Editor-in-Chief - Auldine Williams
Assistant Editor - Emma Kucher
Assistant Editor - Earlene Hill
Aunt Het on School Teaching
"One o' my girls had her heart set on bein' a school teacher, but I talked her out of it. Teachin' school is too much like bein' a preacher's wife. It's a high callin', but people expect you to give more'n they pay for.
You take the teachers here in town. The only difference between them an' Christian martyrs is the date and the lack of bonfire.
They was hired to teach an' they do it. They teach the younguns that can learn, and entertain the ones that fell on their heads when they was little. But that ain't enough. They're supposed to make obedient little angels out o' spoiled brats that never minded nobody and wetnurse little wildcats so their mothers can get a rest, and make genuises out o' children that couldn't have no sense with the parents they've got.
But that ain't the worst. They've got to get up plays and things to work the school out o' debt; an' sing in the choir an' teach a Sunday School class, an' when they ain't doin' nothin' else, they're supposed to be a good example.
Then they don't get no pay for six months an' can't pay their board or buy decent clothes an' on top of ever'thing else they can't hold hands comin' home from prayer meetin' without some pious old sister with a dirty mind startin' a scandal on 'em.
I'd just as soon be a plowmule. A mule works just as hard but it can relieve its soul by kickin' up its heels after quittin' time without startin' any talk."
The geometry class are getting worse. We are at ratio, but do not know anything about it.
The eighth grade has been moved to our room. It adds greatly to their dignity.
We were wondering what was wrong with our Spanish, but have decided that we have so many verbs that we cannot learn any of them.
Advice to Juniors Who Wish To Stay Young.
What Should Happen
If Fawn should get to geography class on time?
If Miss Bell should stop requiring themes?
If Made missed the show on family night?
If Doodle stopped talking in study hall?
If Dan should stop popping his fingers at Miss Louise?
If Rosalie should lose her comb?
If Billie started reducing?
If Earlene should lose her powder puff?
If Mr. White should have a date?
If Wade should know his English lesson?
If Clara should stay away from her neighbors?
If Mr. Curtis should be late to school?
If Eldon should get in a hurry?
If all these "ifs" should come true. Blanch should not be dumb in Plane Geometry.
I Wonder Why?
Earlene buys so much candy on the school bus?
Noelie is so much like a whale?
Rosalie is concerned about marriage over telephone?
Fawn likes bananas so well?
Mr. White slips off to private dances?
Eldon likes to go to Palacios so often?
Blanch resembles Julian more very day?
Miss Louise isn't responsible for what she ways on some Mondays?
Things We Can Do Without.
The eight grade in our room
Mr. White's lectures.
A teacher in study hall.
Miss Louise to her History II class: "Byrd took with him to the South Pole some chickens and some cows."
We are working very hard on a theme in English, "Our Future Vocation and Why I Chose It," and aside from that we are going to have a test on infinitives Monday. I pity poor infinitives--they are critically abused.
To our joy and sorrow we have almost finished "Julius Caesar." Exams! Exams! They come this week. Verbs in Spanish get harder day by day. We know nothing about the political systems of the world after a whole week's study.
We lament the absence of Wimpy owing to the injury caused by the Sea Hag.
Imagine Roberta not having her lesson up.
What would happen if Wanda does not learn her declamation?
Bay View Basketeers. (Girls)
The Bay View Girls went down in defeat again Friday might to Gulf. The girls all played a good game, and each did her best.
We, the members of the Collegeport girls' basketball team, wish to extend our sympathy to Marguerite Armstrong, who broke her arm while she was playing in the game between Midfields and Bay City. We hope that it was not a bad break and that she recovers speedily. -- Blanch Adams, basketball reporter.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, March 1, 1934
By Harry Austin Clapp
[Local information taken from longer article about George Washington.]
After the banquet was over, after the people had gone, after the tables had been cleared and the piano folded up and put away, then these thoughts came to me. Responding to the toast "Washington the Man Prepared," I tried to explain to the audience that God had prepared George Washington for the special work he was called upon to do...
