revival meeting for the Baptists at Cedar Lane yesterday.

Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Erickson and family leave Wednesday morning for a several weeks’ visit to Lake City , Minnesota .

FOR SALE : One second-hand Dearing binder, a McCormick mower and push rake for sale cheap. Only in use one season. Apply to W. P. Johnson five miles N. E. Bay City or P. O. Box 43                           12-w-p

Guy Eidman was over from El Campo to get some Oakland cars for the El Campo trade. He says the automobile business is brisk and the demand much greater than the supply.

From Tuesday’s Daily.

Mr. J. C. Webb of Rogalusa , La. , who has been in the city on a visit to J. E. Thompson and family, has returned to his home.

Miss Pauline Thompson has returned from a very pleasant visit to friends and relatives in Palacios.

Miss Marguerite Thompson is visiting in Palacios.

E. F. McDonald, who does a general rental business, informs us that there are more people residing in the corporate limits of Bay City than in five years. The demand for good residences exceeds the supply. He also has applications for business property well located.

Mr. J. M. Greenwood, who has been employed in the government shipyards at Orange , spent a few days in the city this week with friends. He said much work is being done in Orange and a large force of men is employed in the several shipyards there.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Kelly of Oil City , La. , arrived here last Tuesday via automobile on a visit to Mrs. Kelly’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Patterson, near Orangedale. They say that in all the trip the best roads they found were those of Matagorda County .

Corporal Merlin Vogelsang arrived home last night from Austin and will spend a few days here visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. M. Vogelsang.

Mr. N. M. Vogelsang left today for San Antonio and Uvalde on business.

Mrs. Ada Mohle and Miss Merle Mohle, who have been in the city for the past two weeks visiting Mrs. Mohle’s daughter, Mrs. Carey Smith, left today for their home in Lockhart.

Papa Schill requests The Tribune to say that the town clock, which has been on bad behavior for the past two weeks, is now in good shape and will give no more trouble.

Miss Dell Conger, who has been assisting in the office work for her father for the past several years, has gone to San Antonio to do stenographic work. She is succeeded in the office here by her sister, Mrs. Lenora Gibson.

The members of the Commissioner’s Court visited Matagorda last night to attend a mass meeting of the citizens which was held for the purpose of launching a move to build a first-class 16-foot highway from Matagorda to the sulphur fields. The meeting was a successful one and The Tribune has been informed that a petition asking for an election to provide for bonds for the building of the road will be submitted to the court Saturday.

Misses Irene and Pauline Gibson came in Wednesday to spend the 4th with their parents and will remain until Sunday when they will return to Bay City to resume their studies.—Francitas Bee.

From Wednesday’s Daily.

A fine boy has made his appearance at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie McDonald of Markham .

Mr. Warren Baker, who underwent a severe surgical operation at Galveston ten days ago, is reported convalescent at the John Sealy Hospital of that city. Mrs. C. F. Baker is in Galveston attending him.

Mr. H. J. Bolton of Wharton is in the city for a few days on business.

Mrs. S. A. Nance and children of Bastrop are in the city visiting Mrs. Nance’s sister, Mrs. P. A. Bond.

Miss Cara Garrett left today for Palacios where she will visit for two weeks, after which she will go to Chicago for a summer course in music.

Mrs. W. S. Holman and children have returned from a visit to friends and relatives in La Grange .

From Thursday’s Daily.

Mr. E. P. Layton of Matagorda was a visitor to the city today. He says his part of the county is badly in need of rain.

Mr. George B. McKissick of Ashby was a visitor to Bay City today.

Miss Nannie McGehee of Wadsworth spent today in the city, the guest of Mrs. Nannie Franz.

Sheriff Bert Carr and Judge John F. Perry are in Austin this week on business.

Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Bates have been the guests of the Kraft Eidmans for some days.

Mr. Crawford Barnett was summoned to McComb , Ohio , last night on account of the death of Mrs. Barnett’s mother. Mrs. Barnett has been with her mother for the past few weeks.

Dr. C. P. Jones, who has been called to the service of his county, left today to report for duty.

Miss Mary Rugeley left this morning for a visit to San Antonio .

Matagorda County Tribune, July 7, 1918

Bay City Schools

The faculty for Bay City high school for 1918-19 with their present assignment. Assignments are subject to change when the superintendent thinks best:
David R. Hibbetts, Mathematics, superintendent.
R. F. Phelps, science, principal of high school.
Miss Ina Nowlin, Spanish and Latin.
Miss Pansy Walden, English and librarian.
Miss Mabel Kenedy, history and biology.

