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Collegeport Articles

November 1940


Mr. M____ Wells and family moved from Tin-Top to the Holsworth house in Collegeport. We are glad to welcome Mr. Wells’ family to our community.

Mrs. Dean Merck, Mrs. J. J. Harbison and Mrs. Gerald Wells attended demonstration council Saturday in Bay City. After noon they attended the Christmas party given by the council at Miss Stewart’s apartment. Lovely ___ corsages were given each guest.

Mr. and Mrs. Harbison had as Sunday guests, Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Harris and daughter, Billie Jean of Bay City, Bernard and LeLona Jensen of Palacios, Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Jennings and son, James Elton? Of El Campo, Miss Ermine Harbison of Aransas Pass and Miss Lois Harbison of Palacios.

Mr. and Mrs. Melvin of Angleton and Dorothy Williams of Bay City, visited Mr. Chas. Williams and family, Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Boeker and daughter, Mrs. Tex Spates and sons spent several days last week in the Valley.

Vern Bowers’ sister, brother-in-law and baby were week end visitors in the Bowers’ home.

The ladies of the church held their bazaar last Thursday. The Girl Reserves also had a table? where several useful articles were displayed. Everyone had a good? time, and good lunches of fried oysters, stewed oysters pies, cakes? and coffee were served. This bazaar was given for the benefit of the church.

School News

Tommy Jenkins was a perfect speller last week from Miss Johnson’s room.

The Daily Tribune, November 12, 1940

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Mrs. George B. McKissick and Mrs. Thomas McKissick of Ashby were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Verne Bowers, this week.

Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Legg of Newgulf, were guests in the home of Mr. B. V. Merck.

Mrs. Louie Walters, formerly of Collegeport but whose home is not in San Antonio, is visiting friends here.

Gus Franzen and Abel King are spending a few days in San Marcos, San Antonio and other points.

Mr. Jack Martin and sons, Jack and Jerry of Houston, were hunting ducks and geese in the vicinity of Collegeport, this week end.

Aaron Penland, who is a student at A. & M., spent the week end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Penland.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Petty of San Marcos, spent the week end with her sister, Mrs. Frank King.

Mr. and Mrs. R. K. Legg and Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Baker of Newgulf and Mr. B. V. Merck were Sunday visitors in the Dean Merck home.

Sportsmen are taking advantage of the large numbers of ducks and geese found in the vicinity of Collegeport. Fifteen hunters called at the Franzen home Sunday morning. Each had their bag limit of ducks and geese.

Little Paul Penland had the misfortune to break his leg when he fell from a see-saw last week. We hope he will soon be back in school.

The Home Demonstration Club met last Tuesday in the home of Mrs. J. J. Harbison. Miss Stewart gave a demonstration lesson on baking a hen. A chicken dinner with all the accompaniments was served. About thirty ladies were present.

Mr. Joe Hunt, M. C. Hunt and wife of Terrell, visited Mr. John Hunt.

Mrs. Grace Scarborough of Kennedy visited the Dick Pierce family.

J. B. Fulcher and friend of Houston, are visiting the Tom Fulcher family.

Mrs. Carpenter’s sister from Colorado, is visiting the J. D. Carpenter family.

Mrs. Kirby Harvey and children are visiting the R. H. Purswell family.

Mrs. Leo Duffy and daughter, Bobbie Ann, visited in Port Lavaca, Sunday.

Clyde Ware, J. F. Jenkins, Ira Corporon, Pat Jenkins, and M. S. Holsworth  were on business trips to Houston, Monday.

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Shows were visitors in the Hendrix home.

Mr. and Mrs. Ruel Bachelder and son of Louisiana, visited friends in Collegeport, last week.


Perfect spellers for third, fourth, fifth grades: Donald Wells, Margaret Ann Holsworth.

Perfect spellers for second grade are: James Penland.

The Girl Reserves are making stuffed dolls, pot holders, and various useful articles for the Bazaar which will be held here soon.

The Girl Reserves sold candy at the school this week. They are to sell candy the first week in each month at the school the day to be announced each month.

