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Collegeport Columns

January - June  1911

WANTED--Large general merchandise store at Collegeport, new midcoast town at end of Collegeport branch Brownsville Railroad. Also fine winter home locations surrounded by big farms, orange and garden developments. Fine opening for town and coast country homes. Address HURD COMPANY, Collegeport, Tex.

Galveston Daily News, January 1, 1911

Mrs. J. B. McCain and little daughter, who have been the guests of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. Repsdorph, have returned to their home in Collegeport, accompanied by Mrs. Repsdorph, who will be her New Year's guest.

Houston Post, January 1, 1911


Collegeport Federated Church

Special to The News.

Collegeport, Tex., Jan. 7.--The Federated Church of Collegeport has just moved into its new church building, a concrete edifice of the mission style, which cost some $3,500. The officers, just elected for its second year, are E. C. Van Ness, moderator; E. C. Hoffhines, recorder; Dr. E. Edwin Lipsitt, treasurer. The official board is known as the cabinet and consists of the officers, the members of the committees, the Sunday school superintendent and the president of the Y. P. B. C. E.

The standing committees are: Religious work, finance, music and social life. The pastor is Rev. M. A. Travis. The membership is composed of the following denominations: Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian, Baptist, Disciples, Reformed Dutch, Lutheran and Universalist, and the among the regular attendants are Catholics and several other denominations.

The church articles are being printed in pamphlet form, and will be of interest to other of the smaller communities where the federated church should be organized.

Galveston Daily News, January 8, 1911

Collegeport Chronicle: The farmers of this section are very busy at present getting their land ready for a good variety of crops at the spring seeding. During the cool days following the recent copious rain every available team is put to work either breaking the sod or pulverizing the soil for seeding time which will be here only too soon. Diversification is the keynote all along the line, while the chief emphasis will be laid on rice, cotton and corn, all of which will receive attention by those farmers of sufficient acreage to go into these crops, while fodder, watermelons and other truck crops will no doubt receive their share of attention but on a smaller scale. Our farmers are in much better position than they were a year ago owing to added experience and having the land in a better state of cultivation, as land that a year ago was raw breaking is now well pulverized, and in position to plant earlier than last year, an important point in this country.

Houston Post, January 20, 1911


A little more than a week ago I went to Port O'Connor. I rode in a buggy through the country to Blessing and thence with the railway. When I am traveling I do not put my nose into a book or newspaper but look out around and out of the window and observe soil, plant life, conditions of houses and towns and last but not least the people. When I returned and saw the homes of Collegeport sketched a long way on the skyline, I was full of joy. That was the place I was living in and I was proud of it. Strange, I thought after only a few weeks being here, and after I have seen so many good places in Germany, England and the United States. I reasoned why it should be so, and I came to the conclusion, just because everything is just a little better than elsewhere and there is certainly no place on the Gulf Coast which can beat it. It’s a real “Yankee-town” with citizens wide awake, an educated community with an elevating spirit circulating. Without Mexicans, pool parlors and public houses. With fine soil, situated on a Gulf bay, rivers with sweet water near, with artesian wells and a splendid climate. In fact everything the heart of man can wish. Right then I made up my mind once more that I was to live and die in that place, but while I was living to do my best and utmost to utilize the possibilities which mother earth offer here. To do all I could to make Collegeport known all over the U. S.

Sure enough they have good land in some spots of Palacios and other places, but Collegeport is the selected spot.

We all know that, have realized it over and over again and with this satisfaction, we should buckle down and get to work. Don’t do it just because you have to do something, but do it right, with all your might and you must have success and more than ever dreamed of. I say “must” because “where there is a will there is a way;” however do not build air castles. Get right down to business, there is a lot to learn to get the right results.

Make out your plans, divide your grounds, arrange for a rotation to best advantage for the soil, examine your fences carefully, take an inventory of your stock, equipments, etc., and expenses to be met. Select a leading and comparatively sure crop to give you cash and grow others to grazing soil fertility, green manuring, cover, etc.

The next question is where shall we find the market for our products. First get together and agree what to plant. Each one plant the same, on one all of one kind, and on the other all of the next kind, and on the other all of the next kind. Everybody ought to have an acre or several of onions now; on the 1st of March, cauliflower, tomatoes and early cabbage should be set out. Watermelons, canteloupes, carrots, beets, turnips, potatoes, etc., should be in the ground. Right now everyone should plant one or more acres of figs, blackberries, dewberries and grapes.

The next is the packing; get the standard size of crates, etc. Buy wood, get a man among yourselves to attend the manufacturing of boxes, crates, etc. Brand everything with your name. For instance “Collegeport vegetables,” “Collegeport Magnolia Figs,” etc. While getting ready, don’t forget to get customers and sell right to the consumer if possible.


Pack a neat hamper with partitions, containing different vegetables worth from $1.50 to $2.00. The purchaser will find that he buys cheaper and gets vegetables with a real taste, and once started there is no trouble to sell. If advertises itself.

Berries and other fruits can be handled similarly. But not everything has always an immediate market and has to be preserved. Therefore get the man among yourselves and start a cannery. Later on we will have a sugar refinery, a rice mill, a cotton gin, etc. Every bag, bale, package has to be marked say, “Collegeport” rice, sugar, etc. Everything needed for packing has to be made right here. Keep your money at home as much as possible, and let it circulate among your own people. However, do not start anything unless you have reasonable amount of possibility to make good and don’t forget to act in unity. Work economically and above all send out quality. Pack it right and neatly and with a little push you will make profit and good profit too.

