Collegeport Articles

 

May, 1933
 


Collegeport School Recommended For Advanced Classification

 

The Bay View High School, Prof. T. P. White, superintendent, has been recommended for advanced classification by Miss Sue Mann, supervisor of high schools in this section and attached to the state board of education.

 

Collegeport or Bay View has made a steady advancement since the district was consolidated two years ago. It has been superintended by Prof. White since the consolidation. Last year it obtained a classification of a three years high school. This year, application was made to the state board for a four year high school classification and such was recommended by the traveling supervisor as per following correspondence:

 

Collegeport, Tex., May 2, 1933.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune

Bay City, Texas.

 

Friend Mr. Smith:

 

I am sending you a copy of the letter I have from the state department of classified and affiliated high schools. May I ask that you carry same in your daily, also weekly, edition of the Tribune?

 

To Wit

 

State Department of Education

High School Division

Austin, Texas

 

Mr. T. P. White, Supt.,

Bay View High School,

Collegeport, Texas.

 

Dear Sir:

 

I take pleasure in enclosing the official report of the supervisor who recently visited your high school. A copy of the report is also sent to the president of the school board for his information. As this report is official, it should be filed for future reference.

 

The department of education is very anxious to render real, constructive service to the high schools, and any requests or suggestions from teachers or school officials will receive very careful consideration.

 

Thanking you for your co-operation in the improvement of the state.

 

I am--Very Truly yours,

Jeremiah Rhodes, acting chief supervisor high schools.

 

In order that the schools may be properly certified, it is essential that minimum requirements be met. To that end the supervisor who recently visited your school makes the following recommendations.

 

(1) That the chief supervisor of high schools and the continuance on classified and accredited high schools bear in mind that the Collegeport consolidated district is in need of a four year high school. While the school is just across the bay from Palacios High School, a distance of a few miles at most, it is for land travelers a distance of sixteen or more miles between the two places. The Matagorda County board of education approves the four year classification.

 

(2) That the chief supervisor of high schools and the continuance on classified and accredited high schools note that the school has, with two exceptions, met all classification requirements for a four year high school. The exceptions are:

 

a. A short term. It will be necessary, because of a deficiency in revenue, to close the school at the end of eight months. The school leaders feel that the students have been able to cover for the most part the work regularly done in a nine-month school, inasmuch as they have planned the courses carefully and have taught overtime. They have known for several months that this situation was facing them.

 

b. An irregular grade assignment. This year the teacher in charge of the Citrus Grove elementary school has had an excessive number of grades assigned to her--grades 1, 2, 3 and 4. She has had, however, a small enrollment, the total being only 13.

 

(3) That all students belonging to the Citrus Grove school be transferred to the Collegeport unit. This combination will mean economy in administrative and teaching force, and at the same time greater educational opportunities for all students.

 

(4) That the board of trustees, the faculty and the students, be commended for the success that they had last year in classifying and accrediting their school. They met the requirements for a three year high school and obtained credits accordingly. They are to be commended further for the splendid work that they are doing this year. They are making a request for eight and one-half additional credits.

 

(5) That the present teaching staff be maintained until the school has reached its objective in classification and accrediting. Teacher tenure is a big factor in school progress.

 

(6) That the school be provided with:

a. Some new furniture, especially chairs.

b. Reference work in science.

c. Maps, globes and a victrola.

d. Better facilities for the physical educational program, a dressing room on the athletic field.

e. Repairs on the building, roofs, and windows.

 

(7) That commendation has been merited for these improvements:

a. Library facilities, $190 having been expended.

b. Science laboratory facilities $160 having been expended.

c. Fence built around the athletic field and a shower bath arrangement made for the boys.

[d. is missing]

e. Flowers and shrubs planted in the yards.

f. Permanent record books purchased.

g. Course of study improved as to schedule.

h. Seventh grade organized as an integral part of the high school.

i. Playground equipment installed at both schools.

 

(8) That commendation be expressed to Superintendent Pollard of the Matagorda County schools for the assistance that she had given the state department in supervising the Collegeport high school. The courtesies extended to the visitor by her, Superintendent White, the teachers and the students of the school and others were sincerely appreciated and enjoyed.

