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November, 1933

Thoughts At Sunset
By Harry Austin Clapp

Night in the Southland was falling. Sun light was fading in the west. Here and there a star brightened a little space. In the north a mountain of fleecy cloud showed canyons and gashes and under the mountains snow cap, gray clouds drifted by. The sun dipped low from the sweep of the bay’s tossing waters, that appeared to be kissing the passing day. Low dunes of red and purest white, shot with pools of shifting shadow, billowed away until misted and veiled in sunset’s rioting colors. The play of soundless flames. Slanting lances of sunset fire. Golden fire! The sun sank below the horizon and under the stars was a shadowy mysterious beauty. Sheer vaultings, like towers of glitterin’ granite. Circling cliffs over a black and sullen sea. Blue misted fringes, made a dome of deep sapphire, merged into liquid cyan blue and dreamy turquoise. At times, one might see the smoke of camp fires and vision flickering flames. Flames spread and waved like rainbows shot apart, each color distinct. Bands of violet, greens, reds, merge and turn to orange, to gold, to crimson.

Clouds wave like the curtain of a great stage. Cerise and orange banners flash and flame in the sky. Then comes the soft comforting dusk. As the glowing copper sun sinks behind the powder puff clouds, dusk comes, restful dusk and the prairie is tinted in a reddish haze. With topaz-jade eye the moon strikes opalescent flames. One after the other lights appear across the bay. The white houses of the “City-by-the-Sea” fade from view. A star reflects its light in the waters of the bay. Night is here and the bay on its beautiful bosom, the reflection of a purple and velvet throne. God is in His heavens and peace is on earth. Night! Blessed night.

I have watched the NRA plan and the Blue Eagle and so far as I can observe there are only two things neglected. One is a code for nursing babies, telling when and how long they may nurse and the other is a code limiting the labor of prisoners of twenty hours per week and allowing them to have week-end trips outside the walls. When these codes are approved we shall see the end of depression.

Saturday Mr. T. M. Thompson was taken to the Bay City hospital for an emergency situation. Reports state that he is now making a satisfactory recovery. Monday while Mrs. Brack English was visiting at the home of her daughter, fell while walking in the house and sustained such an injury to her spine as to require taking her to the Bay City hospital.

For more than a year I have been corresponding with a syndicate which expressed a desire to buy and operate the Collegeport branch of the Missouri Pacific. Yesterday I received another letter re-opening the matter. This letter stated “As I believe I previously advised you, my plan of proposed operation would contemplate a very economical type of service, but providing more frequent train service together with store door service delivery and pick up.” It would appear to be a very fine solution of the situation and with small encouragement from the citizens the deal might go through. The service as I have been informed would consist of a light one man equipment capable of hauling one or two freight cars when required and would make two round trips each day.

Mr. Trimble, a federal engineer, was here Wednesday accompanied by Mr. George Harrison, county commissioner. Mr. Trimble was making a preliminary survey of the erosion situation on this side of the bay. He stated that actual work on the sea wall would begin soon after January first. About one mile of structure will be built on the Palacios side and a half mile on the Collegeport side and the work will take about seven months. I have a crown to place on the brow of Mr. Jack Barnett because he went to Austin for more than thirty days. Mr. Barnett is entitled to our thanks for the personal sacrifice that he might assist in a patriotic work.

Mrs. Patricia Martyn, county health nurse, made an official visit to Collegeport Tuesday. Mrs. Martyn is assisting Dr. Male in the work of installing sanitary pit toilets in the rural schools of the county. This is a valuable health work, which will become of greater value, if the parents after inspecting these sanitary toilets, will erect them in the homes.

It must be six or five weeks since I have heard from Frances and Elizabeth Eisel…to send a detecative up around the land of rosin chawers and hawg eaters, in hopes that I may once more make contact with these two delights.

Ruth Boeker is one good scout. Like all good scouts, she believes in doing a good turn. She did me two good turns this week, both of them appreciated. Thoughtful generous young girl.

The Markham team trouped down here Friday to engage with the local school tem. The first half stood 8-0 in favor of the home team but after that fine start, they seemed to lose pep and the game finished 12-8 in favor of the visitors.

The bill passed by the legislature exempting this precinct from state taxes for a period of years and carrying an appropriation for the engineering expense, has been signed by the governor and is now a law. The next move will be the calling of a special election to vote a bond issue in the sum of $150,000. The bonds will be purchased by the Reconstruction Finance Corporation at par and will be retired by the tax exemption money. Thus the construction of the sea walls at Palacios and Collegeport will not cost our people one penny. It will not increase our tax rate one farthing. If we were not allowed to use this tax exemption money for this purpose the money would be paid over to the state for the general fund. In no event could it be used for local purposes. It is the usual state tax which we pay each year. In considering how we should vote on the proposition it might be well to understand the situation and comprehend that this is in the last analysis a gift from the state.

Perhaps the best joke canners play on the public is the “pork and bean” joke. The cans contain plenty of beans but the pork is not larger than a bats eye. The other day we opened a can of “pork and beans” and had lots of fun seeing which of us would first find the pork. The miserable wretch won first prize.

