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1952 - 1953

House Moved To Collegeport Without Sinking As Rumored

Rumors circulating in Palacios that a barge loaded with a 15-ton truck and an old army building having sunk in Matagorda Bay are false, according to Roy Whitmire of Gamble and Whitmire.

Whitmire told the Beacon Wednesday that his company moved a truck and half of a building to Collegeport by way of barge during the last week.

The only accident they had was at Collegeport, he stated. While moving the house from the barge, one of the rollers supporting the house crashed through the barge’s wooden deck, Whitmire said.

Only half of this large house was moved from Camp Hulen. The other half is scheduled to be moved this week from our new turning basin.

A steel barge will be used, Whitmire continued.

Palacios Beacon, October 2, 1952

Ida Mae Wilson and Gustave Franzen, Jr. Wed in Collegeport

Miss Ida Mae Wilson became the bride of Gustave Franzen Jr. Saturday evening , November 22, at 7 o’clock, in a ceremony performed in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Merck in Collegeport.

The Rev. A. G. Fitzgerald performed the double ring ceremony in the living room archway, which was flanked with candelabrum and tall baskets of white mums.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Wilson of Palacios and the groom is the son of Mrs. Gust Franzen Sr. and the late Mr. Franzen of Collegeport.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an air force blue suit, white hat and gloves, her mother’s gold wedding bracelet, a white carnation corsage, and carried a white Bible.

Mrs. Fred King attended the bride as matron of honor. Fred King served as best man and the candles were lighted by Misses Mary Louise and Nelda Faye Wells.

The mother of the bride was attired in a wine suit, black accessories and a pink carnation corsage. The groom’s mother wore a navy suit, black accessories, and a corsage of pink carnations.

Immediately following the ceremony the reception was held in the Merck home. Members of the house party included Mesdames C. W. Boeker, Wilford Wilson, B. B. Bryan, and Gerald Wells.

The newlyweds will make their home in Collegeport.

Out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Wilson and children, Bill and Yvonne, of Palacios; Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Boeker and children, Patsy, Jimmie, and Judy, of Channelview; Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Bryan and children, Margaret and Bobbie, of New Iberia, La.; Eugene Fitzpatrick of Lolita, and James Franzen of Cordele.

Palacios Beacon, December 4, 1952


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Mary Louise Wells and Howard Eugene Fitzpatrick Married in Collegeport Church February 28

Miss Mary Louise Wells of Collegeport became the bride of Howard Eugene Fitzpatrick of Lolita at a double ring ceremony solemnized by Rev. A. G. Fitzgerald. There ceremony was performed at 7:30 Saturday evening, February 28, in the Collegeport Presbyterian Church before an altar banked with baskets of white stock and lighted white tapers in candelabras.

The candles were lighted by Mrs. Willie Corporon and Miss Annie Nell Penland.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald F. Wells of Collegeport and Mr. and Mrs. John F. Fitzpatrick of Lolita are parents of the bridegroom.

Mrs. R. L. Corporon accompanied Rev. Glass who sang “Because” and the “Lord’s Prayer.”

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore an off white silk and wool suit with blue accessories and an orchid corsage. She carried a white Bible.

Miss Nelda Faye Wells, the bride’s only attendant, wore a light blue linen suit, pink blouse and gloves, navy shoes and hat and a pink carnation corsage.

Charles Leonard Fitzpatrick was best man and Clifford Franzen and Dean F. Merck were ushers.

Mrs. Wells chose for her daughter’s wedding a navy blue dress and shoes and her hat and gloves were light blue. The groom’s mother wore a blue dress with matching accessories.

A reception in the Dean Merck home was given following the ceremony. Bouquets of gladiolas, carnations and pansies were placed at vantage points about the home. The serving table was laid with a white cutwork cloth. The three tiered wedding cake was served by Miss Fitzpatrick and Mrs. Hutzler and Mrs. G. A. Franzen, Jr. presided at the punch bowl.

The bride graduated from Palacios High School and the bridegroom is a graduate of Industrial High School.

Out of town guests attending the wedding were Mrs. A. D. Hensley, Mrs. H. Boeker, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Boeker, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Tillman and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Slone and son, Mrs. Hilma Huitt and E. M., Mr. and Mrs. Percy Terry and granddaughter, Mrs. Rhoda King of Bay City; Mr. and Mrs. Teddy Slone and children of Edna; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Eager and daughter of Inez; Mr. and Mrs. James Franzen of Cordele.

Mr. and Mrs. C. D. McConnell, Mr. and Mrs. Don Dockery, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Corporon, Mr. and Mrs. George Hunter, Mrs. John Gayle, Mrs. Wayne Abraham, Mrs. Thelma Holloway, Misses Gayle Sexton, Dolly Milam, Dorothy Florip and Jo Ann Munds of Palacios; Mrs. Gene Hutzler and daughter of San Antonio.

Mr. and Mrs. John F. Fitzpatrick Jr. and family, Miss Flossie Newport, Mrs. I. Newport, Mr. and Mrs. C. K. Fitzpatrick, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Fitzpatrick, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Fitzpatrick, Gillie Fitzpatrick, Mr. and Mrs. Dock Deakle, Mrs. Reani Newport, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Reuel Jr. and Michael Ray Reuel, Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Jordan, Mr. and Mrs. Hart of Lolita; and Rev. Glass of Corpus Christi.