 

--T. P. White, superintendent B. V. H. S.,

Collegeport, Texas

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, May 4, 1933

 


THOUGHTS RECEIV'S A PAT ON THE BACK

By Harry Austin Clapp

 

[Local information taken from longer article about Welsh Rarebit/Rabbit which includes a response from a reader about the Thoughts About Cheese and Pretzels article.]

 

I doubt if the man lives who does not thoroughly enjoy a "pat on the back." It brings encouragement, sometimes when most needed. It costs the patter little and means much to the receiver. Just a pat on the back. That is all.

 

April 4th there appeared in the Tribune a screed entitled "Thoughts About Cheese and Pretzels." The writer had small thought how far it would go, or to whom it would appeal, but much to his surprise and delight here comes this from the city of Century of Progress...[follows the letter of the "patter."]

 

The Collegeport Woman's Club is always ribbing up something original. Something to develop interest and to give pleasure. Mrs. Burton Hurd, as chairman of the program committee, set her think box to work and declared that the next meeting would be a swap, trade and barter affair. It was held last Thursday in the Community House. Everybody was invited to participate and bring articles they did not want and trade for things they did want and so the big tables arranged by Vernon Hurd were well loaded with cakes, pies, doughnuts, vegetables, young plants and so forth world without end. The Library committee read an article by Walter Davenport from Collier's Weekly, which told how barter was being carried on in other portions of the country. I told something about trading for false teeth and for windmills. The miserable wretch took three loaves of home-made raisin bread and brought home three bunches of onions, a dozen doughnuts and a sack of new potatoes. Bill Hurd traded a white bantam hen for seventeen cents. Carl Boeker exchanged a pound of coffee for a brassiere. I do not know what use he has for one of them there gadjets in a grocery store, but maybe he will use it when picking dewberries. Mrs. Guy Hutchinson and Mrs. L. E. Liggett got together with a glorious lemon pie and beautiful cake. The coffee was donated by Carl Boeker of the "Quantity quality" grocery. It was Duncan's peaberry which being made by Mrs. King was real coffee when served. Mrs. Hurd arranged that any cash paid in to balance a trade should go to the library fund and so when the swapping was all over, the fund was enriched by about two dollars and seventy-five cents. Mrs. Roy Nelson won the prize offered to the person who did the most trading, while Mrs. Wright was the girl who traded without being obliged to spend any money.

 

Miss Beryl Bell was the leader of the side that made the most trades and turned in the most change. She and her cohorts munched doughnuts as a reward.

 

Those present had such an enjoyable afternoon that it is planned to have another swap in the near future. It is hoped that many of our men and women who missed this meeting will be present the next time.

 

The miserable wretch was challenged by the maker of those Famous Carrie Nelson Noodles to stand up and say "soup." If those present had realized that for some weeks she had been cultivating soup the request would not have been made. She can say soup even with a straw in her mouth.

 

Thanks to the activities of Mrs. Leola Cox Sides, home demonstration agent, and Frank O. Montague, county agent, great interest has been started in this community in extension work. It is the first time our people have manifested interest in this work. Result, a live, going organization and Friday night they gave their first community program, which attracted abut two hundred people. The Bay City band came and supplied delicious music. Among others who came was Mrs. Mary Martin, secretary of the Bay City Chamber of Commerce. The band shows much improvement since it played here on a former occasion. Mr. E. H. Highley played the slide trombone and I have great admiration for a fellow who can pull that tube out and push it back and make music. He does.

 

Poor Frank Montague, Jr., was trying to hide behind a piccolo which is one helluva instrument when the audience showers coins in appreciation. Give me

the tuba.

 

Program.

Devotional, Mrs. L. E. Liggett.

Music, Bay City Band, Rising vote of thanks.

Recitation, Ruby Lee Corporon.

Address, Frank O. Montague, county agent.

Solo, "I Know a Lovely Garden," Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Wilmer at piano.

Recitation, Joe Earl Pollard

Monolog, Esther Angeline.

Bay View Breeze, Cary Miller.

Reading, Jack Thompson.

Announcements, Frank O. Montague.

Music, Piano solo by Mrs. Richard Corporon.
 

Before dismissal, an announcement was made that the organization general editor, who has been a leader, will be led to the matrimonial altar in about ten days much to the regret of the members.