Looks like another house has been rented for I saw a brassiere hanging on the clothes line. It is always a pleasure to report the growth of a community and now I enjoy that satisfaction, for on Thursday came to Mr. and Mrs. Mason Standish Holsworth, a daughter and to Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Whitehead a son. Thus Collegeport grows. I have not learned the name of our last community daughter, but the son has been named Layne Whitehead. There is always something about the birth of a child that appeals to the inner heart of most people. They come into this world according to God's scheme for keeping the balance. Even in the first day of life, they are important cogs in the Divine mechanism and as years pass and they accumulate wisdom, some of them are destined to become very important factors in community life. I hope these two dear infants will thrive, grow, prosper in body and mind and in due time take up the torch which will some day be thrown to them. I, therefore, salute you Miss Holsworth and Master Whitehead and give congratulations to the parents and the grandparents who have acquired additional dignity.
February 22, 1910, the Collegeport Woman's Union sponsored the first local recognition of the birth of our first president. This has since then been an annual event. The affair this year was a real banquet, staged in a brilliant manner, with beautiful table trimmings, abundance of fine food and an attendance of one hundred and twenty-five. The menu consisted of roast chicken, mashed potatoes, dressing with gravy, hot rolls with butter, salad, cherry pie and coffee. When all were seated, Mrs. Liggett, in a few words, gave a short history of the event and Mrs. Heisey asked God's blessing on the community. Mr. Vernon King Hurd had been chosen as toast master and he arranged the following program: A Tribute to George Washington, Mr. Elliott Curtis. A reading by Miss Harriss, Paul Revere's Ride. The preamble to the national constitution was read by Miss Ruby Prunty. Piano solo by Mrs. Richard Corporon. A plea for national defense was given by Mr. Vernon Hurd, showing plainly how unprepared our nation is at present. This plea showed plainly that Mr. Hurd, who was with the oversea forces, had given the subject much study. Washington the Hero was handled in a beautiful manner by Miss Louise Walter. A song, "Our Colors So True," by the junior choir, instructed by Mrs. Liggett. Mr. H. A. Clapp responded to "Washington the Man Prepared." The audience sang "The Star Spangled Banner" and the twenty-fourth observance passed into history. I wonder how many realize that this was the observance of the two hundred and first birthday of George Washington and that this small community had remembered it for one eighth of that time. The table was arranged in a big U and beautifully decorated in national colors and flowers. The young girls of the community did the serving in a manner to their credit. In a few years they will of necessity step into the places now occupied by their mothers. Thus the world moves on. We pass and others take our place, but the machine still functions. It is God's way.
The week ended with a welcome call from Mrs. George Harrison of Palacios and Mr. and Mrs. Ben Little and daughter of Houston. Mr. Little is the contractor on the seawall work. With them was Miss Tillie Little who...[line missing]...great friends. Tillie is only nine months old and walks on four legs when she does not stand on two. I hope when Tillie has a bundle of children that I may be awarded one just like Tillie, small, delicate, clean and sweet.
It sure pays to advertise. Last week I mentioned that Gustave Franzen threw a cabbage at me. My dear friend Lena Harrison read about it and gave me a shower of cabbage, head lettuce, carrots and parsley. Advertising in the Tribune brings results and then late Saturday evening came by colored friend Andy and his wife, Leanna, with a big fresh caught red fish that was at least 16 inches long. The fish with others came into the slough with the rising tide.
Passing the Foster bungalow, I saw a new bath tub in the yard. It was much too short for Manford, but on examination, I found it was one of the new fangled extensible sort that may be lengthened or shortened to accommodate the occupant.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, March 1, 1934
The Collegeport Home Demonstration Club met Tuesday at the home of Mrs. Roy Nelson with twelve members present. The meeting was presided over by the president, Mrs. Frank King. The following reports were made after the reading and approval of the last minutes.
Mrs. Dick Corporon, 25 No. 2 cans meat
Mrs. Jerry Wells 128 No. 3 cans meat, 12 No. 3 kraut, 64 pounds lard
Mrs. Willbanks 42 No. 2 cans turkey, 20 pounds soup
Mrs. Wright 2 braided rugs
Mrs. Dean Merck 12 No. 2 cans jelly, 1 No. 2 pickles
Mrs. Percy Corporon 28 No. 3 cans meat, 70 pounds cured meat, 34 pounds lard
Mrs. A. G. Hunt 100 pounds cured meat, 12 No. 2 cans sausage
Mrs. Gus Franzen 12 No. 3 chicken, 16 No. 3 sauerkraut, 4 No. 2 beets, 200 pounds soup, 48 pounds lard
Mrs. Henry Guyer, 50 pounds lard, 200 pounds meat, 2 pounds smoked sausage, 4 No. W cans pickle meat
Mrs. W. H. Boeker 96 No. 3 cans meat, 12 quarts mince-meat
Mrs. Carl Boeker 42 No. 3 cans meat.
