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By Oreole

Will Bell went to Cedar Lake Friday.

Miss Fannie Ayres has been sick for the past week.

Sam Thomason and Geo. Lay came down from Wharton county, Monday.

Mr. Chafen sold his crop to E. H. Phillips and left, last week, for central Tex.

It is said that Johnnie LeTulle had very important business here, last Sunday. Wonder what it was?

Ed. R. Campbell of Wharton, passed through here, last week, on his way to the beach to spend a few days.

W. E. Ayres went to the beach, the first of the week, and reported having caught a number of large red-fish, besides other and smaller fish.

The Matagorda County Tribune, January 28, 1899


By Oreole

Miss Myra Holt was sick several days last week.

W. E. Ayres went to Hawkinsville on Saturday.

Will Bell went to the beach, Saturday, returning the same day.

Mrs. Jack Burke, of Indiana, visited Kenner's Prairie on Sunday.

Gus and Morgan Smith returned the latter part of last week from Bay City.

Miss Fannie Ayres returned from Waco, Thursday, and will spend the summer there.

Jacob Smith, who has been visiting at Lampasas and other places for the past two months, is expected home, Thursday.

Mrs. Dr. Scott, of Deming's Bridge, and Mrs. Geo. Culver, of Matagorda, came over on Monday to visit relatives, returning on Friday.

J. S. Criswell, of Caney, spent Sunday on the Prairie. He was accompanied home by Mrs. J. F. Ayres, who will spend the week visiting there.

Rev. McKee held divine services on Sunday afternoon and evening. A protracted meeting will begin next Sunday. Rev. Kinchen, of Lampasas, will conduct it. Every one invited.

Miss Fannie Bruce, who for the past two months has been visiting Miss Laura Freeman, returned to Matagorda, Friday. Miss Bruce will be greatly missed by the young people on the prairie.

The Matagorda County Tribune, July 1, 1899


By Oreole

Jacob Smith has returned from Lampasas.

J. M. Ayres went to Hawkinsville on Saturday.

John LeTulle attended services here on Sunday.

Messrs. Webber attended church here on Sunday.

Mrs. Hays, of Coulterville, is visiting friends here.

A. Curry, from Van Dorn Bridge, attended church here Sunday.

Mrs. Jessie Carrington spent a few days on the west side last week.

Mr. Doubek, of Hawkinsville, is spending a few weeks on the beach.

George Sargent and family, of Matagorda, visited the family of Jacob Smith, last week.

Bob Armstrong, while on his way to the beach, stopped over on Saturday night with friends here.

On account of the storm Otto Walker and family were detained on the west side of the river from Monday till Wednesday.

Gus Smith and Bill Burke, with their families, moved out of their homes and took refuge on higher ground during the storm.

The people on the beach at the mouth of Caney were unable to leave during the storm and then they found themselves surrounded by water; so they were forced to remain there; however, no lives were lost and very little damage was done.

Rev. Kinchen is conducting a protracted meeting here, but on account of the bad weather the attendance has not been as large as it should have been although great interest was manifested. Rev. Kinchen is an able preacher and we are sorry that his time with us is so limited. He leaves sometime during the first week in July for Copperas Cove, his home.

The rains are very refreshing, but there was a little too much. From Monday night until Wednesday we had one hard rain after another, the wind blowing a gale most of the time. Caney was higher than it has been for many years, and was out of its banks for quite a distance from its mouth. The bay and gulf each extended a mile or more out over the prairie. Things looked squally for a time, but all have about recovered from their fright.

The Matagorda County Tribune, July 8, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Oreole

Caney is falling.

Mosquitoes are very bad.

J. M. Ayres spent last week on upper Caney.

Morgan Smith went to Cedar Lake on Saturday.

Capt. Bell of the Bessie, came from Lavaca on Wednesday, returning on Tuesday.

A party from the beach, consisting of Bob Armstrong and two sisters, and Miss Nellie Stephens, spent the day here on Friday.

Mrs. J. F. Ayres and family, Myra Holt and Messrs. McKee and Bell enjoyed a sail on the Bessie down to Tiger Island on Friday, returning Saturday. They report having had a fine time.

Mr. Patrick, Mrs. Wiggins, the Misses Armstrong and Miss Stephens, who have been spending several weeks on the beach, passed through here on Monday, en route to their home in Wharton.

Our protracted meeting was continued a week longer than was expected on account of the high water which prevented Bro. Kinchen from going to Velasco. We are very glad to have him with us and hope he will visit us again when the mosquitoes are not so bad. Bro. Kinchen left on Tuesday with Capt. Ed. Bell for Lavaca, and will go from thence by rail to Copperas Cove, his home.

Matagorda County Tribune, July 15, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Oreole

J. A. Sargent is spending a few days on his ranch.

Frank Ayres came up from Port Lavaca Monday.

Morgan Smith and Bill Burke went to Cedar Lake Saturday.

W. E. Ayres went to Velasco Saturday, returning Sunday.

Messrs. LeTulle and Boyd called on friends here Sunday afternoon.

Capt. Ed Bell and Jim Vanderpool came up Wednesday to be present at the Bell-Bournelle nuptials.

Rev. McKee left Saturday for Galveston where he expects to join the regulars and go to the Philippines.

Messrs. Towell, Boyd and Vaughan passed through here last Saturday on their way to the beach to spend a few days.

Walter Armstrong and Ed. R. Campbell, of Wharton, came up from Bates's camp Thursday and left Friday for Wharton. While here they visited the family of J. F. Ayres.

A hunting party from Bates's camp composed of Wharton Bates, W. A. Reinhart, Dun, Jim Bates and Dr. Echhaart passed through here Monday for a hunt on Live Oak. The hunt was a failure on account of young untrained dogs. They will try it again the last of the week.

Married--On Thursday, Aug. 17th, at 8 p. m. at the residence of G. A. Smith and wife, Mr. W. M. Bell and Miss Ada Bournelle. Rev. McKee officiating. There were quite a number of friends and relatives present to witness the ceremony which was solemn and impressive. Just as the clock struck eight, Ed Bell, brother of the groom, and Miss Lucy Bounelle, sister of the bride, led the way followed by the bride and groom; they then taking their respective places. Rev. McKee performed the brief but solemn ceremony which bound two loving hearts together. The bride wore a lovely pure white organdy, while the groom wore the customary black. After congratulations the guests were invited into the dining room where light refreshments were served. The young people then spent the remainder of the evening at dancing. May they spend a long and happy life with no clouds to darken their pathway, is the wish of all their friends.

Matagorda County Tribune, July 26, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Oreole

Will Bell went to Cedar Lake, Friday.

Miss Fannie Ayres has been sick for the past week.

Sam Thomason and Geo. Lay came down from Wharton county, Monday.

Mr. Chafen sold his crop to E. H. Phillips and left, last week, for central, Tex.

It is said that Johnnie LeTulle had very important business here, last Sunday. Wonder what it was.

Ed. R. Campbell, of Wharton, passed through here last week, on his way to the beach to spend a few days.

