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Chronicle of the Times, Saturday, March 6, 1858

W. W. McFarlan, Esq. is fully authorized to collect money due this Office, and to receipt for the same

We are authorized to announce W. T. S. COMPTON, as a candidate for re-election to the office of Assessor and Collector, of Matagorda county.
We are authorized to announce JOS. THEALL, as a candidate for re-election to the office of Sheriff, of Matagorda county.
We are authorized to announce J. S. VAN DE GRAFF, Esq., as a candidate for the office of District Attorney, in the First Judicial District, comprising the counties of Brazoria, Matagorda,
Wharton , Colorado , Fayette, Austin and Fort Bend . Election on the first Monday in August next.

We last week paid our respects, for the first time, to our young and flourishing neighbor, Indianola. It is nearly thirty years ago since we first traversed the pleasant white shelled beach where Indianola now looms up in progressive commercial importance, through the energy of its interprising denizens. We were scarcely prepared for the agreeable surprise at the extent and prospective importance of its position as the depot of the great and growing West and the prestige it already occupies in public estimation. It was dark when we wandered on the long wharf, and of course there was little to be seen except illuminated shops, hotels &c. Two steamships from New Orleans with assorted freights and passengers arrived before the morning dawned; creating quite a bustle of business-like activity during the day. They left, however, the same evening leaving the wharf and streets as solemn as a silent Sabbath. But morning again brought on the appearance of busy life, in a train of government wagons from San Antonio .

While the mail contractor, Capt. Collins, was making the Rover ready for our return homeward, the splendid steamer United States , arrived from Lavaca, with a crowd of peerless beauty and gallant men of that ere ilk (sic), on a pleasure trip to Saluria. We had the gratification for a few minutes, only of shaking hands with several friends of other days among whom were the renowned Gen. Simpkins of facetious fame and the veteran steam navigator of our Bay, Capt. Brower. We were pleased with our trip and the growing evidences of prosperity that decorates the shores of our beautiful bay.


     Having permanently located on CANEY, respectfully offers his services to the citizens of the county. From a residence of twenty years in the South, he flatters himself that he will be able to give satisfaction to all who may favor him with their patronage. Residence the place formerly occupied by Dr. Viser.


NOTICE is herby given that John L. Thorp has filed in the Matagorda County Court his final account as Administrator of the Estate of Mary E. Seaborn, deceased, which account will be acted upon at the March Term, 1858, of said Court; when all persons interested are required to appear and contest said account if they see proper.

                                        JAS. H. SELKIRK,

March 6, 1858               Clerk C. C. M. C.



NOTICE is hereby given that Mrs. Julia Howell has filed in the Matagorda County Court her final account as Administrator to the Estate of Samuel A. Howell, deceased, which account will be acted upon at the March Term 1858, of said Court, when all persons interested are required to appear and contest said account if they see proper.

                                        JAS. H. SELKIRK,

March 6, 1858               Clerk C. C. M. C.


Administrator’s Notice.

On the 28th of September, 1857 , the undersigned was appointed by the County Court of Matagorda County , Administrator on the Estate of Edward L. Jones, deceased. All persons having claims against said Estate are hereby notified to present the same, duly authenticated, within the time prescribed by law.                          R. E. STEWART, Administrator.

     January 14th, 1858 .



I HEREBY revoke the Power of Attorney heretofore given to SAMUEL W. HARDEMAN, Esq., of the County of Matagorda , for the sale of a certain Tract of Land on Caney Creek, in said County, being a part of my Headright League.

                             THOS. M. DUKE.

Hynd’s Bay, Refugio County , May 23, 1857 .


The Land—about 800 Acres—is for sale on accommodating terms, for which apply as above, or to                  THOS. H. FORRESTER,

38:tf                               Saluria.



AND DISTRIBUTION.           } Sorsby, deceased.


THE STATE of TEXAS }   In County Court,

County of Matagorda .     }     February Term,

                                                   A.D., 1858.

 The State of Texas to the Sheriff of Matagorda County Greeting :

