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The Daily Tribune, February 20, 1917:



Perry Medal Contest


Buckeye School House

FEBRUARY 22, 1917



Washington Birthday Party




            “Bad Rufe Tolliver                                                                George Pahls

            “Tamed by a Child”                                                              Irene Bachelor

            “Gordon Redeems Himself”                                                           Edgar Scruggs

            “Old Mother Goose”                                                             Beatrice Qua

            “Midnight Run of the Overland”                                        Eta Hodges

            “Symarriss–Queen of Babylon”                                         Thelma Bachelor


            Washington Program.

            Three Brave Soldier Boys  Louis Littlefield, Haskell Knowles, Anthony Pahls

            Washington Hatchett Drill

            “Crowning of Washington”            Ernest Hodges, Elizabeth Littlefield, Joyce Bachelor

            Presentation of Diplomas of Honor.

            Awarding of Contest Medals                                                         Hon. Jho. F. Perry



The Daily Tribune, March 9, 1917:



            Mr. & Mrs. Shuey were visitors to Bay City Friday morning.

            Messrs. E. R. and C. H. Hunt were among those in attendance upon the Masonic work and oyster supper at Matagorda Wednesday night.

            Miss Lucy Yerxa, who has been visiting with friends here, left for her home Tuesday via Bay City one day.

            Misses Anna Spence and Lucy Yerxa visited with friends in Collegeport over Sunday.

            Elmer Pine of Houston, spent the day here Monday en route for his home from Collegeport.

            Mr. Francis J. Spence motored over to Palacios Thursday on business.



The Daily Tribune, March 23, 1917:



            Mrs. Minnie Churchill and son, Elbert Jr. of Pottersville, Michigan, arrived Wednesday to visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Hunt, and other relatives.

            Mr. Jack Holsworth of Citrus Grove stopped over between trains one day this week.

            Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Spence and son, Francis J. Spence, were auto visitors to Collegeport Monday.

            Mrs. J. M. Spence and daughter, Miss Anna, were shoppers in Bay City Tuesday.

            Mr. Eugene Yeamans was a passenger through here to Citrus Grove last Thursday afternoon.

            Miss Thelma Bacheldor of Citrus Grove spent Friday with friends here.

            Mr. O. Cable, who is teaching at Sargent, was en route home from Sargent for a day’s visit with friends Friday.

            Miss Jessie Merck, who teaches at Simpsonville, was a passenger on the afternoon train Saturday en route home at Collegeport from Bay City.

            Misses Sparks and Glasser of Collegeport stopped over between trains Thursday, en route to the C. E. convention at Bay City.

            Misses Etta Hodges and Gertrude and Elizabeth Littlefield went to Bay City as delegates from the Buckeye Christian Endeavor.



The Matagorda County Tribune, April 20, 1917:



Business Resumed And Many Changes Will Be Made

            Capt. J. W. White has secured a contract to move the large hotel at Buckeye from its present location near the railroad to a point about 1000 feet back where it will be placed on higher ground. In addition to this there will be several other changes made and other improvements, Dr. Stoddard, the owner, being desirous to improving his holdings for a larger settlement and town.



The Matagorda County Tribune, May 11, 1917:



Will Be Sold to Canners at Cost Plus Carriage

            The county has been fortunate in finding at Buckeye ten thousand cans suitable for all canning purposes. These cans were purchased through the LeTulle Mercantile Company and will be distributed as called for at cost plus the carriage to points from which they are ordered.

            Thus it will be seen that at least ten thousand cans of choice vegetables can be put up in this county within the next few weeks. The price of such should be figured according to the prevailing market price, and if so figured the amount, or, at least, an approximate amount of the saving arrived at.

            Just at this time there is an over-supply and an abundance of snap beans which will go to waste if not immediately canned. Later on there will be tomatoes, corn, okra and much other truck that will be put into these ten thousand cans.

            In addition to this, in about every home there are surplus fruit jars which may be and, no doubt, will be, put to the same use.

            In fact, the people will begin now to eat all they can and can all they can (not) eat, so that when the winter months come they can go into their own cupboard and larder and feed themselves.



The Matagorda County Tribune, May 18, 1917:



            Thursday afternoon at 5:30 o’clock Miss Leone Kathryn Yerxa, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur H. Yerxa, was married to Frank Bell Bond at the home of the bride’s parents in Sam Houston Park, Rev. L. E. Selfridge of Bay City, former pastor of the bride officiating.