W. E. Ayres went to the beach, the first of the week, and reported having caught a number of large red-fish besides other and smaller fish.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 5, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Oreole

Miss Lula Ayres is visiting at Caney.

J. M. McKee visited Bay City Monday.

J. S. Criswell, of Caney, came down Friday, returning Saturday.

Madam Rumor reports a wedding here in the near future.

Gus Smith and Bill Burke spent several days on the beach last week.

Rev. McKee returned from Seguin last week and held divine services Sunday night.

Will Bell has been quite busy for the past week repairing and adding to his house. What next?

Capt. Ed. Bell and Jim Vanderpool, came up from Port Lavaca Saturday and left Monday for Matagorda.

Morgan Smith, who came very near losing his eyesight by getting lime in his eyes, is slowly recovering. It is now thought that his eyesight will not be greatly injured.

Wharton Bates, of Brazoria County and Mrs. W. A. Reinhardt, of Houston, who is spending the summer at Bate's camp at the mouth of the Bernard, visited friends here Sunday and Monday.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 19, 1899


We had preaching Sunday evening. The minister, Rev. McKee, expects to reenlist in the U. S. army hospital corps for the Philippine island.

Dr. King has gone to Houston to live.

S. L. McKee, who has recently been employed in the oil fields around Corsicana, has been spending the week with his brothers.

A. G. Smith has completed his chimney and whitewashed it.

You correspondent was invited to pass judgment on the unusually large amount of delicious canned and preserved fruit in the sideboard of Mrs. Morgan Smith.

Rev. McKee made a flying trip to Bay City and the west side first Monday.

We are sorry to learn that Miss Myra Holt is going to leave us for a few days to visit her old home in Brazoria county.

The parlor of our kind old friend uncle Jacob Smith, was the resort of a lively crowd of young people one night this week, who met informally and discussed at length some current topics 'till a late hour.

Wharton Bates, of Brazoria, and Mrs. Bertha Rhinhart of Houston, visited uncle Jacob Smith forepart of the week.

We are glad that our old friend, Ernest Zuch, has enough army life and has decided to stay among us and ply his old trade--well boring.

Miss Lula Ayres is visiting her uncle Joel in the Matthews neighborhood.

J. M. Ayres, our efficient road overseer is absent. Some say on court duty.

Quite a number of invitations have been issued to friends of the bride and groom to the wedding of Mr. Wm. Bell and Miss Ada Bounelle, Thursday night. Both contracting parties are products of our quiet little community. We will give an account of the wedding in our next ____.


The Weekly Visitor, August 25, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Oreole

Ed. Phillips went to the Lake Friday.

H. H. Freeman has been quite sick for the past week.

Mrs. Bill Burke sprained her wrist very badly last week.

J. M. and Frank Ayres left Monday for several weeks outing on the bay.

Calvin McNeil passed through here on Friday, en route to Bates's camp.

J. T. Sargent, after spending a week on his ranch here, returned to Matagorda on Sunday.

Miss Fannie Ayres left on Monday for West where she will take charge of the primary department of the West public schools.

A hunting party from Bates's camp passed through Sunday on their way to Live Oak where they will spend several days hunting.

A number of young folks met at the residence of J. F. Ayres on Friday evening and spent a very pleasant evening dancing. During the evening refreshments of cake and lemonade were served. Those present were Misses Myra Holt, Laura and Olivia Phillips, Fannie and Mamie Ayres, Messrs. J. M., Frank and Walter Ayres, Steve and Ed. Phillips, Bell, Weems, LeTulle, Burke, Vaughan, and Mr. Smith and wife.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 2, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Nemo

Gus Smith was sick several days last week.

Frank Ayres hooked a large catfish Monday last.

Ed. Daniels, of Quintana, is visiting in the neighborhood.

Miss Laura Freeman spent last week on the west side, and some of the boys put on a long smile.

J. M. Ayres spent last week visiting his man friends up Caney. There seems to be some attraction in that direction for John; else he would not go so often.

[The next paragraph had some damage.]
J. S. ___il , of the Caney neighborhood, _____ Lay, of ___ county were visiting J. F. Ayres last week. Mr. Lay visited the beach while here. The gulf is quite an attraction for those from the interior.

E. Daniels, accompanied by Misses Myra Holt and Laura Freeman, spent last Sunday with Miss Mamie Ayres. Several other young people came in the afternoon and all were treated to cane. Well, it was fortunate for them that Mr. Ayres had a crippled foot, and was not able to get out of doors; else he might had seen the quantity of cane they got away with.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 4, 1899


S. M. Ayers accompanied his brother to Lavaca this week.

Since Mr. Wharton Bates and his friends were so badly disappointed with their deer hunt last week they decided to try it over again this week and eight men and four trained dogs they killed three deer, and considered that they had done well.

Mr. Will McKee has been quite sick all the week.

Miss Fanny Ayres left Monday for West where she has accepted a school.

Master Henry Freeman left last Friday for Victoria where he will attend school this winter.

Col. Freeman has been enjoying a spell of fever of late.             VENUS

Weekly Visitor, September 8, 1899

By Nemo.

Miss Lula Ayres is sick.

John Ayres has gone to Port Lavaca.

Miss Olivia Phillips is on the sick list.

I. F. and Walter Ayres went to Cedar Lake Saturday.

Ernest Zuch is spending a few days here with friends.

We had several good rains this week, which will bring in a few mosquitoes.

Ed. Gibson, of Lake Austin, was visiting friends in this neighborhood last Sunday.

Will Bell, accompanied by his wife and little boy, spend several days on the beach last week.

Walter Ayres went to Matagorda last Sunday night for Dr. Gober to come out to see Will McKee who's is dangerously ill at the home of Will Bell.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 9, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Nemo

Morgan Smith is sick.

Gathering corn is the order of the day.

E. Phillips went to the Lake yesterday.

J. F. Ayres caught a large redfish on Saturday evening.

Miss Mamie Ayres spent last Sunday with Miss Myra Holt.

Otto Walker and family spent last Sunday on the west side.

Gus Smith and lady spent last Sunday with J. F. Ayres' family.

The Myrtle, of Matagorda, came up the river last week and took on a cargo of wood from E. H. Philips's wood yard.

A crowd from above came down last Sunday on a fishing expedition. In the party were Messrs. Vaughan, Doubek, and others. They had no success fishing; so they went on down to the mouth of Caney and took on a supply of oysters.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 23, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Nemo

Sam and Jesse McKee left for Seguin this week.

E. H. Phillips and wife visited Matagorda last week.

J. M. and Frank Ayres have returned from Port Lavaca.

Miss Olivia Phillips is visiting at H. H. Freeman's this week.

County Surveyor J. C. Carrington was in our neighborhood last week.

Mrs. Jessie Carrington is spending the week with friends on the west side.

Walter and Frank Ayres and Steve Phillips visited Hawkinsville last Sunday.

