By Harry Austin Clapp
[Local information taken from longer article.]
Mesdames Hurd and Clapp and Mr. Vernon Hurd were seen on the streets of Bay City last Monday.
Those who are interested in knowing when the causeway will be open for traffic are advised to call on Miss Hattie [Kundinger] at the Collegeport Pharmacy. She claims to have some inside information that she received Sunday night while viewing the flaming oil well near Louise.
I have received a copy of the first number of "To-Day" published by Vincent Astor, with Raymond Moley as editor. It is an independent national weekly and sells for two frog skins per year. I will be independent so long as Vincent Astor is the angel, but after that, dunno. The first number is a dandy in text and dress and if I could find two frog skins, I would send in their hides and take "Today" for a year.
Frogs is scarce. In most foreign countries, cheese is an important food item, but in America where we have weeks, months, years dedicated to almost every thing--apples, prunes, spinach, flowers, umbrellas, button hooks, books, we have never honored cheese, but I am giving notice to the dealers in Bay City that the week of December 11 to 16 has been set aside as cheese week. That week I shall think about cheese and hope the merchants will feature cheese on their shelves and in their advertising.
Had a letter from Elizabeth Eisel and they are now located in Marshall. She is not going to school, for the superintendent of the Marshall school informs her that Bay View school, not being accredited, he cannot recognize the credits.
The old timers at Citrus Grove will get together this week and have their twenty-fifth Thanksgiving Community dinner. This had been an annual affair for many years and it offers opportunity for folk to mingle, talk over old times and get acquainted. No program is needed or desired at such affairs for people do not attend community dinners to listen to an entertainment. They are there to eat a good dinner and have a fine visit and they want nothing more.
Sunday, Reverend Wylie preached in the local church morning and evening. Mr. Wylie is a very attractive man and a good speaker and our community is complimented by his presence.
Last Friday night, a program was given for the purpose of raising some money for the Sunday School. The Sunday school manager ought to turn such an affair over to T. P. White and the Sunday School would soon be in ample funds.
I am informed that Dean and Dorothy Merck have bought the Thomas McMillan Clark house and soon as vacated by present occupants, will improve the property and make it their home.
The fire at the Louise oil well was extinguished Friday morning about five o'clock, this, after burning a full week. I am informed that the contractors at the local well having given up plans for removing the drill stem, have now side-tracked the stem and are now down about 6900 feet and in shale.
The miserable wretch is becoming a regular gad-about, for not content with going to Bay City on Monday she goes again with Miss Hattie on Wednesday. This time I went along and was soon sitting in that cozy, hot seat located in the northeast corner of the second floor of the Hamilton Building. Doctor Sholars laid out a set of jacks, crowbars, tongs and other wrecking tools and proceeded to operate. First he took a syringe that held about two quarts or less and squirted a gallon or less of dope along my windward jaw. He said this was a deadner, but he did not know what he said. Few doctors do. They just try to work on one's imagination. First he tried the ice tongs without result, then he inserted a six-inch screw jack which failed to dislodge and at last he took a crow bar, something less than six feet in length, and using a big block as a fulcrum, at last was able to extract a tooth that has been growling at me for several weeks. I don't' think there is in Texas a finer set of tools than he used, or a more efficient operator. O, boy, you should have seen his smile when he took the depressed dollar I handed him. He gave me a cordial invitation to call again.
Just as "Music hath power to soothe the savage breast" so a clean advertisement hath power to fool the eye and lure the hungry tummy. I saw a beautiful full page advertisement in colors showing a plate of noodle soup. It was a fine picture and the text was alluring. The whole ensemble was arranged to delight the eye and tantalize the taste. The text told about the bits of tender chicken floating in the soup and the delicately simmered noodles and the tempting aroma. The same day I bought a can of this marvelous soup and I prepared it according to directions. In the entire can, I found one bit of chicken not longer than a half-inch cube. Just the worn out "Pork and Beans" game. The noodles were white, slimy looking rascals. I thought that if the manufacturer would only have sense enough to purchase his noodles from Carrie Nelson, maker of the Famous Carrie Nelson Noodles, he would have an item in its soup that would cause one to forget the chicken. The Carrie Nelson Noodles are a rich golden color and not only bits, but chunks of tender, delightful chicken float in the famous liquid. Several brands of noodle soup are on the market and all are shy on chicken and all noodles are floating about in white nakedness. It is a fortunate thing for the manufacturers of noodle soup that the public they appeal to is not informed on what makes first class noodle soup, else the women of one town would not have bought more than twenty thousand cans of a well advertised brand in one week. For me, there is only one brand of noodles.
Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, December 7, 1933
Mrs. T. E. Slone, Mrs. S E. Mayo and Miss Meta Baxter were among those from Palacios who received invitations to the shower for Mrs. Claude Bartee, given by Mrs. L. M. Slone and Mrs. Elliott Curtis, at the home of the former in Collegeport, Wednesday afternoon, to attend. They report it as being a delightful affair and the honoree showered with beautiful and useful gifts.