The papers are full of the slogan “Now Is The Time to Buy” but I read little of “Now Is The Time to Sell Right.” Many dealers taking advantage of the reconstruction movement, have slowly and craftily, pushed prices up a few notches beyond the point allowed by the code. It is all right for the buyer to buy fairly but on the other side the dealer should sell fairly. Up to date I have observed no movement that increases the buyers ability to buy. It is one thing to advise people to buy and another thing to enable them to buy. It has been a one side slogan up to date so far as I am able to perceive.

The Boeker store has installed a set of new scales. They are not only beautiful but sweet and clean as an angel’s kiss and as white as the soul of a cherubim. On the front one reads “Honest Weight.” This statement is not necessary in the Boeker store, for no person as yet has detected any of the force weighing thumbs. I would not object if Ruth weighed her thumbs if delivery was made.

The Matagorda County Tribune, November 2, 1933?

Bay View High School Notes


Editor-in-Chief - Rosalie Nelson

Assistant Editor - Georgia Hejtmanek

Assistant Editor - Annette Johnson

Reporters - Emma Kuchar, Earline Hill, Robert Liggett and Viola Prunty


What Makes A Home Interesting?


A home is a place where all members of the family co-operate and get along with one another. Therefore a home is made interesting by the people who live in it. Everyone in the family must be agreeable and pleasant with the other members who live there.


In order to make a home interesting, everything must be planned for every member of the family. If the father and mother spend their evenings reading the daily paper, the children can play games among themselves and entertain each other. Everyone should work during working hours, then during the recreation period, each person can do as he or she pleases.


Much happiness in the home depends on cleanliness. If the home is not clean and comfortable, it can not possibly be interesting to anyone in the family. The house may not be elaborately furnished, but it can be attractively arranged.


Keep the youngsters entertained at home and they will not seek amusements elsewhere. At no time should any of the family be ashamed to invite anyone else to come in.


The keynote in keeping the home interesting is "co-operation."--Blanch Adams.




Last Friday evening, a large group of people witnessed a very exciting game of basketball between the Markham girls and the Bay View girls. It seemed that the ball just couldn't miss when Blanch got it. It seemed to realize that it was in the hands of its mistress. However, without the aid of the other forwards and the splendid guards, Blanch could not have done nearly so well. Every person who played in the game was a star in her own capacity. For many this was their first game. We feel sure that after they have made such a spectacular beginning, they will continue the good work and bring home the championship this year. The score was 15-4. The lineup was forwards: Blanch Adams, Rosalie Nelson, Billie Crabill; Guards: Fawn Adams, Georgia Hejtmanek, Emma Kuchar; Substitutes: Earlene Hill, Ellen Adams, Clara Nicholson, Jane Ackerman.


On the same evening, our Bay View boys went down in defeat to the Markham boys. They played a fast and an interesting game. There was some outstanding playing in spite of the many fouls called on each side. The boys seemed to not be able to adjust themselves to the lights. Though we have been beat before by Markham, there will come a day when we shall come home victorious. Stay right in there boys and fight, fight, fight.


A game at home Wednesday afternoon. Come one, come all. Let's help the boys beat Gulf.


Attention, Hark, Listen. This Means You.


Friday night there will be an oyster supper and auction sale at the Community House for the benefit of the Bay View Athletic Fund. We need some ditto supplies, etc. The date is Nov. 10, the hour is 7 p. m. and the place is the Community House, the town is Collegeport. Everybody is invited and everybody is welcome.


Girl Reserve News.


Miss Charlie Mae Carter, who had been in a wreck recently, found it impossible to meet with the girls last week when she was in Matagorda County. She conferred with Miss Bell. Miss Carter has made plans to be with the girls at their next regular meeting, Nov. 10.--Georgia Hejtmanek.


Fifth and Sixth Grades.


We are again the losers of two of our classmates, Johnnie Mae Stanley, who moved to San Augustine and Doris Caldwell, who moved to Palacios. We hope these two young people will make as good records there as they did here.


Honor Roll.


Fifth Grade: Frances Brimberry, Norine Harvey, Alletha Hill, Ethel Nelson.

Sixth Grade: Ellen Adams, Viola Prunty, Louise Emmert.


Third and Fourth Grades


A Honor Roll: Delvin Harvey

B Honor Roll: Marcus Harvey, Kent Boeker, Thomas Alexander, W. H. Stanley, Wanda Hill, Francis Johnson, Billie Underwood, Oneida Bullington, Lucille Dickert, Adda Bagley, Ruby Grace Prunty.


C. B. and W. H. Stanley have moved to East Texas. Nancy Lou Crabill has moved to San Marcos and Vaughn Carswell has gone to Palacios. We are sorry to lose these pupils.


A very interesting art lesson was given Monday by Mrs. Ivy Grantham. It was about color.


Francis Johnson has returned to school after suffering from a wound caused by a fall from a horse.


Primary Notes.


Among those on the sick list the past few days are Felipe Estrada, Ramon Harvey, Donald King and Sarah Fossett.