Mr. Shoultz, of Matagorda, is doing some carpenter work on J. T. Sargent's ranch house.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 7, 1899


(Too late for last week)

John and Frank Ayers have returned home from Lavaca where they have been visiting for some weeks.

J. C. Carrington, our County surveyor, was visiting on Caney this week.

John Smith, from Wadsworth's ranch, was on Caney last week.

Mrs. Jessie Carrington is visiting her aunt Mrs. Morgan Smith.

Miss Laura Freeman visited on the west side last Sunday.

Miss Oliver Phillips has been enjoying a siege of chills and fevers this week.

Guss and Morgan Smith made a flying trip to Velasco again this week.

Miss Lula and Mamie Ayers have been sick with fevers during the past week.

Mr. Freeman visited Brazoria last week.

Mr. Cresup from B. A. Ryman's who has been the guest of Mr. Freeman during the past has accepted a position in Brazoria.

Miss Myra Holt spent part of the week with Miss Jessie and Laura Freeman and reported having a most enjoyable visit.

A. G. Smith has been on the sick list this week.

Old uncle Jacob Smith is getting to be quite an expert at gunning since he killed nine ducks at one shot last week.

Miss Lula Ayers was visiting on the east side last week.

Walter Ayers and Steve Phillips visited Hawkinsville last Sunday.

Miss Lillie Ayers spent last Sunday with Miss Emma Burke.

Miss Adelaide Smith is spending the week with her brother, A. G. Smith.

Arthur Bruce came up Caney last week.

John Sargent has carpenters at work repairing his ranch house on the east side.

Mr. and Mrs. Ed Phillips visited their brother, John Phillips, in Matagorda last week.

Look out for wedding bells on Caney soon.


Weekly Visitor, October 13, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Nemo

J. T. Sargent is out on his ranch this week.

Frank Ayres went to the Lake last Saturday.

Gus Smith and wife spent Sunday at Otto Walkers.

As J. F. and Walter Ayres were returning from Velasco last Saturday evening their team ran away with them and both were thrown from the wagon. Cause--the wheel ran over a stump. Mr. Ayres was considerably bruised about the head and face; also had one wrist and ankle badly sprained. He has been confined to his bed all week. Walter only received a few slight bruises and a good jolting.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 14, 1899

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By Nemo

Miss Nora Phillips is on the sick list.

J. F. Ayres's sprained joints are improving slowly.

Ernest Zuch is visiting friends in his neighborhood.

Walter Ayres and Frank Bell went to the lake Saturday.

Born to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Walker on Oct. 15th, a fine boy.

J. T. And George Sargent are out on their ranch again this week.

Mrs. Morgan Smith spent several days last week visiting the family of H. H. Freeman.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 29, 1899


Morgan Smith visited Bay City last week.

Caney has plenty of mud and some to spare.

Prof. J. M. Ayers is visiting friends on upper Caney again this week.

The girls are all smiling again since Mr. Samey Thomerson has returned home.

Mr. Grisvel and Lay, of Matthew's visited friends on Caney Saturday and Sunday.

A. G. Smith has been quite sick during the past week but is able to be up again.

E. S. Daniels, of Brazoria county, has been visiting friends on Caney the last few days.

Miss Laura Freeman returned home Tuesday after a few days visit to relatives and friends.

Miss Laura Freeman, Mr. E. S. Daniels and Miss Myra Holt were the guests of Miss Mamie Ayres last Sunday.

George Sargent passed through Caney Sunday en route to Matagorda with his father who has been sick a few days.


Weekly Visitor, November 17, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Civis

Mrs. A. G. Smith visited on the east side Saturday.

O. J. Doubek was in Kenner last week on "official" business.

Will Burke and A. G. Smith went to Cedar Lake Saturday.

Sam Thomason spent Sunday with friends on the west side.

Walter Ayres and Steve Phillips spent Sunday in Hawkinsville.

Jimmy Hawkins spent Sunday in the Prairie. Ask him where.

Mrs. O. J. Walker was visiting relatives on the west side last week.

H. H. Freeman and son Joe paid Brazoria on a business visit a few days ago.

E. H. Phillips and son Steve paid Hawkinsville a business visit last Friday.

Mr. Milligan, from Brazoria, was in this community last week, looking for a lost canine.

R. M. Winston passed through the Prairie Sunday with quite a crowd of hands, bound for the peninsula.

Arrangements are being perfected to have a Christmas tree in the Prairie and from present indications its success is assumed. And from what your scribe has heard it is only one of the many amusements on the programme for Xmas.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 7, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Civis

J. T. Sargent returned to Matagorda Friday.

Will Bell went to Cedar Lake one day last week.

O. J. Walker paid Hawkinsville a brief visit Saturday.

Will Burke transacted business in Cedar Lake Saturday.

Uncle Jacob Smith paid the west side a business visit last week.

Joe Holt, of Pharr, arrived in the Prairie last Thursday on a visit to relatives.

Mrs. Jessie Carrington was associating with friends and relatives on the west side last Thursday.

Walter Ayres was seen on the east side Sunday evening. Ask him where he took supper that evening.

As the smallpox, or, as it is styled, Cuban itch, is steadily making its progress this way, the people are readily taking to the vaccine points.

Some of our citizens are rejoicing over the fact that they won't have to attend court during this disagreeable weather and smallpox excitement.

Matagorda County Tribune, December 16, 1899

Kenner Kerplunks
By Civis

John Walker was on Caney last Wednesday.

H. H. Freeman went to Velasco last week.

Will Bell was in Cedar Lake last Wednesday.

Mrs. O. J. Walker is suffering of an attack of fever.

Fred Walker and family were on the west side Sunday.

E. G. ___ was in the Prairie last Sunday, associating with friends.

Mrs. A. G. Smith and family spent one day last week on the east side.

Miss Laura Freeman was visiting relatives on the west side last week.

Jack Burke, who has been in Houston some time, was in the Prairie Sunday.

Frank Bruce, one of Matagorda's gallant beaux, spent last Friday night in the Prairie.

Ernest Zuch, after an absence of several months, is again domiciled in the Prairie for a short time.

J. T. and George Sargent were out at their ranch last week, and while here did a good deal of fencing.

The Frolic, O'Brien master, has been here supplying the people with choice oysters and trying to buy cotton seed.

Frank Ayres was on the sick list last week, but is not up again, judging from his appearance, he is all right again.

Matagorda County Tribune, February 24, 1900

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By Civis.

We had a fine rain a few days ago.

O. J. Walker was on the sick list the first of the week.

Miss Ella Hawkins is spending a few weeks with her mother, Mrs. Sanborn.

Joe Thomson of Van Vleck is spending this week with relatives in the prairie.

Gus Smith and Will Burke took their families to the beach to spend a few days camping out and to enjoy the salt water baths.

Misses Lula and Lillie Ayres and Maggie Walker were callers at H. H. Freeman’s and Mrs. Sanborn’s last Wednesday evening.

