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Matagorda County Tribune




By Harry Austin Clapp


When you read this, forget the Collegeport of today and think only of the Collegeport of 1910 for all this copy is from the columns of the Collegeport Chronicle of that year.


Mr. U. A. Pierson who has been north the past eight weeks returned Tuesday.


Mr. M. F. Bonner is getting ready to build on his lots near Avenue J and Third Street.


Mrs. C. W. Rutherford left for her old home in Kirwin, Kan., last Saturday.


Hon. Harry Austin Clapp was in Houston Tuesday in the interest of the Mid-Coast Congress.


Prof. W. H. Travis, wife, mother and family, were guests at Hotel Collegeport for dinner last Sunday.


Work on the roads and repairing bridges and washouts has kept overseer Judin on the alert this week.


Mr. B. B. Harnish arrived with his family from New Mexico. He is occupying the Lipsitt house on Avenue E.


Mr. Burton D. Hurd is in Joliet and Chicago this week on business for the land company.


There will be a meeting of the Industrial League Friday night at the College Chapel.


Mrs. O. B. Kone and daughter, Evelyn, left Friday for Little Rock to attend the Confederate Reunion.


Mr. H. H. Black who has been detained at the Sealy Hospital for some time is now able to be out and will be home in a few days.


The Dena H, the popular launch took a party of Collegeport, citizens down the Bay to Port O’Connor Wednesday, returning on the same day.


Mr. Ben Carey and family took dinner Sunday at the Hotel Collegeport.


It is growing quite popular with residents of Palacios to take the boat trip to Collegeport, dine at the Hotel Collegeport, and take the Brownsville Flyer into Bay City and Houston.


Mrs. Theo Smith and daughter, Miss Grace, were in Houston this week selecting the furnishings for their new Bay front residence which is now receiving the finishing touches.


The Jenny Wren Club will meet on Saturday at the home of Anna Van Ness on the corner of South Boulevard and Avenue O.


The monthly church social will be held Tuesday evening. A class of girls from the Sunday School will have charge of the program.


Will Shuey and George Braden have been hooking some fine catfish at the Willow Dam.


Mrs. J. W. Turner left Tuesday for Beaver City, Neb., to witness the graduating exercises of the high school, her son being a member of the class.


Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nelson visited in Citrus Grove last Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. James Maples, father, mother and Jack Deering, took in the excursion to Brownsville last Thursday and were at the bull fight where the matador was killed by the infuriated bull.


Work is progressing slowly for the Collegeport day celebration.


Work commenced Wednesday on the Pagoda pavilion.


For Sale : 10 Duroc Jersey Pigs. C. H. Judin


Our Advertisers

In the interest of a progressive town and community, the Chronicle wishes to recommend to its readers the merchants and business men whose progressive spirit and policy enables us to reach you with the news.


Theo Smith & Son, lumber and hardware;

Jno. T. Price Lumber Company, lumber and hardware;

Thos. M. Clark, groceries and feed;

D. H. Morris, groceries and feed;

The Collegeport Pharmacy, drugs, etc.;

The Ruthven Market, meats;

Hotel Collegeport;

The Avenue Hotel;

Collegeport State Bank;

Mrs. Lida Williams, millinery;

The Homecrofters, milk, butter and vegetables;

G. A. Lake , contractor;

Drott Brothers, contractors;

J. L. Logan & Son, livery and bus;

Payne & Legg, draymen;

C. S. Eidman,

R. I. Red, eggs;

Liggett & Knight, well drillers;

Wm. M. Pfeiffer, brick mason;

Glenn Calloway, cement walks;

J. B. McCain, notary public;

J. H. Adams, books and magazines;

Earl Ford, plumber;

Abbott Kone, boats and engines;

Geo. H. Laughter, boat service;

Manuel Glaros, special boat trips.


Schedule of the Fay Bowen: Four round trips each day leaving Collegeport at 8:30 a.m. on first trip. Geo. H. Laughter, Master.


The following is condensed: The first annual banquet of the Collegeport Industrial League was held in Collegeport Hotel Saturday evening, April 23. Howard N. Sholl, president elect, was in charge and introduced the speakers, who were Secretary H. A. Clapp, Prof. W. H. Travis, L. E. Liggett, Burton D. Hurd, Judge Holman of Bay City; Hon. H. P. Sicks and Mrs. N. P. Knight.


Great enthusiasm prevailed and it was generally conceded that the League was in safe hands. The menu consisted of baked trout with cream sauce, celery, pickles, sliced tomatoes, spring lettuce, boiled ham, minced chicken en casserole, potato croquettes, Waldorf salad, ice cream, strawberries, cakes and coffee.


At the annual meeting the following were elected as officers: H. N. Sholl, president; W. H. Travis, vice president; H. A. Clapp, secretary; Dr. S. A. Darling, treasurer; L. E. Liggett, director.


A suggestion has been made that the women get together and organize a woman’s club or league or auxiliary. There is a field for work here and the ladies are capable of doing it. The work done by the woman’s clubs of our country should be a good incentive. We leave it to them.


Our local market, fresh dried bologna sausage, 15c; bologna in oil or Vienna in oil 15c; H.. & K .Coffee, 20c; 5-pound Silver Shield Lard, 83c; sugar 17 pounds per dollar; corn flakes 10c; Quaker Oats, two for 25c; crackers 8c per pound; chops, $1.65?; eggs, 20c.


Came in his casket, sad story of a young immigrant who died en route to Collegeport. Here follows the account of the death of Axel Robert Drott, who left Sweden to join his brothers, Alban and Gustave Drott of this city. He was picked up on the Houston streets a very sick boy and died there. The remains were brought to Collegeport on Monday where a large number citizens accompanied the sorrowing brothers to the cemetery for interment.


County butter brings 9 to 10 c, while creamery butter sells for 25c. Hens $5.50 per dozen and fryers about the same. Turkeys slow at 14 cents.


Mr. John J. Raezer is here trying to organize the rice growers, most of them were interested only two or three holding out for further information.


H. A. Paine has the contract for installing the complete machinery for the pumping plant. He states that the machinery is ready and only waits the completion of the canals and Captain Hipp gives the assurance that the canals will soon be ready for the water.


Editor Travis and wife were guests at the Hotel Collegeport to Sunday dinner on the seventh inst.


Captain Ross of the regular army, who is stationed at San Antonio during the Mexican troubles came to Collegeport Tuesday on leave of absence to visit his parents Mr. and Mrs. Geo. D. Ross of our city for a few days.


Mr. John J. Gillespie will be superintendent on the canal work, which is a guarantee that the work will be pushed with dispatch.


Six families of the United Brethren persuasion living near Citrus Grove, have united for the building of a church building at that place. The building will be 24 by 25 feet in size with a shingle roof. Labor is being supplied by the people while the Burton D. Hurd Land Company donated the land.


Mr. Ross has an artesian well machine at work on his farm.


The clang of the hammer on the anvil of our blacksmith shop rings merrily this week. The smithy, Mr. A. W. LeCompte is the proud father of a fine eleven-pound boy born Sunday.


E. P. Woods and family were callers at Hotel Collegeport on their way to Palacios last Saturday.


Col. J. E. Pierce was at the Hotel Collegeport Tuesday night and is to spend a few days looking after things at the Slough Ranch.


