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January, 1934



Miss Francis King who has spent the Christmas holidays with her parents and friends left New Year's day for San Marcos where she is attending school. She was accompanied back by her parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Kay Legg of Gulf, spent Sunday with Mrs. Legg's parents, Mrs. B. V. Merck.

Mr. E. A. McCune was a Bay City visitor Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Hale and family of Wadsworth spent Sunday with Mrs. Hale's parents,

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Fulcher.


Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hunt are entertaining Mrs. Hunt's sister, Ira of California and daughters, Lera and Gertrude of Houston during the holidays. Mrs. Hunt plans to accompany her sister back to California for an extended visit.


Mrs. Roy Nelson has been sick the past few days.


Mrs. Frank King and family spent Sunday night with Mrs. King's mother and Mr. Saunders of Markham.


Arthur Liggett and C. W. Boeker returned to Palacios Monday evening to resume their school work Tuesday.


Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Chapin spent Saturday and Sunday in Collegeport renewing old acquaintances. They left for their home in San Antonio accompanied by Mrs. Chapin's mother, Mrs. Luce who has been visiting in Markham and Miss Ruth Boeker.


Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hand, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Sanders, Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Watkins and Mr. and Mrs. Eric Watkins have secured apartments in Bay City and are moving there soon. The men comprise the day drilling crew on the oil well being drilled east of town.


Mr. Fred Law of Bay City spent Monday in Collegeport.


Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Clapp, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. McCune, Mr. John Ackerman, and Miss Leota Huff called on Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Chapin at the Carl Boeker home Saturday eve.

Mr. and Mrs. Shannon of Newgulf spent the week-end with Mrs. Shannon's sister, Mrs. Vernon Sanders and family.


Mr. John Ackerman, Jr., who has been visiting with relatives and friends here the last ten days returned to Camp Clark Saturday. He was accompanied there by Norman Carrick who hopes to find room in the same company with young Ackerman.


Miss Adams of San Antonio is visiting with her sister, Mrs. Ivan Watkins.


Miss Mary Louise Clapp who spent the holiday with her parents here left Monday morning for San Antonio where she is employed.


Mr. Tom Soekland and Mr. Luke Hawk, both former residents of this place visited with their uncle, Mr. Burton D. Hurd Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. E. A. McCune spent Sunday night in Palacios the guests of Mrs. McCune's grandmother, Mrs. Moore.


Mr. Burton D. Hurd remains in the same critical condition at his bay shore home. Dr. Elliott of Palacios is in attendance.


Rev. Travis and Stanley Duckworth both former residents of this place but now of McAllen, Texas, spent the past week here visiting friends. Rev. Travis delivered the funeral obsequies for Mrs. V. R. Haisley whose funeral was held from the Collegeport Community Church Sunday.


Mr. and Mrs. Moore and son of Ohio arrived here Sunday morning to attend Mrs. Haisley's funeral. They drove through in their car. Mrs. Moore is Mr. Haisley's daughter.

The annual New Year's day dinner was held in the Community House as has been the custom for more than twenty years. A large number availed themselves of the opportunity to renew old acquaintances and enjoy the bountiful dinner.


Mr. and Mrs. White, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duller, Mr. and Mrs. A. R. Matthes and family, Mrs. Della Braden and Mrs. Will Shuey all of Blessing attended the New Year's dinner Monday.

The Woman's Club party which was postponed in respect to Mrs. Haisley, an honorary member, will be held at the home of Mrs. Helen Holsworth jointly with a meeting of the Woman's Union Thursday afternoon.


The Collegeport schools resumed their work Tuesday, Jan. 2 after a week's vacation.


Mrs. B. A. Haisley Called.

Mrs. B. R. Haisley was born near Jamestown, Chautauqua County, New York, Sept. 18, 1853 and passed away at the age of eighty years, five months and eight days.


From there she migrated to Nebraska, with her parents. Later as a widow with a small daughter she moved to Kansas and proved upon a claim there.


