Search billions of records on

Collegeport Articles


October, 1933


By Harry Austin Clapp


[Local information taken from longer article.]


"The day is done, and the darkness

Falls from the wings of night.

As a feather is wafted downward

From the eagle in his flight."



Last night as darkness was falling from the wings of night, I sat before my movie screen, watching the fading pictures until the screen was a blank. I smoked my pipe and the smoke spread up in rings and spirals and I dreamed of life. The miserable wretch, anxious to tackle her stand by Sol, broke my reverie, my deep musings, my day dreams by saying "Wake up and turn on the light." Still "rapt in nameless reverie." I replied "O, let us sit for awhile in the gloaming." The gloaming! The end of the day! The beginning of night! The end of life! The beginning of eternity! It is the time I most enjoy of the twenty-four hours, for then I can engage in retrospection and enjoy again the hours that have past.


Acting on a request of Hugh S. Johnson, administrator of the president's recovery plan, a compliance board has been organized in this community with H. A. Clapp as chairman and W. H. Boeker, Vernon King and Mrs. L. E. Liggett as other members. This board has no punitive authority and its only business is to receive and hear complaints of violations of the codes, adopted in Collegeport and transmit them to the district division at Houston. Collegeport has signed up one hundred per cent, which is gratifying, especially when so many larger places are not in the one hundred per cent class. Bay City and Collegeport are the two towns in Matagorda County to organize compliance boards.


Until North Cable became janitor of the local schools, the pupils were accustomed to find the campus on the first day a jungle of tall weeds, but now they find a beautiful close cropped lawn with beds of blooming flowers. A strange thing about these flowers is they all nod to the north.


Yesterday I received some good news. R. J. R. sells in this burg for nine cents the bag, so what do we care if they price of food rises, so long as this great necessity sells lower. We can dispense with food, but we must have Lacy Nicotine, Three-Point-Two and gas for our auto.


Local readers will remember Harry Lewis Eisel, Jr. He now lives in Nacogdoches, is about seven years old and attends the kindergarten at the Nacogdoches College. The other night Elizabeth, going to a night football game, asked him to go with her. He looked at her in disgust and announced "I do not go to high school games for I am a college man." Pretty good for a start. Elizabeth is in the senior class and says that he work is easier than at Bay View High because they are not striving for affiliation as they have it.


I am informed that Sunday, with Rev. M. A. Travis in charge, Mamie Franzen and Gerald Wells were married at the Franzen home. They departed for a trip to the Valley and points in Mexico and will return in about ten days. The groom has been here only a few months and came here from Beardstown, Ill., but soon succumbed to the charms of our Mamie and decided to become a permanent resident. Mamie was raised here and every one knows her for a girl of sterling worth. A most capable young woman and there is nothing about a farm she can not do as well as any person. A grand housekeeper, a splendid one about the dairy and perfectly at home on a tractor. Mamie is an all around first class farm girl. She is bright and attractive and held in high esteem by all who know her. A long and happy life is my wish.


Now Gustave Franzen has one daughter left, Emma, and it will be some time before he will lose her.


So life flows on each year taking us just a bit closer to the gloaming. A notice posted in the post office informs the reader that beginning Monday we will be on a weekly train service and that December 1, 1933, the Collegeport branch line will be abandoned. This is splendid news only I wish they would move the date back. We should organize a funeral service and bury the Mopac in six feet of soil.


The other day our ever on the job postmaster, fearing that his locks were too long, had them amputated by Sam Franz. Sam was reluctant to do the job for the usual price is not enough hair would result to be of much value.


Rains continue day after day thus preventing the rice men from threshing and cotton growers from picking the balance of their crop. If we could have ten days of sunshine, both crops would be in and considerable loss avoided.


Carl Boeker, who has been ill for a month with typhus fever, is up and able to toddle about. He is now endeavoring to find that lost twenty pounds.


Friday night the school gave its first party in the form of a shrimp supper. This delectable sea food is plenty at this time and of superior quality and is sold in the markets as low as fifteen cents per pound. The girls and boys cleaned the shrimp, packed them in ice and in the evening they were ready for our local gourmands. Although the crowd was not great in numbers, enjoyment was immense and the casting up of accounts found the school athletic fund with eleven more dollars.


Saturday afternoon the local Girl Reserves and their friends went over to Palacios to attend the annual round up. Dick Corporon used his school truck to carry the Reserves. Because of the rain which fell almost continuously, the round up was held in the Palacios pavilion.


