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Drowning of Little Jack Glaros

One of the saddest deaths in the history of Palacios, was that of little Jack Glaros, who was drowned in Matagorda bay about three miles from Wells Point, Wednesday of last week. Jack had been in Port Lavaca visiting his grandfather and was on his return with Capt. Costenine Melles on the schooner, Rosalee M. when a little more than three miles from Wells Point a sudden, strong norther hit them, capsizing the boat in fifteen feet of water. Three times the captain had little Jack in his arms and tried to climb on the submerged boat, and three times the little fellow slipped away, the third time to be lost from sight completely. Capt. Melles succeeded in climbing up onto the side of the boat which was entirely under water, and remained there for three days, finally swimming to shore Saturday morning when the wind turned to the south. Several boats, both from here and from Port Lavaca, at once went in search of the little body but up to the present time they have been unsuccessful.

Little Jack Glaros, the eldest child or Mr. and Mrs. Nick Glaros, was born on his father's farm just west of town. Their present home is in West Virginia , the mother and children being here for a visit. The grief-stricken parents have the sympathy of the entire community.

The Palacios Beacon, April 13, 1917  

Collegeport Patriots

Mr. M. A. Travis, of Collegeport, was in the city last Saturday and gave the Beacon a friendly call. He reported that on the preceding Wednesday evening an enthusiastic mass meeting of citizens was held for the purpose of organizing a Collegeport Home Guard, and which embraces both the military and the agricultural  or productive features. The plan is to prepare for military duty if called on, and also to encourage a larger production of food and feed crops in that territory. Some thirty five enlisted at the meeting and the list has been growing all the time since. A later meeting was arranged for one evening this week at which officers would be elected and the necessary committees appointed.

The Palacios Beacon, April 27, 1917  

Collegeport Resolutions

Collegeport people are awake to the importance of conserving flood waters for irrigation of lands along the Tres Palacios river, and at a meeting of its Industrial League last Friday night, unanimously adopted the following resolutions, which will have the hearty endorsement of all the people of Palacios and vicinity. The spirit of co-operation is at last being fully aroused, and that is all that is needed, if backed by intelligent and comprehensive direction, to make this particular part of the coast country the garden spot [of] the earth:

Whereas, it is desirable that the citizens of Collegeport and others living on the east side of the Palacios river should enjoy easier and cheaper communication with the people who live on the west side of said river, and,

Whereas, the experience of the past summer has abundantly demonstrated that farmers are not at all times able to depend on the uncertain rainfall of the Texas Midcoast and that the natural moisture is at times very much less than sufficient to raise a normal crop and that if the water now available in said Palacios river could be empounded and diverted to the lands adjacent thereto, the result would be not only increased crops with resultant prosperity to our farmers but an increased population on our farms to the benefit of all concerned and;

Whereas, the last session of the Texas legislature passed a bill which provided for the calling of a special election for the purpose of voting on an amendment to the State Constitution by which localities may organize local irrigation, reclamation and drainage districts, therefore be it,

Resolved, by the Collegeport Industrial League that this organization approves of the objects and purposes of said special election and pledge our support and that we believe that the time has come for the organization of our people in co-operating with all others along the Palacios river for the purpose of developing the irrigation possibilities of that stream and that we believe a dam across Palacios Bay at a place to be determined by capable engineers would not only served to empound the waters of the Palacios river but at the same time serve as a roadway or bridge by which people living along said stream or on said bay would be afforded easy and short communication from one shore to the other and it is further,

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be sent the Palacios Board of Trade and the Blessing Commercial Club and that the people of those towns be invited to co-operate with this organization in the holding of a public meeting at an early date for the purpose of furthering the objects stated in these resolutions and we call upon all citizens of this community and all patriotic voters of Matagorda County and the State of Texas to use their influence and diligence to interest as many voters as possible to be at the polls, August 21st, 1917, to vote for the amendment which we earnestly and heartily endorse.

