Blessing Newspaper Columns
 


Blessing Begorras.
By Shaker.

T. J. Poole, Jr., and wife and Miss Mae Wheeler spent Friday in Bay City.

Joseph Pybus Jr. is in Palacios enjoying the pleasures of that little coast resort.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Moore and their interesting little son went to Bay City one day during the last week.

J. H. Logan bought cattle from Mr. Bunge Tuesday. Business will take Mr. Logan to Bay City tomorrow.

Henry LaBauve, after a pleasant ten days visit with his sister, Mrs. E. M. Yeamans, returned to Houston Sunday.

E. E. Dawdy of Tres Palacios made…

Matagorda County Tribune, May 5, 1905
 


About the Cotton Gin

J. E. Pierce called at the News office yesterday morning relative to the removal of the cotton gin from Tidehaven to Blessing, and said that the work of moving same would be commenced within a very short time.

The cotton acreage in this vicinity is conservatively estimated by those who have canvassed the territory to be 1300 acres, while many who claim to know, positively say there will be in the neighborhood of 2000 acres. It is expected that the acreage will be considerably increased on account of the cotton gin being moved to Blessing and placed in operation.

Plant as much cotton as you can take care of property. The facilities for ginning will be here as wellas teh best market. The prices are bound to be high.--Blessing News.

Matagorda County Tribune, April 14, 1911
 


Blessing

Mrs. Lance Williams of Palacios spent Wednesday and Thursday with Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Cornelius.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lindner and Mrs. Clyde Anderson spent Friday in Houston.

Mr. Norman Guynes, who is in the U. S. Navy and stationed at Long Beach, Cal., is spending a month with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roe Guynes.

Mrs. N. H. Landin and Misses Gertie and Loy Faye Dobson were visitors in Bay City Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Meadows of Arenoso, spent Saturday with Mrs. Meadow's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. King.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Curtis of New Gulf visited friends in Blessing Sunday.

B. B. Rhodes and Tick Pierce attended the Rice - A. & M. game in Houston Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell of Edna spent Sunday with Mrs. Powell's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Bump.

Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Selkirk spent Sunday in Galveston.

Mr. Bunt Murphy and son, Joe of Evansville, Ind., and Edward Murphy of Cleveland, Ohio, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Murphy and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Ivo Woolsey and Mrs. W. O. Selkirk attended the Epsom Downs races in Houston Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Bess of Bay City spent Saturday and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W. King and family.

Mr. and Mrs. John Murphy, Miss Mary Jane Murphy and Fred Kana, Ed and Joe Murphy spent Sunday in Victoria. Miss Tolly Rehms returned with them after spending the week end with Miss Mary Jane Murphy.

Mr. Will Shuey passed away Monday night at the home of his sister, Mrs. Della Braden. He has been confined to his bed for the past two months, due to a heart attack. A further account of this will be in next week's paper.

Matagorda County Tribune, February 18, 1918
 


Blessing

Joe Coleman was in Sweeney Sunday.

Hal Ansley of Bay City was in town Thursday.

Miss Mary Luder spent the holidays in Houston.

Mrs. W. O. Selkirk spent Wednesday in Bay City.

J. R. Walker and family have moved to Brazoria.

Mrs. Hugh Bowers was in Bay City Monday and Tuesday.

Mrs. W. P. Smith and children have joined Mr. Smith in Bishop.

Stanley Wright of Collegeport was in town Thursday and Friday.

J. W. Lee of Pell City, Alabama, have moved here and will make this their future home.

R. T. Phillips left Wednesday for Shiner, Schulenburg, Rosenberg, Flatonia and other points.

Nena Bailey, of John Sealy Hospital, Galveston, spent the week end in Blessing.

Quite a number of people from Blessing attended the funeral of Joseph Pybus in Palacios Tuesday.

Word was received here Tuesday of the death of F. H. Coon in Floresville. Mr. Coon just recently moved to Floresville from Blessing for his health.

Palacios Beacon, December 3, 1920
 


Blessing

Miss Pearl Houston spent the week end in Bay City.

Miss Leta Bailey spent the week end in Palacios.

A. J. Harty of Bay City was in Blessing Thursday.

Mrs. R. E. and F. Insall of Bay City were in town Thursday.

Charles Cabiniss came from Markham on a business Thursday.

Miss Mayme Burkett was hostess to a 42 party Wednesday night.

Mr. Ray Phillips has returned from a week’s visit to north Texas.

Mr. A. F. Foisey is at his farm in Oklahoma, and will be there until after Christmas.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Williams and Mr. J. E. Coleman and Virginia Fowler were in Palacios Wednesday night.

Mrs. E. W. Rogers of Colton, California, who has been visiting her mother, Mrs. C. Pickel for a month, left for home Thursday.

Palacios Beacon, December 10, 1920
 


Blessing Mattress Factory

We are making mattresses at pre-war prices for the next thirty days. All work guaranteed.

Palacios Beacon, May 27, 1921
 


Hawley Picnic To Be Friday August Third

Many people will be glad to know that there will be a Sunday School picnic at Hawley again this year. Hawley used to be the head of navigation on the Tres Palacios river. Before the day of railroads through this part of the country, merchandise of all kinds was brought in by boat and unloaded at this place to be freighted in wagons to inland towns.

The Hawley church twenty years ago was the scene of a big annual camp meeting where hundreds of people came to attend the services and camped out in the beautiful groves around the church during the two or three weeks of the meeting. Hawley now is a mile north of Tidehaven which is three miles east of Blessing on the Gulf Coast lines. The Hawley picnic has been an annual event for the last twelve years with the exception of two or three during the war. It has combined the features of a picnic and a convention and being an ideal spot for both it has been attended by hundreds of people each year.

At a meeting in Blessing Sunday afternoon for the purpose of planning the program for the Hawley picnic this year about sixty people were present and much interest manifested. Sunday schools from Bay City, Gulf, Citrus, Markham, Midfield, Clemville, Palacios and Blessing were represented.

After J. H. Barber, of Markham, had called the meeting to order it soon became evident that the plan of former years would be inadequate for this year. Bay City brought us a very cordial invitation to hold the convention at that place. After consideration and discussion, their invitation was unanimously accepted and plans set on foot to hold a big County Sunday School Convention in Bay City, September 7.

At the same time the Hawley picnic could not be given up, and plans were also  made to hold a county wide Sunday School picnic at Hawley, August 3. A committee was appointed to clear off the grounds and have everything in readiness for that day. Another committee was appointed whose business it is to see that there is something doing every minute of the time after the Sunday School folks arrive, about ten o'clock. A program of sports, songs, story telling and all the good times that happen at a picnic is to be expected. An experienced director of sports and a song leader have already been secured. There will also be the picnic dinner. Of course everybody is in on that. Nuff said. All Sunday School folks are invited. Remember the date Friday, August 3rd.

Palacios Beacon, July 20, 1923
 


Blessing.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Slone of Collegeport were in town Sunday.

Roy Hutson, accompanied by his brother and sister, left Sunday for Rio Vista, to make their home.

J. W. Black, of the Southern Pacific Lines, has been transferred to the station at Nordheim and will leave in a few days for that place.

A. B. Pierce went to Houston Saturday returning Monday night.

Mrs. A. W. Smith went to Palacios Saturday to visit her father, Mr. Ricelander, who is quite ill.

Miss Blanche McHugh has been on the sick list for several days.

O. A. Ellis made a business trip to Livingston Monday.

Mrs. Aiken of Midfield spent several days in town last week with friends and relatives.

Mrs. A. B. Pierce returned Saturday from a visit in Bay City, the guest of Mrs. A. S. Morton.

E. L. Hawley of Palacios was in town Friday on business.

Miss Nell Armstrong visited in Wharton over Sunday with her family and friends.

Mrs. H. B. Farwell of Palacios was the guest of friends here Thursday.

Mr. C. E. Lucas entertained the tenth and eleventh grades of High School on Friday night with a progressive "42" party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. White.

Mr. Kimball  of Palacios was in town Wednesday.

Mr. A. F. Foisey went to Palacios Thursday for a few days on business.

A. B. Pierce went to Victoria Thursday.

Mrs. Bedford and baby arrived on Thursday from Houston to visit her mother, Mrs. J. J. Gillespie.

Mrs. Bion Gill left Thursday afternoon for a visit in Houston with friends.

The "tea" of the Library last Saturday afternoon proved successful beyond all expectations. The rooms had been very tastefully decorated with greens and fall blossoms and the beautiful sunshiny day put every one in a joyful mood. A very pleasant social hour was enjoyed by a most congenial gathering of Blessing's loyal people. Mesdames Dunn and Duller are very appreciative of the patronage they received. Several new members were added to the Library list also. Next Saturday Mesdames A. B. Pierce and Richard Pierce will be the entertainers.

C. E. Lucas spent the week-end in Victoria with friends.

The ladies of Blessing are preparing for a large crowd at the County Federation which meets here on Saturday, December 5. Be sure and be "among those present." You will receive helpful ideas and meet your friends from all over the county.

Matagorda County Tribune, November 20, 1925
 


Library Club Entertained At Blessing

An interesting event of last week was the tea at the Community House. Mrs. J. J. Gillespie entertained the Library Club, in honor of her aunt and uncle of Savannah, Georgia, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hooks, and Mrs. Maddox of Houston. Mrs. W. O. Selkirk rendered two beautiful solos, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. A. B. Pierce. Delicious ice cream, cake and mints were served. Mrs. Koerber, Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Farwell, from Palacios, and Mrs. Holsworth, from Collegeport, were the out of town guests.

It seems we are having April showers in June.

Miss Lucy Braden is visiting her brother, Geo. L. Braden and family.

Miss Martha Weyhemer, who stays with Mrs. Matthes, spent the week end in San Antonio.

Mrs. Ben Card and children, Sidney Barker, Mrs. Bruer and Inez, motored to Bryan last week to visit friends and relatives.

Mr. J. A. Kelly, Traveling Auditor for the Pierce Petroleum Corp., has just completed a check of the books for this agency.

Little Margaret Ruth Matthes is recovering from measles. The case has been very light and baby seems as happy as ever.

We saw the Roy Nelson family this morning on their way to Lenora, Kansas to make their annual visit with Mr. Nelson's father.

Mrs. A. B. Pierce entertained with a luncheon on Tuesday, for Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hooks. Mrs. Selkirk, Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Gillespie were the guests.

Blessing people are very sorry indeed to lose Mrs. L. B. Parkins. Mother Parkins has been a mother indeed to the teachers for so long. We feel that Blessing's loss is Palacios' gain.

Palacios Beacon, June 14, 1928
 


C. P. & L. Co. Ice House Is Leased to A. R. Matthes

BLESSING, Texas, June 21.--Mr. A. R. Matthes has leased the ice house owned by the Central Power and Light Company, at Blessing and will operate it, assisted by Barnett Bump.

Mr. O'Neil, ice engineer for the Central Power and Light Company, has been in Blessing the last few days installing the refrigerating unit for the ice house.

Mr. E. R. Bell of El Maton, is driving a new Chevrolet sedan. It is a beauty.

Ellen Louis Goodman has for her guests this week, Lillian Haggard and Beatrice Wilson of Houston.

There were four new International trucks in town yesterday being with steel dump beds for E. R. Briggs Construction Co.

Mrs. R. E. Terry has had her guests this past week, her niece, Miss Bo Davis and her friend, Laura Lon Bell, both of El Campo.

Mrs. Pierce, Mrs. Ruthven, and Mrs. Farwell motored to Bay City Wednesday to meet with Mrs. Pollard, in interest of the Scholarships, which is the most important factor of the Matagorda County Federation of Women's Club's Work.

Mrs. A. B. Pierce motored to Houston Friday to meet her boys, Hall and Lee, who have attended St. James Academy. She was accompanied by John Henry, who had just returned a few days previous from Rice Institute. We are very glad to have our young people home for the summer.

Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Gillespie, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hooks and Mrs. Maddox left Wednesday morning for a pleasure trip though the Rio Grande Valley. They will visit all places of interest including Matamoros and Corpus Christi, where they will take a dip in the big tub.

Mrs. Ella Dunn entertained with five tables of bridge and two tables of hearts in the hotel dining room in honor of Mrs. J. J. Gillespie's guests, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hooks of Gordon, Georgia, and Mrs. Maddox of Houston. A number of Palacios people motored over for this delightful affair. Beautiful guest prizes and high and low prizes were awarded. Delicious refreshments consisting of a salad course followed by ice cream and cake were served at a late hour.

Sunday Services at Presbyterian Church:
Sunday School at 10 a. m.
Christian Endeavor, 8 p. m. Miss Grace Walker, Leader. Everyone is cordially invited to be present.

Palacios Beacon, June 21, 1928
 


To Plant 1200-Acre Cotton Farm Near Blessing Next Year

BLESSING, Texas, Oct. 25--Mr. E. A. McCune is down from Houston this week looking after the cotton farm, which he will improve this year. Mr. McCune hopes to plant 1200 acres of cotton southeast of Blessing. Mr. T. C. Tremmel is running one tractor now and will start more tractors in a few days.

Mrs. L. C. Cornelius is having a new bath room added to her home in Blessing.

Paul Braden spent the week end in Blessing with his sister, Mrs. A. R. Matthes.

Mrs. A. O. Yeager and Mary Deane went to Houston Sunday afternoon and spent Monday shopping.

Miss Velma Blackwell, who is attending the Kingsville Teachers' College, spent the week end at home.

Mrs. L. C. Cornelius and daughter Catherine went to Houston Friday to fill an engagement with the dentist.

Mrs. Maddox, who has been visiting her cousin, Mrs. J. J. Gillespie, returned to her home in Houston Sunday.

The hard rain Monday has delayed the rice harvest again. It will be several days before operations can again be resumed.

Miss Frances Blackwell won the diamond ring which was given away by the DeVere Magic show that was here last week.

Mr. A. O. Yeager and Chas. E. Duller motored to Bay City on last Thursday night with Kirk Harter, where the latter received the Chapter in Council degree in Masonry.

Sunday Services:--Sunday School, 10 to 11 a. m. J. A. Callaway will preach at 11 o'clock. Christian Endeavor 7 to 8. C. H. Dobbs of E Campo will preach at 8 o'clock.

The Library Club held a business meeting at the home of Mrs. A. B. Pierce on Tuesday afternoon. It was decided to resume the social meetings the first meeting to be at Mrs. A. B. Pierce's home on Nov. 1.

Mrs. H. H. Lindner, from Edinburg, was here Sunday and Monday, visiting his sons on his way to Houston on business. Mr. Lindner has a beautiful farm about 10 miles from Edinburg of 200 acres, of which 150 acres are cleared and 27 acres are planted to citrus trees. Mr. Lindner's place is one of the show places of his section of the Valley.

Palacios Beacon, October 25, 1928
 


Local Happenings From Blessing

BLESSING, Texas, Oct. 31.--Rev. J. A. Callaway preached at the Presbyterian church on Sunday morning.

Rev. C. H. Dobbs, of El Campo, held services at the Presbyterian Church Sunday night.

Mrs. Jean Phurber and small son of Providence, Rhode Island, are visiting Mrs. W. O. Selkirk.

Miss Blake Terry came over from Bay City this week end. Miss Blake is nursing in Dr. Loos' Hospital.

Mrs. S. W. Corse of Collegeport spent from Wednesday night until Sunday with her daughter, Mrs. Chas. E. Duller.

Mr. and Mrs. Geo. T. Braden and Paul Braden were in Bay City Thursday shopping and to see the "King of Kings" at the Colonial.

Mrs. A. O. Yeager, Misses Mary Deane and Helen, and Paul Braden motored to Arcadia Sunday, where they spent the day with the Palmo family.

Mrs. V. Powell entertained Thursday night with a dinner in honor of Mr. Powell's birthday. Miss Mary Deane Yeager and Wm. Clement Jr. were the guests.

Misses Mary Deane and Helen Yeager and Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes motored to Bay City on Wednesday night to see the "King of Kings" at the Colonial. It is a wonderful picture, one everybody should see.

Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Ellis, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Duller, Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Yeager and Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes motored to Bay City Thursday night to attend the Knight's Templar banquet, at the Bay-Tex Hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Martin and son, Jack Jr., spent Thursday with the Matthes family. Mr. and Mrs. Martin have recently moved to Conroe from Houston. They had been in Collegeport, for a few days visiting Mrs. Martin's parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Merck.

The vacant houses in Blessing are nearly all being rented and occupied. There are those who would move into Blessing if a house could be found. Rudie Stover and wife were up Saturday house hunting, as the State Dept. ordered the maintenance crew to move to Blessing. It is the center of the stretch of road they keep up.

Palacios Beacon, November 1, 1928
 


Blessing News

BLESSING, Texas, March 6.--Miss Blake Terry spent the week end with home folks.

Sunday Services:--Sunday School, 10:30 to 11:30 at Community House.

E. R. Brown, Pierce Pet. Corp. salesman, was a business visitor to Blessing on Friday.

The City Garage has been re-opened by the owner, Jasper J. Juhl, of Danevang. Clarence Lee is working in partnership with Mr. Juhl.

The teachers, with Esther Walker, substituting for Mrs. Beard, played the Senior Girls basket ball team on Monday afternoon, the score was 11 to 6 in favor of the girls.

The regular meeting of the Business Women's Circle of the Auxiliary was postponed to next Wednesday night, on account of sickness in the home of the hostess, Mrs. A. R. Matthes.

Mr. R. J. Penchin was called to Luling Thursday to attend the funeral of his father, who died suddenly following what was considered a successful operation for appendicitis.

Blessing young people organized a Tennis Club at Walker's on Monday evening, with eleven charter members. Barlowe Dyer is president, and Grace Walker, Secretary-Treasurer.

Mrs. Geo. Braden and Mrs. A. R. Matthes went to Bay City Friday nite to take Margaret Ruth to the hospital for treatment. The baby was somewhat improved and they were able to return on Saturday. "Flu" is the cause of the baby's sickness.

Palacios Beacon, March 7, 1929
 


Blessing News

BLESSING, Texas, April 24.--Mrs. E. A. McCune and children have returned to their home in Collegeport.

Mrs. Nesbitt, of Houston, spent a few days last week with her sister, Mrs. W. King.

Miss Gertie Dobson returned Monday from a week's stay with her brother and family in Baytown.

Miss Katheirne Cornelius entertained several of her Palacios friends last Friday night with a party at the Cornelius residence.

Mrs. J. J. Gillespie has returned from Houston, where she has spent several weeks with her daughter, Mrs. Marvin Bradford.

Mrs. A. B. Pierce and Mrs. Allen J. Smith returned last week from Haggerstown, Maryland. Mr. Pierce went to Houston and accompanied them home.

We hear rumors of a picture show, which will be built in the near future in Blessing. We certainly hope Mr. Lindner will be successful in this new venture as a really good show house will be an improvement to Blessing.

Mr. and Mrs. Rudie Stover, while driving on the road west of town, were run into by a car that Less Creneck was driving. Both Mr. and Mrs. Stover were thrown from the car and are badly bruised. Mr. Stover has two ribs broken.

Mr. Spoor, a long time resident of Ashby Community, has been very ill for two weeks. He was removed to Dr. Loos' Hospital on Sunday, but no hope is held out for his recovery. Pleurisy followed by pneumonia is the cause of Mr. Spoor's illness.

Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Yeager, Mrs. Della Braden, Miss Laura Sutton, Mr. and Mrs. A. R Matthes, Misses Mary Deane and Helen Yeager, and Paul Braden motored to Palacios on Friday night to see the delightful operetta at the school house auditorium.

A week end trip of unusual interest was the beach party at Sargent. Mr. and Mrs. A. R Matthes chaperoned ten young people who left Blessing Saturday afternoon, returning Sunday afternoon. The party included Misses Mary Deane Yeager, Helen Yeager, Laura Sutton, Grace Walker, Lula Van O'Bannon, Dorothy Murphy and Catherine Bryant, Mr. Paul Braden, Merwin Robinson, Paul Pickel and Edwin Davis of College Station.

The cars following "Dare Devil" Charlie Williams in the Good Will Tour from El Campo stopped in Blessing at the City Garage on Monday afternoon. The Danevang band furnished music while they were here. Mr. Williams is driving a Plymouth Chrysler, furnished by the Kubela Motor Co., of El Campo. Mr. Williams is attempting to drive the car for five days and nights without food or sleep, handcuffed to the steering wheel. The test will end at El Campo Saturday.

Honor Roll Blessing School

"A" Average
6th Grade:-- Edwin Vaclavick.
3rd Grade.-- Sidney Zemanek Lena Clapp, LaVerne Walker.
2nd Grade.-- Tracy White, Emma Bridges, Valline Landin, James Rickaway.
1st Grade.-- Elna Jensen, Angelina Watzlavick, William King.

"B" Average
10th Grade.-- Helen Yeager, Liddie Zemanek, Getha Bell.
9th Grade.-- Ellen Goodman.
8th Grade.--Junerose Parker.
7th Grade:-- Dorothy Duller, Victor Zemanek, Evelyn Anderson, Olla Mae Schulte.
6th Grade.-- T. W. Rhodes, Thelma Dyer, Gladys Lee.
5th Grade.-- Blucher Bell, Winfred Hutson, Gladys Bridges, Otelia Smith, Martha Zemanek.
4th Grade.-- Inez Rickaway, Mildred King, Mary Lou Parker, Joe Clyde Anderson, George Louie Cornelius, Emil Nedbalek, Bruce Williams, Bessie Dedek.
3rd.-- Libby Nedbalek, Mary Rocha, Elbert Gallatin, J. W. Anderson, Steve Watzlavek, Johnnie Harris, John Warren Beard.
2nd.-- John Henry Duffy, Al Duffy, Tom Duffy, W. B. Smith.
1st.-- Elnora Petrosky, Haddon Rogers, Wilburn Walker, Margaret Guynes, Roy Williams, Everard Rogers, Edith Elsie Clapp.

Palacios Beacon, April 25, 1929
 


Blessing Items

BLESSING, Texas, June 27.--Miss Lora Caroline Luder, of Markham, is visiting Miss Catherine Cornelius.

E. R. Brown, salesman for Pierce Pet. Corp., was in Blessing Tuesday.

J. H. Logan is in charge of repairs that are being made at the Blessing Warehouse.

Major W. O. Selkirk, of San Antonio, is in Blessing for a ten days vacation with home folks.

A. O. Yeager has had a new office building built at his lumber yard and is moving into the new building.

W. H. Lindner, of Edinburgh, stopped over in Blessing for two days with Billie and family on his way to Houston.

Lee Pierce returned last week from Hagerstown, Md., where he has spent the past school term at St. James School.

Betty and Ann Lucas, daughters of Harold Lucas, of Houston, are spending the summer with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Lucas.

Miss Madge Yeager is working in the office of A. B. Pierce during the absence of Mary Deane Yeager, who is spending her vacation in Denver, Colo.

Mrs. Della Braden has purchased the W. M. Brown farm, two miles southwest of Blessing and will move into the place as soon as the necessary repairs are made.

John Henry Pierce sailed from Galveston on the French liner, "LaSalle," Friday, June 14th, on the Armstrong tour of Europe. He was accompanied to Galveston by Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pierce and Lee Pierce.

Mesdames A. B. Pierce, Chas. E. Duller, C. A. Lucas, and A. R. Matthes attended the County Federation of Women's Clubs at Matagorda, Saturday. Mrs. Pierce was delegate from the Blessing Library Club.

Mrs. W. King spent several days in Houston last week. Mildred and Junior accompanied their mother The children remained over to spend the summer with Mrs. King's sister, Mrs. Nesbitt.

C. A. Lucas moved his P. & C. Self Serve Grocery from the Duller building at the southeast corner of the square to the north part of the Rugeley building on the southwest corner of the square.

Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Walker and family, Mrs. M. D. Walker and Miss Esther Walker, returned from a ten days trip to Corsicana where they attended the wedding of Mrs. Walker's sister and visited other relatives and old acquaintances.

The Chevrolet Six seems to be a popular car in Blessing this season. Mrs. L. C. Cornelius purchased one from the Rice Belt Chevrolet Co., of El Campo, Mrs. V. Powell and Rudie Stover purchased their cards from the Bay Chevrolet Co., of Palacios.

Mrs. A. O. Yeager entertained the Women's Auxiliary of the Presbyterian Church Wednesday. There were seven members present. Mrs. C. W. White had charge of the devotional Mrs. Chas. E. Duller the program, which was on Assembly's Home Missions. Mrs. Yeager served cake and iced tea.

Palacios Beacon, June 27, 1929
 


Blessing Items

BLESSING, Texas, July 3.--If you have any items of interest, kindly call Mrs. A. R. Matthes, phone 26.

Mrs. Chas. Curtiss is leaving today to spend a few days in Boling.

A. R. Matthes and sister, Miss Clara, accompanied Mrs. Geo. Braden to Bay City,  Tuesday.

Miss Helen Yeager, who is attending the Teachers' College in Kingsville, spent the week end at home.

John Murphy, who attends St. Anthony's School of Laurel Heights, San Antonio, is at home for the summer.

Mrs. S. S. Sitterlee and son, Pat, of Victoria, arrived Monday for a week's stay with her sister, Mrs. J. O. Murphy

Miss Winnie Bump left Thursday to spend the summer months in Galveston with her brother, Edwin. Miss Bump has accepted a position at Iben's for two months.

Miss Clara Matthes, assistant dietitian of John Sealy Hospital, is visiting her brother, A. R. Matthes and family, before going to Ganado for the remainder of her vacation.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter McKinney and small daughter, of San Marcos, and Mr. and Mrs. McKinney, Sr., arrived Monday to spend a week with Mrs. McKinney, Jr.'s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Logan.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller Maxwell, of Houston motored down to spend a few days with Mrs. Maxwell's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Bump. Mr. Maxwell hopes to catch some fish while in this part of the world.