Wm. Murdock and wife of New Mexico arrived in Kenner last Sunday night and will remain some time with his sister, Mrs. Will Burke. Mr. Murdock’s visit was quite a pleasant surprise to Mrs. Burke, as she had not seen him in fifteen years.

Matagorda County Tribune, June 26, 1903

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By Civis.

Dr. King spent a few hours in Kenner last Thursday.

E. H. Phillips was attending to business in Hawkinsville Monday.

Frank and Willie Bell loaded with wood and set sail for Matagorda the first of the week.

Gus Smith make a flying trip to Hawkinsville Monday afternoon, returning the same evening.

Misses Laura and Olivia Phillips, Ruby Holt and Lula Ayres were guests at H. H. Freeman’s the first of the week.

Mrs. Dickerson, who has been visiting relatives in Kenner for several weeks, has returned to her home in Columbia.

Gus Smith returned from Matagorda last Thursday, where he had been called to the bedside of his father, who is still seriously ill with but little hope of his recovery.

Kenner will be well represented on the beach in a few days if reports be true. We have heard that most every family in the prairie are making preparations to go down and camp for several weeks. Some are going for health, while others are going for pleasure. We predict a very pleasant time for all.

Matagorda County Tribune, July 24, 1903

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By Civis.

Willie Bell was on the sick list this week.

J. M. Smith visited the county capital Thursday.

Jim Vanderpool is visiting relatives in Kenner this week.

Will Bell and wife returned from Matagorda the first of the week.

John and Ira Ayres made a flying trip to Hawkinsville Tuesday evening.

John Ayres and Kenneth Cowart were callers at Cedar Lake Wednesday.

Kenneth Cowart of Houston is visiting his grandmother, Mrs. Jacob Smith.

Will Bell and wife spent several days of last week with friends in Matagorda.

Mrs. A. J. Burke and little Hayes spent Thursday with friends on the west side.

Messrs. Burke, King and Ayres attended to business in Matagorda last week.

Morgan Smith and Will Bell still furnish the Kenner market with some fine melons.

Henry and Charlie Freeman were mingling with friends on the west side Sunday.

Steve Phillips and Henry and Charlie Freeman went to the beach last week to recuperate their health.

Prof. C. D. Jessup and lady of Velasco spent a part of last week with Mrs. Jacob Smith, Mrs. Jessup’s mother.

Henry Freeman did not remain on the beach quite long enough, as he was taken sick just a few days after returning home.

The Kenner people who were tented on the beach became somewhat alarmed at the showery weather we have been having, thinking perhaps it might terminate in a storm, so they packed up and pulled out for their respective homes last Monday evening. They speak of returning to the beach in a week or two.

The remains of Uncle Jacob Smith were brought up from Matagorda last Monday evening and interred in the Kenner cemetery. Another old land mark has passed away. Uncle Jacob has spent more than three score years in this immediate neighborhood and has many friends who mourn his death. He will be greatly missed, not only by his family, but the entire community who sympathize with the sorrowing ones to this sad bereavement.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 7, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Civis.

Gus Smith and lady Sundayed on the east side.

John Wheeler was in Kenner one day last week.

The Horned Frog sailed for Matagorda Wednesday.

John Ayers was attending to business in Coulterville Saturday.

Mrs. Morgan Smith and sister, Miss Ruby Holt, were guests at H. H. Freeman’s Wednesday.

Mrs. Ayers and family are on the beach at the mouth of Caney. They went for a two weeks outing and have been there eight days at this writing.

Steve Phillips hauled his boat out last week and gave it a coat of paint. Seems as if Steve is getting things in shape to be ready when business opens up next month.

Dr. Scott and wife arrived in Kenner last Friday night. I heard that the Doctor was thinking very seriously of locating again in this county, as Mrs. Scott’s health was very bad during their stay at Brownsville.

V. L. LeTulle and family and Mrs. Bell and daughter who have been on the beach at the mouth of Caney for the past three weeks, broke camp Sunday afternoon and all went to Hawkinsville in order to take the train Monday morning for their respective homes.

Frank Bell took a crowd of Kenner people out sailing on the Jerome Kearby last Thursday. They went to the Brown Cedars, camped one night, returning the next evening. They report having a delightful time. Some complained that the mosquitoes made things pretty lively at night, but that did not interfere with their pleasure; no, not all!

By Juanita.

There are only a few mosquitoes.

Kenner is well represented to day at Craig’s.

Parties are out measuring Caney, looking to the building of a bridge across this stream.

Many have been spending this hot weather on the beach. Our burg is nearly depopulated.

Mr. and Mrs. Currie made a fashionable call last week on a few select friends who live in the “Mosquito Belt.”

The Green Frog has been treated to new sails, which makes her a rival in appearance to any of her draught that sails.

Capt. Steve Phillips has hauled out his craft, the Josie, which he is repairing and fitting up to prey on the treasures of the bay (oysters).

There seems to be a strong desire by some of our citizens to engage in the oyster traffic. Anything beats boll weevils and $5 yearlings.

Mr. Anderson, from Dallas, the agent representing the bridge company, has made an estimate which he’ll reveal only to THE TRIBUNE. He is right.

A party of pleasure lovers were treated to a sail this week through the courtesy of Capt. Frank Bell of the schooner Jerome Kearby. They report a delightful time and found just a few mosquitoes.

Peaches are getting ripe, but the “coon” have not found it out yet, or they are afraid of snakes. Possibly sugar is too high; and they are up to the present time unmolested, except by the owners.

Dr. Scott and family returned to Matagorda intending to make it their future home. Dear Matagorda! The best place yet! Doctor thought he would find a better land. No, no, that can’t be. Others might learn a lesson.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 14, 1903|

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By Civis.

Louis Ayers is on the sick list.

Miss Mamie Thomson of Van Vleck is visiting in Kenner.

Mrs. Ayers and family returned from the beach Saturday.

Judge Currie was attending to business in Kenner one day last week.

Mrs. Jacob Smith went to Houston the first of the week to visit a sick daughter.

The ladies of Kenner have been quite busy several weeks, canning and preserving peaches.

The Kenner people are very much elated over the prospects of getting a bridge across Caney.

Messrs. Phillips, Holt, Bell, Freeman and Walker went to Matagorda Friday on the Josie, returning Sunday.

Mesdames O. J. Walker, A. J. Burke and A. G. Smith were shopping in Bay City and Van Vleck the first of last week.

Frank and Willie Bell set sail for Matagorda, the first of the week, and expected to go on to Port Lavaca before returning.

L. L. Ayers, who had been in old Mexico the past eight months, surprised his folks by coming in on them very unexpectedly last Monday evening.

By Juanita.

Many of our people are called to Bay City to attend court.

Miss Minnie Bell Smith is visiting Mrs. Currie, who lives in Live Oak.

Mrs. Ayres is expecting to move to Bay City this fall, to take advantage of a nine months session of the Public School.

Mr. Craig, our esteemed merchant of Cedar Lake, took the rain at Hawkinsville for Bay City, the first of the week, where he remained a few days, attending to business.

