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Everything was smiles last Friday, May Day, even the weather clerk had been tipped by the good people of Coulterville, and gave orders for an ideal picnic day. It seems that the people of Lower Caney decided on doing a thing, and when they have fully decided they go and do it. They decided among themselves on having a May Day picnic, and they had one, not one of the ordinary every day picnics, but one of those that you read about, one of them whole day and night picnics; not one of them where they give you a cup of coffee grounds and a tooth-pick, with red-bugs and ticks on the side, but one of them old fashioned fellows, that get right close to you, and in order to get rid of it you have to get on the outside of the hind quarter of a barbecued beef, cakes and pies so thick and many that you can't call them by name, and a dozen other kind of dishes that they had to fill in with.

Early Friday morning about thirty Bay Cityites turned their faces southeastward and kept a goin' until they reached the picnic grounds. They were a jolly crowd and they went for fun, which they had from the time they reached the grounds until they left it. They reached there about 10 o'clock and found already gathered a large number of people from the surrounding country, but the crowd had not fully gathered until about 1 o'clock, when about three hundred people were on the grounds, having come from Columbia, Brazoria, Matagorda, Bay City and those of the neighborhood.

The grounds were in a beautiful grove at the Coulter store and post office, with a fine dancing platform and plenty of seats under the big live oak trees. As the people drove in, their teams were taken in charge by a committee, who when the guests were ready to depart had them brought around again, fed and cared for. About noon the orchestra arrived and dancing began, which was kept up until the early hours of the following morning. The dinner, which was served about 3 o'clock, was simply something immense, but the good people did not stop with simply dinner, but also served supper and lunch in the early morning hours, and then enough was left over to feed a half thousand starved people. Not only did they give this magnificent spread, but during the entire day had ice cream and cold drinks of all kinds in abundance, which were also free. Oh, they do things up down there, and they know how to do it, too.

And then they had a way of making each one feel as though he were the guest of honor, that they had done all of this for his especial benefit, and this makes a big crowd feel mighty good, when each thinks that he is the pet of the occasion. It seems those who had it in charge tried to out do each other, and we never saw anything in the way of a public frolic pass off more pleasantly than this picnic did. Then they deserve double credit when the fact is taken in consideration that those who had it all in charge are a very few, and live some distance apart, and there was much work attached besides the day of the picnic. For days they were at work on the grounds while the good wives were at home doing the cooking and baking.

Those who had the matter in charge and to whom we are indebted for personal favors shown us are Messrs. P. M. and H. W. Bowie, V. L. & L. LeTulle, J. J. LeTulle, C. H. Williams, L. P. Coulter, W. E. and T. E. Bell, R. T. Chinn, F. V. Vaughn and J. D. Ogburn. Long will they be remembered by those who were fortunate enough to be their guests for one day, and who only desire an opportunity to show more deeply their appreciation.

Bay City Breeze, May 7, 1896


 Will the weather clerk please let up on the rain and give us some sunshine.

We all join the BREEZE in her fight for R. R. for Matagorda county. Give us a railroad and we will sure go to the front with our rich lands.

The farmers and planters are backward as it keeps raining and raining. Jno. Rugeley has his field of 250 acres about all under a good fence. It is raw land, but he hopes to make a good crop on it this year.

Walter Millican has a disk plow, to which he works three yoke of oxen and he is turning over Buckner's prairie land in good shape. He says he can plow five acresa day. Walter is a rustler to work, also to eat.

On last Monday morning the elegant Rotherwood home of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Williams caught fire from a defective flue and the house was saved simply because it was daylight, there was plenty of help there and it was discovered before it had burned through the roof. The fiaught (sic) between the ceiling and roof and by getting on top of the house and chopping a hole through the roof it was soon under control and the damage was slight. Nothing but the fact that everything was favorable and that heroic efforts were made at the right moment saved the place.

On Thursday, February 4th, about 2 o'clock, just after dinner was over and the family was gathered around a heating stove, lightning struck the house of Mr. Johnie Rugeley and their escape from instant death, at least some members of the family, seems to be nothing less than miraculous. They were around the stove, Mr. and Mrs. Rugeley and baby and Walter Millican. The lightning struck the upper part of the stove, following it down into the stove, tore several joints of the pipe all to pieces, overturned the stove, then followed along where the floor and ceiling met for a ways and tore a piece of weather boarding off from the sill, up for ten feet or more. Shattering the weather boarding into splinters and throwing the splinters for some distance. Broke several windows all to pieces and shattered every lamp shade in the house. There was no fire in the stove but a lot of ashes and Mr. Rugeley thinks the ashes saved their lives, as they turned the current of the lightning outwards, and they were all in front of the stove and not more than four feet distant. The jar was awful, everybody was stunned and it was several minutes before they could hear or realize what had happened. The current of lightning melted holes in the stove pipe, did not hurt the sill of the house but split up a live oak block. He says he can't understand how the current of electricity got out of the back of the stove as it did, without breaking the stove, which it did not injure.

