COLLEGEPORT OBITUARIES

L - W

Roberta Mae Liggett

 Liggett, Infant Daughter of Mr. & Mrs.  L. E.   Dec 15, 1918     Dec 25, 1918

Location:                              28o44.496 N             096o10.175 W
 

 (Mr. Liggett's list indicated that the infant daughter was named Roberta Mae and was confirmed by a sister.)

 A birth record for Arthur Emerson Liggett born May 31, 1916 was found naming the parents as Lester Emerson and Agnes Elizabeth Spence Liggett.

 Burton D. Hurd Land Company Sales Schedules for "Ace of Clubs" Ranch

L. E. Liggett, Collegeport , Texas , purchased Block 2, Lot 36

 

Andrew J. Palmer

Palmer, Andrew J.                                                                             Apr 21, 1924

Location:                              28o44.498 N             096o10.177 W

 

No additional information about Mr. Palmer was found.

 

Elizabeth Palmer

 Palmer, Elizabeth

Location:                              28o44.499 N             096o10.177 W

 

 Mrs. Ellen Franzen stated that Mrs. Palmer was died on the day her family arrived in Collegeport (December 24, 1909).

 


Grady Clyde Penland


Penland, Grady Clyde                     Jun 29, 1922    Mar 14, 1931

Location:                              unknown         

Firsthand Account by youngest brother in the boat, Elisha G.  Penland

 

Two  Children of A. A. Penland Are Drowned in Bay
Boat Capsizes in High Gale; Bodies of Children Have Not Yet Been Found.

The extent of the receivable information is that the two children of Mr. A. A. Penland were drowned at Collegeport Saturday afternoon late while playing around in a boat out in the bay. Evidently the high wind capsized the boat and the two children were drowned. As yet the bodies have not been recovered.

Saturday night Tressie Huffhines, twelve years of age was playing with her four little nephews, the Penland children on the bay shore. An oar [the only lar] was lost overboard and the boat drifting into deep water Tressie, who can swim removed her boots and started for shore to secure aid. Clyde Penland, six years-old being frightened jumped from the boat with his rubber boots on and Tressie returned to save him and both drowned. The boat with the three remaining children drifted across the bay towards Palacios, where it was discovered and the children taken home. Dragging for the bodies since Saturday night has been without success. It is thought that the stiff northern wind which blew all day Sunday drifted them down into the lower bay and perhaps they will not be found for some time.

Daily Tribune, March 16, 1931

Drowned Victim To Be Buried Tomorrow

Tressie Huffhines, the 14-year-old girl who met her death by drowning, Saturday afternoon while attempting to save her nephew, will be buried at Collegeport Wednesday afternoon. The body was found Monday afternoon after a diligent search of two days. The body of the eight-year-old boy has not yet been found. Taylor Bros. will be in charge of the services.

Daily Tribune, March 17, 1931

Boy's Heroism Saves Lives as Boat Drifts

PALACIOS, March 16.--A movement was under way here today to obtain medals for two childish heroes of the tragedy here Saturday afternoon, which took the lives of two children, one of them the 14-year-old girl who sacrificed her life in a vain effort to save an 8-year-old playmate from drowning.

The body of the girl, Tressie Huffhines, was recovered late today. That of the boy, Clyde Penland, son of A. A. Penland, had not been recovered.

Ten-year-old Glenn Penland is the other hero. He it was who took charge in the rotted and waterlogged skiff in which six children, five of the Penland family and the Huffhines girl, Mrs. Penland's sister, were playing about noon Saturday at a wharf [beach] on the old Pierce ranch, across the bay from Palacios, when the rope holding to boat to the wharf parted and the old skiff began drifting out on the rough waters of the bay.

As the boat drifted farther into the bay Tressie pulled off the rubber boots she was wearing and jumped overboard and struck out for shore to bring aid to the frightened children in the boat. She had almost gained the wharf when Clyde, distracted with fear, jumped out of the boat. He did not remove his boots and could not remain afloat. When Tressie saw that he was sinking, she turned and swam to his rescue. She reached him as he went down the third time, but was unable to drag him to shore. She sank with him.

The old boat began to take water as it was buffeted by the rougher waves and Glenn began bailing with an old bucket which the children had been playing with.

Two-year-old John Penland, Glenn's baby brother and the other two children, were crying and screaming. Several times, Glenn said in telling the story as the waves threatened to engulf the little boat, first one and then another of the frightened children none of them more than babies, would try to climb over its side into the water to swim to shore. Glenn would pull the child back with one hand as he frantically bailed with the other hand.

For more than two hours the boat drifted. Then after covering more than three miles it came near to the Palacios side of the bay where the screams of the children could be heard, and boats put out and took them from the skiff and brought them ashore.

Searching parties were organized and dragging for the bodies of the two victims was started. The search was kept us all day Sunday and today.