            The rooms were handsomely decorated with banked ferns, white roses, carnations and cosmos in tall vases. An improvised altar of palms and roses occupied one end of the long living room, and here the ceremony took place. The bridal solo was given by Mrs. L. W. Matteson of San Benito, who sang “All for You.” Mrs. John M. Lee played the Mendelssohn wedding march. The bride was attended by her only sister, Miss Lucy Elizabeth Yerxa, as maid of honor, and little Miss Carmen Lewis of Bay City as flower girl. She was given in marriage by her father, and Preston Haley acted as groomsman. The bride wore a coat of suit of dove and changeable gros de londre, with a handsome hand made collar of heavy ecru lace, the only trimming. The shower bouquet was of roses, white sweet peas and plumosa, and her hat was fashioned of folds of deep cream georgette with gold facing and the accessories were in harmony. The maid of honor made a quaint picture in her gown of yellow organdie, her hair was dressed in 1840 style and she carried a graceful basket of white cosmos and plumosa tied with maline.

            The dainty little flower girl, who is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Autrey of Houston, was dressed in fluffy white, and scattered rose petals in the path of the bride and groom.

            Assisting at the reception were several young matrons, including Mesdames Fred Carleton, Preston Haley, Bruce Wallace and Justin Keisling, with Mrs. R. R. Lewis of Bay City presiding at the punch bowl.

            Many handsome gifts evidenced the popularity of the young couple.

            Both young people were social favorites in Matagorda County, the bride having lived formerly at Buckeye, Texas, where her father was general manager of the Plotner and Stoddard estates for a number of years before coming to Houston. The groom, formerly of Nashville, Tenn., where he is well known, is popularly identified with the automobile business in Houston.

            Mr. and Mrs. Bond left for a short trip, keeping their destination a secret, and will be at home in Hyde Park after June 1, where a furnished bungalow awaits their return.

            Among the out of town guests were: Mrs. L. W. Matteson of San Benito, aunt of the bride; Rev. L. E. Selfridge of Bay City, Mrs. R. R. Lewis of Bay City, John Bond of San Antonio, Mrs. Caroline Fisher of Markham, Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Liggett and son of Collegeport, Texas; Mrs. Verne Tower and family of Citrus Grove, Texas; Francis Spence, Miss Spence and Miss Anna Spence of Buckeye, Texas.–Houston Post.



The Matagorda County Tribune, June 22, 1917:



            Among the many happy events of June, which is the favored month, which have happened in this vicinity was the Glasser-Spence wedding at Buckeye, Wednesday night, June 20.

            Mr. Irwin Glasser of Matagorda and Miss Anna Spence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Spence, were married at the home of the bride’s parents at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Rev. L. E. Selfridge, formerly of Bay City but now pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Temple, officiating, with the beautiful and impressive ritual service of the Presbyterian Church and the ring ceremony. The gentlemen and ladies in waiting were Mrs. L. E. Liggett and Misses Ethel Spence and Miriam Glasser and Messrs. L. E. Liggett, E. R. Hunt and F. J. Spence.

            At the appointed time Miss Ruth Glasser, sister of the groom, sounded the familiar opening notes of Lohengrin’s wedding march to which tune the wedding party, preceded by little Miss Marjoria Ratliff, as flower girl, repaired to the hymenial altar where Mr. Glasser and Miss Spence were pronounced man and wife by Rev. Selfridge as the strains of “Lore’s Golden Star Reverie” were being softly played in the distance by Miss Glasser and H. C. Hunt. After the ceremony the guests were conducted to the large dining room where the banquet was held.

            The spacious parlors were tastefully decorated with an admixture of honeysuckle and arbor vitae upon a background of black and white. A large arch extended from either side of the room to the other, embracing the two staircases and fireplace below which hung a pair of hearts interlaced, and decorated with honeysuckle and sweet peas. The predominating flower scheme was sweet peas, this being the bride’s favorite. The bride and ladies in waiting carried large bouquets of white roses while the gentlemen had sweet peas.

            When the doors of the dining room were thrown open a large table in the form of a hollow square, decorated with roses and sweet peas, met the view of the banqueters. Mr. Francis J. Spence acted as toastmaster. Many were the good things which the five-course menu card called for. Place cards were arranged with the color scheme and sweet peas, and bore the legend of menu and toast for the occasion. A most unique toast program was printed, each toast being a menu number with such titles as—


Paprika Bullion

            Home-Made Bread

                        Mountain Loaf

                                    Reflection Salad.