Miss Madge Yeager entertained Saturday night in honor of the birthdays of Maxine Price, which was Saturday and Paul Braden, which was on Sunday. Maxine and Paul received many pretty gifts from their friends. 23 were present to celebrate the event. Delicious punch and cake were served.

Palacios Beacon, July 4, 1929
 


Blessing Items

BLESSING, Texas, July 10, 1929.--Miss Lois Pickel of Houston, spent July 4th with Mr. and Mrs. C. Pickel.

Miss Lora Caroline Luder, of Markham, spent July 4th with Catherine Cornelius.

Miss Mary Deane Yeager returned Saturday from Denver, Colo., where she has spent the past month.

Mr. and Mrs. V. Powell left Saturday for a motor trip to Missouri to visit Mr. Powell's parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Tine Pickel of Matagorda, spent July 4th with Mr. Pickel's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Pickel.

Mr. E. R. Brown, of El Campo, salesman for Pierce Pet. Corp., spent Tuesday in Blessing on business.

Burns Logan, who works in the Red and White Store in Bay City, spent July 4th with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Logan.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes and family spent the week end in Ganado with Mr. Matthes' parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. R. Matthes. They were accompanied by Miss Clara Matthes, who remained in Ganado.

Mr. and Mrs. King entertained over the Fourth of July, Mrs. King's sister and family, Mr. and Mrs. Nesbitt of Houston. Mildred and Junior King, who have been in Houston since vacation began, remained over for a few days.

A. B. Pierce, Jr., who is entering his senior year in the Architectural and Academic courses at Rice Institute next fall, is on a trip to Europe this summer, via Cuba and the Canary Islands. He is to arrive at Havre France this week.

Mr. H. R. Safford, Vice-President and General manager of the Missouri Pacific Lines, with his son, Robert, was the guest of A. B. Pierce and son, Lee, for a two day fishing trip on Matagorda Bay, last week. On their return July 4th, Mr. Safford had as his guests for dinner on his car, Mrs. Nellie Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Pierce and son, Lee.

Mrs. A. B. Pierce went to Houston Monday afternoon to meet her two sons, Hall and Clinton, who are arriving Tuesday fro the east and north, where they have been attending school the past year. Hall is entering his senior year at St. James Preparatory School, St. James, Maryland, next fall. Lee is also attending St. James. Clinton Pierce has been at Miss Baker's school in Minnesota.

Palacios Beacon, July 11, 1929
 


Blessing Items

BLESSING, Texas, Aug. 14.--Homer Matthes, of Ganado, spent last week end with Paul Braden.

Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pierce, left Saturday for Mineral Wells, for a two weeks vacation.

Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Sanford of Houston are spending the week with the W. A. Sanford family.

Mrs. Roy Nelson and daughters, Rosalie and Ethel spent Wednesday with Mrs. Della Braden.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Pickel, of Oklahoma City, are visiting Mr. Pickel's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Pickel.

Mr. and Mrs. U. T. Pickel and family spent Sunday in Blessing with Mr. Pickel's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pickel.

Mrs. O. A. Ellis, Arcade Ellis, Mrs. Bernice Hill and son C. B. Hill spent Sunday with the W. A. Sanford family.

Mrs. S. S. Sitterlee and son, Pat, and Mrs. Raymond Sitterlee and Sonny, of Victoria, were overnight guests with the J. O. Murphy, family Monday.

Miss Dora Price of Stephenville, Texas arrived on Friday to spend a few weeks with her sister Mrs. A. O. Yeager and family and brother Mr. J. R. Price and family of Palacios.

Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Sanford, of Blessing, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Pickel, of Oklahoma City, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Sanford, of Houston, and Mr. and Mrs. U. T. Pickel, of Matagorda, enjoyed a beach party Tuesday night at the Gulf. The party returned Wednesday.

Palacios Beacon, August 15, 1929
 


Blessing Items

BLESSING, Tex., Aug. 8.--E. R. Brown, of El Campo, is a business visitor in Blessing today.

Bert Logan is working at the Blessing Ice House during the mornings.

Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Landin and family, of Francitas, spent Monday with Mr. and Mrs. N. H. Landin.

Mr. and Mrs. F. R., Matthes spent Sunday with Mrs. A. R. Matthes and family and Mrs. Geo. Braden.

Russell Matthes spent Tuesday and Wednesday with his cousins, Rosalie and Ethel Nelson of Collegeport.

Verna Marie and Edward Matthes of Littlefield, are spending a few weeks with Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes.

Miss Helen Yeager, who is attending the summer term at Kingsville Teachers' College, spent the week end at home.

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Montgomery and family of Brazoria, spent Sunday with Mrs. Montgomery's sister, Mrs. W. A. Sanford.

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Landin motored to Ganado Sunday to spend the day with Mrs. Landin's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell.

Miss Winnie Bump has returned from Galveston to spend the remainder of her vacation with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Bump.

Miss Celia Kopecky, of Midfield, and Mr. Paul Russell, of Cistern, were married at the Blessing Catholic Church. The young couple will make their home at Cistern.

Mrs. Chas. E. Duller and Dorothy spent last week with Mrs. Duller's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Corse, of Collegeport. Mr. Duller motored to Collegeport Sunday and Mrs. Duller and Dorothy returned home with him.

Mrs. Fred Varenkamp and children, of Alamo, Tex., who have been visiting old friends and acquaintances at Collegeport, Citrus Grove and Palacios, spent Sunday afternoon with Mrs.. Geo. Braden and returned home Sunday night.

Palacios Beacon, August 8, 1929
 


Blessing Items

BLESSING, Texas, Aug. 29.--Mrs. Bates Wilson and daughter, Margaret, returned to Houston Saturday.

Mrs. Slaton, of Mont Belvieu is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Bowers.

Mr. and Mrs. N. F. Nesbitt were guests of Mrs. Nesbitt's sister, Mrs. W. King a few days last week.

Mr. Marvin T. Bradford of Houston is spending his vacation with his family at the J. J. Gillespie home.

Miss Ruby Jackson returned Friday from Kingsville, where she attended the term of the Teachers' College.

Miss Ellen Louise Goodman went to Houston on last Friday for a two weeks visit with her aunt, Mrs. N. F. Nesbitt.

Miss Madge Yeager, accompanied her uncle, R. L. Price and Nancy Price to Stephenville, for a weeks stay with Mr. Price's parents.

A. R. Matthes returned today from Lamb County, where he has been the past month in interest of land investments in that country.

The Women's Auxiliary of the Presbyterian Church met at the home of Mrs. C. W. White on Wednesday. Six members and two visitors were present.

Mrs. Della Braden, Paul Braden, Mrs. A. R. Matthes and children and Miss Rosalie Nelson, Mrs. Braden's guest, spent Sunday with the Roy Nelson family at Collegeport.

Mrs. Jane Jackson, local telephone operator, went to Corpus Christi Friday to attend the Convention of the Texas Associated Telephone Co. Mrs. Jackson will spend a few days in Port Lavaca before returning.

Miss Margaret Gillespie and Mrs.. Helen Holsworth were dinner guests at the J. J. Gillespie home Thursday night. Miss Holsworth took the night train for a sight-seeing trip at Brownsville and other points of interest in the Valley.

Palacios Beacon, August 29, 1929
 


Blessing Items

BLESSING, Texas, Aug. 21.--School will open in the Blessing Independent School District, Monday, Sept. 9th.

Miss Rosalie Nelson is the guest of her aunt, Mrs. Della Braden for the week.

Mrs. Marvin Bradford and family, of Houston, are visiting the J. J. Gillespie family.

Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Beard have recently moved into the J. O. Murphy house opposite the Catholic Church.

Lucile Jackson spent a few days last week in Port Lavaca with friends and relatives, and returned Sunday.

The postoffice has recently been redecorated. Mr. Roy Coffin of Midfield, did the work of repapering the walls.

The teachers of the Blessing Independent School District will attend Institute in Bay City, on Sept. 4, 5, 6.

Helen Yeager returned Sunday from Kingsville, after having completed the 12-week's  course at the Teacher's College.

Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pierce have returned from their trip to Mineral Wells sooner than they expected as they found it so warm.

Mrs. Della Braden, Madge Yeager and Mrs. A. R. Matthes and family went to Collegeport Thursday to attend teh King's Daughter's luncheon at the home of Mrs. L. E. Liggett.

Mrs. Bates Wilson and daughter, Margaret, of Houston, came from Collegeport Saturday, where they had spent a week with Miss Margaret Holsworth for a two weeks visit with the J. J. Gillespie family.

Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Blake and small daughter, spent Monday and Tuesday with Mrs. Blake's mother, Mrs. Jane Jackson on their way to their home at Lampasas. The Blakes had been in Port Lavaca for a few days with Mr. Blake's parents.

Mrs. L. C. Cornelius accompanied by Joe Beth Robinson, of Palacios, and George Louie went to Belton to take Catherine, where she entered Baylor College for the last six weeks of the summer term and to spend her Junior year of High School.

Palacios Beacon, August 29, 1929
 


Blessing Items

BLESSING ,Sept. 4.--Mrs. A. B. Pierce spent Wednesday in Bay City.

John Henry Pierce returned Sunday from his summer tour of Europe.

Miss Willa Grace Reed returned last week from Boulder, Colo., where she has attended the summer term at the University.

Mr. Roe Guynes, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes and Mrs. Della Braden attended Chapter meeting of the O. E. S. on Tuesday night.

Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Schulte, of El Maton have opened up the Cafe at Billie's Garage, which was formerly known as Dad and Ma's Cafe.

Burns Logan who has been at home for the past 15 days on vacation, returned today to resume his work with the Anderson Grocery, in Bay City.

Mrs. Roy Nelson and Ethel, of Collegeport, spent Saturday with Mrs. A. R. Matthes. Rosalie Nelson, who has spent the past two weeks with Mrs. Della Braden, returned home with her mother.

H. R. Rhodes has purchased the City Meat Market from J. C. White. Mr. Rhodes took charge on Monday morning. B. B. Rhodes, better known as "Brownie," will assist his father in running the market.

Palacios Beacon, September 5, 1929
 


Blessing Box Supper Is Well Attended

Other Items of Interest

Miss Ruth Smith of Houston, was the weekend guest of Miss Margaret Lois Sanford.

Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Corse of Collegeport, were Sunday guests of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Duller.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes and children and Mrs. Della Braden, spent Sunday with the Roy Nelson family of Collegeport.

Mrs. M. H. Landin spent Saturday with her sister and family, Mrs. A. F. Landin of Francitas. She was accompanied home by her nephew, Harry Landin.

Mrs. L. C. Cornelius, Misses Esther and Grace Walker, spent the weekend in Houston shopping.

H. I. White and Crawford Barnett and John Reynolds of Bay City, attended the special meeting at Blessing Blue lodge on Thursday night.

C. W. Nester, Joe Feather, J. G. Walker and George Lawson of Palacios, attended the Auxiliary Oyster supper and afterward the special meeting of Blessing Blue lodge here Thursday night.

Mr. W. H. Clements and Rev. G. F. Gillespie, Mrs. J. G. Walker, Mrs. C. W. Nester, Mrs. Marion Nester and Mrs. Fits, were among those from Palacios who attended the Auxiliary box supper at the community house on Thursday night.

Blessing visitors to Bay City on Saturday included Mrs. Chas. E. Duller and Miss Dorothy, Mr. and Mrs.. Pete Graff, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Schultz, Mr. and Mrs.. A. F. Foisy and Miss Jenny Comeal, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Brown, Mrs. Della Braden and Mr. Paul Braden.

The Blessing Produce Co., a newly organized firm composed of W. A. Sanford, Jr. and Leo Neuszer have hauled nearly 600 turkeys to the Houston market during the past week.

Mrs. A. R. Matthes and Mrs. Della Braden entertained the Women's Auxiliary of the Blessing community church on Wednesday afternoon. Twelve women attended the meeting. Mrs. V. Powell led the devotional and conducted the study of the home mission book, "Near Neighbors." She was assisted by Mrs. C. E. Harter, who gave the Indian work, Mrs. C. W. White, who gave the Negro work and Mrs. A. R. Matthes, who discussed, "Church Building." After a short business session, the meeting adjourned to meet with Mrs. Hattie Wheeler in December. The hostesses served pumpkin pie and coffee.

Box Supper

The box supper at the community house on Friday night was quite well attended. The sum of $50 was taken in by the sale of boxes, peanuts, cocoa and coffee. The supper was given by the high school to benefit the athletic fund. Several prizes were awarded as follows: A five-pound box of candy won by Ellen Louise Goodman; a three-pound box of candy for the second best won by Olla Mae Schulte and a one-pound box for the third best looking box was won by Hazel Guynes. A one-pound box of candy was awarded to Dorothy Murphy as the best looking girl present and a carton of cigarettes to Roy Bean for the ugliest man present.

The judges were: Mrs. Leslie Glaze, Miss Crouch and Mrs. W. H. Lindner.

Auxiliary Oyster Supper

The Women's Auxiliary of the Blessing community church served an oyster supper on Thursday night. The proceeds, $28, will be used to help pay for the gas stoves which have recently been installed in the church, community house. After supper a number of guests played dominoes ad forty-two.

Daily Tribune, November 26, 1930
 


Blessing

Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Bump have announced the marriage of their daughter, Mae, to Mr. H. E. Powell of Kirbyville, Texas, the ceremony taking place Saturday, Dec. 23 in Wharton. Mr. and Mrs. Powell spent Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. Bump in Blessing driving on to Houston that afternoon and will be at home in Kirbyville, where Mr. Powell is employed with an oil company. Mrs. Powell has been one of the most popular and well liked young girls in Blessing and was to have graduated in May from the Blessing High School. Her friends are grieved to lose her but all join in wishing this young couple every happiness that life has to offer.

Mr. and Mrs. Curtis (Fay Sanford Curtis) were weekend Christmas visitors of Mrs. Curtis' mother, Mrs. Dollie Sanford.

Mrs. Allen J. Smith and Mrs. W. W. Heffelfinger motored to Blessing from Philadelphia last week arriving here on Friday, Dec. 22. Mrs. Heffelfinger will leave for Minneapolis on December 27 after spending Christmas with members of her family in Blessing.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Mills of Sugarland, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Walker of Palacios and their families, spent Christmas with their relatives the Walkers at the Hotel Blessing.

Mr. Paul Pickel of Matthes spent Christmas at home with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. C. Pickel in Blessing.

Mr. and Mrs. Fate Dobson of Port Arthur spent Christmas at home with Mr. Dobson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Murphy of Blessing.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert White entertained with a turkey dinner on Sunday night, Christmas eve. Their guests were Mr. and Mrs. Avon Harter, Miss Lucile Jackson, Mrs. Hattie Wheeler, Miss Jack Williams, Mr. Lorraine Rhodes, Mr. Paul Wheeler and Mr. George Schoeps.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Braden and Miss Helen Yeager attended the Monday morning Christmas dance at Columbus.

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duller had as their Christmas guests home for the week-end, their daughters, Mrs. Gregory of Houston, Miss Dorothy Duller of Corpus Christi and Mr. Ethan Duller of Houston. Mrs. Gregory and Mrs. Ethan Duller returned to Houston Christmas afternoon. Miss Dorothy will remain here for several days visit with her parents.

Mrs. John Beard, her sister, Mrs. Walker, and John Warren are spending the holidays with Mrs. Westmoreland in Eagle Lake.

Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pierce had as their Christmas day guests Mrs. Allen J. Smith, Mrs. W. W. Heffelfinger, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Farwell of Palacios and Mr. Walter Heffelfinger.

Among those who had "open house" all day Christmas for their friends, were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Braden, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Pierce.

The sanitary and health survey work is progressing in this section of the county. Mrs. Pierce is in charge of the survey with Mrs. Albert White as assistant. The Texas state department of health is making this survey, with a view to improving the sanitary and health conditions all over Texas. They are asking everyone who does not have approved sanitary conditions, to install either septic tanks and modern plumbing--or to install a pit-type toilet. Mr. Geiger of Bay City is the engineer in charge and anyone who is willing to pay for the cement, sand and materials needed for building one of these out-houses, will have the labor furnished to them free. Mr. Geiger will direct the work and use the county forms for the concrete work. The materials needed will cost under five dollars if the building is in good enough condition to use and if there is old lumber to line the pit with. Materials needed in addition to the old lumber for lining the pit and the house itself, will be two sacks of cement, about 50 feet of reinforcing iron, a piece of four by four and a half feet of welded hogwire and four cubic feet each of gravel and sand. These toilets are flyproof and will aid in keeping down many diseases, including typhoid fever. Another good work this survey is trying to accomplish is to get everyone to dig wells that are at least 125 feet deep with cement around the top of the casing, good drainage away from the well site so that no surface water can ever run down the side of the casing to the water strata, and so pollute the drinking water. Fifteen to fifty foot wells are dangerous to use and ought to be discontinued. Statistics are being taken at the same time this survey is conducted--on all the communicable and preventable diseases that we have had in 1932.

A check-up on those who have not had their births recorded is also being taken and every parent who has never had their children's births registered are urged to do so at once. For this district, Mr. Charles Duller has charge of these records.

Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell of Houston have been home for the holidays visiting Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Bump, Mrs. Maxwell's parents and enjoying the hunting.

Mrs. Paul Braden entertained with an afternoon bridge party on December 23, honoring her sister, Miss Helen Yeager, whose engagement she announced during the afternoon. After the playing started, sealed envelopes were found on each table, with instructions to open one after each four hands had been played by every table. In the envelopes were found cutup paper puzzles to be put together. The first table to assemble their puzzle were entitled to increase their score according to directions found on the completed puzzle. After the mad scramble to complete the puzzle first was made--and the wining table found the puzzle to be heart-shaped, with an announcement of the approaching marriage of Miss Helen Yeager to Mr. Hugh Thompson of El Campo typed on it. After the buzz of good wishes subsided delicious cakes, salad and tea were served. The honoree was presented with a guest gift of lovely mayonnaise bowl and ladle. The bridge prizes were won by Miss Grace Walker and Miss Mary Jean Cobb of Bay City. The following guests were present, Miss Helen Yeager, the Misses Laverne, Katherine and Mary Jean Cobb of Bay City, Mrs. Thompson of El Campo, Mrs. Schult of Rosenberg, Mrs. Burkhart of Matagorda, Mrs. R. A. Cates of Tiptonville, Tenn.; Miss Peggy Cook of New Jersey, the Misses Laura Sutton, Jean Trull, Margaret Nester and Baheye Price of Palacios, Mrs. Frank Cobb of Bay City, Mrs. Robt. Price of Palacios, Miss Kathryn Cornelius, Miss Grace Walker, Mesdames C. E. Duller, A. B. Pierce, A. R. Matthes, L. C. Cornelius, Della Braden and A. O. Yeager of Blessing.

Mr. and Mrs.. A. R. Matthes had as their Christmas dinner guests, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson and family of Collegeport, Mrs. Della Braden, Mr. Will Shuey, Mr. and Mrs. Albert White and son, Charles.

Mr. A. B. Pierce, Jr. returned to Houston on Tuesday after spending the week-end at home with his parents in Blessing.

The community Christmas tree held as usual in the Community House brought out a record crowd as the weather was so unusually fine for this time of year. A short program was given, a Christmas playlet by the grammar grade children, with Virginia Lucas, Billie Lindner, Russell Matthes, William King, Louise Mosley, Fay Shrum, Margaret Yurpres and Marion Wachter taking part in it and which included two favorite Christmas songs, "Jingle Bells," and "Silent Night." A few of the Girl Reserves sang "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," "Joy to the World" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem." Miss Dorothy Duller played the accompaniments for these songs. After the program, Santa Claus arrived and passed out candy, apples and nuts, in attractive cellophane bags to over two hundred boys and girls. We are sorry to know that some did not receive these bags owing to the fact that the crowd was so much larger than ever before. It was estimated that between three hundred and fifty to four hundred people were in the house, as there was not even standing room left. A large crowd stayed in town to attend the midnight Christmas eve services at the Catholic Church.

Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Yeager have sent out invitations to the approaching marriage of their daughter, Miss Helen Nancy, to Mr. Hugh Sullivan Thompson of El Campo. The wedding will take place at the Presbyterian Church in Blessing on January sixth, 1933 at four o'clock in the afternoon.

Miss Katherine Cobb of Bay City, formerly of Blessing, has been elected to fill out the balance of the school year in the sixth and seventh grades of the Blessing school, finishing out the contract of Miss Helen Yeager.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 1933?
 


Blessing

Miss Sidney Zemanek is spending the holidays with her sister, Mrs. J. Pavelka in Dallas.

Miss Juanita Webb is spending the holidays at her home at Prairie Hill.

Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Meadows of Benneview and Mr. Grover Meadows of Chatfield spent Christmas day at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. King.

Christmas guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Bump were Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell and daughter, Lorena of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell and Mr. Earl Bump.

Misses Evelyn Anderson and Dorothy Duller, who are attending college at Commerce, Texas, are here for the holidays.

Mr. R. E. Black is spending the holidays in Victoria with his parents.

Mrs. H. F. Nesbitt of Houston is a visitor at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. King.

Mrs. W. O. Selkirk, Mrs. H. B. Farwell, Mrs. Nellie Webb and Mrs. A. B. Pierce drove to Bay City on Christmas night to see the show.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Williams and son Roy of LaWard were Blessing visitors Saturday.

Visitors to Bay City Saturday included Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Schulte and daughters, Olla Mae and Grace, Bert Logan, Mildred King, Mrs. A. L. Williams and daughters, Sister and Irene, Mr. W. Downer and Gertie Dobson.

The annual Christmas eve program was held at the church on December 24. Rev. Paul Engle of Bay City took charge of the worship program and songs. It was then turned over to Santa Claus, who distributed the gifts and a sack of candy and fruit to all of the children.

Mr. B. B. Rhodes spent Christmas in Blessing with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Rhodes.

Mrs. Albert White and Miss Grace Walker drove to Danevang on Sunday afternoon to visit Mrs. White's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Juhl.

The Blessing girls played Markham here on Wednesday, Dec. 19. The complete squad of girls was allowed to play at least a few minutes of the game. The result was a victory for Blessing at the score of 13-8.

Mr. Fred Kana is spending the holidays at his home in LaGrange.

Mr. S. W. Corse spent Christmas day with Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duller.

Guests at the J. B. Jackson home on Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Walter Jackson and family of Port Lavaca and Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Gayle of LaWard.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Walker and family of Palacios are spending a few days here with Mrs. W. D. Walker and family.

Mr. Charles Newman spent Christmas in Ganado.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes, Mrs. Della Braden and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duller attended the Eastern Star party at El Campo honoring Mrs. Norma Allen of Rina, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Mr. and Mrs.. J. E. Coleman and Mary Jean were guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duller on Christmas day.

The A. R. Matthes and F. E. Matthes families spent Christmas day in Ganado.

Miss Onie Semple is spending the holidays at her home in Bonham.

Mrs. Della Braden and Mr. Will Shuey spent Christmas day in Collegeport.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Thompson of El Campo spent a few days this week with Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Yeager.

Mr. Taylor Wooten is visiting in Blessing.

The 4-H Club will meet at the home of Mrs. A. B. Pierce, sponsor on Saturday, Dec. 29.

Miss Esther Beard is spending the holidays in Eagle Lake.

Rear Admiral Wertz, U. S. N. who is spending the winter at Rockport Gun Club was a week-end Christmas guest of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pierce. Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Farwell of Palacios were also guests of the Pierce's.

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. White had as guests on Christmas Hiram White and family of Bay City and John White and family of LaWard.

Miss Dorothy Duller and Miss Kathryn Barlow are spending a few days in Bay City with Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Coleman.

Mr. and Mrs. Pierce were at home to their friends Christmas afternoon and evening.

A film "The Life of Christ" was presented at the Community House Sunday night.

Mrs. Chambers of Birchwood, White Bear Lake, Minnesota, her daughter, Miss Sanders and granddaughter, Miss Mary Louise Sanders and A. B. Pierce Jr., drove down from Houston to spend the day, the Sunday before Christmas with the Pierce family. A. B. Pierce, Jr. remained over for the holidays and returned to Houston Christmas night.

Dr. Valeria Parker of New York City noted social hygiene lecturer, gave a series of lectures Thursday morning, afternoon and night.

Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Lucas and Virginia were guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duller Christmas.

Daily Tribune, December 27, 1934
 


Blessing

Mr. and Mrs. Lee H. Blake returned to their home in Lampasas Friday after visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Jackson.

Mrs. Billie Linder, Mrs. A. E. Schulte and Misses Grace and Ola Mae Schulte were Bay City shoppers Saturday afternoon.

Miss Esther Walker, Mrs. L. C. Cornelius, Mrs. M. D. Walker, Mrs. C. A. Lucas, Mrs. Della Braden, Mrs. Robert Thorp and Mrs. O. A. Yeager attended the Cold Kitchen Study in Bay City sponsored by Anderson-Rugeley at the Colonial Theater on Tuesday.

The high school play "Oh Susan," which was postponed from last Friday will be given this Friday night, May 10. Everyone come.

Russell, Margaret, Ruth and Freddie Matthes and Mr. F. E. Matthes and family spent Sunday in Ganado with Mrs. B. C. Matthes.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Thompson of El Campo spent the week-end in Blessing visiting Mr. and Mrs. O. A. Yeager and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Braden.

Auxiliary met on Wednesday at the home of Mrs. O. A. Yeager.

Mrs. Chas. E. Duller and Mrs. Della Braden attended the opening of the community house at Collegeport Saturday.

Work was started on the new Blessing high school building Wednesday.

The library held their regular monthly meeting Thursday at the community house. There were seven present. Mrs. Esther Beard and Mrs. John Lovelady were hostesses.

Mr. Joe Zemanek and daughter, Sidney, were business visitors in Palacios Saturday.

Mrs. W. King and daughter Mildred visited in Bay City Saturday morning.