Palacios Beacon, December 7, 1933
By Harry Austin Clapp
[Local information taken from longer article.]
The town was deserted Thanksgiving Day for nearly every one went to Citrus Grove to attend the twenty-fifth annual community dinner. About one hundred and twenty-five people were present and enjoyed the bountiful well-laden tables and visited with old-time friends. That is the great thing about community dinners, the getting together. From Houston came Mr. And Mrs. Weborg, Mrs. Hoffman, Dr. and Mrs. Fawcett and their two sons. Others from various places all coming back for the one purpose of seeing old friends. Nearly every community in this county was represented. Next comes the annual community dinner at Collegeport which will be held on New Year's Day. This as well as the other had its birth in an idea twenty-five years ago. Us Homecrofters had guests from Palacios, Houston and Bryan and the table was a beauty with various dishes, silver, glass, candles, linen spreads, with a noble turkey dominating. We are very thankful this day and expressed our gratitude more than once. We have our children, kinfolk, many dear and wonderful friends, health and we feel rich in the blessings which make life a worth while thing. Thanksgiving! What a different one our ancestors had three hundred years ago. But even with the handicaps of hostile savages, a bitter winter, failure of scanty crops, a grasping, crawling cruel sea that threatened to engulf them each time they tried to draw from its bosom the sadly needed food the land denied them. They lifted their eyes to the heavens and thanked their God for the great blessings of freedom to worship. Today we live in peace and plenty. It appears to me that we have everything man might wish for and yet many of us are far from feeling satisfaction.
We are reaching out for more and more, trying for the impossible, for the things that do not bring lasting joy or spiritual contentment. I think we have too much and at times it seems that if we would only go back a few generations we might live closer to God.
When I was a boy with my sisters, on this day with father and mother we first attended the church service. That always came first. There we gave thanks for the blessings we enjoyed. After that the feasting, but never without the church service. It has been many years since I have heard church bells calling people to the feet of God on this day. I don't like it. I heartily wish the world would stop, look, listen and turn back in its mad flight for the uncatchable. For us Homecrofters with three score and ten years behind us, we face God with glad hearts and give thanks on this glorious sunshine day.
December first stirred just right for a big auto with yellow wheels approached our drive and hesitating a moment, drove in and soon we were surrounded by Mercks. Mercks on the right, Mercks on the left, in front and behind. Mrs. B. V. Merck, Mrs. Dean Merck and her son, Dean Franzen Merck, Mr. And Mrs. R. McRee (Theora Merck) and their two daughters, Sadie Zee and Sunshine. I reckon the latter was well named for the sun certainly did shine while she was present. It was a wonderful visit and down goes their names in our guest book. It's great to meet friends of so many years.
About twenty-four years ago the railroad company gave us a Thanksgiving present by operating trains into Collegeport. Today they are giving us another by checking out the agent, closing the station and Wednesday men will begin taking up the track. They will take away the rails and good ties, leaving balance for the buzzards. The water tank and windmill will be dismantled and the station houses and shelters wrecked and soon there will be nothing but the right of way. They secured the right of way to do this from the Interstate Commerce Commission, so I presume it is the right way to do it.
I have no regrets, for we have had no real service for some years and I do not blame the company in the least, for our people showed by their failure to use the railroad that it was not appreciated. Towns without railroads are not at all rare. There are many and there will be more, for short lines instead of being feeders are now bleeders. No business can prosper if it carries too many bloodsuckers. What we need and must have is the causeway. Give us that and we shall have reliable rail, postal, express, telegraph, telephone, gas, electric. It is all over there, three miles distant, and we may have it if we go for it in the right way. If the people of the community will swing their business to the Southern Pacific, it will greatly facilitate and hasten the construction of the causeway.
Will they do it or will they dawdle along, thinking that the S. P. will extend their line across the bay. If the latter, we best forget for that will never be done. Well, goodbye railroad! Requiescat in pace!
It will not be long before the county political pot will begin to boil and I give notice that my two votes will not be cast for any candidate who does not favor the construction of the causeway. Hope others will adopt the same rule.
Mr. Fred Winters and Mr. Rege Creede are here from Bryan for a goose hunt, but met with indifferent results and departed for home much disappointed.
Next week has been designated by the governors of many states as national cheese week and in the north, especially in the cheese states, it will be an important event. It should be in Texas, for we are just beginning to manufacture cheese on a commercial scale. I hope the merchants of Bay City will feature cheese the week of December 11-16 and use space for extra advertising and give people tempting prices. I plan to tell something about cheese and its romance.
Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, December 8, 1933
The Bay View Cubs lost a hard-fought battle with the Palacios Sharks here Friday afternoon to the score of 22 to 19. The bobcats put up a brilliant battle, but the heights of the sharks won for them. Noel Adams gave everyone a fine exhibition of basketball and proved himself a great performer on any man's club. Palacios obtained 18 of their points through the use of ineligible players, Boeker and Liggett, who played with Collegeport last year and who should be with them again this year. If the bobcats had these two boys, they would go a long way toward winning the county title this year.
HIGH SCHOOL NOTES
I Wonder Why?