WHEREAS, THOMAS J. SORSBY, a resident of Greene county, State of Alabama, as Administrator and heir of the Estate of William C. Sorsby, deceased, has filed his petition in the County Court of said Matagorda county, praying, among other things, for a partition of said estate and its distribution among the heirs of said decedent. In which petition he represents that said administration is still open in said Court, that the heirs are non-residents, and that said estate consists of the south half of league of land No. 15, lying west of the Bernard river, in Matagorda county, being the same league that was originally granted by the Mexican Government to Zadock Woods. You are therefore hereby commanded to cite the following named heirs of said William C. Sorsby; deceased, viz. Battle A. Sorsby of Columbus, State of Georgia; John T. Sorsby, of Jackson, State of Mississippi; Stephen S. Sorsby, of Greene county, state of Alabama, and Nicholas T. Sorsby of same place. All of whom, together with petitioner, (said Thos. J. Sorsby,) are represented to be brothers of the full blood of said decedent, and Ann D. Ross, widow of ---------, of Tuscaloosa, state of Alabama, a sister of the full blood; also, Rebecca Whitehead, of Greene county, state of Alabama, mother of said Wm. C. Sorsby, deceased. Also, the children of Alexander W. Sorsby, deceased, a brother of full blood—viz: Ann E. Mims, wife of J. A. Mims, of Dallas county, state of Alabama; Mary E. Bragg, wife of Thos. C. Bragg, of Lownds county, state of Alabama; William A. Sorsby, Greene county, state of Alabama, and Katherine R. Sorsby, of same place; all of whom are represented to be of full age. Also, the following minor children of said Alexander W. Sorsby, deceased, whose guardian is the said Nicholas T. Sorsby, viz: Nicholas C. Sorsby, Amanda J. Sorsby and Virginia H. Sorsby, said minors being residents of Lownds county, state of Alabama; that they and all persons interested in the estate of said William C. Sorsby, deceased, appear at a regular Term of the County Court, for the county of Matagorda, state of Texas, to be holden at the Court-house, in the city of Matagorda, on the last Monday in the month of February next, (A.D. 1858,) then and there to show cause why such partition and distribution should not be made; when and where you will make return of this citation, with your proceedings endorsed thereon.

     (Attest:)           JAS. H. SELKIRK,

                              Clerk C. C., M. C.

          Given under my hand and the seal of said County Court, at Matagorda, this nineteenth day of January, A.D., 1858.   JAS. H. SELKIRK,

                                      Clerk C. C., M. C.

     Issued this 19th day of January, A. D., 1858

                                      JAS. H. SELKIRK,

                                      Clerk C. C., M. C.

     Came to hand January 19, 1858 , and in obedience to the foregoing mandate, I hereby order the same to be published in the Chronicle of the Times for four successive weeks.

                             JOSEPH THEALL,

     Jan. 20th, 1858 .                Sheriff, M.C.


[[Note: William C. Sorsby died in the State of Alabama in the year 1853 and never was married.—Matagorda County Probate Minutes, Feb 18, 1858 , Book C, Pages 378-379.


 Another heavy shower Monday.

Another lawn party for benefit Buckner Orphan Home Wednesday. Please don't come so often.

Oysters are fat, but not salt enough. The finest oyster reefs on the coast are situated in Matagorda Bay . When Bay City gets a railroad this will be a shipping point for oysters.

An informal dance was had at the residence of Mr. E. J. Inglehart on Saturday night--the young people had a pleasant time.

Judge E. S. Rugeley has just returned from voting precincts 2, 3,4 and 5, and from what he says all the people he saw or heard of opposed to Bay City and progress could be counted on the fingers of one hand.

Mr. Amos Lee, formerly of this place, but late of Beeville, has arrived and will make his home in this county henceforth.

Mr. H. C. Brown, of Port Lavaca, has just opened a complete line of harness and saddles, etc.

Dr. McNeil, wife and daughter left Wednesday for their home in Victoria .

Prof. E. A. Walker, of Galveston , has arrived to take charge of the public school at this place which opens on the 17th.

Misses Annie and Shirley Rugeley, of Lake Austin , are visiting their aunt, Mrs. H. L. Rugeley.

Miss Eureno Elmore, of Haverly , Tex. , niece of Mrs. H. L. Rugeley, is going to spend the winter here and attend school.

Bay City Breeze, September 13, 1894


       (Too late for last week.)

 H. P. Williams is busy getting his lumber hauled to Bay City .

Steve Hill is slowly recovering from slow fever, and slowly getting around.

Contractor Chas. Baker left for Bay City to begin work on the printing office.

Victor LeTulle and sister, Miss Susie,  are in town, stopping at the Austin house.

Mr. John McNabb has just brought in from his plantation a load of fine watermelons.

Messrs. Jno. Hendle and Willie Ryman, two of Bay City 's rustlers, were in town Wednesday.

Dr. J. O. Dobbins, of Deming's Bridge,  was in town Tuesday, and reports everything doing nicely.

Commissioners Brown and Bowie came in Monday, on call of Judge Rugeley, for special term of Commissioner's Court, Judge Rugeley, however, received a letter from Attorney General, giving his opinion that as Bay City was the county seat all court proceedings, etc., should be held there. Now, Judge Rugeley has made a call for Commissioners to meet special term at Bay City Monday, 15th inst.