Grammar School.
Miss Laura Bowman, English and spelling, principal.
Miss Ola Anderson, mathematics and reading.
Miss Albert Poage, geography and agriculture.
Mrs. O. E Kenedy, history and physiology.

Primary School.
Miss Daily Cookenboo, fourth grade.
Miss Mamie Gusman, third grade.
Miss Viva M. Womack, second grade.
Miss Tenie Holmes, first grade.
Miss Ivy Yancy, general assistant to the primary.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 20, 1918

Complimentary Dance to Students Home For Christmas Holidays

The dance Monday evening was one of the most enjoyable of the season's round of delightful events. Entertaining music was furnished by an Hawaiian orchestra.

The personnel of this delightful affair, as follows:

Carrie Boney
Thelma Moore
Annie Lee Cox
Julia Austin
Marion Gaines
Mary Rugeley
Mabel Hamill
Eunice Baker
Opal Boney
Louise Mayfield
Cornelia Mayfield
Lottie Mae Cox
Myrtle Darby
Ethel Hamill
Arzilla Clark

Merlin Vogelsang
Jimmie Castleton
Blakely Winston of Richmond
Randolph Cox
Jim McKelvy
Claude Hamill
Charles Davidson
Fred Lewis
Ed. Castleton
Mitt Morehead
Dick Gaines
Wesley McKelvy
Harry Clark
Percy Hamill
Frank S. Taylor
Albert Lewis

Messrs. and Mesdames--
Craig Cates Tiptonville, Tenn.
Carroll Gaines
S. R. Sholars
Lieut. and Mrs. C. M. O'Brian of Ayer, Mass.

Matagorda County Tribune, January 10, 1919

Homeseekers Excursion For Bay City

The First homeseekers excursion to come to Bay City in several years will leave Illinois May 15, according to the secretary of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce.

A thousand booklets on Matagorda County have been distributed through the co-operation of the Chicago and Alton Railroad and Dr. VanWormer and it is thought that this is the beginning of a constant stream of prospectors for this section of the country.

The secretary of the Chamber of Commerce has been working on this matter for several weeks and is delighted with its success. It remains for the people of Matagorda County to receive these visitors in the proper spirit and the results will doubtless be satisfactory for all parties concerned.

Matagorda County Tribune, April 23, 1926

Bay City Local Happenings


Miss Viola Middlebrook of Fort Worth is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Carrington and her father, Mr. R. O. Middlebrook.


Mrs. Sam Hamburger of Columbus is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Berlowitz for a few days.


Miss Joyce Gillette of Houston was a Bay City visitor Tuesday.


Miss June Stovall of La Porte is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Eddie Willenberg and Mr. Willenberg for a few days.


Mr. Ernest Plant of Dallas sent the Christmas holidays in the city with Mrs. Plant.


Mr. and Mrs. Spence Clements and Miss Marianne Clements were Sunday visitors in Houston.


Mr. and Mrs. Ben Whisenhunt of Houston were the Christmas guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Anderson.


Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Willenberg and Miss June Stovall of La Porte, their house guest spent Sunday and Monday in Freeport.


Mrs. G. A. Moore returned home Tuesday after spending the holidays in Bryan.


Miss Beatrice Poole and Mr. Arthur Collins were Houston visitors for the day.


Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Jackson returned to their home in Galveston today, after spending the holidays with Mrs. Jackson's mother, Mrs. D. P. Moore.


Mrs. Eugene Wilson and daughter, Sarah Janin are visiting in Lockhart for a few days.


Miss Dolly Cox spent Tuesday in Wharton, the guest of Miss Mary Moore Rowan, miss Rowan and Miss Catherine Wilson returned with Miss Cox for a visit.


Miss Kathryn Cornelius of Blessing was a Tuesday visitor in Bay City.


Messrs. Beadle and William Moore, Albert Wadsworth and Duncan Corbett were visitors in Egypt, Tuesday.


Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Ray of Newgulf, were Sunday visitors in Bay City.


Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Chapman of Garwood visited with relatives in Weimar for several days.


Miss Leona Insall is visiting relatives in Weimar for several days.


Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Stevens of Victoria visited in Bay City Monday, the guests of their son, Mr. Tommy Stevens and Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Gordon.