In 1895 she was married to Mr. B. V. Haisley who survives her. She is also survived by three step-daughters whom she raised, namely, Minnie of Cumberland, Ohio; Dena of Colby, Kan.; and Hattie, the wife of Hugo Kundinger of Collegeport. She also raised in her home the children of Mr. Haisley's sister, Haisley Mills of this place; Velma of California and Luke who died May 18, 1909.


The funeral text was taken from the last chapter of Proverbs and the eulogy was given by Rev. Duckworth of McAllen, Texas. Obsequies were from the Collegeport Community Church with interment in the Palacios Cemetery.


A large number of friends and relatives were in attendance from this place and from a distance. The great number of floral tributes expressed the esteem in which she was held in this community.

Faithful friends, it lies I know,

Pale and white, and cold as snow;

And ye say, "She's dead."

Weeping at my feet and head;

I see your falling tears.

I hear your cries and prayers;

Yet I smile and whisper this,

"I am not the thing you kiss;

Cease your tears, and let it lie;

It was mine, it is not I."

Sweet friends, what the women love,

For its last bed in the grave,

Is a tent which I am quitting,

Is a garment no more fitting,

Is a cage from which at last.

Like a hawk my soul hath passed,

Love the inmate not the room;

The wearer, not the garb; the plume

Of the falcon, not the bars

Which keep him from those splendid stars.


Loving friends be wise, and dry

Straight was every weeping eye;

What we lift upon the bier

Is not worth a wistful tear,

'Tis an empty seashell, one

Out of which the pearl has gone;

The shell is broken, it lies there;

The pearl, the all, the soul is here,

'Tis an earthen jar whose lid

Allah sealed, the while it hid

That treasure of his treasury,

A mind which loveth Him; Let it lie.

Let the Chard be Earth's once more,

Since the gold shines in His store.


Now the long, long darkness ends,

Yet ye wail, my foolish friends.

While the one whom you call "dead"

In unbroken bliss instead

Lives and loves you; lost 'tis true,

By any light which shines for you;

But in light ye cannot see

Of unfilled felicity.

And enlarging paradise

Lives the life that never dies.


Farewell, friends! Yet not farewell;

Where I am, ye too shall dwell.

I am gone before your face,

A heart-beat's time, a gray ant's pace,

When ye come where I have stepped.

Ye will wonder why ye wept,

Ye will know, by true love taught

That here is all and there is naught.

Weep awhile, if ye are fain,

Sunshine still must follow rain!

Only not at death, for death--

Now I see is that first breath

Which our souls draw when we enter

Life, that is of all life center.


Know ye Allah's law,

Viewed from Allah's throne above;

Be ye firm of trust, and come

Faithful onward to your home!

--A Friend.


The Matagorda County Tribune, January 4, 1934 



Mrs. Manford Foster who is ill at Dr. Loos' hospital in Bay City is unimproved at this writing.


Mr. Haisley, east of this place is taking treatments in Houston for a growth on his face.


Mr. Carl Boeker is in Galveston where he is serving on the federal grand jury there.


Mrs. Helen Holsworth and Miss Margaret Holsworth accompanied Mrs. E. A. McCune to Bay City Saturday. Miss Margaret left for Chicago where she will resume her duties as a teacher in the Chicago school.


Mrs. Anna Crane, Mrs. Dick Corporon and Mrs. E. A. McCune attended the council meeting of the Home Demonstration Club held in Bay City Saturday.


Collegeport basketball team beat the Palacios team on the Palacios court Friday night by a score of 10 to 12. The Collegeport boys played a speedy game and well deserved being known as the speediest team in the county. A number of local fans accompanied the boys and saw them win their victory.


Mr. Burton D. Hurd's condition remains unchanged.


Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Boeker are visiting with their daughter, Mrs. Homer Goff and family in Houston.


Mr. John Ackerman is moving and Mr. "Dutch" Savage will live in the house after he vacates. Mr. Stuart Savage will live in the house vacated by Mr. Thompson.