Despite bad weather and colds, the attendance in the primary room is always good.


Local News.


Miss Beryl Bell motored to Houston with Mrs. Claire F. Pollard Saturday to attend a district meeting of teachers and superintendents of district 21, which is comprised of Matagorda, Jackson, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, Harris, Waller and Wharton counties. Miss Bell reports a very interesting address given by Dr. L. A. Woods, state superintendent of public instruction. The keynote of this address was that we as teachers must teach the children "How to live and how to make a living."


Mr. Dinkins, in his opening address, stated that we are but soldiers in a great army. We must fight shoulder to shoulder in the ranks of that great army of education in the battle against ignorance--that great enemy of civilization. There must be no superior officers, because then the great mission which is ours has failed.


Mr. T. M. Thompson, who has been gradually recovering, has been removed from the Loos Hospital.


Misses Harris and Chapman were week-end visitors in Bay City.


Mr. T. P. White spent the weekend in Houston having gone over to attend the teachers' meeting.


The Nelson family were Palacios visitors Saturday. Rosalie came home minus a tooth. We hope she won't go often if that is the way they are going to treat her.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, November 9, 1933


The Girl Reserve Hallowe'en Party


When things get dull, the Collegeport Girl Reserves give a party and when they give a party, it is one worth attending. After the beautiful ceremonial for the six new members of the club at the community house on Tuesday night, they made things happen at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Curtis.


The ghoulish theme started with the clever invitations. The guests who were teachers and friends, who didn't come as ghosts had to pay a fine. All the spirits were numbered and every one made out lists of who the mysteries were. Mr. T. P. White won with thirteen out of sixteen who were masked, and Miss Chapman was voted the best ghost.


After unmasking, the initiates were taken through the hall of heroes and brought down shaking to have a race, pushing moth balls across the room with their noses--quite interesting--to spectators. Then everyone enjoyed a number of good games, ending with the apple bobbing contest which is a Hallowe'en classic, but still funny. The Girl Reserves further clinched their popularity by serving dainty sandwiches and delicious punch. The table was lovely in black and orange and the house was decorated with crepe paper, miniature sprights and marigolds.


The more limber guests danced until ten-thirty, school night, you know. Everyone had a fine time but that's what makes a Girl Reserve invitation so coveted. If entertaining was all the girls had to learn, Miss Bell should be complimented on the hostesses she is turning out.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, November 9, 1933



By Harry Austin Clapp


I do not yield to any man in interest for the construction of a viaduct or causeway across the bay connecting county highway 58 and the town of Palacios. The completion of this much desired project means more than just a crossing to Palacios. It means a completed Hug-the-Coast to Matagorda, Freeport and Galveston. At present, we appear to be up against a stalemate. The pot simmers, but it does not bubble. It appears to me, that we who are interested in this snuggling the coast highway, need to do some co-ordinated planning. Co-ordination is a big word that many do not understand and a few fear it, but it really is a simple thing, but often difficult to put into action. Co-ordinate effort simply means "To give a common action, movement or condition; to regulate and combine, so as to produce harmonious action." Regulate--combine--common action--harmonious action. This is the situation we who live on both sides of the bay are confronted with. The only thing that will relieve the irritating situation is some co-ordinated planning so that we may go before the state highway commission with common action and movement.


This can only be done by the use of clean co-operation and co-ordination. The people who live in this part of Matagorda County and on opposite sides of the bay have common interests. Social, business, religious, education, amusement and in common they share the same ideals. They can never mingle and enjoy these privileges unless the barrier, which now makes intercourse so difficult, is removed. I have watched the progress of the causeway project closely and much to my regret, there are a few who are trying to inject politics into the movement. This is all wrong and patriotic folk should frown upon such attempts.


The causeway is not a political necessity. It is an economic necessity and for that reason politics should not be injected into the project. Any man low enough to attempt to use such a wonderful community builder as a lever to build himself politically, is unworthy of our support or confidence. In the last analysis, the people living in the territory adjacent to both sides of the bay are entitled to free and through methods of traffic because of the savings in proper intercourse necessary for the transaction of business, agriculture, industry and society. It is essential that those most interested wake up at once because now is the time for action. Now is the time when our people and the rumbling traffic of the coast country should be presented with needed facilities for easy transportation from one coast point to another and cease being compelled to travel miles out of the way. I urge, therefore, that we take some action that will bring about a co-ordinated plan, which will urge our state and federal commissions to bring about in the near future effective action. We must concentrate on the causeway, we must evaluate the causeway, we must think causeway.


"Inveniam viam aut faciam." [“I shall either find a way or make one.”]


Had two letters from readers this week, one from North Texas. "We missed your "Thoughts" in the Tribune week before last. What was the matter? Hope you were not sick.


The other came from Central Texas. "Your 'Thoughts' were fine this week. I expect you will get a storm of criticism on your head about upholding the beer drinking drunkards of this country. But what do you care? And your description of the beer since is legalized, compared to the bootleg beer is right--for a brewery is the cleanest place imaginable."