There were 17 dustcatchers reported removed, 35 pictures hung correctly and 8 members reported the use of flowers and plants in their home each day. Eight reported their garden plans made, 6 reported their food budget planned for the ensuing year and three hot beds were reported.
A motion by Mrs. D. Merck and seconded by Mrs. Nelson that The Old Maid's Club, a play, be presented this month. The motion carried. The program was in the capable hands of Mrs. Dick Corporon and the dyeing and the harmony of colors was very instructive. The following notes are the high lights of the program. Mrs. Crane told of the art of blending of colors. The primary colors yellow and blue are primary because they can not be divided into any other colors and exist by themselves as a standard from which all other colors and shades can be made. Red and yellow make orange, blue and yellow make green, red and blue make violet. The ancients seemed to possess a very practical idea of these colors and their harmony with one another, inasmuch as all of the earliest and from an artistic standpoint, highest quality of ornamentation and decoration were executed in the three primary colors and the secondary or mixed colors were not introduced until the art of the various periods began to decline.
In the use of color, it was learned that all colors must be mixed to neutralize each other. And that all color schemes in the proportion of yellow 3 parts, red five parts and blue eight parts will always produce harmony. Or if there are but two colors, such as red and green, the green should be such a mixture of blue and yellow as will give us the necessary contrasting color with red.
Mrs. Nelson gave a talk on subtle and intriguing colors. Mrs. King showed the different methods of getting different shades with dyes.
A book , The Charm of Color by the Monroe Chemical Company of Quincy, Ill., was voted to be ordered. Dorothy Crane gave the report on cotton acreage. Meeting adjourned to meet with Mrs. D. Merck. Those present were Mrs. Guyer, Mrs. Crane, Mrs. D. Corporon, Mrs. Gus Franzen, Mrs. Wright, Mrs. D. Merck, Mrs. A. G. Hunt, Mrs. Roy Nelson, Mrs. Luella Heisey, Mrs. Jerry Wells, Mrs. S. A. Millbanks, Mrs. Frank King, and visitors, Mrs. Holsworth, Mrs. John Merck, Miss Frances King and Miss Rosalie Nelson.
The club will meet with Mrs. D. Merck March 14. New Floors For Old will be in charge of Mrs. Sides. Everyone urged to be present whether you are a member or visitor.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday , March 8, 1934
By Harry Austin Clapp
[Local information taken from longer article.]
Gustave Franzen has a very peculiar hen, for she being too proud to produce the common egg known to commerce, insists on laying exceptional, eccentric, extraordinary eggs. She has produced three to date. They measure 3 1/2 inches in longitudinal diameter and 2 inches in lateral diameter. Floating in the usual albumen, inside the outside shell is found another egg containing the yolk. The inside egg has a brown shell, while the big outside egg has a white shell. Gustave is trying to break the hen of this habit and encourages her to lay two complete eggs each day, instead of a double freak twice each week. Maybe if he will toss a cabbage her way it may influence her to do right.
Wednesday's Tribune carried a very gracious and well merited compliment to George Harrison, who has announced his candidacy for county commissioner. Every word was true, for he not only covers his precinct as it has never before been cared for, but he is a big enough man to spread his influence over every portion of the county. His contacts with influential men all over the state results in benefits to his precinct. He is always willing to give aide, he is generous, capable and helpful. One of the local business men talking about George Harrison said, "If we lose that man it will be a community tragedy" and that is the general opinion of those who know him. We hope he comes back for many terms.
Friday, the school held elimination declamation contests to determine who should represent the local school at the county meet. When the smoke cleared away, this was the result: in senior section, Rosalie Nelson, first; Emma Kucher, second; Georgia Hejtmanek third. In the junior class Ellen Adams, first; Anna Laura Kucher, second, and Marjorie Brimberry, third. We hope these girls will be present when the bell rings and that they will be successful in the county contest.
We have enjoyed a solid week of heavy, continuous rain and some have estimated that fifteen inches of water fell in the week. Anyway, the land is one vast lake and it will be some time before farmers will be able to operate. When the tide turned and came in, the water covered the new sea wall.
