July - October
Harry Austin Clapp, secretary of the Texas Midcoast Industrial Congress of Collegeport, arrived in the city Thursday for a few days visit and is registered at Hotel Galvez. Mr. Clapp, in speaking of Collegeport, said:
"The Grace Chapel of St. Mary's
"Water in the
"Cotton is looking exceedingly well, and corn was saved by the rains of last week and will make a good crop. Watermelons are not as good as last season, owing to the long dry spell.
"Plans are under way for the organizing of a company to erect a plant to supply the town with water, electric lights, power and ice; also a cotton product factory.
"There is one thing that Collegeport feels
proud of," continued Mr. Clapp, "and that is our Ladies' Club.
Out of a population of 300 the club has an active membership of 78, and
I believe that it is one of the largest women's clubs in the
Galveston News, possibly July, 1911
Mrs. Fey of Hot Springs, Ark., is spending the summer in Collegeport.
Mrs. and Mrs. John Logan moved to Blessing Thursday. Mr. Logan will take charge of Logan & Son's interests there.
Rev. John Sloane held Episcopal services in Collegeport Sunday. The new chapel will soon be ready for dedication.
Mrs. J. B. McCain is sick at her parents' home in Houston.
Houston Post, July 9, 1911
Judge Jones has
finished his cottage and the men are now busy on the garage.
Dances will be held
at the Collegeport pavilion twice a week during the Midsummer season.
S. H. Hudgins, of
Velasco, was in the city on Tuesday with the party surveying the bay and
Vote for a dry
O. P. Ludlow has a
fine field of Mexican June corn growing. It is growing like an evil
report according to Mr. Ludlow and these showers give it the fine
promise of being a good crop.
Another farm worthy
of notice is that of C. B. Rose on the Robbins tract. Beginning only
last spring he has plowed deep a second time and his crops tell the
story. Cow peas also are quite prominent on this farm.
received report heavy rains and considerable rise on the
Mr. O. B. Kone
treated the guests at Hotel Collegeport to a 45 pound watermelon on
Monday. It was much appreciated and created much admiration for the
Collegeport product in the minds of visitors from other cities who were
J. M. Hughes has
some fine crops on his farm at the head of the bay. He says he is
surprised at the way things do grow in this country the first season.
Mr. Hughes' has very sensibly put some of his land in to cow peas which
are very heavy. The pea crop as well as the effect on the soil will make
this a good investment.
A force of
carpenters are busy finishing the interior of the First church building
this week, and it is expected that it will be ready for dedication in a
short time. It [appears]
like Collegeport is to have two dedications near the same time as the
Episcopalian chapel is rapidly nearing completion They are both stucco
buildings of attractive design and decided ornaments to the town.
Collegeport, Texas, July 27.--The anxiety of the farmers and canal men of this section on account of low river and high tides has been dispelled by a four foot rise in the Colorado river, and not both of the mammoth pumps on the Collegeport canal, having a capacity of 150,000 gallons per minute, are busy and the canal is filled. This puts the early rice on a safety basis, while the smaller acreage of late planting will easily be taken care of by storage in event of low water again. Twenty-five hundred acres of rice is watered by the Collegeport canal.
Houston Post, July 30, 1911
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Livers went to Arcadia Wednesday to visit an old fried who is very sick.
Mrs. Perry Fields and two daughters from Cherokee, Okla., are spending the summer in Collegeport at the home of W. F. Odom.
Miss Marie Soekland spent a week visiting friends in Blessing.
A number of B. Y. P. U. encampment visitors are making Collegeport their headquarters.
Houston Post, August 6, 1911
Grace Chapel of St.
The services will
be in charge of the Rev. Dr. Sloane, of
The citizens of
Collegeport and Palacios are invited to be present.
The people of
Collegeport and vicinity are attending the B.Y.P.U. encampment in quite
large numbers. Those who attend speak very highly of the character of
the meetings which are of benefit to people of every persuasion, as the
dogmatic, sectarian element is not at all prominent in the addresses. If
any have not yet attended the sessions we recommend that they do so, as
not every community enjoys the privilege of so high class an institution
so near our very door.