 

With our county agent, home demonstration agent and health nurse, we have a triumvirate that is rendering services to stockmen, farmers, school children and every man, woman and child in our county. The local organization will give another program last of May.

 

According to the new train schedule given to Postmaster Ben R. Mowery, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the train will arrive at 2:50 p.m. and depart at 3 p.m. And Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays it will arrive at 12:30 p.m. and depart at 12:45 p.m. Mail leaves the postoffice thirty minutes before departure.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, May 4, 1933

 


THOUGHTS ABOUT EASTER

By Harry Austin Clapp

 

[Local information taken from longer article.]

 

One of our ladies out picking dewberries lost her brassiere. I can not imagine how this happened unless she was standing on her head. Any person finding said brassiere bring to my home and receive suitable reward.

 

Our folks are now singing "Train! Train! Where is the Train?" No one knows when it will arrive or depart. Postmaster has given this notice: Monday, Wednesday and Friday mail will leave the postoffice at 2:30 p. m. and arrive at postoffice at 3 p. m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the mail will leave the postoffice at 12:15 p. m. and arrive at 12:40 p. m. Figure it out for yourself.

 

...Monday night the school trustees met, received the resignation of Mrs. Helen Holsworth, nominated Gustave Franzen in her place, elected Mr. Douglas as president and Mrs. Merck as secretary. No action was taken about employing teachers. I pity the holdovers and do not congratulate or have sympathy for the newly chosen. A thankless job sure to draw criticism of the bitter sort. Life is too short, but then some folk love to have authority.

 

To be a first class trustee of a rural school requires that one must be either a patriot or a patriarch.

 

Tuesday night the board met again and Mrs. Frank King presented her resignation as a member of the board giving many reasons for the action. Many of the patrons regret this action. Mrs. King, so far as I recall has been the best trustee we have had. I do not remember any member who has enjoyed such close contact with the state board, the county board, the school finances and the school law. She has burned many gallons of gas in school work. She has worked night and day that we might have a good school and all statements to the contrary, the present position our school enjoys is largely due to the labors of this devoted woman. Her action is a distinct loss to the district. I am informed that last year's faculty was retained except Mr. and Mrs. Balusek. So far as I have observed and been informed, these two were very proficient teachers. They attended strictly to their business, rendered fine service, never inserted their noses in local school politics. This can not be said of others, much to the disgust of fair mined people, pernicious political activity of school teachers is not considered exactly ethical. Out of eight teachers, only two were interested in property holdings. None of the rest were land owners or taxpayers, indeed, some did not even pay their poll tax or auto tax in this county. Their only interest was the holding of a job. I do not question their right to apply for the position or for accepting a contract, but I do dispute the methods by which positions were obtained. There is such a thing as going just too far. The year just closed was an eight months term, but by money standard it was only a six months term, for the faculty worked the last two months on half pay and accepted warrants instead of money, therefore, it appears that had the teachers been paid in full, they would have closed the school at the end of six months. It is a sad financial condition that confronts the new board. If they are able to secure a dollars worth of value from eighty cents, we will no doubt have a nine months school the coming year. If they are successful, it will be because they are financial wizards and I will be the first to doff my chapeau.

 

Mr. North Cable, our very efficient janitor, was retained. Mr. Douglas was elected president and Mrs. Merck, secretary. The latter has served in that capacity before and gave splendid service. She knows her beans. When I think of what is before this board--

 

"I jes' want to go a visitin'

And do nuthin' but listenin'

Jes' lazin' by the slough

Listenin' to the water flowin' through.

 

I jes' don't want to do nuthin'

O, maybe jes' a little somethin'

Like passin' round the love

I hev been gittin' from above.

 

I don't even want to go a fishin'

I'm too lazy for even thinkin'

I don't care for any drinkin'

I got no time to get my eatin'.

 

One thing I keep on knownin'

I'm not too lazy to keep a lovin'

A sweet face and two big blue eyes

As blue as the blues' turquoise skies."

--Frangments from Hack.

 

Thursday the Woman's Union met with Mrs. Anna D. Crane with about fifteen members present and enjoyed the usual religious program.

 

Friday night Reverend Haley of Bay City came down and entertained our folk with wonderful feats of magic. Since then the kiddies have been trying to extract bunnies from empty cans.