The homeseekers party is due to arrive here Friday, March 19. They leave Chicago Tuesday May 9, via the C. R. I. & P. Railway.


Government survey for Tres Palacios River and Pilkington Bayou. Last winter the League appointed a committee to urge the Government to make a survey. The committee was headed by Prof. W. H. Travis and last week an associated press dispatch brought us the news from Galveston that a survey had been ordered. The League will follow up the start so well made and every stone will be turned to bring Collegeport the best facilities both by land and water which will bring prosperity and growth in its train.


This peep into the past will not only interest “old timers” who are still here but also the many Tribune readers in other parts who knew Collegeport in its early days.


Matagorda County Tribune, date unknown, Harry Austin Clapp Scrapbook 2

Bay City, Texas, January 4.--By appointment with Burton D. Hurd, F. H. Jones and G. M. Magill, a party of Frisco officials, including President Winchell, Vice President Biddle, Traffic Manager Middleton and Passenger Traffic Manager Hilton, accompanied by A. T. Perkins, first vice president of the Gulf Coast line, C. B. Rogers, general manager of that road and J. N. Simpson and Royal A. Ferris of Dallas, were met at the terminus of the Tres Palacios branch of the Gulf Coast line in automobiles at 7 o'clock this morning and the party spent the forenoon driving over the Collegeport section inspecting conditions with a view to extending the Tres Palacios..Collegeport, a thriving... [paper damaged]

Houston Post, January 5, 1910



[Thirty-s]even New Residences in Only Eighty-Four Days is a New Record


From Friday's Daily


This is the challenge that Collegeport and vicinity send out to ambitious young towns.


A new residence every two and ten-thirty sevenths days is the story of this district's growth and the beginning is just dawning. This is no boom, but the actual coming in of bona fide settlers. Our lumber and hardware men have been working night and day and every man who had the least sign of carpentry genius has not been idle.


The contractors have been in two or three places at the same time while intending householders have spent their time wondering at the slowness of building operations in a new country. But two and ten-thirty sevenths days per house would be counted fast in some localities, while others would be satisfied to see one in so many months. Among these are a few so-called shacks with a good sprinkling of cosy bungalows and a generous portion of comfortable cottages, and not a few imposing residences.-Collegeport Chronicle


January 7, 1910

Note: The title portion of the paper was torn.]

Railroad for Collegeport

Kingsville, Texas, March 10. The Brownsville road will extend their Trespalacios branch to Collegeport, opposite Matagorda. the branch is now in operation ten miles east of Buckeye and some five miles additional track will be necessary to complete the link between Buckeye and Collegeport. This will be welcome news to the rice farmers and melon growers in the territory adjacent to the extension.

Houston Post, March 12, 1910

$35,000 Bonus Was Accepted
Collegeport Extension of Brownsville Road Is Assured

Bay City, Texas, March 12.--As stated in yesterday's report of the meeting of the stockholders of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway company at Kingsville, among the proposed improvements for that railway is an extension of what is now known as the Buckeye switch to Collegeport, a distance of seven miles from the present terminus at the Simpson warehouse on the Texas rice plantation. A telegram was received by G. M. Magill, secretary of the Burton D. Hurd Land company, today from General Manager Perkins confirming the report and announcing that the proposition of the Hurd company and J. E. and A. B. Pierce, guaranteeing a bonus of $35,000 for the immediate construction of the extension would be accepted by the railway company.

In the meantime, the company's engineers have run the preliminary survey, completing that work yesterday, and it is expected that the work of construction will be commenced in a short time.

Collegeport is a new and important town on the bay, twenty-five miles west of Bay City, and is the center of the largest development now under way in this county. Many hundred of acres of large and small general farm, truck and fruit tracts have been sold lately to settlers and a new rice canal for the irrigation of 10,000 acres of rice land is now being built from the Colorado river to the vicinity of Collegeport. Over 600 acres have been planted in watermelons alone by the newcomers, and it is hoped to have the new line of railway completed in time to move the crop, which is estimated at about 600 cars, and which will be followed later by the rice crop from both the Texas and the Collegeport canals.

It is the supposition that the new branch will be operated out of Bay City.

Houston Post, March 13, 1910


From The Chronicle

The first carload of sugar cane was received and planted this week. Our farmers believe in the diversifying of crops.

Orange planting is in full swing here these days. In addition to the farms the owners of city lots are making extensive improvements along these lines ...

Harvey Austin Clapp took a business trip to Bay City last week in connection with business for the Watermelon Association.

Mrs. J. V. Brasfield of Henry , Ill. , accompanied her husband on the last trip of the car "Land" of the Burton D. Hurd Land Company to the Gulf Coast country, and was a welcome visitor at Collegeport.

Simpson's warehouse is a busy place these days. There has been several cars of immigrant goods, three cars of fertilizer, one car of sugar cane seed, ten cars of lumber and several cars of other merchandise unloaded there the past week all for Satsuma and Collegeport.

The graders to begin work on the railroad extension from Simpson's warehouse to Collegeport are to be on the ground before the week expires and nothing now but the inability of the railroad company to procure steel rails can prevent the cars from reaching here by June 1.

The town that is made up of residents, (I will not say citizens) who think only of their dear selves and families and properties have no care nor time for money for the good movement, will [n]ever be a city of any note. It will be a series of high fences where each shuts himself in and his neighbors out, and there will be need for it, but never a city.

The university nursery has added to the present stock a large tract of grape and fig cuttings. Fifty pounds of Trifoliata seed was recently planted. The new addition to the University farm where the stock is being raised is located southeast of town near Mr. Aucutt's farm.

The faith in the grape crop industry of our citizens is receiving a most substantial endorsement the past week judging from the thousands of cuttings which have been planted by a great number of our farmers. The cuttings are of the Tokay variety and were shipped here from California . Experts in grape culture pronounce the soil and conditions in our district as most favorable for their successful growth as well as for a most delicious flavor.

Reprinted in the Matagorda County Tribune, March 15, 1910



Over 600 Carloads of Melons Will Be First Big Haul for New Line Upon Its Completion in June--Means Much For Bay City .


From Saturday's Daily.


A deal which means almost as much for the ultimate good of Bay City as for the interests directly concerned has just been consummated between the Burton D. Hurd Land Co., J. E. and A. B. Pierce and the St. L., G. & M. Ry. Co., the purpose of which is the immediate construction of the extension of the Trespalacios spur from the present terminus at the Simpson warehouse seven miles to Collegeport. While the contract has not been signed, this leaves only minor details unsettled, as the proposition by the Hurd company, and the Pierces, offering a cash bonus of $25,000, $5,000 a mile for the road, has been accepted by the stockholders at the meeting at Kingsville this week.


The aim and purpose of all concerned is to have the road in operation by June 1st, not later than the middle of the month at latest, and to this end the company's engineers have this week made the preliminary survey along the route selected by the Hurd company, which leads to Collegeport via the new townsite of Satsuma, two and one-half miles below the Simpson warehouse.