Both letters from women readers. I intend to write to President Roosevelt and advise that he put the QT on the "Now is the time to buy" slogan and adopt a new one which reads "Now is the Time to Advertise." If there has been in the last twenty-five years, when advertising is a necessity, It is right on the present.


Have just heard that "little bright eyes" sometimes called Mary Ellen Foster, is now Mrs. Claude Barte. I am surprised that Mary Ellen would undertake the journey without first consulting me, but so long as she has, I give my blessing and hope she has a long and happy life with the man of her choice. I have never seen the groom, but he must be a fine fellow to win out with as fine a girl as is Mary Ellen. I suppose I'll have to cut out the "bright eye" stuff in the future and write Mrs. Claude Barte.


Wednesday night us Homecrofters had the pleasure of entertaining at dinner Mrs. Patricia Martyn, county health nurse; Dr. Leonard Male and Dr. John L. Mortimer, both of the gentlemen from the state department of health. They are in the county in the interest of a valuable health sanitation project.


Friday night, Nov. 10, the school will give a supper in which Mr. Ostra Virginiaia will take a prominent part. For two bits, one may have the pleasure of meeting Mr. Ostrea on very intimate terms. Trade tickets from most of the county merchants will be sold at auction and I am informed that among the tickets will be some rare bargains. Colonel Thomas Endive Fulcher will handle the red flag and that insures active sales with good prices. I hope the school takes a million of our depressed dollars, for most of the kids need new sweaters for the coming winter.


J. B. McCain, at one time cashier of the Collegeport State Bank, was in town Friday calling on old friends. He is selling an automobile accident policy which is so sweet and attractive, that if he would furnish me with an auto, so I could have an accident, I would sign up. The policy even pays if a man cuts his face while shaving in an auto.


A Tribune reader from way out "Where the West Begins," writes me thus: "Well it looks as though public works jobs will eventually go through. The hard part is that most of this work is supposed to be an emergency measure, and some has been ready for four months and is still unapproved. But then perhaps they know what they are doing. But in the meantime, the laborers, for whom the work is primarily intended, will starve to death or freeze to death when winter comes." This is only one, but there are frequent complaints of the slowness of government works. Too much red tape in all government business. The men who handle these affairs have no occasion to worry for they all draw salaries, but the men who want work and are ready to work, must continue to suffer. We have an example right at home. The sea wall proposition drags along waiting for the approval of a board and the causeway also is the victim of procrastination. In the meantime, men right here in Palacios and Collegeport wait for work and families suffer. Wonder how long these people will be obliged to wait for food and clothes?


One of the best things from the Caligraf of Cary Miller is the poem that appeared in Friday's Tribune, "If You Know Someone Cares." It's so good that I am putting it in my scrap book along side of "Thoughts."


Frank Putnam's tax article is fine stuff and hits the nail on the head. Might be a good plan to elect him governor of Texas. This tax business is a rich joke. I read in the papers that in Harris County, one hundred thousand dollars of cash on hand was rendered for taxation and this with millions of money on deposit in the banks. Why is this cash so much more sacred than the homestead? If this is not a tax joke, I know not where to find one.


Houston may brag about its Bob-cats, but down here we have Wild-cats. Several of them have been living on frying size chickens that Mrs. Burton Hurd raised. It at last became so monotonous and tiresome, that a wild cat hunt was organized and now two big pelts hang on the wall. About twenty-five fryers have been contributed to date.


Down on Fulcher Boulevard, Mr. J. S. Conover is erecting a new residence. It is being erected on NRA rules and plans and employs local labor only with NRA pay and hours. A large Colonial gallery is across the front, screening the entrance with liberal windows on each side. I am informed that the residence, when completed, will be occupied by Mr. T. P. White, superintendent of the Bay View school. No one can keep Collegeport from growing.


Friday one of the men employed on the oil well east of town was seriously injured while pulling pipe. He was taken to the Bay City hospital.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, November 9, 1933



By Harry Austin Clapp


The other day I visited the library owned and operated by the Collegeport Woman's Club. As I looked over the beautiful room and the cases filled with books and saw the faces of the children who were asking for books, I thought "How true it is that tall trees from little acorns grow.” My thoughts went back twenty-five years to the day when Mrs. Burton Hurd suggested to a few ladies the library idea. The suggestion took. Books were donated by the club members. Visitors to the town were asked to make gifts. Club funds were used to purchase books. For several years the library might have been called a traveling library, for the club was obliged to move from place to place seeking a home. At last a movement was underway for a permanent building and it now stands on a corner lot across the street from the school campus and it is houses fifteen hundred books. In addition, about eighty books have been loaned to the Bay View School. The building is of the bungalow type, painted white and finished inside with sheet rock in panels. The interior is well furnished and it is open every Friday from noon until five o'clock and it is in every sense a free public library as no fees are charged for its use. When books are not returned in two weeks, a fine is required and the fine money is used to purchase new books.


Books have been presented from people in New York and nearly every state to California and also from Manila, Philipena Islands.