Judge Currie returned home from Bay City Sunday, where he had been representing our interests as commissioner. He gives perfect satisfaction as such, and we expect to send him again next time.

Mr. LeTulle and family passed through Kenner for Hawkinsville Sunday. They had been beaching it, below the mouth of Caney. All report having had a good time. None seemed to enter a protest against the annoying mosquito.

Hon. Wells Thompson went to Bay City Monday, from his plantation on Lower Caney, and seems in good spirits about prospects of abundant crops. We think his feelings are shared by all engaged in farming on Caney this year.

Mr. Sanborn, an aged citizen of Kenner, went to Bay City to consult Dr. Rugeley in regard to a cancer which has appeared on his face within a few weeks. Mr. Sanborn has recently returned from Mississippi, the scene of his early manhood.

Messrs. O. J. Walker, Jack Burke, and commissioner Currie enjoyed a ride in the rain, through the mud and water from Kenner to Bay City Monday. They are prepared to give a better statement of the condition of the roads and amount of water that fell, than the writer.

Mesdames Walker, Smith and Burke took the train at Hawkinsville Monday for Bay City, to take advantages of the bargain counters of our Metropolis. They realize from experience that Bay City merchants offer inducements which defy competition. Bay City is the leader in bargains.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 21, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Civis.

Lee Watkins was quite sick last week.

Frank Bell was a guest at H. H. Freeman’s last week.

Messrs. Bell and Holt returned from Matagorda Sunday.

The Misses Freeman were callers on the west side Sunday evening.

Will Burke was furnishing choice beef to the Kenner people last week.

Hon. A. Currie and wife spent Sunday in Kenner, guests of Mrs. Will Burke.

Morgan Smith made several business visits to the county capital the past week.

Will Bell came in home Saturday evening from a week’s stay in Bay City and Matagorda.

Frank and Willie Bell set sail for Matagorda Friday evening. They were accompanied by Joe Holt.

Fount Winston is spending a few days with his Kenner friends. He was Morgan Smith’s guest the first of the week.

Mrs. J. B. Hawkins came up from Matagorda last Sunday evening and expects to remain several days with Kenner friends.

After spending two weeks very pleasantly with his mother’s family, Louis Ayers left Monday for Houston and other points.

Ed. Phillips met with a painful accident last Friday evening. He was running a yearling, when his horse became entangled in some high weeds and fell, resulting in Ed’s getting one shoulder dislocated. Dr. King was summoned and soon had the injured lamb back in position and the patient resting easy.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 29, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Civis.

Mosquitoes seem to be letting up.

We had another big rain last Monday.

Our people are planting their fall Irish potatoes.

Gus Smith and wife spent last Sunday on the east side.

Mrs. A. J. Burke was a guest at Mrs. Ayrer’s last Saturday.

Will Bell and wife spent several days of last week on the beach.

Misses Lula and Lillie Ayres spent Wednesday with the Misses Freeman.

Charlie Freeman was delivering beef to some of the Kenner people last Monday.

Mrs. A. J. Burke and little Hayes spent last Friday with Judge A. Currie and wife.

Our efficient road overseer, A. J. Burke, and J. M. Ayres did some road work last Friday.

H. H. Freeman and several members of his family have been quite sick, but they are now convalescent.

J. M. Smith and wife went to Matagorda last Thursday, and they expect to return the last of this week.

Several of our Kenner boys left last week for Matagorda, expecting to begin work immediately on the oyster reefs.

J. G. Dennis of Bay City and his sister, Miss Ethel, were guests of Misses Lula and Lillie Ayres last Sunday and Monday.

Mrs. Dr. Scott who had been spending some time with her father, H. H. Freeman, and his family, left for Matagorda the first of the week.

Willie Murdock and wife, who has spent the summer with Will Burke and wife, will leave in a few days for their home in Kent county, Texas.

Walter Thomison and sister, Miss Mamie of Van Vleck, who have been visiting their Kenner friends, returned home last Saturday, accompanied by Miss Maggie Walker.

I expect that this will be my last communication to THE TRIBUNE, as we are thinking of moving to Bay City in the near future. I know that my communications have been sent in very irregularly, and sometimes they contained very little news; but when one will stop and think how inconveniently we Kenner people are situated, especially in regard in our mail, I know the editor and TRIBUNE readers will excuse me I hope, however, that my successor will be more punctual and give the readers more news than I have.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 4, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Amicus.

Mrs. Morgan Smith went to Bay City Monday.

J. M. Ayres went to the county capitol Thursday.

Dr. E. E. Scott arrived on the train Monday evening.

Gus Smith and family spent the day with O. J. Walker’s folks Thursday.

Mrs. Josephine Smith arrived home Sunday, from a visit to her daughter, Mrs. C. Jessup at Velasco.

Mrs. Jessie Carrington and Miss Laura Freeman spent a few pleasant hours with Mrs. M. E. Ayres family.

The Jerome Kearby with Joe Holt s master arrived at the Sargent wharf to load with cotton seed and corn to Geo. Sargent.

Morgan Smith and Wm. Burke slipped in to the neighborhood the firt of the week from the oyster reef, to get their oyster flats.

J. G. Dennis came down in the neighborhood Sunday. We learn he was on a mule trade with H. H. Freeman but the trade did not materialize.

Dr. E. C. King was a welcome visitor in the prairie Sunday. He made his rounds Monday to minister to Wm. Bell and E. H. Phillips’s family.

Miss Ruby Holt left the first of the week to attend school at Chappell Hill. She went around by the City by Sea to spend a day or two with friends.

Mrs. A. J. Burke went to Bay City last week to stand examination for a teacher’s certificate, which she secured with ease. She will teach our school this term, which is tickling the little ones.

O. J. Walker went to the Station Monday eve, to meet J. T. Sargent who took a general look at his pasture and pronounced everything doing well, and was highly elated with an artesian well which his foreman, O. J. W. converted from a pumping proposition. The well has a depth of only 57 feet.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 11, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Amicus.

Mrs. A. J. Burke spent last Thursday with Mrs. O. J. Walker.

Mrs. M. E. Ayers visited Mrs. Morgan Smith one day last week.

H. H. Freeman delivered his steer cattle to J. T. Sargent Thursday.

Dr. E. E. Scott made a professional visit to H. H. Freeman one day this week.

A. J. Burke made a flying trip to Matagorda Thursday, returning the same day.

A. J. Burke has sold his entire stock of hogs, consisting of 70 or 75 head, for 4 ¼ cents gross.

H. H. Freeman learning that J. T. Sargent was out at his ranch, came down and had a long old-time chat with him.

Miss Maggie Walker arrived home from Van Vleck Saturday evening, from a two weeks visit among friends and relatives.

Gus Smith and sister, Miss Adelaide, Misses Minnie Bell Smith and Lillie Walker all took passage on the Jerome Kearby for Matagorda, to stay a few days, visiting relatives.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 25, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Amicus.

Corn gathering is the order of the day.