Bay City Breeze, February 11, 1897


All quiet on Buckner's prairie tonight.

Mr. L. P. Coulter is preparing ground for the purpose of planting pear trees.

Miss Chapman has improved her farm very much in the last two months.

Hawkinsville mail arrives on time daily, though the roads are bad.

The health of our town never was better. Xmas pulling up slowly.


The Matagorda County Tribune, December 3, 1898


Some improvements going on in our town.

Yesterday was a busy day with the Messrs. Coulters putting out fruit trees.

Mr. L. P. Coulter is filling his hay contracts, with his fine prairie hay, delivering ton after ton in that historical city, Matagorda.


The Matagorda County Tribune, December 10, 1898


The mail arrives every day on time.

Dr. W. F. Box is spending the holidays at home.

Old Santa Claus only made his bow and passed us by.

T. Hamilton and lady took a trip to the coast yesterday.

Mrs. L. P. Coulter's "Xmas tree" was magnificent. She erected one for her two sweet little girls.

Who is Mrs. Dr. Chinn? Mail comes here for that name--and if R. T. Chinn is married, we would like to know it.

H. Hamilton and Miss M. Coulter attended the dance given at O. Walker's. They report having a fine time--together with Ed Gibson, the top dancer of this county.


The Matagorda County Tribune, December 31, 1898


Long may old glory wave over the roof of your office, is the prayers of the writer.

The young ladies of Coulterville are up to date--riding cow boy horses, ladies in the saddle, cow boys up behind.

Miss Melissa Coulter and sister spent the evening in east Coulterville on yesterday. Come again ladies; we enjoy such visits.

Farming at a standstill--too much mud. Some ditching, some fencing, some sodding and others sitting around cook stoves.

Our hospitable friend, Dr. W. F. Box, is sure a rustler. You would think so if you could see the amount of work he has done around his premises.

The draw bridge over Caney near Hawkinsville is in bad condition. Mr. Sam Coulter was called by one of our county commissioners to inspect said bridge.


The Matagorda County Tribune, January 21, 1899


By Daisy

There is a great deal of sickness in this neighborhood.

Otto Walker of Kenner Prairie, was in Coulterville last week.

Frank Hawkins has been moving some cattle from his lower pasture.

Mrs. C. H. Williams died at her home at Rotherwood, Sunday morning, and was buried on Sunday afternoon.

Miss Ada Rugeley and Mrs. Mary Rugeley, who have been attending the late Mrs. C. H. Williams, have returned to their homes.

Another wave of prosperity in Coulterville. Born to Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Coulter, another fine curly headed girl. Both mother and babe are doing nicely

The Matagorda County Tribune, January 28, 1899


(Received too late for last week.)

News scarce.

Dr. W. F. Box has been on the sick list.

Last week rain; this week mud; farmers got the blues.

B. Ryman has been down looking after his cattle in the Spencer pasture.

L. P. Coulter is the champion squirrel hunter, killing three at two shots with his target (Colt 22).

Our mail arrives on time though our energetic mail rider has injured his eyes--so much so, he purchased a pair of Dr. D. E. Franklin's celebrated glasses.

P. P.

The Matagorda County Tribune, February 11, 1899


By Pencil Pusher
(Following arrived too late for last week.)

Dr. Box has gone to Houston.

J. Hamilton has moved to the Spencer place.

We are having some of McKinley's embalmed beef.

Plenty of mud, plenty of rain, plenty of vexations; but not plenty of money.

Bud Smith had the wind mill repaired on the Spencer farm. Plenty of water at present.

Victor LeTulle, the champion farmer, has nearly one hundred acres of corn planted on Mrs. Dr. Box's farm.

Misses Lucille and Dorothy Coulter spent the evening of last Sunday with the Misses Hamilton, at Spencerville.

The Matagorda County Tribune, March 11, 1899


By Pencil Pusher

Farmers are very busy at this time. Their lands are getting dry and hard.