The early completion of the extension is rendered urgently necessary, by the fact that farmers in the vicinity of Collegeport are planting 600 acres to the one crop of watermelons, which will be ready for shipping by the middle of June, and as there will be approximately 600 carloads of freight in this one product, the company is as anxious as the growers to be ready to handle it. It is therefore plain that nothing will be left undone that will hasten the work.


It is likely that the new branch will be operated out of Bay City , which will of course be of some incidental advantage to this town. But the vast direct benefit which will accrue to the city through the operation of this line will be the opening up of the vast new territory in which the most rapid development in the coast country is now going on to the commercial and other business concerns of this city. Not only will the wholesale and jobbing houses of the city gain new business, but the banks, the retail stores, opera house, baseball club, professional and all other interests will receive support from the thrifty and marvelously increasing population of the immense territory that is bounded by the Trespalacios and Colorado rivers, the bays and the Southern Pacific railroad.


Thus will Bay City share in the benefit coming from the illimitable resourcefulness and indefatigable energy of the Burton D. Hurd Land Company whose plans for the development of the beautiful country along the Trespalacios so many of our citizens have consistently decried and so insistently pronounced impractical, utopian and the product of a pipe dream. That wonderful plan, in which there was art as well as materialism, will some day be worked out to the least detail, and the progress already made, manifest in the scores of new and neatly painted farm houses, the hundreds of acres of planted crops and trees, the lively, vigorous little city by the bay that has sprung like a genii's work from the prairie, the great canal system and irrigating plant, and lastly, the recognition of the substantiability of the development on the part of a great railway system--all these things have begun to impress the doubter with the thought that after all there may be something in it.


The success of the Hurd company in securing the extension marks the passage of the summit of their difficulties in the work they took upon themselves only a couple of years ago, and from now on their task will be lighter, the heavy wheels of progress will move largely from impetus, and much faster development will follow.


Matagorda County Tribune, March 18, 1910

Another Extension.
Of the Brownsville Road, From Collegeport to Irrigation Plant.

Special to The Enterprise

Austin, Texas, April 7,--Railroad Commissioner Williams today received a letter from the management of the Brownsville road, answering the information that the company had let the contract for the construction of an extension from the plant of the S. Tres Palacios Rice & Irrigation company to Collegeport, a distance of seven miles. The company has already a line extending from Buckeye to this plant, a distance of nine miles; thus the entire extension will be sixteen miles. This extension means a great deal to that part of Matagorda county, especially in view of the fact that the attorney to require the Brownsville road to extend from Buckeye to the Tres Palacios plant. This ruling was made for the commission as a result of numerous petitions from the Bay City board of trade and others who wanted the road extended. Now the company will not only extend to the plant, but to Collegeport.

Beaumont Enterprise, April 8, 1910

Sheriff Lee of Bay City arrived in Houston Thursday to take into custody W. M. Kaufman, recently of Collegeport, on the bay shore, where he is charged by complaint with obtaining money under false pretenses. It is stated that the Collegeport State bank advanced $50 on Kaufman's draft against an Iowa bank, in which he claimed to have funds, but which proved to be untrue.

Houston Post, April 15, 1910

Industrial Anniversary Edition Collegeport Chronicle
April 28, 1910 - from the Collegeport Chronicle

The Palace auto company sold and shipped a dandy new Brush runabout to Theodore Smith & Son of Collegeport last week. The machine is giving excellent satisfaction.

Houston Post, May 1, 1910


Review of Collegeport's Industrial Accomplishments During the First Year of Its Career.

Last week that lively youngster on the bay, Collegeport, celebrated its first birthday, the anniversary of the opening of the townsite to the public, and the current issue of the Chronicle contains the following review of the new city 's industrial accomplishments during that time.

We wish we might present photographs of Collegeport and the Collegeport country both of a year ago and of today. The contrast may be mentally conceived, however, by a picture of a broad prairie, with a few ranch houses and an unfinished general store building or two, also a half dozen houses, in addition to the hotel which pointed toward the future, placed alongside of the larger beginning, for it is but a beginning, which we will briefly try to describe may suffice to give some idea of the change. In fact there is so much that the photograph would fail to record, and which the pencil but poorly portrays, the fine spirit of citizenship, the friendships formed, the plans for the future, the loyalty to institutions, all these fail to come out as the photographer says, but there are some things which are evident and worthy of note.

The opening and first year's work of the Gulf Coast University which will receive more attention next week is an event which is not the privilege of many new towns. This school, with its advantages to the youth and in fact to all citizens, its advertisement of the town and country have not been inconsiderable.

The __nal improvements, such as roads, 2 miles of which have been already graded and are now being extended everyday, both by the development company and the county, are of incalculable importance. Roads are graded to the Colorado river, joining the Matagorda-Bay City road, which is to be shelled its entire length, followed later on by the Collegeport branch, the advancement made in other shorter roads in different directions, a part of which is the connecting up of the boulevard system with the county road to the north of us, beside the town grades tell the story of progress often left to later development and the levying of special taxes.

The telephone is another achievement which is rapidly nearing completion. The promoters have already connections between Collegeport and Citrus Grove, and will soon reach Bay City which opens up the world to us for ___. Instruments will soon be placed and connected up both in the city and country, and then the business houses will be at our side at once and our farthest resident will be able to gossip freely with us, while we of the Chronicle will welcome the convenience and will be greatly to ___ our local news, which sometimes is hard to gather up with the present system.

The Collegeport canal, an undertaking worthy of a column by itself, from the point of view of the magnitude of the enterprise, its significance to the prosperity of the entire district, as well as the new and valuable feature of transportation, enabling farmers for a number of  ____ to barge their produce to the railroad at a great saving of time, energy, and horseflesh.

The dirt work of the canal is just about completed, some gangs having finished and gone home. The pumping machinery is being installed at a rapid rate and the engineers and contractors are positive in their assurance that it will be full of water when the rice farmers are ready for it. In fact the [delay] meant thousands of dollars to those men, as the recent rains in_____ a good stand of rice sown now, and those who sowed earlier have a very poor stand.

The completion of the Collegeport canal, one of the largest constructed stands as a great achievement and lasting monument to its promoters, and more so in view of the obstacles overcome in its construction.

The railroad which is now almost [finished] will form a fitting climax to a year's construction work. Efforts are being made to have the work completed and trains running for the early _____ and the advent of the trains will bring a new era of prosperity and of ____ to Collegeport.

____ at in their entirety, there ____ has been something doing in the Collegeport country during the ____ ____ the next year will with the ____ ____tages of the achievements.

Matagorda County Tribune, Friday, June 2, 1910

Collegeport Chronicle
June 3, 1910 Number 23

Collegeport Chronicle June 8, 1910

T. Smith of Collegeport has taken the agency for the Brush runabout at that point. He had a nice new car shipped to him last week from the Palaces Auto company. These little cars are creating a great deal of interest among businessmen in Houston and in the smaller towns throughout the State.

Houston Post, June 26, 1910

Defeat Good Roads.
(Special to the Journal)

Bay City, Texas, June 29—The official returns from the road bond election are not in but a semi-official report has it that the measure was defeated by a margin of five votes. Palacios carried it by 17 votes, but the Collegeport community voted solidly against it, bringing about its defeat. With what was proposed to be done the interests of the two communities were at cross purposes.

