Hugo and Hattie Kundinger
Hugo and Hattie
"Miss Hattie" Kundinger lived in their home attached to their Drug
Store on Oyster Lake Road about a mile east and south of
Collegeport. The Drug Store was famous in the area for its marble
soda fountain and for its "ice cream" tables and chairs. The soda
fountain had a carbonated water faucet growing out of the marble
counter like a tree, curving up gracefully and becoming a lamp. They
had a buzzer hooked up on the door so when opened, the buzzer
sounded off in their living quarters. Mr. Hugo died in 1952 and Miss
Hattie continued to run the Drug Store.
In 1959, Leon Hale
of the Houston Post interviewed her for his column. Following are
some quotes from the column:
"I can't get parts
for this fountain equipment any more," said Miss Hattie..."That
faucet won't fizz any more, you see. And when I run out of
carbonated gas I put the tank on a set of rockers and mix it up."
Miss Hattie came
with her family in 1908 to Collegeport, when it was being developed.
"Burton D. Hurd was the main developer of Collegeport." Miss Hattie
said: "When the town was beginning, Mr. Hurd would take people
around, show them this piece of land and that piece, and stop and
gather everybody around him and make a speech. My, how that man
could talk. That's his home down there, the black one, close to the
Post Office. Mr. Bob Smith from Houston bought it and had it
"Lots of people
think Collegeport was blown away by a storm. No such thing. We've
had storms, but I don't know of a single building that ever blew
"Why, we had three
hotels here at one time, and a big pavilion on the bay, and three
lumber yards and the Missouri Pacific Railroad and about 1000
people. We had a basket lunch at the pavilion one day, with a table
for each state, and there were so many people at the Kansas table I
had to sit with the Texas folks. The reason Collegeport went down,
the rice land played out, and the farmers left and took all the
young folks with them. They came back and started the rice up again
in 1922, and learned to fertilize it, and now they keep it in rice.
The hotels are gone now. Man named Weborg, Albert I think his name
was, tore down his hotel, hauled it to Houston and rebuilt it just
as it was here.
Leon Hale asked,
"What would you do, Miss Hattie, if a hurricane came whistling in,
aimed right at Collegeport?" "Why," she said, "I'd just button up
and stay right here."
September 11, 1961
Hurricane "Carla" destroyed Miss Hattie's Drug Store and home. The
tidal wave washed away and damaged the property. She built a small
home with attached garage on her store property and lived there
until her death, May 23, 1964.
Where, now, can you
get a real "soda?" Where can you sit in a curved back chair at a
tiny round table in a drug store, windows and doors open for
ventilation, dust from the southeast breeze on the floor the smell
of old medicines and coke fizzing in your nose?
Colleen Claybourn - 1984
Matagorda County, Volume II, pages 297-298
Sodalicious Ice Cream
Miss Hattie inside of the Pharmacy.
The Collegeport Pharmacy's specialty
was Mr. Hugo and Miss Hattie's "Sodalicious Ice Cream."
This is the recipe as it appeared in
the 1956 Collegeport Cookbook and reprinted in the
Collegeport Treasures Cookbook in 2003. The compilers of
the first cookbook, after finally convincing Miss Hattie
to give them the ice cream recipe, always suspected that
she withheld one secret ingredient. Chris Murat,
great-granddaughter of Hugo's sister, Clara, has finally
solved the recipe mystery. She said Hattie reduced
the amount of milk by one pint and substituted it with
Friday was the seventh anniversary of the marriage of the Duke and
Duchess of Kundinger, sometimes known as Hugh and Hattie and about
fifty people, young and old gathered at the Collegeport Pharmacy to
do them honor. Cakes and drinks and good cheer brought comfort to
these old people.
The Daily Tribune, December, 1929
Juliette Halfen painted this
picture of the Collegeport Pharmacy. She entered it in
the county fair contest and won a blue ribbon. Miss
Hattie is behind the counter serving Evis Blackwell
something good to eat.
