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Collegeport Articles

January 1939

Items of Interest From Collegeport

By Mrs. Dena D. Hurd


“If Winter Comes,” the title of an English novel and best seller for a long period of time, two decades ago, had for the completed thought of its title the full, trite, convincing sentence: “If Winter Comes Springtime is Not Far Behind,” and referred to the gloomy days of cold, chilly existence, in a home that lacked understanding.

The thought comes to one forcibly in a picture of this winter’s scene in Collegeport. Winter came only a few weeks ago as our village basked smugly, lazily in the beauty of perfect fall weather. Great fields were prepared for planting, gardens thrived and lawns gleamed green and lovely in the ever present glow of sunshine and warm gulf breezes. Suddenly upon clouds of mist and fog the north winds rode in fury, drenched in a down pour of cold rain, swathed in chilling winds that grew colder as the force of winds grew, bringing just enough frost to halt the progress of natures’ growth. Winter had come and all thought was given to the comfort of man and beast and then the clouds lifted.

Each morn, at sunrise, the earth seemed covered with a mantle of mist and fog so dense that we seemed to be beneath the sea instead of besides its rippling waters whose quiet lapping on the shoreline, almost beneath our window, seemed only waiting for the ebb and flow of the never changing tide.

There is a beauty and a pathos in nature’s waiting, filling the soul of man with the gleam of hope as the light of the morning sun breaks through cloud and mist and fog dispelling the gloom and urging on the desire to create new life and new beauty in the use of the gifts God has bestowed upon man through nature, and well man knows that he must obey those laws, that were laid down for his use and his training as well, even in the early dawn of creation. Springtime is not far behind, but man must, if he succeeds, take note of every herald or harbinger of nature’s intent. The tiller of the soil is wont to put his faith in the first signs of Springtime’s approach, the fluttering of the winged blue bird, the red Kentucky cardinal, the robin, thrush and meadow lark as they flit here and there calling to mate, in search of a suitable tree, shrub or vine in which to establish a home. Sometimes the little feathered friends remain, sometimes they disappear, but “Springtime is not far behind,” and even though belated winter winds may bring destruction and loss, man and bird toils on in the hope and with the faith that in the near future lies the eternal inevitable reward for things well done, the fullness of the writers inspiration fulfilled; “If winter comes, springtime is not far behind.”

A number of Collegeport young and elder ones as well, were visitors to Bay City on Saturday, and while there visited the moving pictures, there being youthful adventure reels being shown at two houses. Daring and adventure is an attractive combination that the younger generation finds most satisfying. The fact that right always wins and wrong receives justice and punishment is sure to leave a good impression on the minds of the growing boy or girl. The homely scenes of simple life and honesty as shown in many pictures tend to influence the lives of a growing boy or girl can have a more lasting influence on character than wild, fighting, murderers or gruesome pictures. The world has had far too much fighting and the cinema has portrayed far too many pictures of the destructive murderous type. An entertainment as in real life a program of constructive endeavor will do much to improve the world thought and improved thought inspires improved action. May we strive to improve.

The Woman’s Missionary Union met at the home of Mrs. J. J. Harbison on Thursday afternoon for the regular monthly meeting with President Mrs. Frank King presiding and Mrs. L. E. Liggett, Chairman. Program Committee presenting an interesting roundtable discussion of church activities in China while the country is at war. The discussion, in the form of conversation between a missionary and members of the society vividly portrayed the present condition under which missionaries are working at this time in China, was prepared for use in Mission circles and more really presented the tense situation under which missionaries are working, almost under fire, was intensely interesting. After the program the hostess, Mrs. Harbison served cheese wafers, mince pie and coffee to fifteen members and guests.