Morning and evening
sessions will continue every day including next Wednesday, and a large
attendance cannot but be beneficial to our community.--Collegeport
Reprinted in The
Palacios Beacon, August 11, 1911
Bay City, Texas, August 12.--Rev. John Sloan of the St. Mark's Episcopal church of Bay City will tomorrow open the Grace chapel, St. Mary's mission, is Collegeport.
Assisting Rev. Mr. Sloan from this city will be Mrs. Sloan and Misses Nettie and Zalie Austin.
The Grace chapel is said to be one of the prettiest in this diocese.
Houston Post, August 13, 1911
Mr. Joseph Walter
has on his 10 acre tract just north of town, also on his farm 4 miles
southeast, sights that elicit the interest of all who pass by and which
are worthy of investigation by Chronicle
Those vines strung
high on wires with their great gourd-like fruit hanging from them are
called "Cucumis Loofah Texana," but called Loofah for short.
Mr. Walter read a pamphlet describing the plant last winter and hied
daughter, a young lady takes the responsibility of caring for the Loofah
crop and is very much interested in her work. This has a suggestion for
other young ladies who may be pining for old friends and scenes, as the
Walter family came here direct from
Mr. Walter and his
two sons are also raising rice, corn and cotton on the larger farm,
while the smaller tract is set out to orange and other fruit trees and
strawberries, which area all showing good growth.
Mr. Walter is one
of those who, coming here from the city is making good. He is a natural
investigator and when he hears of a product within reasonable distance,
gets on the train and goes to look it up. We will watch with interest
this Loofah business as one more of the possibilities of this country of
Reprinted in The
The baseball game played on Thursday between Palacios Business College and the Collegeport team resulted in another victory for our boys. It looked like it was lost to us for at the end of the eighth inning the score stood 5 to 4 in favor of the visitors, but the home fellows took a fresh breath and lined up four scores in the last inning. A practice game will be played on Saturday and manager Haney urges every body to be on hand and encourage the sport. –Collegeport Chronicle
Palacios Beacon, August 18, 1911
The first bundle of rice raised on the Collegeport canal was brought to the Hurd Land Co., office on last Friday. It is a fair sample and the crop is a good average yield.
Mrs. H. M. Yeamans, who bought the Oneth store building and lots is building another store room adjoining the buildings on the east, which will be occupied as a meat market by Mr. A. B. Luce as soon as completed.
Reports come to us that fields of rice growing on the Collegeport canal will make 20 barrels per acre. The market price for good rice is $3.10 to $3.50—a barrel of rice is 162 pounds as it comes from the threshing machine.
Miss Margaret Van Fleet, of Waco, addressed the ladies and some gentlemen friends of the Woman’s Club on Thursday afternoon, the 9th, on the subject of “settlement work.” Her remarks were very instructive and interesting.
Chas. Oneil, who has been assisting Mr. Abbott Kone at the pavilion for several weeks, left Friday to spend a few days with his parents at Portsmouth before returning to Houston to take his old position with the Levy Bros. Dry Goods Co.
The hottest season experienced since Collegeport was laid out has been the past week. The mercury has registered 93 several days and the lowest has been 78. The always delightful breeze has made even this torrid weather very pleasant.
H. A. Clapp, secretary of the Mid Coast Industrial Congress, returned home on Saturday from El Campo, where he closed a contract for space in the Allied Publication amounting to $1387. He visited Port O’Connor during his absence and was present in the perfecting of plans for the quarterly meeting there on the 7th and 8th of September.
Good crowds of our citizens have been in attendance at most of the sessions of the assembly of the B. Y. P. U. at Palacios during the time since it commenced and have enjoyed the program in its fullness and rejoice to know that we have such a great privilege brought so near our homes, and our city has been benefitted thereby.