Mrs. E. G. Cloar and her children, Mr. Tommy and Miss Eura Cloar of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Cloar of Beaumont, Miss Beulah Cloar of Houston and Mr. Bob Bassett of Richmond were the Christmas guests of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Bachman.


Mr. and Mrs. George Yeager, Sr., and their daughter, Mrs. H. H. Swem of Newgulf, spent Monday and Tuesday in Houston.


Mrs. Jimmy Britton and Sonny are in Houston visiting for several days.


Mrs. Claire Pollard had as her Christmas guests, her son, Mr. Harrison Pollard of Benavides and Miss Lo Reese Smith of Alice.


Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Wilcox and Mrs. J. S. Duncan and son John Cecil of Stuttgart, Ark., are the guests of Mrs. M. W. Millican and family for a few days visit.


Mrs. E. P. Maynard of Matagorda is a visitor in Bay City, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Billie Stinnett.


Miss Ione Stinnett and Mrs. B. F. ____ were visitors in Richmond on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Miss Helen Cates spent Monday and Tuesday in Wharton, the guest of Miss Lottie Groom Hodges. Miss Hodges returned Tuesday with Miss Cates for a visit.


Mrs. J. L. Henry and daughter, Mary Emma of Houston, were the Christmas guests of Mrs. Henry's mother, Mrs. M. S. Barnett. Miss Henry will spend the rest of the week with her grandmother.


Among those attending the dance Tuesday evening at the Baker Roof were Mr. and Mrs. P. G. Huston, Dr. and Mrs. E. E. Scott, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Stinnett, Mr. and Mrs. Jamie Preddy of Austin, Mr. and Mrs. P. R. Hamill, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Crofoot, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Irwin, Mr. A. M. Jackson of Galveston, Mr. Eugene Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Langham, Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Taylor, Mr. Kenneth Horton, Mr. Jerry Ludwig; Messrs. Jas, and Austin Castleton, Mr. Albert Oertling, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Palmer, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Plant, Mrs. Mae Brunner, Mr. Glen McCLain, Mr. Knox Stapleton of Newgulf, Miss Lillian Pevoteaux, Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Gustafson, Dr. and Mrs. Heimon, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Parks, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moore, Mr. Mike Ryan, Jean Steele, Mr. and Mrs. Spence Clements and Jim Davis Clements, Mesdames Ellis Hamill, Harry Clark of San Antonio, Ann Freen and Mr. Eddie Badouh.


The Matagorda County Tribune, December 29, 1932


The Gleaner's All-Day Meeting At Wesley Chapel

The Gleaners of the Methodist Church held an all-day meeting at Wesley Chapel. Tuesday from ten to three o'clock, having as joint hostesses, Mesdames Tony Carr, P. G. Secrest, R. Russell, D. E. Cates, Dora Dienst and Helen Wilkinson.

The meeting was opened with a prayer from Mrs. A. J. McCary followed by the business session. The devotional on Missions was given by Mrs. R. Bussell. Mrs. F. S. Taylor, who was in charge  of the program, announced that several discussions would be given on the study book, "Facing the Future in Indian Mission," by Mrs. Joe Freeman, Mrs. B. Ehlert, Mrs. Vance Porter, Mrs. W. E Davant and Mrs. Frazier of which was most interesting. Mrs. Paris Smith then closed the meeting for the social hour.

At which time the luncheon, consisting of chicken a la king in patties, with cream peas, potato chips, pear salad, hot rolls, iced tea and strawberry cake was served on lace-laid trays, centered with baskets of sweetheart roses, at individual tables.

After the luncheon, the members then viewed the Indian display, which was most interesting and entertaining, especially so with Mrs. Smith and Miss Fay Carr explaining each item. Miss Carr further entertained the class with a story about her father who was an Indian war veteran. The meeting was then closed by the class benediction.

The members attending this meeting were Brother and Mrs. A. J. McCary and Mesdames O. H. Gusman, Helen Wilkinson, Dora Dienst, Schaeffer, W. E. Gaedecke, S. E. Hager, S. Oliver, Paris Smith, F. S. Taylor, W. F. Tetts, Pat Thompson, Joe Freeman, Vance Porter, P. E. Lee, P. G Secrest, Frank Thompson, Frank Carr, W. E. Davant, B. Ehlert, Meschkat, R. Bussell, Fred Mielsch, H. C. Ellis, W. E. DeWeese, D. E. Cates, Tony Carr, Crawford Barnett and E. M. Williamson

