By Harry Austin Clapp
"I have no exquisite reason for it, but I have reason good enough."--Shakespeare
Easter was one fine day for us Homecrofters. A day of joy and happiness. The exquisite thing about the day was a visit from Judge Holman and the charming woman who is his wife and the mother of five splendid children. Good friends for many years. Along with them came Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Kleska who were warmly welcomed. Mr. Kleska is gaining votes, not because he is such a handsome man but because he is the outstanding county officer when efficiency is considered. I have been in this county for twenty-five years and not in that time have I known of a county officer with his ability for the office he occupies. Testimony as to his worth has been acknowledged by the state departments. They state that he stands first in the state among tax collectors for neatness, legibility and promptness of his reports. This ought to be sufficient reason for our people to retain his services. Being no politician is to his credit.
Just heard a voice from the kitchen "Harry empty that slop bucket," so it is apparent that it is impossible to write more about Kleska. Well, anyway, when they were ready to roll on rubber over the "nine-foot sidewalk," Mrs. Holman left behind as an Easter gift, a big two layer, nut and fruit cake all covered with dainty white frosting that glistened in the evening light as though covered with crystals of frost. Just a love token and every time I fed my face with that cake my thoughts went to this woman whom I have learned to love as one fine friend. O, yes, indeed life is wonderful.
Judge McNabb visited the burg this week in the interest of his campaign for the election to the position of county judge. He did not call on us and when I told the MW that he was in town she said, "the rascal." Just wait until I see him Friday night and I'll tell him what I think of his neglect. Judge McNabb has served the county more than well for several times and occupies his bench with dignity. I expect he knows more about the county finances than any other member of the courthouse. He is a genial man to meet, always courteous, ready to accommodate, and is willing to assist in any worthy work that will be of benefit to the county.
Collegeport was honored last week when Burton D. Hurd received and accepted an invitation to be the principal speaker at the Rotary Club. His subject was early days in Matagorda County. Probably no one is more capable of handling that subject than Mr. Hurd for he arrived in Bay City when it was but four years of age and the town consisted of the courthouse, two stores, six saloons and a dozen or more houses. He has thus seen the town grow from nothing to a beautiful city of five thousand people, the Queen of the Midcoast.
Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Petty of San Marcos, have been spending two weeks visiting kinfolks. They brought with them their twin boys, four years of age. Mrs. Petty went to school here and was then known as Virginia Saunders. She was a very pretty girl and now has blossomed into a handsome young matron. Virginia is the sister of Mrs. Frank King.
Mrs. Harry Austin Clapp, well known among the literati as the Miserable Wretch, gave a tea party the other night, the guests being Mrs. Frank Ramsey, Mrs. George Harrison and Mrs. Patricia Martyn. The service included the usual abracadabra, but the piece de resistance was a big mess of that succulent food known as phascalus lunatus [lima beans].
Harris Milner sends out a very well written message soliciting votes for sheriff. He makes but one promise "the impartial enforcement of the law." Wish more candidates would use the mails and send letters to their voters. Instead they go about with the old cardboards that look as though printed at the same shop and all bearing the same old dope. Harris Milner and R. S. Kleska give the voters something new.
Friday night the school gave an oyster supper and a large crowd attended, among them being most of the candidates and some of the officers who are resting secure without opposition. Our Ruby was there as well as the group of handsome men. Some of the candidates spoke, among them being Oscar Barber and George Harrison. Others, according to Bright Eyes, stuttered. Leave it to BE to tell it correctly.
About two hundred were present and the sum of sixty-eight frog skins were realized. They only difference between Superintendent White and others is that he hits the ball and gets the crowd and the money, while others plan to do so.
I very much desire information that will tell me the whereabouts of my private smuggler. Last heard from him he was bound for St. John's, New Brunswick. Perhaps he was caught smuggling John Cotton across the border. A suitable reward will be paid for a tip on his present location.
The many friends of Mrs. Frank King are pleased that she is able to be up and about. She has been confined to her room with a violent attack of the flu for several weeks.