The Blessing canning kitchen opened Friday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Williams of Collegeport visited with Mr. and Mrs. W. Downer Sunday.

Mrs. Della Braden and Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes attended the dance celebrating the opening of Mopac House in Collegeport Saturday night.

Mr. Paul Braden made a business trip to El Campo and Wharton Saturday.

Saturday night visitors to Bay City included Mrs. Frank Millard, Mrs. A. E. Schulte, Kathryn Barlowe, Olla Mae and Grace Schulte and Bert Logan.

Matagorda County Tribune, May 2, 1935
 


New Bedroom For Ten Dollars, Says Blessing Club Girl

With a new dressing table, gold curtains, delicate wallpaper and freshly painted woodwork and floors, Sidney Zemanek, bedroom demonstrator for the Blessing Home Demonstration club (girls), announces that the whole dainty ensemble cost her but $10. Her light, lettuce green dressing table and book case were made out of a cumbersome old bookcase already at hand and already in bad repair before it was taken in hand and converted into two attractive pieces for the new little bedroom by Sidney's father.

Paint for the woodwork did not cost much, because Sidney took what was left when her mother finished painting the kitchen and added enough white to make it go around.

Pattern wallpaper predominating green carries out the green and gold color scheme selected by the small demonstrator.

"After I saw Key Cottake at A. and M. College, I told my mother we had to do the whole house over," Sidney concludes. "I brought home pages and pages of ideas in my notebook."

Matagorda County Tribune, August 22, 1935
 


Blessing

Mrs. O. J. Longuet and son, Ray, of Rosharon, spent Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Thomas.

Miss Bernice Williams is spending a few days visiting Miss Kathryn Barlow.

Mrs. J. F. Dabney, of Houston, has been visiting Mrs. J. H. Logan for the past week.

Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Walker of Bay City visited at the hotel on Sunday.

Mr. K. V. Harter spent Friday in Houston on business.

Miss Grace Walker returned on Saturday from C. I. A. where she has been attending the summer session.

A. O. Yeager returned Thursday form Houston. Mr. Yeager has been in the Turner Clinic for six weeks. Everyone is delighted with his fine appearance and so glad to see him at home again.

W. P. Braden was in Houston Thursday with a truck to haul merchandise for A. R. Matthes.

Miss Dorothy Duller, of Bay City, spent Wednesday night with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duller.

Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Gayle and family of LaWard, spent Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Jackson.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Harris of LaWard were visitors here Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Braden and J. W. Shuey spent the week end at their camp on Caney Creek, near Sargent.

Mrs. Viva Metcalfe, who had her tonsils removed last week, is improving and will soon be in good health. Mrs. Metcalf is convalescing at the home of Mrs. Della Braden.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert White, Misses Pie Chiles, Jack Williams and Lucille Jackson, and Messrs. Brownie Rhodes, Lee Pierce and Paul Wheeler spent the week end at Sargent beach.

Among those attending the ball game in Houston on Friday night were Misses Esther Walker, Lucille Jackson, Pie Chiles, Jack Williams, and Messrs. Lee Pierce and Brownie Rhodes.

Mesdames A. R. Matthes, Della Braden, W. King and Miss Blake Terry attended the meeting of the Eastern Star Chapter in Palacios on Tuesday night.

Misses Canara and Avalin Watson returned on Monday, Aug. 17, from Georgia, where they have been visiting relatives for the past few months.

Miss Olla Mae Schulte spent Sunday in Clemville visiting Mrs. W. S. Terry.

Bay City visitors on Monday included Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lindner, Miss Olla Mae Schulte, L. L. Rhodes, Mr. C. E. Duller and Miss Loy Fay Dobson.

Mr. Taylor Wooten arrived Saturday to spend a few days at the hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. Harbin, of Eagle Lake spent Sunday at the hotel.

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. White and granddaughter, Miss Nora White, of Bay City, left Monday for Indianapolis, Indiana. They will visit the Centennial and other points of interest enroute. Their visit will extend an indefinite length of time.

Dr. Cooke of Dallas visited at the Roe Guynes home on Saturday.

School Notice

Due to crowded conditions in the grammar school, all children must be six years of age on or before September 1st in order to be allowed to enter school in the Blessing school district this year. If any school children wish to go over their schedule for the ensuing year, see Mr. Hallmark at his home and he will go over it with them.

The school term will open on September 7.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 27, 1935
 


Blessing

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Anderson spent Tuesday in Houston.

Rev. Paul Engle, of Bay City, was a visitor in Blessing Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Milton Bess, of Bay City, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. W. King and family.

Mrs. Clyde Anderson, Mrs. W. H. Lindner and Mrs. Lou Parma were shoppers in Bay City Tuesday afternoon.

B. B. Rhodes attended the rodeo in El Campo Thursday.

Among those visiting in Bay City Tuesday were Mrs. J. O. Murphy and daughter, Mary Jane, Mrs. John Murphy, Mrs. Chas. E. Duller, Miss Esther Walker and W. H. Lindner.

Ira Bowers of LaWard, spent Friday here on business.

Miss Dorothy Duller, of Bay City, spent Armistice Day with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Duller.

Mr. and Mrs. Lance Williams, of Palacios, visited Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Sanford Tuesday.

Mrs. Hugh Thompson, of El Campo spent the week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Yeager.

Mrs. A. O. Yeager spent Sunday afternoon in Palacios.

Mrs. Esther Beard spent the week end in Eagle Lake with her son, John Warren Beard.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thorp and son, Bobby, and Miss Lucille Jackson, attended the show in El Campo Sunday night.

Mrs. Ruth Williams and Miss Grace Walker visited in Palacios Saturday morning.

Mrs. Della Braden, Mrs. A. R. Matthes and children, Margaret Ruth, Freddie and Russell, and Mrs. Albert White and son, Charles, were shoppers in Bay City Saturday night.

Miss Olla Mae Schulte spent Sunday in Clemville with Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cowger.

Leo Neuszer and A. E. Schulte were business visitors in Bay City and El Campo Thursday.

Miss Eva Howard spent Sunday in Bay City.

B. B. and Brownie Rhodes returned Wednesday from Fort Worth and Dallas where they attended the Centennial.

Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Metcalf, of Houston, spent the week end with Mrs. Metcalf.

Mrs. M. D. Walker, Miss Grace Walker and Mrs. Ruth Williams were visitors in Bay City Saturday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. F. Cornelius, Sr. and Fred Cornelius, Jr., and daughter, Lula Grace, of Midfield, Mrs. Will Cornelius of Markham and Geo. Duffy of El Campo called on Mr. L. C. Cornelius Sunday. Mr. Cornelius was stricken with a heart attack Thursday and has been confined to his bed.

Mrs. Della Braden entertained Sunday with a dinner in honor of Miss Margaret Ruth Matthes' birthday. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nelson and daughter, of Collegeport, Miss Alice Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Braden, Mr. and Mrs. Albert White and son, Charles, and Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes and family.

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Vawter and son, Don O'Neil Frankie, of Bay City, spent Armistice Day with friends in Blessing.

Among those attending the show in Bay City Sunday  night were Ivo Woolsey, Louise and Bubba Woolsey, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Mrs. Nellie Webb, Mrs. Ella K. Dunn and Victor Logan.

H. W. Walker, of El Maton, was a visitor in Blessing Thursday afternoon.

Matagorda County Tribune, November 19, 1936
 


Blessing

O. A. Yeager, Mrs. Paul Braden and Miss Lucille Jackson were visitors in Houston Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Selkirk and J. H. Logan were business visitors in Bay City Friday.

Victor Logan, who has been employed in Uvalde, returned to Blessing Thursday.

Brownie Rhodes, Robert Cain and Miss Jack Williams spent Thursday in Houston.

Miss Gertrude Truitt, a member of the Blessing faculty, spent the week end in Bay City with relatives.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thorp and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Braden spent Saturday and Sunday at their camp near Sargent.

Mrs. L. C. Cornelius and Miss Esther Walker were visitors in El Campo Saturday morning.

Miss Olla Mae Schulte spent Sunday in Clemville with Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cowger.

Rev. Paul Engle, of Bay City, held services at the Presbyterian church Sunday night. There was a large attendance.

Mrs. A. Bess and Mrs. Milton Bess, of Bay City, spent Monday with Mr. and Mrs. W. King.

Mrs. C. B. Bump, Mrs. W. King, Mrs. Della Braden and Mrs. Chas. Duller attended the Presbytery Group conference in Freeport Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell, of Edna, spent Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Bump.

Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Mrs. Nellie Webb and Mrs. Lee Pierce were visitors in Bay City Thursday.

Clyde Anderson and Lou Parma returned Thursday from Jasper, Texas, where they have been training dogs.

Mrs. Ella Millard, of Bay City, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs.. Frank Millard.

Mrs. Clyde Anderson, Mrs. W. H. Linder and Mrs. Lou Parma were shoppers in Bay City Friday afternoon.

Mrs. E. E. Dawdy of Palacios is spending the week with Mrs. P. R. Dawdy.

Sheriff Harris Milner of Bay City was a business visitor here Monday.

Mrs. Sallie Rogers spent a few days last week in Bay City with her sister, Miss Lois Pickel.

Miss Bessie Dedek left Sunday for Oakland, Cal., where she will enter school.

Mrs. Esther Beard spent the week end in Eagle Lake.

Mrs. Harry Cowger, of Clemville, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Schulte, Monday.

The annual school carnival which was held at the community house last Monday night, was a big success, and over $100 was cleared. The proceeds from the carnival will be used to buy necessary athletic equipment for our schools. Mrs. L. C. Cornelius was the receiver of the silk comforter made by the ladies of the Y. W. C. A. council. There were all kinds of entertainment for both young and old, and everyone enjoyed themselves.

Matagorda County Tribune, November 12, 1936
 


Blessing

George Louis Cornelius and Joe Clyde Anderson, who are attending the University of Texas, Austin, will arrive Tuesday to spend the holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Cornelius and Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Anderson.

Mr. and Mrs. Lance Williams of Palacios, were visitors in Blessing Monday.

Mrs. Harry Cowger of Clemville spent Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Schulte.

Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Cornelius were visitors in El Campo Tuesday.

Mrs. M. S. Schram of Fayetteville, returned to her home Monday after spending the past two weeks with Miss Jenne Curneal.

Grady Walker of Bay City, was a visitor in Blessing Wednesday.

Mrs. W. H. Lindner and Mrs. Clyde Anderson were business  visitors in Houston Tuesday.

Miss Olla Mae Schulte spent Sunday and Monday in Clemville with Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cowger and Mr. and Mrs. N. W. Terry.

Taylor Wooton of Dallas, is here for a few days visiting friends.

Mrs. W. King and Mrs. Della Braden attended the Eastern Star meeting in Palacios Tuesday night.

Mrs. Jack Meadows and Miss Bernice Dickert of Arenosa, visited Mr. and Mrs. W. King and family Wednesday.

Mrs. Hugh Thompson of El Campo, spent the week end here with Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Yeager.

Burns Logan, who has been discharged from the Army in San Antonio, is home with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Logan.

Miss Dorothy Duller of Bay City spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duller.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 24, 1936
 


Blessing

Mrs. Dolly Sanford is visiting relatives and friends in Blessing this week.

The Y. W. C. A. party held at the Community House on Tuesday night was well attended. Card games, dominoes and other games furnished amusement for all. Refreshments were served to 36 guests.

Mr. and Mrs. Louie Cornelius are proudly announcing that they are grandparents to a baby girl, born to their daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ted Davant of Bay City, on Tuesday night, Feb. 8.

The Library Club met at the home of Mrs. Stadig on Thursday night with 15 members present. The club will entertain the County Federation the second Saturday in March. Mrs. Hallmark gave a splendid book review. Refreshments were served by the hostesses, Grace Walker and Mrs. Stadig.

Palacios Beacon, February 10, 1938
 


Blessing
Mrs. Mabel F. Selkirk

Miss Della Taska of El Campo is the guest of Miss Annie Hanacek for the week.

Mrs. McGregor of St. Paul, Minn., is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pierce.

Mrs. Ruby King, Mrs. Della Braden, Mrs. Ethel Bluhm, Mrs. Lena Duller and Miss Janice Harris went to Houston, Monday evening to hear the Houston Symphony.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thorp and little Bobbie Thorp, spent the week end in Gatesville, Texas, visiting Mr. Thorp, Sr., Robert's father.

Mrs. Johnnie Ley of Victoria, came home to nurse her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Murphy, while they are sick from flu.

Mrs. Fred B. Thurber of Providence, R. I. Mrs. William G. Thurber and son, Tracy Thurber of Galveston, Texas, Col. M. T. Flanagan of Longview, Texas and Mrs. Bernard J. Flanagan of San Antonio, Texas, have been visiting their sister, Mrs. Wyatt O. Selkirk and Col. Wyatt O. Selkirk.

Mrs. Fred Thurber leaves Thursday for her home in Rhode Island.

Rev. A. Weber of Nada, Texas, was among old friends here, Monday.

Col. and Mrs. Wyatt O. Selkirk and Mrs. Fred B. Thurber, spent Wednesday in Galveston, visiting Mrs. William G. Thurber.

Mrs. Della Braden, Mrs. Lena Duller, Mrs. Ruby King, Mrs. Wayne Hallmark and Miss Blake Terry attended the Eastern Star meeting in Bay City, Tuesday night.

Russell Matthes went to Houston last Friday night. Attended the Merit Badge show on Saturday also had some dental work done.

Sunday night Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes and family, Mrs. Della Braden, Mr. and Mrs. Albert White and Charles went to Bay City to hear the Bay City Choral Club.

Edward and Russell Matthes, attended the basketball supper at Collegeport Monday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sutton.

Mr. Taylor Wootton is visiting his wife and her family, this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thorp and Bobbie stopped by Brenham last Sunday to visit Mr. and Mrs. Paul Braden.

Mr. Joe Lucas of El Maton was a visitor here Tuesday.

Daily Tribune, February 22, 1940
 


Blessing News

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Millard visited El Campo Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Hughie Pickett of Calif. were guests of Mr. and Mrs. C. Pickel and Mrs. Sallie Rogers, during last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Valmi Landin are moving back to their former home Abilene, Texas.

Mr. Bean Butler attended the Oil Bowl game in Houston. His brother Bob came home with him.

Blessing Independent Ball team beat Louise Independent Ball team 44 to 17 last Monday night.

Mr. and Mrs. C. C. White and children are moving to Bishop, Tex.

Mrs. Lee Pierce shopped in Wharton Tuesday.

Mrs. L. C. Cornelius and Mrs. Ted Davant shopped in Bay City Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. G. K. Nelson spent the week end in Houston.

Mrs. Arthur Foster is well enough to be back at work.

Mr. Tom Blake of Houston is in Blessing for a few days.

Matagorda County Tribune, January 9, 1947
 


Blessing
By Gertie Dobson

L. C. Cornelius was a business visitor in Ganado, Monday.

Messrs. Bert Logan, Bill Massey and Oscar Bennett were attending to business in Bay City Monday.

Mrs. Paul Wheeler, Mrs. L. C. Cornelius, Mrs. Ted Davant and Miss Inez Duffy, were Monday shoppers and business visitors in Bay City.

Mrs. and Mrs. Carl Ehlers and daughter of Palacios were visiting in Blessing Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Terry, also of Palacios, visited in Blessing Sunday.

James W. Wilson, of Galveston, Recruiting Officer for the Navy, was in Blessing Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Terry, also of Palacios, visited in Blessing Sunday.

The Blessing Town Basketball Team defeated Markham 29-0 Wednesday night. Also won over the Sweeny Oilers Thursday night.

Mrs. W. W. Heffelfinger and Nancy were business visitors in Houston Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Dornak have moved to C. P. & L. Sub-Station. Steve was transferred here from Victoria, but was formerly from Blessing.

Mr. Tippitt, from the Central Power and Light Company office in Corpus Christi, was in Blessing and Bay City Thursday looking after business.

"Butsy" Huddleston, of Palacios, accompanied Bert Logan on a business mission to Bay City, Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hall, of Palacios, who visited their daughter, Mrs. Newton, in Bay City, Saturday, also visited a daughter in Midfield and friends in Blessing on their way home.

Mrs. Grace Scarborough, of Kennedy, was a guest of Mrs. Heffelfinger and Nancy at Live Oak Farm Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Towell, of Vanderbilt, were in Blessing Sunday afternoon. Mr. Towel is ... Magnolia Oil Lease..Farms.

Mr. and Mrs. W. __ Selkirk were Palacios visitors Saturday.

Miss Gertie Dobson was transacting business in Palacios, Friday.

John Lee, 89 years old, resident of Blessing since 1907, was found dead in his room Saturday. He was a partial invalid, having lost a leg some 25 years ago in an accident. He had no known survivors. Funeral services were held Sunday at Hawley Cemetery and remains interred.

Newspaper unknown, February 6, 1947
 


Blessing
By Gertie Dobson

Teachers from neighboring schools held a meeting in the Blessing High School Monday night with a program and reception afterwards.

Mrs. Terry and Mrs. A. J. Hebert of Clemville were Blessing visitors Monday evening.

Mrs. L. C. Cornelius and Mrs. Ted Davant were Bay City visitors Monday.

Blessing Red Birds defeated Crescent Baseball team at Louise Tuesday night 34-21. Hally Anderson was high point man for the Red Birds, making 11 points

Lt. T. W. Rhodes and family are visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Rhodes. Lt. Rhodes has transferred from a Florida station to California.

Miss Inez Duffy was visiting in Bay City Tuesday.

Mrs. Clyde Quinn was honored with a miscellaneous shower Tuesday night at the community house. The affair was a complete surprise for the honoree as it was previously announced as just a party and everyone invited. The attendants were both old and young and a large number enjoyed the hospitality. Mrs. Quinn, who was the former Evelyn Faye Daniels, is not employed as clerk in the post office.

Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Terry and Joyce of Palacios were visitors in the Rhodes home Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. Harley Snider and children, Barbara Gail and Johnnie, were guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Dobson, Saturday.

Ben Guynes moved to Palacios Monday where he will work at the barber's trade. Ben has just completed his course in Houston.

Mrs. L. C. Cornelius is visiting her son, George, in New Orleans, La., this week. She is accompanied by Mrs. W. O. Selkirk.

Miss Ola Mae Schulte, Bert Logan, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Pierce, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Helmecke, Lt. and Mrs. Rhodes, and B. B. Rhodes attended the dance in Palacios Saturday night.

Bill Massey was called to Dallas this week by the death of his father.

Mr. and Mrs. Willis Epperson and son were Houston visitors over the week end.

Mr. and Mrs. Butler were Conroe visitors last week.

Palacios Beacon, February 20, 1947
 


Blessing News

Mrs. J. O. Murphy of Victoria and son John, of Corpus Christi visited here one day last week.

Miss Mary Manly is back at work at the Missouri Pacific office.

Mr. and Mrs. William G. Thurber of Seekonk, Mass., arrived Saturday to visit Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Selkirk.

Miss Julia Vaclavick of San Antonio spent the Easter holidays at home.

Mrs. Julia Cornelius Taylor, of New Mexico was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Louie Cornelius last week.

Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Mrs. Lee Hall and Mrs. Blanche McGregor spent Monday in Houston.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Nesbet, of Houston, spent the week end with Mr. and Mrs. Pete Hamelink.

Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Cornelius and Mrs. Julia Taylor attended the fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Duffy, in El Campo last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Braden and Bobbie Thorpe, of Goose Creek visited Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Yeager Sunday.

After services at the Presbyterian Church Sunday, there was an Easter egg hunt for the small children.

Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Thurber and Mrs. W. O. Selkirk left for San Antonio Tuesday.

Daily Tribune, April 10, 1947
 


Services Held Tuesday For Anthony Lezak

Anthony Lezak, age 5 years 11 months and 14 days, passed away at the family home in El Maton, Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock.

He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Lezak, two sisters, Delois and Evelyn, four brothers, Edwin, Marion, Jerry and Bobby Dean Lezak of El Maton.

Funeral services were held from the Blessing Catholic Church Tuesday at 9:30 a. m.

Burial was in the Catholic Cemetery at Blessing, Texas with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in charge of the services.

Daily Tribune, April 10, 1947
 


Mrs. A. P. Borden Honored On Her 90th Birthday
By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Mrs. A. P. Borden, of Blessing, received a lovely orchid from Dr. A. T Lincecum, moderator of KULP People's Forum, El Campo, when she appeared as his guest on the program October 25, in observance of her 90th birthday.

Many of her old friends from Pierce, Texas, were invited to speak and tell of Mrs. Borden's work in Wharton county.

On October 28, Mrs. A. P. Borden was again honored with a barbecue dinner at the Pierce Church, in Pierce, with Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Chappell as their hosts.

Among those attending and on the program were Dr. and Mrs. Fred Kluth and daughter, Sarah, of Austin; Dr. Evertt Hallock, secretary of the American Leprosy Mission, Dallas; Dr. and Mrs. Robert Knox, missionaries from Korea, and now of Galveston, and many other guests from all parts of Texas.

Newspaper unknown, November 1, 1952
 


Blessing News

Mrs. Bob Ackerman, Mrs. Alvin Rampmeier and daughter went to Galveston to visit Mrs. Rampmeier's husband who is confined to a hospital there.

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Butler of LaPeno, visited friends and relatives here last week.

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Rollins and daughter, Bonnie Kay, visited in Kerrville, Saturday and Sunday with their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Don Weir.

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Hamlink were guests of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. King and family in Markham Sunday.

Carlos Vacek, who is attending school at TCU in Dallas spent the week end here with his parents.

Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Neuszer visited in Galveston Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill McDonald, Mrs. Bobby Upton and Mrs. Jim McDonald, returned Monday after a weeks visit in Oklahoma with relatives.

Mrs. Wm. E. Ramsey and Miss Annie Gilmer were guests of A. P. Borden and all were dinner guests of Mrs. A. B. Pierce Wednesday and Wednesday afternoon. Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis O'Neal went to Houston with Mrs. Ramsey and Miss Gilmer and stayed through Monday returning by train having had a wonderful time visiting friends and shopping.

Miss Theoplis O'Neal attended the First Methodist Church of Houston, where "The Messiah," an oratorio by George Fredrick Handel, 125 voices under the direction of Walter R. Jenkins; the Oratorio, composed in 1741 and finished September 14, December 6, 1955.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 9, 1955
 


Blessing News
By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Polk graduated from the University of Corpus Christi, where they both received their Bachelor of Arts degree and with honors. Mr. Polk received the highest honor that was ever given a student at the University. The address was delivered by Mr. Orbar Lee Malone an attorney of Austin. Mr. and Mrs. Polk and children are well known here in Blessing. He is the pastor of the First Baptist Church here driving up to Blessing each Saturday evening and preaching Sunday morning and night and returning to Corpus Christi. Many friends drove down to Corpus Christi Monday evening to attend the graduation services. Among those who were present were Rev. and Mrs. H. T. Walters, Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Earle and children, Mrs. J. H. Powell and son, Harry Lane, Mr. Donald Earl Morton, Mrs. Herman Jager and son, Carl and Mrs. L. C. McMichel. We are all happy to have the Polk family with us, and our blessings to them wherever they go.

Mrs. Leonard Chappell of El Campo, visited with Mrs. A. P. Borden for a short time Saturday evening. This week Mrs. Chappell is attending the Democratic convention in Dallas.

Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Yockey and daughter Jeannette of Pierce were guests of Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis O'Neal Saturday evening.

Mr. Lee Pierce and Mr. Melvin Lee left Blessing Tuesday morning driving Mrs. A. B. Pierce's car through for her to White Bear Lake, Minn. Mr. Pierce and Mr. Lee stopped in Kansas City, Mo., to attend a ball game on their way up to Minnesota.

Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Chaudoin of Lockhart, Texas, purchased the Schulte's grocery store and the store is now named Lonnie's Cash grocery.

Mr. and Mrs. Orville Anderson and sons of La Marque, Texas, spent Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell and Mrs. C. B. Bump. Mrs. Bump returned home with them for a visit.

Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Chaudoin spent Sunday afternoon visiting relatives in West Columbia.

Mr. Pete Hamelink was ill in an El Campo hospital, but is home at this time.

Johnnie B. Swinky had a three day pass from Camp Polk, La., and visited with his mother, Mrs. John Swinky and relatives. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Swinky and children of Bay City were also week end guests of his mother Mrs. John Swinky.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Earle and children had as their guests over the week end Mr. Earle's sister and her husband and children Mr. and Mrs. William A. Foster, of Houston.

Mrs. Robert Rickaway is ill in Hestand Clinic, Houston, and we wish her a speedy recovery.

Mr. E. A. Fleury and Mrs. R. H. Roads were business visitors in Bay City Tuesday of this week.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes were visiting in Houston for a day or two.

Sgt. and Mrs. A. L. Jones are the proud parents of a baby boy born the latter part of April, name Gerald David. This is their first child, but they had an adopted son.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery, Sr., went to Rockport Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Ussery, Jr., spent Sunday night and Monday with his parents in Blessing.

Mrs. A. B. Pierce and Mrs. Lee Hall left Blessing today for their summer home on White Bear Lake, Minn. We hope you both have a pleasant and comfortable stay in Minn.

Daily Tribune, May 24, 1956
 


Blessing News
By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sleppy and daughter of Dayton, Ohio, visited with her brother, Mr. Norman Rupert and children and mother, Mrs. Alice B. Rupert of Blessing.

Arthur B. Foster graduated May 24, from Wharton County Junior College.

Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Chaudoin made a business trip to Victoria Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Otis Watts of Columbia, Texas, visited with her brother, Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Chaudoin, Monday for a short time in Blessing.

Ronnie Williams fell off an automobile Monday and injured himself slightly. Ronnie is in hospital but expected to return home Tuesday.

Mrs. Annie Lou Walsh and children Conrad and Guinetta of Ganado, were guests of her sister, Rev. and Mrs. H. T. Walters, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Earl and sons are visiting in Oklahoma this week.

