Collegeport Articles

 

February, 1933
 


Collegeport Home Demonstration Meeting

 

The next home demonstration meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. John Ackerman, our pantry demonstrator, Feb. 7.

 

By the way, we may get to view her sample of what a pantry ought to be filled with at this time.

 

All who are interested in spring gardening, etc., should be at this meeting.

 

Mrs. Leola Sides is to be with us and demonstrate how to make a spring garden and hot bed.

 

We all need to have our spring gardens started by now and if we have or have not it is good to get the county demonstrator's ideas on these subjects.

 

If the fair weather continues, we will be glad we have had our garden started early. This whole month has been a good garden growing weather. Don't forget the date next Tuesday, Feb. 7. Everybody come.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, February 2, 1933

 


Interstate Commerce Hearing Today At The Court House

 

The hearing for the abandonment of the Missouri Pacific line from Buckeye to Collegeport began this morning at 10 o'clock in the district court room before the Interstate Commerce Commission Examiner, Mr. Thomas F. Sullivan of Washington, D. C. and Mr. L. A. Gueringer, chief engineer railroad commission of Austin.

 

The case will be represented as follows: Mr. R. H. Kelley of Houston, attorney for the Missouri Pacific line; Mr. A. R. Stout of Austin, state railroad commission; Former Judge A. Harris, representing the citizens of Collegeport; Mr. W. E. Davant, representing the Farmers Storage Company; Mr. Eugene Wilson, representing the Gulf Coast Water Company. Among witnesses to be called: Mr. H. A. Clapp of Collegeport and Mr. Gus Franzen of Collegeport.

 

The Missouri Pacific officials of Houston present at this meeting are: Messrs. J. E. Anderson, assistant vice president of the M. P. Lines; L. A. David, assistant general manager; C. S Kirkpatrick, chief engineer; R. H. Kelly, general counsel; W. B. Cook, agricultural agent; P. S. Bordelon, assistant general freight agent; M. Eckert, general auditor; G. C. Kennedy, division superintendent; and T. C. McCord, division engineer.

 

Among the citizens from Collegeport here for the meeting are Messrs. Gus Franzen, John Carrick, Dean Merck, John H. Bayes, Elick Liggett and son, Arthur Liggett; H. A. Clapp, Stanley Wright, F. L. Jenkins, Ira Corporon, Louis Walter, Frank Brimberry, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Kundinger and Messrs. A. G. Hunt, Carl Boeker and John Evans.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, February 2, 1933

 


MRS. HARRY AUSTIN CLAPP APPOINTED CHAIRMAN BETTER HOMES IN AMERICA COMMITTEE; COLLEGEPORT

 

Mrs. Harry Austin Clapp has received notice from Dr. Ray Lyman Wilbur, president of Better Homes in America, of appointment of the Better Homes in America Committee for Collegeport.

 

Better Homes committees are being established throughout the nation to arouse interest in the improvement of homes and to organize local civic groups to help each family to information concerning the best ways of taking the next steps in improving their own homes. The movement was founded with the help of President Hoover in 1922, and he served as chairman of the board of directors until he entered the White House when this chairmanship was taken over by Secretary Wilbur. It is an educational movement, supported by philanthropic gifts, having no commercial connections, and operating for the service of the public. The headquarters of Better Homes in America in Washington are under the direction of Dr. James Ford as executive director.

 

In the spring of last year, 9772 committees observed National Better Homes Week. It is expected that even a larger number will have programs of contests, lectures, tours, exhibits and demonstration houses in preparation for the next National Better homes Week, which is from April 23 to 30, 1933.

 

There will be special emphasis this year on programs for the repair of old houses and for the encouragement of remodeling and moderation. Many improvements of home premises can be made by the family in their own free time. Unemployed labor can be given employment in the making of the more elaborate improvements. All efforts of this sort will help to render homes more healthful and attractive; will help to keep up values of property and serve to enhance the community's reputation for high standards. Many thousands of homes were improved during the recent campaign, and it is expected that a much larger number of homes will be rendered more convenient and livable by the campaign of 1933.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, February 2, 1933

 


THOUGHTS ABOUT THEM THERE DEBTS

By Harry Austin Clapp

 

[Local information taken from longer article.]