Rosalie is getting a divorce.
Melvin invited all the teachers to supper.
Fawn stayed at home Sunday night.
Annette hates to walk out in her new suit.
Georgia sends those special glances to the back of the room.
Mr. White was in Palacios yesterday--looking around.
Blanche visits the post office so often.
Fawn has so many pennies.
Doddle parts her hair in the middle.
The senior girls were greatly disappointed Friday afternoon when the news arrived that the Palacios girls'basketball team was not coming over. We are waiting for a game and hope to match them very soon.
The juniors say that geometry is getting better, but oh gee, that history III is following in its path.
The senior class is now studying the "Life of Samuel Johnson," and it proves to be rather interesting, but not so much as that of Shakespeare.
The verbs of the Spanish II class have at last learned to obey--at least the pupils are not quarreling at them anymore.
We are all glad to receive our report cards. Some are wearing smiles and others seem to be frowning.
We are making an interesting study of "The Lady of the Lake." Sir Roderick Dhu and Malcolm are great enemies. Ellen is in love with Malcolm. All the class is anxious to get to the end of the poem. We consider this poem one of the most interesting of Scott's poems.
We are very proud of our star pupil, George Alice. She made A in all four of her subjects.
Believe It or Not.
Lottie Mae took a trip to Hollywood this week-end.
Wanda got a hair cut.
George Alice's bright red turban draw's Dan's attention.
Roberta is interested in something else besides history.
August has a sore hand.
At the regular meeting Wednesday, the Girl Reserves will observe Christmas, what it means to each of us, its origin, etc.
Fifth and Sixth Graders.
We still have five names on the honor roll in spelling. They are Norine Harvey, Ethel Nelson, Louise Emmert, Viola Prunty and Joe Earl Pollard.
Miss Chapman was absent from school last Wednesday and Thursday afternoons on account of illness. We surely missed her. Miss Bell taught for her.
The following have not been absent from school this year: Milford Liggett, Bob Ackerman, Frances Brimberry, Alletha Hill, Viola Prunty, Ellen Adams and Louise Emmert.
We certainly are enjoying the art work that Mrs. Grantham has been teaching us.
Fifth Grade: Norine Harvey, Allietha Hill.
Sixth Grade: Ellen Adams, Louise Emmert, Viola Prunty.
The rhythm band has been reorganized under the direction of Miss Harris with Mrs. Dick Corporon as pianist. The following are members of the band: Alan McCune, Zim Dickert, Curtis Dickert, Otha Lee, Paul and Mava Nee Harvey, G. R. Hendrix, Bennie Mize, Bernice Prunty, Fay, Ray and Clyde Randall, Dora Mae Emmert, Kent Boeker, Hardy Earl Ross, James Franzen, Jerry Williams, Ray Lee Penland, Wanda Hill, Otha Floyd Mize and A. W. Underwood.
We are sorry to lose two pupils in the first grade: Sarah Fossett has moved to Buckeye and Lloyd Arnold will attend school in Wadsworth.
Donato Calderon moved to Blessing last week.
Hardy Earl Ross is sick in bed this week on account of the chickenpox.
Christmas decorations of chains, Christmas trees, holly, etc., have taken the place of the Thanksgiving decorations.
Miss Sybil Adams was at home this week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Adams. Miss Sybil is now working at the Loos Hospital in Bay City.
The Woman's Union had their annual supper Friday night. They realized a very nice sum.
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Franzen are spending the week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Franzen.
Mrs. Dean Merck has returned from Houston where she has been visiting relatives.
We are proud of our delegation to the Federation of Clubs last Friday which was held in Blessing. The following attended: Medames A. E. McCune, Eric Watkins, Helen Holsworth, Burton D. Hurd, Anna Crane, L. E. Liggett, Roy Nelson, Rena Wright and Misses Rosalie Nelson, Ethel Nelson and Roberta Liggett.
Miss Margaret Ruth Matthes spent the week-end in Collegeport.
Miss Mary Sliva is spending her vacation in Collegeport with relatives.
Mrs. Hugo Kundinger accompanied by Miss Vera Williams were Saturday visitors in Bay City.
Collegeport Teachers Honored.
Mr. Melvin Spoor surprised the teachers last week by giving them an oyster and fish supper. The fish was good, but the oysters seemed to be more in demand. The fun seemed to start before all arrived. Everybody was full of pep and were looking for everything funny. Every moment was spent hilariously and everyone reported that they had not had more fun in many a moon.
Those attending were Misses Vera Williams, Nelle Harris, Mary Sliva, Mesdames Elliott Curtis and Claude Harte and Messrs. T. P. White, Verne Batchelder, Elliott Curtis, Manford Foster and Melvin Spoor, the host.
Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, December 14, 1933
By Harry Austin Clapp
[Local information taken from longer article.]
Ben Mowery, our ubiquitous postmaster knows all, sees all, hears all because being in the post office he has opportunity to read all postal cards and thus he is wisely saying "Watch our town grow." No sooner does the Mopac rip up our railroad track than Messrs. Miller and Harvey open a new blacksmith shop. No one can stop the growth of a good town.