Mrs. Jack Martin and little sons are visiting with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. V. Merck.

There is an epidemic of chicken pox in our school.


Mr. Ballhorst has rented the Collegeport Fig Company warehouse to Mr. Miller and Mr. Harvey, who are operating a blacksmith shop there.


Mr. Melvin Spoor has plowed the Jack Lunn property that was formerly a fig orchard and will plant it in corn. Mr. S. E. Dickinson has broken the Della Betta Brothers land and will dry farm it.


The Home Demonstration Club canned pork at Mrs. Bert Hunt's home Tuesday.


The Matagorda County Tribune, January 11, 1934



By Harry Austin Clapp


[Local information taken from longer article.]


By the tail of the sacred rooster, this community beats any I have ever known. The rooster may go scat, but here is the tale. Monday, January 1, 1934 opened with a bright glistening sun rising about 7:30 with a temperature of 62 and at 2 p. m. It stood at 64. It was the day for our annual community dinner. The twenty fourth without a break. It is true that one nasty, windy, rainy, muddy day, it shattered a bit, but the day has always been kept. About 150 old-timers and young-timers assembled and as Mrs. Liggett announced dinner, each one served himself with plate, knife and fork. The table as usual was loaded with meats, salads, eggs, vegetables, pickles, potatoes, plain, au grating and au other things including cakes and many pies. A great spreading feast which banished all fear of famine at lest for the day. I was straining my eyes for that tank of those famous Carrie Nelson Noodles when Mrs. Nelson asked: “Are you looking for noodles?” I replied that I was and that disappointment appeared to be mine. And so here is the tale.


It seems she had saved a certain red rooster, preserved it in more classical language, intending to bring in an extra large tank of noodles. When she tried to catch Sir Chanticleer, she tripped on an upstanding root and fell, the rooster flying away and leaving Mrs. Carrie with just a handful of red feathers. He flew to the top of the barn and obtaining a ladder , Mrs. Carrie climbed to the barn roof, but as she reached for the red feathers, she slipped and began to slide, but fortunately, a nail caught in the seat of her—dress and she was saved. The rooster sailed on over to the Wright house where no doubt Mrs. Rena Wright will make him into noodles or Stanley will fatten him up and sell him for a six months, two weeks, ten hours and forty minutes of age calf. So much for the tale.


Well, anyway, old and young had a splendid time meeting each other, enjoying the generous service and wishing a Happy New Year.


Isn't it a grand idea to start the year trying to be happy?


Manford Foster, having taken unto himself a wife, is now arranging to take unto himself a house and enter into the joys of home keeping. He looks with favor on a location among the elite in about the 101 block. This location will be close to the causeway, which will afford quick communication to Palacios.


A special election for the purpose of voting bonds in the sum of $30,000 to be used for the construction of an addition to the present brick school house. The bonds are to draw four per cent interest and run for thirty years. The district is now assessed a one dollar tax for school purposes, but it is the plain to propose an additional tax for the purpose of paying interest and retiring the bond issue. Many object to any proposal to increase taxes at this time and give excellent reasons. Others sponsor the movement and consider this a propitious time for making what they consider a necessary addition to the present school facilities. If the board will take the advice of a fool, they will ask the Public Works Board at Forth Worth for circular No. 2. This circular gives complete instructions as to how to proceed on such improvements. If the deal goes through, one thing is certain and that is that a first class and reputable architect must have charge of the construction.


Mrs. Austin Oberwetter , Mrs. John Logan and Cecil Morris were here Monday to see their uncle, Burton D. Hurd, who is ill at the Hurd home.


Miss Ruth Boeker accompanied the Oscar Chapins to San Antonio for a two week's visit.


Johnny Ackerman, who is with the U. S. Cavalry stationed at Fort Clark, has been home for a week's vacation. On his return, Norman Carrick accompanied him and will also join the U. S. Army.


