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Collegeport Articles

September 1940


Mr. and Mrs. Dean Merck and son and John Merck were in Houston Sunday with their mother who is ill.

Harry Smith of Bay City visited his aunt, Mrs. C. L. Boeker and family last week.

School has been closed for several days because of the water pipes being frozen.

King’s Daughters had to postpone their meeting Thursday because of cold weather.

Several stock men report losing cattle during the storm.

V. L. Jennings spent Thursday night and Friday in Cuero on business.

Mrs. Crane went to Citrus Grove Monday to spend a few days with her daughter and family.

Children have enjoyed the snow as many have never seen any and snow men decorate our lawns.

We are sorry to report Mrs. B. V. Merck was operated on Monday at the Memorial hospital in Houston and is seriously ill, her many friends hope she may soon be improving.

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, January 25, 1940


Sunshine looked good after the wintery weather of over a week.

Miss Lottie Mae Johnson of Houston, visited her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Amos Johnson and family of Citrus Grove, last week end.

Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Jennings and son, James Elton, left Sunday for Cuero where Mr. Jennings is employed by the R. E. A. They have been visiting Mrs. Jenning’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harbison.

Mr. Evans and Mr. Ash drove to Bay City Monday morning for repairs for the school water system.

Mrs. Clapp and Mrs. Reid were Palacios callers, Monday p. m.

Mr. and Mrs. Carrick are among those who are on the sick list.

Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Boeker, were in Bay City Monday. Mr. Boeker is serving on the Jury.

Mr. and Mrs. Russel Martin of Houston motored to Collegeport Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Jack Martin, returned home with them.

Mrs. Pearl Gallaway, who has been here for her sister’s funeral, left Sunday for San Antonio for a short stay before going to her home at Custer, Okla.

Mrs. Nicholson moved to Wharton last week to make her home nearer her children.

Mr. Bowers is remodeling his home which he recently purchased.

Mr. and Mrs. Harbison spent the week end at Rockport and Corpus Christi with their daughter, Miss Ermine, who teaches at Rockport.

Our community was saddened last Wednesday by the death of Mrs. B. V. Merck, who died in the Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mrs. Merck had been in ill health for some time and every thing that could be done for her to make her suffering less was done b her family. Mrs. Merck was a loving wife, mother and neighbor whose Christian life and friendliness will be missed by all who knew her.

She was born in Austin, April 30, 1876 and has lived at Collegeport for 30 years. Was a member of the Presbyterian Church. She is survived by her husband B. V. Merck of Collegeport, five daughters, Mrs. R. K. Legg of Newgulf, Mrs. J. F. Kilpatrick of Dallas, Mrs. R. McRee, Mrs. C. E. Wilson and Mrs. Jack Martin of Houston; three sons, John and Dean Merck of Collegeport, Gerald Merck of San Antonio; three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Galloway and Mrs. T. P. Jordan both of Custer, Okla., and Mrs. F. V. Bryant of Athens and eight grandchildren: Misses Sadie Zee and Edna Earl McRee, Jack Martin and Jerry Martin all of Houston, W. Joy Merck of San Antonio, Henry Legg of Bay City, Dean Merck and John Merck of Collegeport.

Funeral services was held at the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City at 3 p. m. Jan. 25.

The sympathy of her many friends and neighbors go to the bereaved family.

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, February 1, 1940


Mrs. F. A. King went to Dallas last week to help care for her new grandson.

Mr. Reid left Wednesday for Legion, Texas, where he will enter the Veterans hospital for medical treatment.

Mrs. Liggett accompanied by Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Harbison went to Bay City last Tuesday night to hear Miss Latter speak.

Mr. and Mrs. John Merck and son have moved to the home of Mr. Merck’s father.

Most of the school children went to Bay City to see the “Cavalcade of Texas” showed at the Texas theater.

Maude Lashbrook of Blessing spent the week-end with homefolks.

A. N. Sandusky of Bay City greeted old friends at Sunday School Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Harbison and Mrs. Hensley spent Friday night and Saturday with their daughters in Cuero and Victoria.

R. L. Corporon and family of Citrus Grove visited Mrs. Corporon’s mother, Mrs. Crane Sunday.

Dean Merck, Jr., is on the sick list.

Supt. Hale of Bay City visited our school Friday.

Most of the houses are wired or being wired for electricity and we will be glad when our lines are completed.

Those who have ever attended one of Collegeport’s Washington day entertainments and suppers will want to come again, so remember February 22 will be celebrated at Collegeport.