And now cast aside all ill feelings which might exist from last year.

Stand together and act as one man. Unity makes strong. Right now is the time, every day is a heavy loss. Two years have taught a lesson, the third year will certainly not amount to the same. But don’t agree and then appoint a committee to do the rest and think you will “try” to have something for them to sell for you.

Go ahead and do it. Work hard and with all your intelligence. Work as if you owned the biggest business in the state. Don’t let yourself slip a minute, thinking, “well it’s up to the committee.” “It is not right.” It is up to you. Every man has to do his best. Don’t start and then fall back to question things, you will lose as sure as 2 and 2 is 4. Go ahead and look forward. Show what you can do, do it properly. Have everything clean and tidy. Make arrangements that everything is at hand when needed, work systematically and you must succeed. “They can conquer, who believes they can.”

W. Schaumann.
Horticulturist, Gulf Coast University.
Collegeport Chronicle.

Palacios Beacon, January 20, 1911

What's so Rare as a Day in January.
Collegeport Chronicle.

Our friends in the frost bound north probably will be inclined to think we stretch the facts when we continue to talk about the fine weather we are enjoying.

With the thermometer close to 75 degrees every day and the sunshine by day and moonlight by night the weather is ideal. Barring the presence of more foggy mornings than usual in this country we would be inclined to think the calendar had been inadvertently turned over and were enjoying June or July days.

If the world realized the amount of suffering that might be avoided by a transfer of the sufferers from lagrippe, rheumatism, chilblains and a score of other cold weather ailments. To see the ladies sitting upon the front porch enjoying their books or magazines and the men in shirt waist attire attending to business, or then small boy with bare feet is a sight very common with us but almost incredible to the people further north. Our wood pile stand there untouched and our heating stove has not felt fire for a week or more. It sure it is a great place to live.

Palacios Beacon, January 20, 1911

A Strawberry Story

Collegeport Chronicle.

Were it not that the editor has great confidence in his capacity to hear a tale as it is told, also in Mr. W. A. Stockwell of the well known firm of F. S. Stockwell and son, who has large interest in Collegeport’s new nursery and largest commercial orchard, we would be a little loath to stand sponsor for the following tale of strawberries raised in the county next to ours.

People who have opened their eyes wide at the report of strawberries five months in the years, have another revelation in store, for we are to tell a tale of a season at least 8 months in length, and capable of covering the entire year with the different varieties.

Mr. Stockwell in talking with the editor stated that from a small patch covering one sixteenth of a acre he and his assistants have picked berries practically every day since November 10th last. Last Thanksgiving day 4 quarts were picked from the patch and it has yielded every day since.

When the recent freeze came the rows were given a good covering of hay and when the warm days returned, they uncovering of the plants revealed a nice picking ready for the table and Mr. Stockwell states that since the freeze they have sold more than $60 worth of berries from this patch which now brings 50 cents per quart in Houston. Berries from November to June is no longer fiction and some claim that they can be made to bear the whole year round.

If not convinced clip this out and mail to Mr. W. A. Stockwell, Alvin, Texas, and ask him if he cares to substantiate the statement.

It is certainly a great recommendation for the Coast country.

Palacios Beacon, January 20, 1911

Collegeport Chronicle: People who have opened their eyes wide at the report of strawberries five months in the year, have another revelation in store, for we are to tell a tale of a season at least eight months in length, and capable of covering the entire year with different varieties. Mr. Stockwell, in talking with the editor, stated that from a small patch covering one-sixteenth of an acre he and his assistants have picked berries practically every day since November 10 last. Last Thanksgiving Day four quarts were picked from the patch and it has yielded every day since. When the recent freeze came the rows were given a good covering of hay and when the warm days returned, the uncovering of the plants revealed a nice picking ready for the table and Mr. Stockwell states that since the freeze they have sold more than $60 worth of berries from this patch which now brings 50 cents per quart in Houston. Berries from November to June is not longer fiction and some claim that they can be made to bear the whole year round.

Houston Post, January 31, 1911

Large Land Deal Pending.

Special to The News.

Bay City, Tex, Feb. 4.--A large deal is about to be consummated concerning a considerable body of land near the Collegeport development being made by a land company. If the deal goes through, as it likely will, a bank and trust company of Houston will take over Fred S. Robbins' and Mrs. M. C. Robbins' interest in this contract with the land company.

The details of the deal are now known, but it is believed that beyond satisfying the Robbins and of the contract, the land company desires to get the Collegeport Canal, which is on this body of land, in such financial shape that it may be operated this coming season, and by its deal with the trust company it is thought this will be effected.

Galveston Daily News, February 5, 1911

Since November
Trains in Operation on Collegeport Division of Brownsville

In making mention of improvements about to be inaugurated in the service on the Brownsville road, Collegeport division, in the issue of February 6, statement that passenger service would soon be installed on the division was made. The additional service then in prospect was the handling of the mail from Palacios, which has heretofore been handled by water. The passenger service was placed in operation on the branch November 3, 1910, and the new mail service will start February 9.

Houston Post, February 8, 1911

Homeseekers in Texas

Kingsville, Texas, February 10.--The following homeseeker cars are scattered along the Brownsville road today, being the advance guard of the Frisco semi-monthly landseekers' "Land," 1248 and 3028, for Collegeport...