 

Saturday at the Franzen home with Miss Mamie as hostess, a shower was given in honor of Miss Cary Miller who will be married the following Wednesday to Mr. Douglas Whitehead. The groom is a very fine young man of splendid character and I congratulate the bride on her choice. The bride recently moved here from Arkansas with her father and mother and has been active in civic work and popular with our young people. The wedding bells will ring in Houston, but they will be heard in Collegeport. We all wish for these young people a long and happy life and a husky bunch of young "whiteheads."

 

Thursday, May 25, is Collegeport Day. The 25th observance of her birthday. Plans call for the usual community dinner, a short program and a baseball game and perhaps a dance in the evening. Everyone is invited to bring their sacks of food and join in making this the quarter century a day to be remembered. I give this notice early hoping that Frank O. Montague, Leola Cox Sides and Patricia Martyn will read it and arrange to be present.

 

May 25th is also the anniversary of another important event.

 

It is Ascension Day.

 

Our folk are delighted to know that Mrs. Gustave Franzen has returned to her home from a visit at the Bay City hospital and is making good recovery from the serious operation. We all hope for her good health.

 

Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, May 11, 1933

 


THOUGHTS ABOUT STANDARDS

By Harry Austin Clapp

 

[Local information taken from longer article.]

 

Last week one of my charming woman friends wrote me that she would be down the following Tuesday and spend the day with us Homecrofters. The to be wonderful day arrived. I shaved, powdered, brushed by showy [snowy?] locks, donned my best Sunday raiment and all in dazzling white waited my charmer. The MW had a gorgeous banquet ready for serving. Our hearts beat fast as we waited. Did she come? She did not and so when we two feasted, I looked across the table and said "I am through with wimmen." I guess my personal charms were not sufficient.

 

Tuesday Mrs. Leola Sides came down and held two classes. One for the girls of the 4-H Club was held at the community house with twelve members present. In the afternoon, at the home of Mrs. Brimberry with sixteen members of the canning club present, she put up beans and peas. The steam pressure canner and sealer delivered and the excess money received from the Gulf Sulphur Company was paid over to the county council and will be used towards paying the expense of some 4-H girl to the short course at College Station. The sulphur company is very generous in making gifts to schools, clubs, and other organizations and the Collegeport women are very grateful to the company for this gift.

 

While strolling along Pilkington slough the other day, I found my old friend Jed Prutz sitting on the bank angling for crabs. He is a snorty old customer, always ready to blow off, so I was not surprised when he started about our school situation. I said "Jed, what difference is it to you? You never vote or take part in elections, but you are always ready to find fault." His reply was characteristic, "you bet your life I find fault when a lot of short bets let things git in sech a mess." "A mess" said I "what do you mean by a mess? We have elected a board of trustees and they have elected a faculty. No mess about that." "Say," said Jed as he gnawed off a big chunk of mule and settled it in his left cheek "have you ever heard of a feller named Mussolini?" "Well he put the raus mit em on the Eyetalian parliament and then this new comer Hitler put the Germany Reich to the jumps and this here Pilsudsky tied a red can to the Poles.

 

In this country they work it different. This here Roosevelt feller hasn't given congress the can yet but he hez 'em crawlin' on theys bellies and lickin' his boots. They never barks lessen Roosevelt snaps his fingers. What I'me gittin' at is why don't you fellers do the same to your trustys. They ain't none of em needed now. Can 'em and send 'em back to the cotton field. This here sort o' bizness gits me all het up." Jed turned his back on me in disgust, threw a long dark brown string of juice into the placid waters of the slough and as I watched it float away and dissolve and disintegrate, I too thought "why not."

 

Well the library opened Friday as usual and although school was out, thus depriving the library of its best customers, thirty-nine books were let out. O well, the lib. must expect dull days until school opens again.

 

Wednesday night a dance was given at the warehouse with about forty couples on the floor and many others as spectators. The Bay City Serenaders furnished the music. Neither of us Homecrofters attended. I would not allow the miserable wretch to go alone for fear some fellow would kidnap her. I could not go for my wooden leg was out of order and I had taken it off to fix a few of the gear and springs. I was therefore helpless. Well, anyway, we saw the piano on a truck as it passed our house.