 

Tuesday, Vernon K. Hurd & Co. dressed a young calf and the next day it was all put away in cans in the form of cutlets, steak, roast, chili con carne and soup stock. As I was the company, I have about 13 cans on the shelf of fine veal product. I say fine because Vernon is one good calf feeder and has a rare understanding of cattle management.

 

Thursday promised to be a day of rest and time for some brilliant goo-goo for the readers of this column, but no sooner did I return from the nightly mail, than I was confronted by our ubiquitous County Nurse and ordered to change in to my good clothes, in other words, doll up for a surprise party was on. It was the first surprise in my life and a genuine one, for here came Dr. and Mrs. Scott and Dr. and Mrs. Sholars. Good thing they brought the eats for had they neglected to do so, we would have fed them on canned roast beef. With them came chicken salad, stuffed olives, glorious sandwiches, pretzels, potato chips, roast pork, sliced, grape fruit juice et cetera and so forth and we had a grand and glorious and happy evening. They expected to bring either two drug stores from Houston or two Hustons from a drug store, but much to our regret, about the starting hour some one had a bellyache and the Hustons had to prepare a prescription and so we missed them, but hope next time no one will have an ache.

 

Cigars, cigarettes and long stemmed pipe loaded with R. J. R. filled the air with perfume from the breathe of Lady Nicotine. Lively chatter brought joy and happiness and after they departed, we, meaning I and the miserable wretch, climbed into the husks singing "after the ball is over." Our fine friends coming to see us makes life a continual round of joy. Hope they will not wait twenty-five years before coming back. Name on the knocker and knocker on the door and the door swings in day or night to our friends.
 

"Friendship! mysterious cement of the soul!

Sweet'ner of life! and solder of society!"

--R. Blair
 

Rosalie Nelson's new hat makes me think of noodles.

 

Frances King has joined the Literati and copies most of her stuff from her books.

 

My red head sweetheart acts sort o' cool. Wonder if she no longer loves me.

 

Ruth Boeker a grand gal who has charge of the Boeker store over at the west end of the viaduct, has been home for a short visit. So long as Ruth is in charge, I predict good business.

 

The Executive Board of the Woman's club met Friday and appointed Mrs. H. A. Clapp Librarian and Mrs. Rena Wright assistant and during the day let out sixty-eight books. Mrs. Dena Hurd was reappointed as head of the program committee. Mrs. Hurd has rendered excellent service during the past two years and the appointment was well merited. Thursday night about forty Endeavors met in the community house for a social and sing song. Delicious refreshments were served by Mesdames Liggett and Nelson.

 

If the railroad hearing, which will be held in the Bay City Federal Building, Wednesday, February first, is of any value to the business people of Bay City, they may thank Judge McNabb, Mayor Smith and Carl Bachman of the Chamber of Commerce, for each of these men wrote invitations to the Interstate Commerce Commission, asking that the hearing be held in Bay City and offering the City Hall or the Court House. Judge McNabb has been very militant in the matter. The Collegeport Industrial League adds its thanks to the citizenship of Bay City for the interest the men named have shown. Any city or county that has such patriotic men is bound to make progress. None of them will be forgotten.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, February 2, 1933

 


THOUGHTS ABOUT THE FOLKS GOD WILL NOT FORGET

By Harry Austin Clapp

 

Lochiel, Lochiel! beware of the day

When the Lowlands shall meet thee in battle array!

For a field of the dead rushes red on my sight,

And the clans of Culloden are scattered in flight."

--Thomas Campbell

 