The Palacios Beacon, July 20, 1917  

Eldon Travis went to Houston Tuesday to enlist for service as a marine band man. As noted last week, Donald Travis is already in training for the navy. Loosing his two sons for military service, is a peculiarly trying ordeal to the father of the boys, W. H. Travis, in the management of the Gulf Coast University, his industrial school located on the opposite side of the bay south of Palacios.

Mr. Travis has had to move to Palacios and take charge of the creamery and produce business, and all but abandon his school for the present. He has arranged for rooms in town, and will keep a dozen or more of his boy students here where he can give them instructions. He will arrange for a tract of land near the town to continue his industrial work in a small way; but the plant and all improvements made on his school site on the south side will have to be abandoned until the young men return from the war. However Mr. Travis takes his most grievous disappointment in loyal good nature, being proud that he has the two young men to offer for the defense of his country and humanity.

The Palacios Beacon, August 17, 1917  

Burton D. Hurd Will Return To Matagorda County.

The Tribune, this morning, received a letter from Mr. Burton D. Hurd, who is now in Denver, Colo., in which he says that in the early fall he will return here to make this his permanent home.

Mr. Hurd says that he has traveled considerably within the past two years, but has seen no place as much like home or where the people are as broad-gauged and co-operative or where the possibilities are as great as here.

Mr. Hurd is well known throughout this section of the State and is one of the best posted real estate men ever known in the Gulf Coast. He does not state whether he will reside in Bay City or Collegeport, his former home and where he has a fine residence.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 7, 1917

Fertile Lands, Fine Climate, Splendid Location.

Collegeport occupies a beautiful site on the eastern bank of the Tres Palacios Bay, opposite the town of Palacios, and is one of the interesting points on the county's coast line. Her principal industries are cattle-raising and dairying, while corn, cotton and rice occupy the time of the farmers.

Collegeport has about 300 population and some beautiful homes. Her people are frugal and industrious, the land surrounding rich and productive and susceptible of the highest development. This little city is reached by a branch of the Gulf Coast lines and is the terminus of the branch.

For some years the farmers in the vicinity of Collegeport farmed rice, cotton and corn extensively, but for the past few years have been gradually turning their attention and time to dairying, which has become quite a profitable industry.

The president of the State Dairyman's Association, H. A. Clapp, resides at Collegeport and owns the Homecroft dairy. He specializes in thoroughbred Holstein cattle and through his efforts has built up quite a Holstein interest amongst his neighbors.

Collegeport, by virtue of her broad expanse of prairie and pasture and the adaptability of her soils to the necessary feed crops, is an ideal dairy country, and with a continuation of the present growth of the industry will eventually play an important part in the dairy business of the State.

Collegeport is a most delightful place. The constant salt-laden air fresh from the gulf makes the nights cool and restful, imparts health to the people and tempers the summer's rays. Pure, wholesome artesian water adds its beneficence to the goodness of the climate.

Fishing, bathing, boating and hunting are the sports which divert the mind and give pleasure to the citizens.

Matagorda County Tribune, September 21, 1917 


The cotton farmers area all smiles over their bumper crops and the high prices received.

It is reported about twenty people from here attended the circus in Bay City Tuesday.

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Nelson are proud parents of a baby girl who made her appearance this week.

The first oyster supper of the season will be served at the Church Friday evening. An out of town speaker will talk on Red Cross work.

The ladies of the Red Cross worked all day Tuesday in their sewing rooms making pajamas.

A delegation of speakers from Bay City will be in town Wednesday evening, Liberty Day, to speak on buying war bonds.

I. M. Clark has added an ell to his house and moved it to the front on Central Street .

Mrs. McEvers returned to her home in Galveston Monday accompanied by her sister, Miss Sadie Powers.

Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Hornish have returned from their summer visit in the North, having spent some time in Pennsylvania , Illinois and Colorado .

R. K. Legg is home from Kingsville .

The Palacios Beacon, November 2, 1917 

J. F. Kilpatrick, Local Representative

Matt Pierce was a business visitor in Bay City Thursday.