The Bay View basketball team went to Palacios Friday night and played the Palacios team with a score of 10-12 in favor of the Bay Viewers. Had they taken the Bell along, no doubt the score would have been much better. The team is accustomed to play with the silver notes of the Bell signaling the plays.


Advertising is a wonderful power. No one can estimate how far it goes. For instance, a short time ago in this column, I commented on the milking machine installed by Colonel Fulcher. No sooner did our postmaster, Ben R. Mowery, read the scrib, than he installed a similar machine and it woks to perfection. The only difference in the two machines is that the Fulcher machine is a self feeder.


Talking with Colonel Fulcher the other day he remarked that he was a very tender hearted man and illustrated the statement by informing me that when he saw his wife take an axe and start for the wood pile, he always went behind the house for it almost broke his heart to see Mrs. Fulcher chop wood. Yes, Colonel Tom sure is a man with a big tender heart.


The annual Christmas party of the Woman's Club was held last Thursday with Mrs. Helen Holsworth. Because of the bad roads and inclement weather, the attendance was small but an enjoyable time was had by those who braved the rain and mud.


The Matagorda County Tribune, January 11, 1934


Collegeport Home Demonstration Club Reports


The Collegeport Home Demonstration Club met at the home of Mrs. A. G. Hunt Tuesday, January 9, to can pork. There were fifteen members and ten visitors present.


Proper cutting of pork for curing and different methods were demonstrated. Sausage, pork roasts, mince meat and liver paste were prepared and canned. The proper method to adjust the sealer was also shown.


Mrs. Anna Crane gave an interesting report of the council meeting held in Bay City, Saturday, Jan. 6.


The following rules were adopted for the use of the canning equipment:


1. Must be a member in order to use canner free.

2. Must give or send report regularly each month.

3. Pay 25c per year membership fees. Fees to be used for expenses.

4. To attend at least eight meetings per year and entertain in their turn. Time for use of canner.

5. One day for vegetables. Three days for meat.

6. Equipment must be returned in good condition.


The equipment will be kept at Mrs. Carl Boeker's home, this being the most convenient place for all members. There will be a membership list and a set of rules for use of equipment. Each member shall register name and date when equipment is taken and returned.


The next meeting will be at the home of Mrs. E. A. McCune, January 23, at 2 p.m. All ladies in the Citrus Grove and Collegeport communities who are interested in home demonstration work are invited to come and become members. The year books will be ready at this time and each will have the opportunity to plan the year's work. All members are urged to be present at this meeting and bring or send a report of the home demonstration work done for the month of December only.


The following is a list of officers for the ensuing year.

President, Mrs. Frank King

Vice President, Dorothy Corporon

Secretary-Treasurer, Mrs. A. G. Hunt

Council Delegate, Mrs. Anna Crane

Parliamentarian, Mrs. E. A. McCune

Report, Mrs. Carl Boeker


The following committees were appointed.

Finance, Mrs. Roy Nelson, chairman

Membership Committee, Mrs. John Heisey, Mrs. Rena Wright, Mrs. Percy Corporon

Exhibit Committee, Mrs. Dean Merck, Mrs. E. A. McCune, Mrs. Chas. Williams

Program Committee, Mrs. Dorothy Corporon

Farm Food Supply, Mrs. Gust Franzen, Mr[s?]. E. A. McCune

Bedroom, Mrs. Carl Boeker, Mrs. Dean Merck, Mrs. A. G. Hunt


Miss Louise Walter was named as sponsor of the Girls 4-H Club.


Mr. and Mrs. Jack Holsworth spent Saturday in Bay City.


Mr. and Mrs. E. A. McCune entertained Mr. and Mrs. Dean Merck, Mr. and Mrs. John Merck and Mrs. Jack Martin of Houston at bridge Friday night.


Mrs. Elliott Curtis is very ill at her home here.


Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hand are spending several days with Mrs. Hand's parents near Luling.


Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Watkins and sister, Miss Theresa Adams spent Sunday in Freeport.


Woman's Club met at the Library last Thursday, but due to the inclement weather, there was a very small attendance.