Every one compliments the quality of the oyster soup served Friday night. Of course it was extra fine being prepared by that past master in cookery the maker of the Famous Carrie Nelson Noodles.
The Collegeport Pharmacy, bossed by Hattie, has put in a fine improvement consisting of a cement gallery and approaching steps. A fine job and adds to the attraction of that well-known pill dispensary.
A shipment of meat to the Boeker Grocery was robbed at Bay City of seven strips of bacon and about five pounds of sausage. Someone wanted good eats and gotem.
The late William Wrigley was one of the world's best advertisers. This was his philosophy. "Tell 'em quick and tell 'em often." You must have a good product in the first place, and sometimes the people want, for it is easier to row downstream than up. Explain to folks plainly and sincerely what you have to sell, do it in as few words as possible, and keep everlastingly coming at them. Advertising is pretty much like running a furnace. You've got to keep on shoveling coal. Once you stop stoking, the fire goes out. It's strange that some people's imagination can't compass this fact. This appears to be such a simple rule that every member of the trades Day organization should be able to apply it. Trades Day brings the people in town, but advertising brings them to the store.
It was an unfortunate thing for Adam and Eve, but had they known about this Collegeport country, they would never have let out a yelp about being shut out of the garden. They would simply moved their pots and kettles to the Magic Bottle and settled down to a life of ease, raising chickens and selling eggs at eight cents per dozen. Adam and Eve were all right until they began fussin' with snakes.
This is notice to young, charming, loving, ardent, sympathetic girls that the Miserable Wretch, tiring of the source of her wretchedness, has done gone and left me and eloped with another woman. I'll be all alone next week for she will be in San Antonio basking in the sunshine of the smile on Mary Louise's face. It is a great chance for some gal, as described above, to enjoy a happy home for a week. I'll do the milking, cooking and dish washing.
A letter from Mr. Boren of the Texas Gulf Coast Company informs me that he expects to visit Collegeport in a very short time and will bring some others with him. Grand thing to have the "Baby Band" at the station to meet them and writing this I wonder what has become of this fine band.
Election for trustees of Bay View Rural High School held Saturday with boxes at Collegeport and Citrus Grove. A beautiful day and a peaceful election there being no fights, riots, murders or arguments to spice the day. The vote given Mrs. Frank King was a tribute to her. She has given the district service of rare order and a devotion to the cause of a larger and better school that is unusual. I am pleased that she has been returned. Although there are about seventy-five eligible voters in this box, only forty-three availed themselves of the privilege and registered their interest in a school of the first class. This is no compliment to our electorate. The following is the vote as cast in the local box. The Citrus box is not included.
Mrs. Frank King 43
Mrs. Helen Holsworth 41
H. L. Eisel, Sr. 20
A. A. Penland 40
Vern Batchelder 39
Percy Corporon 43
Frank Brown 20
Fred Kelly 47
Mrs. Liggett 3
Emmitt Chiles 1
Mrs. Hunt 1
L. E. Liggett 1
Mr. H. Holsworth 1
Wm. Cash 49
John Evans 48
Now that this is over it is the duty of all school patrons to stand by the trustees and give hearty support to them in their efforts to establish a rural high school of the first class and affiliation.
The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, April 5, 1932
April 4, 1932
Mr. Carey Smith.
Bay City, Texas.
In behalf of the school and community I wish to take this method of thanking everyone for the loyal support that they gave us that made it possible to put over our oyster supper and political rally in a big way. The purpose of the occasion was primarily to raise funds to finance our baseball club and at the same time have a social evening.
We wrote every candidate in the county an informal letter and urged that they come down, and seemingly they wished to take this advantage of the opportunity, for we had an awful shower of them. Every one was very generous toward our efforts and those that could not come sent us a donation. Those that came all seemed to enjoy the evening to the extent that they were frequently found loitering in the dining room, and from all indications after checking up everyone spent freely. I think that everyone will be equally repaid in the form of remembrance on the 16th day of this month. Many who came donated cash as well, then patronized our dining room in addition.