Matagorda County Tribune, April 27, 1933

Students Return to Colleges Sun. After Holiday Visit

Among the Bay City students returning to the various colleges after spending the Thanksgiving holidays with their parents were:

Virginia Wilkinson and Monte Loving, Jr., returned to Southwestern College in Georgetown;
John Paul Wilkinson, Neils Thompson, Ione Stinnett, Judith Gaedcke, Ray Beth Pegram, G. P. Hardy, Jr., Jane Rugeley, Pinkey Wynne, Beulah Erickson, Edward Gaudet, returned to the University of Texas in Austin;
Miss Mary Wiggins to Austin;
Johnny Frick, Manford Noster and Don Werta to A. & M. College in College Station;
Miss Teresa Lewis to Austin College in Sherman;
Miss Kathryn Williamson to C. I. A. in Denton;
Miss Mary Jane Cobb to Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio;
Lloyd Bond to Lon Morris at Jacksonville;
Beadle Moore, George Edward Serrill to Rice Institute in Houston;
Bert Carr, Hudson Castleton and Jay Serrill to Schreiner Institute in Kerrville;
Chas. Shoultz and P. G. Secrest Jr., to the medical department of the University of Texas in Galveston; Martin Garner to Junior College in Houston.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 7, 1933

Faculty Entertain

A delightful affair of this week was the social meeting of the members of the Bay City school faculty, which was given at the spacious home of Mrs. D. P. Moore on Monday evening at eight o'clock with Mrs. Bretch Taulbee, Miss Martha Langham and Miss Martha Moore acting as hostesses.

Throughout the lovely home, poinsettias beautifully arranged with Yaupon and other Yuletide blossoms formed an artistic background for the guests. Five tables of bridge and one of forty-two made up the personnel. Attractive bridge tallies and score pads further reflected the Christmas season, the tables being covered with green cloths.

At the close of the games, Miss Lucille Christenberry held high score for contract and Miss Bess Senour high for forty-two. Both were presented jars of Christmas candies.

On handsomely appointed trays centered with tall red tapers gleaming in silver holders, the dainty refreshments repeating the chosen theme consisting of molded cranberry salad, open-faced sandwiches, Chinese Chews, hot tea and salted nuts were served.

The personnel of teachers attending this enjoyable affair was Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Hutcheson, Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Posey, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Early, Mr. and Mrs. Bretch Taulbee, Mrs. J. W. Ingram, Mrs. Hubert Gusman, Mrs. R. M. Wynne, Misses Martha Langham, Mamie Gusman, Lucille Christenberry, Bess Senour, Nan Shifflett, Lucille Frazier, Neva Christian, Constance Langham, Laverne Secrest, Martha Moore and Messrs. Tom Driscoll, Stanley Cernosek and H. G. Williams.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 21, 1933

College Students Return to Studies After Holiday Visit

The following students have returned to their studies at the colleges after spending the holidays with their parents and friends in Bay City:

Neils Thompson, Terance Pollard, John Paul Wilkinson, G. P. Hardy, Jr., Edward Gaudet, Jane Rugeley, Ione Stinnett, Judith Gaedcke, Ray Beth Pegram, Beulah Erickson, all to the University of Texas in Austin;
Teresa Lewis, Mary Marshall McClure, Brooksy Smith to Austin College in Sherman;
Virginia Wilkinson and Monte Loving to Southwestern University in Georgetown;
Don Wertz to A. & M. College in College Station;
Lloyd Bond to Lon Morris in Jacksonville;
Kitty King Corbett to Chatham Hall in Chatham Hall, Virginia;
Duncan Corbett to Washington and Lee in Lexington, Virginia;
Beadle Moore to Rice Institute in Houston;
P. G. Secrest and Charles Shoultz to the Medical Department of the University of Texas in Galveston;
Hudson Castleton, Jay Serrill and Bert Carr, Jr. to Schreiner Institute at Kerrville;
Kathryn Williamson to C. I. A. to Denton;
Martin Garner to A. & I. in Kingsville;
Milton Wynne to University in Austin;
Mary Jean Cobb to Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio;
Jeanne LeTulle to Baylor College at Belton.

Matagorda County Tribune, January 4, 1934

Students of Bay City Who Will Attend College

Bay City will be largely represented at outstanding colleges in Texas and other states this year. The following is a partial list of those who will attend college this term of school:

University of Texas, Austin, Texas: Robert Anderson, John Paul Wilkinson, G. P. hardy, Gerald and Geraldyne Livengood, Duncan Corbett, Susanna Helmecke, Ray Beth Pegram and Ted Davant.