Miss Melissa Jane Coulter and mother visited Spencerville on yesterday evening.

Our much-esteemed friend, George Culver, has made his round among us assessing property.

We regret very much to have Dr. Box leave us. He is going to make Houston his home in the near future. His equal as a neighbor is hard to find.

Our Pete and his mule had a tangle yesterday. On entering the gate at the office the mule did not want to obey orders as heretofore. "Plenty of grass now," says the mule.

We are astonished to hear men of means say that if a stalk of cotton should happen to come up on their land, they would have pulled it up as quick as they would a burr. They ought to know their wealth was made in cotton. Don't discontinue the raising of cotton.

The Matagorda County Tribune, March 18, 1899


By Daisy

L. P. Coulter has gone to Houston on a business trip.

Tom Hamilton now has a dairy running in city style.

Miss Malissa Coulter has been quite sick for a few days.

Another wave of prosperity; a fine girl at Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Dugar's.

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Austin, of Bay City, were visiting Dr. and Mrs. C. H. Williams, last week.

Ike Towell passed through Coulterville last Saturday on his way to lower Caney on a fishing expedition.                                            

The Matagorda County Tribune, April 8, 1899


By Daisy

Frank Kingley killed a large rattlesnake Tuesday.

S. J. and A. M. Coulter made a flying trip to Velasco, this week.

Dr. Mynatt, of Knoxville, Tenn., was in Coulterville last week looking up a location.

Grass is growing fine on Buckner's Prairie, and haying will commence about the middle of May.

The high winds are drying out what little moisture there is in the ground, and crops are needing rain.

(Following arrived too last for last week.)

Dr. Box has returned from Houston and is busy rounding up cattle.

B. A. Ryman has been down moving cattle from here to his upper pasture.

Miss M. Coulter has a quilt pieced on a pattern called the bachelor's puzzle.

V. LeTulle has just completed plowing over 120 acres of his fine corn crop.

W. C. Hamilton and Miss M. Coulter visited Magnolia Sunday evening and were presented with a bunch of flowers.                            

The Matagorda County Tribune, April 15, 1899


By Daisy

We have had two fine rains and farmers are looking happy.

Mr. Kilbride of Robbins's ranch, was in Coulterville this week.

D. E. Franklin lost a valuable mule while on a trip to Velasco, last week.

Messrs. Sims and Gaines passed here on their way from the beach last week, and reported having a fine time.

Mr. Fred Robbins was over last week, and purchased a lot of smooth wire from Dr. Box. He intends building a suspension bridge over a slough on the west side of the Colorado.

There was quite an enjoyable gathering at the residence of R. T. Chinn on Thursday night. Dancing and a fine supper were the features of the evening. All present report a fine time.

W. E. Harris, representing Gust Heye & Co., of Galveston, Mr. Morris representing a tobacco firm, and Chas. Mensing, of Mensing Bros., of Galveston, passed through this week.

The Matagorda County Tribune, April 22, 1899


By Daisy

Some corn and cotton were badly damaged by the hail.

Mrs. C. H. Williams is expecting her brother, from Mobile, Ala. She has not seen him for 20 years.

Some time ago we saw in The Tribune that in Coulterville the ladies rode in front and the cowboys rode behind; but now we notice on a little four mile trip, the cowboy road and the lady walked beside him.

We had a severe wind and hail storm last week, and one of Dr. Box's tenant houses, occupied by Thos. Hamilton, was blown off the blocks and considerably damaged. Neighbor Jones says he saw two bed quilts coming towards his home, but soon found that they were around Hamilton. Tom's wife followed later.      

The Matagorda County Tribune, April 29, 1899


By Daisy

A. M. Coulter made a trip to Brazoria, this week.

Crops are looking fine on this prairie, and everybody is busy.

Traveling men representing James Bute & Co., and the Houston Post, passed through here, this week.

Wolves have become so bold hereabouts as to attack calves tied in the yard and to carry off chickens.

Several dogs in the neighborhood have been bitten by a mad-dog; but so far, the dog has not been killed.

Dr. Box is having his share of bad luck. One of his tenant houses, occupied by George Haily, burned down on Saturday night.            

The Matagorda County Tribune, April 29, 1899

Coulterville Cogitations

Ed. Dugar and Fidelia Goodman are visiting J. B. Dugar and family.

Jas. Hamilton and wife have been spending a few days in Matagorda.

Mrs. Annie Hays has returned from a visit to friends on Kenner's Prairie.