Mrs. A. R. Matthews was in Collegeport one day last week.

Mrs. H. T. Walters, Mrs. A. R. Matthes and Mrs. J. H. Powell were hostess at the Blessing Hotel for a shower given for Miss Elain Rickaway. They reported over 70 people present, and Miss Rickaway received many gifts.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fondon had as their guests Sunday Mr. Fondon's brother, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fondon of Van Vleck, and Mr. Fondon's sister, Mrs. Ludell Deering of Houston.

Mrs. H. L. Henry took Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis O'Neal to Palacios Wednesday for a visit with friends, and shopping.

Monday night was the happiest time in many of the school pupils lives when they received their diplomas at Tidehaven High School, and we wish you luck and happiness where ever you go.

Bay City also had a lovely graduation class which your writer attended and saw each pupil receive their diplomas, being the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Angel Sanchez of Bay City, for the graduation, whose daughter, Yolanda Sanchez, received her diploma.

Matagorda County Tribune, May 31, 1956
 


Blessing News
Davants Go To Mississippi To Bring Daughter Home For The Summer

By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Mrs. Sam Hughes, sister, grandchild and Mrs. Hughes' mother Mrs. Bowers of Palacios, spent the evening with Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fondon and children one day last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie White and family of Palacios visited relatives and friends in Blessing Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hlozek and daughter, Dorothy, went to Houston Mon. where Miss Dorothy will enter Durham's Business College. Miss Dorothy graduated from high school this semester.

Mrs. Tobie Blake of Houston was a week-end visitor of Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis O'Neal.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Logan, A. E. Schulte, Mr. and Mrs. G. K. Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Havlik, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Kopecky, Mrs. H. J. Powell, and Mrs. John Baros all attended the Terry-Barlow wedding Saturday night in Bay City.

Ronald Williams returned from the Palacios Hospital Saturday. He was injured when he fell off a car and had to have several stitches taken in his forehead.

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Davant went to Vicksburg, Mississippi to bring their daughter, Miss Caroline Davant home from All Saints College for the summer.

Robert Smith is engaged in Army maneuvers for two weeks and his wife and two children are visiting Mrs. Smith's mother in Houston.

Carlos Vacek is home from T. C. U., Fort Worth, Texas for the summer.

Merle Washington is home on leave from the Air Force with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Guy Washington.

Mrs. Leo Neuszer is in Lockhart for a week visiting her sister. Mrs. James Rollins returned from Lockhart after spending the week with her sister who is ill. Mrs. Rollins and Mrs. Neuszer are sisters.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes and Mrs. Matthes' mother, Mrs. Della Braden of Bay City, attended the birthday supper Sunday at 5 p. m. in Houston for their grandchildren Pat and Mike Matthes. They are the twins of Dr. and Mrs. Fred Matthes.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster and Sonny gave a barbecue Sunday, and their guests were Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Cornett and sons, Robert, Jackie and Douglas, Mrs. A. M. Logan and Edwin, Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Chaudoin, Mr. and Mrs. Cornett, from Omaha, Nebraska; Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery.

Mrs. Lee Pierce went to Kerrville last week to get her son Lee Hall Pierce, who was attending Schreiner and will be home for the summer vacation. Mrs. Pierce attended several activities while there at the school, Mrs. L. E. Chiles of Palacios and Mrs. Bob Feather stayed with her children.

Mrs. Lucille Grable visited her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Toloba, over the week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Bump of St. Louis spent their vacation in Mexico City, and on their way home stopped by to visit with Mr. Bump's sister Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell of Blessing last Tuesday.

Rev. H. T. Walters preached at Vanderbilt First Baptist Church, Vanderbilt Sunday morning and night.

St. Peter's Catholic Church Blessing is holding a two weeks Summer School of Instructions, conducted by the Sisters of Notre Dame, Indiana. It started Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell motored to Denton last Wednesday and their daughter, Miss Frances Powell, returned home with them. Frances has been attending T. S. C. W. in Denton and will spend her summer vacation at home and visiting friends.

Bruce Hancock of El Campo was a Sunday afternoon guest of Mrs. A. P. Borden.

Clifford Laughlin from Vinton, Louisiana visited with Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell and Frances over the week-end.

Palacios Beacon, June 7, 1956
 


Blessing News
By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell and Francis visited with relatives in La Marque Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Baily and daughter, Lisa, of Dallas spent the week end and Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery.

Mr. and Mrs. Sid High of Houston were over night guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes Thursday.

Mr. Dick Powell and Frances were in El Campo on business Tuesday of this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim McDonald and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Upton attended the funeral of Mr. James Burnes Kidd in Palacios. Mr. Kidd was the brother of Mrs. Billy McDonald of Victoria.

Mr. and Mrs. Alois Ledwig of El Campo visited her cousin Mrs. Bobby Upton one day last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Swinky of Bay City visited in Lake Charles Louisiana and visited Johnnie Swinky at Camp Polk, Louisiana. Their children stayed in Blessing with their grandmother, Mrs. John Swinky.

The Rev. and Mrs. A. W. McGregory, the assistant pastor of the Lindale Baptist Church, Corpus Christi, Texas, preached both morning and evening at the First Baptist Church, Blessing, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Tobola and Mr. and Mrs. I. G. Tobola attended the regular Feast Day at St. John, Texas, Sunday June 17th.

Mr. Don Lawson of Houston, Texas, is spending a few weeks here at the Blessing Hotel.

Mrs. John Polk of Ft. Worth, Texas, is visiting friends in Blessing, this week.

The Daily Vacation Bible School will close Wednesday. They have had a good attendance.

Ronnie Williams went to San Antonio, Texas to spend his vacation with his father.

Mrs. H. L. Henry of Palacios, Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis O'Neal spent the afternoon Wednesday of last week in Palacios.

We have had several good rains here in Blessing the past few days which we are thankful for.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 21, 1956
 


Blessing News
By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell and Frances visited with relatives in La Marque Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bailey and daughter Lisa, of Dallas, spent the week end with Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery.

Mr. and Mrs. Sid High of Houston were overnight guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes Thursday.

Mr. Dick Powell and Frances were in El Campo on business, Tuesday of this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim McDonald and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Upton, attended the funeral of Mr. James Burnes Kidd of Palacios. Mr. Kidd was the brother of Mrs. Billy McDonald of Victoria.

Mr. and Mrs. Alois Ledwig of El Campo visited her cousin, Mrs. Bobby Upton one day last week.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Swinky of Bay City visited in Lake Charles, La., and visited Johnnie Swinky, at Camp Polk, La., and their children stayed in Blessing with their grandmother Mrs. John Swinky.

The Rev. and Mrs. A. W. McGregory, the assistant pastor of the Lindale Baptist Church, Corpus Christi, Texas preached both morning and evening at the First Baptist Church, Blessing Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Tobola and Mr. and Mrs. I. G. Tobola attended the regular Feast Day at St. John, Texas Sunday June 17th.

Mr. Don Lawson of Houston, Texas, is spending a few weeks here at the Blessing Hotel.

Mrs. John Polk of Ft. Worth, Texas is visiting friends in Blessing, this week.

The Daily Vacation Bible School will close Wednesday. They have had a good attendance.

Ronnie Williams went to San Antonio, Texas to spend his vacation with his father.

Mrs. H. L. Henry of Palacios, Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis O'Neal spent the afternoon Wednesday of last week in Palacios.

We have had several good rains here in Blessing the past few days which we are thankful for.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 28, 1956
 


Blessing News
By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Dr. and Mrs. Fred Matthes and children of Houston, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes. Mrs. Della Braden and Dr. and Mrs. Russell Matthes and family spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes.

Dr. Fred Matthes has completed his year of internship at Jefferson Davis Hospital in Houston,. He began a 2 year residence in pediatrics July 2.

Mr. Arthur Foster and Sonny made a business trip to Schulenburg Saturday afternoon.

The Blessing Bluejays played Peterson's Cafe Tigers team at the Blessing New Diamond Monday at 5 p. m. and the score 8 to 3 in favor of the Blessing team.

Mr. Wiley Roberts expects to leave the hospital July 7, after several weeks following [an] auto accident.

Dr. Donald Earl Morton is in the Matagorda General Hospital, in Bay City. He had an accident Monday night June 25, while working on a truck. He will be in the hospital about six weeks. We all hope you a speedy recovery Mr. Morton.

Rev. and Mrs. H. T. Walters, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Neuszer, Miss Tommie Ray Epperson, Miss Regena Butler, and Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Brown all attended the Baptist Encampment July 2, and they said that 1000 people have already signed up for the encampment.

Dr. Bettis, Rev. and Mrs. H. T. Walters all attended the ordination of Mr. V. A. Richardson, Sunday at Collegeport. Mr. and Mrs.. Melvin Smith were also present.

Mrs. Chester Gloeckner, Bay City, came for Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis O'Neal last Thursday and took them to her home to spend the day. Mrs. Gloeckner gave a surprise tea for Mrs. Borden, and invited several of Mrs.. Borden's old friends. Those present were: Mrs. Amos Lee, Mrs.. J. D. Yancey, Mrs. Thomas Lewis, Mrs. R. H. Minton, Mrs. Mary McClure, Mrs. Virgil Fetters, Mrs. W. C. Lloyd, Mrs. B. F. Curry and some children were present. Mr. and Mrs. Gloeckner drove Mrs. Borden and Miss O'Neal home after dinner arriving home around 9 p. m.

Mr. Roger Spring from the Blessing Hotel spent the week end with his sister in Galveston.

Mr. Abner Ussery, Jr., from Luling, spent Monday in Blessing.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth spent Sunday with her mother.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery, Sr., were business visitors in McAllen over the week end. They stayed at the new Fairway Motor Hotel, and made two visits across to Reynosa.

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Upton visited Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Koch and family of Palacios, Friday evening.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim McDonald visited with Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Kidd of El Maton Sunday morning.

Mr. Jack Upton of Houston is visiting a few days with his mother, Mrs. H. T. Walters.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell and daughter motored to Houston Sunday where Frances caught a plane for New Jersey, where she will vacation for a month.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Perin of Big Springs, Texas, is spending a few days with her grandfather, Mr. and Mrs. Pete Hamilink.

Mrs. Carmen Wheeler returned from Huntsville where she has been the guest of Mrs.. Fred Bobbie for the past week.

Mrs. and Mrs.. A. B. McDonald and daughter Billy Sue of Victoria, Texas, were visitors in the Jim McDonald home Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fondon and children attended the revival at Wadsworth, Friday night. They also drove by to see the home where Mr. Fondon was born, known as Boggs [Boggy?]School Community in those days. The place is owned by the Baylor Orphans Home.

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Upton attended a barbecue Sunday afternoon given them by Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Koch, also present was Miss Lena Koch, Raymond Koch and Terry Harvey. Mrs. Genell Sims and children and friends of El Campo were visitors in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Upton Monday evening.

Daily Tribune, July 5, 1956
 


Blessing News
Mrs. Sue Jones Flys To Visit Parents; Adams Move Into New Home July 4

By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell visited Mr. and Mrs. Bill McClintock in Tivoli Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster visited Donald Earl Morton Monday evening at the Matagorda County General Hospital, Bay City.

Dr. and Mrs. R. A. Matthes and children and Mrs. Della Braden all of Bay City visited with Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes Sunday.

Mrs. A. E. Schulte spent the week-end with her daughter Mr. and Mrs. Harry Cowger, of Clemville.

John William Fondon spent last week with his uncle J. A. Harper, of Deutschburg, Texas.

Mrs. John Swinky and family spent Sunday with her daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Melton Vavra, of El Maton.

Benny Fondon spent the week-end with his uncle Jim Fondon, of Van Vleck.

Dr. Bettes, William McGregor of Corpus Christi, and Rev. H. T. Walters called on Donald Earl Morton Sunday afternoon who is ill in the Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City. We all hope you a speedy recovery Donald Earl.

Miss Mary Ludell Fondon of Houston spent the week-end with her brother Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fondon and family.

Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Montgomery of Brazoria spent July 4 with Mrs. W. A. Sanford.

Mrs. A. S. Schulte spent Monday with her sister Mrs. Mary Bunk of Bay City.

Mrs. A. R Matthes made a business trip to Bay City, Tuesday.

H. T. Walters, went to Houston July 10, to get her daughter Mrs. Sue Upton Jones and children who are flying here from the State of Washington. Welcome home Sue.

Mrs. B. R. Trull and Mrs. W. A. Sanford visited in Angleton with the Houston family.

Mr. and Mrs. Morris Adams moved to their new home here in Blessing July 4.

Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis O'Neal will spend a few days in Houston starting July 12. We may not be home for next week in time to collect the news.

Palacios Beacon, July 12, 1956
 


Blessing News
By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Tomasek celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary Sunday. They were getting ready to go on out for the day and guests and family began to arrive before 11:00 a. m. It was a big surprise to the celebrants.

The family and guests were Father Vaclav Bily and his sister, Miss Ludmila Bily, Blessing; Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Vacek, Jr., of Blessing; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Hickl and four sons, Louis, Jr., Bobby, Kenneth and Dennis and daughter Caroline, of Palacios; Mr. Jerome Vacek and Mr. Jim Vacek of El Maton, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Orsak and daughter, Rose Marie of Palacios; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Orsak and son of Palacios; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jensen, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Skutca and Walter, Jr., and two daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gurecky and family, Mr. and Mrs. George Orsak and family all of El Maton; Mr. and Mrs. James Svetlik and family, Bay City; Mrs. Emil Sliva of El Maton; Miss Helen Sellers, Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Hlosek and family, Blessing; Mr. and Mrs. Victor Tomasek and son, El Maton; Mr. Mansvert Foster, El Maton; Mrs. Mary Berdecka, Blessing; Mr. Albert Tomasek of Cameron, Texas.

Refreshments were served at 11 a. m. consisted of sandwiches, cakes, cookies, pies, coffee, and punch.

They received many gifts.

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rickaway are the proud parents of a baby girl named Jeannette Sue, born August 10, at 6:30 a. m. and weighed 7 lbs. and 11 ounces, at the Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City.

Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Butler are the proud parents of a baby boy born at the Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City, August 10.

Mr. Clifford Allen, and three children, Suzan, Bruce and Ned of St. Louis, Mo., all visited Monday afternoon with Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis O'Neal. Mr. Allen is a prominent St. Louis banker and business man.

Rev. H. T. Walters, preached Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Louise.

Mrs. Walter Clements was in the hospital in El Campo over the week end due to a fall.

Mr. and Mrs. Ivin Kana and family, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kana, parents and brother of Mrs. Mary Bartosh, visited in her home for Mary Ann's birthday dinner.

Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Idenback and children of Bay City, are staying with the Walter Clements for a few days.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Swinky and children of Bay City spent Sunday with his family, Mrs. John Swinky and children.

Mr. Jack Upton was in Corpus Christi, a few days last week.

Rev. and Mrs. H. T Walters, and Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rickaway attended a Sunday School and Training Union twin meeting at the First Baptist Church in Palacios Monday night.

Mr. and Mrs. I. M. Pierron, and daughter Anita have moved from Blessing back to Houston.

Mrs. J. E. Anthony of Wharton and her daughter, Mrs. O. R. Lundy and Suzanne, of El Campo were guests of Mrs. A. P. Borden, Mrs. Roy Paton and Miss Theoplis O'Neal Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Anthony is here of the Red Cross work in Wharton.

Mrs. W. A. Sanford, and grandson, Ronnie Williams, visited in Palacios Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Trull.

Pat and Mike Matthes have returned to their home in Houston.

Mr. W. H. Lindner has been in Houston visiting her mother who has been ill.

Lt. and Mrs. Leo Neuszer returned to Charleston, S. C. Wednesday. They were here to attend the funeral of Mrs. Neuszer's grandfather, Mr. Harney, who died in Palacios.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Phillips and Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Rickaway attended the funeral of Mrs. Tom Davis in Bay City Monday afternoon. Mrs. Davis was a sister of Mrs. F. H. Rickaway.

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ackerman made a business trip to Galveston, and also visited relatives and brought Mary Ann Miska home with them for the week end.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster drove to Victoria Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. Homer Morris and Mrs. H. L. Wheeler made a business trip to El Campo Monday morning.

Mr. Paul Wheeler is spending part of his vacation in Houston.

Mr. and Mrs. John Ackerman went to Galveston to take their granddaughter, Mary Ann Miska, home.

A nice rain fell in Blessing Monday morning,  but we need much more rain.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 16, 1956
 


Blessing News
By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

The First Baptist Church of Blessing is having a revival. It will run from September 2, to September 9. Everyone is invited to attend, and bring his friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Rodrick Paton of Houston visited with his mother Mrs. Rodrick Paton, Saturday and also took Mrs. Paton, Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis O'Neal to Palacios for dinner.

Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Vacek and Carlos attended a birthday party Monday night given in honor of her sister, Mrs. Marie Popek at El Maton.

Mr. Weldon Popek arrived home from Germany, where he spent 20 months in the Army. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Popek of El Maton, and the nephew of Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Vacek, Blessing.

Frank E. Rickaway, Sonny Foster and Carolos Vacek went to Galveston Sunday and on the way back stopped at Sugar Land to visit Carlos' aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vavrecka, and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell had as their guest, Mrs. Powell's brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bump and mother for the past week.

Mr. Tony Sanchez of Bay City visited with Mrs. A. P. Borden, Mrs. R. Paton and Miss Theoplis O'Neal, Friday.

Mr. Jimmy Uroda from Galveston spent the week end with Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell and Frances.

Mr. Paul Wheeler and mother, Mrs. H.L. Wheeler, went to Matagorda, Texas, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fondon of Van Vleck spent... with Mr. and Mrs. J....suffered a stroke...and has been recuperating at home, but will soon be around again.

Mrs. Viola King...and Mrs. B. F....City were guests Monday...of Mrs. A. P. Borden...and Miss Theoplis O'Neal.

Mr. and Mrs. ...and family went to...reunion in Goliad, Texas,...

Mrs. Dupe M. Green of Palacios visited with Mrs. A. P. Borden, Saturday evening.

The Tidehaven football team is starring football practice Thursday Aug. 22. The Boosters Club is sponsoring an ice cream and cake social afterwards.

Blessing News of last week reported the wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Thomasek as 24th. This was in error as it should have read 25th. In the guest list Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Vacek and son, Junior, were present and not Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Vacek, Jr. We gladly make this correction.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 23, 1956
 


Blessing News
By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

A big barbecue was held at the American Legion Hall Sunday.

Blessing baseball team played the Palacios All Stars Saturday at 5 p. m. on the Blessing field. The score was 13 to 1 with Palacios team being the winner.

Pat and Mike Matthes are visiting their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes for another week. Their mother, Mrs. Fred Matthes, is with her parents Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Gordon, Bay City, while recuperating from a recent operation. Dr. Fred Matthes was in Bay City Sunday for a few hours.

Mr. J. E. Cornett and Mr. A. R. Matthes were the Blessing delegates at the Matagorda County Democratic Convention in Bay City on Saturday.

Miss Barbara Gene Williams spent the week end with her parents Mr. and Mrs. George Williams.

Mr. George Williams made a business trip to Houston Sunday night.

Mrs. Lucile Grable who is nursing Mr. J. A. Williams in Bay City, was in Blessing spending the week end with her daughter and her husband Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Tobola.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery, spent Friday afternoon in Houston.

Sonny Foster visited friends in Houston over the week end.

Mrs. P. C. Chaudoin and daughter, Miss Ethel Chaudoin of Lockhart are the guests of her son and his wife Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Chaudoin.

Bill Hardenbrock of Richmond, California, is visiting with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. L. R. Chaudoin.

Miss Frances Powell has returned home after several weeks visit with relatives in New Jersey.

Mrs. Frank Ahrendt and Mrs. Tommy Moore and children are visiting at the Blessing Hotel with their husbands, who are working on the new road at Francitas.

Francis Ann Swinky left Monday for Houston to visit with her sister, Emily Harren.

Pfc. Johnny Swinky is home from Camp Polk, Louisiana for a few days visiting with his mother Mrs. John Swinky.

Mr. Donald Earl Morton is home from the hospital and is getting around real well.

Patsy Swinky was in the hospital in Bay City for a few days last week, but is home at present.

Mr. Ed Watzslavic spent a few days in Oklahoma the first part of the week.

Mr. Norman Rupert, his children Sandra, Jimmy, Sentha and Gary and his mother all had a nice vacation in Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, and Mexico.

Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Epperson had as their guest for the week end Mrs. Epperson's sister, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Spain and girls.

Mrs. Mary Bartosh and children spent Sunday in Midfield with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kana.

Mr. Sam Barey and Miss Selma Harmon of Houston were the guests of Mrs. A. P. Borden and Mrs. Roy Paton and Miss Theoplis O'Neal Thursday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Lee Rickaway and children were visiting with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickaway and Mrs. Her-...

Peggy Allen and little Debby Guynes visited friends in Blessing, Saturday afternoon.

Mr. T. O. Allen who is confined to the John Sealy Hospital in Galveston is feeling much better this week. Mrs. Allen is staying in Galveston to be near Mr. Allen.

Mrs. H. L. Wheeler made a business trip to El Campo last Wednesday.

Miss Sylvia Gentry, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Minnie Gentry and Mrs. M. B. Cunningham all of Rosenberg, Texas, visited Sunday afternoon with Mrs. A. P. Borden and Mrs. Roy Paton and Miss Theoplis O'Neal and all had a nice drive to Palacios.

Daily Tribune, September 1956
 


Blessing News
By Mrs. Andrew Jones

Mrs. Sue Jones and children have moved from the Blessing Hotel to Palacios.

Mrs. Archie Earle and Mrs. D. M. Glenn are sponsoring a hay ride and wiener roast in LeTulle Park Monday night of this week for the Blessing Baptist youth of the First Baptist Church, Blessing, Texas.

Rev. Millard N. Demy from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois was a visitor in Mrs. A. P. Borden home, September 25, in the afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway, daughter Stella Ruth and Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth spent Sunday afternoon with Mr, and Mrs. A. L. Rickaway in Jones Creek, near Freeport, Texas.

The October Town Meeting at the Blessing Community House, will be on the 2nd Tuesday at 7:30 p. m. October 9th. We are to have two guest speakers, Mr. Eli Mayfield of Palacios, a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee who will make a report on the State Meeting in September.

Judge J. J. Spurgeon will explain the proposed amendment to the State Constitution No. 4, dealing with Teachers Retirement benefits. The committee hopes for a large crowd to hear these good speakers.

Mrs. W. G. Clements returned on Sunday from the El Campo Hospital, where she has been confined for several days following major surgery.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 4, 1956
 


Blessing News
By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Harter's daughter, Dana Karen, celebrated her second birthday Saturday with a big birthday party at her home with 20 children present.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Herreth and children of Bay City visited over the week end with his mother, Mrs. A. C. Herreth and sister, Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway and her family.

Mr. Adolph Genzer and Lesley Smith celebrated their birthdays together Friday night in Blessing, Mr. Genzer's daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Hall Bruner, Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith and children, Mr. and Mrs. J. B Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Smith.

Mr. Kirk Richardson of Bay City will be the song director at the First Baptist Church, Blessing.

Mr. A. R. Howard, Corpus Christi, Texas, Public Relations Department of the University of Corpus Christi, was in Blessing Sunday taking pictures of the First Baptist Church.

Miss Clara Matthes and Miss Edna Matthes of Houston, spent week end with their brothers in Blessing, Mr. A. R. Matthes and Mr. F. E. Matthes.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rickaway, and Frank E. Rickaway attended A. & M. - University of Houston football game in Houston Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Smith of Bay City spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes entertained with dinner on Saturday evening Dr. and Mrs. H. C. Matthes of Bay City, Mrs. Della Braden, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Matthes and Misses Edna and Clare.

Daily Tribune, October 18, 1956
 


Blessing News
Kirk Richardson of Bay City New Blessing Baptist Church Song Leader

By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Rev. A. W. McGregor, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Blessing, was made very happy Sunday morning as they had in their Sunday School 131 people. How about 140 next Sunday?

Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Harter's daughter, Dana Karen, celebrated her second birthday Saturday with a big birthday party at her home with 20 children present.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Herreth and children of Bay City visited over the week end with his mother, Mrs. A. C. Herreth and sister, Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway and family.

Adolph Genzer and Leslie Smith celebrated their birthdays together Friday night in Blessing with Mr. Genzer's daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Hall Bruner and Mr. Smith's family, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith and children, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Smith.

Kirk Richardson of Bay City will be the song director at the Blessing First Baptist Church.

A. R. Howard of the University of Corpus Christi Pubic Relations Department, was in Blessing Sunday taking pictures of the First Baptist Church.

Miss Clara Matthes and Miss Edna Matthes of Houston spent the week end with their brothers in Mrs. F. E. Matthes, Misses Edna Matthes.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rickaway and Frank E. Rickaway attended A. & M. and the University of Houston football game in Houston, Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Lester Smith of Bay City spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes entertained with dinner on Saturday evening. Present were Dr. and Mrs. H. C. Matthes of Bay City, Mrs. Della Braden, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Matthes, Misses Edna and Clara Matthes.

Billie Lindner of Blessing is in the hospital in El Campo. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Johnnie Ackerman passed away Sunday evening October 14, at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City. Funeral from Catholic Church in Blessing, October 16, at 9 A. M. Our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Ackerman and family.

Palacios Beacon, October 18, 1956
 


Blessing News
Mrs. Pierce and Mother Return; Vaceks Are Guests At T. C. U. Game

By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Washington had as their guest Travis Washington. Travis is attending Texas University and was home over the week-end.

The A and B teams of Tidehaven High School baseball squads played Van Vleck High. The score of the B game was 42-5 in favor of the Tigers, and 66-11 in favor of Tidehaven also.

The Tidehaven Tiger Band participated in a pageant in Edna in October 27. There were 10 other bands at the pageant. The show was given to raise money for a district wide marching and playing contest.

Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Vacek, Sr., and son E. R. Vacek, Jr. were guests of their son and brother, Carlos, who is a student at the Texas Christian University on Saturday, Oct. 27, as it was "Parent Day" at the TCU-Miami football game. The parents of the members of the football squad were guests at a dinner that afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes attended the funeral of Mrs. Henry Rugeley in Bay City.

Mrs. H. T. Phillips and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway attended Mrs. Phillips' sister Mrs. Ed. Sampson who underwent surgery at Matagorda General Hospital, Bay City, October 29. We hope you a speedy recovery Mrs. Sampson.

The annual Hallowe'en Carnival and chili supper at Blessing Community House on Saturday night, October 27, was well attended. This is a project of the Blessing Elementary School and the Parent Teachers Club.

Arthur B. Foster from San Marcos spent the week-end with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Sanford.

Mr. and Mrs. Billy McDonald and daughter, and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Upton spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Jim  McDonald.

Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Wallace has as their guests over the week end Mrs. Wallace's parents Mr. and Mrs. Coal from Conroe, Texas.

Beeler Lindemood is in the Palacios hospital. He should be out about next Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. G. Sifford took Mrs. John Swinky and daughter, Patsy Swinky, to John Sealy Hospital, Galveston, Thursday to have Patsy checked. Patsy started to school Monday.

Mrs. H. T. Walters' grandson Everett Lee Jones spent the week end with her, and Kenneth Upton spent Sunday night and Monday with Mrs. Walters. He left Monday evening to go to Cameron.

Jack Upton spent the week end in Houston.

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Upton have moved to one of the Pierce apartments.

Mr. and Mrs. Mobley had guests from Victoria over the week end.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Earle had as their guests over the week end Mrs. Earle's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Major of Houston, and Mrs. Earle's grandmother, Mrs. Foster, returned to Houston with Mr. and Mrs. Major.

October 25, Mrs. Louis Hough and son O. Louis Hough, Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis were dinner guests of Mrs. L. B. Outlar in Wharton.

Mrs. Louis Hough and son, O. Louis Hough, returned to their home in Denver after an 8-day visit with Mrs. Hough's sister-in-law and O. Louis Hough's aunt, Mrs. A. P. Borden.

Lee Pierce went to St. Paul last week and drove his mother's car home. Mrs. A. B. Pierce and mother, Mrs. Lee Hall, will be home October 30. Welcome home Mrs. Pierce and Mrs. Hall. You will not know Blessing with all the new homes that have been built while you were away for the summer.

Palacios Beacon, November 1, 1956
 


Blessing News

Mrs. Harry Cowger and Mrs. Bunny Heller of Clemville, gave a dinner May 15 at the Blessing Community House, honoring Tidehaven seniors, James Nelson Cowger, and Wallace Heller. Those attending were Mrs. A. E. Schulte, N. W. Terry.

Mrs. L. M. Pierce, Mrs. Jerry Hlozek, Mrs. Emitt Monis and Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Sr., entertained Tidehaven seniors May 16, with a barbecue supper at the American Legion Hall, honoring Michael Pierce and Bobby Hlozek. Dancing was enjoyed after the supper.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster drove to Freeport and San Luis Beach Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. W. T. Brooks, Mrs. Jerry Hlozek and Mrs. John Swinky made a business trip to El Campo Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes and Mrs. Della Braden were guests Sunday at Bay City Country Club [guests] of Dr. and Mrs. R. A. Matthes and children.

Mr. and Mrs. Allen Daehne and children of Portland, visited with Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Brooks and family over the week end.

Mrs. A. R. Matthes  attended the annual birthday meeting Women of the Church at the First Presbyterian Church in Bay City Thursday morning at 9:30.

Daily Tribune, May 22, 1957
 


Blessing News
By Miss Theoplis O'Neal

The close of school program of the Blessing Elementary School was held at 1:30 Friday afternoon with many parents present. The graduating class was seated on the stage which had been beautifully decorated by Mrs. Frank J. Hurta, president of the Parent-Teacher Club.

The welcome was given by Juanita Cornelius and the valedictory address was given by Jeroline Pesak. Jeroline, with an average of 94.71 and Juanita with an average of 94.68 had been declared co-Valedictorians of the 1956-57 graduating class. Kathryn Hale was Salutatorian with an average of 93.87.

The Class Prophecy was read by Mary Ann Hickl and the Class Will by Kathryn Hale. Several musical numbers were rendered in honor of the graduates.

Honor roll certificates were given to the pupils who had not made less than a "A" during the entire year. Those receiving these awards were:

First grade: Mina Ruth Akins, Sandra Marie Bauman, Joyce Marie Günter, Patricia Ann Kana and George Bennett Phillips.

Second grade: Carol Jo Decker and Jackie Stewart Cornett.

Third grade: Jimmie Ardell Cornelius.

Fourth grade: Jo Lynette Skutca and Caroline Decker.

Fifth grade: Emilia Pesak and Suzanne Saha.

Eighth grade: Juanita Cornelius.

Those receiving perfect attendance certificates for having been neither absent nor tardy during the year were: Mary Ann Bartosh, Patricia Ann Kana, Michael Gene Merta, Kenneth Ray Knebel, Dianne Marie Hahn, Edgar Charles Beyer, LaVerne Hurta, and William Ray Dannels from the first grade; Jackie Stewart Cornett, Earl Truman Fondon, and Johnnie Lee Thompson, second grade; Richard Frank Hahn and Arvid Roy Smith, third grade; Wyona Zapalac, Bernadette Hlozek, Dolores Kosarek, Shirley Stephens, LaVerne Fondon, Phyllis Elaine Lehner, Samuel Lee Hurta, and Mildred Dornak, fourth grade; Susie Hurta, fifth grade; Benny Glenn Fondon and Anthony Jurek, sixth grade; Donald Hlozek, Frankie Joe Hurta and Jerry Washington, seventh grade; Juanita Cornelius, Leona Dannels, Kathryn Hale, Edward Lee Hlozek, and Edwin Hurta, eighth grade.

The eight grade graduation exercises were held in conjunction with Markham Elementary School and Tidehaven High School at the Tidehaven High School Friday, May 24. The following students were awarded diplomas by Earl R. Adams, Jr., Blessing Principal: Dorothy Jane Biskup, Gerald Burnett, Juanita Louise Cornelius, Leona Ruth Dannels, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Kathryn Hale, Henry Lee Havel, Lorene Ann Henkes, Doris Marie Hickl, Johnnie Hickl, Jr., MaryAnn Hickl, Edward Lee Hlozek, Edwin Hurta, Jr., Priscilla Jean Hurta, Mitchel Jager, Curtis Hugh Jensen, Margie Kacer, Bertie Lousie Magee, Rose Marie Morris, George William Orsak, Jeroline Marie Pesak, Cynthia Rupert, Lee Eva Smith, Margaret Jean Swinky and Louis Tomasek, Jr.

The school is proud of several accomplishments for this school year. The first, of course, is the group of students who have been on the honor roll during the year; then those who have had perfect attendance; the three district championship trophies won in athletics--boys' basketball, boys' softball and girls' softball; the beautiful new set of stage curtains; and no school accidents during the year.

Mrs. A. B. Pierce Sr., and Mrs. Lee Hall left for St. Paul. Minn. this morning for the summer.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery went to Luling, Sunday to visit Mr. Ussery's mother.

Miss Frances Powell of Houston spent the week end with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell.

Mrs. W. T. Brooks, Tommy and Gayle were shopping in El Campo, Monday afternoon.

The Vacation Bible School started at the First Baptist Church Monday at 8:30 a. m. and closes at 11:30 a. m. It will run through Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week and Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week, and all the children in the vicinity are invited to attend school.

Mr. John McGregor of Corpus Christi accompanied his brother, Rev. A. W. McGregor to Blessing Saturday for the week end, and Rev. McGregor fill his regular appointment at the Baptist Church here.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Earle and sons were visiting friends in Blessing over the week end.

Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Cobb, of Bay City, called on Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Sr., and Mrs. Lee Hall Sunday afternoon.

Mrs. H. E. Powell made a business trip to El Campo, Monday afternoon.

Mr. Barney Westfall spent several days in the Matagorda County hospital, Bay City.

Daily Tribune, May 29, 1957
 


Blessing News

Mr. Frank E. Rickaway flew to Augusta, Georgia last week and drove his sister, Mrs. Henry Day (Elaine Rickaway) home. Mrs. Day has been with her husband who has been stationed in U. S. Army in Georgia for the past few months. Mr. Day arrived in Ft. Lewis, Washington October 21, and will leave for Korea, some time around November 1, or November 10. Welcome home Mrs. Day.

Rev. B. J. McKee, of Fort Worth, preached at First Baptist Church, Blessing Sunday morning and evening.

Ronald Williams, who is attending school in Dallas, spent a few days here visiting his grandmother, Mrs. W. A. Sanford, Sr. Ronald will return to school Oct. 21.

Mrs. A. R. Matthes attended County Federation Meeting at Midfield, delegate of Blessing Library and Community House.

Mrs. Robert Rickaway, Mrs. Leo Neuszer and Mrs. Guy Washington attended a leadership training school for Baptist Youth at El Campo, October 21.

Miss Clara Matthes of Houston spent the week end visiting her brothers, Arthur Matthes and Frank Matthes.

Tidehaven Home Demonstration Club will be at the home of Mrs. Robert Rickaway, in Blessing on Friday, October 25.

Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Westfall and Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Tobola are visiting Mr. Westfall's mother in Los Angele, California and other relatives. They reported having a wonderful time, but that it rained on them nearly all the way to Los Angeles.

Mr. Lee Pierce, left October 21, by train going to St. Paul, Minn. to get his mother's car. Mrs. A. B. Pierce and her mother, Mrs. Lee Hall are expected home around October 26.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Adams, Jr. and son had as their guests over the week end Mr. and Mrs. Bridges. Mr. and Mrs. Bridges are Mrs. Adams' parents.

Mrs. A. R. Matthes attended Brazos Presbyterial meeting in Freeport at First Presbyterian Church October 16 and 17.

Out of town visitors are: Mr. Ronald Williams, Fort Worth; Mr. R. E. Crawford, Palacios; Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Rowe Spokane, Washington; Mr. and Mrs. O. O. Mixon and son, Palacios; Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Feather and children and Mrs. J. B. Feather, Palacios.

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Rowe, of Spokane, Washington have moved to Blessing and a warm welcome greets them.

Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Doyle, Connie and Cindy have moved here from Houston.

Many of our people here in Blessing have been ill some in the hospital and some are home.

Anyone having any news for the paper please sent to Theoplis O'Neal in Blessing.

Daily Tribune, October 24, 1957
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

(Too late for late week)

The ranch home of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Powell was the scene on Saturday night of an open house to honor Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell on their 25th wedding anniversary. The refreshment table was laid with a beautiful lace table cloth and centered with a beautifully decorated cake in white and silver. Mrs. A. Foster served the cake and Mrs. C. G. Tobola presided at the coffee service. Mrs. E. W. Miculka and Mrs. A. R. Matthes assisted Mrs. Powell with hostess duties. Mrs. John Louderback registered the guests. The guests were welcomed by Mrs. Herman Powell, the honorees, and the Powell's daughter and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Archie Witham of Houston. The Powells were presented with a silver service by their many friends.

Leonard Orsak is home from Ft. Bliss, El Paso on a nine-day leave.

Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Ussery visited their son Abner, Jr., in the hospital in Luling, Saturday.

The Intermediate G. A.'s of the First Baptist Church had a Christmas party Friday night at the home of Mrs. Martha Perry. Refreshments of cupcakes, tuna fish sandwiches, Christmas candy, and hot chocolate were served. Sponsors were Mrs. Joyce Morton and Mrs. Perry. Present were: Peggy McMichiel, Lee Eva Smith, Barbara Smith, Mary Lou Smith, Gale Smith, Karen Harkreader, Cindy Rupert, Sunshine Fondon, and Judy Crabb. The party was enjoyed by all.

Mr. and Mrs. Travis Washington and Debbie, of Austin are home for the Christmas holidays.

Miss Sandra Rupert is home for the holidays from Ft. McClellan, Alabama.

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Meadows are spending the holidays with Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hamelink.

College students home for the holidays are Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fricke, Regina Butler, Bonnie Kay Rollins, Lawrence Morris, Bobby Hlozek, and Arthur B. Foster.

The Woman's Missionary Union of the First Baptist Church held its annual Christmas party December 18th. Following a short devotional by Mrs. H. T. Phillips and an impression of what Christmas means and a prayer by Mr. H. T. Walters, gifts were exchanged. After the singing of some Christmas carols, refreshments of cookies, candy, hot chocolate, and coffee were served.

Mrs. S. M. Rickaway, Jimmy, and Stella Ruth, and Mrs. Henry R. Day shopped in Bay City Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bartosh and Terry are spending the holidays with Mrs. Mary Bartosh and family.

Lee Hall Pierce and Lawrence Bartosh are home from the service to spend the holidays.

Mrs. C. B. Barlow, Marilyn, and Joel Edward, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Rickaway and boys, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Herreth and family, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Herreth, Jr., Diane and Abbie, Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway and family, Mrs. Henry R. Day, Miss Betty Lou Fitzgerald, and Miss Wanda Neuman were Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth.

Mr. and Mrs. James C. Elmore, Jim and Belinda are visiting with Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams.

The First Baptist Church had its Christmas program Monday night. The Junior class gave a short pro...

Palacios Beacon, January 1, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mrs. Gooding is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Foster, and is living with them while her husband is stationed in Greenland with the Air Force.

The Tidehaven boys were defeated Tuesday night in their first district basketball game of the season. The Tigers were defeated by a score of 55-50 at Weimar. In the second district game of the season, the boys won over Industrial by a score of 54-37 Friday night. The same night the girls beat Industrial by a score of 34-20.

Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway, and Stella Ruth, Mrs. Henry R. Day, and Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth visited relatives in Bay City Sunday.

Mrs. Katie Emma Vaclavick of La Coste spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. John L. Sullivan and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rickaway and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Cole visited with the Rev. and Mrs. B. J. McKee in Kosse Sunday. The McKees are the proud parents of a baby daughter, Terry, born January 6, and weighing five pounds.

Mr. Frank Everett Rickaway attended the Philco Open House in Houston , Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Rickway and family visited Saturday with Mr. Frank H. Rickaway.

Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Herreth and family of Lolita were Saturday visitors of Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth.

Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Phillips and David visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Noel Phillips in Bellville, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Epperson and Ginger spent the week-end in San Antonio with Mrs. Carl Spain and daughters and Tommye Raye.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Earle and boys from Lopeno spent several days with the D. M. Glenn family.

Walter Allan Sanford made a business trip to Houston Saturday.

The Deutschburg school house was the scene of a party given Saturday night by Mrs. Joe Johs for Josephine and Sonny's birthday. There were a number of teenagers there. They all enjoyed dancing and refreshments were served.

Matagorda County Tribune, January 15, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Sp/4 Henry R. Day returned home Wednesday after serving a 15-month tour of duty in Korea. He received separation papers after serving a 21 1/2 month term in the army.

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Powell were week-end visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Powell.

The Blessing Altar Society is having a chili supper Wednesday, January 23 at St. Peter's Hall in Blessing. Serving will begin at 6 o'clock.

Sonny Johs, Josephine Johs, Priscilla Hurta, and Elizabeth and Jim Hurst were in Houston Sunday enjoying the sport car racing. After the races were over they went to Galveston for supper.

A baby boy, Gregory Allan, weighing 7 lbs, 7 ozs., was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Watzavick, Jr. of Carthage, January 8. Mr. and Mrs. Albert Watzlavick Sr. of Blessing are the grandparents.

Mrs. Archie Witham of Houston spent last week with her parents, the Dick Powells.

Mrs. W. A. Sanford is confined to the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster and Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brod in El Campo.

Mr. and Mrs. Pete Chanack of Houston were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell.

Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Phillips were honored with a surprise silver wedding anniversary reception at their home Sunday afternoon. The hosts and hostesses for the occasion were Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Simpson of Bay City and Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Pettigrew of Old Ocean. Refreshments were served by Jane Eads and Edna Earle Pettigrew.

Out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Pettigrew and family of Old Ocean, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Walker and Terry of Aldine, Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Eads, Jane, and Mrs. Blanche Eads of Velasco, Mr. and Mrs. August Rickaway of El Campo, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Autrey and family and Michael Stevens of Brazoria, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Davis of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McIntyre and family of Lack Jackson, Mrs. Charles Krueger of Palacios, Mr. and  Mrs. E. T. Phillips and Keith of Francitas, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Simpson, Linda, and Judy; Jonelle Bucek, and Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Hagaman, all of Bay City.

Those attending from Blessing were the Rev. and Mrs. Walter Crabb, Mrs. D. M. Glenn, Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Walters, Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway, Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Rickaway, Mrs. Jim Tobola and children, Mrs. John L. Sullivan and children and F. H. Rickaway.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Day left Friday for Carlsbad, N. M. Saturday they visited the museum in White's City, and they toured the Carlsbad Caverns Sunday. On Monday the Days went through the Big Bend National Park in West Texas.

Matagorda County Tribune, January 22, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Posey and girls of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Tyler and daughter of Houston, and Mr. and Mrs. K. O. Griffith were week-end visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Clifton Brown.

Mrs. Katie Schulte spent the week-end in Clemville with her daughter, Mrs. Grace Cowger.

Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Epperson and Ginger spent the week-end in San Antonio with relatives.

Mrs. Billie Lindner's sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Green of Houston, visited with her Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Watzlavick and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Watzlavick of Sweeny visited with Mr. and Mrs. Albert Watzlavick, Jr. in Carthage, Texas, over the weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Westfall, Mrs. I. G. Tobola, and Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Tobola attended the wedding of Miss Charlene Shimek in La Porte, January 17th.

Rev. V. J. Bily and the following men attended a deanery meeting for Catholic men Sunday at Hillje: Ernest Krenek, Frank Gaas, Joe Hickl, August Braden, Ed Dornak, Robert Merta, Ivan Kana, Edward Lezak, Jim Kosarek and Ben Kasper.

Mrs. W. A. Sanford returned home Wednesday from the hospital in El Campo.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zacek from St. John moved in with Mrs. I. G. Tobola to stay. Mr. Zacek will be employed by H. T. Phillips.

Mrs. Lucille Grable and Glenn Larsen visited with Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Tobola, Sunday.

Arthur B. Foster was home between semesters from Sam Houston State College in Huntsville.

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rickaway and family ate an Italian dinner Monday night and Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Barrett in Palacios.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Herreth and family and Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Rickaway and family were Sunday visitors of Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Day were in Bay City Friday on business.

Donald and Joyce Morton, Tom Lee and Carl Jager, and Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams went bowling at the Fiesta Lanes in Bay City Monday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Walker are now staying with F. H. Rickaway.

Joe Matlock of California visited with Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Walters Saturday night. Mr. Walter's daughters, Edith and Doris of Houston, visited with him Friday night.

Mrs. H. T. Walters visited with her daughter, Sue Fritz, in Palacios Monday afternoon.

The Eastern Star Chapter No. 125 of Palacios honored their Worthy Matron, Mrs. T. B. Butler, with a birthday party Friday night in the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams. Mrs. Butler received some lovely gifts.

Mrs. H. T. Phillips, Mrs. Walter Crabb, and Mrs. Guy Washington attended an Associational W. M. U. Conference at the Emanuel Baptist Church in Wharton, Monday.

Jocelyn Glenn celebrated her 6th birthday Monday afternoon at 3:00 with a party. Twenty-one children attended the party. Those attending from out-of-town were Marianna and Hank Sheeran and Kenneth Kastrop of Palacios. Refreshments of ribbon birthday cake, ice cream, cup cakes, and soft drinks were served. Favors of balloons, whistles and hats were given to all the children.

Mrs. Herman Powell and Mrs. Evelyn Miculka were in Houston Friday.

The Tidehaven High School boys basketball team won the consolation prize in a tournament in Eagle Lake Friday and Saturday. Kenneth McKissick placed on the first all-tournament team and Jimmy Rickaway placed on the second all-tournament team.

The Blessing Redbirds won the consolation prize in a basketball tournament held Friday and Saturday in Damon.

Palacios Beacon, January 29, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mrs. H. E. Powell made a business trip to El Campo Monday.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth visited in Newgulf Sunday with Mr. and Mrs.. Lee Weber Sr. and Alex Gavender.

Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Witham spent the day Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell.

Mr. and Mrs. John Ackerman went to Bay City on business Saturday.

Mrs. D. M. Glenn and Jocely spent Sunday and Monday in Kosse visiting with the Rev. B. J. McKee and daughters.

Mr. and Mrs. John Merck observed their 60th wedding anniversary Saturday. A dinner was held for them Sunday at the Alfred Kopecky home in El Maton.

Mrs. Walter Crabb and Patricia Elizabeth and Debbie visited in Kosse Sunday and Monday with Mrs. Crabb's mother, Mrs. Jim Owens, and Mr. and Mrs. David Crabb.

Theresa Leona Allen, infant daughter of Iris Allen and the late Jot Allen, was baptized Friday at 8 p. m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Walleck were sponsors for the child. Mrs. Bertha Allen, mother of Joe Allen, was also present at the baptism.

Jimmy Rickaway was honored with a surprise party on his 18th birthday Saturday night at the Deutschburg schoolhouse.

Miss Tommye Raye Epperson and Mrs. Carl Spain and daughters of San Antonio were week-end visitors of the W. M. Eppersons.

Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway were Miss Wanda Neuman of Houston and Miss Betty Lou Fitzgerald of Midfield.

Mrs. S. M. Rickaway and Mrs. Henry Day made a business trip to Bay City Saturday.

Linda Louderback celebrated her 8th birthday Jan 27 with a party at the Community House. Twenty-five children and 15 adults attended  the party. Among adults present were Linda's grandmothers, Mrs. A. E. Louderback and Mrs. Ermine Stewart of Palacios.

Stella Ruth Rickaway, Gale Smith, and Paul Jensen represented the Blessing Elementary School band Saturday in a regional band contest held in Vanderbilt.

Matagorda County Tribune, February 12, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

(Too Late For Last Week)

The Tobola Snack Shop was opened on February 4th. Mr. and Mrs. Victor Tobola are the new operators.

Margaret Ann Matthes of Bay City spent Friday and Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Trojcak from La Ward spent Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. A. Foster.

Mrs. W. G Clements went to De Leon, Texas, to visit her father who had an accident.

Mr. and Mrs. Travis Washington and Debbie returned to their home in Austin after a visit with the Joe Johs family.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner N. Ussery, Sr. visited Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Ussery, Jr. in Luling over the week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. Billy Holt of El Campo became the new proprietors of the Blessing Hotel on Feb. 9th.

Archie and Frances Witham spent the week-end with Mrs. Witham's parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell.

The Tidehaven Tigers defeated the Moulton Bobcats 44-40 in a game Friday night in the Tidehaven gym. The Tigerettes were outplayed by the Moulton girls with the score ending 61-45. The basketball sweetheart named was a senior, Geneva Kopnicky of Blessing, and the basketball beau was also a senior, Kenneth McKissick of Ashby. Runners-up for the sweetheart were a senior, Ann Richardson of Midfield, and a junior, Rebecca "Becky" Butler of Blessing. The beau runners-up were a senior, Harry Lane Powell of Blessing, and also a senior, Carrol Dean Magee of Midfield.

Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams spent the week-end in Baytown with Mr. and Mrs. James C. Elmore and children. Miss Louise Jacobs also went with the Adams as far as Texas City and visited a friend there.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dornak and Mildred visited Mr. and Mrs. August Dornak and baby son in San Antonio over the week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Herreth and family, Lois Barlow, Marilyn Barlow, Jonelle Gibbons, and Judy Simpson were all Sunday visitors of Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith and family of Alice visited with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith Sunday and Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Owens and family of Texas City visited in the home of Rev. and Mrs. Walter Crabb and family, Saturday.

The First Baptist Church is holding a soul-winning study course beginning Monday, February 16th. Classes for all ages will be held.

The Junior Department of the First Baptist Church Sunday School had a Valentine party Monday night at the church. The class also celebrated the birthday of one of their members, Beverly Crabb.

Palacios Beacon, February 19, 1959
 


Blessing News

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brod of El Campo and Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster.

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rickaway and family attended a dinner at the Pentecostal Church in La Ward, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Wallace are the parents of a daughter born on March 9th. The infant weighed 9 lbs. 6 ozs.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes attended the Shrine Crippled Children's pageant at the service center in Bay City, Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Matthes went to Pasadena Sunday to take her daughter Mrs. Mildred Payne, back home. They also visited in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Art Thurmond of La Marque.

Mr. and Mrs. V. J. Tobola, Martin, and Gene attended the Houston Fat Stock Show, Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway and Stella Ruth, Mr. F. H. Rickaway, and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Walker were visitors Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rickaway and family in Tivoli.

Twenty-four young people and their sponsors from the First Baptist Church attended the young people's fellowship in Newgulf Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Day and Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth and Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway and Stella Ruth visited Sunday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Herreth and family in Lolita.

A week of prayer and visitation is now in progress at the First Baptist Church in preparation for a revival beginning March 15 An all-night prayer meeting will be held at the church Saturday night.

Tommye Raye Epperson and a friend from San Antonio were week-end visitors of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Epperson.

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Cole and James Arnold visited Mrs. Cole's parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Howell and her brother, Arnold, in Corpus Christi, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Phillips and David visited the C. E. Simpson family in Bay City Saturday night.

Thirty-eight ladies from St. Peter's Catholic Church attended a meeting for Catholic ladies Sunday at St. Anthony's Hall in Palacios. There were 193 ladies all present from the respective parishes.

Week-end visitors of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams were Mr. and Mrs. James C. Elmore and family from Baytown.