To the people that were not seeking anything other than a social evening, we appreciated you too. The only thing that we have to lament about is that the oysters were so large that we did not sell quite so many. Many of us old oyster fiends were surprised that we could eat only two or three dozen since they were so large. The people of the community appreciated the visitors, and the brief speeches made by the candidates, and in behalf of them and the school I wish to thank everyone for their support in making it a success.
We cleared about $50 which will amply meet the present needs of our baseball club. This I think was great, considering that times are in the deplorable condition that they are.--T. P. White, superintendent of school.
The Daily Tribune, Wednesday, April 6, 1932
The pupils are busy getting up their notebooks and preparing for the six weeks exams which came Thursday and Friday.
Most of the pupils have recovered from the flu and are back to work.
The boys are exercising their muscles out on the athletic field. They are anxious to get their baseball equipment.
Just think! Our pupils didn't play hooky Friday because it was All Fool's Day.
An oyster supper and political rally was given at the Community House, Friday night, for the purpose of raising money to finance the baseball club. Fried, stewed and raw oysters were served, also pie and coffee. We cleared about $50. The Girl Reserves were asked to serve and after the supper sang a few G. R. songs before the speeches of the candidates for offices were made. The high school boys washed the dishes. Wade Blackwell certainly would make a good wife for some red-haired girl.
Frances and Beth Eisel were absent from school Monday.
Miss Ruth Boeker has gone to Newgulf to stay for a while.
Mr. and Mrs. K. Legg of Gulf spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Merck.
The local trustee election was held at the school house Saturday. The following are members of the present school board: Mr. Penland, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Corporon, Mr. Kelly, Mr. Batchelder, Mrs. King and Mrs. Holsworth.
Many of the Christian Endeavors motored to Palacios Monday night to attend the county Christian Endeavor Union.
Many Collegeport people were seen on the streets in Bay City Saturday.
Dr. Drenner, his mother, and Mrs. Brown, spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. E. I. Chiles.
Mr. White has become interested in one of the Collegeport dames. His heart almost jumped up in his mouth when she and her brother, walked in the community house, Friday night at the oyster supper.
He said "Isn't that a good looking girl." She will be moving from Boling to Collegeport soon.
The other day, as I was looking in a newspaper, I found that
Miss Dorothy was on a flea farm in North Texas.
Rosalie Nelson has been arrested for being so mean.
Tootsie Chiles was going to get married to a rich young man.
Frances Eisel wore her shoes out dancing and also deals in "Come-Down."
Since Miss Bell has sent in complaints to the railroad company, we expect to see her walking to school soon.
Mag King has made frequent trips to Bay City in a Chevrolet truck.
Miss Nestor liked brunettes with little mustaches.
The Daily Tribune, Friday, April 8, 1932
By Harry Austin Clapp
The votes of the Citrus and Collegeport boxes have been counted and we have the following board for Bay View Rural High School district No. 26: Mrs. Frank King, Mrs. Helen Holsworth, Roy Nelson, Vern Batchelder, A. A. Penland, Percy Corporon, Fred Kelly. Some old and tested timber, some new and untried, but it is up to the patrons to give the new board their support. We all desire a school of the first class for the benefit of our children. The rural school is the nation's bulwark.
In the last analysis, a school has no higher class than the trustees who direct. If they have high ideals, continued progression. If they do not desire better educational advantages, retrogression is the rule. Mrs. King is a progressive and it is hoped that she will be able to carry on the work she has so ably started. Three of the pupils of Bay View have earned the privilege of going to the district meet held in Houston Thursday and Friday of this week. Frances Eisel will enter the declamation contest with "America's Opportunity" by Franklin Lane. Frances is sure to win if she will turn the light of her eyes on the judges and then warm them with one of her incomparable smiles. Noel Adams will compete in the one mile run and Raymond Hunt in the half mile race. We hope all three will win, but feel quite sure at least one medal will be brought back to Bay View.