The battle to retain our railroad service has been fought. Testimony is all in and it now rests with the court of last resort, from its decision there is no appeal. Whether we win or lose, we will have the satisfaction of knowing that we resisted as best we knew how. It is so much better to fail trying, than to fail without trying. We might have laid on our stomachs with face in the sand and allowed the request of the railroad company to be granted without protest. We did not and we are satisfied with the defense put up by our able array of legal talent. All that was humanly possible has been done. God can help us from now on if we ask aid of Him in the proper spirit. I am a strong believer in prayer. It is my experience, that God answers prayer, provided we ask for proper help. No use asking God to build a railroad, for He is not in that business. He never built one and never will, but God can and will work in the hearts and minds of the members of the Interstate Commerce Commission and in this way show them the light. I am therefore asking you folk, who have contact with God, to ask His aid in this threatened tragedy which confronts us. We have many in our community who claim to be on very intimate terms with God. If this be true, now is the time to do something for the general community benefit. Not many of us will take delight in seeing the rails and ties torn up and carted away. Not many will experience transports of joy when they see an abandoned right of way. Some may, for every community has a few damn phools, who see no farther than their nasal organ. God knows them and we know them, so let them go their way. As for the rest of us, let us pray earnestly that right may prevail and that our rail service will be retained. God does not forget dutiful children and He will not forget a Godly community. With His aid, we can go on towards greater progress and a finer development of a community spirit. Without it, we are nothing. In event that the decision is against us and the permission the applicant seeks is granted, then we must redouble our efforts for the construction of the Hug-the-Coast across the bay and on to Freeport and Galveston. We must no longer be content to live at the end of the road. Such a situation means that no person ever passes through. They all come to the end of the road and there sit with us in disgust. Rouse up, ye laggards! Gird up your loins! Start a fight that will not end! Ask God to help us to be relieved from a pitiful situation and while asking, believe that He will grant our prayer. Good folk, the time is here to pray and so I say this to you people of Collegeport: "let us pray."

 

Mr. Herrick, wife and nephew, Clarence, from Keokug, Iowa, arrived here Wednesday to look over the Collegeport section. Clarence is so well pleased that Monday he left on his return trip and will soon return with his household goods, with consist principally of two gaited riding horses. He will farm here this season and if the longer residence bears out the first impression, will locate permanently.

 

Mr. Fred Ballhorst had his sale February 7 and will at once move to Collegeport and make his residence here. He will be in charge of the townsite. I notice on his sale bill one item of 7000 bushels of corn which is some corn. Mr. Ballhorst is a successful and practical farmer and will no doubt raise bountiful crops.

 

I have always been interested in curious things and found one the other day in a hen's nest. A perfect egg with not a crack, hole or blemish. The hen forgot to put in the filling, for the shell was empty. Hope she don't lay any more, for even with eggs six cents per dozen, this is just a bit too much.

 

Judge McNabb and our county court, County Engineer Gustafson and our precinct commissioners have earned and received the gratitude of the people of this community for the splendid road work they are doing. This consists of a shell road from county road No. 3 to the railroad crossing and a shell road from the end of the pavement on Central Street to Avenue D. We are also thanking V. L. and Sam LeTulle for furnishing the material at a low rate. This work takes about a mile of road out of the mud and makes it an all-weather road. Fine work, which every one appreciates and the part the men named took in the construction will not be forgotten.

 

Wednesday, the protest against granting permission to the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railroad Company to abandon the branch line from Buckeye to Collegeport, was heard before Examiner James F. Sullivan of the Interstate Commerce Commission. The hearing was held in the district court room of the courthouse. The railroad company was represented by ten or more officials of the company including their attorney. The protestor was represented by Messrs. Davant, Harris, Wilson with George Harrison as assistant and H. A. Clapp of the Collegeport Industrial League as protestor. About forty were present from the territory dominated by the branch line. The railroad company used the forenoon and a short period after lunch for introducing their testimony and the protestors used the afternoon. For the protest Messrs. Clapp, Liggett, Crofoot, Foster, LeTulle, Gustafson and Wood were on the stand and all gave logical testimony as to value of the road to the territory traversed and the ruinous result that will follow the abandonment. About nine other witnesses were ready to testify, but Examiner Sullivan ruled that their testimony would be cumulative in effect as similar testimony had already been given. This therefore was eliminated except to include in the record their names and nature of testimony they would have given. Examiner Sullivan was fair and generous in his rulings and in none of them could fault be found. The attorneys on both sides were gentlemen and not one time did friction appear. It is difficult to imagine a hearing to be heard in a more pleasant atmosphere or in a more genteel manner. I therefore congratulate the attorneys for both parties and express my personal gratitude. The people of our community should be grateful for the service rendered them on that occasion. At the noon hour, I was approached by District Attorney Hensley with the information that he had been ordered by Mrs. Hensley to arrest me and convey to their home for lunch. I submitted without a struggle, for it was an unexpected pleasure and I was delighted to meet Mrs. Hensley in her home. A delicious luncheon was served by the hostess and I am living in hopes that some day I may again enjoy the pleasure. I am more determined than ever to cast my two votes for Mrs. Hensley. Her husband can then take the role of Jim Ferguson and sit at the entrance of the office of district clerk and instruct Mrs. Hensley where to sign the dotted line. If Ruby Hawkins can hold the job down stairs, there appears no reason why Mrs. Hensley may not hold the fort upstairs. My votes are as good as cast. It would be wrong to conclude this statement without giving credit to Mrs. Carl Boeker, Dean Merck, Hugo Kundinger and Vern Batchelder, for the splendid service they rendered and the interest they showed. What they did, especially their moral support, brought much needed encouragement.