Last Saturday evening I was informed that Stanley Wright was the successful bidder for carrying our mail. This means we will have Wright good service for Stanley is a dependable man to have charge of this very important work. The mail will leave the post office at 10:15 a.m. and return at 12:45 p.m. Mr. Wright will also carry cream, eggs, poultry and other L. C. L. freight and express and possibly passengers. When, as and if, the state highway commission decides to give us the causeway, we shall once more have railway service at our door and perhaps two mails per day. Worth hustling for.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, October 5, 1933


Thoughts When the Birds Fly South
By Harry Austin Clapp.

One of our local burghers came to me the other day and asked “What are MIGROTery birds?” At first I did not understand what he meant and then my weak brain flashed that he meant migratory birds. I explained to him that a migratory bird was one that removed occasionally from one section to another; that he was a rover; a wanderer; a nomad and so he went away knowing what a miGROTery bird was. Here in this section, although we have many birds that visit with us at different seasons many of them classed as migratory birds and protected by federal laws, our principal interest is in the flight of wild geese and ducks. All summer they have lived in the far north, engaged in the business of reproduction and now as our winter approaches they gather up their young brood and proceed to migrate. It is well proven that year after year those who survive the hunting season use the same air paths and travel with few stops to their destination. In this section the rice fields offer abundant food and so even as I write a flock of geese pass over our home. Soon the day and night will be filled with their discordant notes.

They came in multitudes. No man can begin to estimate their numbers. If they light in a field of shocked rice they will do as much damage in a night as a herd of cattle. They tear bundles apart and consume the grain. This season of migration is the period of the sportsmen’s delight and he being also in the migratory class comes in numbers. Not with wings filled with fairy plumes, but on four rubber wheels and the visit means that many a bird never returns to the northern home place.

The visit also means considerable money is left with our businessman and we should give these birds our hearty welcome. Someday we will have down by the shore a suitable place for our guests to live in and where game will be properly cooked and served. These rubber wheeled birds do not destroy grain but some of them are very careless about closing gates, discharging guns too close to grazing cattle. It is such birds that have caused our cattlemen to “Post” large tracts. In one way no one may blame them but the honest, careful sportsmen, the one who obeys the law and who has no intent on destroying fences or depredating on others' property at times resent this exclusion for he knows that under the law game belongs to the public and not to the man on whose ranch it happens to settle. In some states farmers make a nominal charge for hunting on their farms and it appears to work out to the satisfaction of all parties. Some charge by the day and others charge for each bird taken away. A plan like this might work out here for the benefit of the landowner and the hunter. Anyway both birds will be [line appears to be missing] and soon from morning until night we will hear the boom of guns.

When the causeway is built hunters may pass at will from one side of the bay to the other. Today if they wish to hunt over at Palacios or down the shore they drive 32.5 miles.

Some years ago there lived a man whose name was John Martin, a plain, substantial, hard working citizen. His wife was a splendid woman named Hannah Martin. In due time a daughter arrived and Hannah being something of a romantique named the baby. Just here the miserable wretch, who assumes the right to censor my copy, breaks in and puts the QB on my telling the story of why it takes three swallows to make a drink. Never mind boys and girls I'll send it by mail sealed and marked “Private.”

A Texas Tribune reader writes me: “Mr. Clapp, your ‘Thoughts in the Gloaming’ were lovely.” Of course, I thank the reader for the sweet compliment. My old friend of twenty-five years, John R. Reynolds, now representing the Southwestern Life Insurance Company sends me a map which shows by colored line the source and direction of gulf storms for the past hundred years. It is of much interest and I will keep it for reference. I always wondered where the storms started but the map shows clearly that way down in the southeast corner in the Caribbean Sea there lives a beautiful mermaid and blowing her breath to the northwest she produces the terrible hurricanes that are so destructive. John has always been generous when he had something his friends enjoy so I suggested he take a trip down to the South Seas and give the mermaid some of the surplus. These mermaids are like others of her sex being susceptible to amorous advances.

I read in the Houston Chronicle that the state senate has passed a bill exempting taxes for a period of several years for the purpose of enabling us to build seawalls at Palacios and Collegeport. This construction is a necessity in both places. At Collegeport the bank has washed away for a distance of fifty feet. A few more heavy seas and the cement wall and beautiful fence in front of the Mowery home will crumble into the bay. Even now the bay shore drive is dangerous. When the time comes to aid in this proposition it is hoped that our people will be glad to support it.