Palacios Beacon, March 5, 1953

Woman's Union of Collegeport Meets With Mrs. Johnson

Mrs. L. F. Corporon, secretary of the Woman's Union of the Presbyterian Church, Collegeport, reports that the union met Thursday, April 9 at the home of Mrs. Lottie Johnson with 12 members present.

Mrs. Rosalie Ellis, president, called the meeting to order and Mrs. Dorothy Merck led the Bible study in Colossians. After silent prayer a general discussion of Colossians was led by the group.

"Together we seek to live as a family" was the program topic. Mrs. Ida Mae Franzen had "Together we seek;" Mrs. Mamie Wells, "Answer to Prayer;" Mrs. A. G. Fitzgerald, "Work in Guacio, P. R." and Mrs. Eillis, "Tucson, Arizona Indian School."

Mrs. Roy Nelson read a letter from the Indians in Tucson thanking us for the package sent them. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

It was decided that cookies and cold drinks be served after the show last Friday night, when the missionaries, Rev. and Mrs. McElroy showed slides they took while in Africa.

After adjourning, the Union cut and rolled 200 bandages, which will be sent to the Cameroun, South Africa Mission Hospital.

Palacios Beacon, April 23, 1953

A group reported on the Collegeport school and stated the building was dangerous and that the 10 children in the school have been moved to another building for remainder of the term. The foundation has given away and the walls have buckled.

The meeting, which adjourned at 11 p. m., was a quite meeting, Newsom said.

Palacios Beacon, May 14, 1953

Three Fishermen Found Safely Friday Morning

Three Collegeport fishermen reported missing in Matagorda Bay Thursday night were found safely by a Civil Air Patrol plane from Palacios at 5:30 a. m. Friday.

The trio had been fishing with a fourth person Wednesday night. Charlie Chaplin returned to Collegeport in a 12 foot skiff Thursday afternoon, leaving a passenger, W. B. Williams. Chaplin returned to Matagorda Peninsula to pick up Andy Johnson and Ted Crone, who were waiting for transportation. They were due at Collegeport at 5 p. m. Thursday. It was believed the trio stayed on the peninsula because of rough bay waters.

Families of the men became uneasy and contacted City Police Officer Buster White who in turn contacted the Coast Guard and Major James L. Koerber Jr. of the CAP.

An Air Rescue plane from Houston arrived on the scene minutes before the men were found.

Palacios Beacon, May 28, 1953

Annie Nell Penland And Lee Allen Mize Married Tuesday

Miss Annie Nell Penland, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Penland of Collegeport, became the bride of Lee Allen Mize, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Mize of Palacios, Tuesday evening, May 26, at 8 o’clock in the First Baptist Church of Collegeport.

Before an altar garlanded with greenery and magnolias and illuminated with lighted tapers in two candelabras, the groom’s brother, Rev. Jimmie Mize, read the double-ring ceremony.

Mrs. R. L. Corporon played the traditional wedding marches. She accompanied Rev. Grayson Glass, who sang “I Love You Truly,” and “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us.”

Miss Margie Nell Mize, the groom’s sister, was her only attendant. She wore a ballerina length dress of yellow net over taffeta, also a headband of the yellow net. She carried a bouquet of purple asters.

Carlotta Penland and Sandra Penland, sisters of the bride, were flower girls. They wore dresses of blue organdy and carried small blue baskets filled with rose petals and miniature daisies.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, chose a gown of white nylon net over taffeta fashioned with a lace bodice and lace panels down the front of the skirt. Her fingertip veil of illusion was held in place by a lace cornet. She carried a white Bible topped with lavender vanda orchids.

James L. Penland was best man and James Sikes, Oran Mize and Ira Corporon were the ushers.

The bride’s mother wore a blue suit with white accessories and a white carnation corsage. Mrs. Mize was attired in a dark blue dress with a corsage of pink.

A reception followed the ceremony in the dining hall of the church educational building. The bride’s table held the cake made in the form of interlocking rings, representing the double-ring ceremony, decorated with white roses and bells and the punch service.

Mrs. James L. Penland cut the cake, Miss Nelda Fay Wells presided at the punch bowl and Miss Sue Penland registered the guests.

For travel on their wedding trip to Wallace, Mrs. Mize wore a suit of navy blue made with a box jacket. Her accessories were white and she wore an orchid corsage.

They will make their home at 201 Moore Street, Palacios.

The bride graduated with the class of ’53 from Palacios High School and the groom is a graduate of Blessing High.

Palacios Beacon, June 4, 1953

Telephone Co. Asks For Permit to Place Submarine Cable

The General Telephone Company of the Southwest has applied to the District Engineer for a Department of the Army permit to place an armored submarine cable across Tres Palacios Bay to Collegeport.

Thus, with the application of this permit, the telephone company opens the way for residents of Collegeport to receive long awaited telephone service.

The cable, to be placed approximately 1 1/2 miles northeast of Palacios, will be constructed three feet below the bottom of the bay from a point on shore nearly one mile north from town and eastward 4,000 feet to the shore at Collegeport.

Any protest against the proposed operations from the standpoint of navigation should be received by the District Engineer in Galveston not later than June 15, 1953.

Palacios Beacon, June 11, 1953


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