The question of navigating the Colorado river is being greatly discussed here. Capt. C. H. Harrison, who is an experienced steam boat river navigator, says that the scheme is entirely practicable, if there is as much as two feet of water in shallowest places in the river.  He has a plan of a stern wheel boat that will carry a hundred bales of cotton on less than two feet of water and that will not cost more than $2,500 to $3,000. Captain Harrison says that he will make soundings of the river from Wharton down, and will make a report that can be relied on. This survey should be made at once, and a stock company organized, if river is found navigable.  

Bay City Breeze, October 11, 1894


 Mr. Ed. O'Nell, of San Antonio , is in the city on a visit to Mr. Wm. E. Austin.

Miss Louise Holt has returned to her home on Caney. She has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Kilbride.

Mrs. W. B. Wadsworth left town this morning on a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Jno. F. Holt, of "Tangle Wilde," Caney.

The young people spent a very pleasant evening last Friday, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Bruce, in way of a musical and candy pull.

The town is full of drummers this week, and the old city has a business aspect. Everything is full of life and happiness, except the sweaters, who seem to be uneasy and restless ever since Bay City took the lead.       Your ever watchful,


Bay City Breeze, October 11, 1894


 Berg Bros. gin is running tri-weekly.

R. H. Taylor left to-day for Deming's Bridge on a business tour.

Clarance Dietrick has been quite sick with slow fever, he is now recovering.

Schooner "Golden Arrow" left for Galveston Sunday, loaded with cotton.

Mr. W. E. Vaught and daughter, Miss Annie, of Trespalacious are in the city.

Ducks and geese are now plentiful, quite a number have been killed up to date.

Mr. Patrick Kain, one of Matagorda's oldest settlers, died Monday evening at this place.

Sloop "Bay City Breeze" arrived Saturday from Caney with a cargo of corn and cotton.

Lee J. McMahan, drummer for Clark & Courts, Galveston, is stopping at the old Colorado House.

Among the festivities of the week a nice little dance at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Duff.

W. S. Sproles and R. C. Gaines, both prominent lawyers of Brazoria, spent two days in our city last week.

Mr. Conrad Franz, of Bay City, is in town trading for lumber to start his big three-story hotel at Bay City. How's that?

Schooner "Flower of France," Ray Dunbar, captain, arrived Saturday from Galveston with a cargo of general merchandise.

Schooner "Emma Thornton" with a cargo of lumber arrived in port Friday. Forty teams are here and ready to convey the cargo to Bay City.

Old Matagorda is on a big boom, where grass has been growing for the last forty years is now as bare as a floor. Strange faces are seen on our streets. All is push and bustle.

Rev. J. W. Morris and Rob't. Baxter left town Saturday for Trespalacious. Bro. Morris to preach at Ashby Sunday, and Mr. Baxter to buy a bunch of horses.

Bay City Breeze, October 25, 1894


C. F. Baker attended lodge at Trespalacios Saturday last.

Conrad Franz was in town past week shaking hands with his many friends.

H. E. Gorden, with Gust Heye & Co., was in town last week soliciting orders.

W. C. and H. P. Williams, the Bay City Butchers, were in town on business one day last week.

Schooner Flower of France, Ray Dunbar master, arrived from Galveston with a cargo of general merchandise.

E. H. Phillips, Wm. Bell and Mr. Ayers all of Lower Caney spent a few days in the city past week.

Dr. Peltons office has been completed by contractors Baker & Huffaker and painting and papering has begun.

Rev. Anderson preached at the M. E. Church last Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Lord, guests of Rev. Anderson and wife, have been in town for the past day or two.

The young people had several nice little hops at private houses last week.

Bay City Breeze, January 30, 1896


By Jim Plecute.

W. J. Phillips is having his house reshingled.

The parents of Dr. Gober are spending awhile with him.

There is quite a stir among the oyster men getting ready for the season.

J. F. Holt and family, of Caney, spent several days in our city the past week.

Since my last we have had a good rain which has much improved things.

Capt. Thomas Cherry, of the peninsula, is shaking hands with the citizens of our city.

H. K. Ogden and wife who have been spending the summer here have returned to Wharton.

The Essay arrived in port this a.m. from Lavaca with a load of merchandise for our merchants.

John T. Sargent will take his daughter, Katie, back to Dallas to attend school on next Monday.

The Wm. Dunbar, Dee Baxter master, is taking on a load of oysters for F. V. Gentry, of Port Lavaca.