 

No sooner did I begin to brag about my curious empty egg than along comes Virgil Harvey with one from his flock that he claims beat my curio. His egg has on the small end a perfect figure 3. It is raised slightly and is as well executed as if done by hand. In my opinion, this is [line illegible] pride at the accomplishment put on it the figure 3. It might mean eggs will sell at three cents per dozen.

 

Emily Hurd went a flounderin' the other night and brought us three immense fish the three weighing considerable less than forty pounds but still enough for us two Homecrofters. Each fish had plainly branded on the top sides the letters "E. M." which proved that Emily spears only selected fish.

 

In the midst of that heavy rain and strong wind Friday, came Mrs. Patricia Martyn, county health nurse. Although she came on professional business asking me to sterilize a bundle of bandages, she stuck around and we had to feed her on some of that grand flounder. It sure is a surprise how hungry a nurse can be.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, February 9, 1933

 


Collegeport

 

The ninth grade pupils welcome Auldine Williams who has entered our school.

 

The state inspector and Mrs. Pollard visited our school last Thursday.

 

Mr. Henry Sherrer of Bay City was visiting in Collegeport Sunday.

 

The Girl Reserves have furnished one letter for the boys' sweaters.

 

Miss Dorothy Franzen is going to honor the high school with a Valentine party Friday night, Dec. [Feb.] 11.

 

Our "singing" night was changed to Saturday last week.

 

Church services were held at the community house Sunday night.

 

The tenth grade has been working on their grammar. They have been making charts and writing exercises. Oh, those long assignments.

 

Frances King was absent from school Friday and Beth Eisel was absent half a day Friday.

 

The tenth grade was greeted Monday morning with one of these animals called a "quiz." All hoped to make a good grade.

 

Sports

 

It looks as though our basketball boys will never be able to get back on their court on the account of rain.

 

The girls have certainly been sore because Miss Bell has been giving us exercises for physical education. The girls are beginning to play volleyball again.

 

The ninth grade is starting a project in Spanish I on "Mi Casa."

 

Mr. White is certainly pouring the Algebra tests on us. He doesn't have the least bit of pity.

 

We are just beginning our literature. We have finished studying "Sahrab and Rustum" and are now studying "As You Like It." The projects are certainly plentiful.

 

In a recent history test, Miss Dorothy received this definition for Rhoades: "Rhoades came from Rhode Island and are very small people."

 

We have a new system of demits. There are plenty of pupils staying in at noon now.

 

Mr. White gave a talk to the civics class Monday morning on the visiting and protecting of school bonds.

 

The Girl Reserves had a meeting Monday afternoon commemorating Lincoln's Birthday.

 

There has been no P. E. this week on account of the inclement weather.

 

Mrs. Balusek is ill with the flu and Miss Edith Armstrong from Markham is taking her place.

 

Miss Franzen postponed her Heart Party until the weather is more favorable.

 

There was not any singing on Friday night on account of the weather.

 

Misses Bell and Nestor have moved to Mrs. Wilbanks.

 

Miss Vera Williams and Mr. Vern Batchelder were seen in Bay City Saturday.

 

Mrs. Gus Franzen is on the sick list this week.

 

Mr. White went to Bay City Saturday.

 

C. W. Boeker was absent from school.

 

Johnnie Ackerman joined the army and has been sent to North Dakota.

 

The seventh grade has recently organized a reading club called the "Sunshine Reading Club." We've had several meetings since the organization of the club. We elected Robert Liggett president. The other officers were elected accordingly. For a Christmas program, we gave a play and invited the ninth grade class. To maintain membership, the members have to read and report on one book a month. The meetings are held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

 

[An essay about Abraham Lincoln that was part of the original column is not included here.]