Mrs. Thomas Hale (Barbara Fulcher) told me about her wonderful garden and what large quantities of cabbage, head lettuce, carrots, radishes, parsley and other occupants of a garden patch were produced and, as she detected my doubt, she proved her statements with a big head of lettuce which she presented to me. This head lettuce must have weighed less than forty pounds, clean, crisp, tender and just such a beautiful fruit as one might expect Barbara to raise.
Sometimes twice in a while I receive letters from Tribune readers like one which came Friday. It is letters like this that keep me writing. This is from the district sales manager of a Boston manufacturing concern, located in Detroit. "As one grows older, they spend more time in memory's garden, and old friends and happy times past, take on added joys; so we too, think kindly and often of all you did for our pleasure and helpfulness. We read the Tribune faithfully each week and 'Thoughts' are perused and enjoyed first." Of course, we, meaning I and the miserable wretch, enjoy these bunches of sweet flowers and treasure them as priceless, but at same time if any readers desire to cast a rock let him do so and we will try to catch it before much damage is done.
A man from way up north called on me the other day and our conversation drifted to the hoped for a causeway. I remarked that I could not understand why many of the Palacios folks were so apathetic regarding this needed highway link and his man replied: "Did you ever see a corpse that was not apathetic?" If this is the impression northern visitors have of Palacios, it is time her people awaken to the necessity and the possibilities of the causeway. They may build miles of sea wall and not one person in a million will visit Palacios to look at a seawall. If they will rise up and join hands with others and build the causeway they will have something that will bring trade, bring visitors, bring new traffic. A seawall may stop erosion but it never will bring trade flow. The longer Palacios business men daily, dawdle, procrastinate, about this more important than a seawall project, the longer people will consider that the town is dead, insensible, unconcerned, apathetic. Much better to have a hot baby on each end of a causeway than a cold, frozen, stiff, on a seawall. What we need and must have is two hot babies that keep getting hotter. Come on Palacios, let's get the blood to circulate.
When Chick Sales writes a lot of drivel about a well known contrivance it is called a classic, bound in a book and is read by the editor of the Tribune and others. When I write a classic about a sanitary pit type privio it is called drivel by the editor who runs his blue pencil through it and consigns it to the oblivion basket.
Two weeks ago I wrote one of these classics and it met its fate, but thanks to someone who appreciates good literature, a printer's proof was saved and it lived to reach the court house where it is read with appreciation. Well anyway, good people, please remember that while all privios, are privies, all privies are not privios. Orders for the new type sanitary improvement may be sent to Mrs. Amy Hall, Palacios, and her gang will do the rest.
Vernon Hurd left Thursday for Lufkin where he will be associated with Mr. Breaker in the wrecking of about forty miles of railroad. Mr. Hurd was accompanied by five of our local men who seek employment on the same job.
Wednesday during a heavy wind, a spark from the chimney of the Liggett home started a fire on the shingle roof. Arthur Liggett first discovered the blaze and with the help of Mrs. Liggett, soon had it under control, but not before quite a hole had been burned through the roof. While engaged in putting out the roof fire, burning brands fell on the gallery roof and soon that was blazing in four places. Prompt work with a convenient hose handled the situation and the home was saved.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, March 8, 1934
Editor-in-Chief - Auldine Williams
Ass't Editor - Emma Kucher
Ass't Editor - Earlene Hill
Reporters: Georgia Hejtmanek, Annette Johnson, Clara Nicholson, George Alice Jones, Blanch Adams, Noel Adams.
The six weeks exams are over at last and we are certainly glad because we think too many tests are really a strain on our minds. The long-awaited for class rings came. We are very proud of them.
We are trying out best to carry ourselves back to the time of Emerson and Hawthorne. We think that literature is very hard but much better than grammar. We find that Emerson is rather deep for us, but we manage after several readings to get a few thoughts from each essay.
What Would Happen If?
It didn't rain all the time?
August wasn't always teasing girls?
Auldine wasn't always drawing beautiful girls?
Noelie and Dan would stop recalling Georgia's past?
Rosalie forgot to eat?
Blanch didn't catch a joke?
How much better we like "Ivanhoe" than "Julius Caesar."
We have been attending the tournament, where we learned that the disinherited knight was Ivanhoe, the son of Cedric, the Saxon. We were happy that Ivanhoe was the victor of the day.
The highest English grade made [was] by Lottie Mae Johnson, who seems to be overcoming her forgetfulness.
Spanish I folks will soon be able to speak Spanish as fluently as a Spaniard.