Beaumont Journal, June 29, 1910

L. C. Kone

Mrs. S. C. Cockrell, 202 Hathaway avenue, Avondale, received news yesterday of the death of her brother, L. C. Kone of Oklahoma City.

The father and mother, Rev. W. W. and Mrs. Mary A. Kone, won much fame in their time as the first whites who went from Missouri to Oregon and through their pious influence stopped the fights between the Indian tribes.

Another son of the family lives at Collegeport, Texas, and other relatives in Maryland and Virginia.

Houston Post, July 16, 1910


Collegeport Improvements of Magnitude are Rapidly Nearing Completion--Other Notes.

Cheering reports respecting the vast public improvements in progress on the west side in the vicinity of Collegeport and Citrus Grove, have come in this week.

The track layers have spiked down two miles of steel on the Collegeport branch of the Gulf Coast Line, and are hurrying toward the terminus at the rate of one-half a mile a day. At this rate of progress, it will not be longer than ten days before the track will be completed into Collegeport, and as it is the desire of the company to get the line into operation as soon as possible, it is likely that regular service, both freight and passenger, will be inaugurated over the new line inside of two weeks.

The reports from the scene of activity about the pumping site of the Collegeport Canal Co., where the last bolts in the splendid new pumping plant are being placed, are equally encouraging. Only one unit of the big double-unit plant will be placed at the present time, owing to the lateness of the season and the fact that the other will not be needed to irrigate the crop of the present season, there being only about 2000 acres in rice planted.

It is expected that the plant will be running by the latter part of the present week. The rice crop along the canal is in first class condition, a fact due to the foresight of the company in advising their farmers not to plant early, in order to provide for the contingency of a late completion of the pumping plant.

We are also advised that there is an abundance of water available to the pumps of this plant for the watering of all the acreage, notwithstanding the record breaking low stage of the river above this site. This disposes effectually of any doubt which may have been held as to the supply of water for this plant, which is the last plant on the river of any consequence.

Altogether, the west side progress and development are materializing according to the schedule fixed by the master builders who planned them, and very much to the surprise of some very well posted and experienced canal men and railroad builders who have consistently and persistently foretold failure.

Incidentally, it may be mentioned that up to the present the farmers of Collegeport community have shipped more melons and truck the present season than all the rest of the county combined, in spite of the fact that it is the youngest community in the country in point of development.

Matagorda County Tribune, Friday, July 22, 1910

Railroad Construction
A Great Deal of Work Is to Be Done on Brownsville Line

Kingsville, Texas, July 20.--That an immense amount of construction work is to be done on the northern divisions of the Brownsville line is evidenced from the large number of work trains put on for a period of three months, as follows: Engines 32, 29, 35, 53, 27, in charge of Conductors Barnes, Barker, Muma, Erard and F. Schenck.

The work consists of ballasting the road north of Bay City with Galveston white shell and replacing the present sixty-three-pound steel rails with eighty-five-pound rails between the points named.

South of Bay City gravel from the noted Black bayou pit will be used for ballasting purposes. The sixty-three-pound steel removed from the main line will be used to complete the Collegeport extension and other branch lines.

Houston Post, July 22, 1910

The Collegeport Chronicle - August 4, 1910


Pacific Country Offers Some Good Opportunities, but is Lacking in the Right Sort of Boosters.

Mr. G. M. Magill of this city is in receipt of the following letter from F. E. Brown, who it will be remembered, was located in this city for a couple of years in the real estate business, associated with his brother, Orlo, who married Miss Edith Dugat. F. E. Brown spent the most of his time in the north during that period, and since the departure of Orlo, both have been engaged as agents for the Hurd company in the north. They have both had ample opportunity to see and determine for themselves all that is good in the many sections of the country making a bid for the immigration business, and according to the letter below they have found nothing quite so attractive as Matagorda county, and no country which is receiving the active boosting this section is receiving from its immigration organizations.

Portland , Oregon , July 25, 1910

G. M. Magill, Bay City , Texas

Dear Sir: I have been in California and Oregon since June 3rd. Both are great countries. There are two or three million acres of fruit land in 'em which a company like the Hurt company could make $100 an acre on clear profit easily. But there is no Hurd company out here and no country quite so good as Matagorda county, so I am going back to Kansas in the next few days and start to work again and will show up at Collegeport with some people to sell something to just as soon as possible.

Your's truly,

F. E. Brown

Matagorda County Tribune, August 5, 1910

Road Almost Completed
From Bay City to Collegeport, When Service Will Be Installed

Bay City, Texas, August 22.--The track layers have passed Citrus grove, on the Collegeport extension of the Gulf Coast line, and are progressing rapidly toward the terminus. It is expected that this part of the work will be completed to Collegeport within a few days, and that service for both freight and passengers will be inaugurated at once. It is the present plan of the company to run a mixed train daily from Collegeport to Bay City and return, but later one of the motor cars now being built for the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico will be placed on this branch to handle the passenger business.

Houston Post, August 23, 1910

Bay City, Tex., Sept 8.--The office furniture of the Burton D. Hurd Land Company has been shipped to Collegeport, which place will be the future headquarters for this company. This step has been taken by this company for the reason that the development in which this company is interested lies in about south and east of Collegeport, and with the building of the road into Collegeport it will be more convenient in every way to handle the business from this point. This car will be the first shipment over the new road into Collegeport.

Galveston Daily News, September 10, 1910

Collegeport Extension

Kingsville, Tex., Sept. 11.--The track department of the St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexico will complete their labors on the Collegeport extension on Thursday or Friday of this week and it is expected that train service between Buckeye and Collegeport will be inaugurated about that time.

Galveston Daily News, September 10, 1910

Mid-Coast Booster Convention.

Collegeport Chronicle.

The greatness of a country depends upon not only its natural resources, but the class and energy of the citizens who settle it into prominence. The latter idea is the one that actuates the Industrial League in calling its convention. Matagorda is in the center of this great section and to her citizens falls the task of calling the neighbors together to consider their undeveloped possibilities. The convention includes this county alone, but considers later meetings which will carry out plans to be initiated at this meeting. If Matagorda county will get together a start will be made but we must get together first. This means that we, the citizens of the Collegeport country, the hosts of this occasion, should show our interest at this time. Every farmer and his family should come in and stay all day. To stay away will show lamentable lack in appreciating the duties a citizen of so great a country.

Sessions will be held morning, afternoon and will close with a banquet in the evening. It is expected that the local people will attend especially the two day sessions, while the evening program is open to all.

Mr. Doherty and Prof. Atwater have agreed to be present while other speakers will help to make the meeting one well worth every one's while to attend.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 16, 1910

The Tokay Grape

Collegeport Chronicle.