Looking over the shelves I found two books that from their appearance showed that they are not often called for. One was a history of Masonry and the other bore on the back the words Holy Bible. The former should be read by every member of the Masonic order, for it goes way back in the very dim past and reveals the historic beginning of that ancient order. I know of no book that has enjoyed such a wide circulation, has been printed in so many languages as the Bible.


If one enjoys poetry, here it is found in richest language. Romance is found in many Bible tales. Read the story of Ruth, Queen Esther and other remarkable women. The story of the captain of the King's Hosts, who suffering from leprosy, refused to bathe in the River Jordan. This man had riches, power, fine position, in the King's service, but he was a leper.  He scoffed at the instructions of the prophet and he was taught a lesson. A wonderful tale with a great moral. If one is interested in genealogy, it is here, bringing down for many generations family history.


Travel, biography, fiction, science, all are here for he who would read. The story of the Prodigal Son is of intense interest. It tells plainly why the prodigal son left home and why he returned. This tale is duplicated to this day, when thousands of boys and girls have been lured away from the protective love of parents and too many of them never return.


It tells of the sorrowing father and his joy when the son came back to the home place. If one is able to visualize these wonderful stories and bring them to this date the thrill one enjoys is as satisfying as when one reads a more modern tale. The trials, persecutions and tribulations of the Jewish race and their escape from bondage, their wars, the rise and fall of their kings, the building of cities and the temple furnish rich romance. In this book, one finds fascinating tales. Stories of adventure, ghostly yarns, tales of love, of the sea, of battles of destruction, of honor and virtue. The most wonderful story to be found is the story of the birth, life, travels and death of Jesus Christ. If one craves excitement, here it is found. Entrancing entertainment for a year of nights.


The Woman's Club met Thursday in the Community House, but because of the chilly weather, only five were present. Those who had charge of the program with Mrs. McCune were not present, so the latter made no attempt to carry out the program. Mrs. Hurd brought in a delicious apple pie which being cut into five generous pieces, was quickly absorbed by the faithful.


We have been served with notice that our Portsmouth Limited will from this date be limited to once each week. The whistle will blow on Saturdays only and that express service is also abandoned. All our people who are interested in the construction of a causeway should throw their freight and express business to the Southern Pacific as by doing this we will be entitled to some very powerful aid in furthering the construction of this much needed traffic facility.


Mrs. Patricia Martyn, county health nurse, was here Friday employing some men to work on the Ashby school sanitary project. I might explain that in the technical language of the engineers, this is known as a privio.


Sunday, us Homecrofters were well fed, thanks to Mrs. Carl Boeker, who having been successful a floundering, sent up two big ones and then to top it off, Mr. Vernon King Hurd provided an abundance of spare ribs. Thus we are saved from starvation.


Ducks and geese are coming in large numbers and in a few days will be heard the boom of guns.


The Beacon carried a fine article from the pen of Reverend Gillespie of us who are interested in the cause that brought much comfort to some way. The causeway is a traffic necessity for auto travelers, but it is a necessity to us, meaning I and the miserable wretch, so we may walk to service at St. John's Chapel. It would be a fine thing if the people on both sides could meet and discuss some plans for furthering the movement.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, November 16,1933




Editor in Chief Rosalie Nelson

Ass't Editor Georgia Hejtmanek

Ass't Editor Annette Johnson


The Child or the Dollar?


Education costs more now than it did in pioneer days because schools are better and more children attend them for longer periods. A majority of parents now desire their children to have the advantages of high school, which costs more then the elementary school. And yet American schools are run so economically that they give your child books, a classroom, equipment, a playground and a day's instruction under a well-prepared teacher, for the price of a golf ball or the cost of a box of candy. The average cost  for a day's instruction for an American child is only a forty-nine cents. Of the forty-nine cents, the teacher receives about twenty-eight cents. Suppose you had to engage a tutor to teach your child in your home. Such service often costs $1 to $2 per hour.


In proportion to the magnitude of its helpfulness, the number of children, the number of hours, the variety of activities, the care for each individual child, the preparation necessary for teaching, the high responsibility―the school is relatively inexpensive. Let us all join hands to give to our young people the best possible preparation for life. Let us keep our children first.


A nations concern over education measures its interest in its own future.”


Senior-Junior Notes.


Our literature class will soon begin the study of the “Age of Johnson.” Here's hoping it will be as interesting as the “Age of Shakespeare.”


In grammar we are now studying what I call real grammar. I wonder if we can keep on friendly terms with the clauses.


The junior class is progressing very nicely with their Spanish, but they can't say so much for their geometry.


We all wonder what Blanch will do with herself now since Pat has gone.




The ninth grade is finishing “The Tale of Two Cities.” We have found it to be very interesting. How nicely it fits in with our history.


Six weeks examinations come next week. That accounts for all the studious Sophs.


Wade seems to want to write notes during study period.


Pat Jenkins has moved away to Dilley. He was one of our best basketball players, too. We are sorry to lost him.


Most of the basketball players are Sophs. I guess we are quite an important group after all.


Basketball Notes.


The Bay View Bob Cats suffered their third defeat of the season from the Markham High School last Wednesday. The girls evened the count for the boys by defeating the Markham girls by the score of 16 to 7.