Commercial geography takes turns--sometimes it is hard and sometimes it is easy. If the pages were smaller and the letters larger, it would be much more interesting.
The following theme was chosen by the class to be printed in the paper. It is a class theme from Julius Caesar.
The Funeral of a Distinguished Roman [not included in this transcript]
The Bay View girls are very busy practicing volleyball. Miss Bell is giving them plenty of good practice and they are really accomplishing something.
Our girls lost in tennis Saturday, but we are proud of them just the same. Miss Louise Walter coached the girls. We were represented by Fawn Adams in singles and Billie Crabill and Earlene Hill in doubles.
Miss Charlie Mae Carter met with the Collegeport Girl Reserves Thursday at 12:15. Plans were discussed for "Play Day," which will take place at Newgulf the latter part of next month.
The girls are going to study hobbies at the next meeting. Every girl is to select her hobby or hobbies, as everyone has one or more hobbies. Shall it be music, craft, nature, or what-not? Think about it girls.
4-H Club Notes.
Our 4-H Club has attained its goal for this month. We were to make a pillow top and plant tomato seeds. Our sponsor, Miss Louise Walter, invited us to spend the day with her, at which time we made our pillowtops and had a good time, too.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, March 15, 1934
By Harry Austin Clapp
A Tribune reader in Illinois writes a Tribune reader in Michigan: "Well, I see that the prospects for the causeway are very bright." It makes no difference whether we call it a causeway, a viaduct or a bridge. Using either term it makes good for a jumpover.
I do not find in the Bible any reference to a bridge, viaduct or causeway, so I suppose those boys, when they came to a river or a Red Sea just "passed over." Anyway, water did not stop them. Now in this year of 1934, we do not pass over, for a narrow stretch of water separates the people of the west from those of the east. An improvement like the proposed causeway, to be desirable, must be economical and by the term economical I mean it must save money for those who are to use it. After discussing the matter of economy with men from both sides of this separating water, I conclude that on an average about twenty-five round trips are made each day. By all weather roads this means sixty-four miles of travel at a cost of $3.20 per trip, equal to $80 per day or the enormous sum of $29,200 per annum. This is the toll we are now paying because there is no way to avoid it. When the causeway is open for traffic the round trip will be eight miles at a cost of forty cents per trip or $10 per day, which is equal to $3650 per annum. This means a saving to our people per annum of $25,550. This is s sum which no folk should sneeze at or even snort at. It is a big sum and in a few years will equal more than the cost of the causeway. Not realizing the daily cost, we submit to a daily extortion, like the dog, who when informed that his tail would be cut off preferred to have it cut an inch at a time. This is just an example of the savings that would result in cold cash.
For thousands of years, the people living on the Danube have used boats because they feared invasion if they built bridges. We, instead of fearing invasion, seek it. We encourage invasion. We want people to have a facility that will enable them to invade, cross freely and mixed up in friendly intercourse. It is an unfortunate fact, but it is true that most of us place the dollar ahead of every other consideration. It is the least, for money is not wealth. It is only a measure and by that rule we who live on opposite sides of the bay, have more important things to measure. It is an easy problem to solve, when one desires to estimate value in dollars, but who is there among us who is able to measure the value to our people of the social, religious, amusement and educational values which will come to us the moment the causeway is opened. These are the things that count in the growth and development of a people. History does not record one people that ever made much progress, unless and until, they had some method of easy intercourse.
Here we sit wishing, wishing, but doing little to change the situation. Palacios is on a through route. Collegeport folk are like those who pass through a revolving door. They go right in, turn around and go right out. They live at the end of a "Nine foot sidewalk" and no community will for long be content with being forever obliged to turn around and go back. Bay City has made a remarkable growth for she is not only on one through route, but on several. She grows into a handsome, thriving city, because she has made it easy for people to come and go. No one is obliged to turn around at Bay City. They may stop or they may pass through.
Palacios is ambitious, but she will never realize her ambitions while she is content to sit by the side of one route. She needs and she must have others. This project will satisfy her needs in one direction and it will enable her nearest neighbors to have free and eager intercourse with her.
Our people in this community are not a lot of dumb bells. We, too, have ambition. We have visions that because of their brilliance, places the monetary value in the background.
We vision the time when for forty cents we may ride in comfort and security and visit our neighbor "The City by the Sea," and enjoy what she has to offer in education, church, amusement, trade and society. No man is able to estimate the value of these things in any money standard.