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nelson, accompanied by Mr. Nelson's mother, who is spending the winter here and Miss Rosalie Nelson and Miss Ethel Nelson have returned from a most delightful visit through the Rio Grande Valley, which Mr. and Mrs. Nelson had not visited since their first visit to Texas, twenty-two years ago. Their journey took them to Kingsville, Falfurias, Corpus Christi, Alamo and Brownsville, visiting citrus orchards, canning plants, shipping and packing houses also visiting friends who have located in the valley. This was a delightful trip for the family and a treat for the holidays in which all have an equal part.

Mrs. Ted Spates and children were visitors in the home of Mrs. Spates’ parents on Friday last, having driven down from Bay City, where Mrs. Spates was visiting relatives and at the bedside of her brother Kent Boeker, who is still confined to the hospital since the serious accident nearly a month ago. While the boy exhibits unusual bravery and courage and is grimly holding his own, he is still a very sick child. His physicians have issued a statement that his youth, excellent physique and bravery are doing much to give hopes of ultimate recovery. It will be remembered that Kent fell on a sharpened stick he was carrying in one hand, while gathering eggs and on which he fell, piercing through the entire body. Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Boeker, Kent and the family are eagerly and anxious for daily news of improvement.

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Guyer and daughters, Miss Ella Mae and Dolores have returned from El Campo, where they went to welcome the new grandson and nephew recently arrived in the home of their daughter. They were accompanied home by their grandson.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Law and children have returned home after their holiday visit to the homes of the parents of both Mr. and Mrs. Law.

Mrs. J. Jenkins Sr., While visiting in the home of their daughter, Mrs. P. Wells, was taken ill suddenly last week and since been confined to her bed suffering from a nervous illness she is reported as improving slowly.

Mrs. A. L. Barton and little son, Richard, who had been guests in the home of Mrs. Barton's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred King, have gone to Houston to join Mr. Barton who has located in Houston where they will make their home.

Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Liggett, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Lewis of Mondo, Ill., Miss Roberta Liggett and Milford Liggett, spent Tuesday last driving over the County visiting the Gulf Sulphur development oilfields and farms and ranches. Mr. and Mrs. Lewis have land near Citrus Grove and are here on a visit before going to California.

Mr. Gust Franzen, Chairman of the Church Board, invited the Officers and Teachers of the Sunday School to meet at his home on last Wednesday evening to discuss the Nominating Committee, the election of new officers for the Sunday School, which was scheduled to be held on Sunday following. After informal discussion, nominations were made in the election, following on Sunday, named the following officers: Sunday School Superintendent, Mrs. J. J. Harbison; Secretary, Miss Maude Lashbrook re-elected; Treasurer, Mrs. Anna D. Crane.

Mrs. Amos Johnson, Mrs. N. T. Hensley, Mrs. Burton D. Hurd and Miss Annette Johnson were Bay City visitors Saturday.

Miss Margaret Ann Holsworth is visiting her grand parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sirmon in Markham.

Mr. Lloyd Hall of Aransas Pass, nephew of Mrs. Guyer is visiting in the Guyer home.

Miss Margaret Hill was a visitor at the Mr. Amos Duffy ranch on Monday evening last.

Reverend Couch of the Baptist Church, Palacios was a Collegeport visitor on Monday.

Daily Tribune, Thursday, January 12, 1939


Collegeport Articles

March 1939


By Mrs. Dena D. Hurd

And Now a Hospital

The men and women, members of various organizations and the professions, have not allowed their thoughts to lie dormant while awaiting the cloud of doubt and disappointed endeavor to clear their horizon but have seen through the dark days of gloom and have caught many a fleeting glimpse of their dream come true, a hospital for Matagorda County and one other than a charitable institution, a modern, well built, well equipped well managed project that will amply served the needs of the sick and suffering, with a maintenance fund in reserve, and owned by the people who have long suffered its absence.

The full thirty years of waiting, working and hoping have not daunted the fervor of the maimed and suffering. Those who have added their aid as the years have passed and few who are still behind the movement for more efficient facilities for caring for the sick, have seen trial after trial fail, have grown in strength and added hope that has won, it seem certain; have erased, one after another, the bans that made success impossible. The court, with diligent research and consideration of every possible angle, it would seem, has given a brighter ray of hope and the venture no longer seems improbable.