The Blessing Junior High volleyball team defeated the El Campo girls' team Monday night in an "A" game and a "B" game Monday night in the Blessing Elementary School gymnasium. The "B" team won two games straight, as did the "A" team.

Miss Ann Rickaway spent the week-end in San Antonio visiting Tommy Winters, who is stationed with the Air Force there.

Mrs. W. Wiltshire returned home Wednesday after spending a few days in Beaumont visiting her three daughters.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery, Jr. spent last Monday with Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Ussery, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. Meril Washington are the proud parents of a 7 lb. 2 oz. son, Eugene Meril, born February 26 at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City. The father is stationed in Korea with the Air Force.

The Woman's Missionary Union of the First Baptist Church is now observing the week of prayer for home missions.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hester of Houston had their daughter, Debra Ann, baptized Wednesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Debra's sponsors were Mr. and Mrs. Ed Jurek of Palacios.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner spent Tuesday and Wednesday at Sonora.

Sonny Foster was home from college visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster, over the week-end.

Mr.  and Mrs. H. E. Powell attended the Fat Stock Show in Houston, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Strunk of Port Lavaca were visitors in the V. J. Tobola home, Sunday.

A revival will be held at the First Baptist Church beginning March 15th. The song service will be led the first week by Guy Washington Sr. of Blessing and Jimmy Lively of Calvary Baptist Church in Bay City. Kirk Richardson from Bay City will lead the song service the second week of the revival. The Rev. Walter Crabb, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Blessing, will serve as the evangelist in his own church.

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Bailey and Lisa, from Austin, and Mr.. and Mrs. Abner Ussery, Sr. visited Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery, Jr. in Luling, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Day and Ed Day visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Dillard and family in Deutschburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster spent Sunday afternoon in El Campo visiting Mrs. Foster's brother, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brod.

The Rev. Joseph Till of San Antonio visited the Rev. V. J. Bily and Lillie Bily over the weekend.

Mrs. Katie Emma Vaclavick and Mrs. J. F. Tobola attended the funeral for Henry Vaclavick in El Campo Saturday.

In observance of public school week the Blessing Elementary School had a program Monday night at the school. Both elementary school bands played. Some of the students did accordion and piano solos. Each grade participated, and seven of the eighth grade students presented a short play. Also, in observance of public school week, the Tidehaven High School band, under the direction of James Pennington, presented a concert Tuesday night at the high school gymnasium.

Matagorda County Tribune, March 12, 1959 & Palacios Beacon, March 12, 1959
 


Blessing News

Miss Barbara Trull of Palacios has been visiting with her grandmother, Mrs. W. A. Sanford, while her mother is away on a trip.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes attended dedication services Sunday at the new Methodist church in Ganado.

Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Rhodes left Tuesday for California to spend two weeks with their son, Mr. and Mrs. W. T. Rhodes and family.

Mrs. Bob Pesak is confined to the Nightingale Hospital with a case of pneumonia.

Miss Gale Smith celebrated her 13th birthday Saturday night with a party at her home.

Mr. Frank Swinky has returned home from the hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lindemood spent the Easter holidays in Dallas with Mrs. Lindemood's daughter and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith, Patsy Ruth and Michael of Alice visited over the weekend with Mrs. Ruth Jenkins and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith.

Mr. and Mrs. Alfons Jurica and son from El Campo visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. V. J. Tobola.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zacek spent the weekend in Schulenburg.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Day visited in Bay City Sunday afternoon with Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Simpson and family.

Mrs. Dolores Hamquist from La Marque visited Friday afternoon with Mrs. Maurine Tobola.

Mr. and Mrs. August Rickaway from El Campo moved into their new Medallion home here last week.

Miss Wanda Neuman of Houston and Miss Betty Lou Fitzgerald of Midfield were Sunday dinner guests of the S. M. Rickaway family.

Miss Frances Swinky was honored with a miscellaneous bridal shower Sunday at St. Peter's Hall in Blessing.

All committees are meeting this week to report on plans for the annual Blessing barbecue which will be May 3. New porches have been built onto the Community House this year and the new barbecue pit is almost completed.

Mark Tobola celebrated his 4th birthday with a party at his home Sunday. Sixteen children enjoyed the party refreshments of cake and ice cream. Bubble gum and balloons were given as party favors.

Mrs. Charles Barlow and Marilyn and Judy Simpson were Sunday visitors of Mrs. E. Herreth.

Mr. and Mrs. Grover Klaus of Ira Joe?, Miss Annie Schlitzkus, and Mrs. J. Klaus, of Lolita, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Klaus and Virginia of LaWard, Mr. and Mrs. B. E. Cairnes and Ronnie of Lolita, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Yearwood, Diane and Craig, and Mrs. Charlie Klaus, visited Sunday with the August Rickaways.

Daily Tribune, April 7, 1959 & Palacios Beacon, April 9, 1959
 


Blessing News

Mrs. W. H. Lindner and Mrs. Emily Weakly from Freeport spent several days with Mrs. Lindner's son, wife, and children of Devine, Texas.

The week-end of April 3, Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Jr. of Houston, enjoyed a trip through a part of the dogwood and bluebonnet trails--visiting new schools at Liberty and Port Arthur before turning north to Silsbee to see the new office building of the Kirby Lumber Company. Visiting historical homes, churches, and other old buildings at Anderson, Washington-on-the-Brazos, and Columbus, made this a delightful drive. Miss Adelaide H. Pierce spent the week-end with her great-grandmother, Mrs. Lee Hall at the Pierce home in Blessing while the family were sightseeing.

Mr. and Mrs. Jim Nye Ryman of Houston, formerly of Matagorda, stopped for a very short visit at the Pierce home last Tuesday on their way home from the valley.

Mrs. A. P. Borden, Mrs. J. E. Anthony and Miss Theoplis O'Neal of Wharton, were Sunday afternoon visitors of Mrs. Lee Hall and Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Sr. in Blessing.

Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Herreth, Jr. of Bay City were Sunday visitors of Mrs. A. C. Herreth, Sr.

Mrs. D. M. Pettigrew and Marilyn of Old Ocean were Thursday visitors of Mrs. A. C. Walker.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rickaway and Mrs. Walter Johnson of Tivoli and Mrs. Katie Emma Vaclavick of La Costa were Sunday visitors of F. W. Rickaway.

Doris and Johnny Elliott spent last week in Lake Jackson with their grandmother, Mrs. Emmie Elliott.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Foster and Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Ussery enjoyed a drive to Post Lavaca, Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes attended funeral services for Luther Hill in Palacios, Saturday.

The people of Blessing wish to invite everyone to their 4th annual picnic, which will be held May 3rd on the community house grounds.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Crisson and daughter of Van Vleck had Sunday dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Beeler Lindemood.

Mrs. Henry R. Day visited her cousin, Miss Marilyn Barlow, in Bay City, Monday night.

Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway and Stella Ruth visited Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Charles Barlow and family in Bay City.

Miss Tommye R. Epperson spent the week-end with her parents and sister, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Epperson and Ginger.

Lee Eva Smith, Ginger Epperson, and Judy Crabb attended revival services at the Markham Baptist Church Monday night.

Jimmy Rickaway spent the week-end in Houston with his brother, Frank E. Rickaway.

Norma Glenn, Viola Rickaway, and Mary Washington shopped in Bay City, Tuesday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Duke Glenn attended a family reunion of Mr. Glenn's family in East Texas, April 7th. Mr. Glenn saw his sisters from California, whom he had not see in 15 years.

Mrs. Flossie Winters of Markham visited Sunday with Mrs. Fred Rickaway and Ann.

The Tidehaven Senior Class were honored Thursday night with a springtime banquet given by the W. M. U. of the First Baptist Church. The menu consisted of ham, potato salad, peas and carrots, relishes, hot rolls, tea, and apple pie topped with whipped cream. The room was decorated with various floral arrangements and a vase of roses centered each individual table. Jimmy Lively of Bay City was the guest speaker for the occasion.

Mrs. W. Wiltshire spent several days in Shreveport, Louisiana with her mother, who is ill.

Mrs. August Rickaway, Mr. F. H. Rickaway, and Mrs. Alvin Walker visited Louise Barker and other relatives in Tivoli, Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Phillips and David had Sunday dinner with Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Henning in Wharton.

Mrs. E. I. Chiles of Palacios visited friends here Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bump, who has returned to the states after 19 months in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, visited with his sister, Mrs. Dick Powell, last Saturday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Foster Voncannon of Inez and Mr. and Mrs. Van Crabb of Houston visited with the Rev. and Mrs. W. D. Crabb and family Sunday.

The Rev. and Mrs. W. D. Crabb, Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Glenn and Mr. H. T. Walters attended the associational Sunday School meeting at the First Baptist Church in Ea...

Palacios Beacon, April 16, 1959 & Matagorda County Tribune, April 16, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rickaway and Jeanette attended a postmasters' meeting at East Bernard Sunday.

Mrs. Ada Eads of Velasco and Mrs. C. E. Simpson of Bay City visited F. H. Rickaway Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Trull of Palacios entertained Ronnie Williams with a birthday luncheon Sunday on his 21st birthday. Walter Allan Sanford and Mrs. W. A. Sanford also attended the luncheon.

Victor Tobola is in the Matagorda General Hospital under observation.

Misses Edna Matthes and Clara Matthes of Houston spent the weekend with Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes.

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rickaway and Jeanette shopped in Palacios Saturday.

Daily Tribune, May 1, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mrs. Duke M. Glenn, president of the Blessing Library Assn. wishes to express her thanks to each member of the various committees for their help in making the fourth annual Blessing barbecue a success.

Mr. and Mrs. Abner M. Ussery Sr. met Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Bailey and Lisa, from Austin, in Luling Sunday morning and they had a nice visit with Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery Jr. They also visited Mrs. Bettie M. Ussery, 91, who is ill.

Roger Lovel and daughters of Pearland visited the D. M. Glenn family Friday.

Billie Lindner is confined to the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo with pleurisy in the lobe of his left lung.

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Weber Sr. of New Gulf visited Monday with Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth and Alex Gavender Sr.

Mrs. Annie Longuet and son, Ray, from Rosharon, were Sunday visitors of the Henry Smith family.

Mr. and Mrs. Endirst Rhinehart from Houston were here for the Blessing barbecue Sunday.

Raymond Wheeler of Argo, Ill., is visiting his mother, Mrs. Hattie Wheeler and his brother, Paul Wheeler.

Mr. and Mrs. Art Hurmond and family of Dickinson were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Matthes.

Mrs. Hilda White of Corpus Christi visited friends in Blessing and relatives in Danevang over the weekend.

J. E. Cornett, member of the county commissioners' court, went to Washington to attend the Colorado River feeder channel hearings before House and Senate Public Works committees.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Witham, Mrs. M. O. Maxwell and daughter, Sarina Lazarine, Mr. and Mrs. Barnett Bump and Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Farrow and children from Houston visited the H. E. Powells and attended the Blessing barbecue Sunday.

Lee Hall Pierce is home on leave from Ft. Benning, Ga.

Regina Butler and Lawrence Morris were home from college over the weekend.

Mrs. Gaylon Harvey and daughter, Debbie, from South Dakota, are visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Orsak.

Palacios Beacon, May 7, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

The junior class of Tidehaven honored the senior class with a prom Friday night, May 1, at the National Hall in El Maton. Decorations were carried out in the theme of Disneyland.

A baby son, Paul Alan, weighing 8 pounds, 1 1/2 ounces, was born to Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Piwonka Saturday, May 2.

Mrs. Carmen Wheeler of El Campo visited Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth Sunday.

Miss Mary Lou Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Melvin R. Smith of Blessing, was named valedictorian of the Tidehaven senior class with a four-year average of 94.6. Miss Judy Crabb, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. W. D. Crabb, was named salutatorian with an average of 93.4.

Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Earle of Lopeno visited Mr. and Mrs. D. M. Glenn Tuesday.

Mrs. A. P. Borden, Miss Theoplis O'Neal and Mrs. Clara Anthony, executive secretary of the Red Cross, all of Wharton; Mrs. C. A. Lucas of Houston; Mr. Roy Roome of Louise, and Mrs. Roy T. Phillips of Palacios were among the old-timers who attended the annual Blessing reunion Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Skutca Sr. are the new proprietors of the Blessing food market.

Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Bridges of Center spent several days last week with their daughter and family Mr. and Mrs. Earl R. Adams Jr.

Tribune, May 8, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Wallace L. Rickaway came home from the hospital Monday after undergoing an operation.

The Blessing and Markham 8th grades went to Houston on a picnic and sightseeing tour, Saturday. They visited the Herman Zoo and the San Jacinto Monument also the Battleship Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Travis Washington and Debbie of Austin spent the week-end with relatives in Blessing.

Archie and Frances Witham spent the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell.

A. Foster and Regina Butler spent Mother's Day at home with their folks.

Mrs. Lindsey Rickaway, Ronald, and Jeanette had dinner Sunday in La Ward with the John C. White family.

The Tidehaven Senior Class of '59 spent Saturday through Monday at the Flying L guest ranch in Bandera, Texas.

Rev. W. D. Crabb, Mrs. Henry R. Day, Mrs. D. M. Glenn, Mr. Guy Washington, Mrs. A. C. Harter, Mrs. L. B. Laslie, of Blessing, and Mrs. Ermine Stewart of Palacios were among the group of 290 attending the Colorado Associational Bible School Clinic at the First Baptist Church in El Campo, Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter C. Herreth, Martha, and Mike, of Houston spent Mother's Day with Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth. Also visiting her was her daughters, Mrs. Charles Barlow and daughter, Marilyn of Bay City.

Jody and Linda Simpson and Marilyn Barlow visited with Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway and family Thursday night.

Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Tobola spent Mother's Day in Clemville with her mother, Mrs. Lucille Grable.

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rickaway and Jimmy attended a showing of the new Frigidaire Frost-Proof freezers and refrigerators at the General Motors Training Center in Houston, Tuesday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Rickaway and family spent Mother's Day with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickaway.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Glaze and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ackerman gave the 6th grade band a barbecue Monday night. Those present besides the 12 band members were Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Pennington and Andy and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Adams, Jr. and son Mark.

W. M. Epperson, Barney Westfall, and Cecil Cole attended Sam Godsey's funeral in Conroe, May 8.

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Nevill and daughter Colleen and Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Courts and family of Beaumont spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. W. Wiltshire.

Frank E. Rickaway of Houston was home visiting his parents, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Partee from Indiana and baby son visited last week with Mrs. Partee's mother, Mrs. A. G. Schumaker.

Palacios Beacon, May 14, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fondon and family had as their guests Sunday two of her sisters, Mrs. J. __ Harper and family of Palacios, and Mr. and Mrs. Charley R. Kyle and family of Madisonville, also, Mr. Fondon's nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Fondon and Gail of Van Vleck.

Mr. and Mrs. James Rickaway and Diane of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rickaway of Tivoli visited relatives in Blessing, Sunday.

Alvin Walker and F. H. Rickway spent the day Sunday in Tivoli with Mrs. Louise Barker and Mrs. Leonna Newman.

Mrs. Alvin Walker is staying with her daughter, Mrs. Wallace Stephens and family, in Aldine.

Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Rickaway and family enjoyed a fish supper May 18th at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Barrett in Palacios.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Childress of Corpus Christi were Tuesday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. John Ackerman.

Mrs. A. M. Logan and Mrs. A. E. Schulte visited Mrs. Mary Bunk in Bay City, Saturday night.

Mrs. E. I. Chiles of Palacios spent the week with her daughter, Mrs. Lee M. Pierce.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Foster attended graduation exercises Sunday at Sam Houston State College in Huntsville. Arthur B. Foster was one of the students receiving his degree.

Mr. and Mrs. John C. White Sr. of La Ward were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Rickaway and family.

John Ackerman underwent surgery Tuesday morning at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

Mrs. W. A. Sanford and Walter Allan, Mrs. L. C. Cornelius, Mrs. George Cornelius and son, and Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Phillips attended the Stell Yeatts Pierce music recital in Palacios, Friday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell visited Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Witham in Houston and Dr. and Mrs. Byron Baird in Pasadena on Sunday.

Miss Mary Ann Miska of Galveston spent May 16-17 with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Ackerman.

Mr. and Mrs. Homer Phillips and David visited Mrs. and Mrs. Ned Phillips and Dennis in Bellville Sunday. They brought Mrs. S. V. Phillips home with them to stay for a time.

Mr. and Mrs. Richard Bradshaw, Ricky and Bart, of Dallas spent Saturday and Sunday with the John L. Sullivan family. Mrs. Katie Emma Vaclavick of La Coste also visited the Sullivan family Thursday of last week.

Miss Tommye Raye Epperson spent the week-end at home with her parents, the W. M. Eppersons.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickaway visited their son and family, the A. L. Rickaways in Brazoria, over the week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway and Stella Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Day, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickaway attended a Masonic picnic Sunday held under the historic Masonic Oak in Brazoria. After the picnic the Days and the Rickaways paid a short social call on Mrs. A. L. Rickaway and sons.

Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Ussery spent Sunday in Luling with their children, Mr. and Mrs. Abner Ussery, Jr., and Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Bailey and Lisa of Austin.

Mr. and Mrs. Julius Tobola of Sweet Home spent one day last week with Mr. and Mrs. V. J. Tobola.

Mrs. A. R. Matthes, Mr. and Mrs. John Ackerman, Mrs. L. P. Neuszer, and Mr. and Mrs. Bob Ackerman and children attended the festivities held at Collegeport, Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Sowell and Vint of Edna visited with the Donald Glaze family Friday through Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Tobola, Mrs. T. O. Allen, Mrs. Forrest Green, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Mienke, Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Westfall, Michael Pierce, Billy Jalufka, Bonnie Kay Rollins, Franklin Vavra, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Jurek, Virginia Ackerman, Gay Akins, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Braden, Rose Mary, and Betty Jo, Mr. and Mrs. W. T Brooks, Mrs. Jerry Hlozek, Bennie Swinky and Doris, Margaret, Geraldine and Patsy Swinky all attended the wedding of Miss Frances Swinky and Ray Dusek, Saturday at the Holy Cross Catholic Church in East Bernard.

Rev. V. J. Billy, Lillie Bily, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Krenek attended the Knights of Columbus convention Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Laredo. They then went on to Monterrey Mexico, and returned Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Pierce, Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Mrs. Lee Hall, and...

Palacios Beacon, May 28, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fredrickson of Florida spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Cornelius.

Mrs. W. L. Rickaway and children enjoyed a trip to Bird Island, Sunday.

Mrs. V. J. Tobola is confined to the hospital in Port Lavaca.

Kenneth Upton arrived home from Germany, Thursday, after receiving his separation papers from the Army. Mr. Upton spent 17 months in Germany.

N. E. Rupert and his children and mother have just returned home from a trip to California.

Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Payne of Pasadena spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Matthes.

Homer Morris has gone to work for the Pecos Petroleum Company. The Morris family will live in Orla, a small town close to Pecos.

Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Butler and family have recently moved to Robstown, where he is employed by the Coastal Transmission Company.

The H. D. Garner family have moved from their house in town to the Delhi Pipeline Company camp.

Mrs. Lillian Chaudoin is at home improving slowly from her illness. ...

Palacios Beacon, June 18, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brod of El Campo and Mr. and Mrs. Ab Ussery were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. Foster.

Mrs. F. E. Matthes, along with her daughter, Mrs. Glen Payne of Pasadena, left here Friday en route to Pennsylvania where they will attend the wedding of Mrs. Matthes' grandson, Benny Claud Payne.

Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Rhodes and daughters, Genevieve and Jorene of Freeport and Mrs. Floyd Howell of Old Ocean were here Tuesday for the funeral  of Mrs. R. H. Rhodes' sister, Mrs. Fred Powell of Palacios.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gresham of Louise spent the day Friday with Mr. and Mrs. Donald Glaze and family.

The Blessing Community will participate in the Mother's March of Dimes for polio on Monday night, August 24th. Contributions for this worthy cause may also be made through the churches.

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rickaway and children took a trip to Port Alto and Tivoli, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill McClintock and son, Tommy, of Tivoli were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell. Mr. and Mrs. Archie Witham were also week-end company of the Powells.

Jimmy Rickaway spent the day in Houston Sunday with his brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Rickaway.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth went to Galveston Sunday to visit her grandson, Joel Barlow, who is in John Sealy Hospital. Mrs. Herreth also visited her son, Lawrence and his family in Houston the same day.

Mrs. G. C. Baker and Eugene Dukes left Saturday for West Palm Beach, Florida.

Mrs. Flossie Winters of Markham visited with Mrs. Steve Rickaway Saturday afternoon.

A Little League appreciation dinner will be held Thursday night, August 20th, at 7:30 p. m. at the community house. Everyone attending is asked to bring their own covered dish. The trophy to the team and the individual awards will be awarded.

Mrs. M. O. Maxwell of Houston spent Tuesday and Wednesday last week with her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell.

Mr. and Mrs. William Archie and family of Houston were Tuesday visitors of Mrs. E. Herreth.

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fraser and boys, Donnie and Roy of Brunswick, Georgia, en route to Mexico, visited with Mr. and Mrs. V. J. Tobola last week.

Eleven young people and two sponsors from the First Baptist Church attended the youth retreat Friday and Saturday at the Baptist Encampment in Palacios.

Mrs. Mary Bunk and A. C. Herreth, Jr. of Bay City were Wednesday visitors of Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth.

Mrs. A. E. Schulte and James Nelson Cowger spent the week-end in San Antonio visiting with Mrs. Lizzie Cusack and other relatives.

The annex of the First Baptist Church was the scene of a baby shower Friday night honoring Mrs. Kerry Griffith. Refreshments of lime sherbet with ginger ale, cake,...

Palacios Beacon, August 20, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. August Rickaway, F. H. Rickaway, and Mrs. Robert Rickaway visited relatives in Tivoli, Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. George Guynes and family of Premont were weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Guynes and Mrs. T. O. Allen.

Mr. and Mrs. James Rickaway and family of Houston were Sunday visitors of the H. T. Phillips family.

Mrs. W. A. Sanford and Walter Allen spent Sunday with the R. B. Trulls in Palacios.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Mikus and family of Houston spent the Labor Day week-end with Ed Day and David.

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rickaway and children took a trip to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, over the week-end.

Dr. and Mrs. Fred T. Matthes and family of Bay City spent Labor Day with Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes. They all attended the boat races in Palacios in the afternoon.

Mrs. J. H. Powell visited Mrs. Harold Brown and family in Port Lavaca, Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Rickaway spent Saturday through Monday with the S. M. Rickaway family.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth spent Saturday and Sunday in Houston visiting with her two sons, Lawrence and Walter, and their families. Lawrence Herreth, his wife, and children brought Mrs. Herreth home Sunday night and spent Labor Day with her.

Rev. Walter Crabb took his daughter Judy to Corpus Christi Monday where she will be attending the University of Corpus Christi. Mr. Melvin Smith also took his daughter Mary Lou to Corpus where she will also be attending the same college.

Twenty-five children helped Robert Cornett celebrate his 8th birthday at a party at his home on Monday, August 31st. The children enjoyed refreshments of cake, cold drinks, ice cream, and candy and balloons as party favors.

Rev. B. D. Vanderslice of First Baptist Church in El Campo filled the pulpit at the First Baptist Church in Blessing, Sunday night, speaking on church finances.

Nelson Parker from Madisonville is spending the week with the W. C. Browns.

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell and Mr. and Mrs. Archie Witham went to Indianola, Sunday.

Miss Martha Ann Wheeler left Tuesday for Fort Worth where she will be attending the Texas Christian University.

Palacios Beacon, September 10, 1959
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

(Too Late For Last Week)

Mr. and Mrs. A. Foster went to Houston last Tuesday to meet their son Arthur B. Foster, who was returning home by plane from Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois. Mr. Foster completed his 6-months training with the Air Force.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Sleepy from Dayton, Ohio spent the first of last week with her mother, Mrs. Rupert, and her brother, Mr. Norman Rupert and his children.

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Stence are the proud parents of a baby boy, Ronald Wayne. The infant weighed 7 pounds 15 ounces and was born at 6:04 a. m. Friday, April 15, at the Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

The top two honor graduates from the Tidehaven High School have been announced. Valedictorian is Mary Louise Kopecky of El Maton and salutatorian is Tony Garcia, from Markham.

Honor roll students from the Blessing Elementary School for the fifth six weeks are:

1st grade--Mrs. Smith: Shirley Zimmerman, Deborah Zielonka, John Sullivan, Linda Louderback, Judy Nedbalek, Edwin Logan.

2nd grade--Mrs. McCloud: Anned Saha, Gale Ackerman, George Washington, Francis Kana, Patrick Nemec, Deborah Richardson.

3rd grade--Mrs. Cornett: Joe Lee Whitley, Jerry James Zemanek, Annette Zapalac, Mary Helen Gaas, Dona Ann Cox.

4th grade--Mrs. Schoelman: Mina Ruth Adkins, Beverly Crabb, Joyce Gunter, George William Hejtmanek.

5th grade--Mrs. Curnutt: John Henry Zemanek.

6th grade--Miss Jacobs: Jimmie Ardell Cornelius.

7th grade--Mrs. Pennington: Donna Lynn Glaze, Robert Glenn.

8th grade--Mr. Louderback: Stella Ruth Rickaway.

Don't forget to come to the fifth annual Blessing Homecoming to be held at the Community House on Sunday, May 1st. Chicken barbecue will be served at 11:30 a. m. at $1.00 per plate. There will also be drinks and dessert. Entertainment will be furnished throughout the evening by the Tidehaven High School Band, the Blessing Junior High School Band, the Dixie Land Band boys from Palacios. There will be banjo and accordion music by Mr. Stanley Kopnicky and his son, Freddy, an acrobatic dance by Miss Ann Matthes of Bay City, square dancing by Blessing Elementary School students, and games and contests for the boys. Snow cones and cotton candy will be on sale and the Palacios Lions Club's ferris wheel will be there. The booklet compiled by Mrs. A. B. Pierce of the old Hawley Cemetery minute book will be on sale at $2.50 per copy. Pictures of the old church at Hawley will also be displayed and a painting of the old church by Forrest Bess of Bay City will also be on exhibition. Everyone come to the picnic and have an enjoyable time.