Lady Fingers,

Sunshine Pudding,

            Ginger Snaps,

                        Cuisine Constituents,


and were given by Mesdames L. E. Liggett of Collegeport and H. C. Hunt of Buckeye, and Messrs. C. M. Ratliff of Bay City, E. R. Hunt of Buckeye, Arnold Livers of Collegeport and L. E. Selfridge of Temple, all of which were happily responded to by the groom, Mr. Irwin Glasser.

            In closing his response, Mr. Glasser invited the wedding party to an adjoining room where the bride cut the bride’s cake.

            While music was being rendered by Mrs. Evelyn Logan and E. R. Hunt the bride and groom, taking French leave, quietly slipped out of a rear door where an auto was waiting, and sped on a honeymoon to Galveston and other points.

            The bride is the popular daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Spence, is an accomplished musician and an earnest Sunday school and church worker.

            The groom is a keen business man, holding a responsible position in Matagorda, and a Christian gentleman. Both of the young people are well and favorably known throughout the county and their many friends whom they number by their acquaintance, wish them the very best in the life before them.



            C. W. Qua, for the past three years, a resident of Buckeye, died at his home in Buckeye yesterday at the age of 50 years. The funeral will take place in Cedarvale Cemetery in this city [Bay City].



The Matagorda County Tribune, October 12, 1917:


            A little girl, Florence Brown, aged 14, living at Buckeye, this year, with her own efforts and by the work of her little hands sold $249.30 worth of tomatoes from one-tenth of an acre of Buckeye soil and cleared $149.00. She won and was entitled to the first prize given by the Matagorda County Tomato Club, equivalent to $50.00. In the face of such facts and figures as these one often talks to a full grown man, who wisely informs you that it is a hard matter to raise much of anything in this country. The difference between little Miss Florence and such men is that she has gray matter in abundance where he has water and active, pulsating energy while he is suffering from the dry rot.



Palacios Beacon, October 12, 1917:


            The Champion Tomato grower of Matagorda County is little Miss Florence Brown, of Buckeye, age fourteen. Miss Brown joined the Matagorda County Tomato Club last spring, and planted one tenth of an acre, from which she gathered and sold $249.00 worth of the fruit. The Tomato Club of this county has rewarded Miss Florence with a free trip to the Dallas Fair, paying all her expenses while there. She leaves here for the Fair October 21. — Matagorda County News.



The Daily Tribune, December 4, 1917:



Seven-Acre Park to Beautify Premises

            Some extensive improvements are being made at Buckeye seven miles west of Bay City by C. G. Stoddard, successor to Plotner and Stoddard, former owners of a vast tract of land in that section of Matagorda County.

            With the many improvements planned by Mr. Stoddard and now in process is a seven-acre park which is being laid out under the supervision of an expert landscape gardener. Two carloads of evergreens and ornamental trees have been sold Mr. Stoddard by T. F. Carr, proprietor of the Bay City Nursery, and are now being shipped to Buckeye. In addition to these a large amount of nursery stock has been purchased of other varieties.

            The Stoddard interests are also beginning to branch out extensively in general farming.



The Matagorda County Tribune, December 7, 1917:



Twenty for C. G. Stoddard at Buckeye

            Business in this section is picking up rapidly in all lines according to Capt. J. W. White. Especially is the activity noticeable in the house moving line, the captain having recently closed contracts to move 25 buildings, 20 of which will be moved for the C. G. Stoddard interests at Buckeye. This move forward all along the line does not signify mere improvements in property and property locations but it means quite an advancement in the agricultural development of the country, as practically all of the moving to be done will be done for the accommodation of farmers, new-comers as well as those who have farmed here in the past.

            In speaking of this matter to The Tribune, Capt. White stated that he never saw a brighter future for any place than that which now exists for Bay City.



The Matagorda County Tribune, December 21, 1917:



From Wednesday’s Daily.

            Mr. H. C. Hunt, of Buckeye, was a visitor to the city today and gives a glowing account of the progress being made at Buckeye by the C. G. Stoddard interests. He says a big body of land will be put into cultivation next year and that, besides ten good mule teams, eight tractors are in operation turning and preparing the soil. A large portion of this new soil will be planted to corn and cotton, although west of Wilson Creek a big acreage will be planted to rice. In the park at Buckeye there will be some 286 shade and ornamental trees set out, many of these native and taken from the river bottom. This park is destined to be one of the Gulf Coast’s beauty spots since it is being platted, designed and arranged by an expert landscape gardener. Mr. Stoddard is preparing to make his permanent home at Buckeye and is doing a great deal to add to the comfort and beauty of the place.



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