The Bay View High and Blessing High split a twin bill Friday afternoon in two hard-fought battles. The Bay View boys took their game by a score of 13 to 10, while the Bay View girls lost theirs by 11 to 13. That was the first loss for the girls in three starts.


Primary Notes.


The primary room has a new pencil sharpener, globe and reading table cover which are welcome additions.


We have a new pupil whom we all welcome, Dolores Guyer from Prairie Center.




Mr. Allan Fox returned to Port O'Connor after visiting with his sister, Mrs. Percy Corporon of Citrus Grove.


Several of the Collegeport people went to the meetings conducted by Mr. Anderson of College Station of the Presbyterian Church last week.


Miss Harris spent the week-end in Clemville.


Lloyd Arnold was an Austin visitor Sunday.


A. W. Underwood and Allan McCune went to Palacios Sunday.


Bridge Party.


Miss Beryl Bell and Mrs. Elliott Curtis entertained Thursday night with three tables of bridge at the beautiful day shore home of Mrs. Burton D. Hurd.


At the conclusion of the games, the guests were served delicious shrimp salad, coffee and fruit cookies.


After the refreshments, they discussed the organization of a bridge club similar to the one of last year. Mrs. McCune was elected president and Miss Nelle Harris, secretary-treasurer. It was decided that the club meet every other Tuesday night, taking the homes alphabetically.


Those enjoying this delightful affair were Misses Vera Williams, Louise Walter, Eleanor Chapman, Nelle Harris, Messrs. Verne Batchelder, Melvin Spoor, T. P. White, Harold Lloyd, Raymond Black of Blessing; Messrs. and Mesdames Douglas Whitehead, Elliott Curtis.--Cary Miller Whitehead.


A Pounding For Mr. White.


Last Wednesday evening after Mr. White had been for a long but short ride with his friend, Manford Foster, he returned to his domicile to find his library table heavily laden. About that time queer noises were heard in the rear of the building. To his surprise a happy group emerged from the kitchen. He received numerous useful gifts, which will not be mentioned at this time.


The host was finally persuaded to get some tables and chairs so that the guests might enjoy a few games of bridge. After several games, the host, assisted by Mr. Elliott Curtis (chef), served hot cocoa and cakes.


To complete the party plans, a group beautifully and artistically decorated the room while he was away for the chairs and tables.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, November 23, 1933




To Whom IT May Concern:


This letter is written for the benefit of those who will perhaps wonder as to how the money raised by the Bay View High School was expended.


On account of the financial conditions in the Collegeport Rural High School District No. 26, there have been no funds available for anything other than to pay bus drivers, teachers' salaries, fuel bills and the necessary maintenance expenses. Therefore, funds for athletic equipment has this year, as in the preceding years, had to come from some local source. Our knowing this condition and at the same time knowing the absolute necessity of the various kinds of playground and athletic equipment, set ourselves to the task of financing these expenditures as best we could by giving various forms of entertainments—sponsored by the school.


The different events that we have sponsored have netted us the approximate sum of $199.59. This money has been deposited in the First National Bank of Bay City, with the exception of a few things that were bought early in the year. We did this in order that the books would be properly kept of the assets and liabilities of the incomes derived from the various events that we have sponsored for the above mentioned purposes. At a later date, we will give the news an itemized statement of the correct amounts derived from each sale and the exact amount of the cost of the various articles bought.


The news has come to the school already that, seemingly, there is a doubt in the minds of some as to what we have collected, and as to whether or not it will all be expended for the benefit of the school or applied to the personal use of some of the faculty. Anyone interested in this enough to talk about it, please find out the facts. Then narrate it as widely as possible, but be sure that you know whereof you speak. We are doing this for the school without any idea of personal gain from any source; therefore, do not unjustly criticize anyone about it.


We have suited out the basketball boys, also the girls team will be suited with nice suits. We have bought balls, bats, classroom equipment—bought a clock for the school, installed a bell system and done many things that were essential to the school—in that they were all truly needed for work and for play.


In the near future, a master copy will be made itemizing the proceeds and the expenditures. Then copies will be run off on our Ditto machine and sent out to every home in the district.


We thank everyone for the support given us in putting over the different events that the school sponsored. Without that support, our efforts would have been in vain. We will not attempt having any other get together for the purpose of raising school funds, and if any other organization desires funds; then, we at your service—will support anything for the good of the community, or the church.


Signed: T. P. White, Superintendent B. V. H. S., Collegeport, Texas.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, November 23, 1933


Bay View High School Notes


Good Schools in Bad Times


Common sense suggests that in bad times we preserve first the things which are most important.


When trouble comes, we turn to fundamentals. Home comes dearer. Neighbors and friends mean more; we understand better the mission of the church. We appreciate the services of the school. If schools are a blessing in good times, they are an imperative necessity in bad times. They safeguard the health of the child; they fortify the home; they give hope and encouragement to citizens who are the victims of misfortune, but we can take satisfaction that their children are cared for. The schools are ourselves working together in the education of our children. When times are hard, we need to make that education better—to take more seriously our common task of preparing the young for life.