Twenty-five years ago, Burton D. Hurd was busy arranging for a $35,000 bonus and the right of way so that his town might have rail service and this week his son, Vernon King Hurd, is one of a bunch of men who are ripping up the track. Queer how things work out, but these be queer times.
Several times in a while there appears in the Tribune a sweet sentiment from the pen of Carey Smith. I hope you have all read the last "Let Us Be Happy." It is a splendid Christmas greeting calculated to abolish fear, to place it with hope and it directs the thought to the Master of us all.
The report of the Collegeport Woman's Club to the County Federation meeting at Blessing, December 9, 1933 shows that during the past three months, that 286 people have visited the library and registered and that 498 books have been loaned.
The Palacios Pirates came over here Friday to scrap with the Bear Cats. Among the Pirates were two Collegeport boys, Arthur Liggett and C. W. Boeker and with their aid the Pirates compelled the Bear Cats to walk the plank 23 to 19. The Bell told me that the game was even money until about the last sixteenth when the Pirate coach blew a whistle for the KO.
The Woman's Union gave their annual supper Friday night with a large attendance. The menu consisted of chicken pie, potato salad, bisquits and gravy, sweet potatoes, pickles, choice of seven varieties of pie and coffee. All this for two bits and yet folks continue to talk of depression. When I found that the cherry pie was made by Mrs. Liggett, I took cherry for she is a talented pie maker. The crust was flaky and tender and the filling was gorgeous and it alone was worth the price of the complete supper.
George Harrison and Mrs. Harrison spent the day calling on their many good friends and they attended the supper and carried away a generous supply of candy from Rosalie Nelson's booth and popcorn balls from the booth operated by Misses Roberta Liggett and Adams. Just a fine family affair was this supper.
Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, December 14, 1933
Editor-in-Chief – Rosalie Nelson
Ass't Editor – Annette Johnson
Ass't Editor – Georgia Hejtmanek
Reporters – Emma Kuchar, Earlene Hill and Roberta Liggett
The Origin of Christmas
(Essay by George Alice Jones not included in this transcription)
The Bay View Cubs went down in defeat again Friday. Markham proved to be too much for them at the time. Just wait!
The Girl Reserves held their regular meeting last Wednesday. Christmas being so near, we studied the origin of our most popular Christmas carols. This study proved to be quite interesting.
Junior and Senior Notes.
The seniors are now getting ready for their mid term exams in grammar. Grammar may not be studied by us any more, but it shall never be forgotten. At least, we hope not!
Christmas will soon be here and our vacation will be well spent, but we shall come back to school again at New Year's and will do our level bet on mid terms.
The seniors are working on a project on “The Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” by Thomas Gray. It is very interesting and it seems that Gray loved this country churchyard very dearly.
Those who are scientifically inclined are finding science very interesting now, as we are studying the stars. This study seems much easier than electricity.
The Sophomore literature class will take their final exam Thursday. I rejoice at this announcement as we were afraid we might forget what we had learned. Christmas is rather hard on such students.
Can you imagine Fawn wearing her dress backwards?
Gee! But this has been a hard week. We have had to analyze sentences which were enjoyed by all, I am sure. We only wish holidays would hurry up so that we could get over this misery for a while.
Miss Bell: “August, make me a sentence using the words trickle and narrative.”
August: (Going to the dictionary and finding that trickle meant run and narrative meant tale.) said: “The dog trickled down the street with a tin can tied to his narrative.”
Many Collegeport citizens were in Bay City doing their Christmas shopping Saturday.
Mr. T. P. White was a Houston visitor Saturday.
Mesdames Roy Nelson, Carl Boeker, and Frank King attended the luncheon given by Mrs. Leola Sides Saturday. The sponsors also attended, therefore, Miss Louise Walter was present.
The Collegeport Community Christmas Tree will be at the Community House Friday night. The program will be furnished by the school.
Miss Margaret Holsworth will soon be home for the holidays.
We regret very much to lose Mr. and Mrs. John Adams and their family from our midst. These good people are citizens of the truest type, eager to always do whatever is in their power for the good of the community of which the school is a vital part. If anyone can speak for this type of school we have, and what we stand for, we feel that these people can. Our loss is El Maton's gain. We sincerely hope that they realize the valuable citizens they are receiving and will appreciate them as we have. They are leaving a space in our community that will be hard to fill. They shall go, but they shall not be forgotten.
Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, December 21, 1933
Mr. and Mrs. Frank King entertained Mr. W. H. Boeker, I; Mr. Boeker, II and Mr. And Mrs. C. L. Boeker with a goose hunt Friday.
Mrs. Rena Morris, of San Antonio, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Eric Watkins of this city.
Mr. Jeff Davis spent Wednesday and Thursday in Houston in the interests of the Continental Oil Co.
Mr. and Mrs. Elliott Curtis entertained the high school with a dance last Saturday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hurd have again joined our midst. Mr. Hurd is employed here in the oil fields.
Mrs. B. P. English of Palacios is visiting her daughter, Mrs. E. A. McCune. Mrs. English is here recuperating from a sprained back caused by a fall that she received several weeks ago.