Mrs. Jacob Smith went to Hawkinsville one day last week.

Kenneth Cowart and Jos. Freeman went to Cedar Lake last Saturday.

J. T. Sargent and son George came out to their ranch one day last week.

Mrs. O. J. Walker visited the sick at H. H. Freeman’s one day last week.

Steve Phillips came up from the bay to visit the old folks one day last week.

Mesdames A. G. and Morgan Smith spent the day on the east side last Friday.

Dr. E. E. Scott was again called to H. H. Freeman’s to treat Mrs. Jessie Carrington, who is quite sick.

Dr. E. C. King was called into the neighborhood to visit the sick—Mrs. A. J. Burke and Miss Laura Phillips.

Mrs. M. E. Ayres had a very narrow escape from serious injury by falling from the top of the stairs at Mr. Freeman’s. Hope she will not suffer any bad results therefrom.

Dr. E. C. King, O. J. Walker and Gus Smith loaded the craft known as the Big John Gum, went to the bay and enjoyed an oyster roast, and brought quite a number home with them.

J. F. Ayres and sisters went to Hawkinsville last Wednesday to meet their sister, Miss Mamie, who returned from Austin, where she had spent the summer with relatives. She returns very much improved in health.

A. G. Smith went to Hawkinsville last Saturday after freight, and again Tuesday, but failed to get it. If asked why he did not get his freight, Gus would reply in language that would startle a Sunday school scholar.


Our gardeners are petitioning for rain.

The corn crop is nearly gathered; yield very satisfactory.

Mr. Moore an old and honored friend of A. Currie’s from Wharton, is here for a weeks outing.

Misses Jessie Freeman and Laura Phillips have been very sick, but are improving so fast that they may be up in a few days.

The Horned Frog, on a cruising tour, steered into our port, and after discharging a valuable cargo of live stock, weighed anchor and spread her snowy sails for other seas.

Our stockmen refuse to sell their cattle at the current prices, and some say they will hold them till after the next presidential election, as they predict a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, and certainly the buyers will be glad to pay any price, for times will be good. [Note: Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, was re-elected]

Willie Bell, Jr., certainly went out late and came back captain, as we hear he has bought him a brand new spanker boat and he will be Captain to plough the raging main. We know Willie’s capabilities, and predict a bright future with a full measure of success for him.

Our neighbor, Will Bell, who returned home from Bay City a few days ago, has gone to the same city again, to remain for an indefinite period. He gives a glowing description of the place, but all must admit Bay City’s greatest drawback is she’s too far from old Kenner prairie and the music of the mosquitoes.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 2, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Amicus.

School opens Monday for the fall term.

Corn is about all gathered yielding a fine crop.

We are still dry, but have plenty of mosquitoes.

H. H. Freeman has been on the sick list for the past week.

Mrs. Jessie Carrington, who has been quite sick, is improving.

John Sanborn captured a large wildcat in a steel trap in his poultry yard.

Dr. Murkerson of Angleton is on the prairie, doing a good deal of dental work.

O. J. Walker and A. J. Burke made a trip to Matagorda where each purchased an acre of land.

Mesdames O. J. Walker, Will Burke and Jack Burke made a flying trip to Bay City Saturday, on a shopping expedition.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 9, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Portia.

Lee Walker has been on the sick list this week.

Kenneth Cowart was called to Houston on business this week.

Mrs. John Walker and Miss Annie Walker of Van Vleck have been Kenner’s guests for a few days.

Cattle sold here this week for $9.00 a head. “Don’t we need a change in our administration?”

A cool, refreshing norther visited our burg last Thursday, and we were reminded that winter is coming with its stormy blasts.

Mr. Murdock, who has been visiting his sister, Mrs. Burke, started Wednesday for his home to northern Texas.

Kenner seems to be on the move, as some have gone and others are going. All admit the mosquitoes have crowded them out.

A Dentist of marked ability in his profession is here from Angleton, repairing teeth and raking in the few old rusty dollars we have so many years been earning.

“Our sister by the Sea” seems to be enlarging her tents, to receive her Kenner immigration, for when we all get there, we will have a little suburban town of our own, for Matagorda can’t hold us.

We hear some complaint of the ferry boat, its safety and convenience; others are entering a protest against our esteemed TRIBUNE, but alas! no one ever finds fault with the teacher except those who never have taught.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 16, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Portia.

Pecans are ripening and are being gathered.

A. Currie and lady visited Bay City last week.

Mrs. Gus Smith and sons are on the sick list.

Ducks are beginning to be seen on the tables again.

The Josie made a business trip to our burg last week.

Ed Phillips, Jr., was to be seen on our streets last week.

Appears to be more sickness than usual here just now.

A cool norther has been ordered by the weather clerk.

Jerome Kearby is seen to be nearing our port for repairs.

Lee Walker and mother, who have been quite sick, are convalescent.

Gussie Smith, who has been gone for several months, returned home a few days ago.

Our Hawkinsville train has been behind time lately, arriving sometimes two hours late.

An oyster stew and fish fry was enjoyed by some of our citizens on the bay shore last Sunday.

Steve Phillips has been buying cattle this week. We understand he is paying a good price. Headquarters at Bay City.

Mrs. Morgan Smith and sons went to Bay City to see the dog show, and they think themselves well paid for their trouble.

Our oystermen think their business better than farming and from present indications there will be land to lease on the lower Caney this fall.

Morgan Smith and Captain Burke, of the Green Frog, are up from the bay. They report times lively on the reef, but there is a scarcity of buyers at present.

Many of our people have the rice fever, as going to Bay City occasionally renews their confidence in the cereal, and those who are not affected by rice are by oysters and the beauties and advantages of “dear old Matagorda;” so if we don’t import families soon, Kenner bids fair to be thinly settled next year.


We had quite a beneficial shower last Thursday night.

Little Walker has been quite ill, but is reported better.

Will Burke and Morgan Smith were in the prairie one day last week.

Mrs. O. J. Walker and children spent last Friday on the west side.

Mrs. Josephine Smith and Kenneth Cowart attended the show in Bay City.

Mrs. Jessie Carrington and Miss Laura Freeman visited the west side Sunday.

Mrs. M. E. Ayers and family moved their household goods to Bay City, their future home.

A. J. Burke is expected up Caney, Saturday, with the Jerome Kearby, after corn and wood.

Mr. Huntington, of Brazoria county, has purchased a fine bunch of mules from A. G. Smith.

Mrs. O. J. Walker and family and Mrs. A. J. Burke had quite a pleasant trip to the bay last Sunday.

Mrs. John Walker, who has been visiting her sister-in-law, Mrs. O. J. Walker, has returned to Van Vleck.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 23, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Amicus.

Ducks are plentiful and we enjoy them too.

We had quite a still norther last Saturday.

Miss Maggie Walker was on the sick list last week.

Portia predicts an exodus from Kenner in the near future.

Kenneth Cowart made several trips to Cedar Lake this week.

Jack Burke of the Jerome Kearby spent Friday night with his family.