About two weeks ago I stated that some of the Palacios business men appeared to be apathetic, but this week I am informed that some of them have risen from their deep slumbers and are beginning to take an interest in the causeway. A sea wall is, without question, a splendid project, but it does not appreciate in value to hundreds of people that which is offered by the construction of a causeway. And remember that we, meaning I and the miserable wretch, very much desire to walk over on bright sunny Sundays and attend services at St. John's Chapel.
The daily press appears to be filled with accounts of murders, holdups, jail deliveries, divorces and these are the news items many folk appear to relish, instead of the fine editorials and feature stuff. News is scarce in this burg, this week of that kind, for we have enjoyed a placid week.
The canning club met with Mrs. Nelson, she of the Noodle fame and twelve members were present. Reading an account of the number of cans or products reported, it seems that depression has no place in Collegeport. The report does not include what I canned. Four turkey, twelve soup stock, twelve steak and roast, thirteen chili con carne. This club is very active and has secured the interest of some women who have never taken part in any civic work.
The Woman's Club met at the Hurd home with a program in memory of Mrs. V. R. Haisley who died December 26. Mrs. Haisley was a charter member of the club and for the past few years has been an honorary life member. The report of the secretary was read and approved and the usual routine of business transacted. The roll call was in memory of Mrs. Haisley, each member responding with a tribute to the valued member.
One of my northern friends sells what is called a "Cube Steak Machine" and I confess that I do not know what it is. Guess I must be getting on in years and a back number. Well, anyway, here I must stop and have a hair cut and I detest having such an operation, but when one's hair is so long that it tangles one's brain, it is time to call on Sam Franz. Guess I'll tint my nails a bright carmine or maybe green. I like both colors. I just adore bright red finger nails.
So suggestive, I can stand red nails, but deliver me from painted lips. When I use lips I want them raw and natural and full of passionate fire.
Saturday morning, I went up to the P. O. to mail the usual daily letter to my glorious daughter and during my absence, the miserable wretch eloped with a shoemaker. I caught them just as they turned into the "nine foot sidewalk" but I was only in time for a hand wave and a sight of a big car rolling away. I never expected to see her again, but like the cat, she came back at night and told me all about the splendid time she had at the meeting of the County Federation of Women's Clubs which met in Bay City. When a feller has a good woman, he sure got to watch her close, else she will run away with a shoemaker.
Now just as the farthest lobe of the brain is working a bit, the miserable wretch rings eight bells and that means "come and get it."
We had veal chops put up a year ago, baked spuds, hot beaten biscuits with Holstein butter, chocolate with whipped cream, creamed corn, hearts of lettuce with salad dressing.
French dressing, Ye gods! Here is my recipe:
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon paprika
cup fine vinegar
1/2 cup pure olive oil.
Put all in a screw top jar and shake the first time and shake each time it's used until there is no more to shake.
If you intend to use it on lettuce and desire some thing very chic, add 1/2 teaspoon curry powder and two hard boiled yolks pressed through a sieve. Mix well, but don't use this unless you feel extra pert and fancy. I can make several other salads so don't hesitate to ask how I do it.
That is where I am different from Carrie Nelson, maker of those Famous Carrie Nelson Noodles. She keeps her noodle recipe in her own noodle and the way those noodles disappear, I do not blame her. Keeps them out of the common class.
Now that I have had slum, feel better and will continue. The MW reported that the Federation meeting presented so many bright lights that she hesitates to tell, but among them was Mrs. A. B. Pierce, Evaline Marshall, Mrs. A. Harris all so sweet and pretty and gracious, the round table by the visiting Houston ladies, the report of Mrs. Patricia Martyn, county health nurse, reports of local clubs, the brilliant reception given in the afternoon by Mrs. Thomas H. Lewis, the singing by that beautiful product of Collegeport, Virginia Wilkinson, the piano playing by Mr[s?]. Mattison of Midfield.
Oh yes, I must not forget the delicious Mexican food served by Mrs. Copeland and Miss Agnes Blair, assisted by the pretty Mexican girls and nice looking men. Mrs. Copeland and Miss Blair are the teachers in the Mexican school. Must as delightful was the charming and gracious manner with which the Federation President, Mrs. Arthur Matthes, handled the business of the meeting. Only to be expected for Ruth is just another Collegeport product. Mrs. Leola Cox Sides, home demonstration agent gave a very complete report of her work with some interesting exhibits. Candidates swarmed hoping to gather in a few votes and I say God bless the candidates. As near as I received it from the MW, it was a brilliant affair with many distinguished and handsome women, a credit to Bay City and to the county.
