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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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

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


Copyright 2005 - Present by Bay City Newspapers, Inc.
All rights reserved

Apr. 7, 2005
Apr. 7, 2005