Superintendent White issues a letter of thanks which is printed in the Tribune. It closes with this "considering that times are as deplorable as they are." I challenge this statement from Mr. White. He draws a salary, receives cash money each month. He certainly is not feeling deplorable. If he lived on a farm and sold eggs for seven cents, butter fat for eleven, cotton at six he might feel depressed. But then what difference does the price make for the producer if the prices of the products he buys are also low. He sells a dozen eggs for seven cents and with that sum buys two pounds of sugar. The words deplorable and depression are not suggestive of the bright, happy things of life of which we are very much blessed. Shakespeare once wrote "Why do I yield to that suggestion?" Things are not deplorable and we are not depressed. It is only a view point.
Well, anyway, this week the miserable wretch is in San Antonio having a swell time while I am waiting for some gal who desires a happy home for a week. I have several applications but none come up to the requirements. Some too fat, others too skinny. Some have piano legs and others have slats. None so far has charm or attraction. There is one bright and shining spot for Mary Louise will come home in June and thinking of this happy day, I lapse into posey.
"Under a smiling Texas moon
To see my girl in June.
Hold her close in my arms
My eyes on her wonder charms
And at night
At good night time a song I'll croon
A heart song
Under smiling Texas moon."
--Fragments from Hack.
Mrs. Patricia Martyn, county health nurse, accompanied by Mrs. Clapp are attending a national convention of health nurses at San Antonio. Mrs. Clapp will attend the meetings and make a report to the county health unit.
Chester W. Jurney of Waco has entered the race for congressman at large on an anti prohibition platform. Wish every one could read his statement. Among other things he would do away with saloon, speakeasies and other places where liquor is sold by simply confiscating the property where liquor is sold or simply confiscate the property where such business is transacted. This sure would disturb property owners who rent places for illegitimate business. Jurney pledges his support to any effort made to change the Volstead act so as to permit the sale of 4 per cent beer and 14 per cent wine. He claims butter milk contains almost 2 per cent alcohol.
The Woman's Union met Thursday in the Community House with small attendance. I am informed that some of the members were quite disturbed because the church treasurer had a financial statement read. After school the pupils drifted over in time for refreshments. Must have been a secret executive session for I have asked three members and none of them gave me much information.
The merchants of Bay City were so glad to see Mildred McKissick last Saturday that they paid her fifteen dollars for making the visit. Mildred now weighs one hundred and fifteen pounds with her money.
I am informed that Reverend Van Dyke will not be with us the coming year.
Gus Franzen has suffered a relapse and is now at this writing at the Bay City hospital. Gus Franzen is one of our finest citizens and all hope that he will improve so that he may soon return to his home.
Had a letter the other day from a Tribune reader who had read that I had been ill from the flu. He informed me that he was surprised for he was under the impression that Collegeport folks never were ill. We are not very often and the cemetery is a testimony to a few deaths that occur. Epidemics are almost unknown. A few colds and nose sniffing are about the worst things we have to contend with. Come on down reader and observe for yourself.
Don't forget the five talents when you vote Saturday. Such a sum is worth picking up.
Well the Bible says "the morning and the evening were the first day" and I know it is for friend wife has been gone one day. I missed her cold puppies in the small of my back. Very pleasant but then one gets used to such things after thirty-seven years of imposition. I sure do miss the tootsies of the miserable wretch. Thought at first I would trade her in for a new model, but guess I will keep her for a time at least.
Mr. Dodd accept my congratulations on the neat announcement card you mailed me. It is unique and sets an example to other candidates. From the looks of your pictured self, you are eligible to go into the handsome men's club.
The Matagorda County Tribune, April 14, 1932
Editor - Frances L. Eisel
Ass't Editor - Frances B. King
Reporters: Wade Blackwell, Tootsie Chiles and Beth Eisel
Another six weeks is almost gone and that means study, study for exams. How glad we shall be when next week is past so that we may know whether or not we got over the fence.
Miss Dorothy Franzen is going to take Frances Eisel, Noel Adams and Raymond Hunt to Houston, Thursday, April 14, to participate in the district meet. We sincerely hope that these folks will win honors for our school and district.