I have been informed by a little brown wren I sitting on the branch of our willow tree, that the Henry Kahnt house is being fitted up for a dove cote and will soon be occupied by two dovelets. It will be a cozy love nest, nest where cooing may go on undisturbed.
The Collegeport Industrial League has received from the St. Louis Brownsville and Mexico Railroad a bill of sale for the former railway station building located at Collegeport.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, March 15, 1934
By Harry Austin Clapp
[Local information taken from longer article.]
The most important news for the week is that I have received a special invitation from the lady principal to be present at the wedding of Miss Lera Hunt to Mr. Orrie Collins, Sunday, March 25, at the noon hour. Reverend Wylie will be present and read the service. Lera was brought up in this community, graduated from our rural school, went to Bay City and graduated from the high school. She is a girl the community may be proud of. She is sweet, pretty and intelligent and our folk will gladly give her tribute on "her day."
Several times in each while I have receive bouquets, but the finest came this week. Last summer I attended the Texas Writers Conference at College Station and was on the program. My subject was "The Romance of a Tree."
Several of those present gave me verbal compliments on the way the theme was handled, but here comes this most glorious bunch of flowers from a man who was present. "The little Romance of a Tree which you delivered here last summer struck a very responsive chord in my breast and I have been thinking ever since that it should be printed in a little brochure and distributed among your special friends. I have talked the matter over with others and the plan is endorsed heartily. So we want you to sit in a quiet hour, when you are feeling at peace with the world and write it out carefully, putting into it all the careful thought and sentiment of which you are capable and let me have the copy. With it send the names and addresses of your friends whom you think worthy of receiving it. When times get better and we can afford to do so, we will have it printed and distributed as you direct.
It may not be done soon, maybe not before you pass on, but it will be done some sweet day. Now don't put this off long, if you think well of it and let us hear from you."
This is giving flowers when life enables one to enjoy the perfume, to see the rich colors. This letter brought happiness to both of us. I have seen caskets covered with flowers when I knew that in life the one who laid [in] the casket seldom received a flower or a sweet word. If I am to have only one flower, give it to me now. Flowers on a casket are only for the living. The dead receive no benefit.
Wednesday to Palacios to confer with Mr. Homer Trimble, CWA engineer about the station building. He informed me that the application had been filled out and signed and all requirements complied with, but that there would be some delay because the CWA was at present out of funds, but that it was intimated that after April 1 other arrangements would be in order. Had lunch with the George Harrisons, with Mr. and Mrs. Trimble, Mr. E. C. Baker, county commissioner, precinct No. 2, Seth W. Corse and us two Homecrofters as honored guests.
It would be easier to tell what we did not have served for our gastronomical delight but everything from soup to nuts was grand and glorious.
When I arrive home, I found that during our absence we had been visited by a fairy, for heaped against the front door we found cabbage, head lettuce, carrots.
I found no foot tracks and indeed did not expect to for fairies leave no prints, but I guessed that the fairy lived about four miles east of our place and it was a he fairy. This same fairy has been here before and left similar tokens.
I am informed that up to and including March 8, the seawall has cost the sum of $6,554.35, of which $3746.11 was for labor, $60 for truck hire and $2,748.24 was for material.
The section in front of the Holsworth place has been completed and the outfit is now at work in front of the Mowery place. Now if the powers which be will grant us the causeway, if we can open the Mopac House, if Dr. Van Wormer will build the sanitarium down by the bay shore and if several other things come to pass here, there will be quite a future for Collegeport.
I am also informed that the county court has received deeds for the right of way for the Bay Shore road to the Intracoastal Canal and the beach. The road will probably not be constructed until the canal is built to Portsmouth and the bridge erected.
It looks as if some of you non-resident land owners who contribute nothing to our development, not even paying taxes, will some day reap a comfortable profit from your investments.
Thursday the school closed for Friday and Saturday, everyone went to Bay City to attend the scholastic meet. I have been informed that Bay View High School took some important events, but have no details.
This will all be handled by Mirth who is the athletic statistic hound of Matagorda County so I advise readers to watch Mirth's column.