Times which suggest retrenchment call for increased safeguards for schools. Next to food, clothing and shelter, they stand between us and chaos. Let us preserve and improve our schools. Let us keep the children first.


Taxes are the price we pay as citizens for such services as schools, playgrounds, parks, streets, police and courts. Whenever we cut taxes, we must reduce some of these services to ourselves. Our public services—in proportion to their basic importance—are probably the least expensive services we buy.


High School.


Our school gave an oyster supper and auction sale Friday night at the Community House to raise money for school supplies. We cleared a considerable amount of money. An exact account of the money made and expenditures will be made at a later date. The Girl Reserves served the supper.


What a glorious game we witnessed Friday! The Bay Cubs scored 20-2 against Gulf. We have waited a long time for that chance. At last we did it! Splendid work, boys, keep it up. We consider this our greatest victory thus far.


Both the girls and boys teams will play Markham Wednesday afternoon. Friday afternoon we shall all go to Blessing and show them just how the game goes. We may be small, but we are mighty. We are out to win that championship this year.


What a happy lot of basketball folks we have! Both teams will be suited out in their new suits after this week. Let's hope they don't change our luck from good to bad. We shall all have to play harder than ever. We, the girls, hope that the boys appreciate theirs as much as we do ours.


Junior and Senior Notes.


We are so sorry that Auldine Williams is absent from classes because of illness. We look forward to her being with us again.


At last we are through with the study of punctuation. We even dreamed about commas, restrictive clauses and non-restrictive clauses, semicolons, dashes, etc. What a great relief for both—the teacher and the pupils.


We claim the honor of having one of the honor students in the schools. Georgia Hejtmanek made a general average of 90 1/4 per cent.


Bay City, Texas, Nov. 9, 1933.

English II Class

Collegeport, Texas


My Young Friends:


I am writing this letter, but I have read somewhere, “Better late than never.” I think that applies in this case.


I have read the themes you wrote in class on the occasion of my last visit to you. I am pleased by the general neatness of appearance of the papers and also by the content of each theme. After careful comparison, I have decided that the best paper as to content, correctness of form and of spelling and general appearance is the one written by Irwon Blackwell, with Pat Jenkins running a close second. I am using Irwon's paper in my school notes this week.


I enclose some sentences clipped from several papers for your criticism. There may be an error in spelling, or in grammar, or in composition. Find it.


Your friend,

Claire F. Pollard

County Superintendent


Freshman Notes.


We are very proud to have George Alice as our honor student. Her average for the first six weeks was 94 1/4 per cent.


We have some new report books for our recreational writing. We are very proud of them. Miss Bell has offered a prize to the most attractive one at the end of the term.


Fifth and Sixth Grades.


We still have on the 100 per cent list in spelling five names—namely, Ethel Nelson, Norine Harvey, Louise Emmert, Joe Earl Pollard and Viola Prunty. Miss Chapman is going to give a prize to the ones who make a hundred every day in spelling between Oct. 5 and Dec. 23.


Ellen Adams has made a hundred every day in arithmetic this month. Is she smart!


Monday, Nov. 13, the fifth, sixth, and seventh grades gave Miss Chapman a fruit, nut and candy shower as birthday remembrances. She was surely surprised. She promises to be rather nutty for a while.




Mr. Allen Fox., of Port O'Connor, is down visiting his sister, Mrs. Percy Corporon.


Citrus Grove has discontinued their Sunday school until March.


News has reached us that our former classmate and friend, Frances Eisel, is married. Frances, we sincerely wish you and friend husband a very happy, blissful life for many, many years to come.


If the weather permits, the annual Thanksgiving dinner will be held at Citrus Grove as usual.


Mr. T. P. White, accompanied by Mr. And Mrs. Elliott Curtis, attended to some school business in Houston Saturday.


Tuesday, Mrs. Leola Sides met with the 4-H girls to discuss another year's work. She met with girls from all grades. The club was organized with the following officers:

President, Annette Johnson

Vice President, Billie Crabill

Secretary-Treasurer, George Alice Jones

Song Leader, Lottie Mae Johnson

Reporter, Jane Ackerman

Sponsor, Miss Louise Walter.


Our bedroom demonstrator won third in the county last year. We sincerely hope that each girl will work a little harder this year and win as many prizes as possible for a club to win.


Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, November 23, 1933



By Harry Austin Clapp


[Local information taken from longer article.]


This is the week that geese and ducks are supposed to visit this section and it is reported by those who live on and near the rice fields that we have more birds than for the past five or six years. Soon as the season opened, scores of out of town hunters appeared and practically all secured the limit. Many local men were out and some of them had the pleasure of bringing down their first goose. Carl and Hubert Boeker, with a guest from Palacios, took the bag limit as did Miller and Whitehead. Us Homecrofters enjoyed roast game the next day.


The past few nights have been ideal for floundering. Mrs. Boeker took twenty-two one night, the largest weighing six pounds.