Houston Post, February 11, 1911

Planting Satsumas at Collegeoprt

Collegeport, Tex., Feb. 18.--Stockwell & Son, of Alvin nursery, planted two carloads of Satsuma oranges in and around Collegeport this week. Two more carloads of trees are expected to arrive early next week. One 100-acre orchard will be planted and a large number of smaller ones of from three to twenty acres.

Galveston Daily News, February 14, 1911

Homeseekers for Collegeport

Collegeport, Tex., Feb. 13.--Ninety-four homeseekers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas arrived in Collegeport Friday. Some twenty of them have already purchased land and will remain and make their homes here.

Galveston Daily News, February 14, 1911

Matagorda County Commissioners

Special to The News.

Bay City, Tex., Feb. 17.--The commissioners court at this session has fixed the ex-officio salaries of the county offices drawing such salaries as follows: County clerk, $28 per month; county judge, $100 per month; district clerk, $75 per month; county attorney, $50 per month; sheriff, $500 per year; with an allowance of $45 per month for a jailer.

The court also at this session set down for the special session on March 6 the hearing of the petition and the protest relative to the change in the east boundary line of School District No. 12, and for the creation of a new school district separate from No. 17. This last affects the Collegeport and the Citrus Grove communities.

Galveston Daily News, February 18, 1911

Collegport Chronicle

Mr. Invin Glasser is to plant a good acreage to rice and already has his seed on hand.

Miss Mary Margaret Thiele, of Evansville , Ind. , a warm friend and girlhood schoolmate of Mrs. Burton D. Hurd, is visiting here this week.

Mrs. Jesse Davis (nee Miss Ethel Fay) has accepted a position with the Hurd Land Company, as stenographer and will become a resident of our city once more.

C. S. Eidman was in League City a few days ago and bought several thousand orange trees, many of which he has received at this station and is distributing them to a number of our citizens for planting.

Miss Kat Barnes, who has been with the Hurd Land Company for some time past, left on a vacation last Saturday for Bay City . Will visit her mother in Sedalia , Mo. , and will probably return to Blessing State Bank in a short time.

Mr. Clark, father of our grocer, Clark, met with a peculiar and painful accident a few days ago. A rooster, having pugilistic qualities, attacked him and before he could prevent the rooster had gaffed him two or three times in the legs and before relief could be gotten the blood was flowing quite freely, and the doctor was summoned to dress his wounds.

Matagorda County Tribune, March 3, 1911

Collegeport Woman’s Club

The Woman’s Club held its regular fortnightly meeting Thursday, when Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Corse and Miss Corse were hostesses for the afternoon.

The following program was given: Piano solo, Miss Smith; “Early Inventions, Mrs. R. L. Price; “Inventions of Last half of the Nineteenth Century,” Mrs. Culp; vocal solo, Mrs. Hansel; “Late Inventions, (1) Aeroplane (Mrs. Trego), (2) Wireless Telegraphy (Miss Morris), (3) Automobile (Miss Holbert); music, piano and mandolin, Misses Corse.

The club will meet at the church on March 30 and Mrs. Edwards, Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Haisley will have charge of the program.

Dallas Morning News, March 7, 1911

Adjusting School District Lines.

Special to The News.

Bay City, Tex., March 6.--The commissioners court is in special session today adjusting some of the school district lines. Collegeport and Citrus Grove, both in the same school district, are petitioning the court to the set apart each to its own district, and this was granted. An order was entered creating a new district about Pheasant Switch, known as No. 21. The district matter, on which there was a protest against change, was postponed indefinitely. The court will meet again on the 20th to hear the matter of laying out the Markham Drainage District.

Galveston Daily News, March 7, 1911


The News has received a pamphlet from Mr. John W. Hansel, containing the articles of association of the First Church of Collegeport, in Matagorda County , a federated congregation which is designed to meet the needs of a community where the population is small and the religious learning of the people diverse. This federated church at Collegeport is prosperous and is meeting the expectations of the people who founded it. A note from a member of the congregation says of this church of many denominations: "Like your commission form of government, it is up to date and it works." Eight denominations are now represented in the congregation of this one church and the membership numbers 100. The Sunday school has 187 members, and the young men's class is a potent influence in the athletic and social life of the village.

This federated church of Collegeport was founded a little more than a year ago. It came about through the desire of several church members to have a strong church and the inability of any one interested denomination to accomplish this because of the small number of members of each denomination. This is recited in the preamble to the articles of association. The basic purpose of this federated church is set forth in one of the articles of association in this form:

The aim is to affiliate and be in good standing with all federating bodies: desiring to give and receive letters upon a common basis, and willing to support any existing missionary or benevolent movements of these churches, or one which may be selected whose aim is the advancement of truth and righteousness. The slogan of this church as to ideals is "broad but high." Members are expected to live earnest Christian lives, the emphasis being placed upon the discipleship of Jesus Christ, rather than upon theological tenets and opinions. Independence in thinking but community in purpose is encouraged, the idea being that each person shall enjoy his own freedom, and permit his brother to do likewise, each in turn being under obligation to consider his brother's highest welfare, together seeking to make the greatest contribution to society.

Many of the people of Collegeport, which is one of the flourishing towns of the midcoast country, settled by persons from all corners of the country, believe they have solved the problem of the struggling church of a small community by getting together into one big church that is broad enough to accommodate all shades of theology and flexible enough to impose no hardship upon any creed or conscience. The result of the association is understood to make it possible for the church to employ a capable minister and own a commodious, comfortable church building.