Mrs. Annie Hays and mother, Mrs. Emily, are visiting Mrs. Jack Burke.

Mrs. Jessie Carrington and son, Frank, went to Bay City last Tuesday on an extended visit.

Maggie Walker royally entertained her little friends in honor of her 14th birthday, on Oct. 23d.

Dr. E. C. King was called into the neighborhood to see Miss Adelaide Smith who was quite sick.


Gussie Smith is quite sick.

Coon skins are legal tender here.

Dr. King was on our streets Tuesday.

Wm. Bell returned to the prairie Monday.

Miss Jessie Freeman is visiting the metropolis.

O. J. Walker and K. B. Cowart made a trip to Cedar Lake Monday.

J. Ayres offers for sale a fine syrup mill which he will sell cheap for cash.

Miss Adelaide Smith has gone to Matagorda for medical treatment, she being in very poor health.

Monday a gentleman was driving a fractious pair of mules near our post office, which became frightened and ran, throwing the driver from the wagon, and inflicting an ugly wound on the head. Fortunately, Dr. Weems, being near, was called in and dressed the wound and relieved the sufferer and at last accounts the patient was resting easy and the prospect is he will be all right in a few days.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 30, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Amicus.

Will Bell is home from the rice fields.

Jacob Smith is quite ill of chills and fever.

Gus Smith is helping J. T. Sargent brand.

Three children of O. J. Walker are quite sick of fever.

Fish are biting briskly now and our boys bring in fine samples.

Mesdames Gus and Morgan Smith were guests on the east side Wednesday.

J. T. and G. T. Sargent are in the prairie, finishing the fall branding.

Ed Gipson was in the prairie Monday and Saturday. He purchased a nice bunch of saddle horses from J. T. and G. T. Sargent.

Johnnie Ayers is busy making up syrup for the neighborhood. He turns out a fine grade, too.

There is quite a crowd of pleasure seekers camped at the mouth of Caney.

H. H. Freeman sold a nice bunch of unbroken mules at $35 and $45.

Our genial conductor, George Truitt, and John Walker were in the prairie Sunday.

Ned Hawkins and conductor Truitt were fishing on Caney one day last week.

Kenneth Cowart and Will Bell are helping Johnnie Ayers make syrup.


Matagorda is the Mecca for our sick.

J. M. Ayres is visiting friends in Bay City.

Ducks are beginning to be plentiful, as one of our Nimrods shot thirty in part of a day.

J. H. Craig returned from Bay City Saturday where he had been on a business trip.

Captain Burke and Morgan Smith sailed into our port early Sunday morning with a cargo of provisions from Henke and Pillot, Houston.

Roland Smith went to Craig’s Saturday where he was called by business affairs. Roland is a favorite here among the fair sex. He has a bright future.

Cane cutting is here, but with a very poor prospect of a profitable yield. All complain that this is the poorest cane crop for years. It is to be hoped that what is lacking in quantity will be canceled by quality.

School children enjoyed the “Friday night dance.” All engaged in “tripping the light fantastic toe,” even to the faculty, and all report an enjoyable time. Music was furnished by skillful performers, and all was lite and mirth, and gaiety was queen of the realm.

Matagorda County Tribune, November 6, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

BY Amicus.

Jack Burke, of the Jeromer Kearby, is reported quite sick.

Mrs. A. J. Burke and son, Hays, spent Saturday in Bay City.

Mrs. Annie Hays and mother visited Mrs. Morgan Smith Wednesday.

The Smith brothers and Will Burke are busy with their fall branding.

Mrs. Gus and Morgan Smith spent last Friday with Judge Currie and wife.

Otto Walker and daughter, Maggie, went to Bay City Wednesday in search of a dentist.

The Jerome Kearby came up Caney Saturday for corn. She had a fine lot of oysters aboard.

Henry Farris passed through Kenner Tuesday en route to Capt. Denny’s to learn points on bee culture.

Charlie Freeman went to Van Vleck Tuesday to have Dr. King attend to a bad bone felon.

Eddie Walker and his faithful dogs. Drummer and Prince, claim the honor of capturing a full grown wild cat.

Maggie Walker is spending the week with friends in Van Vleck. She has a serious sore on her hand and is having it treated while there.

Mrs. Annie Hays and mother, Mrs. Emily Hight, left Saturday for their home in Bloomington, Indiana, after a pleasant visit with her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Burke.


There seems to be a scarcity of cow drivers at present.

J. M. Ayres is making fine molasses this week. We think so.

Steve Phillips is again in our burg looking after his cattle interests.

Mr. Wheeler has driven to Kenner 200 head of cattle to eat our wire grass this winter.

Mr. Ryman will bring about 2000 head of cattle to our range soon. Wire grass is good.

Lee Walker has shipped on board the Josie, henceforth to plow the “raging main.”

The Green Frog is expected in port tomorrow with an assorted cargo of necessities for all.

Not many are to be seen on our streets since the yellow fever report has been circulated here.

The Kirby sailed into her dock one day this week for a cargo of farm products for the “City by the Sea.”

It is reported that Edgar Hawkins is very sick at the plantation. Dr. King is now attending him. We hope it is not serious.

Query: Do the authorities fumigate the mails at places where a contagious disease prevails? Is it necessary at San Antonio?

The Smith Bros. will gather and brand cattle this week; also make a division of the property as devised by the will of Jacob Smith, deceased.

Frank and Willie Bell of the new schooner Star of the West are here visiting their father, W. W. Bell. We hear Frank is quite sick.

C. Gibson of Lake Austin was on the prairie one day last week and bought a fine caballard of cow ponies from the ranch of Sargent & Son.

Our congenial salesman at Craig’s store, S. S. Weems, is very sick at Brazoria, where he had gone to see friends. We are all very anxious to see him later, well again.

Miss Adelaide Smith, who went to Matagorda for medical advice, is convalescent, and will soon be able to return home. She has been gone near a month.

Tuesday a train of four wagons was seen on our streets going towards the beach. Today two more were seen who were inquiring “Which road leads to the Gulf of Mexico?”

The question is often asked by our stockmen, “Where are we to get summer range, for these rice men are plowing up our sage grass; they are running our country, for our wire grass is only good for winter grazing. Surely the “Goddess of Fortune” is against us.

J. M. Ayres and Steve Phillips went to Hawkinsville Monday with a load of molasses for the northern market. They left home at 2 a. m. to get to the station in time. Even this is an improvement and convenience to the traveling public, compared to the custom of traveling a few months ago. “This is a progressive age.”

Matagorda County Tribune, November 13, 1903

Kenner Kerplunks.

By Amicus.

Everybody is busy killing hogs during this norther.

Gus Smith went to Bay City, Monday, to attend court.

Will Burke and Morgan left Tuesday on the Frog for Matagorda.

O. J. Walker and son, Ed, made a flying trip to Bay City Saturday.

Steve and Ed Phillips and Frank Bell are in the prairie among friends.