The people of the First Church took advantage of the speakers at the B. Y. P. U. encampment and secured them for addresses here. In addition to Miss Van Fleet’s address on Thursday, Rev. and Mrs. E. W. Sallee who spent 8 years in China as missionaries, gave inspiring addresses to a large congregation at the church. The addresses were of a high character and much appreciated.
Palacios Beacon, August 18, 1911
There were two car
loads of immigrant goods set out at this station Tuesday to unload.
can be seen these nights all along up and down the bay. The catch is
Earl Ford, of
Palacios, was here this week looking after the plumbing of Judge F. H.
Blessing ball team
had to go some in the game last Saturday. It was a 13 inning game and
full of interest.
Henry Hartung is
getting material on the ground to build on his 5 acre tract near the
freight dock north of town.
E. C. Everson is
building a residence and barn on his tract northeast of town. Henry
Hartung is the contractor.
moving along fine at the pumping plant. The river has a good stage of
water and the canal is brim full.
There is an
abundance of water in this section at present. The canal company is
irrigating pastures, roads and everything irrigable. Better get in line
and use some of it to prepare your land for a fall crop.
Prof. W. H. Travis,
president of the Gulf Coast University, of Collegeport, left on Tuesday
with the car "Land" for a trip north in the interest of the
school. He goes to Waterloo, Ia., and other points in that locality and
will be absent until the 11th of September.
W. W. Wilkerson,
wife and baby, departed Wednesday for a visit to their former home in
Barnesville, Ohio, and he will look after some immigration work in
Illinois, Indiana and Ohio for the Hurd Land Co.--along the line reached
by the Frisco Railway.
Chas. W. Rutherford
brought into the land office Monday a bunch of Blue Grass grown on his
five acre tract just north of the townsite on black hog wallow raw soil
that measures before heading out 22 to 24 inches in heighth and a very
fine specimen as to quality.
Gypsy is gone. The
donkey which has furnished so much sport for the young people around the
Collegeport Hotel was shipped to Little Rock, Ark., last Saturday and
cricket and the children are lonesome now. Frank Fee bought Gypsie of
Evelyn Kone, so our sorrow is their joy.
is being done to make the next session of the Mid Coast Congress at Port
O'Connor on the 7-8th of September a grand success. There should be a
large delegation go from here to this meeting. The trip can be made by
boat and the expense will be small. Go if you can and show your
The launch, Dena
H., Manuel Glaros master, has been thoroughly overhauled and improved
until it is the best boat on the bay in this part of the country. It was
used for the trip to Portsmouth on Sunday with the land excursion party
and made a fine record for herself and her master. She is in the trade
for private parties and any who want a safe trip should inspect her.
R. C. Woodhouse, El
Reno, Okla., was here this week and took the three days trip of
inspection of our country and says he is convinced this is a great
cotton, rice and potato country. He saw some corn grown on raw prairie
sod ground, but he was not certain about corn yet but could see no
reason why it should not be a great corn country too. He wants to keep
in touch with this country, so became a subscriber for the Chronicle.
Palacios Beacon, August 25, 1911
In recent correspondence I
notice that you say there will be considerable orchard plantings this
coming season at Collegeport. With this in mind I desire to relate to
you a very happy situation. As you are aware we experienced some unusual
conditions that to the minds of a few at the time it was considered that
the orchard business in
Stockwell Nursery Company,
W. H Gammill, Sec'y.
W. T. Williamson and Miss Bess Loader of Bay City were in town Monday.
Miss Elsie Buchen returned to Collegeport after an eight months' visit with her grandparents in Wisconsin.
Mrs. George Windle of Houston is spending the summer at Hotel Collegeport.
Houston Post, August 27, 1911
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Anderson arrived from Beaver City, Neb., last week and will make this their home.
Miss Leslie Hair left on Tuesday for her home in Dexter, N. M.
Mrs. D. C. Everson arrived from Los Angeles Monday and will reside here.
Miss Edith Thompson of Harrington, Kan., is visiting her friend, Miss Grace Smith, for a few weeks.