Mr. and Mrs. Theo Smith and daughter, Miss Grace, were showing our country on Monday to Mr. D. D. Smith of Lodi , Calif. , who came here at the request of Mr. Carl Smith of Phillipsburg, Kans., to look into the propagation of the famous Tokay grape in this mid-coast country of Texas. It was through the act of Mr. D. D. Smith that the thousands of grape cuttings were shipped to this section last spring and it was his desire to witness their growth and adaptability to our soil and climate. He was taken by auto over the Burton D. Hurd orchard near Hurd's landing, to Citrus orchard and other points of interest on this side of the bay and went by launch, the Grace of Collegeport, to Palacios and was there met by Mr. Grant of the Palacios Land and Investment Co., and shown the progress and development attained there also made by the Tokay, and from what he saw, is well satisfied that this variety of grape is perfectly at home in the Midcoast country of Texas. Where there has been failure it can be safely attributed to improper planting of the cuttings. He says vies with a rooting can be secured at a cost of 1 cent apiece and these would make much better showing.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 16, 1910

Service on Collegeport Branch

Kingsville, Texas, September 27.--The Brownsville road will inaugurate train service on the Collegeport branch October 30. The following new stations between Buckeye and Collegeport will be opened: Beadle, Simpson and Citrus.

Houston Post, September 28, 1910

Collegeport Time Table

Kingsville, Tex., Oct. 3.--The Collegeport Extension time table was issued Sunday. No 61 will connect with the morning southbound train from Houston and will leave Buckeye at 12:25 p. m., Beadle 12:45, p. m., Simpsonville 1:05 p. m., Citrus Grove 1:15 p. m., arrive Collegeport 2 p. m. Arrive Buckeye 2:15 p. m., connecting with No. 4, which arrives Houston 7:35 p. m.

Galveston Daily News, October 4, 1910

Kingsville Railroad Notes.

Kingsville, Tex., Oct. 8--The position of traveling engineer having been abolished, Harry Murray has taken his regular run on the passenger between Kingsville and Brownsville again.

Conductor Charles H. Boyd and Engineer J. B. Duff have been assigned to the new mixed run between Buckeye and Collegeport, put on Oct. 3.

G. A. Duckworth, for the past four years agent at Vanderbilt, has been appointed first agent of the new Collegeport station. S. J. Korf, present day operator at Vanderbilt, succeeds Mr. Duckworth as agent at Vanderbilt.

Galveston Daily News, October 9, 1910

Celebrate Railroad Opening

Collegeport, Tex., Oct. 9.--The opening of the Collegeport branch of the St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexico Railway will be celebrated here next Tuesday. William Doherty, general traffic manager of the road, will be present and speak on Texas history as it relates to railroad development.

Addresses on different phases of the development and future of the Texas midcoast will be made by Burton D. Hurd, Professor W. H. Travis, John W. Hansel and others.

The Red Oak Iowa Band will furnish the music. So the Texas midcoast grows.

Galveston Daily News, October 10, 1910


Spends a Few Hours in Bay City and Proceeds to Collegeport at 4 p.m.

Personally conducted by G. M. Magill, secretary of the company, the regular homeseekers excursion party of the Burton D. Hurd Land Co. arrived in Bay City via the Gulf Coast Line shortly after noon today. The party numbers 100 homeseekers, occupying four special tourist cars, and brass band of Red Oak, Ia.

At the station the four special cars were left by the regular train to give the strangers opportunity to inspect the county seat and metropolis of the county in which they expect to locate. Headed by the band a dozen vehicles were loaded to capacity with the eager and curious visitors, many of whom had never before trod ground beneath the surface of which Jack Frost never penetrates, and while the band played, the procession covered the principal streets of the city, from which the strangers could view the business houses and many of the homes and premises of our prosperous people--premises where the orange and lemon tree and the rose and cape jessamine grow.

Afterward they were conducted to the Cash orange, fig and pecan orchard, where five acres of orange trees are loaded down with almost matured fruit and where from five acres of fig trees revenue has been derived this year warranting a valuation of $1000 an acre.

At 4 o'clock the party boarded their cars and were taken to Collegeport running as a special train from here. There they will be shown the town and acreage properties of the Hurd Company tomorrow and Tuesday night will join with the citizens of Collegeport in a celebration on account of the completion of the railroad to Collegeport.

For this occasion it would be very well for business men and other citizens of Bay city to arrange for a special train from Bay City to run to and from Collegeport that night, so that we may also participate in the celebration and show our interest in the progress of the new community which is growing up so near us. This step would also encourage the management of the Gulf Coast Line in the matter of making Bay City one of the termini of the Collegeport branch--a matter in which every business concern of the town is vitally interested.

The Matagorda County Tribune, October 14, 1910

New Express Service

Bay City, Tex., Oct. 15.--On Sunday, the 16th, the Wells Fargo Express Company will open services on the newly completed Collegeport branch line and have placed Gordon Jones, who is serving the company here in a subordinate capacity, in charge as route agent.

Galveston Daily News, October 16, 1910

Homeseekers to Collegeport

Collegeport, Tex., Oct. 22.--A special sleeping car, well filled with homeseekers, mostly from Illinois arrived in Collegeport over the Brownsville Railroad. They expressed themselves as greatly pleased with what they have seen in Texas and most of them expect to purchase land and settle here.

Galveston Daily News, October 23, 1910


Thriving Woman’s Club Meets for Literary Study.

The Collegeport Woman’s Club met on Thursday, Oct. 12, with Miss Grace Smith. Music lovers enjoyed a treat seldom given in much larger towns than ours. The topic, according to the yearbook, was “Grand Opera and Modern Painters.” Miss Smith gave a short discourse on “The History of Grand Opera” and “Life of Richard Wagner,” also a sketch of the story portrayed in the opera “Lohengrin,” afterward playing selections from that opera. Mrs. Culp sang the “Swan Song” from Lohengrin.”

Miss Smith outlined the story of Faust and Mrs. Culp sang “The Flower Song” from that opera. Mrs. Hurd read a paper on “Modern Painters,” giving one comprehensive paragraph to ceramics, which branch of painting, Mrs. Hurd is eminently well fitted to discuss.

The next meeting of the club will be an open meeting of the First Church on the evening of Oct. 26. Members and their friends will have an opportunity to hear Rev. Mr. Sloan of the Episcopal Church in a lecture entitled “Writers of the Twentieth Century.”

A silver offering will be taken to apply on Dr. Sloan’s expenses.

Dallas Morning News, October 23, 1910


On the evening of November the 4th a nice crowd of people gathered at the auditorium of the Gulf Coast University to spend the evening. The following program was rendered:

Dr. Lipsitt gave an address of welcome.

Miss Smith then favored them with a piano solo and responded to an encore.

Dr. Livers then read a poem of his own composition. A ladies' quartette consisting of Misses Leech and Morris and Mesdames Logan and Elmer sang "Meet Me at the Fountain." Everyone was so well pleased that they responded with an encore. Miss Sarah Aucutt then gave a piano solo. Cream and cake were then served for the benefit of the Christian Endeavor.

The Christian Endeavor met in the Auditorium of the Gulf Coast University Sunday evening. The subject was "Happiness." Mrs. Elmer led and the recipes for happiness were instructive to all.

Five new students enrolled in the public school Monday morning and one at the University. This makes about 60 at the public school and about 30 at the University. The public school quarters are small and unsatisfactory at present, but they hope to be in the new building within two weeks.

Mr. E. O. Jones has finished his new house north of town and has moved into it.

Mrs. Mapes is enjoying a visit from relatives.

Mr. Burton D. Hurd's pipe organ arrived Friday.

Mrs. R. E. Coffin's mother visited her Wednesday.