The Missionary Union met at the home of Mrs. Anna Crane Thursday, Feb. 1. Discussion of the Washington Supper which the union and PTA will sponsor jointly was discussed. The lesson on Africa was interesting. We were all glad to be back at Mrs. Crane’s again and to have her home after a year’s absence. The hostess served delicious sandwiches, cookies and coffee to the following members: Mesdames Carrick, Nelson, Franzen, Liggett, Stall, Wright, Lashbrook and Harbison. The March meeting will be at Mrs. Franzen’s.

Mrs. Vern Batchelder was called to Alvin Sunday by the death of her grandmother, Mrs. Jenkins. Our deepest sympathy goes to Mrs. Batchelder in her bereavement.

The Daily Tribune, February 8, 1940


Mr. F. A. King and sons drove to Dallas Saturday for Mrs. King who has been with her daughter, Mrs. Barton for the past two weeks.

Mrs. Reid, who has been with Mrs. Clapp this winter, moved to an apartment in the Hurd house Saturday.

Mrs. Leo Duffy and Mrs. Vernon Bowers were in Houston Thursday.

Aaron Penland, who is attending A. & M., spent the weekend with homefolk.

Mr. and Mrs. H. Boeker and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Legg of Bay City were Sunday afternoon callers ih the Dean Merck home.

Miss Vergie Reynolds and brother, Clyde, of Aransas Pass and Miss Ermine Harbison of Rockport were supper guests of Ermine’s parents Mr. and Mrs. Harbison Sunday night.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Peters of Bay City and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Anderson of Red Oak, Iowa, were Sunday visitors at the Franzen home.

The REA electric lines are almost completed and when the residents are wired the juice will be turned on.

Mrs. R. L. Corporon, Roy and Joy were Wednesday visitors at Mrs. Crane’s.

Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Jensen and daughters, Leona and Gloria visited Mrs. Jensen’s brother, J. J. Harbison and wife Sunday.

A. Blaylock filling station is being installed at the Pine place.

Sunday school election was held Sunday and the following were elected: superintendent, Mrs. Harbison; assistant, supt., Mrs. Dean Merck; secretary, James Franzen; assistant sec., Ray Lee Penland; primary supt., Mrs. A. A. Penland; cradle roll supt., Mrs. E. H. [M.] Huitt. Over 50 were present Sunday morning her hope to keep an average of 50 through the year.

4-H club meets at 12 o’clock Tuesday at school house.

Home demonstration club will meet with Mrs. Harbison Tuesday at 2 p. m.

Girl Reserve party at Mrs. Liggett’s home Wednesday afternoon.

King’s Daughters will meet with Mrs. Crane Thursday at 11:30 a. m.

PTA will have a called meeting Friday night at 8 p. m. Subject of program “Preparing to Earn” will have a speaker from Bay City and all young people are invited to come.

PTA and Woman’s Union will sponsor a Jitney Supper Thursday night, February 22, 6:30 p. m.  Chicken pie with accessories will be served at 5 c per helping. At 8 p. m. the school will give a program. Part of the proceeds go to secure T. B. tests given at school.

Girl Reserves met Wednesday afternoon at the community house with their sponsor, Mrs. Law. Plans for future meetings and singing Girl Reserve songs were all we had time for.

Woman’s Club met at the home of Mrs. Nelson Thursday night February 8. Meeting was called to order by vice president Annette Johnson. After a short business session at which Mrs. Harbison was elected delegate and Mrs. Hensley alternate to the Federation in Bay City. Mrs. Liggett lead the program on Tax and Health Legislation.

A delicious refreshment plate was served by the hostess assisted by her daughter, Ethel, to Mesdames H. A. Clapp, Wright Batchelder, Amos Johnson, J. J. Harbison, H. Guyer, L. E. Liggett, Hensley, Lashbrook and Misses Annette Johnson and Delores Guyer.

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, February 15, 1940


Collegeport Demonstration Club

The Collegeport Demonstration club met Feb. 15 at 2 p. m. at the home of Mrs. Harbison with Mrs. Dean Merck co-hostess.

Mrs. Merck president called the club to order and as Miss Stewart was leaving early she gave her demonstration first.

She discussed storage and storage space. “There is often wasted space in a clothes closet,” said Miss Stewart, often the space above the clothes rod is not utilized, shelves here could be used in storing bedding.

“Do not build your closet so shallow a hanger will not hang straight in it.” If a clothes closet is planned the wasted space usually can be filled with shelves for folded clothes, hat racks, etc. The closet should be light and airy a light storage space repels moths as they like darkness and dirt.