Steve Phillips had quite a week with the Josie. She ran onto a shell reef breaking her boom.

Frank Bell is on the sick list. His father, Will Bell, has taken his place on the Star while Frank recruits his health.

Johnnie Ayers left Monday for Bay City to convey the sad news of his brother, Frank’s death to his mother. Frank was working at Sour Lake.

Charlie Thomasson, Frank Gregory and Charlie McMaston of Van Vleck have been spending the past week on the beach. They had fine luck hunting ducks and fishing.

Herbert King and family and Ernest Ferguson and wife, who have been camped at Sargent’s old ranch, returned to Hawkinsville today. They report a fine time, notwithstanding the cold weather.

These came near being a serious accident at Sargent’s ranch Friday afternoon. O. J. Walker was skinning a calf, while all the children were watching him. His knife slipped and struck the child of Mrs. Jack Burke in the cheek, making an ugly gash almost an inch long.

Matagorda County Tribune, November 20, 1903


By Portia

Mr. Moore of Wharton is the guest of Judge Currie.

"November was pleasant as May" until Wednesday night.

From present indications of the weather, sausage making is near.

E. H. Phillips and sons gathered and branded cattle last week.

Frank Bell and the Phillips brothers have been visiting Kenner this week.

E. A. Gibson and lady from Lake Austin enjoyed Thanksgiving at the Currie residence.

Master Kenneth Cowart and Mrs. Jacob Smith were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Currie last week.

Judge Currie and wife and Mr. Moore of Wharton came down Saturday after oysters. Caney is not without something desirable.

A. G. Smith and wife, O. J. Walker and friend, with Miss Minnie Bell Smith, visited the metropolis Saturday to buy out the town.

Or cattle are in good condition generally, but they require constant watching to keep them from bogging in the sloughs on our prairies.

Chas. T. Freeman, son of H. H. Freeman of this place, started to Houston this week to attend the Massey Business College of that city. We know Charlie to be a bright, energetic boy, and we hope he may climb to the topmost round on the ladder of success.

Lee Walker and the Bell boys enjoyed a moonlight hunt one night last week, but Oh! the poor coons and o'possums say "they who fight and run away, live to fight another day," so their prey is classed among the kind that ran.

Kenner is to be represented by pleasure hunters at different portions of Texas during the holidays, but all will return after a short stay. Hunting what? "Bubbles of pleasure, which in the act of seizing turn to naught."

Oh! that our worthy commissioners had to cross Caney twice a day for one month, by present methods. We know we would hear of some radical change recommended and force brought to bear to enforce the change, too.

Ed Phillips, Jr., is hunting on the west side of Caney today. Ed is a successful marksman, though he generally hunts on the east side of the creek, as game seems to be easier gotten on this side, if not being so wild.

We read with regret in your columns of the death of young Frank Ayres, whom we know to have been a young man with prospects of a bright future. Hardly arrived at the year of majority, he had launched out on life's sea, taking his place in the busy world, and always acting his part well. His main care was the comfort and good of his aged mother and dependent sisters. It seems strange that God should take such. Yet He doeth all things well. Frank's friends and former comrades have pleasant memories of their late comrade. We feel it a privilege to drop a tear for loved ones while the heart is sad beyond human comfort. Yet if we can trustingly say "Thy will be done," we can find comfort in affliction.

The Matagorda County Tribune, December 4, 1903


By Portia

Fishing has been fine for several days.

J. F. Sargent and son were here on business this week.

Captains Burke and Smith sailed into fair Caney Wednesday.

It is doesn't rain soon Santa Claus will have a dry drive to Caney.

Misses Minnie Bell Smith and Lillie E. Walker have been quite sick this week.

Wm. Bell, Sr., made his family a short visit the first of the week. He is engaged in the oyster business.

E. H. Phillips, accompanied by his daughters, Misses Olivia and Nora, visited the metropolis of the county this week.

Mrs. Jessie Carrington returned from Bay City the first of the week, where she had been for some time visiting friends, and enjoying the Carnival.

Our people here who own property in the town of Matagorda are walking on stilts over the news of oil being struck at Big Hill. "I told you so" is oftener heard than any doubt pf the rumor.

A report was circulated this week of an escaped convict being in our neighborhood. Some locked their doors, others reloaded their muskets, while others implored Divine protection from the danger of this poor, unfortunate, "son of Adam." We think if we dieted more on the "milk of human kindness" all fear would be overcome by sympathy for the erring brother. Of course, he had done wrong, but have not we, too? God has protected us from the temptation to which he has been exposed in many ways, perhaps--remembering the thief on the cross, and that we must forgive seventy times seven those who err, for

"No matter how low his standard of joy,

Remember still he is some mother's boy."
--By Amicus

Gussie Smith shipped on the Josie last week.

E. H. Phillips and son Ed have finished branding.

Mrs. Morgan Smith spent last Sunday on the east side.

Geo. Truitt and family were on the prairie last Sunday.

The Jerome Kearby is up Caney after another cargo of corn.

Frank Ball has gone back to Matagorda, after a visit to home folks.

Ducks are coming to the acorns, of which we have an abundance.

Mr. Easterling and family of Shepherd's Mott were on the creek fishing.

S. S. Weems bought a bunch of cattle from H. H. Freeman last week.

Mesdames O. J. Walker and A. J. Burke visited on the west side one day last week.

H. H. Freeman delivered the balance of his steers to J. F. Sargent one day last week.

A jolly crowd of our Kenner youths went after the mail for our prairie last Saturday.

Mrs. A. J. Burke went to H. H. Freeman's one day last week to attend to some school matters.

J. F. Ayres and Kenneth Cowart made a trip to Hawkinsville in search of salt one day last week.

Mrs. Josephine Smith and grandson, Kenneth Cowart, spent one day at Judge Currie's last week.

A. J. Burke came up from Matagorda Monday to visit his wife and child, returning Wednesday.

Geo. T. Sargent came out to the ranch one day last week to look at the range and things in general.

O. J. Walker and wife and Gus Smith and wife made a trip to Bay City on a shopping tour last week.

There seems to be a great demand on the west side for cow ponies. Our wire grass must be coming to the front.

Mrs. Sam Montgomery of Bay City, who was visiting the family of H. H. Freeman, returned home Thursday.

O. J. Walker and son Ed went out hog hunting one day last week. They killed three large hogs and one very large wild cat.

We had had quite a cool norther, which was accompanied by a very acceptable rain, as cistern water was getting scarce.

Ned Hawkins and Carlisle Williams are on the creek fishing. They say fish could not bite any better than they are doing at present.

The Jerome Kearby weighed anchor and put to sea, with E. H. Phillips, Jr. as passenger, on the 30th ult., bound for Matagorda.

Will Burk and Morgan Smith, the crew of the Horned Frog, were up from the bay to see how their better halves were getting along.

There are quite a number of Nimrods and fishermen on the beach and lower parts of the creek. Ducks and geese are plentiful, and the fish are biting like suckers.

The Matagorda County Tribune, December 11, 1903


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