Mr. J. E. Pierce and A. B. Pierce and family registered at Hotel Collegeport Sunday.

The last Homeseekers excursion brought a number of prospective buyers as well as Mr. Jacobs and family from Pennsylvania , the family of Mr. Corse from Vermont and Mrs. Norman and little son from Denver, Colorado, to make their homes in the sunny southland.

Matagorda County Tribune, November 11, 1910


Mr. Jacobs has bought lots in the townsite and expects to build a house soon.

Mr. Theo Smith's new home on the bay front is growing fast.

Mr. Leech is having a room built on to his cottage.

Collegeport is growing. So many new buildings are making noises like a city in this part of Texas .

The ladies' club met Thursday with Mrs. Price.

Three carloads of wood arrived this week. The people of Collegeport need not freeze now.

Deer season is open now and the hunters are putting in faithful time. More than one deer hide may be seen drying in Collegeport.

Mr. Jno. Roach, Jr., from Blessing was a visitor here a few days last week.

Miss Bessie Halbert, the primary teacher, is attending the institute in Bay City this week.

Mrs. M. A. Travis is reported quite ill with la grippe.

Mr. and Mrs. Reignier and daughter Marie and Mrs. Merck were shopping in Palacios Friday.

Mrs. Oneth called upon the Palacios dentist Thursday.

Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Rice sailed over the bay to Palacios in their boat last Thursday.

The people of Collegeport are feasting on duck and geese. The fowl seem to be plentiful. All that is necessary is a gun and a man that can man it.

Mr. and Mrs. Cobb, Mr. and Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Reignier, W. H. Travis and M. A. Travis are among the Houston sightseers this week.

Matagorda County Tribune, November 18, 1910

Establish Branch Nursery

Collegeport, Tex., Nov. 25.--E. S. Stockwell & Son of the Gulf Coast Nursery at Alvin have purchased land at Collegeport and will at once begin the development of a branch nursery at this point. They will also plant 100 acres to oranges as an orchard.

Some twenty farmers at this point have placed their orders for Satsuma orange trees, aggregating in all some 5,000 trees. It is expected that several times that number of oranges and figs will be planted here this winter.

Galveston Daily News, November 26, 1910

Considering New Mail Route

Bay City, Tex., Dec. 11.--Postmaster Adams of Collegeport is in receipt of a communication from W. S. Gaines of Fort Worth, division superintendent of the railway mail service for this section, to the effect that he is now considering the matter of having the mails brought into Collegeport by way of the new rail line into that town rather than by boat from Palacios this method not always being the most sure in time of northers when the water in the bay is made scarcely passable by even the smallest boats.

Galveston Daily News, December 12, 1910

The County Fair

Collegeport Chronicle.

Last week's issue was too crowded for an account of the Matagorda County Fair at Bay City .

The exhibits showed that our county in live stock, poultry, grains, vegetables, fruits, etc., has no superior. The exhibit in poultry was especially fine; fowls of every breed were there and they excelled in every case. When it came to potatoes, both Irish and sweet pumpkins and other vegetable varieties, the visitors eyes were opened wise by the excellent display of our county's products. Of course the oranges, of which there were a number of exhibits, excited much interest and those who before were skeptical, were thoroughly convinced.

On the whole, the verdict was that Matagorda county can make good her claim that her land can raise more kinds of good stuff than any other country on the globe. Collegeport was not represented as we should have been, but the newness of our country and the poor train connections and the suddenness of the fair forbade a large interest. Look out for us next year.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 16, 1910

Burton D. Hurd’s Residence
At Collegeport Narrowly Escapes Destruction by Fire Last Sunday Evening.

Word has been sent over from Collegeport that the handsome and costly residence of Burton D. Hurd came very near being totally destroyed by fire Sunday evening. In some manner or other a lamp which was being carried about accidentally fell to the floor and the oil became ignited and in a few seconds there was a serious conflagration threatened which looked as though the handsome residence would meet with total destruction. Through the wise forethought of the occupants of the house the fire was extinguished without very serious injury by the vigorous use of some rugs which were lying on the floor.

The fire fiends was soon whipped into subjection and the serious conflagration averted.

These are the particulars as far as The Tribune has been able to get them at this time. Mr. and Mrs. Hurd’s many friends in Bay City are glad to know that their residence was saved and congratulate them that the catastrophe was not more serious.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 23, 1910




Volume 1          COLLEGEPORT, MATAGORDA COUNTY , TEXAS , THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 1910           Number 18


       Sired by necessity and of opportunity such was the birthright of Collegeport Industrial League. Looking backwards it seems now that the few who participated in the organizing were prophetic in their desires for a greater—a better Collegeport. They hardly realized the great work that could be done or that they were laying the foundations of an institution that so long as Collegeport lives will be a power for uplifting and upbuilding the moral and business character of the community.

      It was on Wednesday, the 28th of April, 1909, that Prof. W. H. Travis, always at the front in such work, passed the word about that on Friday evening, the 30, a meeting of the men of Collegeport would be held in the store of Mr. Mott for the purpose of forming some organization to promote the welfare of the town. Friday night arrived and so did nearly every man in all the country round, every one anxious to participate in the movement, every one feeling that he was having a part in doing something.

      As this article is historical it might be well to give the minutes for that first meeting, which are as follows:

      A meeting of the citizens of the Collegeport Tract was held in the store of W. E. Mott on Friday evening, April 30th, 1909 , for the purpose of discussing subjects of benefit to the community.

      W. H. Travis was chosen temporary Chairman and H. A. Clapp temporary Secretary. After some remarks by Chairman Travis a motion duly made and carried the temporary organization was made the permanent one, but Mr. Travis for good reasons could not accept the position so a vote was taken for President, Vice-President, and Treasurer, resulting in the election of H. N. Sholl, President, C. C. Brown, Vice-President, Dr. N. P. Knight, Treasurer.

      Various names were suggested for the organization and after some discussion on motion duly made and carried it was voted to use the name of Collegeport Industrial League.

      On motion duly made and carried the President was ordered to appoint three members whose job it would be to compile by-laws for the government of the League. The President appointed Messrs. Travis, Larking, Liggett.

      On motion duly made and carried the President was ordered to appoint a committee of three to secure the signatures of the land owners in the Collegeport Tract to a notice to the Ward Cattle Co. asking them to remove their cattle from the tract Messrs. Liggett, Kaufman and Miller.

      On motion duly made and carried the membership fee was fixed at fifty cents and the monthly dies at twenty five cents.

      The following paid the membership fee and became members: J. L. Woodward, R. L. Larkins, W. N. Moore, Theo. Smith, W. H. Travis, H. A. Clapp, K. H. Kahnt, I. W. House, L. E. Liggett, C. W. Woodward, H. N. Sholl, C. C. Brown, N. P. Knight, W. E. Mott, and T. E. Turner.

      Blanks were distributed to parents for the purpose of securing the names and ages of children of school age and the following were reported: Russel Vaughn, June, Laura and Florence Mott, Carey Knight, Ray Turner, Barbara Turner, Kenneth House, Leota Miller, Dwight Sholl, Carl Judin, John Pierce, Charles Elmer, Archie Larkin, Irvin Hale, Floyd Maples.