Houston Post, September 10, 1911
Col. Sol. Cleveland, of
Col. Sol. Cleveland, of
G. M. Magill was here on Monday for a few hours of business, coming and going by automobile.
Mr. McCain's many friends will be glad to hear that he expects to be home next week. He is unable to see with the injured eye as yet, but hopes to do so as it grows stronger. All join in hoping he may do so.
Rice harvesting is still going on and there are some heavy yields being secured, which will go as high as 25 barrels to the acre. Rice is a winner and should be grown on new land as a first year crop especially.
Reprinted in The
From Collegeport Chronicle.
L. E. Liggett is covering his orange grove surface with decomposed shell believing it will prove a great fertilizer.
The mercury has ranged the past week from 76 to 80 with a good breeze prevailing from the southeast 95 percent of the time.
About twenty-five ladies and gentlemen from Palacios were in attendance at the Christian Endeavor social Tuesday evening.
Ed Leach is building a cottage on Third street near Avenue I. It will be a frame structure with a concrete foundation all around.
The launch Dena H was at our dock Saturday with a party of base ball players and fans. They were given a little practice game and they departed early having had a good deal of sport out of it.
Rev. John Sloane, of Bay City, will be in Collegeport on Sunday, October 8th and will conduct the exercises at the Grace Chapel in the morning; and at 7:30 p. m., will be evening song service.
W. A. Stockwell came in on the afternoon train Monday to look over the progress made on his nursery and orange grove both of which have made a fine showing this season under the care of Mr. Geo. F. Martin.
An inspection of the orange budding which has been done this season reveals the fact that the year has been one of good success and that a very large percentage of the buds has been quite intense and the season an unusually dry one.
The showers since last issue have been damaging to the cotton in the field and rice in the shock. The other crops here have been benefited and are making a fine showing. The raw prairie heavy sod is not yet in condition for breaking, yet much of the light soil is now being broke up.
The base ball game between the Princes of Jonathan and Palacios High school on Saturday was a sad affair. But for a sense of duty we would desist to mention it. Lest we offend we forbear to say more. The score? Well, they wa’n’t no score so far as the Princes were concerned. They’ll do better next game, no doubt.
Tax collector C. M. Steger will be in Collegeport October 27-28 at which time our citizens can pay their taxes and secure poll tax receipts and exemption certificates. Attention being given to this notice will save annoyance and expense. Persons only with receipts or certificates are permitted to vote at all elections during the year 1912.
The trains on the Collegeport division of the Frisco railroad adopted a new schedule for the operating of trains out and into Collegeport. The train leaves Collegeport in the morning at 9 a. m., and runs through to Bay City arriving there at 10:30 a. m., returning leaving Bay City at 2:30 p. m., arriving at Collegeport at 4:35 p. m. The train crew will remain in Collegeport over night.
G. P. Ludlow has raised, harvested and threshed his first crop of rice. He is well pleased with the result, and reports that his yield is 20 sacks per acre. The value of the quality he has is now quoted at $3.35 per barrel and he has been offered $3.15 per barrel. Figuring his yield on the average weight of a sack his yield per acre is about 22 barrels or $71.50 per acre gross. He paid $65 per acre for the land. The cost for seed, water and threshing is about $15 to $18 per acre.
The biggest bag of ducks of the season was brought in by D. H. Morris, our popular grocer, accompanied by Chas. T. Thew and Mr. Bigelow, of Bay City. There were 35 of them, the result of a few hours hunt. We fear that in the future these erstwhile faithful business men of the hub will develop habits that will make business irksome. They had best make headquarters here where they can get up a breakfast appetite or settle their supper without losing any time from business.
Bulletin No. 54 issued by the Federal Agriculture Department says, “Meadowlarks live on 63 per cent insect or animal food and 27 per cent vegetable food, principally weed seeds. Quail, 14 per cent insect or animal food, such as the potato beetle and cotton boll weevil and 63 per cent weed seed.” As scarce as are the birds in this section it surely should be a crime to kill them and their protection should be given with an act of the Legislature and the rigid enforcement under heavy penalties for violation.