The Girl Reserves of Blessing invited the Girl Reserves of Collegeport to a get acquainted party at the Blessing Community House, Saturday, April 9. The Women's Council of Collegeport and Blessing were also present. The program was as follows:
"The Rainbow Quest,"--a ceremonial Girl Reserve, Stella Rickaway.
G. R. Spirit--Ruth Bump.
Get Acquainted Game.
Everything was cleverly decorated with rainbow colors of crepe paper. The games and entertainment were equally clever and very well planned.
The Girl Reserves sang numerous songs, the nursery rhymes being the most enjoyed.
Delicious refreshments were then served, after which the guests had to depart for their different destinations. Everyone had a very enjoyable afternoon.
What can we do for:
Gertie's gay shoes.
Francis' sore throat.
Mag's short hair.
Mr. Balusek's bald head.
Mr. White's eyesight.
Miss Williams' wrinkled dresses.
As I crossed the London bridge I met a little boy crying. I asked him why he was crying, he said, his mother was under the bridge dying.
Ans. Dyeing clothes.
Over the water, under the water, through the water and never touches the water.
Ans. A man in a submarine.
Reverend Wiley was here Sunday and held services morning and evening.
Mr. Dean Merck has been seriously ill for the past week.
Mrs. Lorena Conover was here over the week-end.
Mr. and Mrs. Tomlinson had a dance Saturday night.
Mr. and Mrs. Homer Goff visited Mr. Goff's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Goff here Sunday. Gwendolyn Goff favored us with a piano solo at Sunday morning services.
The ladies will serve lunch, Saturday, April 16 and will also have a bake sale in the afternoon. The patronage of everyone is solicited.
The County Christian Endeavor Union held its regular monthly meeting in Palacios, Monday night, April 4. The 90 guests enjoyed the dinner prepared by the Palacios members. Mrs. Dick Corporon led a lively pep meeting in the church parlor. Miss Louise Walter, president of the union, was in charge of the program. Mesdames Arnold and Bennett sang a beautiful duet. Various interesting talks were given. Mary Marshall McClure of Bay City discussed publicity for our society meetings. Eugene Haley of Bay City told about the various forms of publicity and Mrs. Dick Corporon of Collegeport gave an interesting talk on publicity for Dallas. She left us with the impression that we all wanted to go to Dallas, to learn more about Christian Endeavor work and to meet more young folks. Reverend Wylie of Houston delivered an address on publicity for Christ. Collegeport will be hostess to the next meeting, Monday night, May 2. We want as large or even larger crowd as was present at Palacios.
The Daily Tribune, April 14, 1932
By Harry Austin Clapp
[Local information taken from longer article about Genesis 1 and God's creation of the earth.]
A woman reader of the Tribune, who lives in West Texas, addresses me as "Dearest cherub." A cherub is "A symbolical winged figure of unknown form: a beautiful child." So I am wondering where she gets the idea that I am a cherub. I have no wings and I am not a beautiful child. I plead guilty to being beautiful and the possessor of a fine figure, but I am not ready for the wings, I am still too full of pep to wear wings. I am very willing to be her dearest, but for the sake of the sacred flounders, cut out the cherub business. I am very precious to some of the readers of "Thoughts," and willing to be dearest, darling, sweetheart, but no cherub or seraphim, business goes for some years. I don't blame this woman for I always have had a way with women.
Well, sir, the week beginning with the second Sunday after Easter started correct for me for Ruth Harrison came over for me and brought a bevy of beautiful young girls as I am always happy when surrounded with pretty girls I had an enjoyable ride to Palacios where I was entertained by George Harrison at dinner. In the afternoon Bishop Quin came with Rev. Paul Engle and the Crucifer and choir from Bay City. Fine service of my church. Bishop Quin spoke on the so-called depression and pointed out that it was not in any sense local, but world wide and that every people of the world was suffering from its effects. He told of the time when about the same situation existed in the time of Christ and Jesus was comforting his disciples and Thomas asked "What is the way out?" and Jesus replied, "I am the way."