The King's Daughters will meet Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Williams.


Mr. Underwood took a boating party out Sunday. The personnel of the party was Mr. Neal Thompson, Dallas; Mr. Smith, who is connected with some of the county projects; Mr. Earl Hill and R. V. Underwood.


Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Clapp entertained Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Liggett and family and Mr. S. W. Corse at six o'clock dinner Saturday evening.


Mr. Montague of Bay City was explaining the farm situation to the people of this community Friday afternoon.


The Continental Oil Company has resumed work on the oil well east of here.


Mrs. Manford Foster has returned to her home from the Bay City hospital.


The Matagorda County Tribune, January 18, 1934



By Harry Austin Clapp


[Local information taken from longer article.]


On Saturday, January 20, the people of school district No. 26 will have an opportunity to express themselves on a proposition to bond the district in the sum of $30,000 for the purpose of adding to the present school building, four more rooms, a gymnasium and an auditorium. The bonds will bear interest at the rate of four per cent per annum and run for thirty years. In as much as the district is now assessed the limit for school purposes, the proposition to be voted on gives the trustees power to levy additional taxes, sufficient to pay the interest ($1,200) and retire the bonds. This is the sting in the flower, the fly in the butter.


At the present time, every man, woman and nursing babe in this district, whether he knows it or not, is carrying on his back a debt burden of two hundred dollars, which will need to be paid. There is no escape. Yet we are planning by this bond issue to put on each shoulder in the district an additional burden of $40.70. It seems an importune time for we are staggering around now hunting escape.


A perfectly legal request was made asking the county court to call a special election to vote on a proposition to allow us to become an independent district. Where is that request? Buried in the pigeon holes of county judge or county attorney or county superintendent of schools. I know not where, but the request was not granted, and today instead of having an independent district, with power to not only assess, but to collect, we have a common school district with power to assess, but an emasculated power to collect. An uncollected tax does not pay off bonds. I don't give a “tinker's dam” what people say about this argument. It is my time to squawk.


Monday, January 8, broke clear as a bell and cold as------well you all know what 32 means down here among us thin bloods.   Made me remember how my mother used to say “Harry are your feet cold? Take off your shoes and put your feet in the oven.” The oven was one with door opening on the side and that meant a cozy place for my cold puppies.


Thanks to Mrs. Carl Boeker, the Woman's Club Library is in possession of the register of Hotel Collegeport. The first registration is that of W. G. Gaumer, Palacios and the second, Nelson Sweet of the Dena H. An inspection of the registrations, will bring back many memories to those who were here in those times. It is to be preserved by the Woman's Club and open for inspection any day when the library is open.


Some ill advised persons are circulating a petition addressed to Mr. Westbrook, state administrator of CWA funds, asking that he displace the local board and stating that no work has been expended in this community. As a matter of fact, this is not true. When the CWA work was established in this county, it was administered by the county court and considerable money was expended in this community under the supervision of Mr. Tom Fulcher. I have counted several times as many as a dozen men who are working. Then the governor took from the court the administration powers and appointed a board consisting of Carey Smith, chairman; J. C. Lewis, C. Freeman, J. F. Barnett with James Gartrell as administrator. The last legislature took away from the governor the power to appoint county boards and placed the appointive power with county courts. The court has no administrative powers and it appointed the same board named by the governor.


They are all well known men—they are men who are doing things and making the wheel go round. I doubt if there is in the county a group of men who would be able to give better service. In my opinion, the petition will not go far, for when scrutinized, it will be found that most of the six or seven signers are neither tax payers nor voters. If any person desires his name to have some influence, let him pay his taxes, pay his poll tax and go before proper authority with clean hands. I have not seen the petition, but from my information, its circulation was instigated by some behind the scenes, who use the circulator as a puppet to dance as the string is pulled.


Like all ill-advised practices, it will blow up and when it does, I trust that some of the signers will have learned how to play ball. I double if any of the signers have even crooked a constructive finger towards bringing the CWA or PWA work to this community. It is easy to hang about the rear, paying, snarling, fault-finding, but it takes guts to go out and bring in the slab of side meat.