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, February 16, 1933

 


THOUGHTS ABOUT SLIPPING

By Harry Austin Clapp

 

Talking with a local burgher the other day about the railroad hearing, he said, ”well it looks as though this burg is slipping." I asked if he knew what slipping meant and he replied that he did not know exactly. Slip means to slide; to convey secretly; to omit; to lose by negligence, while slipping means the act of slipping or sliding; a false step. "Note that to lose by negligence and taking a false step." That's the meant in the coco. Some folk prefer to slip and slide, for it appears easier than to keep in the middle of the good and hard and well marked road. Groups of people make communities and the only difference between a big town and a small village is in the number of inhabitants. That is all and always communities slip, just because the people slip and slide.

 

We have several communities in this county that may be accused of negligence and making false steps and so they are slipping. Bay City is not in that class, neither is Palacios. Both are on the road. If we lose in the railroad case it may be for our betterment.

 

It may cause us to redouble our efforts and cause us to cease using the slippery narrow road and place our feet on the hard surfaced road that leads us to our choice of a finer community. If it does this, it will be a blessing to this community. In as much as we would be left fifteen miles from rail transportation, we should redouble our efforts towards the designation and construction of the Hug-the-Coast Highway across the bay and on to Freeport and Galveston. This construction will place us within three miles of the Southern Pacific at Palacios and give us better service than the Missouri Pacific has given for many months. We would no longer be living at the end of the road but on a great scenic highway and hundreds of tourists and folk on business bent would pass through our community. We would no longer be slipping but would have our feet on the highway to better conditions. I hope our non-resident property owners will read this and realize that they have some interest in this matter. I hope some of them will write me and let me inform them how they may help to bring this about. Railroad or no railroad, the future holds no terrors for me. I shall face the situation and shall avoid slipping, for in my opinion, continued slipping means that we perish and most of the capital and time we have expended will be lost. Come on, therefore you fellows and let us stop skidding.

 

About twenty-five of our young folk who are endeavoring to be Christians, went up to Bay City Friday night to attend the county convention. Lera Hunt invited me to go with her and said if I would put on my good clothes, she would walk the distance with me. It was a great attraction, but my wooden leg was out of repair so had to decline. I am informed that one young escort spoke not a word going or returning and stayed in the car while his girl was in the convention. How a fellow could act that way, when his girl had beautiful red hair, is a mystery. Advise her to take me next time and she will have no fault to find with the attention I give. Rosalie did not wear her noodle hat, for her escort wore one that looked very swell and besides he looked like a modern Beau Brummell. They had a swell time and did good work for the Christian religion.

 

Suffering snails, but it is hard to understand or sabe what we have done to warrant the norther that swooped down Tuesday and at that without warning. In an instant from 70 degrees, we slipped to forty and then twenty and way down to fourteen and all the time a fifty-mile gale raising eternal bow-wows with us all. Water pipe froze. Icicles adorned the eaves. Cattle shivered. Dogs hunched up their backs. Hens laid off. Garden truck and fruit gone. Men and women and kiddies hunted hot stoves and there huddled in disgust. It appears to make no difference what comes to us, there is always some thing to be thankful for. In this case, we are thankful that it was a dry norther. Had it been accompanied with rain, the loss to live stock would have been tremendous. O well, why kick? The grand old summer time will soon be here and we can revel in the warm rays of the sun and soak our hides in the healing waters of the bay and maybe fish from the viaduct.

 

Well, anyway, while we were freezing at 14 above, here comes a letter from a Tribune reader in Duluth. First time I knew the Trib went so close to the Arctic circle. This fellow writes "when I looked from my window and saw great waves running on the lake with plenty of ice floating about. When I went down to the street and found the mercury stood at 24 below zero so I went back to my room and reading some of the hot stuff in "Thoughts" soon felt warm and comfortable and forgot that just outside it was "clear as a bell but cold as hell." We are thankful that ours was 14 above and not 24 below. The mercury went to 50 by noon Thursday, but a fresh norther burst upon us and the temperature rapidly fell to freezing again. We have had sufficient and that is enough.

 

I read in a book yesterday that George Washington was dead, but lo, George Washington appeared at my door with oysters for sale.