The school advertises a box supper Friday night the 13. Friday the thirteenth is full of jinxes so folk better look out for the jinxes will get ‘em. Hope the jinxes will be present with some good coin and buy liberally.

Mrs. Eleanor Andres and Mrs. Josephine Gussie who have been spending the week in Houston the guests of Mrs. Andres parents returned to their home on South Boulevard Drive Saturday.

Mrs. Patricia Martyn, county health nurse Visited this place Saturday and reported that her trip to Austin resulted in securing funds for the completion of sanitary appliances for the rural schools of the county. Dr. Leonard Male is here for a month in charge of the work. The installation of these outfits will without question have a marked influence on child health.

The local NRA compliance board have nothing to do but twiddle its thumbs for it has no complaints of any kind. Our folks are strict observers of the NRA Blue Eagle rules.

It appears from the items in the Tribune that the P. W. A. at Fort Worth consider the construction of sea walls at Palacios and Collegeport class A projects and have docketed their request for aid. In all the progress so far made one who reads between the lines will recognize the hand of our ubiquitous Precinct Commissioner George Harrison.

While in Austin the past two weeks he has had several interviews with the State Highway commission about the construction of the viaduct which will give much-needed traffic facilities. Next week I will make a preachment on stubbornness. I feel sure the women will enjoy it.

The Matagorda County Tribune, October 12, 1933



(Too late for Weekly)


Editor-in-Chief - Rosalie Nelson

Assistant Editor - Annette Johnson

Assistant Editor - Georgia Hejtmanek

Tenth and Eleventh Grade Reporter - Emma Kuchar

Ninth Grade Reporter - Erlene Hill

Eight Grade Report - Roberta Liggett


The Uses of Mistakes


Mistakes are one of the most common things that happen at school as well as at most other places. Everyone of the pupils make mistakes in every class, but mistakes are necessary to train our minds. If there were no mistakes made, there would be no need of schools.


Mistakes are useful to us because they make us think about the things we have done wrong in the past. If we didn't make mistakes, we would soon have dormant minds, because we wouldn't need to think about anything in particular. Everyone makes common mistakes at all times. This fact prevents some from thinking they are better than others just because they do not make mistakes.


Therefore, mistakes are useful to everyone of the world in all phases of life. Mistakes keep the world rolling in new thoughts. They allow some to profit from other's mistakes and also some to lose from their own mistakes. Mistakes are a benefit to everyone--Noel Adams.


The shrimp supper of September 29, netted the school the sum of $8.50, the amount of which is to go into the athletic fund. Playground equipment has been bought to the amount of $4.20 which leaves the remainder of $4.30 in the treasury.


Basketball is beginning to get under way. One set of goals has been erected, but the ground has not been leveled. We are planning to go into basketball in a big way and build a court for both girls and boys, then within a few weeks of practice, we will be ready to take all teams wishing a game, providing they are in reach.


The playground ball ground as yet has not been cleared, but we hope to have it ready within the next week. It will take a lot of practice to make a good team of baseball, but when the time comes for the county meet, you can count on Collegeport heading the list.


Girl Reserve Notes


The cabinet meeting that President Rosalie Nelson called for last Thursday, met that day about 12:30 with all the cabinet members present. They discussed and made plans for the program and social entertainments for the term 1933-34.


The round up at Palacios was held at the city pavilion last Saturday evening. In spite of the bad weather, many were present. The round up was to be held at the B. Y. P. U. grounds, but plans had to be changed as the weather was so unfavorable.


The members of the Collegeport Club, present were Rosalie Nelson, who helped to conduct the meeting at Palacios; Emma Kuchar, Annette Johnson, Earlene Hill, Irwin Blackwell, Clara Nicholson, Georgia Hejtmanek, Roberta Liggett, Lottie Mae Johnson, Miss Beryl Bell, the club advisor; Miss Louise Walter, assistant advisor and Mrs. Dick Corporon, pianist.


Our club contributed an action song, "Overall Jim and Sunbonnet Sally" as their donation to the recreational stunts for the program.


Everyone reported a lovely time in spite of the inclement weather--Georgia Hejtmanek, reporter.


The One I Knew Best of All.


Of my very early childhood, I remember nothing, but as that is necessary to my life story, I shall look into the family records. My mother's name was Bessie Rebecca Hill before her marriage to my father, George Harris Jones, which you will have to look over as the name doesn't make the man. I was born at my grandmother's home at five o'clock on the twenty-second of February, nineteen hundred nineteen and was burdened with the name of George Alice.