Coke, lemon syrup, 4 drops of liquid
phosphate, carbonated water and ice
chocolate with a little ice
milk & cherry flavoring
cream and Coke
Cecil Morris & "Frenchy" in front of Collegeport Pharmacy.*
Mr. Hugo and Miss Hattie*
Miss Hattie on the Pharmacy porch.*
In front of Collegeport Pharmacy*
l to r - Unknown,
alligator, Mr. Hugo in back, Unknown
The seven foot
alligator was found near the Haisley Farm in Collegeport
Maples [Mapes?] Boys (left), unknown man
(middle), Kay Legg (far right)
Taken from a scrapbook donated by Fay Smith Soli, daughter of Lizzie
Will Morris Smith.
Vincent R. & Sarah Ida Haisley in front of their home
east of Collegeport.
Hattie's home until she married.
The house is no longer standing as it was burned in 2003
Mr. V. R. Haisley
is one of the progressive farmers of that district.
He has rice, cotton, corn and several forage crops,
with peach and fig orchards, and an air of
contentment and prosperity about the spacious
dwelling and well-kept grounds.
The Matagorda News and Midcoast Farmer, Friday,
September 12, 1913
I am unable to close the chronicles of the week without
mentioning the birthday party given Monday in honor of Mrs. V.
S. Haisley, who on that day reached the seventy nine mile mark.
About forty ladies were present to testify to their friendship
for Mrs. Haisley. She came here in 1909 and has been closely
identified with church and civic work since that time.
The Matagorda County Tribune,
Thursday, September 29, 1932
On the thirteenth day of April, 1853, a little baby was born. At
last it took form and became known as a Haisley. Last Thursday it
reached the eightieth mile stone so about fifty went out to the
Haisley home to congratulate V. S. Haisley and to show him their
respect. They found that eighty-year man out in the field planting
corn. Soon he changed his corn planting clothes for this party
clothes and appeared before his guests. No drooping shoulders for
that man. Head erect, eyes bright and alert, he looks to the future
without fear. The Haisley family came here in 1909 and although they
have had considerable gray with the sunshine, they have taken life
as it came and won. Today they enjoy the respect of all who know
them and so we were all glad and happy that we might gather together
as friends and neighbors and celebrate the day. The table gave no
sign of depression, for it was loaded with good food of every
character. Coffee made by our community coffee maker, ... Carrie
Nelson. A short period of devotion led by Mr. William Schubring of
Houston and the party dissolved to their homes. Just one more
April 20, 1933
Mrs. V. R. Haisley Called.
V. R. [Sarah Ida] Haisley was born near Jamestown, Chautauqua
County, New York, Sept. 18, 1853 and passed away at the age of
eighty years, five months and eight days.
From there she migrated to Nebraska, with her parents. Later as a
widow with a small daughter she moved to Kansas and proved upon a
In 1895 she was married to Mr. B. V. Haisley who survives her. She
is also survived by three step-daughters whom she raised, namely,
Minnie of Cumberland, Ohio; Dena of Colby, Kan.; and Hattie, the
wife of Hugo Kundinger of Collegeport. She also raised in her home
the children of Mr. Haisley's sister, Haisley Mills of this place;
Velma of California and Luke who died May 18, 1909.
The Matagorda County Tribune, January 4, 1934
Hattie May Haisley Kundinger, Hugo Kundinger, Faye DeWald,
V. R. Haisley, Mrs. Haisley and Haisley Mills
Friends and relatives mourn the death of one of the oldest settlers
of Collegeport, Mr. V. R. Haisley. Mr. Haisley, who was almost 89
years of age, died at his home Wednesday night, March 4th.
Funeral services were held Friday evening at the Community House,
and were conducted by Rev. Gillespie of Palacios. The burial was in
the cemetery at Palacios.
Relatives who were present were Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Kundinger of
Collegeport, Mrs. J. L. Wolfe of Kansas, Mr. Haisley Mills of
Collegeport, and a niece and her husband of Aransas Pass.
The Daily Tribune, Thursday, March 12, 1942
V. R. Haisley
Vincent Ridgley Haisley, son of John and Sarah Haisley, was born in
Greenville, Bond County, Illinois, April 13, 1853. He passed away at
his home in Collegeport, Texas, March 3, 1942, at the age of 88
years, 10 months and 21 days.
When but a young lad he moved with his parents to eastern Iowa.
On Jan. 1, 1879 he was united in marriage to Clara Rummel. To this
union, one son and three daughters were born. The son, Frank, died
His wife passed away October 18, 1889.