The spirit of progress in the Texas coast country is notable. That these people should go so far in the work of co-operation and unity of effort as to get their church members federated into one big church speaks much for the temporary welfare of the community as it is eloquent for the spiritual progress of the people. It may be suggested that when the people of a small community can co-operate in their church affiliations to the extent that has been accomplished in this midcoast town there is no room to doubt the quality of united effort that will be displayed by them in the material problems that confront a growing country.--Galveston News.

Reprinted in The Palacios Beacon, March 11, 1911

News From Collegeport

The Woman’s Club of Collegeport met Thursday afternoon of March 2 at the church. Mrs. T. M. Clark was chairman of the program committee and had arranged an excellent entertainment for the afternoon. The first number was given by the Ladies’ Quartette, then followed papers and talks on domestic science, the topic for the afternoon.

Among those appearing on the program were Mesdames Pfeiffer, Turner, House, Corse, Knight, Hansel and Herbage.

The question of federating with State and county federation was discussed, and the decisive action on the matter was postponed for the meeting on March 16. The club adjourned to meet two weeks later with Mrs. Corse.

Dallas Morning News, March 20, 1911

Collegeport Rice Industry
Recent Excursion of Bay City Business Men Seemingly Bears Fruit

Bay City, Tex., March 28.--The recent excursion of the Bay City Business League is bearing fruit in the restoring of confidence of the newcomers in the rice crop. At Collegeport, N. M. N. Vogelsang, a rice miller of Bay City, and also interested in one of the banks, spoke most reassuring words to those just entering the rice industry, and to prove to the new farmers that the old-timers had not lost confidence in the industry because of last year's calamity stated that he was authorized to speak in a general way for the three banks of Bay City to the effect that the banks would still stand back of the rice farmer, and would finance the crop to the extent of buying seed and standing good for other incidental expenses, taking an interest in the crop, letting the game be one of win or lose.

Galveston Daily News, March 29, 1911

School For Collegeport
Taxpayers Would Vote $12,000 Bonds for New Building

Collegeport, Texas, April 2.--The taxpayers of the Collegeport school district have unanimously signed a petition to call an election for the purpose of voting bonds for a $12,000 brick school building. The county court will meet at once and call the election.

The valuation of property in this district is $379,425, which gives bond values of $12,646, and at 50 cents on the $100, a maintenance tax of $1896 for next year, in addition to the State apportionment.

School will be held through the month of April, paid for by private subscription and tuition. A nine months' school will be held next year, and until the new building is completed will continue to use rooms in the new Federated church building, completed in November, 1910.

Houston Post, April 3, 1911

Stocking up Pierce Ranch

Bay City, Tex., April 3.--The 25,000 acres of the J. E. Pierce ranch, south of Collegeport, leased by a land company to Colonel Sol J. Cleveland, has recently been subleased by him to Mr. Sutherland of Bay City and the latter has begun stocking up this tract, eight carloads having recently been unloaded at the railroad terminus near the ranch.

Galveston Daily News, April 4, 1911

From Religious, Educational and Commercial Standpoints a Bright Future.

Collegeport, Tex., April 8--The future looks bright for this town and community. The farmers are diversifying, and are jubilant over their crop prospects. They have their fields in a fine state of cultivation and their crops are growing beautifully. The community is well equipped with good roads and a good drainage system.

John W. Hansel, business manager, has been working upon Matagorda Bay park congress, and says: "The entrance park, which contains fifteen acres, has been fenced and developed to the extent of laying off sidewalks and building sites. About 500 trees, shrubs, and flowers donated by the nurserymen of this section have been planted. In the collection were numerous varieties of trees, such as oranges, qumquats, figs, grape fruit, lemons, pecans, walnuts, chinas, live oaks, water oaks, cottonwoods, palms, etc. The drouth of last fall delayed work on this part, but now that fine rains have fallen, and placed the ground in excellent condition, it is surmised that the work of development will progress rapidly.

Professor W. H. Travis, president of the Gulf Coast University, will soon go North on an extended business trip in the interest of this school. While gone he expects to perfect arrangements for the construction of a suitable building, which he hopes to have ready for use when the fall term opens. In connection with this institution, Professor Travis conducts a department of agriculture, horticulture and domestic science. Colonel Hansel has organized the young men of the college and vicinity into a young men's club for the study of the Bible and for athletics and the improvement of social life.

Last fall Mrs. H. A. Clapp had her own home cannery and made such a signal success in canning qumquats, plums, figs and vegetables that she and Mr. Clapp have decided to go into the canning and preserving business on a more extensive scale. Mr. Clapp is the owner of the Homecroft farm, of twenty-five acres, and he says he is now preparing to diversity right. "It is my intention," he says, "to raise and can various fruits and vegetables for market, and will make all kinds of preserves, jellies and marmalades. We will raise hogs, Jersey cows and poultry. I will then visit Galveston and other nearly cities and towns and make contracts with customers to supply them regularly and direct from the farm with fresh Jersey butter, country sausage, lard, home-cured bacon, hams, eggs, chickens, preserves, jellies and marmalades of every kind. I know that by insuring my customers such products will come to them fresh and pure, direct from the farm. I can build up a trade that will be satisfactory to my patrons and to myself."

