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Payne-Wickham American Legion Post
Collegeport, Texas


American Legion

A Post of the American Legion has been organized at Collegeport, and meetings are held every two weeks. The Commander is Jack Holsworth, Post Adjutant, Oscar Chapin. The meeting last week was held at the home of the Post Commander, Mr. Holsworth. The Post invites all ex-service men to come and join with them to make a strong Post in this community.

Palacios Beacon, May 17, 1928

The Payne-Wickham Post of the American Legion held its regular meeting Tuesday night with a goodly number present, several coming over from Palacios. The Post is putting on a membership campaign. All who join now will have the privilege of being charter members. The next meeting will be at the barber shop on Tuesday, June 19th. Each ex-service man is asked to bring another.

Palacios Beacon, June 7, 1928

The following items about the Payne-Wickham American Legion Post were taken from
"Thoughts" columns written by Collegeport correspondent, Harry Austin Clapp.


Our new pastor, Rev. Merrian [Merriman] Smith, is fostering the organization of an American Legion Post.  Splendid movement which all of us should support.

Bill Smith and a bunch of his buddies met Wednesday and took preliminary steps for the organization of an American Legion Post.  If, when, and is organized, it will receive the support of most of our people.

The Daily Tribune,
April 17, 1928




American Legion was held Tuesday night at Oscar Chapinís barber shop. Interest in the Legion is increasing in this part of Matagorda County. There are others who should affiliate with the local Post. See Oscar Chapin, Jack Holsworth, or any Service man.


Palacios Beacon, July 5, 1928




As I looked at the boys present on this occasion [Father and Son Banquet] my thoughts went back to the first Boy Scout troop organized in this county. Nearly all were in the war, and one, Joe Paine [Payne], lost his life in France.


The Daily Tribune, July 7, 1928




Writing about the Boy Scouts, I gave the name of little Joe Paine [Payne] and mentioned he was dead.  Friday there came to me his brother, Waller [William?], a Tenderfoot Scout, and told me Joe was alive, married, with two twin boys.  Joe is a traffic manager for a tank line and has charge of routing tank cars.  Waller is a gas inspector for a gas line company.  He was here with his wife and two children. This is great news for us for Joe lived with us for several years and we were very fond of him.  Two of my Boy Scouts of 25 years ago.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, August 12, 1937