Only a few events of my childhood remain in my memory. My first step was taken at the ripe age of one year in my grandmother's dining room. The first toy I ever had was a little red wagon. I kept it for two years. The first birthday present I received was a tiny yellow puppy. I named him Tag, which name suited him for the tagged or followed me wherever my childish fancy took me.


My days in school have been the happiest of my life. I started to school in February of my eighth year. I was just a wee bit frightened. I was greatly impressed with school, as I have been ever since. Of all the teachers I have ever had, I think my English teacher is the best, however, Miss Louise runs a close second.


I intended to finish high school and go to college if possible. My ambition is to be known as a good school teacher and be loved by many.--Georgia Alice Jones.


Junior and Senior News.


The junior and senior classes organized last week. The following officers were elected:

President, Blanch Adams;

Vice President, Auldine Williams

Secretary-treasurer, Fawn Adams.

The news staff also was chosen mainly from these classes.


The eleventh grade have been studying the "Prologue of Canterbury Tales," written by Chaucer. We find it to be very interesting even the translation.


The high school girls are planning on a basketball team this year. We hope we will be successful in having a good team and in playing match games.




We are glad to have Pat back with us as he has been absent for several days due to illness.


We are wondering what is wrong with Ernest Snider. Miss Bell and his classmates miss him very much and are anxious for him to return.


We have been studying "Silas Marner," by Eliot. We have almost finished our contract, which consists of about thirteen projects. We have found this classic to be very interesting and sincerely hope that the following literature will be as interesting.


Grammar School.


The primary room wishes to present the following names for the honor roll?


Primer class--A. W. Underwood, Eugene Penland, Alan McCune, Yvonne Oliver.

First grade--Zim Dickert, Donato Calderon.

Second grade--James Franzen, Hardy Earl Ross.


The fifth and sixth grades are making posters on which they are announcing our annual box supper, Oct. 13. We want you to be sure and watch for them.


We are proud of our fifth grade as we have two members who have not missed a word in spelling this year. They are Norine Harvey and Robbie Lee Crabill.


Local News.

Egbert Adams, who has been with the tree army for the past two months, has returned to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Adams.


The school faculty attended institute in Bay City Saturday at which time the interscholastic league was organized. Our representative on the executive committee is Miss Bell, who will be the director of extemporaneous speaking.


Misses Louise Walter, Vera Williams and Beryl Bell and Mr. and Mrs. Dick Corporon attended the Girl Reserve Round Up in Palacios Saturday.


Mr. and Mrs. Ray King and son, Donald, motored to Houston today, where they will spend a few days.


Messrs. T. P. White and Eliot Curtis were in Houston Saturday afternoon attending to some school matters.


Mr. Burton D. Hurd and son, Vernon, motored to Houston Wednesday.


Due to the extensive rains and the very muddy roads, Miss Louise Walter is staying in Collegeport again this week.


Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Wells have returned from their tour of the Valley and Mexico.


At last the mail contract has been given to Mr. Stanley Wright who leaves here at 2 p.m. each day to meet the train at El Maton from where he returns at 3:30 p.m.


We are indeed sorry to lose our train, but we believe that all things work out for the best.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, October 12, 1933




The seniors have been pretty busy the past week. The geometry class has been having a wonderful time with triangles and quadrilaterals. Some of have nearly worked our heads off trying to understand. We believe it is impossible for it to get any worse. Commas Commas Will there ever be an end? It seems that a comma can be used in ever so many places. We are having a great deal of difficulty distinguishing between restrictive and non-restrictive phrases and clauses.


The ninth grade has just completed a very thorough study of “Silas Marner.” We found it very interesting and feel that we understand reasonably well George Elliot. We found Elliot to be especially interesting because she wrote of special experiences that she experienced. We are now studying “As You Like It.” As we study, we are trying to find similarities and differences in the play as compared and contrasted with “Midsummer Night's Dream,” which we studied last year.


Collegeport Girl Reserves


The Girl Reserves met last Friday at the Community House for a sing-song. We are to present a number of songs at the box supper Friday night, Oct. 13.


We are indeed sorry that Miss Carter will not meet with us this week. Miss Carter received a message from her mother, who is ill, to come at once. Our sympathy and best wishes go with her, and we hope that her mother will soon be well again.


Collegeport Locals


Mr. and Mrs. Herman Sanders of Glen Flora were Collegeport visitors Sunday.