 

On Thursday, May 25, 1933, we will hold our regular observation of the birth of the community. It will be the 25th and for that reason we plan an extra program. A community dinner will be held at about the noon hour. In the afternoon, a program under direction of Mrs. Burton D. Hurd, consisting of musical numbers, recitations and short talks by some of those present who were also present on May 25, 1909. In the evening, another program arranged by the local canners club. This will be musical and recitations and the Bay City band will be present. No charge for any of the events. Just a day for getting together. Bring your basket, or bag, or sack, or truck with your food and turn it over to the ladies in charge and they will do the rest. The various women's organizations will sell ice cream and cold drinks, but there will be no 3.2.

 

W. S. Holman and Thomas H. Lewis spoke to the big crowd in 1909 and we hope they will be here on this date and speak again.

 

For a week-end guest we have had Henry Martin of Palacios. Henry is a big game hunter so I expect that all lions, tigers, elephants will be cleaned up around this section much to the delight of farmers whose crops have been ruined by these heavy animals.

 

Sunday came Mrs. Patricia Martyn, Jean Martin, Bill (boy friend), Judith Gaedeke and a freezer of ice cream. This latter made a warm day cool. When they departed, they took Henry along so that ended a fine week for us Homecrofters.

 

Since the regular train has been taken off, we have enjoyed what is rightly called a putrid, rotten, decomposed, decayed service. Often late it means that connections are not made at Buckeye and hence mail for Houston, San Antonio and other points suffer delay. Unless there is some improvement in the mail service we shall be warranted in trying another method of transportation. Each day brings a threat of rain, but for weeks not a drop has fallen. Crops are suffering. Much seed in the ground has not germinated. The outlook for a crop is far from promising.
 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, May 18, 1933

 


TEACH US TO PRAY

 

Help us to pray, in the night, in the day,

That the salvation thou offerest, be cast not away.

List not to our prayers for material things,

God help us to pray for ethereal things.

 
 

THE SAME OLD MOON
 

You've seen the wonders and the blunders

Of this modern world.

You've seen the wild flowers on the western plain.

You've gazed at Heaven in your sweetheart's eyes.

Seen the sunshine after the rain.

But oh say, have you ever seen the moonlight,

On Tres Palacios Bay?

 

Your heart goes pitter-patter,

When your game comes down.

You're proud of your fisherman's skill.

You've watched two yellow kittens with a ball of yarn.

Think you've felt every joy and thrill,

But oh say, have you ever seen the moonlight,

On Tres Palacios Bay?
 

 

C'EST PASSE
 

The romance is ended, but the memory lingers on.

The hearts are all broken, the tears are all shed.

The letters all written, the words are all said.

Tho' the memory still lingers, the romance is dead.


 

PIRATE SONG
 

I'd like to be a bold bad pirate,

And sail the seven seas--

Wear a bloody cutlass,

With breeches 'bove my knees.

 

The very first steamer that I met,

I know just what I'd do,

I'd grab a handsome sailor boy,

And play like he was you.

 

Gee, but we'd be happy,

Just cruising all day long,

Being bold bad pirates,

With a bold bad pirate song.

 

--Cary Miller
 


THOUGHTS ABOUT INTROSPECTION

By Harry Austin Clapp

 

Like Dryden "I was forced to make an introspection into my own mind."

 

There is quite a difference between introspection and retrospection. The first means "looking inward; self examination" while the second means "looking on things past." Today as I approach the twenty-fifth observance of the opening of the Collegeport townsite. I am forced to self examination as I look at the things past. On the 25th day of May, 1909 with about sixteen hundred folk present, this community was formally born and named. The Bay City Rice Growers and the El Campo band supplied the music. The galleries of the new hotel were thronged with happy people and laughing children.