Mr. Wallace L. Rickaway attended a postmaster's meeting Sunday near Bellville.

Miss Geneva Kopnicky and Mr. Charles Rives were married Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Peter's Catholic Church.

The valedictorian of the 8th grade of the Blessing Elementary School is Suzanne Saha with a yearly average of 94.9. Salutatorian is Stella Ruth Rickaway with an average of 93.6.

Mrs. Edith Law and Mrs. Edna Woodruff of San Antonio, formerly of Blessing, will be house guests of Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Sr. for the Blessing Homecoming and the following week. Their old friends are invited to call on them at Mrs. Pierce's home.

Thirteen W. M. U. Ladies and Rev. Rayford Harris of the First Baptist Church in Palacios were dinner guests of Mrs. D. M. Glenn, Monday.

The Blessing track team attended the University Interscholastic League 26-A meet in Bay City Saturday. Industrial won first place in the 7th grade division and Blessing won first place in the 8th grade division with 44 points. Industrial won second place in the 8th grade division with 43 1/3 points.

Mr. and Mrs. August Rickaway returned home one day last week from Memphis, Tennessee where they had been visiting their daughter and family, the Don Hollars.

The Blessing girls' softball team defeated the Markham girls 22-11 Friday at the Blessing school.

Janice and Jo Barnett of Houston spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Rickaway.

Jerry Hemphill tied for first place in the high jump at the regional track meet held in Victoria, Saturday. This qualifies him for the State meet.

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Gholstone and daughters Diana and Barbara of Houston spent Saturday night and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Wiltshire.

Palacios Beacon, April 28, 1960
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Den 1 of Cub Scout Pack No. 672 met Thursday afternoon at Mrs. O. L. Green's home. Mike Dannels presided at the meeting. History of the beginning of flying was given. Boys were encouraged to bring kites and other projects to the Pack meeting. Refreshments were served and games were enjoyed.

Den 2 of Cub Scout Pack No. 672 met Thursday afternoon at Mrs. Elmer Cornett's home. The denner, Donnie Koppnicky, held the meeting. Plans were made for the pack meeting. After refreshments were served by Mrs. E. E. Hurta, the Cubs played baseball.

A total of $121 was netted for the American Cancer Society drive which took place on April 13th. Those doing volunteer work were June Havel, Anne Sullivan, Mrs. Cecil Cole, Mrs. Lane Calhoun, Mrs. H. D. Garner, Mrs. F. E. Rickaway, Mrs. Henry R. Day, Mrs. Lee M. Pierce, and Mrs. J. E. Cornett. If there are those who were missed by the workers who wish to contribute to the cancer fund they may send their contributions to Mrs. J. E. Cornett in Blessing or Mrs. Scott Richardson in Bay City.

Carey Butler left Monday for San Diego, California, after being at home visiting his parents on a two-week leave from his Navy base there. Carey will leave San Diego soon for Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Rickaway and family of Brazoria spent Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickaway and Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth.

Mr. and Mrs. Leo Neuszer are the grandparents of a daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Leo Neuszer, Jr. of Markham. The baby was born in Matagorda General Hospital early Tuesday morning.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie Witham and son Walter of Houston were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Powell.

Mrs. C. P. Butler went to Houston Monday to bring her grandmother, Mrs. F. M. Bicknell, home with her. Mrs. Bicknell will stay with the Butlers for a time before returning to her home in Lubbock.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickaway, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Rickaway and family, and Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth visited Mr. and Mrs. D. Maschek in Hallettsville, Sunday.

Sixteen members of  Bay Scout Troop No. 672 of Blessing hiked out to the Carancahua River Saturday afternoon where they camped overnight. Leaders Frank E. Rickaway, John L. Sullivan and Arthur B. Foster went with the boys.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Day, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rickaway and Stella Ruth, Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Henry T. Walters, and Mr. and Mrs. James Pennington and Andy attended the chicken-spaghetti supper sponsored by the Palacios Chapter No. 125, O. E. S. Friday night in Palacios.

Mr. and Mrs. James C. Elmore and family of Baytown were Saturday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams.

Lessons in the Spanish language are being taught by Mrs. D. M. Glenn at the Community House each Monday and Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p. m. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend.

Anyone living in this area or whose families used to live here or on the adjacent rivers years ago are requested to contact Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Sr., of Blessing, as soon as possible, to find out about the exhibit of old photographs--from babyhood on up--to be held in the Blessing Community House Library on Sunday, May 7th--Blessing's Home Coming Day and Barbecue. Our Committee will take good care of your pictures or other small, old articles. Phone 2161 as to what you have or bring articles in to the Community House on Saturday, May 6th after 10 a. m. when they will be hung. Pictures will be numbered and another "Guessing Contest" will be held Sunday, May 7th. Prizes will be offered.

Mrs. Frank E. Rickaway, Mrs. Steve Rickaway, Johnny Neuman, and Elaine Day shopped in Bay City, Thursday afternoon.

The following pupils of the Blessing Elementary School made all "A's" for the fifth six weeks:

First Grade: Cinday Kay Garner, Kathleen Saha, Susan Tobola, Doris Zemanek.

Second Grade: Ellen Blackshere, Linda Dannels, Jocelyn Glenn, Ronnie Hejtmanek, Edwin Logan, Linda Louderback, Judy Nedbalek, Couqueze Rusk, John Sullivan, Deborah Zielonka, Richard Zapalac.

Third Grade: Anned Saha, Francis Kana.

Fourth Grade: Donna Ann Cox, Mary Ellen Gaas, Annette Marie Zapalac.

Fifth Grade: George Hejtmanek.

Sixth Grade: John Henry Zemanek.

Seventh Grade: Jimmie Ardell Cornelius, Jacqueline Glenn, Rose Marie Zemanek.

Eighth Grade: Eileen Ackerman, Donna Lynn Glaze, Robert Glenn, Susie McKissick, Jo Lynette Skutca.

The Valedictorian of the eighth grade graduating class of the Blessing Elementary School is Robert Mack Glenn who has a class average for the year's work of 97.6. The Salutatorian of the class is Donna Lynn Glaze with an average of 97.02 for the year's work. The Class Will will be compiled and delivered by Jo Lynette Skutca. The Class Prophecy will be given by Susie McKissick.

Mrs. Marie Decker and family spent the week-end shopping in Victoria and visiting Mrs. Decker's mother, Mrs. Yarbrough, in McFadden, Texas.

Spending the week with Mr. and Mrs. John L. Sullivan was Mrs. Katie Emma Vaclavick of La Coste. Also visiting Mrs. Sullivan and Mrs. Vaclavick on Monday was Mrs. Bill Saman of Danevang, a former resident of Blessing.

Palacios Beacon, April 7, 1961
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. David King of Houston attended the wedding of her brother, A. J. Hebert, Jr. at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing, Friday. They also visited with Mr. King's mother, Mrs. Peter Hamelink.

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rickaway and F. H. Rickaway spent Saturday night and Sunday in Houston visiting Mr. and Mrs. James Rickaway and family.

Vacation Bible School will begin at the First Baptist Church on June 5th and will end on June 16th. Every child up to 16 years of age is invited to attend.

Mrs. Boyd Foltyn, Jr. of Midfield and Mrs. Henry Day made a business trip to Palacios, Wednesday afternoon.

Thirty-three seniors of the 1961 Tidehaven High School attended a chuckwagon supper given by the W. M. U. of the First Baptist Church, Thursday night. Brother W. B. Chandler was the Master of Ceremonies and Rev. Ferman Weedon of the First Baptist Church in Bay City was the speaker. Rev. Weedon also sang and played the guitar. Teachers attending were Supt. G. K. Nelson and his wife, Aleta Nelson, Principal and Mrs. Delvin Taska, Mrs. and Mrs. George Sparks, and Rev. and Mrs. R. E. Black. Mr. D. M. Glenn, superintendent of the Sunday School, was also present. The supper consisted of barbecued chicken, potato salad, beans, cabbage slaw, pickles, onions, rolls, tea and cookies.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster spent the week-end in Tomball visiting Mr. and Mrs. Tony Johs.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gresham of Louise and Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Sowell and Vint of Edna visited Mr. and Mrs. Donald Glaze and family on Mother's Day.

Spending Saturday night and Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. John L. Sullivan and family were Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sullivan of Runge.,

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell went to Houston Sunday afternoon to observe the christening of their grandson, Walter Powell Witham, by Rev. A. C. Maxted at the St. Simon's Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth went to Sugar Valley Sunday with Mrs. Charles Barlow and Joel and ate dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brown. Mrs. Herreth visited with her daughter, Mrs. Barlow, at her home in Bay City later in the evening and then was brought home by her daughter.

Saturday dinner guests of Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth were Martin Herreth and his two nieces, Ila and Hattie Belle, all of Bay City. They also visited with Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Schulte.

A report from Mrs. Howard Garner indicates that approximately 775 enjoyed the chicken barbecue dinner at Blessing on May 7th, and that 850 attended throughout the day.

Visiting Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Brown over the week-end were Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Brown and son Bill of Bloomington.

Mrs. C. P. Butler returned home Sunday after taking her grandmother to Lorenzo, Texas. It was also reported that Mrs. Butler's father is a little improved.

Palacios Beacon, May 18, 1961
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

The new home of the American Legion Post No. 649 will be open for the public at their barbecue, Sunday. Barbecued dinner and supper will be served. State officers of the American Legion will be present to make dedication talks.

Mrs. A. R. Matthes attended the wedding of John Franklin Bunk and Nanci Newman in Bay City Saturday night.

Mrs. A. E. Schulte and Mrs. Grace Cowger spent the week-end visiting Mr. and Mrs. James Cowger and daughter in San Antonio.

Lee Hall Pierce, David Joe and Lawrence Bartosh returned home Saturday from Louisiana, where they spent the summer.

Mrs. Milton Bess and children, who are living in Mexico, spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hamelink.

Mrs. W. B. Chandler, Mrs. Donald Glaze, and Mrs. Duke Glenn are in Waco, this week attending the W. M. U. House Party being held at the Baylor University.

Mrs. Leo Neuszer, Mrs. H. D. Garner and Mrs. A. R. Matthes attended a Publicity Clinic held at the Service Center, Monday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Spring and family took Mrs. Gertrude Elder back to her home in Seguin, Saturday. They also visited relatives in Luling.

Jack Ackerman, now residing in Houston, spending the week with Mr. and Mrs. John Ackerman.

Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hamelink were Mr. and Mrs. David King and family of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. W. G. King and family of Markham.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Havel and children spent several days in Houston last week shopping and visiting Mrs. Havel's aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Fooshee, and her stepmother, Mrs. A. B. Christie.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Havel and family and Mrs. T. J. Havel visited with Mrs. Mary Jurek at Da Costa and Mrs. Henry Koslar in Victoria, Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Bridges of Mertzon, Texas, visited Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Bridges and family, Tuesday, August 22nd.

Mrs. Marie Decker and children of Victoria visited Thursday with Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth, Mrs. Howard Garner and the I. L. Reeves family. Charlotte Decker spent Thursday night with Jo Lynette Skutca.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Gavender of Bay City visited with Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rickaway and Stella Ruth, Sunday.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth went with Mrs. Charles Barlow to Houston Saturday and visited with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Herreth and family and Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Herreth and family. On the way home Sunday night, they stopped in Brazoria to visit with Albert Lee, Joy, and Barbara Jean Rickaway.

Lee, Jr. and Glenn Rickaway of Brazoria spent several days last week with Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickaway.

Palacios Beacon, July 31, 1961
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Robin Lee Spring, weighing 7 lbs. 7 1/2 ozs., was born to Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Spring at 11:50 A. M. on Friday, August 11th, at Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

Charles Mikus of Houston visited his children at the home of Ed Day Saturday. The children are staying with their grandfather while their mother is in the hospital. Mr. Mikus also visited Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Day.

Donald Morton and Fred V. Rickaway made a business trip to Houston, Friday.

Mrs. Noel Fuller of Robstown visited with Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Ward in Midfield over the weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Wallace and family have returned home after a 10-day trip to Louisiana and Arkansas. The Wallaces visited with his mother in Plain Dealing, La.

Lillie Hlozek attended a Catholic Retreat in San Antonio over the week-end.

Mrs. Ed Parker and her son David are vacationing in Beebe, Arkansas where they have bought a farm.

Mrs. Christie Fondon returned home Wednesday after undergoing surgery at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston.

Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Havel and son Henry and Dorothy Warn and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Schimek and Phyllis of Palacios spent Sunday, August 6th, with Mr. and Mrs. Albert Smaistrla in East Bernard.

Miss Olga Shimek of Houston came down Saturday to visit Mrs. I. G. Tobola. She went with Mrs. I. G. Tobola, Mr. and Mrs. C. G. Tobola, Mr. and Mrs. Barney Westfall, and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Tobola and boys to the 7th annual Tobola reunion in St. John, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Havel and children, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Havel and Henry, and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Shimek and Phyllis all enjoyed a barbecue supper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Havel in Port Lavaca, Wednesday.

Mrs. Joe Trojcak of La Ward went with Mrs. Arthur Foster to Tomball Tuesday, where they visited Mr. and Mrs. Johs. Wednesday they went to Houston and visited with Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Spies and family.

Mrs. H. E. Powell checked into the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo Monday afternoon where she underwent surgery Tuesday morning. Mrs. Powell will be in the hospital about ten days.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes went to Dr. and Mrs. R. A. Matthes' fishing camp on Chinquapin River for supper Saturday night, where they were entertaining several couples from Dallas and Ft. Worth, who were classmates of Dr. Matthes in Dental School.

Sunday visitors of Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Herreth and family of Lolita and Lois Barlow of Bay City.

Ellen Bingham of Point Comfort spent last week with her aunt, Mrs. C. P. Butler.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes were Sunday dinner guests of Dr. and Mrs. Fred Matthes and family.

Mr. and Mrs. A. Foster were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Trojcak in La Ward.

Palacios Beacon, August 17, 1961
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mrs. Ellen Cornelius, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Davant and daughter and Jeanie Davant spent several days last week visiting the George Corneliuses at Stingray Beach on Bolivar Peninsula. Richard Cornelius returned to Blessing with Mrs. Cornelius to spend a week with her.

Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Neuman and Allan of Wharton visited Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Rickaway and Randy Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rickaway and Jeanette spent the week-end visiting the Longhorn Cavern and Buckner Boy's Ranch at Burnet, Texas and Inks Lake and Buchanan Dam, and the Aquarena and Wonder Cave at San Marcos, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes and Mrs. Delia Braden spent the weekend at the camp house of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Braden at Bluewater Beach on Bolivar Peninsula.

Dr. and Mrs. Russell Matthes and children of Bay City were luncheon guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes.

Miss Mary Ann Haner of Houston and Arthur B. Foster of Port Lavaca spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster.

W. L. Rickaway and F. H. Rickaway visited Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Newman, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rickaway, Mrs. Leona Newman, and Louise Barker in Tivoli, Thursday.

A baby girl, weighing 7 lbs. 8 1/2 ozs., was born to Mr. and Mrs.. Gene Karasek at Wagner General Hospital in Palacios on August 15th. The little girl was named Rita Lynette.

Attending a chicken barbecue at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Day Sunday were Lawrence Morris, Mary Ann Haner, Arthur B. Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Newman and Allan of Wharton, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rickaway and Stella Ruth, Mrs. F. E. Rickaway, Sylvia Hlozek, David Day, Sammy Lee Powell, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Rickaway, and the honorees, Rose Marie Morris, Frank E. Rickaway, Randy Rickaway, Tommye Raye Powell, and Elaine Day, who all celebrated birthdays recently.

Week-end visitors of F. H. Rickway were Mr. and Mrs. James Rickaway and family of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Ray Rickaway and family of Freeport.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Herreth and family of Lolita, Mrs. Charles Barlow and Bubba of Bay City, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brown of Sugar Valley, and Tommy Herreth of Houston had a barbecue dinner at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth, Sunday.

Randy Rickaway celebrated his first birthday Saturday with a party at his home. Those present were Mrs. George Svoboda and boys, David and Mark of El Campo, Mrs. Anne Sullivan and daughter Anne, Mrs. Wilbur Vaclavick and daughter Ellen, Kim and Melody Spring, Mrs. June Havel and son Kenneth.

A. C. Herreth and children of Bay City visited Elizabeth Herreth, Wednesday.

Palacios Beacon, August 24, 1961
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Rickaway and family of Freeport and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rickaway of Brazoria visited Frank H. Rickaway over the Labor Day weekend.

Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Witham and Walter of Houston spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell.

Lawrence Morris of San Antonio and Bobby Hlozek of Marshall spent the week-end in Blessing with their parents.

Mrs. Ina Mae Harter of San Antonio spent the Labor Day week-end with the A. C. Harter family.

Mr. and Mrs. August Rickaway spent the week-end in Dallas visiting Mr. and Mrs. Don Hollar and family.

Mrs. H. E. Powell is recuperating at home following a major operation she had in El Campo recently.

Dr. and Mrs. Fred Matthes and Mrs. Della Braden of Bay City attended the dedication ceremony at the new American Legion Hall, Sunday.

Miss Mary Ann Haner of Robstown and Arthur B. Foster of Port Lavaca spent the Labor Day week end with Mr. and Mrs. A. Foster.

Mrs. L. M. Pierce, Mrs. Michael Pierce, Mrs. A. R. Matthes, Mrs. Ruby Hamelink, Betty Lou Rickaway, Lillie Hlozek, and Sylvia Hlozek of Blessing and Suzie Balusek, Gay Akins, Mrs. Carl Jensen and daughter, Carleene, Mrs. E. E. Hurta of El Maton were among those attending a bridal shower honoring Miss Priscilla Hurta of Midfield, Thursday night. She is the bride-elect of Shelton Hebert of Markham.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Schulte, Mrs. Grace Cowger, and Mrs. A. M. Logan attended funeral services for their nephew and cousin, Arthur Lee Schulte, at the Heights Funeral Home in Houston Saturday.

Miss Joyce Mielsch of Tyler visited with Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Rickaway, Saturday.

Mrs. Frank E. Rickaway and Randy are spending the week in Houston visiting Mr. and Mrs. Walter Herreth and family.

Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams have returned home from a vacation trip to Canada and Yellowstone National Park.

Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams attended funeral services for her mother, Mrs. Walker, in Atlanta, Texas, Sunday.

Palacios Beacon, September 14, 1961
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. Shelton Hebert of Markham and Miss Priscilla Hurta were united in marriage on Saturday, September 9th, at 3:00 p. m. at St. Peter's rectory in Blessing.

Funeral services for J. E. Bullington of Bay City were held at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City at 2:00 p. m. Sunday. Interment was at Hawley. Mr. Bullington was the brother of Mrs. A. A. Brown and Miss Daisy Thompson.

Mr. and Mrs. L. J. Junek and family of Palacios, whose home was destroyed by the storm are renting a house in Blessing.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ackerman of Collegeport, whose home was destroyed by the hurricane, are staying temporarily with Mr. and Mrs. John Ackerman.

Leaving their home in Olivia while the hurricane was blowing and staying with Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Powell was the Harold Brown family.

A baby boy weighing 6 1/2 pounds was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Vaclavick at the Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City on Wednesday, September 13th. The little boy was named Allen Neal.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth and Mrs. Robert Rickaway went with Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Rickaway and family to Kerrville to stay during the hurricane. Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Epperson and Ginger, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Powell and Sammy, and Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Rickaway also stayed in Kerrville.

Palacios Beacon, September 21, 1961
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Twenty-five members and two new members of the St. Anne's Altar Society met Monday night at 7:30 p. m. and made plans for a covered dish dinner to be held on Sunday, October 15th. Prizes that should have been given at the cancelled Harvest Festival will be awarded. The Altar Society also will hold a bake sale on Saturday, October 21st, in front of Matthes' Hardware.

A bridal shower honoring Miss Betty Jo Braden, bride-elect of Edwin Hubenak of Ganado, was held at St. Peter's Parish Hall at 2:30 p. m, Sunday. After the gifts were opened, the 33 guests enjoyed refreshments. Hostesses for the event were: Frances Hlozek, Lillie Hlozek, Olga Westfall, Martha Hlozek, Wilma Vavra, Lousie Vavra, Angelina Kopnicky, Mary Bartosh, June Havel, Anne Sullivan, Mary Tomasek, Mary Orsak, Rosie Kosarek, Marie Morris, Tillie Dornak, and Mrs. T. J. Havel.

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Rickaway and Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Powell and Sammy visited Mr. and Mrs. Harold Brown and family in Point Comfort, Sunday. They also drove through Olivia and Port Alto.

Mrs. Lillie Hlozek and daughter Sylvia moved into their new home Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Holt of San Antonio visited Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lane Powell and Sammy Lee on September 23 and 24.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Day made a trip to Burnet, Texas, Thursday to the ranch owned by C. B. Webster of Houston.

Visiting Mr. and Mrs. Victor Tobola and boys Sunday and having dinner with them were Mr. and Mrs. Julius Tobola, Sr. and son Edwin and Mr. and Mrs. Julius Tobola, Jr. of Sweet Home, Texas, and Mr. and Mrs. Barney Westfall, Rev. John Matocha and Emily Hanslik of Blessing.

Visiting Mrs. Christie Fondon and children Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Harper and Jimmy of Chriesman, Texas.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Rickaway and Randy spent Saturday night and Sunday visiting Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Neuman and son Allan in Wharton.

Miss Nancy Jo Jensen is attending Patricia Stevens Career School in Houston. She is planning to be an airline stewardess.

The W. M. U. of the First Baptist Church enjoyed a mission study program Tuesday night. Miss Jean Fuller of Bay City taught the book "Educating Youth in Missions." Cake and coffee were served to the 18 ladies present after the program.

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Crain of Beaumont visited Mrs. Christie Fondon and her children Monday. Mrs. Zelda Dunn, who has been visiting this past week with the Fondons, went back to Beaumont with the Crains.

Visiting Frank H. Rickaway Sunday were Mr. and Mrs. James Rickaway and children of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Rickaway of Brazoria, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Rickaway of Jones Creek, Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Eads of Velasco, and Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Walker and family of Old Ocean. The men folks helped Mr. Rickaway put a new roof on his home.

The Tidehaven High School Band attended the University of Houston-Mississippi State football game Saturday night at Rice Stadium in Houston. They performed in the half time ceremonies along with 2,000 other band students.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry R. Day made a trip to the lake home of C. B. Webster on Clear Lake, Friday.

Mrs. W. E. Hunt, district W. M. U. President of Angleton, installed the local W. M. U. officers for this year Wednesday night at the First Baptist Church. The officers are as follows; President, Mrs. Donald Glaze; Vice-President, Mrs. J. L. Reed; Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. Robert Rickaway; G. A. Director, Mrs. Eddie Baker; Intermediate G. A. Counselor, Mrs. Glen Ussery; Jr. G. A. Counselor, Mrs. H. D. Garner; Sunbeam Band Director, Mrs. J. W. Fondon; Nursery Sunbeam Counselor, Mrs. Fred Day; Beginner Sunbeam Counselor, Mrs. Kerry Griffith; Primary Sunbeam Counselor, Miss Gale Smith; Enlistment Chairman, Mrs. Herman Powell; Program Chairman, Mrs. D. M. Glenn; Mission Study Chairman, Mrs. H. T. Phillips; Prayer Chairman, Mrs. A. C. Harter; Community Missions Chairman, Mrs. W. C. Brown; Stewardship Chairman, Mrs. D. M. Glenn; Publications Chairman, Mrs. Robert Rickaway; Social Chairman, Mrs. Morris Adams; Publicity Chairman, Mrs. H. D. Garner.

Palacios Beacon, October 5, 1961
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

A short Christmas play entitled "A Star is Shining" was presented Friday by the Junior and Intermediate Sunday School classes at the First Baptist Church. After the play was over the children were visited by Santa Claus and given bags of fruit and candy.

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Allan Spring and children left Friday enroute to Luling and Kingsbury, where they are spending the holidays with their families.

Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Adams, Jr. and son Mark are spending the holidays in Center, Texas, with Mr. and Mrs. J. I. Bridges.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth, who came home from the hospital Wednesday after undergoing major surgery, is recuperating.

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Rickaway visited the Lee Weber's in Bay City on Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mikus and family of Houston spent the holidays with Ed Day and son David.

Lee Hall Pierce, who is stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana, is home for Christmas.

Fred V. Rickaway of Brazoria and Sally Sue Roecker of Markham visited Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rickaway and family on December 17th.

The community welcomes Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Spurlock and family of Baytown, who recently moved here. Mrs. Spurlock is a sister of Mrs. C. R. Wallace.

Mr. and Mrs. De Lane Calhoun went to Houston last week to visit their daughter, Mrs. Bruce Stephens, when she became very ill following the birth of her first child, a daughter.

Bay City Tribune, December 26, 1961
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Calhoun of Richmond visited Mr. and Mrs. Lane Calhoun and sons Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Cox and daughter Janice of Katy and Mr. and Mrs. Roger Lovell and family of Pearland were Sunday dinner guests of the D. M. Glenns.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Tomasek took their son, L. J., to Houston Thursday night to board a plane for Columbia, South Carolina, where he will be based at Ft. Jackson.

Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Rickaway and children were visiting relatives here Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Karasek and children Gene, Jr. and Rita of Palacios were Sunday visitors of Mrs. Mary Bartosh and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rickaway of Tivoli, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Walker of Aldine, the Fred Rickaways of Brazoria and Miss Sally Roecker of Markham were visitors of Frank H. Rickaway, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Nicholson and two sons of Houston and Mrs. Frank Eversole and her son, Paul Gregory, were recent visitors of their sister, Mrs. Johnny Nedbalek and family. J. B. Nicholson, who is in the U. S. Air Force, and Mrs. Eversole, who is leaving next month to join her husband in Africa where he is employed by an oil company, are former residents of Blessing.