Rice Institute, Houston, Texas: Tom Anderson, Beadle Moore, Joe Fryou and Bert Carr, Jr.

Howard Payne, Brownwood, Texas: Miss Beth Anderson

Kemper Military Academy, Booneville, Missouri: Albert Wadsworth, Jr.

Beaumont Junior College, Beaumont, Texas: George Richard Keene and Bobbie Wilkinson

Bryant-Stratton College, Providence, R. I: Frank Hurley

Schreiner Academy, Kerrville, Texas: Hudson Castleton, Jay Serrill and George Edward Serrill

College of Industrial Arts, Denton, Texas: Miss Kathryn Williamson

A. & M. College, College Station, Texas: Don Wertz and John Frick

Austin College, Sherman, Texas: Terese and Edward Lewis and Frances McClure

Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Cincinnati, Ohio: Miss Virginia Wilkinson

Sweet Briar, Lynchburg, Virginia: Miss Kitty King Corbett

Woodberry Forrest School, Woodberry Forrest, Virginia: Gibbons Corbett

Matagorda County Tribune, September 20, 1934

Black and White Shop To Re-Open Wednes.

The Black and White Shop on West side of the square will re-open Wednesday and the public is cordially invited to visit between the hours of 2 and 6 p. m. for free coffee and doughnuts.

This shop has been completely remodeled and enlarged, adding another attractive business house to the square.

The Black and White Shop specializes in sandwiches, coffee, short orders, etc. At a later date they will make fried chicken their specialty.

Daily Tribune, March 16, 1937


Mr. and Mrs. Don Sterling Jr. spent the weekend in Caldwell.

Mrs. James Nibblett Jr. and Sherry of Houston are visiting relatives here a few days.

Mr. E. J. Crofoot and son, Tad spent Easter here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Crofoot. Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Crofoot will leave soon for their new home in Sacramento, California.

Mrs. Norman Spencer left yesterday for her home in Big Springs after spending several days here with her sisters, Mrs. Pat Thompson and Mrs. Cecil Saunders and her mother, Mrs. Neils Anderson.

Mrs. Pat Thompson and Mrs. Neils Anderson are in Houston today where Mrs. Anderson is consulting her physician.

Adelbert Verser and Charles Maddox went back to A. and M. College yesterday after spending the Easter Holidays here with her parents. They were accompanied to Houston by Mr. and Mrs. Laddie Lowe and Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Verser.

Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Cole returned to Houston yesterday afternoon after spending the Easter holidays with Mrs. Cole's parents, Mr. and Mrs. I. N. Mills.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. P. Ryman returned to A. and M. College this morning after spending the Easter holidays here with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grover Horn and Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Ryman in Matagorda.

Mrs. A. C. Barton spent the week end in Port Lavaca with Mr. Barton.

Mr. and Mrs. Randall Gartman and Randy and Mrs. Grover Horn and Mrs. Wm. P. Ryman spent Sunday in Newgulf with relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Moore of Freeport spent yesterday here with relatives.

Mrs. Terrill Pierce and mother, Mrs. R. L. Porter spent Easter Sunday in Houston with relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Paris Smith are in Dallas where they were called on account of the death of a nephew.

Mr. and Mrs. Allan Labay spent the weekend in El Campo with relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Bareiss of Houston were Easter guests of Dr. and Mrs. H. C. Matthes and children. Mrs. Bareiss and Mrs. Matthes are sisters.

Mr. and Mrs. Vestal Fisher, Susan and Deanna, Mrs. Mae Sherry and Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Fisher and Donald spent the weekend in Houston with Mr. and Mrs. James Niblett and Sherry. They enjoyed a trip to the San Jacinto Monument Sunday afternoon.

Charles Kidder, University of Texas student spent the weekend with relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. Mack C. Milner, Mack, Jr. and John Brochar of Houston spent the Easter holidays in Bay City visiting in the homes of Mrs. R. J. Sisk and Mr. and Mrs. James E. Foreman.

Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Evans of Houston spent the weekend here with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Clifton. They were accompanied by Miss Johnnie Fay Joice, who visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Joice.

Russell Matthes and his roommate, Clift Davis at Baylor spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes.

Tribune, April 3, 1947

131 On Faculty Of School; Many New Teachers Here

There are 131 members of the faculty of the Bay City Independent School District, this total including principals, school nurse, and teachers and coaches.