 

Among those present was Mr. Andy Holman. I recall seeing him ascend the stairs from the hotel lobby escorting his handsome mother. Across from the hotel the "Coliseum" stood in state and from its platform Judge W. S. Holman nominated Thos. H. Lewis governor of Texas and he is turn named Judge Holman to the United States senate and then both turned loose their brilliant batteries of compliments and good wishes to the assembled "homeseekers." A big dance in the evening, plenty of things to eat, guests from all parts of the Midcoast. The waters of the bay rippled and sucked around the piling of the pleasure pier and pavilion. Buggies, wagons, chariots of all kinds, with motive power of mules and horses were parked or hitched all about. Hundreds of them and only one automobile. Everything looked jake and that night it rained. It rained ten inches before morning. Frogs came from nowhere and bellowed in the morning air. The dirt roads were impassable. The only land visible was the tops of the hog wallows. No drainage so we waited until the thirsty land drank in the surplus water. Us Homecrofters were ready to pack up our "Household Goods" and go back to dear old Chi, but things looked better by night and we stayed and stayed, and are here today, hoping for the viaduct which will allow us to live by the side of the road instead of at the end. That year we counted more than four hundred folk living on the townsite, while today using cross eyes, we can count less than one hundred.

 

I cannot blame some for dying, but why did so many move away discouraged and disgusted. Glorious climate, purest water, a soil described by land agents as rich as that of the Nile, a wonderful bay and what it offered, beckoning the lovers to the sea, a land of romantic history, the soil of which had been pressed by many adventures from across the sea.

 

And so I wonder why they left. But they did, and no matter where they are this day, some are thinking of the day and they cannot forget the bluest of skies with white clouds floating across. Forget the rolling prairie with the huisache waving in the breeze. Forget the clean air and sweet water. Forget the glorious sunsets. Forget the sound of the hammer as homes rose in the new land. Forge the new found friends. Forget the sweet smell of newly turned sod. There things they will remember and be with us in spirit the day we celebrate. What will May 25, 1958 bring to this community? Will the present day youth catch the torch that soon will be flung to them and keep up this observance?

 

In the Tribune last week appeared four or five poems by Cary Miller. I read them all and I liked "The Pirate's Song" best. I suppose I enjoyed it because I have always liked pirates and many is the time I wished I was a pirate sailing the Spanish Main, or any other main where I might enjoy rich plunder, cause some to walk the plank and keep a few beautiful ones to grace my cabin. The life of a pirate is a wonderful adventuresome life and wishing I might have been a pirate no wonder I enjoy "The Pirate's Song." I guess Cary would make a first class pirate.

 

A bunch of willing workers are busy painting the community house so it will look spick and span for Collegeport Day. It glistens in white.

 

Thursday the King's Daughters met at the Hurd home with Mrs. Vernon King as hostess. About twenty-five were present to enjoy the bounteous repast always served at these gatherings. Being on extra terms with one of the daughters in the person of Emily, I was given an invitation to be present. After the luncheon, the usual religious program was carried out to the enjoyment and interest of those present. The men who were painting the community house were guests and showed their appreciation of the courtesy by the way they enjoyed the banquet.

 

I read in the Tribune that Sunday, May 14, Miss Cary Miller was married to Mr. Douglas Whitehead. Douglas is a splendid young man and has the respect of all who have met him since the Miller family came here from their former home in Arkansas. Cary Miller has been identified with the religious and civic work of the community and is one of our popular young ladies.

 

I wish this young couple a happy and long married life and ask God to give them health and prosperity in such measure as He thinks they merit.

 

Henry Martyn came over Friday night to spend the week-end with us Homecrofters and aided me in demolishing another of those wonderful lemon pies made by my own MW.

 

Saturday night Chester A. Boren, manager of the Collegeport Townsite Company, came in with four men who are seeking out other lands. Hope some of them decide to stop right here, for God knows that we not only want more people, but a viaduct across the bay so that we, meaning I and the miserable wretch, may walk to service at St. John's Chapel.

 

Gerald Wells, late from Illinois, has at last found that Collegeport is a very attractive place in which to live. The other day, I placed a feather in my hat, but did not think much of that, until Rosalie and Frances asked "why the plume?" At first I looked in dismay, for I had forgotten the display, and so I said "my dears might I presume to decorate my hat without being considered at bat?" They gave assent so with that I am content. Two fine girls, one with straight hair and the other with golden curls.

 

Library doing slow business now that school is out. Only twenty-three books out Friday. Grown folk not so hungry for reading.