Mr. Jake Bailey and Mr. Ed Collins are here for an extended visit with the former's mother and sister, Mrs. C. A. Williams and Auldine.


Messrs. C. W. Boeker and Arthur Liggett spent the week-end at home with their respective parents.


After the regular singing at the community house Friday night the young people shivareed Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wells. All reported a good time, even the bride and groom.

Mrs. Della Braden and Mr. J. W. Shuey were visitors at the Nelson home Sunday.


Mr. Carl Boeker has recovered from his long illness. Glad to see you up again, Mr. Boeker.


The B-2 Sunday school class is giving a bridal shower for Mrs. Jerry Wells at the home of Miss Louise Walter, Wednesday, Oct. 11.


The Collegeport school is sponsoring a box supper Friday evening, Oct. 13. We need to replenish our athletic fund.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, October 12, 1933



By Harry Austin Clapp


[Local information taken from longer article.]


This past week has been full of excitement, for instance, Tuesday about thirty women met at the Walter home and with Louise Walter as hostess, gave a shower in honor of Mrs. Gerald Wells, nee Mamie Franzen. Refreshments were dainty and filled with goodness and the gifts were many and some costly. Mamie has been a faithful worker for years in Sunday school and Christian Endeavor and this party was a just and well earned tribute to her popularity. It appears to me that some time, some of us should be smart enough to suggest a shower for the groom or the father as the case might be. Most any fellow would welcome a new set of trousers or a few BVD's.


Thursday afternoon, the Woman's Club met in the community house with an attendance of eighteen, including guests. Several paid up their dues and some new members were received. A very interesting program was given under the direction of Miss Vera Williams. Mrs. Rena Wright, delegate to the last meeting of the County Federation, gave her report.


Friday night, the school held a box supper which was attended by about two hundred. From the sum realized, I judge there is no such thing as depression in this place. Boxes sold as high as four per one and about $65 was received from box lunch sales. The cake of Mrs. Carrie Nelson brought $32 and she was voted the most popular woman. Had she brought some of them there Famous Carrie Nelson Noodles, a greater sum would have been realized. This lady never gained her wide fame as a cake maker, but as a maker of delicious juicy golden noodles. A turkey sold on chances brought $12.75 and won by Vern Batchelder who gave it back for resale and then it brought $1.50 or a total of $14.25, which was a grand sum for one little turk. C. W. Boeker was on hand with his cash pouch, so he would be certain to buy what he considered the only box offered at the sale. I hope he was successful and that the box contained a bowl of luscious noodles. The cash received added to other funds will buy some necessary equipment for the school kids.


For the benefit of some who have criticized our civic organizations, will state that because they have been here only a short time, they know little about most history. The King's Daughters care for one project and that is the cemetery. For twenty-five years this organization has had charge of this work and it has used all its spare funds. The Woman's Union is a church organization and it pledges each year a certain sum for church purposes and most years they have little to spare for other purposes. The Woman's Club for twenty-five years has been pledged to the library and the school and during that time it has raised and spent several hundred dollars on those projects. Any person who suggests that the club has not been generous with the school, simply does not know history. Its first work is the building and operation of a free public library and in this it has been successful. Next comes school and the club has always been willing and ready with its money to aid in every way. At times, demands have been greater than ability, but most of the time requests have been met.


The Collegeport Industrial League is the commercial organization and is not pledged to church, library, school or cemetery, but it has in its twenty-five years of life aided them all. The stove and many dishes used in the community house were bought by the league. The library building was paid for by the league and the building stands on ground owned by the league. The cement walk was paid for by the league. The cement culvert on the road to the cemetery was built by that organization. For seven years the league gave ten dollars each year as prizes for excellent school work. This offer would have been continued the past two years, had it received any encouragement. Many years ago a school band was organized and the league bought the instruments. In all I think about $300 has been spent by the league for school purposes. These organizations have been loyal and generous to the school ever since the first school was opened in a tent with one teacher and five pupils. They are still ready and willing. This is the first time in twenty-five years that the men teachers have not been members of the league. Women teachers have, as a rule, always co-operated with the Woman's Club. We need no more civic organizations. The community is burdened with the support of those we now have. All the community needs is to give the devil his due and to remember that complete co-operation from all our people will bring satisfactory results. In the last analysis, one reads that all the civic work done in this community has been accomplished by a few loyal souls who have stood by. Many of them, after years of community service, feel that now is the time to "throw the torch.”