Shoe racks add much to the tidiness of a closet.

The rods should be placed at a convenient height for children and one not too high for grown ups.

Dresser drawers with pasteboard partitions are very convenient.

In storing winter clothes, clean either in warm soapsuds and rinsing in same temperature water, naptha or gasoline dry good and wrap in newspaper, or put in paper bags or suit boxes with napthaline or germ camphor. Then seal all openings with gummed paper.

Clear cold water will often remove stains.

After a short business meeting we spent some time playing games.

The hostesses served Valentine cakes and coffee to 12 ladies.

Misses Ethel Nelson and Nancy Sutton entertained the Blessing basketball boys and their lady friends at an oyster supper at Miss Sutton’s home, Monday night.

About 20 young people enjoyed this hospitality.

Girl Reserve Report

The Girl Reserves met at the home of Mrs. Liggett, Feb. 14. We played games and did stunts. After that Mrs. Liggett served refreshments. She served us cocoa and cookies. In the middle of the table she placed little red baskets filled with candy which were given to the girls.

Those enjoying the party were: Otha Lee Harvey, Otha Floyd Mize, Mava Nell Harvey, Erma Lashbrook, Elva Jean Wells, Margie Nell Purswell, Kathryn Bowers, Emma Collins, and Bessie Bagley.

Reporter, Erma Lashbrook.

4-H Club Report

The meeting was called to order by the President Mava Nee Harvey. We talked about the material for making our mother-daughter dresses. We looked at some of the girls’ material.

Miss Stewart taught us a new game and our song leader taught us a new song.

There were twelve present and our sponsor, Mrs. Holloway, and Miss Stewart.

Reporter, Otha Floyd Mize.

King’s Daughters

The King’s Daughters met at the home of Mrs. Crane Thursday a. m. A delicious covered dish luncheon was served at noon. The devotional program of songs and scripture was enjoyed after which the annual election of officers was held. Mrs. P. V. Corporon was elected president with Mrs. Anna Crane vice president. Mrs. Hazel Merck secretary and Mrs. Holloway treasurer. Fifteen members and visitors were present. Meeting on March 21 with Mrs. Fred Law.


The school enjoyed Valentine day with a valentine box in each room. Hensley’s room played valentine games and were treated to valentine cookies and candy. Mr. Harbison’s boys enjoyed hot cocoa and doughnuts. Several mothers visited the rooms.

Mr. and Mrs. DeWald of Aransas Pass were weekend guests of the Haisley and Kundinger homes.

Miss Ella Guyer spent the week end with Miss Annette Johnson.

Mr. and Mrs. Franzen were Monday business visitors in Bay City.

Mr. and Mrs. Harbison were in Midfield and Blessing Saturday on business.

M. S. Holsworth was in Bay City, Saturday.

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, February 22, 1940


Mrs. Ira Corporon and children Willie and Wanda and Mr. and Mrs. Pat Jenkins visited Mr. and Mrs. Jenkins, Sr., at Dilly, Texas, last week.

Mr. B. V. Merck visited his daughter, Mrs. R. K. Legg in Newgulf last week.

Mr. A. A. Penland was a business visitor at El Campo Thursday.

Percy Reed returned home Wednesday from Legion, Texas, where he has been in the veterans hospital.

Mrs. L. E. Liggett and Mrs. Duller of Blessing went to Houston Friday for the annual Y. W. C. A. meeting. She represented the Houston, Galveston district on the program.

Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt Chiles and sons of Palacios attended the Jitney supper Thursday night at the community house.

Eugene Corporon visited his grandmother, Mrs. Crane, several days last week.

Misses Virgie Reynolds and Ermine Harbison of Aransas Pass, Miss Lowry and friend of Bay City, Bruce Lowry and friend of Galveston were visitors at the Harbison home Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Merck of San Antonio, Mr. and Mrs. Kilpatrick of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. K. Legg of Newgulf and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Legg of Bay City were week-end guests of Mr. B. V. Merck.

Rev. and Mrs. Mack and Rev. Gillespie of Palacios attended the Washington Day program and supper.

Silton Marton and Elmo Armond and family were Sunday guests at the Morton home.

Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Franzen of Houston were Saturday night and Sunday visitors of Mr. Franzen’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Franzen.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Spoor of Rosharon were in Collegeport Sunday.

Mrs. W. W. Reed and granddaughter  Mary Louise visited Mary Louise’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Reed Sunday.

Mrs. John Merck and son, John Maurice, went to San Antonio Sunday for a few days.

Maude Lashbrook came home this week from Blessing where she has been all winter.