 

The last of August we will be allowed to vote on the repeal question. I wish it might be possible to allow every person regardless of the poll tax payment to vote on that day. In my opinion it makes small difference whether we repeal or do not, for the state is flooded with beer which is as easily obtained as Coca Cola. Prohibition has developed thousands of beer makers many of them able to produce beer of excellent quality and with an alcohol content much in excess of the favorite 3.2.

 

Not many days ago, a man friend showed me ale that he had made, that in color, sparkle, clearness and flavor equaled any produced by our best breweries. Beer making requires little skill, but making ale demands much care and considerable time. Believing as I do that much of our crime is the result of the prohibition act, I shall vote for repeal and when it comes to a local option vote in the county, I shall vote in favor of allowing the sale of the 3.2 per cent beer which by law is non-intoxicating, in fact, I am not in favor of saloons, but I am in favor of the sale of 3.2 along with the synthetic, poisoned drinks now on sale at every pop joint in the country.

 

I do not understand why a parent will allow a child to drink from a bottle stuff which is plainly labeled "imitation flavor and color," a dose of tank poison, when there is available a healthful drink that is made from purest of materials.

 

It appears that Texas is going to the eternal bow-wows with legal betting on hoss races, prize fights, free beer, but you know folks the budget must be balanced. It may bring in much tainted money, but it will give us more than a six months school, so what care we how it comes or from what source.

 

Chester Boren tells me that as soon as business shows a tendency to become normal, that active work will begin on financing the sanitarium. I hope it opens before Dr. Van Wormer has whiskers a yard long or Margaret Gilmore is using crutches.

 

Doctor Knight, one of the original settlers of Collegeport drove in for a short call on the old timers and as I stood on our gallery and pointed to the houses between us and the bay I said "Doctor, in all these houses you will find only three people who were here with you. All are dead or have moved away." It was good to see him after an absence of more than twenty years.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, May 25, 1933

 


COLLEGEPORT WILL CELEBRATE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY

 

Thursday, May 25, marks the silver anniversary of the founding of Collegeport. As usual the annual picnic and basket dinner will be the chief feature of the day, followed in the afternoon by a baseball game. Collegeport will play Blessing on the Van Wormer field. Following this there will be a ball game between the Collegeport and Wadsworth woman's baseball teams. Races and other amusements will be staged on the field.

 

The Collegeport Home Demonstration Club will have a program at the Community House at night. There will be music and other numbers from Bay city and later a dance at the warehouse.

 

The various clubs will have charge of the concessions and the public is invited to bring their baskets and enjoy a day of Collegeport. Remember the date, Thursday, May 25.

 

The Misses Frances and Beth Eisel have returned from a week's visit with relatives in Bay City.

 

Mrs. H. A. Clapp was in Bay City Friday consulting with her dentist.

 

Mr. Chester A. Boren has been a Collegeport visitor for the past few days.

 

Dr. Knight and wife, former residents of Collegeport, were guests at the Roy Nelson home last Wednesday.

 

George Hill and family are moving to the Carl Boeker farm east of here where he has a rice crop.

 

Miss Ruth Boeker spent the past week in Collegeport. Mr. Boeker has been in Palacios the last week.

 

The Collegeport ball team played Wadsworth on the Van Wormer field here Sunday. The score was 23-11 in favor of Collegeport.

 

Mrs. B. V. Merck is visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jack Bartin in Houston.

 

Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Legg were visitors in the Dean Merck home Sunday.

 

Mrs. Gus Franzen is steadily improving from her recent operation.

 

Mr. E. W. Turner was a visitor in the English and McCune home on Friday and Saturday. Mrs. McCune accompanied him back to Houston for the week-end.

 

The Home Demonstration Club will meet at the home of Mrs. Ira Corporon Tuesday, May 23.

 

The Community House was painted last week.

 

Mr. and Mrs. John Merck, Mr. Herman Letdje, Mrs. Ben Mowery, Miss Ruth Boeker, Mrs. Carl Boeker and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Tyre of Bay City, enjoyed a picnic and flounder party on the bay Monday night. They reported thirty-four flounders as their catch for the evening.

 

Mrs. Patricia Martyn spent Saturday in the H. A. Clapp Home.

 

Miss Mamie Franzen, Miss Rosalie Nelson, Gerald Wells and C. W. Boeker, attended the Franklin Theater in Bay City Friday night.

 

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, May 25, 1933 
 

 

 

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