Go easy pals, go easy, we want construction not destruction.


Mrs. Patricia Martyn, county health nurse, was here the past week spending the day in school health examinations. She was assisted by Miss Eleanor McFarland. Mrs. Martyn found some tonsil and adenoid cases and a few scabies, but stated that the school had done remarkable work.


Us Homecrofters closed the week with a dinner party with the L. E. Liggetts and Judge S. W. Corse as guests. A golden browned Guajalote was the principal attraction. Green spreads, green glass, tall green candles and service plates my mother used seventy years ago. It was a very happy occasion and when our guests departed, we shouted Vaya con Dios.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, January 18, 1934






What can be done in any community provided that community has one individual possessed with quick thinking and a clear vision has been demonstrated in Collegeport.


Upon order of the government, in the latter months of 1933, the Missouri Pacific was granted a permission to abandon its branch extending from Buckeye to Collegeport and a few weeks later work of tearing up tracks was begun.


At Collegeport, the depot, a splendid structure was doomed for the onslaughts of the wreckng crews, whereupon a vision came to one of the town's first citizens, H. A. Clapp, who immediately went into action.


Mr. Clapp could not see any good reason for destroying a whole building and upon the conclusion of several debates with himself, started upon a campaign to salvage the building for the benefit of the town of Collegeport.


This campaign was very satisfactory. The Missouri Pacific was saved the expense of razing the building and the town of Collegeport has made the happy recipient of a splendid building all because one man kept his eyes open and his thinking machine going.


The following letter shows the result:


Missouri Pacific Lines

Kingsville, Texas


                                                                                                                                            January 13, 1934.


Mr. H. A. Clapp

Collegeport, Texas


Dear Sir:


Your letter of January 2 to Division Engineer McCord, regarding the railroad company turning over to you our old station building in Collegeport.


We have handled the matter with the management regarding this and they are agreeable to turning the building over to you as outlined by Mr. McCord, and this letter is to serve as confirmation of the agreement worked out by you and Mr. McCord.


Hoping that this letter will be of service to you in securing funds to carry out plans for remodeling the building, I am.


Yours very truly,


G. C. Kennedy, Supt.


Matagorda County Tribune, January?, 1934, Harry Austin Scrapbook 3, p. 41

More About The Collegeport Depot


It seems that Mr. H. A. Clapp was very successful in his recent effort to have the Missouri-Pacific donate some valuable property to Collegeport, as is evidence by the following letter from the executive vice-president of the road:


Missouri-Pacific Lines

Office of Executive Vice-President

Houston , Texas

                                                                                                                                               Jan. 17th, 1934


Mr. H. A. Clapp

Collegeport , Texas


Dear Mr. Clapp:


Acknowledging receipt of your letter of January 16th in regard to stock pens and depot at Collegeport.


Messrs. Kenneth and McCord have advised me of the understanding reached by you and the other good people of Collegeport. I am indeed glad that it was possible for us to take care of the situation in a mutually satisfactory manner,


Yours very truly,


H. R. Safford

Executive Vice-President

M. P. Lines in Texas and Louisiana


Matagorda County Tribune, January, 1934


By Harry Austin Clapp


[Local information taken from longer article.]


From way up north where blizzards blow comes this: "We still read the Bay City Tribune with your column and we read it and get a great kick out of it. But I must say I have for some time have had the feeling that you must be losing interest in certain subjects, for I read very little about legs and you do not refer to your wife as the 'M. W.' as much as you used to. Perhaps there has been a change of methods in the family and she may now have the upper hand and you not only have to be good but do as you are told. Of course as for me, I think your column was a little more interesting with an occasional mention of legs, the miserable wretch, etc."


Well you see it is like this, legs just got too common, but so long as skirts went up one had hopes that once in a while one might glimpse a cute knee with the dimple behind and that kept one studying and lovin' legs, but now that skirts are down, it is just like the lowering of the stage curtain announcing "the show is over."