Daily Tribune, March 17, 1931

Tressie Huffhines Buried Tuesday
Body of Clyde Penland Drowned With Her Is Not Found

By H. A. Clapp.

Special to the Tribune

COLLEGEPORT, March 17--The funeral of Tressie Huffhines was held today in the local cemetery with a large attendance. Services by Reverend Connors of Palacios. The body of Clyde Penland, who was drowned at the same time has not been recovered. Both the children were pupils of the Collegeport school and were making good grades. The school was closed and all teachers and pupils attended the services.

Daily Tribune, March 18, 1931
 

Two Children of Near Collegeport Drown Saturday

Funeral Services For Girl Held Wednesday; Boy Found This P.M.

 

       Untold sorrow has come to the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Penland, who live on the Pierce place south of Collegeport across the bay southeast from Palacios, by the drowning of their 8 year old son, Clyde, and a sister of Mrs. Penland, Tressie Huffhines, aged 14 years, on last Saturday afternoon.

It seems that while the girl, with four of the Penland children were playing in an old skiff on the bay shore near their home, that the anchor broke loose, and they had drifted out quite a distance from the shore before they noticed the fact. Having no oars, Tressie, who could swim, took off her rubber boots and started for the shore to get aid. She had almost gained the wharf when Clyde, distracted with fear jumped out of the boat. He did not remove his rubber boots and could not remain afloat. Tressie saw he was sinking and swam back to his rescue. She reached him as he was sinking the third time but was unable to drag him to shore and sank with him.

This left the other three children in the boat by themselves to drift at the mercy of the wind, which was from the southeast. The old boat began to take water as it was being buffeted by the rough waves and Glenn, age 10 years, began bailing with an old bucket which the children had been playing with. For more than two hours they drifted and covered a distance of over three miles before some parties living in the B. Y. P. U. grounds were attracted to their cries and noticed the boat out in the bay a short distance from the pier. A boy got in his skiff, went to their rescue and pulled them in. The older boy, upon being questioned, told who they were and where they lived, and Jack Lee and son make their boat ready to take them to their home. While this was being done the children who were almost frantic and chilled by exposure to the wind and water were warmed and made ready for the trip and then to reveal to the mother, who had no suspicion of the terrible news that awaited her and the father who was at work in the field nearby.

As soon as it was learned that two bodies were in the bay, searching parties were sent out, working throughout the night and all day Sunday. Work was resumed again early Monday morning and an airship sent out, and they located the body of the girl on the shores of Coon Island, 3 miles south of Palacios that afternoon.

The remains were taken to the home and funeral services were held at the Collegeport cemetery Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Eld. C. F. Conner of this city. The father, who lives in Oklahoma, was notified and accompanied by his wife, came to be with his daughter and attend the service.
 

Parties have continued search for the body of the little boy and about 3:30 this, Thursday, afternoon, R. Kirkman found it a short distance out in front of John LeCompte's place on East Bay. Mr. Kirkman had waded out in the water up around Grassy Point, and was on his way back when he sighted the body, which was in fairly good condition.  The Palacios Beacon, Thursday, March 19, 1931


 
NOTE: Son of Altha "Bud" and Vannie Penland


Obit courtesy of
Susie Penland Genck daughter of A. B. and Marguerite Penland, granddaughter of A.A. and Vannie Penland.

Picture of Clyde courtesy of Gene Penland.

The marker for Clyde pictured above was placed in Collegeport Cemetery on Sunday, May 27, 2007 by Gene and Patsy Huffhines.

 


Lizzie Hill Primm

 Primm, Lizzie                                                         Sep 03, 1882     Jan 26, 1959

Location:                              28o44.482 N             096o10.192 W

 

 Mrs. Lizzie Primm Buried In Collegeport Tuesday Afternoon

Funeral services for Mrs. Lizzie Primm were held at the Palacios Funeral Home Tuesday, January 27 with Rev. Rayford Harris of the First Baptist Church conducting the service. Interment was in the cemetery at Collegeport , Tex.

The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Hill, she was born on September 3, 1882 in Tennessee and passed away in Bay View Hospital Monday morning, January 26.

She was married to Samuel Primm, who preceded her in death in 1939.

She is survived by three sisters; Mrs. Sallie Taylor of Palacios, Mrs. Erskin Adams of Nashville , Tenn. and Mrs. Annie Galbraith of Dallas, one nephew and four nieces.

The Palacios Beacon, January 29, 1959

 

 Palacios Texas News by Mrs. John Basford

Funeral services for Mrs. Lizzie Primm were held at the Palacios Funeral Home, Tuesday, January 27, 1959 . The Rev. Rayford Harris of the First Baptist Church conducted the final rites. Burial was in the Collegeport Cemetery .

She was born on September 3, 1882 in Tennessee , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Hill. She was stricken with a heart attack while shopping in one of the Palacios stores, and passed away at Bay View Hospital , January 26.