The petitions are abroad in every precinct in the County and are being received without criticism and without fault finding. The village of Collegeport, representing Precinct Number 7, received the petition, for holding the election, in the afternoon of one day and by noon the next day almost twice the required number of property owner, tax paying voters had attached their signatures without requiring a word of explanation, and if all can be reached, by the time this column is in the press almost 100 percent of the voters in Precinct No. 7 will have attached their signatures. While the battle is not over, since every project of a public nature has many difficulties to overcome in the building, the men and women of the county who are at the helm are able to hold their course, and will if we aid them as we should, guide us safely. When the election is called, may every legalized voter go to the polls and vote for the bond issue ensuring the hospital, carrying in their minds and hearts the prevailing thought that each one will have a part in the greatest aid to humanity in our own county that has ever been built. Let our united slogan be “ And Now a Hospital.”

Misses Ella and Dolores Guyer accompanied Mr. and Mrs. Bert Kelly and children to Angleton for a Sunday visit.

Mrs. Vern Batchelder was a week end guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Williams at Angleton.

Collegeport girls volleyball team won third place in the County meet at Bay City and were gratified for they had some strong opponents.

Mrs. Harry Austin Clapp was a Palacios visitor last week end, attending special Lenten services and visiting friends.

Mr. and Mrs. R. McCree and children of Hockley, spent the week end visiting in the home of Mrs. McCree’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Balzar Merck.

Mrs. Rena Wright was hostess to the Woman’s Union at her home, on Thursday afternoon for their regular monthly meeting when the past year’s work was reviewed and reports were read preparatory to making the annual report to the Presbytery, and President. Mrs. Frank King expressing her appreciation of the report that all current bills had been paid and a substantial sum left in the Treasury. Mrs. L. E. Liggett, Program Chairman, led a round table reading of actual happenings in the Mission Fields at the close of which Mrs. Wright assisted by Mrs. Dean Merck served hot coffee, angel food and chocolate cakes.

The Sunday school cabinet met at the home of Superintendent Mrs. J. J. Harbison on Wednesday evening to complete plans for the perfecting of the organization of the Sunday School in to regular grades, discussing with officers and teachers the matter of the best manner in which to advance the efficiency of the Sunday School. The result proved satisfactory in that the attendance was materially increased in most all of the classes on Sunday.

Sunday morning there was no preaching service on account of the very sudden illness of Rev. Gillespie, which was learned with deep regret and earnest prayers for a speedy recovery. The hour was spent in the checking up of the departments, teachers and classes, literature etc., preparatory to final organization.

Daily Tribune, March 9, 1939


Collegeport Articles

May 1939

Collegeport Home Demonstration Club

“I learn something every time I go to club,” said a member of the Collegeport Demonstration Club at the home of Mrs. Franzen, Tuesday at 2 p. m. ”When cleaning your sewing machine, “ said Mrs. Franzen who held the machine clinic, “be sure to use a stiff brush and either gasoline or kerosene, take the face off your machine top and scrub lint and dust out good. After drying the parts, oil good with a light oil as heavy oil makes a sewing machine run heavier. Clean the foot treadle and wheels as carefully as the top.” We found this to be a very interesting demonstration.

Mrs. Frank King helped Mrs. Franzen by telling us how to use the machine to make the most out of it.

We planned a social in the near future at Mrs. P. V. Corporon.

Our club is entering the canning contest sponsored by the Year Book Committee of the County Council.

Mrs. Franzen served delicious refreshments to the following guests and visitors.

Mesdames John Merck, Dean Merck, Lish Holloway, Fannie Penland, Roy Nelson, Frank King, Louis Walter, Jerry Lashbrook, J. J. Harbison, John Carrick, Stall and Gerald Wells.

Our next meeting will be with Mrs. A. A. Penland, May 9.

Palacios Beacon, May 4, 1939


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