H. A. Clapp, secretary Mid-Coast Industrial Congress, left Tuesday for Houston and Texas City. He will be absent all week on business connected with the Allied Publication which is soon to go to press. This publication will do more toward placing the agricultural, horticultural, industrial and educational facts enjoyed in the Mid-Coast counties of Texas before the people of the United States than any other effort ever before attempted. Copies may be had on application to the Chronicle and sent as soon as off the press.
Palacios Beacon, October 6, 1911
Special to the News.
Collegeport, Tex. Oct. 5.--Farmers are thrashing their rice now. One, seventy-acre piece yielded twenty bags to the acre and one of forty acres rewarded its owner with twenty-five bags to the acre. Home fields that were counted lost on account of the drouth a few weeks ago have recovered after sufficient water was secured and are yielding twelve to sixteen bags to the acre.
Galveston Daily News, October 6, 1911
Collegeport, Tex., Oct. 3.--The change that took effect this week on this branch enables one to leave Collegeport at 9 in the morning and reach Bay City at 10:30 without change of cars at Buckeye, as heretofore. Returning, the train leaves Bay City at 2:30 p. m., arriving at Collegeport at 4:35. This gives the Collegeport people a round trip between 9 a. m. and 4:35 p. m. with more than four hours in Bay City for business.
Galveston Daily News, October 6, 1911
this week's Chronicle.
services at the Grace Chapel were well attended both morning and
evening, Rev. Sloane officiating.
Luther Peters, a
land owner hear DeMoss, returned from
The Rally Day
services at the United
T. B. Waite,
conductor; C. Heck, engineer and H. G. Loyd, fireman, the train crew of
the Frisco have their quarters at the Hotel Collegeport.
Judge T. L. Jones,
a rice farmer near Citrusgrove, who spent several weeks here looking
after his crop returned to
Mrs. Edger A.
Mr. Ward Clemons,
Pres. W. B. Travis,
Mr. and Mrs. Chas.
E. Duller, cashier Blessing State Bank, were here from Saturday until
Monday and were guests on the excursion to
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The Hurd Land Co.
private car arrived on Friday with eighteen people and after taking in
all the different drives and excursion to
Mrs. Wm. Pfeiffer
on last Friday received the sad intelligence of the death of her mother,
Mrs. James Dyke, at
Dr. G. Edwin
Lipsitt, our genial and popular druggist, has sold the City Pharmacy to
Mr. F. D. Everson, who takes possession November 1st. It is rumored that
the Doctor will engage in the drug trade in Blessing.
Mr. Amos Markham
and family are expected to arrive in Collegeport this week from
Mr. O. J. White and
daughter Anna Elizabeth, arrived Friday and will make their home here.
They have an orange tract just east of the depot and will occupy their
new home just recently completed thereon.
Mr. T. L. Thoman,
who spent two weeks looking after the improvement of his orange orchard
and arranging to build a residence, left Tuesday for his home in
The pumping plant
of the Collegeport canal has finished pumping for this season. All told
it has been a quite satisfactory season. The plant and canal will
undergo further improvement and extension and will water a much larger
acreage next year.
The tax collector,
C. M. Steger, says he will be in Collegeport on Oct. 27th after
until Oct. 28th,
for the purpose of collecting taxes and issuing poll tax receipts and
exemption certificates. All voters and tax payers should take notice and
be saved the expenses of a trip to the county seat.
The first Norther
of the season swooped down upon us Saturday night and continued until
Tuesday. The mercury went down to 64, the tide went out about two feet
and Tuesday morning it was raining. Monday was a cloudy dreary day with
a stiff wind from the north and everyone was seen with extra wraps.
A merry contest is
being waged between the married men's class and the Princes of Jonathan,
the young men's class of the
Reprinted in the Palacios
Special to the News.