In 1890 he traveled to Colby, Kansas, in a covered wagon, and there
left his three little girls with his sister, Mrs. Rufus Mills while
he sought work in Colorado. October 25, 1891, he was married to Mrs.
Ida Swezey. In the spring of 1909 he moved with his family to
Collegeport, Texas, where he has resided ever since. He was a kind
and loving husband and father. Always a hard working man; never
complaining; cheerful and ready to lend a helping hand; which won
him many friends.
Early in life he united with the Methodist Church and as long as he
was able he took an active part in church work and greatly enjoyed
Mrs. Haisley and the eldest daughter, Mrs. Minnie Moore, preceded
him in death. He leaves to mourn his passing two daughters, Mrs.
Hattie Kundinger of Collegeport, Texas; Mrs. Dema Wolf of Colby,
Kansas; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Ruth Woods of Loveland, Colorado; his
nephew Haisley R. Mills of Collegeport, who so faithfully cared for
him in his declining years; a niece, Mrs. Velma McDonald of
Berkeley, Calif.; seven grand children, other relatives and a host
Funeral services were held from the Collegeport Church with Rev.
George F. Gillespie officiating. Burial was in the Palacios Cemetery
under the direction of the Palacios Funeral Home.
Palacios Beacon, March 12, 1942
Funeral Services For Hugo A. Kundinger Held Here
Funeral services for Hugo A. Kundinger, 81, a
pioneer of the Collegeport area, were held here Wednesday afternoon
at the Palacios Funeral home.
Born December 2, 1870, in Chicago, Mr. Kundinger
came to Collegeport about forty years ago. he was well known as an
old timer and merchant there. He died Sunday.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Hattie
Kundinger, a sister, Mrs. Amanda Glazebrook of Chicago.
Palacios Beacon, Thursday, January 17,
Kundinger, 79, Dies Saturday
Photo of painting
by Jeanette "Sisty" Williams Angelo
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Hattie May
Kundinger, 79, of Collegeport, who passed away in the Nightingale
Hospital in El Campo on Saturday.
She was born October 18, 1884, in Iowa and had been a resident of
Collegeport since 1909. She was a retired postmistress of the
Collegeport Post Office and was a member of the First Presbyterian
Church of that city.
Funeral services were held Sunday at 3 p.m. from the First
Presbyterian Church with interment in the Palacios Cemetery with
Rev. Richard stone officiating.
Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Jack Wolf of Coldy, Kansas; one
step-sister, Mrs. J. E. Wood of Woodsboro, Texas, one nephew, Wilbur
Moore and one niece, Mrs. Burr D. DeWald.
Pallbearers were Dean Merck, R. L. Corporon, Gustave Franzen, Gerry
Wells, Thomas Holsworth, Billy Halfen, Verner Bowers and Robb Wells.
The Daily Tribune, May 25, 1964
DAMAGE AT COLLEGEPORT
, Texas , August 20.--The tornado
which visited this place Monday night was preceded by a brisk
norther which blew all day Monday. That evening the wind gradually
changed to west and then southwest by north from which direction it
blew nearly all night, accompanied by heavy rain. Those who lived
here during the 1909 storm estimated that the wind blew about 60
miles per hour. Considerable damage was done. Many small sheds and
outbuildings were blown over. The new $10,000 school building was
unroofed, also the Sholl block and several houses lost a portion of
the roofs. All private docks and bath houses were destroyed and the
T-head of the municipal wharf, also the bath house portion of the
pavilion was strewn along the beach.
Many motor boats, sloops and schooners were
washed high and dry on the bank and some carried inland along the
Pilkington Bayou a distance of half mile. V. R. Haisley's barn
was destroyed, causing the loss of one horse. Several silos were
also wrecked. The rice crop harvested and being harvest[ed] was
badly damaged and it is estimated that at least half the crop is
ruined. In many places the ripe grain was threshed out of the
standing heads to such an extent that the ground was white with
County Tribune, August 27, 1915
Wedding picture, picture of Miss Hattie at the top and photos with *s are courtesy of Chris
Murat, great-granddaughter of Hugo's sister, Clara Kundinger Hubert.