Mrs. Washburn went to Galveston Friday where she will enter John Sealy hospital for treatment.

Mr. Franzen and Dean Merck were business visitors in Bay City Monday afternoon.

The Jitney supper menu consisted of chicken pie with several vegetables, salads, cake, pie and coffee. About $31 was realized from the supper. After supper a short program was rendered by the school consisting of Patriotic songs, dialogues and drills, which was enjoyed by all. Rev. Mack, Methodist minister of Palacios, gave a very interesting address on Washington. We thank Mr. Mack and hope he will come over again.

Collegeport was made very happy Friday night by having electric lights turned on after months of anticipation. We expect to enjoy electricity to the fullest extent.

The Daily Tribune, March 1, 1940

Collegeport Presbyterian Church

The above Church had a very joyous Easter Sunday. There were 71 members of the Sunday School present and 35 visitors, making a total of 106. Mrs. Harbison, Supt. of the Sunday School, and the teachers and members deserve the credit for this. There were about 110 present at the regular morning service. Two members were received on reaffirmation of faith, and a young man will be received on next Sabbath morning on Confession of Faith. There was a special program at the Church School Service, and special music at both services under the leadership of Mrs. Liggett.

The Church School received a signal mark of distinction in the month of January. It was one of 799 Schools which had a worthy type of Missionary education--this was out of a large number of reports examined. Full credit for this goes to the Superintendent and teachers. The Church year now drawing to a close has one of the best in a considerable time.

George F. Gillespie, Pastor

Palacios Beacon, March 28, 1940


Miss Annette Johnson went to Houston Saturday for several days visits with her sister, Miss Lottie Mae Johnson.

Mrs. Walters of San Antonio is visiting old friends at Collegeport this week.

Mr. Nelson and Ethel drove to Richland, Texas, after Miss Rosalie who taught at Richland the past winter. Miss Jean Jay returned with them to spend a week.

Mrs. L. E. Liggett and Mrs. H. A. Clapp were in Blessing Saturday attending a Y. W. C. A. meeting.

Miss Ermine Harbison of Rockport drove home Sunday for a few days stay before going to University at Austin for the summer.

We are glad to report Margaret Ann Holsworth, who was operated on for appendicitis at the Hospital in Bay City, is able to be at her grandmother’s in Markham.

The following seventh grade students went to Bay City last Wednesday night for the County graduation exercises:  Mava Nee and Otha Lee Harvey, Erma Lashbrook, James Franzen and Roddin Purswell.

Collegeport Day was celebrated Saturday, May 25, beginning with a bounteous basket dinner at the Community House. Singing, happy conversation, skating and a baseball game were the day’s entertainment. Old settlers tell us there has never been a celebration missed since the first one about 30 years ago. About 175 people were present.

The ball game between the married men and school boys was won by the school boys.

Collegeport Demonstration Club

The Demonstration Club held its regular meeting Tuesday, May 21, at 2 p. m. with Mrs. P. N. Corporon at Citrus Grove. 19 members and 4 visitors were present.

Meeting was called to order by Pres. Mrs. D. Merck. Ten minutes were spent singing songs we learned at camp, after which the regular business and program was had.

The Club voted to have a Chuck Wagon social on the lawn of Mrs. Roy Nelson’s home June 14. We plan on having a good time so come every one, Cowboys, Cowgirls and all. Ten cents will be charged at the gate.

We were sorry Miss Stewart not be with us. We had one new member.

Delicious refreshments were served by the hostess.

Palacios Beacon, May 30, 1940


On Tuesday night, June 11, the Coca Cola Company from Bay City gave a Flower Arrangement picture at the Community house. About 45 persons enjoyed this picture, also another one which was given. The Coca Cola Company treated the crowd to ice cold Coca Cola and snacks. The club wishes to thank them for this enjoyable evening.

On June 14 a Chuck Wagon supper was given at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nelson.

A big camp fire was burning near the Chuck Wagon on which brewed fragrant coffee and hot dogs.

The crowd was served coffee in true camp style, in tin cups, and helped themselves to buns, hot dogs, mustard, onions, pickles and cookies. While the guests were being served, guitar and violin music floated on the breeze. Cowboys and girl wended their way thru the happy crowd.

“42” games were enjoyed until a late hour.

We were sorry a threatening storm came up and a good many who lived far away had to leave. We hope to have another social soon when it doesn’t storm. Several dollars were cleared for club work. About 100 guests thank Mr. and Mrs. Nelson for such a happy and enjoyable evening.

Palacios Beacon, June 27, 1940


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