The Bishop considers that in this time and day it is still true that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that if we get ourselves back in the following of his comforting words, we will soon experience relief. Fine sermon.
After that we were all invited to the beautiful Farwell home where delicious refreshments were served and a delightful time enjoyed. Home at eleven p. m. and as Samuel Peppys would say "and to bed."
Friday came Mr. C. A. Boren who heads the Texas Gulf Coast Company which has taken over the Collegeport townsite development. A fine outstanding man who evidently understands his business. I am aiding him in seeing the country, meeting the people and assisting as I may in the development of his plans for the coming Collegeport. In this work he will be closely associated with Doctor Van Wormer. One of the principal features of the plan will be the building of a large combination hotel and sanitarium on the old hotel site.
I am informed that more than one hundred doctors are already interested in this project and that they will be able to keep the institution filled with desirable patients. Another project in the plan is the erection of a brick building, modern in every way, that will house three places of business. With all this developed, will come the building of the viaduct which will be erected so that we, meaning I and the Miserable Wretch, may walk to the service of our church at St. John's, Palacios.
Saturday was primary day for the nomination of county officers. The local box was well filled, eighty-five ballots being cast.
For collector, Kleska, 50; Carr, 28; Steves, 7.
For county judge, McNabb, 69; Wadsworth, 26.
For sheriff, Milner, 59; Dodd, 4; Ewing, 23.
For treasurer, Langham, 47; Slone, 29; Shoultz, 4.
For precinct commissioner, Skinner, 20; Salsbury, 10; Morris, 2; Harrison, 53.
Sure glad this campaign is over for it's been a bitter one and plenty of dirt and rubbish thrown about. The principal feature of the election was that "Little Bright Eyes" by some called Mary Ellen, cast her first vote. This caused great excitement.
Friday at 3:30 p.m., an auto rolled in and blared the horn, and I had my Miserable Wretch back and I wish to state that in the name of the sacred shrimp I was a tickled boy for life without my girl is a blank. If she had been accompanied by Mary Louise, I certainly would have busted wide open with joy. She had a happy time in San Antonio and came back looking like a fresh budded rose, you know the kind one sees in the early morn, glistening with dew drops, each one a priceless diamond.
Well, anyway, things are just jake down here at Homecroft. Saturday night we went over to Palacios and heard election returns and had more happiness, ecstasy, rapture if you know what I mean. Met lots of old friends and one fine baby, who asked me to steal friend wife's dresses and give it to said baby. Of course I would steal anything for the attractive gal, so guess friend wife will have to procure a new dress.
Patricia Martyn, who attended the great nurse convention, came back filled to the brim with new ideas, at least that is what she called it. Anyway, she is back with new ideas, full of refreshing pep and ready to hit the ball with renewed energy. This is very important work, especially for the women and children of this county so long may she wave, meaning to work and Mrs. Patricia. To make a long tale short, I will state that while friend wife was putting a rosy tint on San Antonio, friend husband was sure having a swell time gallivanting about this bailiwick. I always was a great cut up with the ladies. I have never found one yet that could resist my charms. Wish I might try them out on a girl in the Illinois Bank Building for judging from her portrait she is one handsome girl. Hope Doctor Van Wormer does not read this.
The Daily Tribune, Tuesday, April 19, 1932
Editor - Frances L. Eisel
Ass't Editor - Frances B. King
Reporters: Wade Blackwell, Beth Eisel and Tootsie Chiles
We are sorry that our contestants, Frances Eisel, Noel Adams and Raymond Hunt didn't place at district meet. However, we do know that each did their very best and that the district realizes that Bay View is up and coming. We are indeed sorry that a cramp overtook Noel or otherwise, we would have first place, we think.
While we did not place, another year we hope to win the championship. We are glad to think that Raymond will be with us another year and Noel three more years. It makes us sad to think that we lose Frances at the end of the year, because we feel sure that a second trip to the district meet would bring honors to her as well as to the school.
The teachers are very happy and proud to know that they have boys and girls who can lose with a smile as well as win with one. We realize that all cannot be winners, therefore, we are just as proud of our contestants as if they had won three first places. We hope they realize that while they did not win, the entering in the contest is very valuable to them.