Galveston Daily News, April 10, 1911

For Sale.--Will sacrifice Brush runabout fully equipped, used short time and in good condition. Address Theo. Smith, Collegeport, Texas.

Houston Post, April 13, 1911

From the Collegeport Chronicle.

Misses Roberta Capps and Loula Hill of Bay City were visitors to Collegeport this week.

N. M. Vogelsang of Bay City and F. A. Carlton of Port Collins , Col. , came in Friday from Bay City with Mr. G. M. Magill, who was showing them the attractions of Collegeport.

A grand old country picnic is in contemplation for May 1st. The place likely to be chosen is at Tidehaven on the upper Trespalacios river and the crossing of the Brownsville railroad. It is thought to make this a county affair and the co-operation of all the towns of the county is asked and the railway will be asked to give low excursion rates. The press of the county are asked to give it the greatest publicity. More will be said about it in subsequent issues. Let everyone be a committee of one to boost for it that this may be an event of great importance to our whole county as well as to the individual.

The most notable social event of the week was the gathering at Mrs. B. D. Hurd's of a few friends, in honor of her sister, Miss Marie Soekland, of Stuttgart , Ark. , and Miss Myrtle Morris of this city. About fifty guests were present by special invitation. Games at dominoes and cards were engaged in and enjoyed in a distinctive manner for an hour or more. Then a token was given to a fortunate number, after which refreshments were served in a most unique and characteristic manner. The out of town guests present were Mrs. F. H. Jones, Miss Roberta Capps and Miss Loula Hill of Bay City and Miss Elizabeth Gabel of Larned , Kansas .

Reprinted in the Matagorda County Tribune, April 14, 1911


Collegeport--J. E. Pierce and bride are spending a few days at Hotel Collegeport.

D. N. Jacobs and family moved into their fine new residence on South Street this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Davis moved into their new bungalow on Third Street on Saturday.

A State-wide meeting was held at the home of V. R. Haisley on Tuesday evening with a fair attendance. Plans were made to organize Collegeport and Citrus Grove in separate organizations.

The Gulf Coast University closed for the year on Friday. Plans are being made to open September 1 in their new building.

San Antonio Express, April 16, 1911

Collegeport News Items
Work Progressing Rapidly on New Buildings There.

Special Telegram to The Express.

Collegeport, Tex., April 22.--Work is progressing rapidly on the new home of E. A. Holsworth in the South Park Addition.

Judge Jones expects to begin work on his new bay front residence in a short time now.

J. E. and A. B. Pierce of Blessing were doing business in Collegeport this week.

The Woman's Union of the First Church met at the home of Mrs. M. L. Herbage on Thursday. A good attendance was present.

W. B. Gaumer of Midfields was in Collegeport on business recently.

E. P. Rice is making preparations to take a trip to the Pacific Coast next week.

Fishing is the diversion of a number of our people these days. Some fine hauls have been brought in.

The dewberry season is about over. The crop was fair, but the quality of fruit was fine.

A new well is being drilled for D. C. Powers on Third Street.

San Antonio Express, April 23, 1911

Collegeport News Briefs

Collegeport, Texas, April 23.--The new bungalow of E. L. Kling is almost completed. It will be one of the prettiest homes in town.

Secretary Clapp, of the Mid Coast Congress, spent two days in Bay City making plans for the meeting at Wharton.

A large crowd of Odd Fellows attended lodge in Palacios Tuesday evening. It is possible that a lodge will be organized here in the near future.

Houston Post, April 24, 1911

Traffic Impaired

Bay City, Texas, May 5.--Traffic on the Collegeport branch of the Brownsville road has been impaired for the past few days on account of soft places in the roadbed. The trains are passing through now, all right. Telephone communication between here and Collegeport is also impossible, but workmen will soon have everything in shape.

Houston Post, May 6, 1911

Galveston Has Discovered Matagorda Bay .

The Bay City Tribune has the following to say about the recent movement of Galveston Chamber of Commerce and their attitude toward the cities and towns along the new water route:

Business men throughout Matagorda county are in receipt of letters from H. H. Haines, secretary of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, advising them that institution has its eye on Matagorda bay and is seeking to connect it with Galveston by the virtue of an established water rate [route] between the two places.

The Chamber of Commerce of Galveston will send Mr. Haines to various places in the county and to Wharton. He will discuss at these [places] the propositions of the coastwise service which it is stated Galveston is preparing to establish between the points.

Few of our people realize the wonderful strategic importance possessed by Collegeport in being situated along the route of the new Intercoastal canal. When the farmers begin to ship more products and the increasing population calls for added imports it will take a dreamer of extravagant proportions to realize the advantages of our location. Galveston business men are wise thus early to begin to count of our acquaintance. It will pay them well, and we need not be losers.--Collegeport Chronicle.

Matagorda County Tribune, May 12, 1911

Houston Next
City Is Chosen For Council of Episcopal Diocese of Texas
Favorably Reported On by Committee on New Parishes--Bishop Coadjutor Probably Will Be Appointed

Beaumont, Texas, May 11.--The second and concluding day's session of the sixty-second annual council of the Episcopal diocese of Texas was opened at 9 o'clock this morning at St. Mark's church with opening prayer by Rev. Dr. Gunn and Rev. Mr. Finn. The confirmation office was pronounced by the bishop, assisted by Rev. George B. Norton.