Collegeport, Tex., Oct. 13--J. B. McCain, cashier of the Collegeport Bank, who had his eye put out by a particle of steel while fixing an automobile a few days ago, returned from Houston Monday last and spent a few days here, but has returned to Houston for further attention to his eye.
Rev. John Sloan of Bay City preached in the Episcopal Church of Collegeport Sunday.
W. A. Stockwell arrived at Collegeport Monday and inspected the Stockwell County nursery and orange grove here. He reports that both have made a fine showing this season under the management of George F. Martin.
H. A. Clapp, secretary of the Midcoast Industrial Congress, left for Houston and Texas City. He will be absent all week on business connected with the allied publication which is soon to go to press.
There is good promise of a two-story brick business block in Collegeport in the near future.
Galveston Daily News, October 13, 1911
The new school room
for the 2nd and 3rd grades is nearing completion.
M. F. Bonner, wife
and baby spent Sunday with his parents in Palacios.
A. B. Pierce of
Blessing, was here Wednesday attending Bank Directors meeting.
Mayor Ruthven, of
Palacios, was here Wednesday by auto and dined at Hotel Collegeport.
J. H. Roach Jr. was
in Blessing a few days last week returning Sunday evening via Palacios.
Judge J. Mathews,
of Glen Flora, was here Tuesday hunting for mules to buy. He left
Wednesday via Frisco at
The P. of J's. are
to cross bats with the
Business is looking
up-five commercial men came in by special launch Tuesday morning, worked
the town and departed via the Frisco at 9 a.m.
Robt. L. Price,
wife and baby returned Tuesday from a visit to their old home in
Stephenville, and will have rooms at Hotel Collegeport until their new
residence is completed.
Regular trains on
the Collegeport branch of the Frisco, leave Collegeport at
The new schedule in
force on the Collegeport line of the Frisco is proving a great
convenience for county seat visitors. Our
The P. of J's.
played ball last Saturday with High school team of Palacios on the
grounds. The score was
in favor of Palacios. A return game is
announced for Saturday, October 28th, on the Collegeport grounds.
Cyrus Harter, a
rice farmer on the Pybus ranch near
The daily average
attendance of the public schools is more than the scholastic census, and
yet there are a number of children of school age who do not attend.
Though we have lost some scholars by removal from the district we have
gained a great number.
Our postmaster, J.
H. Adams, received a telegram on last Friday announcing the sad
intelligence of the death of his mother, whose home is in
The copious rains
of late here moistened up the prairie so that sod breaking can now be
done. Now residents should see that they have their hog wallow land
broken now. Breakers are charging from $3 to $5 per acre according to
the depth plowed, and the kind of soil to be broken. This is for acreage
property, not small town lots.
J. H. Elliott, vice
president of Frisco Ry., and C. B. Rogers, general manager; John D.
Finnigen, supt; Wm. Doherty, general traffic manager and O. H. Nance,
auditor, all of the St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexico railway, came
into Collegeport over the Frisco Monday evening, by special train, on a
tour of inspecting of the extension of the railroad to the bay shore,
preparatory to its immediate construction. They were here but an hour,
Reprinted in The
Palacios Beacon, October 20, 1911
Geo. D. Ross and wife were
J. W. Vest who was in
Judge F. H. Jones and wife were
G. M. Magill came over from
R. M. Wynne, president of the Bay City Grocery Co., and his son Robert spent a day with our merchants on Friday.
C. S. Eidman book-keeper for the
Land Co., has resigned his position and will make his home with his
The new schedule in force on the
Collegeport line of the Frisco is proving a great convenience for county
seat visitors. Our
Collegeport, Tex., Oct. 25.—Fire destroyed the beautiful little bungalow of J. E. Barnard on the bay shore. The bungalow was erected by J. A. Kling, and Mr. Barnard and family of seven had just moved in on Saturday last. The family barely escaped with their lives, the little baby’s hair being singed. Nothing was saved. No insurance.
Matagorda County Tribune, October 27, 1911
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