Mrs. Sara Coulter, Miss Malissa Coulter, and S. J. Coulter are on the sick list.

Mrs. E. S. Rugeley has returned to Wharton. She has been visiting her sister, Mrs. C. H. Williams.

Matagorda County Tribune, July 8, 1899


By Daisy

A. M. Coulter has been quite sick for a few days.

L. P. Coulter and family spent a few days on the beach last week.

L. P. Coulter's store and contents burned to the ground Saturday night. No cause for the fire is known.

Mrs. Jessie Carrington and Miss Fanny Ayres passed through here on the way home from Bay City, Thursday.

We have been having some very warm weather--100 in the shade, and the mosquitoes make it several degrees warmer.

Mrs. Wm. E. Austin, of Bay City, and Mrs. Mary Rugeley, of Wharton are attending the bed-side of Mrs. C. H. Williams, who is very low.            

The Matagorda County Tribune, July 22, 1899


By Daisy.

C. Zipprian spent Sunday with home folks.

J. B. Dugar made a trip to Velasco this week.

LeTulle & Vaughan are gathering corn on Dr. Box's place.

S. J. Coulter and Frank Kingsley went to the beach Sunday.

Walter Ayers, of Kenner's Prairie, was in Coulterville Sunday.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 9, 1899


By Daisy

E. H. Phillips of Kenner passed through here Monday.

Mrs. L. P. Coulter was quite sick a few days last week.

E. A. Gibson of Hawkinsville was in the city Monday.

LeTulle & Vaughan drove 100 fat hogs to Van Vleck for shipment.

F. M. Arnold of Hungerford is spending the week with V. L. LeTulle.

Dr. E. E. Scott was in Coulterville this week and says he thinks of locating at Van Vleck. We wish him success.

Mrs. Susie Rugeley has returned to her home in Bay City after a pleasant visit with her parents, Capt. and Mrs. V. D. LeTulle.

The Matagorda County Tribune, October 19, 1900

Coulterville Cogitations
By Cogitator.

C. Zipprian went to Big Hill Saturday.

Judge Currie and the madam came over for mail Saturday.

J. A. Bruce came out Monday and commenced to make more hay.

A. G. Moore came over from Judge Currie’s ranch one day last week.

F. S. Scherrer was in our village last week, summoning special venire men.

H. Robinson went to Bay City Tuesday with a load of vegetables for Box Bros.

F. P. Vaughn has returned from a visit to his mother in Colorado county.

Dr. A. F. Box returned from Van Vleck Sunday where he had been shipping cattle.

Dr. Walter Box is here the guest of his brother. They are gathering fat cattle to day to ship to Houston.

H. W. Bowie came out on the prairie Saturday to cut some more hay and Monday we had another good shower of rain.

Mortie Bell and his charming young sister were in our village a few days last week, the guests of Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Vaughn.

Edgar Hawkins was taken very sick Friday while driving cattle for Box Bros., and C. Zipprian sent him to Dr. C. H. Williams’s in his buggy for treatment.

Mrs. V. D. LeTulle and daughter, Miss Julia, came out for their mail and some groceries. They report the Capt. quite ill, but we hope that he is improving at this writing.

Jack Dudley and family and quite a gathering of their friends, neighbors and relatives passed through our village en route to Rotherwood Lake to fish and hunt. It was a jovial crowd of about twenty persons.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 26, 1903

Coulterville Cogitations

By Cogitator.

Mortie LeTulle was a pleasant caller at our office last Wednesday.

Harvey Hamilton was in our village again last Saturday, hunting mules, he said.

Dr. A. F. Box is fighting weeds and crab grass this week, and he is making good time.

Vaughn, Bruce and Zipprian are all cutting their second crop of hay this week, and it is fine.

Ed. Gibson, the rustling Lake Austin ranchman, was a pleasant caller at our office today, Tuesday 21st. He reports all well at the Lake House.

Judge and Mrs. Currie have both been quite sick for about two weeks, but their many friends will be glad to hear that they are recovering again.

Quite a number of Bay City people have gone to the Gulf for a dip in the surf and pleasure generally. The writer would like to be one of the party.

Mrs. Capt. V. D. LeTulle and daughter Julia made us a social and business call Saturday. They report the captain still quite unwell, but we hope he will take a change for the better soon.

Matagorda County Tribune, July 24, 1903

Coulterville Cogitations.

By Cogitator.

J. J. LeTulle was a pleasant caller at our office Saturday.

Dr. E. C. King was in our office a few minutes last Friday.