Mr. and Mrs. C. L .Shannon were Sunday visitors at the home her sister, Mrs. Vernon Saunders.
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Boeker are visiting his parents, Mr. And Mrs. W. H. Boeker.
Mrs. John Merck returned last week from an extended visit with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Shirley Lowery of Urbana.
Mrs. Bill Hurd, Mrs. Ivan Watkins and their daughter, Joe Mae, were Bay City visitors Friday.
Mr. Eric Watkins has recovered from his recent illness enough to enable him to return to his work. Mr. Watkins is employed as the head driller for the well being put down on the Boeker estate by the Continental Oil Company.
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. McCune were Bay City visitors Friday. Mrs. McCune received the appointment as health superintendent for this district.
Miss Margaret Holsworth, a teacher in a Chicago school, will arrive here Sunday for her Christmas vacation with her mother, Mrs. Helen Holsworth and brother, Jack.
Miss Mary Louise Clapp will be home Saturday to spend the Christmas holidays with her parents, Mr. And Mrs. H. A. Clapp. Miss Clapp has been employed the last four years by Phelps & Dueese [DeWeese?], leading architects in San Antonio.
Mr. and Mrs. Preston Lowe moved to Houston Saturday where he will be employed in the oil fields.
Mrs. Crane and daughter, Mrs. Dick Corporon, Misses Rosalie and Ethel Nelson were Bay City visitors Saturday.
The monthly meeting of the King's Daughters was held at the home of Mrs. John B. Heisey Thursday. All reported having had a pleasant afternoon and a most delicious dinner.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray King have moved from the country to the town for the convenience of school.
Mrs. Ross Chitwood was a Collegeport visitor Saturday. Mrs. Ross Chitwood will be remembered as the former Frances Eisel of Collegeport.
Mr. C. L. Boeker and brother, Mr. W. H. Boeker, spent Sunday and Monday in Nacogdoches on business.
The Collegeport Clubs lost both the boys and girls games to Markham Friday at Markham. The boys handled the ball deftly, but their lightness and size is against them this year. The highlight of the evening was turned on Craig King, lightest, smallest and quickest of all the cubs, who when in a tight spot, threw the ball over his shoulder for a neat basket.
The Palacios captain, Arthur Liggett, in a game with Port Lavaca on Thursday evening made a play similar to that made by the cub star. Liggett was tripped and when falling threw the ball for a rimless ringer. Liggett and Boeker, both former Collegeport players, were responsible for thirteen of the 19 points that defeated Port Lavaca who held a score of 6.
Misses Beryl Bell, Nell Harris, Eleanor Chapman, Rosalie Nelson, Ethel Nelson and Mr. Melvin Spoor were all Bay City visitors Saturday.
The large dining room of the Bay-Tex Hotel was the scene of a most elaborate luncheon when Mrs. Leola Cox Sides entertained the officials of the Home Demonstration Club and county board of commissioners.
The long table, at which were seated forty-eight guests, was appropriately decorated in Yuletide colors. The menu also was in season.
At the conclusion of the luncheon, a program outlining the work for ensuing year was given by Mrs. Sides. Mrs. Sides has done outstanding work by organizing sixteen clubs in the county. The county should be congratulated on securing such an efficient worker.
Those enjoying Mrs. Sides' most gracious hospitality from Collegeport were Mesdames Frank King, Carl Boeker, Roy Nelson and Miss Louise Walter.
The Bracker Wrecking Company has been employed for the last several weeks in taking up the branch line running into Collegeport. About forty of Collegeport's unemployed have had work with this company.
Mrs. Eric Watkins and daughter, Rena Nell and mother, Mrs. Morris of San Antonio, Mrs. Vernon Saunders, and two small sons, Ray and Jerry, journeyed to Gulf Sunday where they were interested spectators of the sulphur industry.
C. W. Boeker and Arthur Liggett visited their respective homes over the week-end.
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Merck purchased a new Chevrolet last week.
Mr. G. A. Hastings of Bay City was a guest of the Iva Watkins' Saturday.
Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, December 21, 1933
By Harry Austin Clapp
[Local information taken from longer article.]
Now that the railroad company is taking up the tracks had have cancelled the lease occupied by the dipping vat, there is much interest among the stockmen in the matter.
Referring to the minutes of Collegeport Industrial League, I find first mention of a vat at the meeting held January 12, 1917, when the subject was brought up by T. M. Clark and a committee appointed to confer with the county court.
January 26, 1919, Mr. Heck reported that the court was not interested in assisting in the construction of a vat. March 22, 1917, Mr. Duckworth reported a lease for the necessary land, to cost five dollars per annum and the first year's rent was paid by Messrs. Clark, Heck, Weborg, Leach and Duckworth, each paying the sum of one dollar. This paid the rent to April 1, 1918.