Mary Louise, that gorgeous daughter, sent us a box the other day and among the items I found a link of imported Italian sausage as hot as siren's kiss, Kraft cheese, some goobers which are also known as arachis hypaguea by the literate and glory be a dozen tortillas. I live on these for many years in Mexico and learned to regard them as most delightful fodder.
Hattie, of the Collegeport Palatial Pharmacy, has brought added fame to that delightful resort. This time it is a sandwich which she has named "Delicioso." Between two very thin slices of toasted bread is a thin slice of liver, which is spread with a mixture of half catsup and half mustard, on this is a very thin slice of onion, sprinkled with parsley and then a thin slice of broiled ham covered with shredded pineapple.
It sells for fifteen cents and is worth two bits. Visiting candidates should ask for Delicioso.
The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, March 22, 1934
Editor in chief - Auldine Williams
Ass't editor - Emma Kucher
Ass't editor - Earlene Hill
We have finished our study of various authors and their works. Now we are delving into the depths of poetry and are trying to scan and learn the various little things about poetry that play such an important part in the writing of poetry. We find this study to be very difficult, but we hope that as time passes, it will become easier.
We have finished studying the works of Thoreau, "The Bachelor of Nature," Melville, Longfellow and Emerson. We are now studying Whittier's poems. Longfellow seems to be singled out as the favorite.
The deeper we get into geometry, the harder it gets, which perhaps, accounts for those wonderful grades.
We are indeed sorry that Auldine has been absent from school. It was reported that she had diphtheria, pneumonia and tonsillitis. We are glad to repot that we were misinformed. She had none of these things wrong with her.
Ho, hum! Lazy, sleepy, tired all the time. Don't want to play. Don't want to do anything anyone else does. Everybody has a grudge against us. That's spring fever, and we have it!
It seems that the above is a typical description of us poor Sophs.
What Would Happen If?
Everyone in English II got up his lesson?
Mr. White didn't give us some problems in science?
Earlene forgot to wear her hat?
Irwon didn't blush?
Aaron quit wearing a baseball glove on his belt?
Strange As It May Seem--But
Clara and Earlene both have sore shins.
Clara reports to demerit hall every day for Mr. White.
Tucker and Gifford are on speaking terms again.
Wade looks sadder than usual.
Mr. White thinks we have nothing to do in science if he doesn't assign us a chapter to outline.
Blondes seem to attract certain people.
Doodle always has a "wisecrack."
A certain trustee is owned by a certain teacher.
The girls' volleyball team entered county meet last Saturday. After a hard fought battle and a close game, they went down in defeat to Midfield. Then they played Markham for third place. They won. We are sorry to lose class B championship this year, but some one must be losers.
The regular meeting of the Girl Reserves, which was postponed last week, was held. Our program was "Hobbies." We had quite an interesting program which was followed by an informal discussion. Many had the same hobbies and there were many different ones.
Mrs. McCune went to Houston to attend the district meeting of the councils of the Girl Reserves. She is our first district representative and we are glad that she went.
Camp is not far off. We are already planning to get the fever. We are going to put forth every effort possible to send two girls or more to Casa Del Mar.
Easter morning at sunrise, we are going to have an Easter Sunrise worship service. This is our first service of this type and we hope that all the people of the community will join with us to make it a success. Our theme is "Continental Victories for Christ." Following this service, which is to begin at 6 o'clock, the Girl Reserves will share a breakfast together. If anyone wished to join us, we shall be glad to have you if you bring your own eggs, bacon and bread.
Girl Reserves, begin to think about the election of officers for next year. Don't forget that election is next month. Are you satisfied with the work the present officers have done? Do you think it can be better? Are there Seniors on the cabinet who will have to be replaced? Shall we add a song leader to out cabinet this year? Shall we also add a devotional chairman? Weigh these things carefully. Have we made any progress? Do you have someone in mind who might make the 'work' progress more rapidly?
Collegeport won second place in the county in the general exhibit, class B schools--the primary department won second place and the intermediate won third.
The primary project for this month is a tiny doll house, completely furnished with articles the pupils made themselves.
Our sand-table represents a scene in Holland. We are very busy now drawing rabbits and painting Easter eggs.
Harke Ye! Oysters Any Style!
Remember folks, this is the close of the season and Collegeport high school is furnishing you the opportunity of enjoying a last oyster supper before the season closes. If you do not know the candidates, this is a good time to come out and get acquainted.
Pies and coffee will be served in addition to oysters.
The Matagorda County Tribune, March 29, 1934
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