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, October 19, 1933


Collegeport Pantry Demonstration


The Home Demonstration Club work especially the gardening and canning and home beautifying works for harmony in the home.--Thos. H. Lewis


Mr. Thos. H. Lewis in a short talk to the ladies at Mrs. Ackerman's pantry demonstration on October 20 said: "While I have listened to so many home problems and troubles in Matagorda County. I believe this home building program of the canning club through Mrs. Leola Sides' leadership, is making for less home troubles and more co-operation and harmony between husband and wife."


Mr. Lewis gave a nice talk also on how nice it is to have our dinners already prepared with only the trouble of "opening it." We also had an interesting short talk from Mrs. Evaline White Marshall. She was one of us in this community before she moved to Bay City.


There were twenty-four people out to see the large pantry and lovely gift and menu table.


The large pantry of goodly varieties was a revelation of what we all might do each year or even better yet as this has been a bad year for us at Collegeport.


Mrs. Ackerman having a family of six has managed to put up a very nice variety of leafy and starchy as well as other vegetables and fruits, meats, cheese, preserves, relishes, pickles, vinegars and miscellaneous other things also sweet potatoes and meats, etc. cured and stored.


She said, not counting her cured and stored foods she has put up over 790 quarts valued at $150. She has paid for her canner and pantry and all other canning expenses with her pantry.


While we were there we were all encouraged to go ahead and try to go ahead and try to do better next year. Mrs. King gave the report as far as she has the record while she didn't have it all. It certainly sounded as though the country was not going to starve, said Mrs. Marshall.


After the program we chose our next year's pantry and garden demonstrator: Miss Gust Franzen and Mrs. E. A. McCune for pantry; Mrs. Lewis Walter, garden. We expect great things from them next year.


Our new officers to take office in January are as follows: President, Mrs. Frank King; Vice-President, Mrs. Dorothy Corporon; Secretary and Treasurer, Mrs. A. G. Hunt; Reporter, Mrs. Carl Boeker; Parliamentarian, Mrs. E. A. McCune; We meet at the Community House Nov. 14. All come.

The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, October 26, 1933


Achievement Day Draws Good Crowd


Some forty persons were present on Achievement Day last Friday at the home of Mrs. Edith Ackerman to view her pantry which cost only fifty-five cents for nails and paint, the lumber being on hand and the building done by her husband. It is a substantial one, however, and holds the 700 containers valued at $153.50 conserved by Mrs. Ackerman, 4-H pantry demonstrator for Collegeport Home Demonstration Club. In addition to a garden to furnish most of the surplus for filling her pantry, she has canned a great deal for others on the shares which helped her in filling the food budget.


After leaving Collegeport, the group came on to Ashby where they found a treat in store for them at the home of Mrs. Dave Spoor of the Ashby Home Demonstration Club. Even though this club is a new one, they almost took off the blue ribbon on their Achievement Day. The majority of the club responded to the call and did their part and the various educational exhibits such as gifts, menus, school lunch and equipment tables convinced the public that some one had been at work. Last but not least, was the cunning (if it may be called such) little pantry filled with 386 containers of fruits, vegetables, preserves, jellies, pickles and relishes valued at $64.50 to insure health for her family of three.


"I just managed for the things to fill my budget," were the words of Mrs. Spoor in her talk to the public telling how she filled her garden [pantry?] with practically no garden at all.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, October 26, 1933




Editor in Chief - Rosalie Nelson

Assistant Editor - Georgia Hejtmanek

Assistant Editor - Annette Johnson

Reporters - Emma Kuchar, Earlene Hill, Roberta Liggett


School Notes.

The school witnessed a very exciting game between [Collegeport and] Gulf basketball team Friday night. After the scheduled time was up, the score was 20-20. To play the time off, they played three minutes more at which time the score was 24-20 in favor of Gulf. Keep it up boys, and we will soon win the championship.


Friday, Oct. 27, our boys and girls basketball teams will play the Markham teams in Collegeport.


Pat Jenkins and Wade Blackwell have been absent from school this week. We hope that they are not ill and will soon be back in school.


Six weeks examinations are over and what a relief. At last we can think of something besides reviewing.


Believe It Or Not.


The grammar school girls are trying to be beautiful.

Earlene has set her cap for Guy (Doodle).

Gustave has been singing songs to Irwon.

Auldine's hair is getting redder--wonder if it's affecting her temper.

The girls yelled themselves hoarse for the boys Friday night. Wonder what's the matter?

Clara gained six pounds last week.

Noel? has been really happy lately--wonder who she is?