 

The Misses Frances and Elizabeth Eisel are spending the weekend at the BayTex in Bay City, the guests of their kinfolk who are living there and interested in the Buckeye oil development. Hope they will not stay more than a week-end for we miss their bright smiles, cheery chatter and the glint of gold bronze hair. Come back home girls for we need you.

 

Sunday night was brightened by a call from Dorothy Franzen and Dean Merck.

 

Wonder when Mr. W. H. Gussie and Mr. Clarence Vaughan returned from Illinois after spending the last ten days in that section fighting a fierce blizzard which sent the mercury to 24 below zero. A blizzard is described as "a gale of piercingly cold wind, usually accompanied with blinding snow." That is just what they experienced, for the snow was from four to six feet deep. A norther is a bit different for it is "a strong and cold north wind in Texas and vicinity of the Gulf of Mexico."

 

It was a norther that prevented the Woman's Club from holding the first meeting of the year last Thursday. It was to have been held in the community house, but evidently the ladies when they visioned that cold and drafty place with fire to build thought it much better to hug the home fires. Shows our women have some good common sense.

 

Fred Ballhorst and family are expected to arrive here within a few days. His goods will come by rail, which will give the branch one more car of freight. His crowd will come in cars. Mr. Chester Boren being in the party as a road guide. Mr Ballhorst will have charge of the townsite property and plans to farm abut four hundred acres in cotton and corn. I hope Mr. Boren brings his friend wife. If he does, I shall cook a dose of my special ham.

 

For something like twenty years, the Collegeport Industrial League has held a lease on some land the property of the Missouri Pacific Railway Company. On this ground, our people built a dipping vat and adjacent pens at a cost of about $350.00. Each March, the company has sent in a bill for rent in the sum of five dollars and each year the League has either paid the bill from its treasury or raised the money by subscription. This it no longer feels able to. It appears, therefore, that if those who use the vat and adjacent pens are not willing to pay the rental, that the railroad company will cancel the lease and take over the property. If our stockmen are interested, they may pay such sums as they desire to Hugo Kundinger, treasurer or H. A. Clapp, treasurer [secretary?]. Two years ago Mr. Sam LeTulle paid two years rental in advance. Before that Mr. Duffy paid two years rent.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, February 16, 1933

 


Bay View High School News

 

The senior boys played Gulf in the tournament at Bay City last Friday night. They were defeated twenty-three to ten, but out boys played a good game and we are proud of them. Those accompanying the team were Rosalie Nelson, Frances King, Leata Hough and Fawn Adams.

 

The first year Spanish class is working on a Spanish project. They are making a book on Mi Casa.

 

Examinations came this week.

 

The ninth grade had their English examination over "As You Like It" and "Shrab and Rustum," last Friday.

 

Mr. Carl Boeker and John Merck went to Houston Monday.

 

Tootsie Chiles and Marion Harrison from Palacios were visitors in Collegeport Sunday.

 

Mrs. Balusek is improving, but Miss Armstrong is still teaching for her.

 

Miss Vera Williams spent the weekend with her aunt.

 

Singing was not held Friday night.

 

The Girl Reserves' party was postponed Friday night because the boys had to go to Bay City to play ball.

 

Thompsons have moved to the home formerly occupied by Savages.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, February 23, 1933

 


THOUGHTS ABOUT LIFE'S JIG-SAW PUZZLES

By Harry Austin Clapp

 

[Local information taken from longer article.]

 

On the day of Saint Valentine we received from Mary Louise a jig-saw puzzle and since then the miserable wretch has been busy trying to solve a puzzle that appears to be impossible. One hundred and fifty pieces, none of which appear to match with another. Both of us were soon busy trying to make something like a picture from the tangle and as we worked, the thought came to me that after all, life was a jig-saw puzzle. Everywhere we see folk we consider queer individuals just because we can not fit them in with our ideas. In every community we find them and we in our minds consider them as misfits. But we know they are not, for some where in life's great puzzle, they fit and aid in making a beautiful whole.

 

Johnnie Ackerman, so I am informed, has joined the army. He has in one leap jumped from the boy to the man class. His action is to be commended. We have some other boys who should make the jump. They could all leave here as boys and return as full fledged men.

 

Ruth Boeker went to Houston Saturday to play with the Palacios Independents against the Houston Jacks. Ruth is a first class, pugnacious, basketball player and the Houston crowd better keep an eye on her.