In closing we hope and urge that more pupils will realize the good that comes from such contests and that they will carry on the good work another year, but on a larger scale.
Miss Dorothy Franzen and we contestants can report a very pleasant and interesting trip to Houston.
While we were in Houston, we had the opportunity of seeing the rice engineering show at Rice Institute. The beautiful campus and buildings provided an interesting sight alone, but the exhibits were very educational and also very remarkable.
In one building a mechanical exhibit was offered where one might see all kinds of machinery. [remainder of the paragraph is illegible]
...so many interesting things in the other exhibits in botany, economics, etc., that it would be rather difficult to decide which was the most interesting.
We wish that all of the students might have seen this engineering show, because there were innumerable exhibits which would have been not only interesting, but decidedly educational.
Medsames Liggett, Kundinger, Nelson and Holsworth, attended the Presbytery in Houston Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. George Hill and family are moving to Collegeport.
We are glad to see Mr. and Mrs. Herman Real back again.
Beth: How many peas in a pint?
Rosalie: One pint.
Tootsie: Why are the leaves red in autumn?
Mag: They are blushing because they have been so green all summer.
Gertrude: When is a hen a rooster?
Wade: When she is on the roost.
Frances: What do people have on their hands when there is snow all over the ground?
Noel: Gloves, of course!
Frances: What do you do with little sisters who delight in calling their older sister "Old Maid" all the time?
Miss Bell: Oh'd just consider the course.
[Essay on Washington Irving not included.]
The Matagorda County Tribune, April 21, 1932
By Harry Austin Clapp
[Local information taken from longer article.]
"God made the country and man made the town." This being true it appears to me that if we want a town here in this beautiful bay shore we have got to make it. God will aid us but He never built a town.
This is the time when we should tell the world about Collegeport.
Soon the Tribune will print a special edition. Its columns offer us a way from where we was. It would be good business to co-operate and using space equal to our ability tell in plan, simple, honest words, about the beauties of our location. It will be money well spent. Will we do it or will we continue to sit supinely, indolently, inattentive on the shores of this bay and allow George to do it all? Now is the time. The bell has rung. The call for action has sounded. One man told me that it could not be done. Same thing was said about the Panama canal but it was done. Many said that the Boulder dam would never be built, but it is being constructed. Nothing is impossible when man wills. I very much wish to live to the day when I may eat in the sanitarium and we, meaning I and the miserable wretch, may walk over the viaduct and attend service at St. John's Chapel. Let us give our support to Dr. Van Wormer and C. A. Boren and who knows but some day we may have a Van Wormer pleasure pavilion.
Mrs. Patricia Martyn, county health nurse, spent Tuesday here interesting the women in the health instruction class which she will start in June. Many of our women were in the class last year and will continue with her this season. Mrs. Martyn is a busy woman among the women and children of the county and at night this is the prayer she says.
The world grows brighter year by year
Because some nurse in her little sphere
Puts on her apron and smiles and sings
And keeps on doing the same old things.
Taking the temperature, giving the pills
To remedy mankind's numerous ills.
Feeding the babies and wearing the bells
Being polite with a heart that rebels
Longing for home and all the while
Wearing the same old professional smile.
Blessing the new born baby's first breath
Closing the eyes that are stilled in death.
Taking the blame for all mistakes
Oh! Dear! What a lot of patience it takes.
Going off duty at seven o'clock
Tired, discouraged and ready to drop
But called out at seven-fifteen
With woe in the heart that must not be seen.
Morning and evening, noon and night
Just doing it over, hoping it's right.
When we report off to cross the bar
Dear Lord will you just give us one little star
To wear on the cap of our uniform new
On the ward above when the head nurse is you."
Well, anyway, I want you folks to know that I believe in prayer and I think God will send the star for the good nurse, but now always when I pray, I am asking God to interest the people of Palacios, Collegeport and Matagorda County in the erection of a viaduct between Palacios and Collegeport so that we, meaning I and the miserable wretch, may walk to service at St. John's Mission.