Palacios Beacon, April 12, 1962
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Rickaway spent the week-end in Richmond visiting Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Calhoun. They all attended the Milwaukee Braves-Colt .45's baseball game in Houston Saturday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rickaway and Randy spent Sunday in Wharton visiting Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Neuman and son Allan.

Mrs. W. B. Chandler, Mrs. Christie Fondon and Carolyn, Mrs. A. C. Harter, Mrs. Robert Rickaway, Mrs. Donald Glaze, Mrs. J. H. Powell and Mrs. Duke Glenn attended the quarterly W. M. U. meeting in Louise, Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Schulte celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home in Blessing, Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Logan and Edwin of Blessing and Mrs. Grace Cowger of Markham, daughters of the couple gave them an "open house" party. In the houseparty were Mrs. W. B. Hiller of Markham, Mrs. L. M. Pierce, Mrs. Frank Bunk of Bay City, Mrs. L. P. Neuszer, Mrs. Arthur Foster, Mrs. Dick Powell, Mrs. J. E. Cornett, Mrs. Mary Salley and Mrs. A. R. Matthes. Approximately 150 friends and relatives from Houston, New Gulf, Bay City, Van Vleck, Palacios, Wadsworth, La Ward, Lolita, and Blessing attended. The serving table was set with a coffee service and punch bowl and centered with a white wedding cake with gold rose and centered with a miniature bride and groom. The house was decorated with many lovely flowers in yellow and gold. The Schulte's received many lovely gifts.

David Day underwent surgery on his right eye Thursday in Columbus. He was accompanied to the hospital by his brother, Henry Day, and Frank E. Rickaway. He returned home the same day. Accompanying David to Columbus Friday to have his eye checked and re-bandaged were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Day. Henry Day also went with David to Columbus Monday to have his eye checked.

Bay City Tribune, May 2, 1962
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. Tony Johs and Jackie of Tomball were weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster.

Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lindamood were in Houston on Tuesday, April 24th. Mr. Lindamood underwent a routine check-up.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Earl Smith of Bay City visited Mrs. Ruby Barnes on Friday, April 20th.

The Democratic Primary election will be held Saturday, Mary 5, in the old Blessing bank building. The west entrance will be used.

A bake sale sponsored by the Palacios Chapter No. 125 O. E. S. will be held Saturday at the election site.

Arthur B. Foster returned to Weslaco Saturday after spending his vacation here last week.

Mrs. Jerry Hlosek, Mrs. Bertha Allen, and Angelina Kopnicky went to Houston Sunday to visit Mrs. Joseph Dedek, who is recovering from an operation at St. Luke's Hospital.

Mr. and Mrs. Glen Ussery and family spent Saturday and Sunday in Luling. They attended funeral services for a friend.

Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Murphy of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, visited Mrs. Ruby Barnes, April 17th. Mrs. Murphy is Mrs. Barnes' sister.

The annual Blessing Homecoming will be held at the Community House on Sunday, May 6th. Barbecued chicken will be served beginning at 11:30 a. m. Plates will be $1.00 and drinks and desserts may be bought extra. Music will be furnished in the afternoon and there will also be a display of pictures of damage done in this area by Hurricane Carla. Everyone is invited to come and have a good time meeting old friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Austin Savage, Mrs. Lee Weber, Mrs. Lois Barlow, Mrs. Hattie Bell Wilson and daughter and her sister Lila Bell, of Bay City, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Herreth and family of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Herreth and family of Lolita, and Joel Edward Barlow of Bay City all visited Mrs. E. Herreth, Sunday.

A bake sale was held Saturday in Blessing to buy uniforms for the Little League ball teams.

Rev. and Mrs. W. B. Chandler, Joe Chandler, and Dorothy Biskup and Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes and guest, Mrs. Violet McKnight of Bay City, attended the chicken barbecue Sunday at LeTulle Park sponsored by the Oddfellows and Rebekahs of Bay City. Proceeds are used to send two delegates to the U. N.

Ira Miller of Houston visited his cousin, Mrs. Hugh Spring and her family Friday and Saturday.

Mrs. Ollie Foster made a business trip to Bay City, Monday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. G. K. Heck spent the week-end with the C. P. Butlers. Mr. Heck is now employed by Coastal Transmission in Falfurrias, Texas.

Spending Saturday and Sunday with the Hugh Spring family were Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Allman, Sherry and Kevin, Mrs. Gertrude Elder of Seguin.

Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Butler went to Conroe Sunday to get Mr. Butler's father, R. J. Butler, and bring him home with them.

Palacios Beacon, May 3, 1962
 


Blessing News

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rickaway and Jeanette visited Mrs. J. C. White, Sr., in the hospital in Palacios, Sunday afternoon.

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Walker of Aldine were Sunday visitors of Frank H. Rickaway.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Zemanek and two daughters of Dallas spent the week-end with Mrs. Christine Zemanek and Mr. and Mrs. Victor Zemanek and family.

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Quinn and boys of Morgan City, Louisiana, former residents of Blessing, spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. Bill Dannels and family.

Mr. and Mrs. De Lane Calhoun and boys spent Saturday and Sunday in Houston with Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Stephens and daughter.

Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Scurlock and family have moved to Bay City to be closer to his work at the Celanese plant near Wadsworth.

Mr. and Mrs. Billie Lindner, Jr. of Nacogdoches attended the Blessing annual homecoming, Sunday.

Miss Jimmie Carlton is back in Blessing after her stay in Houston where she was convalescing after her illness at her parents' home. She also visited with friends in Lyford, Texas.

Rev. and Mrs. W. B. Chandler went to Yorktown Sunday to attend a noteburning service at the First Baptist Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Lubojasky and family of Dallas attended the Blessing homecoming. He graduated with the class of 1945, that had their reunion.

Mrs. W. B Chandler and Mrs. Christie Fondon and Carolyn attended an associational G A and Sunbeam Band leadership course at the First Baptist Church in El Campo.

Approximately 1000 people attended the 7th annual Blessing Homecoming Sunday. A chicken barbecue was served at 11:30 a. m. Music was furnished by the Blessing Junior High Band. Mr. Ralph Kies, choral director of the Bay City High School, played popular music and request numbers on...

Palacios Beacon, May 10, 1962
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

The graduation class of 1945 held its second class reunion during the annual Blessing Homecoming Day on May 6th at the Blessing Community Center.

Everyone enjoyed a delicious chicken barbecue dinner at noon. The class assembled in the library to reminisce through conversation and pictures.

The following made up the 77 percent attendance:

Marcella Orsak Naiser
Delores Barron
Ben Guynes from Bay City
Lowell Johnson and Willie Mae Laslie Gunter from Palacios
Elva Jean Wells Ellis
Elzie Massey Fortenberry, Van Vleck
Marlene Massey Ham from Sargent
Garland Guynes, Clute
Faydelle Hutchings Bailey from Caldwell
Fannie Merle Weaver Slone from Victoria
Lorene Hahn Frick from Markham
Edith Kana Katzfey from Bishop
Kathryn Elise Bowers Dannels from Blessing
Elsie Hutson Christensen from Danevang
Evellyn Dannels Quinn traveled the farthest, from Morgan City, Louisiana
Charles Lubojasky flew in from some point still in Texas.

A letter was received from Clara Junek Gordon from Houston, Texas.
Richard Nemecstill has an APO address
Mary Ondracek is now an IBM operator
A. C. Harter resides in Blessing
Bessie Bagley in Bay City and
George Hejtmanek farms near Ashby.

It was our pleasure to have Mr. and Mrs. George Nelson and Mrs. Wheeler meet with us. Hats off to these teachers and to all the class-in-laws who so bravely attended, helping keep tab of the future graduation classes, our children. I believe that the third time is a charm and you will hear from us again.

The Tidehaven Women's Club met Tuesday in the home of Mrs. George Hejtmanek, with 10 women present. A very interesting business meeting was held followed by a demonstration on preparing and frying sweet-raised doughnuts, which was given by Mrs. E. E. Hurta. Refreshments of sandwiches, chips, doughnuts, nuts, coffee and soda pop were served. The next meeting will be held June 12th at Axel Jensen with Mrs. Carl Jensen as co-hostess. A demonstration on Swedish pastry will be given.

Joe T. Webster of Houston was a dinner guest of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Day Tuesday.

Mrs. Steve Neuman of Midfield spent last night in Wharton with her son Bobby Neuman, who was recovering from an operation that removed his tonsils.

Mr. and Mrs. Tracy Butler and family and their daughter Becky and her husband, and their daughter Regina and her husband and baby daughter attended the Blessing Homecoming Sunday. The Butlers are former residents of Blessing, now living in Robstown. Their daughter Becky and her husband live in nearby Alice.

Sammy Lee Powell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lane Powell underwent a tonsillectomy Monday morning at the Outlar-Blair Hospital in Wharton.

Daily Tribune, May 11, 1962
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Arthur B. Foster stopped to visit his parents, "Red" and Ollie Foster, this week-end en route from Weslaco to Ellington A. F. B. in Houston for regular reserve training.

A miscellaneous bridal shower honoring Miss Ginger Ackerman of El Maton bride-elect of Leslie Adams of  Bay City was held at the National Hall of El Maton Thursday night at 7:30. Those attending from Blessing were Mrs. T. J. Havel, Mrs. Frank Havel, Mrs. John L. Sullivan, Mrs. Stanley Kopnicky and Dorothy, Ginger Epperson, Mrs. A. R. Matthes, Mrs. Arthur Foster, Mrs. H. E. Powell, Mrs. C. G. Tobola, Mrs. Lee M. Pierce, Mrs. Dick Wheeler, Mrs. A. E. Schulte, Mr. A. M. Logan, Mrs. John Ackerman, Mrs. L. P. Neuszer, and Mrs. Robert Ackerman and Eileen. The honoree received 63 lovely and useful gifts. Refreshments of sandwiches, potato chips, cake, punch, and coffee were served. Miss Suzie Hurta of Midfield registered the guests.

Mrs. Robert Engelholm of Bellville spent last week with Mr. and Mrs. Delvin Taska and Debbie. She will return home this week-end.

The Seniors of Tidehaven High School and their sponsors, Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Adams, Jr., and son, Mark, Mr. Delvin Taska, and Mr. Alton Nelson spent Saturday and Sunday at the Lost Valley Ranch in Bandera. They returned home Monday evening.

Ed Henderson attended the County Democratic Convention as a delegate from the Blessing Precinct Convention Saturday at 2:00 P. M. in the courtroom in Bay City.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Braden of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes of Blessing spent Mother's Day in Bay City with their mother, Mrs. Della Braden. After dinner, they drove to Palacios and visited friends and relatives.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth received a corsage for being the oldest mother present at church services Sunday at The First Baptist Church. Her daughter, Mrs. Steve Rickaway, pinned the flower o her mother. Mrs. A. C. Harter also was presented with a corsage for being the youngest mother with three children present and Mrs. Raymond Laslie was also honored for being the youngest mother present. Mrs. Harter's sister, Lee Eva, pinned the corsage on her. Mrs. Laslie's husband pinned her flower on.

Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Rickaway and family of Brazoria visited Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickaway and Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth on Mother's Day.

Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Havel went to San Antonio this week-end to visit their son, Henry, who is stationed there with the U. S. Army at Ft. Sam Houston.

Mrs. Stanley Kopnicky and Mrs. John L. Sullivan and family went to San Antonio Sunday to see Freddie Kopnicky and to La Costa to visit with Mrs. Katie Emma Vaclavick.

Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Phillips and David visited Mrs. S. V. Phillips at the Howard Autry home in Brazoria on Mother's Day.

Mrs. Dorothy Bullard went to Corpus Christi Saturday to visit her daughter, Mrs. Roy Beaver, and her family.

A barbecue dinner was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Barney Westfall on Mother's Day honoring Mrs. Hermina Tobola, Mrs. G. C. Baker, and Mrs. Lucille Grable.

The Tidehaven girls' softball team won second place in the tournament Friday in Louise. They were defeated by Louise, the first place winners.

Mrs. A. R. Matthes, Mrs. C. G. Tobola and Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Hahn attended funeral services for Mr. John Hahn of El Maton at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home in Bay City Friday morning.

David Day made a trip to Columbus Monday to have his eye checked, following his eye surgery.

W. E Keller of Midfield came home Sunday after spending three weeks in the hospital in Bay City.

Mrs. G. C. Baker of West Palm Beach, Florida came down Monday, May 7th, to spend the summer with Mr. and Mrs. Victor Tobola and family.

Victor Tobola and Martin, joined by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mariner and son of Bay City, "Sonny" Johs, Debbie Morris, and Josephine Johs, participated in the Texana trail ride from Texana to Edna and the parade, Saturday.

Palacios Beacon, May 17, 1962
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmie Davant and daughter Roxanne moved Friday to a new home in Kingsville.

Mrs. Frances Witham of Houston spent the week-end with her son Walter and Mr. and Mrs. Dick Powell.

Mr. and Mrs. Tony Johs of Tomball were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. A. Foster.

Dr. and Mrs. Fred Matthes and Ellen of Bay City spent Friday morning with Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes.

Mrs. Claude Brinkley and Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Carpenter of Houston spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Powell.

Lawrence Morris returned to Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas Thursday after spending four days at home on leave form his Army duties.

Mrs. Hugh Spring and her children attended a family reunion of her mother's family in Seguin, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickaway visited relatives in Tivoli, Sunday afternoon.

David Day made a business trip to Columbus, Monday.

Mrs. Christie Fondon and Carolyn have returned home from Hollis, Florida, after visiting relatives there.

Mrs. Henry Day and Mrs. Steve Rickaway were in Bay City on business, Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. James Reed and Joan left Saturday for Lufkin, where they will attend graduation exercises for Mrs. Reed's brother.

The Blessing Bluejays defeated the Red Sox 13-4 Tuesday night. The Bluejays were beat Thursday night by the Thunderbirds with a score of 3-2. These two teams are now tied for the lead in the major league play in Palacios. The Blessing Cardinals defeated the Yanks 4-3 Monday, May 21st. The Cardinals are now leading in the minor league.

Vacation Bible School at the First Baptist Church will begin on June 4th.

Bay City Tribune, May 29, 1962
 


Blessing Fire Dept. In New Building; Schedule Supper
By Elaine Day

A new fire house for the Blessing community is now completed and members of the Volunteer Fire Department will hold a covered dish supper at the Blessing Community House on Saturday, December 1, beginning at 6:00 p. m. to celebrate the occasion.

The new fire department, which is under Charter Number 188123 invite everyone to attend and bring a covered dish. Donations will be accepted at this time to benefit the department.

The turkey dinner held Sunday at St. Peter's Parish Hall, which was sponsored by St. Ann's Altar Society, was termed a huge success by members of the society. Twenty-three turkeys were baked and served for the event.

Ed Baros returned home from a Houston hospital over the weekend, after undergoing abdominal surgery.

Mrs. Billy Jalufka was the honoree at a kitchen and linen shower held Wednesday night at the National Hall in El Maton.

Mrs. Victor Tobola and son Martin, Mrs. Ola Mae Logan and son Edwin, Mike and Jim Tobola, Jr., Gary Rupert, and Mrs. Lindsey Rickaway and Jeanette were among those from Blessing who attended the Shrine Circus in Houston Saturday.

Mrs. Sadoia Landsman and Mrs. Lewis Landsman and daughter Lisa Michele of Copperas Cove were guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lesak and family of El Maton Friday through Monday.

Newspaper unknown, November, 15, 1962
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Baccalaureate services for the Tidehaven High School Seniors of 1965 were held in the gymnasium of the school on Sunday, May 23rd at 7:30 P.  M.

The processional, "General Grant's Grand March" was played by Mrs. Elaine Day. The invocation was given by Rev. Brik Moeller of the Danevang Lutheran Church. Then the members of the Senior Class sang "America, the Beautiful" accompanied by Nancy Carol Hurta. A piano selection, "How Great Thou Art" was then rendered by Donna Lynn Glaze. The sermon was delivered by Rev. Edward Bily of the St. Peter's Catholic Church in Blessing. The hymn, "He" was then sung by the members of the graduating class. The service closed with Rev. R. E. Black, pastor of the Wadsworth Baptist Church, giving the benediction.

Rev. H. C. Wells, Jr. of Huntsville filled the pulpit Sunday morning at The Baptist Church. Services were not held Sunday night, so that those who wished to do so could attend the baccalaureate services at Tidehaven High School. Four members of the church were in the 1865 graduating class.

Mr. and Mrs. Austin Savage of Bay City were in Blessing on Thursday, May 20th, visiting with Mrs. Savage's sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth.

W. H. Smith? was admitted to Matagorda General Hospital on Saturday, May 22nd. We wish him a speedy and complete recovery.

On Saturday, May 22nd, Rev. and Mrs. W. B. Chandler and Joe moved from the First Baptist Church parsonage into their own home, which they just finished building. Rev. Chandler resigned the pastorate of the church on May 1st.

Daily Tribune, June 4, 1965
 


Blessing News

The old Midfield school house was the scene of a pink and blue shower Monday night at 7:30 p. m. The honoree was Mrs. Edwin Hurta, Jr. of Edna. Mrs. Hurta received many nice gifts for her expected baby. Twenty-six ladies and six children were present. Refreshments served by the hostesses were cupcakes, punch, and mints. Hostesses were Betty Lou Rickaway, Evelyn Richardson, Edith Hurta, Mrs. W. R. Roberts, Ann Sliva, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Albina Bosak, Dorothy Sedlacek, LaVerne Hurta, and "Tiny" Fitzgerald.

Luncheon guests of Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Day on Monday was Mr. Bobby Dillard of the Deutschburg community.

On Friday, Mr. Lawrence Bartosh and Mrs. Edward Bartosh went to the Houston International Airport to meet Mr. Edward Bartosh, who was arriving from Westwego, Louisiana. The Edward Bartosh family then visited with Mrs. Mary Bartosh and children until Sunday, when they departed for home.

Saturday night visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Rickaway and Randy were Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Spring and the family of Lolita.

David Olgin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Olgin, underwent an appendectomy at Nightingale Hospital in El Campo on Monday. He is doing well and probably will come home over the week-end. He wished to thank all those who have sent him get-well cards and given him gifts.

Mrs. Inez Baker was admitted to Matagorda General Hospital on Wednesday and will remain there for a few days. We wish her a speedy recovery.

F. H. Rickaway was the honoree at a birthday dinner held in his home on Sunday. Mr. Rickaway marked his 88th birthday the next day. Out-of-town relatives who enjoyed the dinner were Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Simpson and Judy of Bay City, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Walker and Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Stephens and children James, Mary Ruth, Richard and Clarence of Aldine, Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Davis and daughter Robin and Mr. and Mrs. Daryl Gilbreath of Pasadena, and Mrs.. Delmar Pettigrew and children Ricky Earl, Lesley Frank, Marilyn, Tammy and Timmy of Old Ocean. Visiting Mr. Rickaway in the afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Eads and grandchildren Robert and Karen Hosack of Freeport.

Bill Richardson and John Sliva went to Webster on business, Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. John Booth were in Beaumont from Monday through Wednesday visiting with Mr. Booth's relatives.

Lee Hall Pierce, Frederick Pierce, Gene Dukes and his mother Mrs. Freda Meyers all went to Houston Sunday to see the Houston Oilers-Boston Patriots football game at Rice Stadium. After the game, Mr. Pierce took Mrs. Meyers to the airport to catch a plane for West Palm Beach, Florida, where she makes her home. Mrs. Meyers had spent the past week visiting with her son, Gene Dukes. Mr. and Mrs. Victor Tobola and Martin, and her mother, Mrs. Inez Baker.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed A. Hlozek were honored with a "housewarming" in their new home Tuesday beginning at 7:30 p. m. Approximately thirty-five families came during the evening to view their lovely home and to present the couple with some beautiful gifts for their new home. Refreshments of assorted sandwiches, pickles, cake, cookies, and punch were served throughout the evening. Composing the hostess committee were Mrs. Walter Skutca, Sr., Fannye Ustynik, Mrs. Victor Tobola, Mrs. Edith Ussery, Mrs. Dick Wheeler, Mrs. Melvin SMith, and Mrs.. Jim Kosarek.

Mrs. L. C. Johnson made a business trip to Bay City on Wednesday.

Mrs. Bryan Smith of Lake Jackson and Mrs. Jack Brown and daughter Sharilyn of Sugar Valley visited with Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth on Wednesday.

Daily Tribune, September 28, 1965
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Lindner went to Freeport Sunday to return Mrs. Lindner's sister to her home there.

The First Baptist Church held watch night services on New Year's Eve.

Mr. and Mrs. Duke Glenn took H. V. Glenn back to his home in Newton, Texas, December 22nd.

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Tobola went to Schulenburg Sunday to get Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zacek and bring them back here.

Mrs. Katie Emma Vaclavick of La Coste visited Thursday afternoon and Friday with relatives here.

Mrs. Nettie Sullivan of Odessa, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sullivan of Kingsville, Mr. and Mrs. Sammy Sullivan of High Island, Bill Sullivan, and Elmer Sullivan are visiting with Mr. and Mrs. John L. Sullivan and family. Mrs. John L. Sullivan is now in Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster and Sonny spent the Christmas holidays in Irving with Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Brod and Anella and in Athens with Mrs. Mary Crawford.

Mr. and Mrs. Abel Pierce and family of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Pierce and family, and Mrs. A. P. Borden and Miss Theoplis O'Neal of Wharton were Christmas dinner guests of Mrs. A. B. Pierce and Mrs. Lee Hall.

Mrs. Roy Trant and Donna of El Campo visited in the A. E. Schulte home Tuesday. Mrs. Trant is better known to friends as Velma Rhodes, who taught school here in 1937.

Mrs. Elizabeth Herreth ate Christmas dinner in Bay City with her father, Mr. Alex Gavender, and her sister, Mrs. Sue Rudin.

Mrs. A. M. Logan and Mrs. A. E. Schulte visited Mrs. Mary Bunk in Bay City, Wednesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith and family of Alice spent a few days last week with Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smith and family. Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Bartell and family from Freeport also ate Christmas dinner with the Smith family.

Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Epperson and Ginger spent the week-end in San Antonio with Mrs. Carl Spain and daughters and Tommye Raye.

Mrs. Charles Barlow and Marilyn were Sunday visitors of Mrs. E. Herreth.

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McIntyre and family of Lake Jackson, Mr. and Mrs. V. A. Rickaway of El Campo, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rickaway of Tivoli, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Simpson and family of Bay City, and Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Eads and Jane of Velasco, visited with Mr. F. H. Rickaway Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell and...

Palacios Beacon, January 1, 1969
 


Blessing News
By Elaine Day

Miss Lillie Bily, Juanita Tobola, Liz Vavra, Helen Ackerman, Mrs. Alfred Kopecky, Mrs. Mary Bartosh, Mrs. Ivan Kana, and Rev. V. J. Bily of St. Peter's Catholic Church attended the Archdiocese Convention of Catholic Women in San Antonio April 12th and 13th.

R. H. Rhodes returned home Monday after a stay in the Herman Hospital in Houston.

Mrs. A. B. Pierce attended the meeting of the Matagorda County Federation of Women's Clubs at Weimer Hall at the Methodist Church in Palacios, Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Cornett, Mr. and Mrs. A. Foster, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Ussery, Sr., Mr. and Mrs. O. F. Havlik and Mr. and Mrs. George K. Nelson attended the annual Markham Methodist Church barbecue at LeTulle Park.

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brod of El Campo were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Foster.

Mrs. A. M. Logan was in Matagorda General Hospital from Wednesday through Sunday with a case of influenza.

Mr. and Mrs. Archie A. Witham of Houston were weekend visitors of Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Powell.

Mr. and Mrs. B. R. Westfall, Victor Tobola, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zacek made a trip to Fayetteville, Sunday.

Mrs. J. H. Powell spent the day Thursday in Angleton with her sister, Mrs. Claude Brinkley.

Mr. and Mrs. Travis Washington and Debbie of Austin spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Johs and family.

A district track meet was held Saturday at the Tidehaven High School track field, with Weimar winning first place.

Mrs. Sue Rudin of Bay City visited Thursday with Mrs. E. Herreth and Alex Gavender, Sr.

Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Rickaway and family were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. White, Sr. in La Ward.

Mr. and Mrs. Alex Gavender, Jr. of Wadsworth visited Tuesday morning with Mrs. E. Herreth and Alex Gavender, Sr.

Mrs. Roger Long of Atlanta left Wednesday after staying almost two weeks with her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Adams.

Mrs. Bob Pesak is recuperating after surgery at the Nightingale Hospital in El Campo.

Mary Lou Smith, Judy Crabb, Peggy McMichiel, and Lee Eva Smith went on a tour of the University of Corpus Christi, Friday and Saturday.

Wilbur Vaclavick of Houston spent the day Sunday with his sister and family, the John L. Sullivans.

Frank E. Rickaway of Houston spent Sunday with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. M. Rickaway.

Tommye Raye Epperson of San Antonio spent the week-end at home with the W. M. Eppersons.

Bonnie Kay Rollins of Houston spent the week end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Rollins.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rickaway were Sunday dinner guests of Mrs. Leona Neumann of Tivoli. After dinner they visited with Louise Barker and John Rickaway.

Mrs. Juanita Tobola was the honoree at a birthday dinner given by her mother, Mrs. Lucille Grable, in Clemville, Sunday. Those present at the dinner were Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Vavra, Mr. and Mrs. M. Jalufka, Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Bosak, Sr., Mrs. Helen Ackerman, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Zacek, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Jurek, and Mrs. I. G. Tobola.

Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Brown were Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Brown and son of Bloomington.

Palacios Beacon, April 23, 1969
 


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