Some legs used to be just something to hold up protruding stomachs and flat busts, but now days when such things are absent one knows that underneath the fluttering skirts are two beautiful, graceful legs and one may dream of the skin one would love to touch. I love to dream.


The miserable wretch is still to me the most joyous thing on earth. She is still the most loyal, loving, faithful, tender, courageous pard and I am loving her because she is my miserable wretch to whom I owe what ever is good in me.


The joy I have in my closing years I owe to her and at last I am realizing the debt and trying to repay years of negligence. Miserable wretch! God hold you close in his arms as a most precious gift.


The annual report of the librarian of the Woman's Club reports that during the year 1933, 1810 books were let out and more than seven hundred registered in the guest book. The complete report will be published as soon as it has been accepted by the club.


Wednesday, the good ship Saratoga appears off this port with two consorts. One was a derrick barge, one a dredge barge and the other a material barge. All here for the purpose of putting in a sea wall to protect our bay shore from further erosion.


First work is the dredging of a channel so that material barges may come in and unload shell and gravel. The work on this side will cost about $45,000, and on the other side about $115,000. Local labor is employed so far as possible.


Tuesday, a gang of CWA workers began a much needed improvement in front of the school campus. The plan is to fill up the ditch, put in a cement water conduit and make a long and wide parking place for school busses, where children may leave and enter busses without danger from passing autos. A very necessary and desirable improvement.


December 8, 1933, the secretary of the Collegeport Industrial League suggested to Mr. H. R. Safford, executive vice president of the Missouri Pacific Lines, the idea of giving to the league the railroad depot building. Mr. Safford received the request with favor and asked some officials to investigate the situation.


December 20, Mr. T. C. McCord, divisions engineer, visited the community, looked over the library, the charter of the league, examined the proposed plans and returned a favorable report. During the past week, the secretary has received letters of confirmation from Mr. G. C. Kennedy, superintendent; Mrs. D. C. Pace, land and industrial commissioner and Mr. H. R. Safford, executive vice president, confirming the gift. Mr. Pace will prepare a formal bill of sale, in a short time, but the league is now in possession of the building and plans are on the way for removing and remodeling. The plans including adding the "white waiting room to the library building, the arranging of a kitchen and an assembly room which will be about 25x80 feet in dimensions.


Wednesday night about sixty assembled for the purpose of hearing arguments in favor of the $30,000 proposed bond issue. The speakers were Harry D. Payne, the architect; L. D. Dinkins of the state board of education, Claire F. Pollard, county superintendent of schools; E. C. Erickson, attorney for the school board.


They all spoke in favor of the issue and of course, why not? On none of their brows will be pressed an irritating crown of thorns to be worn for a generation. Not one of them will assume a debt of $68.57. This is left for the men, women and children and the unborn of district No. 26, and each one of them will wear a crown of thorns, costing the neat sum of $68.57 which represents the per capita tax for the $30,000 of bonds plus $18,600 interest for thirty years.


Saturday was election day, a fine day with a good turn out. Great voting interest was shown and when the smoke cleared away, the result was as follows: Citrus Grove box 19 against and no votes for. Collegeport box 59 for and 24 against or a total vote of 59 for and 43 against.


I signed the petition calling for the election and now that the people have spoken, I am for the proposed renovation for the present building and the erection of the addition and other improvements planned. If the board will now remove one impediment, there appears no reason why this widely split district may not join hands in the work of building a school of the first class. The fifty-nine who voted for the bond issue prepared a pie for us to eat and we better begin to like the pie. I hope all will turn in and aid to build this building, aid in the development of a first class school and get ready to help pay for the pie.


Monday came Mrs. Patricia Martyn of Matagorda County, Mrs. Harry Hall and Mrs. Louise Sharp of Palacios and we had a very merry luncheon party and hope they come over soon not waiting for the opening of the causeway.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, January 25, 1934




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