Search billions of records on

Buckeye News Columns


Courtesy of Shirley L. Brown

Buckeye Information


The Matagorda County Tribune, May 7, 1920:



            The Service Club, of Buckeye, gave a delightful barbecue at the Stoddard Ranch camp last Friday at which a considerable number of participants were feasted and entertained.

            The Service Club is doing good work in the Buckeye community, the barbecue being the initial entertainment of a series, which will continue from time to time throughout the summer.



Palacios Beacon, March 18, 1921:



            Mr. C. G. Stoddard was born and reared in Dayton, Ohio, and died at his home in Buckeye, Texas, Wednesday, March 9, 1921.

            Mr. Stoddard was organizer and president of the Stoddard-Dayton Co., manufacturers of the well known Stoddard-Dayton automobile.

            He was afterwards owner and manager of a fleet of steamers which plied between New Orleans and Tampico in the oil trade.

            He took over his father’s interests in the Stoddard-Plotner ranch at Buckeye during the period of the late war. He put much of the land into the production of rice, thus adding materially to the scanty food supply of the world during this period.

            In November of last year he had an attack of appendicitis and was taken to Galveston for an operation, from which he apparently recovered, but was taken ill Monday and again hurried to Galveston where he had another operation. He rallied from the operation, but complications set in which even his rugged constitution could not overcome.

            He is survived by his widow and two children, a daughter, Mary, who makes her home with her parents, and a son, John, who is now living in Long Island, New York.

            The remains were taken from Galveston directly to his old home in Dayton, Ohio, for interment.

            While residing in Matagorda County Mr. Stoddard made many warm friends who were greatly shocked at his untimely demise.



The Matagorda County Tribune, March 9, 1923:



            This morning, at Buckeye, Mr. W. R. Hawkins and Miss Beulah Curtis were united in the sacred bonds of matrimony at the home of the bride’s father. The happy couple left immediately on their honeymoon trip to Wharton, Victoria and other towns. They will return to Bay City in about two weeks and will make their home here. Mr. Hawkins is well and favorably known here, having lived here all his life, while Mrs. Hawkins has been living in Buckeye but a few months. Her home has been in Dallas where she has been attending college. Rev. W. O. Stephens performed the ceremony.



The Matagorda County Tribune, November 16, 1923:



12,500 Acres And All Equipment Now Being Advertised

            Mr. J. F. Spence, local manager for the Stoddard Ranch interests, is advertising the 12,500-acre ranch, located at Buckeye, together with its entire equipment for sale.

            This ranch, within recent years, has received a great deal of attention from its owners and a world of money has been put out on it. It was a hobby with the late C. G. Stoddard, of Stoddard automobile fame, for several years prior to this death and he devoted his time and money lavishly on the enterprise.

            Since his death the ranch has been devoted to stock-raising and farming, but the heirs have finally decided to sell it. It will prove to be a splendid purchase for someone, as it is a very valuable piece of property.



The Matagorda County Tribune, December 23, 1923:



From Monday’s Daily.

            It is to be hoped that when the magnificent Stoddard Ranch at Buckeye is finally sold that it will be purchased by men or a corporation able to develop it into a mammoth berry and fig industry. Some of the finest berries we have ever seen, tame or wild, we have seen at Buckeye on the Stoddard Ranch, hundreds of acres of them growing wild and producing the finest and best we have ever seen. Those same berries could be cultivated and brought up to a state of perfection unequalled in the United States. At the same time the 12,000 acres in the ranch contains hundreds of acres of the finest fig soil in the United States. For these reasons it is to be hoped that some concern or some man or men will take it over with a view of developing it along the lines suggested, for whoever takes it over would soon be in possession of plenty of $500 to $1000 an acre land.



The Matagorda County Tribune, November 25, 1927:



Association Entertained Many Visitors Last Friday

            The writer was invited to attend a P.-T. A. meeting along with a community supper in the school building in Buckeye.

            We visited the school in the afternoon and found a very bright bunch of pupils that were being taught by Miss Edith Armstrong and everyone seemed to be well pleased with their school.

            Buckeye is very peculiarly located, having at one time, a very prosperous neighborhood, but on account of circumstances that were unavoidable, many of the prominent families moved away, leaving a large school building with only one room now being used. However, the small number did not seem to cool the enthusiasm of the citizens of Buckeye.

            At 7:00 in the evening, the auditorium of the school house was well filled with men and their wives and many school children, as well as the smaller children, ready to partake of the sumptuous supper that had been prepared by the ladies of the Buckeye school district. Practically everything served on the table was home grown and many fine meats, such as roast pig, while considerable fried chicken and baked chicken, was served to everyone’s heart content. All kinds of nice cakes and other eatables had been prepared and we believe that everyone present enjoyed to the fullest extent this wonderful supper that had been set before them.

            A few readings was given by the Buckeye students, as well as a duet by a young man and young woman, which were followed by a reading by Eugene Harkey of Bay City. This was followed by a talk on diversified conditions by R. M. Harkey, secretary of Bay City Chamber of Commerce.

            There is hardly a section of Matagorda county that is as desirably located as Buckeye. We find a very fine sandy loam around a great portion of the town, where all kinds of vegetables can be grown for commercial marketing and most all the crops that are adapted to this county can be grown commercially in this neighborhood.