The second six weeks examinations will be held at Collegeport school on Thursday and Friday of this week.

The Rhythm Band suits are nearing completion. The colors are royal blue and white. We know the youngsters will look nice in their suits.

The Girl Reserves are planning to have their regular uniform suits, white dresses with blue ties. If the girls do not wear their uniform dresses when the club meets, they will be fined.

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, November 21, 1940

Lieut.-Col. Vernon Hurd Visits Here

Lieut.-Col. Vernon Hurd with two companion officers landed in Houston day before yesterday having made the flight from Washington for the purpose of inspecting army fields under construction.

Col. Hurd is on the staff of the War School in Washington D. C. having been called there for duty some three months ago. This tour has been strictly one of business.

While here Col. Hurd spent a short while with his sister and brother Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Smith.

Daily Tribune, November 21, 1940

Lt. –Col. Vernon Hurd is Only Reserve Officer on Headquarters Staff

Palacios can well be proud that Lieut.-Col. Vernon K. Hurd is the only Reserve Officer now serving on the General Headquarters Staff with Major General Leslie J. McNair, Chief of Staff, at Washington, D. C.

Last spring Mr. Hurd attended the Staff school at Ft. Leavenworth under the direction of General McNair. After this period of training had been completed, consisting of three months, it was found that Col. Hurd had made the highest grade among the several officers attending. After General McNair was called to Washington, D. C., as Chief of Staff for General March, Col. Hurd was called to Washington to represent the Reserve Officers on his staff.

At present, he and his family are living in Washington, D. C. His office is within The Army War College. The citizens generally of this section know of the faithfulness of Mr. Hurd to the Reserve Officers branch of the service at times when there was little or no interest manifested by anyone in preparedness, and we can well be proud of the fact that this section of Texas is capable of producing a man capable, qualified an eminently fitted to serve on the General Staff of the United States Army at a time when our flag is calling for the best manhood and brains available to make ready for any eventuality.

Palacios Beacon, November 28, 1940


The King’s Daughters met at the Community House Tuesday instead of Thursday. They quilted two quilts for Mrs. Penland. Mrs. Harbison and Mrs. Amos Johnson were hostesses.

The annual Thanksgiving dinner will be held at Citrus Grove at the old school house. Everyone will be welcomed. Bring a basket dinner.

Mrs. Bob Thompson has returned home from New Hampshire.

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ackerman are visiting friends in different parts of Texas.

The Collegeport P. T. A. met Friday night at the Community House.

Meeting was called to order by President and a short business meeting was held.

Mrs. Liggett gave a legislative report on what the P. T. A. was working for in legislation.

Miss Johnson’s room gave a health skit which was enjoyed by all.

Mrs. M. S. Holsworth lead the lesson on Practical Education. The year’s lesson topic is the Creative Home each month’s lesson is woven round this topic.

Very interesting discussion on Right of Free Inquiry. Vocational Interests, Educational use of Motion Pictures and Radio, Better Trained Parents, and Adult Education. After the program a very enjoyable social hour was had.

Mesdames J. F. Jenkins, Bob Thompson, Leo Duffy and Hendrix served delicious refreshments of cake, cooking coffee and cocoa.

Next month Miss Charley Mae Carter sec’y of Y. work will lead our program on Wise Use of Recreation.

Mr. Ben Johnson and son of Conroe, visited his niece, Miss Aileen Brugaugh last Saturday and Sunday.

Mesdames Leo Duffy, T. P. Hale, C. Warfeld, Miss Bobbie Ann Duffy and Mr. J. H. Fulcher were Sunday visitors in Goose Creek.

School News

Perfect Spellers—Second Grade: Frederick Huitt, Dean Merck, James Penland, Vernelda Harvey, Jeanette Williams.

Perfect attendance last six weeks: Primary Room—Frederick Huitt, Phyllis Holsworth, Dean F. Merck, Netina Jenkins, Roy Smith.

The Daily Tribune, November 29, 1940


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