The business session began at 11 o'clock. Application for admission to the order and council was made by church men of Collegeport. It was referred to the committee on new parishes...

New Houston Parish

The committee on new parishes reported favorably on St. Andrews' mission at Houston Heights and St. Mary's mission of Collegeport, Matagorda county...

Houston Post, May 12, 1911

Collegeport Rice Farmers

Bay City, Tex. May 14.--The rice farmers of the Collegeport community, after hearing the talk of John J. Reasor of the Southern Rice Growers' Association, and having the object of the movement fully explained to them, have in large numbers become members of the association. Another meeting is to be held soon at Citrus Grove, where there is quite an acreage going in.

Galveston Daily News, May 15, 1911

School Bond Issue Carries.

Special to The News.

Bay City, Tex., May 17.--At the bond election at Collegeport last Saturday for the purpose of determining whether of not the district would issue $12,000 schoolhouse bonds, carried with little opposition.

Galveston Daily News, May 18, 1911

From the Collegeport Chronicle.

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

Mr. John J. Raezer, a director of the National Rice Growers Association was here Friday and Saturday organizing our farmers for their best good in the sale of our product. At the meeting Saturday afternoon nearly all of the growers present endorsed the movement and joined the association. Another meeting is named for Friday night, May 12th, at Citrusgrove depot. It is hoped that all rice growers in this community will be present. It's the solution of the rice problem as to prices and values.

Reprinted in the Matagorda County Tribune, May 19, 1911

Collegeport Woman's Club

The members of the Collegeport Woman's club entertained their husbands and friends at a reception Thursday evening in the beautiful bayside home of Mrs. Burton D. Hurd. They night was grand. Fair Luna lent her most entrancing rays, whose luster only gained brightness by the occasional darkening of the few shadowy clouds which flickered across the sky.

About seventy-five guests were in attendance. They were first introduced to Mrs. Hurd, president of the club, and to Miss Smith and Mrs. Clapp of the reception committee. Other members delighted in helping to make the evening a pleasurable one socially.

Portraits of some guests, taken "as others saw us," were heartily enjoyed by every one. Strange how the years go by and how little we realize the difference they make to eyes other than those in the mirror.

Dame Fashion's facile fingers or the hirsute adornment to men's faces cause even husbands and wives to search for the likeness so well conned.

Refreshments of ice cream and cake were served in the dining room and a draught from the punch bowl brought a smile to every face.

Those who enjoy a view of the bay by moonlight took a trip to the roof garden and thence all went home happy in the pleasure of an evening so enjoyable.

Guests from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Cooper of Aurora, ill., Miss Clarke of Chicago and Miss Soekland of Stuttgart, Ark.

Instead of May 25, which date happens to be the birthday anniversary of Collegeport, the next club meeting will be held on June 1 at the home of Mrs. S. W. House. Mrs. Trego will speak of California, Mrs. Clapp of the Holy Land and Mrs. Hurd of the home of New England poets, all being personal travel talks.

Houston Post, May 21, 1911

From the Collegeport Chronicle.

Twenty-three car loads of cattle were unloaded at our station last Saturday by Mr. James Sutherland of Bay City .

Miss Mabel Benedict, of Bay City , is spending a few days visiting friends in this locality before the family removes to Angelita , Texas , where Mr. Benedict has charge of the R. R. and express business.

Mr. E. N. Gustafson, of Bay City , a civil engineer, has been secured by the Collegeport Canal Company on account of the serious illness of Mr. H. Black, to superintend the engineering for the company. His services will be available to run contours for the rice growers for the levies.

W. L. McCamly, of Bay City, was here on the 11th and took a drive over the country to the pumping plant and expressed the opinion that it was the biggest and most complete watering plant he had seen in the rice belt and congratulates this section on being so fortunate as to secure such a valuable asset to this country's ultimate success.

Mr. Harry Austin Clapp, secretary of the Midcoast Industrial Congress, left Monday for Bay City on business in the interest of the Congress and expected to also visit Wharton Tuesday, Eagle Lake Wednesday, and other points before his return, which will not likely be before Saturday the 20th. The duties of his office is growing as the Congress broadens--its importance becomes known and its demands needed.

Reprinted in the Matagorda County Tribune, May 26, 1911

Collegeport has voted bonds for a $12,000 school building, which it is planned to have completed and in readiness for the opening of the fall term of school in September.

Palacios Beacon, May 26, 1911

Collegeport News.

The many friends of Mrs. F. L. Miller united in giving her a surprise party on Friday afternoon at her home. Lunch was served and a jolly time was had. Mrs. Miller leaves on Tuesday for her old home in Michigan and all wish her a pleasant journey and a speedy return.

Services at Saint Mary's Mission on Sunday were especially interesting. Through the unselfish work of Miss Grace Smith, work will begin on the Chapel Tuesday morning. Services are now held on Sunday's at 11 a.m. at the College Chapel.

Miss Phillis Robinson was the honor guest at a surprise party given on Friday afternoon at the Pavilion by seventeen of her young girl friends. Delicious cake and candy were served and a souvenir spoon was given Miss Phillis, who leaves on Tuesday for her home in Fairfox , Mo.

Matagorda County Tribune, May 26, 1911


Work in Interest of Midcoast Congress in Brazoria County .