            This is also a very fine poultry and dairy country. Many men like Mr. Brown and Matchett, have large flocks of standard bred poultry that are producing well and making some money.

            This neighborhood could support many more people and it would seem to us that those who would want to locate where a good school is available and high class citizenship, Buckeye would be the natural location for them.                                                                           R. M. HARKEY.



The Daily Tribune, October 2, 1928:



            Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Keith arrived to Buckeye recently. The community heartily welcomes them to their new home.

            The pumping plant at Mrs. Laura Stoddard’s home burned a few days ago. Haskell Knowles was burned while fighting the fire, but not seriously.

            Buckeye school is planning an entertainment to be given sometime in the near future. It will be given for the benefit of the school.

            Everyone who attended the weiner roast given a few nights ago by the young people of the community, reported having spent a very enjoyable evening. The roast was at the Club house.

            The Buckeye boys are getting up a basketball team. Mr. R. T. Phillips, the station agent, is manager. Those included in the team are Haskell Knowles, Tommy Harvey, Lee Brown, Fred Brown, Elmer Wood and Clerence Prunty.

            Mrs. V. J. York and Miss Etta Mae Wood, of Buckeye, were Monday visitors to Bay City.



The Matagorda County Tribune, December 14, 1928:



            Miss Myrtle Benedict was a visitor to Bay City Saturday.

            Miss Lela Smith and mother of Simpsonville passed through here Saturday en route Bay City for a day’s shopping.

            J. M. Spence went to El Maton Saturday on business.

            Miss Lucy Yerxa of Collegeport spent Friday and Saturday visiting old friends and acquaintances in Buckeye.

            Mrs. J. W. Littlefield returned home Tuesday evening from Houston where she visited for the past ten days.

            Mrs. Slabough and son of Papilion, Nebraska, passed through Wednesday en route Collegeport where they will reside this winter for the boy’s health.

            Mr. and Mrs. Vernor Towers of Citrus Grove visited with the Spences Tuesday between trains.

            Mrs. W. Glover and son, Ralph, were county capital visitors Saturday, returning the same day.

            Chas. Yeamans, who is teaching at El Maton, was a visitor in Buckeye the latter part of the week.

            Mr. F. E. Benedict of Tivola was here Friday, visiting his daughter, Miss Myrtle, one of the teachers in our school.

            The school closed its second month Friday and a most successful one. The record of attendance cannot be beat while the interest and application of the pupils cannot be surpassed.

            A Hallowe’en party was given at the home of the Misses Spence Friday night. It was “spooky” and the “carrying ons” of the ghosts were hauntingly real. Your fortune was told by a witch only after a long and circuitous route through cellar and garret, mapped out for you by a slender thread of fate. The time intervening between the now and then was told by a most ingenuous method of candles and a strong breath of air. The voyage of life was taken by several, but the majority had unhappy and luckless endings by having their miniature ships capsize and sink. You were taken thence into the outer darkness where two camp fires were burning and given coffee and buns and marshmallows, apples and “weenies” to roast. Ghost stories were in order and music followed. It was at the wee sma’ hours that the ghosts ceased to walk and all went home happy.



The Daily Tribune, December 6, 1929:



            Buckeye school children with the aid of their teacher, Miss Lucille Powell having recently discovered their exact location on the Texas map as being the first station on the B. & M. west of Bay City have decided they might as well be heard as seen.

            After the pleasant Thanksgiving vacation every member of our school returned to welcome three new pupils into our family midst.

            Mrs. C. G. Stoddard of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, finds Buckeye a very pleasant winter resort.

            Mr. K. E. Julian of Springfield, MO., is visiting his brother, Mr. H. B. Julian.

            We certainly miss Leona Dunbar’s joyful greeting and happy smile each morning since she moved away.

            Mr. W. C. Hawkins and family of Hempstead moved to Buckeye last week.

            Mr. and Mrs. Chester Wiggins of Bellville spent the Thanksgiving holidays with Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Brown.

            Mrs. E. L. Slacy and little daughter, Billy Joy, spent the week-end with her parents in Edna.

            Teacher: A terrible explosion occurred up at the depot the other day.

            Maudie: What caused it?

            Teacher: The mail bag went off at 4:15 p.m.



The Daily Tribune, December 12, 1929:



            The Buckeye school children have entered into the Christmas spirit in a lovely manner. Names were drawn today with hopes of Santa paying his usual visit to our Christmas tree and Christmas Star program, December 18.

            Mr. W. C. Hawkins of Hempstead, spent Thursday with his family, which recently moved to Buckeye.

            Buckeye has become home for another family, Mr. and Mrs. Jap Smith, arrived this week-end.

            Mr. J. O. Prunty of Robstown, spent the week-end with his father.

            Mr. K. E. Julian of Springfield, Mo., has returned home after a visit of several weeks with his brother, Mr. H. B. Julian.

            Mrs. C. G. Stoddard has been successful in making her weekday visits to Buckeye in spite of the inclemency of the weather.

            Mr. L. R. Nichols of Angleton, is visiting with Mr. G. S. Simpson.

            Miss Velma Cayne and Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Carpenter of Houston are visiting Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Powell.



Copyright 2011 - Present by Carol Sue Gibbs
All rights reserved

Jan. 30, 2011
Jan. 30, 2011