      There being no further business to come before the meeting on motion duly made and carried it adjourned to meet again on Friday evening the 7th of May, 1909, at the store of W. C. Mott.

            H. N. Sholl, President.
            Attest: H. A. Clapp, Secretary.

      Such is the history of the birth of Collegeport Industrial League. It is not within the province of this article to tell what have been the achievements during the year or what is to be accomplished during the coming year for those matters will be taken up by others.

      If the reader will fix in his mind the fact that those mentioned as being present at the organization comprised with one exception every man living on the tract he will have a point with which to gauge the growth of the community during the last year.

      The League now numbers sixty members, and the officers wish to add the name of every man to the roll. Great as has been the accomplishment of the past, the next year will witness greater. The League is doing a work of benefit to every man, woman and child and it wants the moral and financial support of the entire community.


The Collegeport Industrial League

       The atmosphere in Collegeport seems just at present to be surcharged with the Industrial League idea. Its recent achievement is securing an appropriation from Congress, its recent election and banquet, its contemplated club house with the discussion of plans, as well as other undertakings, seems to be putting other movements in the background. Hence the publishers of the Chronicle deemed it wise to give this hustling organization the entire front page, that the readers may see what is one reason, and not a small one, for Collegeport’s rapid advancement.

      A city depends largely upon the caliber of its citizens. Large cities today stand upon the least likely sites, because men had the vision and push to do the building, while many a more likely location affords a pleasant pasture because men did not appear to make the city. Collegeport’s future looks good to us because of its location. More than this, however, the forces behind nature, the men and women who have pledged themselves to her advancement industrially, socially and morally, give us reason for high hopes. This spirit has crystallized itself largely in the Collegeport Industrial League as evidenced by the record in these columns. The League has a fine field for work, a worthy aim and a superior group of men to do that work. There is no phase of civic life which will be foreign to their interest. There will be no nuisance that will not meet their commendation. We believe in the organization and we pledge our support to its officers. They are good men and true and capable of doing the work intrusted to them.

            Just a word to the citizen who has not yet become a member. This organization is furthering your interests. Every boost for the town means your own prosperity. The burden is lighter, and the success greater, in proportion to the number of citizens who enlist by joining and attending the meetings. Hand your name and dollar in at the next meeting. Men, do your duty and assume your share of the responsibility and be in line for the consequent glory.



       Following the annual business meeting of the Industrial League came the banquet on Saturday evening, April 23d. The affair which was a success in every way, was held in the dining room of Hotel Collegeport. The people began to arrive early in the evening, both “the beauty and the chivalry,” and an hour of social chat in the parlors and upon the spacious porches formed a fitting introduction to the more formal program which was to follow.

      When the company went into the banquet hall the sight was one intended to inspire the most disconsolate. Decorated with wild flowers the room was very attractive, while the tables, loaded with a wide ....

      Arranged to augment if possible the appetite of the members and the ladies, who thronged the rooms, evincing once more the generosity of our genial host O. B. Kone and his companion Mrs. Kone, whose skill in catering on such occasions has made the hostelry so famous over many states. After partaking of the bountiful provision made, the re-elected secretary of the League, Mr. Harry Austin Clapp in a few well chosen and witty remarks introduced the president, Mr. Howard N. Sholl.

      After briefly expressing his appreciation of the honor conferred upon him Mr. Sholl proceded to call upon the speakers of the evening. The officers were first called upon. Mr. Clapp took for his theme “Co-operation” and pictured vividly the advantages of the farmers and townspeople standing together in forwarding the mutual interests of town and country. Prof. W. H. Travis was assigned the subject “The Pilkington Bayou: and in vivid mental flashlights threw upon the screen of our imaginations the possibilities of the “Old Slough.” Shops and warehouses and mills were made to throng this place of possibility, the execution of which the speaker declared rested with the ability of Collegeport people to see the vision as presented to him. Mr. L. E. Liggett, another of the directors very spicily suggested that he would by his _____ make room for others more accustomed to the art.

      Mr. Burton D. Hurd was next introduced, who has been given the theme, “Collegeport’s Industries,” and referring to other places with far less of natural advantages as examples of success as a result of determined spirit drew an optimistic picture of Collegeport’s industrial possibilities. A rice mill, sending the home product ____ over the world in sealed packages ______ packages of pure rice, homestly _____ and without parafine, direct from the Collegeport mills to the housewife, was the _____ vice that we go forward and do it and not be satisfied to talk about it. A syrup mill, to handle the cane, which is already one of the Collegeport staples, followed by a refinery, also a factory to manufacture oil from peanuts, home grown, instead of shipping them to France to return to us a pure imported olive oil, was another recommendation. Those listening were made to feel that great things were in line for the Industrial Leagues energies and great promise in store for Collegeport’s future. Judge Holman, of Bay City , followed with an explanation of the significance of the White Man’s Union , in addition to which he expressed his delight at being present at Collegeport’s social functions and optimistically submitted the name “Pilkington Ship Channel” in lieu of the old term “bayou.” The lateness of the hour necessitated cutting short the program of speaking, and Hon. H. P. Sicks on “Collegeport’s Future” and Mrs. N. P. Knight on “Collegeport’s History” were withdrawn from the evenings list of speakers.

      Great enthusiasm prevailed, and the verdict was unanimous that our city’s future in the hands of so live an organization as the Industrial League is not only safe, but bright.

      The following is the menu:


Baked Trout with Cream Sauce
Celery     Pickles
Slices Tomatoes     Spring Lettuce
Boiled Ham
Minced Chicken en Casserole
Potato Croquettes
Waldorf Salad
Ice Cream     Strawberries

Click this link to see who attended the

April 23rd Industrial League Banquet.



 Officers Were Elected and Much Business Transacted.
A Large Attendance was Present.

The announcement that the election of League officers would take place on Friday evening, April 22nd brought out a record attendance.

     Polls were open from 6:30 to 8:00 and after ascertaining that dues were paid Secretary Clapp produced the official ballot for the occasion. The vote for president and secretary was fairly solid for returning the old incumbents, but beyond this the slate seemed to be largely wanting. A large variety of names were nominated, showing that Collegeport Industrial League has plenty of men who are judge capable to fill the offices.

     After the tellers had counted the result and the smoke of battle had cleared away somewhat, the result was read as follows; President, H. N. Sholl, Vice-president, W. H. Travis; Secretary, H. A. Clapp; Treasurer, S. A. Darling; Fifth Director, L. E. Liggett.

     President Sholl then called the meeting to order for the transaction of regular business, when various committees reported. E. C. Van Ness reported on fire extinguishers, recommending the Babcock of various sizes. The committee on Club house reported variously, two plans being submitted, neither of which were adopted, the committee being given more time. Some discussion arose as to the location, the bay front, the city park and a central business location all having devotees.

     The committee on the incorporation of the town reported no progress, having completed the duties required of them at the last meeting. This committee was discharged and a committee consisting of Messrs. Clapp, Darling and Gaumer was appointed  to get out the petition and proceed with the election.

     The League voted to set aside the second and fourth Wednesday of each month as a regular half holiday, and Messrs. Leggett, Livers and Judin were appointed a committee to provide entertainment for those occasions.