The weather still continues showery and interferes with hay making.

C. Zipprian went to Big Hill Saturday to spend Sunday with home folks.

Harry Hamilton was in our village Monday, returning home the same day.

Frank Kingsley went to Van Vleck Tuesday after a load of freight for C. Zipprian.

Dr. and Mrs. A. F. Box have both been sick, they are improving at this writing.

J. B. Cookenboo of Wharton made C. Zipprian a social and business call last Friday.

Mr. Wardell, from G. C. Duncan’s plantation, was in our village Tuesday, looking for cattle that have strayed off.

H. Robinson took his family to Bay City  His wife and baby have been very sick, and Mr. Robinson has been very sick himself.

F. P. Vaughn went down to the beach Saturday to join his wife who has been down there about two weeks with a pleasure party from Bay City.

Judge Currie came over from his ranch Saturday to hold justice court. Whites in attendance: Attorney Hensley of Bay City, and H. Robinson, the constable. As the parties accused failed to arrive court adjourned.

We are sorry to report the sad news of the death of Mrs. G. C. Duncan of Spanish camp. She died in Galveston and was brought to our village Saturday for interment at the family cemetery. She was an estimable Christian lady and the sister of P. M. and H. W. Bowie. The bereaved relatives and many friends have our heartfelt sympathy.

Matagorda County Tribune, April 7, 1903

Coulterville Cogitations.

By Cogitator.

Frank Kingsley returned from Big Hill Tuesday.

Dr. Albert Box’s family are regaining their health slowly.

It rained nearly all day Monday and all the roads are very bad.

Dr. E. C. King was a pleasant caller at our office one day last week.

G. W. Z. went to Big Hill Saturday with supplies for the home folks.

J. B. Cookenboo spent Tuesday night in our village, the guest of C. Zipprian.

We were pleased to see H. W. Bowie at our office last Friday. He reports all well.

Mr. Miller, dry goods and notions drummer, spent Tuesday night in our village the guest of P. M. Bowie.

Frank Kingsley went to Matagorda Saturday with a load of hay for J. F. Williams from C. Zipprian.

F. P. Vaughn came out from his plantation several days last week, looking after his interests in the Prairie.

John Dennis and two young ladies and Mr. Wardell and family passed through our village en route for the beach to have a good time.

Carlysle Williams, the expert young hunter who killed a deer and shot a man in the fleshy part of the leg, was a pleasant caller Sunday.

H. Robinson came from Bay City Saturday looking like a shadow. He says he was quite sick while there and that his wife and baby are still sick.

Capt. Holt, a brother-in-law of Morgan Smith, was in our village last week, trying to buy C. Zipprian’s boat for the purpose of engaging in oystering for T. F. Carr in Matagorda.

Mr. Lackey and his niece, Miss Julia LeTulle, were pleasant callers at our office Saturday. He reports Capt. V. D. LeTulle much improved in health, which is good news. He also reports that J. J. LeTulle and wife have been sick but are much better.

J. M. Ayers, the genial young man from Kenner, was in our village Saturday with two petitions for signers, one for a bridge across Caney, at what is known as the Bruce Ferry, and the other asking the commissioners to prorate the $60,000 road fund among the several precincts.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 14, 1903

Coulterville Cogitations.

By Cogitator.

H. W. Bowie was here one day last week.

S. J. Coulter had his toes badly mashed this week.

Dr. A. F. Box went to Bay City Saturday on business.

Dr. E. C. King was a pleasant caller at our office Friday.

Jim Bruce is with us again this week, trying to make hay.

F. P. Vaughn and wife made the Coulters a short visit Saturday.

G. W. Zipprian went to Big Hill Saturday, to spend Sunday with home folks.

Mr. Lackey came over from Capt. V. D. LeTulle’s plantation one day last week, after his mail.

Carlysle Williams has been working with Dr. A. F. Box, grading the bad lane in our village.

Dr. A. F. Box and C. H. Williams are both on the sick list this week. Dr. King is waiting on them.

C. W. Burkhart and Jim Bruce were in our village Thursday, returning to Matagorda the same day.

Frank Kingsly went to Van Vleck Thursday after a load of freight for C. Zipprian. He also went to Matagorda with two loads of hay which he sold for C. Zipprian.

C. Zipprian has resigned as post master at Coulterville, and this post office will be discontinued on 31st of August, which is next Monday. People will please call and get their mail, and have their post office address changed.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 29, 1903


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