 

Friday, a big car stopped in front of our yard and soon I was shaking hands with Mr. W. G. Lancaster, who is representing the Tribune in the big contest it is putting on. He stopped at the Boeker store and asked where I lived and was informed and also advised not to drive in. Carl Boeker gave us both a friendly act for had he driven in, he would have staid a week in my superfine bog hole and I would have been obliged to feed him. I had no desire to do this after seeing him put away the luncheon the miserable wretch prepared. Well, anyway, his business was to secure an entrant in the contest and so I took him to Frances Eisel and when he saw Frances, Elizabeth and the mother, he fell for their charms and they fell for his patter and soon Frances was signed up as a contestant. Back to lunch and a fine talk-talk, lasting until middle of the afternoon and much to our regret, he left but promised to return. Any of our folk who take the Tribune and many who do not have an opportunity to aid Frances in accomplishing her desire to win the major prize something like $750. She is not interested in a little hike to Chicago or Los Angeles. She is after big game and nothing under three quarters of a thousand frog skins will satisfy that girl. The folk of this community should turn in at least sixty subscriptions and then they would have the joy of reading "Thoughts" without being obliged to borrow the Tribune. Just ask Frances where the dotted line is, sign up, pay one and a half frog skins and assure yourself of good literature for one year and have the satisfaction of helping Frances to buy a new Packard, for that is the car the Tribune people ride in these days.

 

Every twice in a while some Tribune reader who believes in giving flowers to the living writes me a letter. Here is one that came Saturday night. It brought me happiness, joy, exhilaration. What possible good would it have done to have read it at my funeral. Bring the flowers now while my sensitive nasal organ is able to enjoy the perfume. This is a sweet letter and I know it came from a sweet woman. "You have advocated in your 'Thoughts' in the Tribune 'give your bouquets to the living.' I agree with you heartily, Mr. Clapp and with to say that I do not have available words by which I can tell you how much I enjoy your writings. The homely way you at times express your ideas, the frivolous surface under which is so much logic and truth and the good old neighborly, friendliness the world needs to so much of now as never before. As portrayed by you make your writings a masterpiece of letters. If I may be so bold as to judge them, reading them is indeed a recreation to me and to hosts of others who have expressed their opinions of your 'Thoughts.' I would really like to know you." There is more to the letter, but the above is the quintessence of the breath of the flower.

 

J. A. Symonds says "truth quintessencenced and raised to the highest power." When, as and if this reader comes to Collegeport, we, meaning I and the miserable wretch, wish she would sit at our table and regale herself on my special ham a la Homecroft. If she should drop in to day, I would greet her with a kiss. Her letter brought us both much happiness. Give flowers to the living. If other readers have flowers, send 'em along, remembering that

 

"The Bird of Time has but a little way

To flutter and the Bird is on the Wing."
 

This charming letter will be placed between the leaves of the book of memory and preserved in lavender and old lace.

 

Mrs. Frank King, president of our school board, states that the state inspector visited our school and gave it a 100 percent score and allowed aid to the sum of $845.00. There is a promise of more to follow which if received, will put our school on velvet. Mrs. King is entitled to the gratitude of our school patrons for her interest and energy in the interests of our school.

 

Mr. H. W. Miller, who recently moved here from Arkansas, has bought the bungalow on the corner of Avenue E and Fourth Street. Guess his first impressions have been verified.

 

Col. Tom Fulcher is in bed ill with influenza. Hope he will soon return to his usual health ready to sing his happy song once more.

 

North Cable states that about two dozen owls are making their home between the ceiling and the roof of the school house. He trapped one the other day and sent it over to Ruth Boeker who operates the Boeker Palacios Grocery. Ruth should train for zoo work, for she loves animals.

 

Mrs. Carl Boeker is not at all disheartened by the loss of her pretty garden, but is at work replanting and soon it will bloom again with onions, tomatoes and cabbage.

 

The King's Daughters were due to meet Thursday with Mrs. Rena Wright, but the inclement weather and muddy roads kept the daughters home much to their disgust.

 

Burton D. Hurd has been ill in Houston with an attack of herpes, but the common name is shingles. Herpes is nothing to value highly even if it does have a fancy name. Hope he will make early recovery and return to the home plate.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, February 23, 1933

 

 

 

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