April 13, 1917, a committee was appointed by the league to solicit subscriptions for building the vat, with membership at five dollars and allowing a subscriber to take as many memberships as he wished. May 25, 1917, the committee reported $150 subscribed and on June 9, 1917, Dr. Beck of the tick eradication department of the U. S. department of agriculture arrived and presented plans and gave instructions for the construction. Since that time each year the league has paid the required rental, either from its treasury or by funds raised by subscription until the present year, when it declined to make further payment.
The Missouri Pacific then cancelled the lease. In 1931, Mr. Sam LeTulle contributed ten dollars for two years rental and at one time Mr. Duffy paid two years rental and they are entitled to this credit. May 11, 1927, July 6, 1928, May 1, 1929, May 13, 1930, vouchers were issued for five dollars each and April 17, 1931, a voucher was issued for ten dollars paying the rental until April 1, 1933. The record book is open for inspection to all who may be interested in the project. From the first proposal by President Clark on January 12, 1911 until the present time it has been a league project, fostered by it, rental arranged and paid by it and the only reason why rental for the year 1933 was not paid is lack of treasury funds and supreme indifference from the stockmen.
Stanley Wright marketed eight short yearlings, the oldest nine months seventeen days old and the youngest six months, thirteen days old that average 407 pounds, one of the finest lots of calves turned out by local men.
Collegeport is bound to be up to date at all times, so yesterday some of the men employed in taking up the railroad track organized a strike and quit work taking the Negro hands with them. The latter went out, not because they were in sympathy, but because of the fear of the white men. I know nothing about the facts, but it appears a silly thing to do especially in these times with work scarce and with men for weeks begging for a chance to earn a living.
Last Wednesday, at the home of Mrs. Tom Slone across the bay, a shower was given in honor of Mrs. Claude Bartee, formerly Mary Ellen Foster and often named in this column as "Little Bright Eyes." I gave her that name because of the naughty little twinkle in her left eye. Mary Ellen was and is one of my favorite girls. I like her and enjoy taking with her and I am glad that she has been thus honored. We had an invitation, but having no auto and there being no causeway across which we might walk, we were obliged to stay home much to our disgust and disappointment. We trust that Mary Ellen's trip on the matrimonial ship will be a long, happy one and that her life will be filled with satisfying joys. Mary Ellen, you are on your voyage and what you receive from it will in large measure be up to you.
When the railroad company began taking up the track and taking down the tank, I looked with longing eyes on the rejected timbers. I wanted them so I could keep the miserable wretch warm the coming winter, but my ignorance of methods was so dense that I knew not how to secure possession of the desired wood. I have found out that all that was required was to buy nine bottles of suds from Mr. Hendricks, give them to the workers and they did the rest. That means cheap wood for the suds buyer. Being an ardent prohibitionist, my conscience would not allow me to use my money for the purchase of the devil's brew and I knew that had I done so and my miserable wretch found it out, she would freeze before she would use wood bought at such a price. Just proves that when one is in Rome, one must shoot Roman candles.
In the Bay View School items, I read that wedding bells will ring. Since then I am informed that the bell did ring, but that no sound came for the clapper had been removed. Wonder why?
W. H. Boeker has reached the age when he feels the necessity of more virtue, so he has packed his old pipe away and from now on will be a good little boy and he will no longer flirt with Lady Nicotine.
Friday night about ten o'clock, a twenty foot tube charged with nitro glycerin was lowered into the well east of town. It was connected with a time clock switch and at about six Saturday morning, it exploded. The only visible evidence was the spurting of water from top of hole but that much nitro must have caused much destruction about 6900 feet below the surface. The well will now be cleaned out in hopes to develop gas for use as fuel in the drilling of a new well which will be started close by.
The railroad wreckers are now about three miles from Collegeport and taking it up about 1 1/4 miles per day. The strike is off and all men back on the job except the two instigators and they have been presented with graduate diplomas.
Mrs. A. E. McCune has been named by the public welfare board to take a health survey of school district No. 26. She will have many questions to ask regarding home conditions in her territory and our folks are urged to give her their aid and hearty co-operation.
Monday, Jan. 1, will be held the twenty-fifth community dinner. It means the gathering of folk from all parts of the county or state who have been identified with the community, a general get-to-gether in good fellowship.
There are many floating undetermined votes and some might be picked up.
Some columnist or geezer once wrote "all's well that ends well" and that was the case with this week for there came to us that lovely and lovable old time Collegeport girl, whom we know as Frances Eisel, but now is Mrs. John Ross Chitwood. Frances is a bride of six weeks, but has lost none of her vivacity sweetness or charm. She is still avid, animated, graphic charmer and we love her and were happy to have her adorable face at our table. We pray God to continue for life the happiness she now enjoys. God has blossomed many sweet flowers and Frances is one of them.
Friday night, Dec. 22, the usual Christmas tree and program will be held in the community house. Sunday school will have small attendance, but the tree will draw a large crowd because something is given that the people want. It would be fine to have a tree every Sunday.