Well, anyway, whether we go to church or stay at home, it will make no difference with my sympathy with the railroads. There is not a business in the world so hedged about with regulations, rules, orders, decisions and red tape. Red tape, Carramba!
Red tape would not be half bad if made from soft satin ribbon, but the brand used on the railroads is coarse and irritates not only the transportation companies but most of their clients.
Recently, the Missouri Pacific was requested to bring twenty cars here to haul away that many cars of ride. The cars are here, but at the last moment, those in charge decided to move the rice by truck and have ordered fifty trucks. It will require three big trucks to haul one car. The railroad rate is eighteen cents per hundred and how can a man haul 20,000 pounds of rice to Galveston for less money is beyond my calculation. Anticipating this business, the railroad had an extra force of men on track work and now those men lost the work and the railroad is further strangled. I'll tell the County Court that after two crops of rice are hauled over our "nine foot sidewalk" they may begin to build a new pavement. Trucks should be under as strict regulation as railroads and the latter should be allowed to carry freight on highways on water or in the air, as well as on rails. Our Collegeport branch is slowly being throttled, suffocated, overcome, and the time is coming when the company will ask permission to abandon the line and the county will lose a considerable sum in tax money. This may appear a trifle cacophonous, but I believe it is the truth.
The King's Daughters met with Mrs. Della Braden Thursday with a good attendance, plenty of refined eatables and much conversation. Sorry I was not invited but should have declined for we had a rather week showing Mr. C. A. Boren about the county. Hectic because us two rubes never went to our hay until midnight or after. Since our guest left we have.
Camden (whointhehell is he) writes "make hay while the sun shines." We made it at eight p. m. the first night and it was good hay. Just shows that Camden don't know all about hay.
It is said that Mary's little lamb came home with a dragging tail. That is what happened to our three pupils who attended the district meet at Houston. But they all have the spirit that wins and there will be another time. Had Frances taken my advice and turned her eyes and smile on the judges, three medals would have been awarded for no judge could help but make the right decisions in the light of her luminaries. Next time Frances, take along those alluring lips and those resplendent glorious eyes.
Thursday, Burton D. Hurd, accompanied by Mr. Boren on an inspection trip of lands near the Colorado River. Perhaps no man knows more about the location and value of lands than Mr. Hurd.
Major and Mrs. Lincoln Putnam, who have been visiting the latter's parents Mr. and Mrs. Seth Corse, are due to sail from San Francisco May 7, for Manila where the major will be stationed for three years. They are accompanied by their daughter, Miss Jean.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, April 28, 1932
We see that our superintendent, Mr. White, is sporting a new Chevrolet coupe. We wonder what will come of this.
The girls enjoyed playing with their new croquet sets as physical education.
Mr. George Hetherington, Jr., visited Frances Eisel this week-end so we can account for the happy smiles she has been bestowing on everybody.
Mr. Johnnie Ackerman broke his arm Saturday while cranking a tractor.
Mr. T. P. White and Mamie Franzen motored to Houston for the week-end.
Misses Beryl Bell and Marie Nestor spent the week-end in Wadsworth with Miss Bell's parents.
Mr. and Mrs. E. I. Chiles and family drove to Wharton to see Mrs. Chiles' mother.
Mr. "Monkey" Chiles was home for the week-end.
Mrs. Leo Duffy and daughter, Bobbie Ann, spent the week-end with Mrs. Duffy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fulcher.
Miss Mary Conover spent the weekend with her parents.
Mr. and Mrs. Carrick spent Sunday at the Franzen home.
James came into the room and sat down where Dot and Dean were. He said "Doda! I guess Dean would kiss you if I wasn't here."
Dot: You bad boy, run away this minute.
Wade: What is smaller than a red bugs eye?
Frances E.: I don't know.
Wade: The trash that gets in it.
How Very Odd.
Was your friend in the habit of talking to himself when he was absent?
To tell the truth, Judge, I never was with him when he was alone.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, April 28, 1932
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