I read many interesting things in the papers and Monday's Tribune informed me that Frances Eisel was now Mrs. John Ross Chitwood. It appears that the marriage was celebrated in the First Methodist Church, Shreveport at high noon, Tuesday, Nov. 9. The groom is employed by the North and South Oil Company operating at Buckeye and the newly weds are living in Bay City. Frances lived in Collegeport from the time of small girlhood until womanhood was reached. She is one of the most capable, intelligent and interesting girls this place has produced. She is beautiful in form, face and figure, a sweet wonderful girl, loved by all who know her. Those who doubt this statement are referred to Capt. Hill, her grandfather. John Ross Chitwood has won a grand prize as he will realize as the years pass. I have never met him, but all I wish is that God treats him as he treats Frances.


“She is mine own!

And I as rich in having such a jewel!

As twenty seas, if all their sand were pearl.

The water nectar and the rocks pure gold.”



The King's Daughters met Thursday with Mrs. John Carrick.


Mrs. Leola Cox Sides, home demonstration agent, visited this place Tuesday and organized a girls demonstration club.


Miss Carter was here Friday interviewing the local Girl Reserves. Plans are being made for increased activities the coming season.


The sky in the northwest is brilliantly illuminated at night by the flames from the burning oil well near Louise. The well came in last week and caught fire soon after and has been flaming since then. With the burning torch at Buckeye and the one at Louise, we need one east of town to complete the circle.


Friday night the Misses Bell, Chapman and Harris gave a bridge party at the Hurd home. Four tables were used, delicious refreshments were served by Mrs. Hurd and a very enjoyable affair was had. Before breakup, the last season's bridge club was revived, new officers elected and it will function during the winter months.


Molly is no more. She passed away Friday after calf birth. She was a fine Jersey cow the property of Vernon Hurd. The little son she left, weighs about twenty-five pounds, but takes his milk regularly and is a chipper young rascal.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, November 23, 1933


Bay View High School Notes


High School Notes.


Another six weeks is gone and examination time is here again. They are getting harder every week, so give us your good wishes.


We are getting holidays Thursday and Friday. This will give us time to digest our Thanksgiving dinners before we have to worry about lessons again.


Senior Notes.


The seniors are getting ready for their second six-weeks exams. Then comes Thanksgiving. What are we going to do during these holidays? Ah, I know we are not going to study.


The science class is glad the six weeks' exams are here, because they expected a little “pop quiz” every other day.


Freshman Notes.


We have just finished a chronological review in history. We found it to be rather interesting.


Here are some riddles which were read in Spanish class:


Who is it that eats with another man's teeth?

What resembles the half of a moon?

(Answers given next week.)


The following resolutions have been adopted:


George Alice resolves to speak when spoken to.

Lottie Mae resolves to refrain from eating pecans and chewing gum in school.

Roberta resolves never to pop her fingers again.

Wanda resolves to study more in the future.

Dan resolves to think before he speaks.

August resolves to practice speaking Spanish as he is very low in that particular subject.


Can You Imagine.


Earline wearing bangs?

Billie not saying something?

Auldine not painting her lips?

Blanch not giggling?

Rosalie not chewing gum?

Georgia not blushing when her beau speaks to her?

Billie not squeaking when Georgia sticks her with a pin?

Annette changing the subject when the girls speak of her visitors?

Auldine and Annette answering up in geometry class?

Emma in love with a cowboy?

Irwon holding Noel's head?

Fawn going anywhere without Wade?


I Wonder Why.


Fawn and Blanche giggle when you mention cheese?

Clara has a cold?

Georgia wants El Maton for her future home?

Rosalie seemed to be so happy this week-end?

Irwon can't reduce?

Goose winks at Earline? (Maybe it's her bangs.)

George Alice steals glances at Dan so often?

Billie doesn't ever lose anything?

Roberts selects a desk next to Gifford?

Eldon isn't interested in Collegeport girls?

Wade goes to Bay View?

Annette is checking up on Fawn?

Little Buddy blushes?

Doodle isn't lucky enough to get those corners saved by Earline?

Noel isn't provided with extra shoulders?


Girl Reserve Notes.


The Girl Reserves recognized the seventh grade girls last Friday. We now have a junior Girl Reserves or little sisters.


Mrs. Roy Nelson served the senior Girl Reserves with an old-fashioned dinner at her home last Friday. After everyone had partaken to capacity, we tacked out a comfort which will be given to the person holding the lucky number. Date will be announced later.


“Thanksgiving in Other Lands” is the topic of our Thanksgiving service Monday.




Mr. T. P. White was a business visitor in Houston Saturday.


Last Friday evening, the Sunday School observed Thanksgiving by a program. Everyone reported a lovely time.


Reverend Wiley held church services here Sunday morning and evening.


Mrs. Della Braden, Margaret Ruth and Fred Taylor Matthes spent Sunday with the Nelsons.


Misses Louise Walter, Vera Williams, Beryl Bell were Bay City shoppers Saturday.


Misses Eleanor Chapman and Nelle Harris spent the week-end with their parents.


We are sorry that Mrs. Curtis has not been well.


Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, November 30, 1933



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