Because the school system this upcoming year will return to the four-year high school system the high school faculty has been increased. For the past three years the junior high school contained grades seven, eight, with the ninth grade to move to the high school.

This change was approved by the school board earlier this year. It will make numerous changes in the scholastic and athletic programs of the school.

It will provide increased volume of students for the various school activities as band, choral work, and the other phases of school work.

In addition to providing additional talent for athletic teams, the choral program is expected to have increased numbers, as will the band at the high school.

Next year the girl's physical education program will require two instructors, where in the past only one instructor was necessary.

There are 31 members of the high [school] Mrs. Ruby Ballard, Mrs. Broughton, Mrs. Kay Johnson, Roxie McCarty, Phil Point, Miss Mattie Sue Ringgold, Miss Bonnie Southwell, and Albert Wynn.

Incumbent instructors include J. I. Barron, Miss Lucille Christenberry, Mrs. Bess Early, Erwin Graeter, Mrs. Mary Gregory, Mrs. Lois Harris, Don Haley, Mrs. Keye Ingram, Charles King, Sam Maglitto, E. D. Marling, Vance McDonald, Mrs. Nola Mae McWilliams, Joe Rogers, Orlando Schraub, Mrs. Edith Smith, James D. Sowell, Kermit Spielman, Mrs. Viola Sullivan, George Valon, Mary Valon.

There are 18 members of the junior high school faculty. New members include Mrs. Sue Beeman, Henry Black, Mrs. Eva Einkauf, Fred Goeke, LaVerne Jecmenek. Incumbent instructors include Mrs. Lillie Balusek, Miss Emma Chamrad, Robert Conklin, Roy C. Harris, Miss Margaret Holsworth, Principal Kenneth Kerley, Miss Della S. Oliver, Edwin A. Peters, Mrs. B. Smith, Mrs. Bonnie H. Staten, Mrs. Vevi Stevens, Miss Valeria Sweeny, and Mrs. Jo R. Williams.

There are 54 members of the elementary school faculty and 28 on the faculty of Hillard schools.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 23, 1956

New Members Names For Bay City Faculty

There are 54 members of the faculty of the two elementary schools of Bay City Independent School District. In that number, which includes the principals, there are seven new members, including one new principal.

John Hill is the new principal at the Pierce School. Last year Frank Balusek was principal of Tenie Holmes and Pierce, dividing his time between the two schools.

In addition to Mr. Hill the new members of the elementary school faculty include Samuel David Beeman, the speech therapist who is completing his degree requirements at San Marcos, Mrs. Jerry Nell Goeke, wife of the new junior high coach, Mrs. Mildred Owen, Mrs. Geraldine Rogers, Mrs. Jerry Salyer, and Mrs. Aileen Warnoch.

Incumbent members of the faculty include Mrs. Ruth Alford, Mrs. Carmen S. Anderson, Mrs. Eunice Anderson, Miss Edith Armstrong, Mrs. Etta Mae Baker, Mr. Balusek, Mrs.. Nettalie Russell Bateman, Mrs. Peggy Chapman, Mrs. Alice Cherry, Mrs. Dorothy Criswell, Mrs. Kathryn E. Davis, Miss Pearl Donoway, Mrs. Esther N. Hall, Mrs. Ivie Y. Humber, Mrs. Roberta Irwin, Mrs. Margaret Jordan, Mrs. Rhoda King, Mrs. Margaret Lawson, Mrs. Mattie Liston, Miss Pearl Love, Miss Ethel Manning, Mrs. Mary B. McAllister, Mrs. Violet McKnight, Mrs. Ellen L. Minkert, Mrs. Norene Nelson, Mrs. Daisy Newton, Mrs. Charlsie Nygard, Mrs. Frances Patterson, Mrs. Mary Peterson, Miss Sybil Runnells, Mrs. Elaine Scoggin, Mrs. Inez Scott, Miss Bess Senour, Mrs. Lena Maude Shaffer, Mrs. Mildred Sherrer, Mrs. Marguerite D. Sirman, Mrs. Erlyne V. Sykes, Mrs. Eva Tenberg, Mrs. Bessie Lee Tharp, Mrs. Elaine Townsend, Mrs. Corinne Vaughan, Mrs. Roxie B. Wiginton, Miss Kay Wood, Mrs. Elizabeth H. Young and Mrs. Mary Younts.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 23, 1956


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