Saturday the 24th, Mary Louise came home for a ten day vacation. Needless to state that when we have our lovely sweetheart at home Christmas joys will be sweet and plentiful. I am wishing the Tribune readers a happy, joyful time Christmas day. I hope you will shake away care and worry. Remember the baby Jesus and what He means to a distracted world. Be happy this day. Look to the approaching New Year without fear. Leave that for the past. I send you therefore, my wishes not only for the Christmas Tide, but for all of 1934. May God fill your cup to the overflow with peace, comfort and the joyful privilege of doing your part in your community. God go with you all.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, December 21, 1933
By Harry Austin Clapp
[Local information taken from longer article.]
Last week we sent out about two hundred cards with our greetings for Christmas and the New Year. They went to fourteen states and many cities in Texas. We have received greetings from eight states, from Portland, Maine to the Golden Gate and many nice gifts from all parts of the nation. It all brings happiness to us, not because of the intrinsic value of the gifts, but because our friends thought of us. That's the great thing in this Christmas giving. The thought that friends remember. One friend who has never failed for many years to send us a greeting card did not do so this year. Has she passed over the river? Is she sick and in extreme trouble? We wonder and worry and long for the chance to give a word of comfort.
A few extracts:
From a woman who lives in Austin, a wonderful, lovable woman, "My dear friends--how my spirit responds to the spirits of you both. I remember you with a warm glow of love. Let us seek to honor God this year that will challenge the highest thoughts of us all."
From an old time friend in Houston: "As we pass along the pathway of life I am sure the thought recurs to me with increasing force and frequency that the choicest possession of life is the friendship we make. That, at least, is something which neither misfortune nor depression can take from us."
From Colorado: "I hope your day is the happiest you have ever known and that your New Year will be filled with all the good things of life and all the joy and happiness that can be possibly crowded in. We will go to midnight mass Christmas eve at St. John's and will be thinking of you."
Illinois sends this: "Each year our whole family goes to church Christmas eve midnight service. I love the solemn and quiet beauty of the world at that time for every one seems to be contented!"
From Good Old Chi: "A Christmas full of the things and people you love and a year rich with your favorite dreams come true!"
From Indiana: "Having your tooth pulled by that doctor must have been terrible. I read about it in the Tribune and so I send wishes that Doc will not have to pull any more teeth during 1934."
Any way we look, we must agree, "Isn't life wonderful." Yes, life is wonderful and the closer to God we live, the more wonderful it becomes. It appears to me that during the coming year, all of us from our president to governor, members of the county court, individuals, should make an effort to make closer contact with the God we worship, to communicate by means of daily prayer and thus obtain the things we need to make our lives more ideal. Prayer, proper prayer, is always answered. Many times, it is true, not as we expect, not as we wish, but we may rest assured prayer will be answered to our needs and in a way that will bring satisfying solace to troubled souls. This is no fiction, no dream of an idealist. It is a fact demonstrated beyond question by many who have put it to test. The year is before us. Let us approach it without fear. There is nothing terrible in the future. Be happy and distribute happiness about us. It will reach far, just as does the sweet perfume of a beautiful flower.
Christmas was ushered in for this community with a big Christmas tree in the community house. A splendid program was given by the children and about 165 sacks were distributed, each one containing an apple, an orange and a generous quantity of candies and nuts. Two hundred people were present and participated in the celebration of the birth of the baby born in a manger because there was "No place in the Inn."
It was, in some respects, the finest Christmas affair ever given in the community. Sunday there will be no nuts and candy or fruit, just the dry bones of a misunderstood Bible to mull over and therefore small attendance.
Sunday brought two old town girls home for the holidays in the persons of Margaret Holsworth and Mary Louise Clapp. Both bright eyed, alert, young women doing their part in life. Needless to write that with our beloved daughter in the house, the lights shine brightly, joy is exhilarating and the Homecrofters are a happy bunch this Christmas of 1933. With her we need no gifts to sweeten the day.
"Does Jack get along happily with his wife?"
"Yes, some of his opinions coincide with her's and the others he keeps silent about."
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, December 28, 1933
Mrs. Elliott Curtis has been ill the past week with a severe attack of influenza.
Mr. and Mrs. Dean Merck moved into their newly purchased home Thursday. The house was formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Eric Watkins.
Miss Frances King came home Friday. Miss King has been studying in San Marcos this last semester.
Mrs. E. A. McCune, Mrs. Elliott Curtis and Mrs. John Ackerman were Bay City visitors Wednesday.
Mrs. Benjamin Haisley is critically ill with pneumonia and her children have been called to her bedside. Mrs. Haisley passed her eightieth milestone last September.
Mrs. Tony Rojik was accompanied to Bay City Thursday by Mrs. R. V. Underwood.
Mrs. Claude Bartee, Mrs. John Ackerman, Mrs. Anna Crane, Mrs. Dick Corporon were all shoppers in Bay City Thursday.
Mr. Johnny Ackerman came home for the Yuletide Friday. Johnny has been with the border patrol for the past six months.
Mr. George Hill and sons, Sidney and Verral, feasted at the home of Mr. Hill's father and mother at Dunbar.