Angleton , Texas , May 30.--Mr. H. A. Clapp of Collegeport , Texas , secretary of the Midcoast Industrial Congress, spent the day in Angleton in the interest of the Congress. A number of business men assembled at the office of Judge W. T. Williams, and Mr. Clapp addressed them along the lines of general development of the Midcoast counties. He secured a number of memberships and created a general interest in the work. Brazoria County will have a special 50,000 edition of the Angleton Times, which will set forth the advantages of the entire Midcoast district.

In the afternoon several automobiles were engaged and a number of Angleton business men accompanied Mr. Clapp to Bastrop Bayou and other points near Angleton, that he might get a fairly good insight into the Angleton Drainage District and the crops. He express himself as being much pleased with Brazoria county and its people.

He is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. F. Kiber.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 2, 1911


Prominent Business Men of Morris , Ill. , to Arrive in Galveston June 9

A party of leading citizens of Morris , Ill. will be in Galveston Friday afternoon, June 9, on an inspection trip over the Midcoast section of Texas . They will leave their home city June 6 and will make stops in Dallas , Fort Worth , Houston and Galveston before proceeding to the Coast Country. This party is not made up of homeseekers strictly speaking but is composed of the leading citizens and business men of their community.

They have been invited to come and look at the Texas Midcoast and they will be accompanied by Burton D. Hurd of Collegeport, who is interested in Texas development matters. Mr. Hurd was in the city Saturday and called at the office of the Commercial Association. The party will be in Galveston about three hours and it is planned to show them the shipping and the commercial importance of this city to the farmers of the Southwest.--Galveston News.

As stated by the News this party of influential and wealthy farmers are in the care of Burton D. Hurd, of the Hurd Land Company, whose objective point, of course, is Collegeport. However, Mr. Hurd is bringing these people to Matagorda county and this means a great deal for Bay City . The party will be brought here on Saturday July 10th, at which time the people of our town will be given an opportunity to entertain them. As is now planned a meeting will be held in the opera house auditorium where speeches, by prominent people will be delivered and other general entertainment features be indulged in. After this the party will be autoed over the city and adjoining county.

The twenty-five men we are told represent about $8,000,000.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 2, 1911



Collegeport Objective Point

  G. M. Magill of the Hurd Land Company this morning received a telegram from Burton D. Hurd dated at Dallas, in which Mr. Hurd stated that the special car carrying a party of twenty wealthy and influential bankers, farmers, merchants and other representative citizens of Morris, Ill, will arrive in Bay City on the southbound St. L. B. & M., which is due to arrive here at midnight tonight.

In Dallas as well as in Fort Worth the party was splendidly entertained by the commercial bodies of the towns by way of luncheons, banquets and auto excursions to all parts of the city and their suburbs.

In Houston today they will meet with a like reception, which will be followed tomorrow morning by another entertainment by the Bay City Business League. This reception will be on the order of an auto ride to the oil fields and to various farms contiguous to the city. This will be followed by a reception at the opera house, at which many addresses will be made, in which a genuine and hearty welcome will be extended the visitors.

The objective point of this body of representative and substantial business men is Collegeport, the beautiful town by the sea, which is the metropolis of the Hurd Land Company.

It is very important for the citizenship of Bay City to do the right thing by this body of business visitors and extend to them a welcome commensurate with the usual hospitality of Texas . It is true that it is intended for Collegeport to become the beneficiary of this as well as all other Hurd Land Company's excursions, but hospitality and a cordial "hello" constitute a valuable asset and will come nearer resulting in good for us than if he had not employed them; so let us do all we can to show our Illinois visitors that Matagorda needs them and that we want them. When we assist in the upbuilding of one section of the county we are assisting in populating and doing good for all parts of the county. When we assist in locating a party at Collegeport it means a citizen for Matagorda county. And then, too, there may be parties of this character coming to Bay City soon, and we predict that Collegeport will help us to do the right thing.

Let us stick together!

Matagorda County Tribune, Friday, June 9, 1911

Sunday School Union Picnic

The Collegeport Sunday school has sent invitations to all near-by Sunday schools to join them in a picnic at Dunbar on the Tres Palacios river next Wednesday, the 11th inst. Many of the schools have accepted the invitation. We are not advised as to what action the Palacios schools have taken, but understand this will be decided at the school Sunday. It is understood that some and probably all the Palacios schools will join in this picnic. Passage to the picnic grounds will be furnished by land vehicle and boat. There will be speeches and some interesting exercises, and a big basket dinner. Everybody is invited to attend and participate in the picnic.

Palacios Beacon, June 9, 1911

Mrs. J. J. Gillespie and daughters, Misses Margaret and Gertrude, left Saturday to spend the summer months at the Collegeport hotel at Collegeport.

Houston Post, June 11, 1911

Rice Looking Well

Special to the News.

Bay City, Tex., June 18.--Reports came from the Collegeport section that crops are now looking fine, the rice crop especially. The Collegeport canal has been pumping the past week. The canal is full and boxes are being placed as fast a possible and all that are prepared can take water.

Galveston Daily News, June14, 1911

Married as the Sun Rose

A very unique and pretty wedding took place at the home of V. R. Haisley at sunrise on Wednesday morning, June 14, when Albert S. J. McDonald of Palacios, and Miss Velma Mills, of Collegeport, were united in marriage in the presence of immediate family and a few friends. The ceremony was performed on the front porch of the handsome Haisley residence, just as the sun emerged from the distant trees along the Colorado river, while the guests took their place upon the green, amid the flowers of the beautiful yard.

