“Well, I’ve lived here over 40 years and I have never been to anything as grand as this in Collegeport,” said one of our pioneer women after attending the supper at the Mopac Monday night, June 10.
This supper has a story behind it. The first of the year the Sunday School classes of the Presbyterian Church entered into an attendance contest. The losing class was to prepare and serve a supper to the winning class.
In the meantime, the Men’s Adult Class organized a Bonehead Club which meets the first Monday night of each month. This organization was not limited to the men of the church.
When the men realized that they had the lowest attendance percentage they started planning the supper. It was at the Bonehead Club meetings that committees were appointed to plan, prepare and serve the meal.
Monday afternoon 18 Boneheads met at the Mopac to prepare the supper which will never be forgotten by those who were present. The old saying “That too many cooks spoil the broth” was not true in this case.
At eight o’clock over a hundred people were seated in the large hall at beautifully arranged tables. The classes were seated at tables which had their attendance percentage written above the.
In just minutes it seemed, the men had brought in over a hundred plates without a collision. It was interesting to see the expressions on the women’s faces and to hear the “oh’s” and “ah’s” when they were served their plates on which were a one-half barbecued chicken, a huge serving of potato salad, peas, olives, pickles and stuffed celery. Coffee and ice-tea were poured without a mishap.
While the men were clearing the tables everyone joined in singing. Then came another surprise—dessert. The men brought huge servings of ice cream.
The women, while they had no part in planning or serving, worried a great deal about the meal because they could not find out what the menu was and how it was to be prepared. They had no opportunity to give any advice.
You Collegeport men may have lost your attendance contest but we want you to know that you have won our esteem because this was positively the grandest supper ever given in our town.
--One of your guests
Palacios Beacon, June 21, 1951
Jake Setser and the Collegeport Baptist Church are another example of how the University of Corpus Christi helps in building churches in South Texas.
On April 18, 1943, Jake Setser was called as pastor for half-time of the Collegeport Baptist Mission which was sponsored by the First Baptist Church of Palacios. In August of that year the Mission went to full-time preaching and on April 3, 1949, the Mission was organized into a church with Jake as their pastor, with 44 charter members.
In August of that year, the Collegeport Church organized a Mission at Matagorda with Travis Holland, another U. C. C. student, as pastor. At this time the Mission had 37 members with 23 of these having come by baptism.
In 1949, the Collegeport Church baptized 23 and had two additions by letter. In 1950 they baptized 28 and had 19 additions by letter. In 1949 they raised through the budget $2,000 and in 1950 $2,900. The budget is $3,300 for 1951. In addition to their budget needs they have built and paid for a nice church building. The auditorium seats 150 people and there are six Sunday school classrooms and a kitchen and banquet hall.
The Sunday School has an average attendance of 42 and the Training Union an average attendance of 37. Twenty-two young people have surrendered for special service, to preach or for mission work. The church has licensed three to preach with two of them in U. C. C. They also have a young woman volunteer for mission work in U. C. C. The church sponsors a radio program each Sunday morning over KIOX of Bay City. The present membership of the church is 73 with 37 in the Mission making a total of 110.
Jake Setser has been graduated from U. C. C. and is now in the Seminary at Fort Worth. He commutes back to Collegeport each week-end. He is a strong supporter of U. C. C. as his record reveals.
--U. C. C. Announcer
Palacios Beacon, June 28, 1951
Irvin Hebel was showing a huge alligator around town last Friday night. He shot the huge reptile Friday afternoon on the irrigation canal near Collegeport.
The alligator weighed 360 pounds and measured 11 and one-half feet in length.
Palacios Beacon, October 19, 1951
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