Clara has been feeling blue since Pat has been absent.

Wade received a nice letter Tuesday. Let us read it, Wade.

We visited around in Collegeport, so rumor reports.

What seems to be very interested in something or somebody at the drug store.


Girl Reserves.


The Girl Reserves had a call meeting at 12:15 Monday. They made plans for the recognition [program?] which is to be held Tuesday night at the Community House. All mothers of the old members and of the new members are invited to attend. In fact, we should be very happy if a large number would attend. (Not only mothers, but anyone else who is interested in the Girl Reserve work.) The members to be recognized are Roberta Liggett, Lettie Mae Johnson, Blanch Adams, Billie Crabill, George Alice Jones and Wanda Caldwell.


We soon shall be very busy selling chances on a quilt. Everybody save some dimes so they can win a lovely quilt. Remember Old Man Winter is just around the corner.--Georgia Hejtmanek.


The Value of Examinations.


We often say, "Oh, I wish I didn't have to take examinations." It would certainly be a lot easier if we didn't have to take them, but what would school be like without them.


Examinations are what we might call tattle tales. They tell what we have learned. If we can't answer questions on our examinations, we haven't learned what we were supposed to. We have fallen short. Examinations are a teacher's way of finding out what we know, although they usually can tell what we know without exams.


Examinations are beneficial to pupils. They teach them to study carefully, not just the night before exams, but all through the complete six weeks. We know that we have to remember what we learn or we know what we can expect as a grade. When we learn a certain fact so that we know it thoroughly, we are not usually worried when that much dreaded time comes.


Examinations really tell us, the pupils, and the teachers just how much we actually know.

--Rosalie Nelson


Fifth and Sixth Grades.

We are very sorry to report that we have lost two more of our pupils, Omar Jay and Robbie Crabill. Johnnie Mae Stanley also tells us that they are going away. Doris Carswell was promoted into the fifth grade this week. Welcome Doris. Out of an enrollment of twenty-five pupils, we only have twenty-one left.


We have eleven names on our 100 per cent list in spelling this month. They are Ethel Nelson, Frances Brimberry, Earl Thompson, Duane Corporon, Alleitha Hill and Norine Harvey in the fifth grade. Omar Jay Crabill, Joe Earl Pollard, Louise Emmert and Viola Prunty in the sixth grade. We hope they will stay there.--Viola Prunty, reporter.


Third and Fourth Grades.

The third grade seems to be well pleased with their new notebooks. They are working with more enthusiasm.


During our art periods, we have been getting ready for Hallowe'en. [Hallowe'en] figures are visiting our room.


All pupils are working to obtain stars in the health program this year.


Oneida Bullington has a broken arm, but as she has it in a brace, it is getting along very nicely.


School was dismissed last Wednesday for the circus and quite a few went. All were pleased and eager to tell about it the next day.


Collegeport Local News


Mrs. I. S. Alexander who has been very sick is recovering now.


Temple Bingham, who was formerly of our community, was here for the week-end. He preached for us Sunday night.


Thursday night Reverend Rogers met with a group of people at the Community House.


Mr. and Mrs. Omar Crabill and family are moving to San Marcos, where he has been located for some time. We are sorry to lose these good people from our midst.


Mr. T. M. Thompson, who was operated on last Friday for appendicitis, is still in very critical condition. We hope that next time we can report that he is much better.


Miss Rosalie Nelson Honored


Saturday evening a large number of people gathered to surprise their classmates and friend, Rosalie Nelson. The party was sponsored by the B-2 class. Rosalie was quite astonished when the number began to arrive. She was the receiver of many lovely gifts as this was a birthday party. After a number of games were played, delicious punch and cake were served. The table was very pretty, decorated with holiday cake.


Refreshments were served to the following: Mr. and Mrs. Elliot Curtis, Mrs. Carl Boeker, Mesdames A. E. McCune, Douglas Whitehead, Misses Ruth Boeker, Vera Williams, Esther Angelina, and Messrs. C. W. Boeker, Arthur Liggett, R. K. Thompson, Douglas Whitehead, Raymond Hunt, and the honoree, Miss Rosalie Nelson and her mother, Mrs. Roy Nelson and Ethel.


(We, the staff, are glad to note that we received better response from the other rooms this week than we have been able to do so before.)


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, October 26, 1933



By Harry Austin Clapp


[Local information taken from longer article.]