     M. A. Travis reported progress in the matter of Collegeport’s first great anniversary celebration, May 25th, promising a complete report at the next meeting of the League.

     Resolutions were passed thanking Mr. and Mrs. Kone for their hospitable generosity in entertaining the League so royally during the past year. The resolutions appear in another column of this issue.

          A large number of new members were received, after which the League adjourned for two weeks.



      While the Industrial League seems to be on the high tide we must remember that it is an organization for men only.

          While we are glad to have the ladies present at our banquets, or to call upon them for help on some difficult committee, yet it is distinctly a men’s institution. Nor are we in favor of opening the doors of full membership to the fair “co eds” just yet for awhile. The men would like to establish the fact that they can do some things alone. The suggestion we would make in this connection if this: Let the women get together and organize a Women’s Club or League or Auxiliary. There is a field for their endeavor. While the men are busy with the industrial and financial phases of the situation, why not entrust the women with the social, artistic and hygienic features of the situation? There is a field for work here and the ladies are capable of doing it.  The work done by the Women’s Club of country should be an [added incentive]. We leave it to them.



           The Industrial League has recently incorporated and is now in a position to acquire and hold property. The first effort will be the erection of a club house as home for the members where meetings can be held, a pleasant social hour passed, where the officers may have desks, and where a center may be had for the various needs that arise for the progressive citizens of a growing town. Some plans were discussed at the last meeting, those submitted including wide porches, office rooms, auditorium and gymnasium. It is estimated that a building including all these can be erected for about $4000 and the club is possessed of the spirit to “arise and build.” Final plans for a home will be submitted at the next meeting where methods of raising money, location, and other matters connected with the undertaking will be freely discussed.


What the Industrial League Has Done for Collegeport and the Surrounding Country

      One of the most important things that was done was the appointment of a committee to see what could be done toward having the cattle taken off; this was not altogether done but it was greatly improved.

     The next good step was the putting in some bridges and culverts and the grading of roads.

     The arranging for a school for our children was one of the most important things and one that would please the public in general.

     The League at the present time is making necessary arrangements to incorporate the town under commission form of government.

     The League has at all times been working on matters that pertain to the betterment of Collegeport from a business standpoint.

     The anniversary of Collegeport has been set for May 25th of each year. The League has taken an active part in making this one a day long to be remembered by all who attend. It is the aim of the Collegeport people to make all welcome to Collegeport and to consider it their future home.

     Pilkington Ship Channel has an important place among the Leaguers. The senate has ordered the survey done. This is certainly good news as this will add greatly to Collegeport in handling her future products.

     All are rejoicing over the fact that the League is arranging to build a club house one that would be a credit to a city of 10,000. To have things is to do things, and to do things means success.

     An important stand was taken by the League and its members in getting the railroad petitions and letters to have gone to the railroad officials from which a great deal has been accomplished. The railroad is now being built into Collegeport from Buckeye, a station on the main line of the Brownville.

     The League has appointed a committee to arrange to have an independent school district. Let the good work go on.

          The first and third Wednesday of each month have been set aside as a holiday. This is needed very much in a busy place. It is hoped the League will always be as constant in all their good moves as they were in this one. [Get the _____]   --President


 Another Trophy For the Collegeport Industrial League

     Last winter the Industrial League appointed a committee to urge upon the government a survey of our river and bayou with a view to deepening the same in places where bars impeded navigation. This committee, of which Prof. W. H. Travis was chosen chairman, corresponded with our senators and Congressman Burgess of this district, and received information that, tho late, an effort would be made to have the survey included in the Rivers and Harbours bill, before it came before the senate as it was too late to be acted upon by the house first. Fears were entertained that we might have to wait some time before anything could be done, but Wednesday of last week an associated press dispatch brought us the news through the Galveston News that the surveys were allowed. Following is the dispatch:

     Washington, April 19—The senate this afternoon passed the rivers and harbours bill, there being no ____ges in the Texas items from ____ committee amendments which ______yesterday, in addition to the items, the bill, as it passed both houses, provides for the following surveys for new projects in Texas:

     Old (Trinity) River, in Chambers County , with a view to securing increased depth.

     Pilkington Bayou.

     Tres Palacios River

     Aransas Pass and tributary waters, including channels to Corpus Christi, Rockport, Aransas Pass and to the mainland at any available point, with a view to determining the best location for a deep water harbour or port, this examination to be made by a board of five engineers to be appointed by the secretary of war.

     Sabine River , as far as practicable above Orange .

     Brazos River , with a view to preventing a cutoff at Jupiter cut.

     The Red River , from the moth of the Washita River to the mouth of the Big Washita River .

     This is a great achievement for our new city . In fact, it is rare that a town as new as ours receives recognition so soon. The amount necessary to be expended to make these channels navigable is so small that there is little doubt that the government will make the appropriation upon receiving the experts’ report.

     The meaning of such facilities is hard to realize in relation to Collegeport’s future. It means that Collegeport will be the natural meeting point of the railroad and the boat traffic for a large section. It means also that the river farmers all along the Tres Palacios river will find Collegeport the best shipping point, as they can barge their products down the river much cheaper than they can haul it to any other market.

          The League will follow up the start so well made and every stone will be turned to bring to Collegeport the best facilities both by land and water which will bring prosperity and growth in its train.



Adopted by the Collegeport Industrial League.

     The following was moved by M. A. Travis and carried:

     Whereas; Hotel Collegeport has been so generously placed at the disposal of the League during the past year and,

     Whereas; our worthy friends Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Kone, the landlord and landlady, have taken a continual and unselfish interest in the comfort of the League seeking on every occasion to make the meetings successful and effective, even at considerable inconvenience and expense to themselves; be it

     Resolved; That the members of the Collegeport Industrial League assembled in annual conclave do hereby express our appreciation and gratitude for the many kindnesses shown, wishing them continued health and success in the work for which they are so admirably fitted, in the attainment of the high place which the hotel holds in the minds of the citizens and visitors, and be it further.

     Resolved; That one copy of these resolutions be sent to Mr. and Mrs. Kone and that another copy be furnished the Collegeport Chronicle for publication.  


The League will follow up the start so well and every store will be turned to bring to Collegeport the best facilities.


 The Burton D. Hurd Land Co., wish to have state that the report that they had bought lumber from Bay city and made a saving of about $600 on a $1200 bill, was a mistake in figures. When the Bay City Lumber Co. figured the bill, they figured 18, 700 feet at 700 feet of 18 feet material, and as a result, the purchase of the bill in Bay City cost the Company $100 more than if it had been purchased in Collegeport.

              We are making this statement in justice of our local lumber yards.

You can save money by getting our price ------------building material.

--Jno. T. Price Lbr. Co.


Why eat high price meats, when you can get Fresh Dried Bologna Sausage for 15 cts. Per lb, or Bologna in oil or brine, and Vienna in oil for 15 cts. per lb. at Morris’.



 The Chronicle is authorized to announce the following for office subject to the action of the White Man’s Union Association at the primary election on Saturday, May 7th, 1910 :

For County Judge

For Sheriff and Tax Collector

For County and District Clerk

For County Treasurer

For Tax Assessor
______ MOORE


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