Mrs. E. A. McCune entertained the following at Sunday dinner: Mrs. Moore and daughter, Miss Florence, both of Palacios, Miss Patsy and Anna Dell English of Houston, Mr. and Mrs. Louise Epperson of Bellvieu and Mr. and Mrs. B. P. English. Santa Claus came early so that the visitors might return to their respective homes Christmas morning.
Mrs. Anna Crane entertained her daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Dick Corporon, and their tiny son, her brother, Mr. William Shubring and his daughter and son-in-law of Houston and Mr. and Mrs. John Carrick and son, Norman for dinner Christmas at her home.
Mr. S. W. Corse spent Monday with his daughter, Mrs. Duller at Blessing.
Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Wilbanks, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Boeker and Miss Esther Angeline at Christmas dinner at the Carl Boeker home.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nelson and daughters, Rosalie and Ethel, enjoyed family dinner with the Arthur Matthes family in Blessing.
Mrs. Helen Holsworth enjoyed the presence of her daughter, Miss Margaret, and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Holsworth and their two children around her festive board.
Mesdames Mowery and Goff were callers Christmas afternoon in the Joe Pollard home.
Mr. Clifford Franzen arrived here Saturday from Port Arthur to spend Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Franzen. He was accompanied by Francis and Russell Goff of Houston who came to gladden the Yuletide for their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Boeker and Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Goff.
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Merck and young son, W. J., of San Antonio, were Christmas guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Merck.
Misses Lera and Gertrude Hunt are home over the holidays. Both young ladies are employed in Houston. Miss Lera as a governess and Gertrude by the Rice Hotel people.
Mr. and Mrs. Ray Legg and son, Henry, of Gulf were guests at the home of Mrs. Legg's parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Merck.
Mr. Verral and Sidney Hill entertained Mr. Howard White of Houston over Christmas with a goose hunt.
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wilson of Houston were gala guests at the home of Mrs. Wilson's parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Merck.
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wilkinson, Jr., are moving into their house here in Collegeport. The house was formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. John Merck.
Misses Leota and Violet Huff of Wadsworth are spending Christmas season with their grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dickson.
Mrs. Sanders and sons, George, Stanley and Malcomb, of Markham, Walter Saunders [Sanders] and wife and son of Houston, spent the Yule day with Mrs. Saunders' [Sanders'] daughter, Mrs. Frank King and family.
The Woman's Club will have its annual Christmas party in the Helen Holsworth home Thursday, December 28. The program committee voted to dispense with the usual program and to enjoy the afternoon in a most informal social way. A number of holiday visitors will be with us at that time.
The annual New Year's dinner and all day picnic will be at its usual place, the church, as has been the custom here for over twenty years. Everyone is cordially invited. Bring your basket and spread and partake with us of the season's offerings.
Mrs. John B. Heisey is entertaining her sister, a nurse from the sunflower state, during the Yuletide.
Mrs. J. O. Prunty entertained her daughters, Blanche and her family of Caranchua Beach and Dorothy and her family of Boling Christmas day.
Mr. and Mrs. Glen Edwards, of Corpus Christi, were dinner guests of Mrs. Edwards, sister, Mrs. Tony Rojik and her husband. In the afternoon, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards and Mr. and Mrs. Rojik were guests of the R. V. Underwood family for a boat cruise to Coon Island.
The Christmas entertainment with a program given by the school was well attended. After the program, Santa Claus made his appearance with a cheery greeting and a gift for every child in the community.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, December 28, 1933
The Tribune has been advised that Mr. Burton D. Hurd lies very ill at his home in Collegeport. Our informant says Mr. Hurd's condition is very grave and that he has been confined to his bed for some time.
The Matagorda County Tribune, December 28, 1933
H. A. CLAPP SECURES MISSOURI PACIFIC DEPOT FOR COMMUNITY HOUSE.
Through the untiring efforts of Mr. H. A. Clapp, secretary of the Men's Industrial League of this place, the Missouri Pacific station has been secured as a community house.
Two months ago negotiations were started with the company hoping the building could be purchased. The officials informed him that the building was not for sale as all the buildings were to be used as repairs for other buildings on different lines.
Undaunted by their refusal, Mr. Clapp then resumed correspondence suggesting this time that a gift of the building as a memorial would be most generous and as the passing of the railway would soon be a memory, the building would be known as the Missouri Pacific Memorial House.
Time passed. Mr. Clapp began to think his efforts had been in vain. When without any warning and after some weeks of silence, he was most pleasantly surprised to greet three officials of the Missouri Pacific who announced their intention of making a survey of the conditions here. Mr. Clapp showed to the gentlemen the library and pointed out their dire need of a community house that would be near the library and could enlarge the building. He talked so convincingly that they too agreed with his plan, whereupon they then turned over the building to Mr. Clapp.
Plans are now being made to move the building on the property of the Industrial League west of the library and will in all probability open into that building.
It will be known as the "Mopac House," that being the suggested name by his visitors and a grand house warming will be held to celebrate its completion.
Mr. Clapp has enjoyed a warm friendship for many years with some of the railway officials and we feel all credit is due him for his interest in the community welfare, as it is through him that the negotiations were made.
The Daily Tribune, Thursday, December 28, 1933
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