Her husband, Samuel Primm preceded her in death in 1939.

Survivors are her three sisters, Mrs. Sallie Taylor of Palacios , Texas ; Mrs. Erskin (Julie) Adams of Nashville, Tennessee, and Mrs. Annie Galbraith of Dallas , Texas .

The Daily Tribune, Wednesday, February 4, 1959 , page 3

 

NOTES: Mrs. Primm died in Palacios. She was the daughter of T. J. and Sallie Taylor Hill.

 1880 Wilson County , Tennessee Census

Hill, Lizzie, 10 months, born Tennessee

father: Thomas J. Hill   mother: Mary A. Mosley

 

Samuel Gray Primm

 Primm Samuel Gray                                             Feb 21, 1877     Mar 03, 1939

Location:                              28o44.483 N            096o10.192 W            Map: #51

 Information from the notes of Matagorda County researcher Kathleen Tatum.

Samuel Gray Primm was born in Hickman County , Tennessee . His parents were Oliver Hazard Perry Primm and Frances Ella Thomas Primm.

 

Harry Sundstrom

 Sundstrom, Harry                                                 1905                   1914

Location:                              28o44.494 N             096o10.162 W            Map: #15 & #66

 Collegeport

 The home of Mr. and Mrs. John Sundstrom, on the Pierce ranch south of town, was saddened by the loss of their little nine-year-old son, who died suddenly with heart disease last Monday. The family has the sympathry of the entire community.

The Matagorda County Tribune, Friday, March 5, 1915
 

 (It appears that Harry Sunstrom's grave was the one marked by the stone with the Roman numeral I. A family member made this stone and placed it beside the stones of the Heemer children.)

 

John Stanley Wright

 Wright, John Stanley                                           Oct 27, 1889      Oct 20, 1968

Location:                              28o44.494 N             096o10.196 W

 

Collegeport News by D. Bullington

And we say farewell to another Collegeport old-timer, Stanley Wright, who was 70 years old, passed away Saturday at a rest home in El Campo. He came to Collegeport in 1909. Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Collegeport Cemetery .

The Daily Tribune, October 25, 1968
 

NOTES:

1910 Matagorda County Census

Justice Precinct 8                 Enumeration District 147                    Sheet 5A

Household 75/77

Wright, John Stanley, 20, b Ohio , single

 Mr. Wright was the son of Wilson S. and Irene B. Wright.

 

Rena B. McCleary Wright

 Wright, Rena B.                                                     Apr 14, 1867      Oct 09, 1958

Location:                              28o44.493 N             096o10.196 W
 

Final Services Today For Mrs. Rena Wright

     Funeral services for Mrs. Rena Wright will be held Thursday, October 9, at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Collegeport, with Dr. Tom Ryal officiating. Interment will be in Collegeport Cemetery .

     Mrs. Wright passed away at her home at Collegeport at 5 p.m. Monday. She was 91 years of age and the oldest pioneer citizen of Collegeport. She is survived by one son, Stanley Wright, of Collegeport.

The Palacios Beacon, October 9, 1958
 

NOTES:

Mrs. Wright was born in Lloydsville , Ohio to John and Emily Thompson McCleary.
 

1910 Matagorda County Census

Justice Precinct 8                 Enumeration District 147                    Sheet 5A

Household 75/77

Wright, Wilson S, 47, b Ohio , married 23 years

Wright, Irene B., 43, b Ohio, married 23 years, 1 child, 1 living

Wright, Stanley, 20, b Ohio , single


1920 Matagorda County Census

Justice Precinct 7                 Enumeration District 142                    Sheet 2B

Household 47/47

Wright, Wilson S, 57, b Ohio

Wright, Irene B., 52, b Ohio

Wright, John S., 30, b Ohio

 

Wilson Shannon Wright

Wright, Wilson Shannon                                     1862                   Apr 18, 1923

Location:                           28o44.492 N             096o10.196 W            Map: #61
 

NOTES: Mr. Wright was the son of Isaac and Dorcas Van Dyne Wright.

1910 Matagorda County Census

Justice Precinct 8                 Enumeration District 147                    Sheet 5A

Household 75/77

Wright, Wilson S, 47, b Ohio , married 23 years

Wright, Irene B., 43, b Ohio, married 23 years, 1 child, 1 living

Wright, Stanley, 20, b Ohio , single

 

1920 Matagorda County Census

Justice Precinct 7                 Enumeration District 142                    Sheet 2B

Household 47/47

Wright, Wilson S, 57, b Ohio

Wright, Irene B., 52, b Ohio

Wright, John S., 30, b Ohio

 

Burton D. Hurd Land Company Sales Schedules for Collegeport Townsite 1908-1912

Wilson S. Wright of St. Clairsville , Ohio , purchased block 111, lots 2-3

 

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