W. B. Wadsworth will take his son Albert to the Llano school and expects to start off with him Monday.

The schooner Mary Lynch, Geo. Raymond master, is discharging a cargo of lumber for Capt. Henry Cookenboo.

Dr. Gober had a hurry call to Kenner's Prairie Monday to see Mr. McKee who is suffering from an attack of black jaundice and is not likely to recover.

I am informed that the oystermen will test the validity of the law requiring a tax of $5 on each pair of tongs. It looks like an imposition to exact the said amount when the state and county do not derive once cent of it. Now where does this money go? The commissioner gets a salary of $1800.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 9, 1899

Matagorda Items
By Naomi.

E. L. Lawson’s handsome residence is fast nearing completion.

Robt. Emmel has been keeping “bach” during Dr. Scott’s absence.

Abbie Rieves returned from Goliad Friday, accompanied by his family.

Capt. Cookenboo and son Walter returned from the interior Wednesday last.

John Sargent, Weston Bailey and M. McCallup were among the passengers home Tuesday.

Misses Laura and Annie Williams visited Bay City Monday and returned home Tuesday,

Frank Stribling Sr. arrived here last week and we are told he is preparing to move back here.

Robt. Emmel, Charlie Williams and Albert Wadsworth attended the show at Bay City last week.

Billy Williams was in from Bay City for a few days this week. From here he went to the Hill.

Mrs. Hez. Law and child were in from the west side Friday and departed for the interior Saturday.

Tom Gove Jr. and Lige Dunbar were with the Matagorda people who attended the show last week at Bay City.

Big Hill is on the boom now. There will soon be two new hotels erected there for the accommodation of the public.

Misses Addie and Zalie Zipprian of the oil field were in town shopping and visiting friends on last Saturday afternoon.

Mrs. Goodwin Sterne’s sisters, Mesdames Dimalinine and Evans and children departed for their homes last Wednesday.

Our leading dry goods merchants have received some nice dress patterns this week which the ladies would do well to inspect.

Mesdames John Moran, Nora Cook, Annie Good and Evie Watkins went to Bay City Wednesday to be on hand for ____ Wednesday.

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The heavy rain that fell here Tuesday was accompanied by a very strong wind and it seemed to come from no particular direction but from all points.

C. W. Burkhart will leave for the peninsula Saturday to place his cattle there for winter range. He will be conveyed across the bay by W. C. Berg on the Success.

Editor Dickey and lady, J. R. Hill and lady, D. Baxter and lady and Arthur Miller went for a sail on the bay Sunday and they had a most “splendiferous” time, so they say.

Misses Gent Brashear, Delia McNabb, Muta Serrill, Madye Savage, Blanche Inglehart, Mrs. Harold Inglehart, Collins Baxter, Alvin Inglehart, Jas. Williams and two sons and Ed Phillips composed the jolly crowd that attended the show at Bay City on Thursday last.

The ladies and children, to pass a pleasant hour, have been frequenting the wharves of evenings to catch crabs, and they have caught them in abundance, nice, large, and of fine flavor when cooked, but not very fat. However, it is a very pleasant pastime to catch them.

Miss Mary McNabb, while visiting here last week, was very desirous of visiting the oil field, but the first day she attempted going the inclement weather prevented and the following day she was indisposed, but hopes when she visits her again that they will be more successful.

Quite a jolly crowd of ladies and gentlemen from the interior came in on a special Sunday afternoon and immediately repaired to the sloop “Fearless” and took a short sail on the bay, after which they returned to the pavilion, spent a few moments there and then returned to the car to await the departure of the local next morning, which pulled them out from here. Our attempts to find out if they were on a prospecting tour or came just for an outing were unsuccessful.

M. W. Elson’s infant son, while toddling around the yard a few evenings since, was discovered by a member of the family with his face covered with blood. They feared the horse had kicked the little fellow and immediately took him to Dr. Foote and he took a few stitches in a gash on his cheek. Later that evening they found a piece of glass bespattered with blood near where he had been playing, and concluded he had cut himself on that, as the wound looked much more like a cut than a kick.

Matagorda County Tribune, October 28, 1904

Off For School

Now that the fall of the year is approaching and school days are beginning to come our young folks are busy preparing themselves to go away to distant towns.

About fifteen young people will leave Matagorda for different schools and colleges over Texas. Then, too, we have some who will go away from home to teach, these being Miss Carrie Salley who goes to teach in Bay City, and Misses Gertrude and Elizabeth Gilbert who return to Nacogdoches to teach again the coming year in the city schools. Mr. Arthur Culver has already gone to San Marcos to enter Coronal Institute. Misses Lyla Berg and Josie Stewart go to San Antonio to attend St. Mary’s. Harold Swagerty, Willie Berg, Scott Phillips and Don Williams go to Houston to take a course in a Business College. Stewart Burkhart goes to San Antonio. On next Monday Sambo and Edwin Rugeley, Warner Stewart and Eric Culver leave for Sherman to attend Austin College. The will be accompanied by Maynard Rugeley, an old Austin College boy, who, after ‘turning the recruits over to the commandant,’ and seeing them put to work, will go on to Austin where he will enter the University and continue his course in civil engineering.