After the ceremony the company repaired to the dining room where a sumptuous breakfast was served. The groom wore a grey sacque travelling suit, while the bride was prettily gowned in embroidered Brussels net, her travelling suit being embroidered linen. Besides the home folks, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Kaufman, Messrs. J. P. McDonald, and Ed Russell, and Misses Willie Gibson, Rose Russell and Jennie Harrison of Palacios, and Mrs. M. A. Travis of Collegeport, were the invited guests.

The bridal party went by private launch to Port Lavaca where the happy couple took the train for Pueblo, Colorado, where they will make their home.

Miss Mills was the first school teacher at Collegeport and last year taught the Citrusgrove school. She is much loved by all who knew her and will be much missed, especially in church circles where she has been very active.—Collegeport Chronicle.

Palacios Beacon, June 15, 1911

From Collegeport Chronicle.

Col. Sol. Cleveland was in town Tuesday and returned to Bay City with Mrs. Cleveland, who has been visiting her son, Mr. J. B. McCain.

Our readers are reminded that Dr. W. N. Jones of Bay City , who has done work for many Collegeport people, will be at Hotel Wylie in Palacios for a week beginning June 13.

Rev. John Sloane held services in St. Mary's mission on Sunday evening and spent Monday looking after the interests of the mission and the new building which is rapidly being enclosed.

Judge F. H. Jones and family came from Bay City on Friday last and will make their home in Collegeport hereafter. They occupy the bungalow, the property of Mr. Theo Smith, until their new home is built on the bay front.

Rice is coming along in fine shape. A great deal of the crop planted under the Collegeport canal will have been watered by Saturday. The pumping plant has been operated all the week and the main canal has a good supply of water in it and plenty of water in the river. Most of the gates and boxes have been put in and everyone who is ready for water can be served next week.

Reprinted in the Matagorda County Tribune, June 16, 1911

At Collegeport

Collegeport, Tex., June 15.--Saturday evening last Collegeport was visited by a party of prominent business men and stockmen from Morris, Ill., who came here to investigate the opportunities offered for investment. The party spent the entire time from Saturday until Tuesday evening making a thorough examination of the lands and crops in this section and also of the pumping plant and canal.

The party expressed themselves as highly pleased with the opportunities offered here and some of the party will undoubtedly return and build homes here.

The party left on a special car to visit the Alvin section and investigate the nursery and orchard development.

The party were entertained on their trip through the state by the business clubs and leagues of Fort Worth, Houston, Galveston and Collegeport.

Galveston Daily News, June 16, 1911

Matagorda County

Matagorda.--Cotton acreage 110; condition 110. Rice acreage 75; condition 100. Corn acreage 100; condition 100.

Collegeport.--Cotton acreage 1910 - 20, 1911 - 700; condition 95; a little too much rain early in season, but coming on fine now, but rain is needed. Corn acreage 300; condition 200. Rice is the big crop here: about 2,000 acres planted and is doing well, but needs rain badly. The pumps are now running and the canal is being filled and the outlook is very encouraging for a good crop.

Blessing.--About five bales from this territory last year. Twenty-five hundred acres in cotton this year. All looking good and will produce at least half bale to the acre this year. Corn acreage in the vicinity of Blessing for the year 1910 was very light, but owing to the failure of the rice crop prompted the farmers to diversify and the consequences is that all farmers have a good stand in corn and the same promises to make at least a forty-bushel crop. Twenty-five hundred acres at least is planted to corn this year.

Galveston Daily News, June 20, 1911

VACATE near home at Collegeport-by-the-Sea, enjoy the breezes, bathing, boating, pure artesian water, first-class hotel and pavilion, on Frisco railroad; reduced rates all railroads. Address O. B. KONE, Collegeport, Tex.

Galveston Daily News, June 24, 1911


Collegeport, midcoast country, most rapid and substantial development in Texas. On Frisco railroad and Intercoastal Canal. Smooth, high, well-drained prairie lands, adapted to fruit, truck, general farming, pure artesian water, in rain belt; also under canal irrigation from Colorado River. A wonderful new California. Come and see. Reduced rates all railroads. Address Hurd Company, Collegeport, Tex.

Galveston Daily News, June 25, 1911

Collegeport, on Frisco railroad, is a bright growing business seaside, midcoast resort town, offering inducement for business investment, homes and recreation. Reduced rates all railroads. Address Hurd Co., Collegeport, Texas.

Houston Post, June 27, 1911

Collegeport Midcoast Country, most rapid and substantial development in Texas; on Frisco railroad and intercoastal canal; smooth, rich, well drained prairie lands, adapted to fruit, tuck, general farming, pure artesian water, in rain belt; also under canal irrigation from Colorado river. A wonderful new California. Come and see. Reduced rates all railroads. Address Hurd Co., Collegeport, Texas.

Houston Post, June 28, 1911

Pretty Good Around Collegeport

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, is speaking of Collegeport, said:

"The Grace Chapel of St. Mary's Mission, a new church, will be completed in about three weeks. It is the intention of Dr. Sloan of St. Mark's Church of Bay City to have a mission of one week's duration as soon as the church is ready for occupancy.

"Water in the Colorado River has been low, but the pumping plant has been able to keep the canal full of water, and every rice farmer, with the exception of one, has been able to receive water enough for his rice. The outlook is for a fair crop of rice.

"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 United States."

Galveston Daily News, June 30, 1911





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