The miserable wretch, who has the honor of being my wife, reads this copy and asks “What About Three Beers?” “Well,” said I “One is under the Anheuser-Busch, the second is a little Budweiser and the third you may Danlaker. These wimmen is so inquisitive.


The Tribune on Friday carried three poems from the bonnie brain of Cary Miller. They are cute and worth preserving. Every little while Cary has one of those spells and each time it appears to me she improves. Here is one from the wrong side of the brain.


When comes the long long nights,

And I have turned on the lights,

Then I keep on a dreamin'.


I look way up in the willow tree.

Blue eyes and glowing face I see,

Then I keep on a dreamin'.


Way out in the pasture I hear a whistle,

Her face hidden behind a waving thistle,

And I keep on a dreamin'.


The whirr of Bob White's wings,

Accompany the sweet song she sings.

Do I keep on a dreamin'?


Yes, I keep on a dreamin'

And things keep on a seemin'

So long ans I keep on a dreamin'.


I want to bring back the happy past,

Enjoy again the things that last,

So I keep on a dreamin'.


I want to hold my baby in my arms

Kiss away tears sobs ad frowns

So I keep on a dreamin'.


Altho winter's chill is in the air,

I smoke in quiet debonair

And keep on a dreamin'.


--Fragments From Hack.


Louise Walter, one of our grade A teachers, not satisfied with her regular school work, has taken another branch. She has opened a school for instruction in auto driving. Her first pupil is Louis Walter and she is teaching him how to drive into a garage without tearing doors from the car. Soon as he passes the examination, Louise will hand him a certificate which will certify that he is permitted to do back seat driving.


During the past three weeks some excellent work has been done in Austin before the legislature and the highway commission in the name of the sea wall and the causeway. John Lord, L.L.D., in his lecture on political economy, featuring the life of Sir Robert Peel, the great English statesman says, “To every great man a peculiar mission is given―to one as a law giver, to another as a conqueror, to a third as a teacher, to a fourth as organizer and administrator and these missions in their immense variety, constitute the life blood of history.”


Our precinct commissioner, Mr. Geo. Harrison, is not a law giver, a conqueror or a teacher, but he is a clever organizer and a splendid administrator. The work he has done during the past weeks is a crown of glory for him and it should bring pride to us all that we have among us a man so willing, so capable and who has never forgotten the people he serves.


Tuesday, I called at the new store of the Collegeport Supply Company and can testify that it is now a model food establishment. Counters and shelves have been shortened. New fresh attractive goods on display. Everything shines with new glossy paint. The meat department has been provided with a new refrigerator and it is an up to date sanitary store for the sale of food. The service is pleasing and one feels a warm welcome as soon as one enters the store. The place is enjoying a generous patronage with prices in line with those of other towns.


The Houston Post has a delivery route into this place now and we have the morning paper at 7 a. m. delivered to the breakfast table.


Anticipating that Rosalie Nelson would have a birthday on Sunday, some of her friends, led by C. W., gave her a surprise the night before. Rosalie must be about the age when girls are sweetest.


The library let out 49 books Friday which is mighty poor business, but I suspect depression is to blame for it. The library displays the one-eyed eagle. Some weeks ago I stated that in my opinion, our schools were handing out stones instead of bread. I have just read a refreshing article in the American Magazine on the same subject. The president of the school board at Carmel, N. Y. said, “A boy or girl can go clear through school, get high marks all along, yet be just about good for nothing when he gets out.: And Smalley the blacksmith added, “And with no practical knowledge whatever, and worst of all, no sense of responsibility.” What the people of Carmel did to remedy the situation is worth reading. It's in the November American. The solution may be used by any community. Under the present system, when a pupil finishes the prescribed course, no matter how brilliant the finish or how high the grades, he has not one thing that business can use or is willing to pay for. They have a smattering of this and of that, but they have not accumulated a gob of anything of service in the business of earning, food, shelter, raiment. A little math, but not enough so they can figure, a little science, but not enough to recognize a microbe, a little grammar, but not enough to enable them to speak correct English, a little foreign language, but not enough to ask for a drink, a little spelling, but not enough to spell correctly. This condition is not modern. It was in effect with I went to school. At that time, I thought it wrong and I have no reason to change my mind.


It is a sad condition especially in this day when boys and girls are expected to hit the ball. This string begins with a brewery and ends with a school. Hot ziggity dog.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, October 26, 1933



Copyright 2009 - Present by Bay City Newspapers, Inc.
All rights reserved

This page was created
Mar. 14, 2009
This page was updated
May 14, 2009