Matagorda News, September 5, 1912

Public School Closes Today
Closing Exercises Tonight At The Odd Fellows Hall

The public school closed this afternoon and the closing exercises at the Old Fellows Hal tonight will no doubt be largely attended.

The year’s work with its trials and triumphs will end and teachers and pupils will have a season of rest and recuperation. The esteem of the community and the appreciation of the trustees and patrons was evidenced in the unanimous re-election of the entire faculty consisting of Prof. W. H. Smith, Misses Bert Funk, Bertha Boyd and Loula Belle Salley.

The program for tonight:
Graduation address: Influence of Music, Miss Bess Phillips
Doll Drill – Class of Little Girls
Duet – Misses Sterne and Schindler
Reading – Mollie Bell Yeamans
Motion Drill – Boys and Girls
Music – Miss Bell Smith
Song – Mary Culver
Violin Solo – Rudolph Diaz
Figure 8 Drill – Boys and Girls
Music – Miss Rose Sterne
Play – “A Perplexing Situation” – Junior Class
Song – School

Matagorda News, May 23, 1913

Home For the Holidays

The teachers and pupils of other schools and colleges home for the Christmas Holidays make quite a bunch for a town of Matagorda’s size.

Of the teachers, there’s Misses Carrie Sally and Elizabeth Gilbert from Bay City public schools, Miss Gertrude Gilbert from Victoria public schools, Miss Calie Gove from the Watowa school in Wharton county and Mrs. Mary Parrish of the Fairfield schools.

Of the students, we welcome home: Maynard Rugeley from the State University; Sam’l and Edward Rugeley, Warner Stewart, Eric Culver, Pierce Hamilton and Parker Robbins from Austin College at Sherman; Stewart Burkhart from T. C. U. at Fort Worth; Miss Rose Sterne from St. Mary’s Seminary from San Antonio; Will Berg, Scott Phillips and Sam Lawson from Massey Business College at Houston; and Arthur Culver from Coronal Institute at San Marcos.

Matagorda’s bunch of college boys and girls stack up not only in numbers, but in fine appearance, intellect, and class standing with the delegation from any town and it goes without saying that every one receives a most cordial welcome, and that they bring sunshine and happiness to the home fireside no other influence could bring is equally true. To each and all the News wishes a merry Christmas week.

Matagorda News and Midcoast Farmer, December 26, 1913

Matagorda Items.

T. F. Murdock and Ed Baker motored to Bay City Monday morning.

Mr. Loreno has opened a canning factory in order to can oysters.

The Ladies Missionary Society met at the Methodist church Monday evening at four o'clock .

Mrs. Jesse Sandrum attended the Niel and Watkins wedding at Wadsworth Saturday evening at the bride's home.

A. G. Smith, E. E. Zipprian, Charles Bruce and Roland Smith have been on Caney cow driving the past week.

Parker Robbins, who is away at school is quite ill, and his father has been called to his bedside.

The Episcopal members had an Easter hunt Saturday evening for the little children, which they enjoyed very much.

Miss Reba Rugeley returned today from an extended visit to Bay City .

Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, Bay City , Tuesday, April 6, 1915

Fire Gets Old Landmark

The large, and old, and unoccupied, two-story frame building known as the "Braman House," which has spirits of a revered and sacred past, Matagorda for perhaps 90 years in one form or another, was destroyed by fire yesterday.

According to Judge Wm. E. Austin, a native of Matagorda, and who is here from San Antonio on a visit, the "old Braman House" was built by his grandfather in the '30s, perhaps as early as 1836, but not later than 1839.

It was first used as a hotel and prior to the civil war was the scene of a great many festivities and social events of the times. It was later acquired by the Bramans, occupied by them, and later vacated, never to be sold, leased or rented. For years it has been vacant and gradually decaying away, only to meet its end in fire yesterday.

In its great hall, no doubt, some interesting chapters of Texas history had their inception. On its floors the "light fantastic" was stepped by the beaux and belle of anti-bellum days and its spacious rooms, perhaps, slept such forebears as Austin, Houston, Lamar, Bowie and other illustrious sprits of revered and sacred past.

Matagorda County Tribune, August 26, 1927


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