Arnold Livers, who has been in the Sealy Hospital at Galveston for past few weeks, returned last week. He is reported to be greatly improving.

R. K. Legg and family of Kingsville , but formerly of this place, have moved back to their residence here. He being in the employ of the Brownsville R. R. here as hostler.

H. W. Haddix of Nebraska left for his home last week, after having spent several days here on business.

Wm. Pfeiffer of San Antonio left for Bay City Thursday, having spent a couple of weeks visiting friends here.

W. W. Wilkinson was in Corpus Christi and Robstown this week looking after his shipment of hay.

Mr. Hallett of Chicago is here this week visiting his daughter, Mrs. G. A. Duckworth.

Mr. and Mrs. Livers of Kansas are spending the holidays with their son Arnold Livers of this place.

Mr. Cartwright of Bay City is here, taking the place of Mr. Henderson as express messenger.

Mr. Roline and T. C. Morris were business visitors in Bay City Monday.

Arthur Morris of Duluth , Minn. , came in this week to spend Christmas with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Morris.

Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Roberts returned Sunday from a few days visit to Corpus Christi .

Victor Yeamans of Citrus Grove was here visiting friends Monday.

Mr. Couch has little child that has been sick with Diphtheria, but is reported as improving.

School is closed at present on account of the Diphtheria scare, but will resume work again on Dec. 31st.

Miss Myrtle Benedict, one of the teachers here, left Tuesday to spend the Christmas holidays with her parents.

Eugene Yeamans of Bay City spent Monday night here visiting Cecil Morris.

Will Thompson, who has been confined to his bed for about a month with a crushed ankle, was taken to Galveston Monday, where he will take treatment in the Sealy Hospital . His condition seemed to be a little worse when he left.

James Parker, Mr. Werner and son Chas. were business visitors in Palacios Wednesday.

W. K. Roberts left Monday on a business trip to Robstown and other points west.

Mr. Henderson, the express messenger, has been transferred to the mail line of the Brownsville road, he leaving with his family for Bay City Monday.

John Bowman of Iowa returned home Wednesday, after having spent about two weeks here looking after his property interests.

Cecil Morris made a drive to Blessing Monday night, taking W. K. Roberts to the train.

Rev. M. A. Travis' little girl and H. N. Sholl are on the sick list this week.

Adolph Morris is carrying his arm in a sling this week as the result of cranking a Ford. However he doesn't think his arm is broken.

A White Gift Christmas service will be held at the church Sunday night. The Public is invited to attend and participate.

A community Christmas tree will be held at the church Monday night. It is for the public in general, and everyone here and surrounding communities are invited to attend. The program may be a little short on account of the prevailing sickness and school being closed.

James Parker left Thursday for Galveston , where he will take treatment in the Sealy hospital.

J. J. Rodebaugh left Monday for Laporte to be away several days working on the newspaper force there.

Miss Marguerite Holsworth, who has been teaching at Markham , came in Saturday to spend Christmas with her parents here, Mr. and Mrs. Holsworth.

Mr. Henry Kahnt, who has been on his farm in Colorado for about four months, came in Tuesday to spend the Holidays with his family here.

Co. Supt. W. F. Pack was here Friday on his round visiting the schools.

Mr. Campbell was a business visitor in Palacios Tuesday.

The church had their annual election of officers last Friday night. An excellent program was rendered. Also the Ladies Auxiliary conducted a lunch and apron sale, which was attended by a large crowd.

The Palacios Beacon, December 21, 1917  

J. F. Kilpatrick, Local Representative

Burton D. Hurd and wife, Albert Soekland and daughters, all of Denver , Color., are spending the holidays with Mrs. Hurd's sister, Mrs. T. C. Morris. Mr. and Mrs. Hurd are former residents of this place and will probably make this their home a while.

Arthur Morris of Duluth , Minn. , left Wednesday after spending a few days visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Morris of this place.

Misses Pearl and Lena Corse of Blessing spent Christmas with their parents here, Mr. and Mrs. Corse.

E. C. Hall left Friday for about a two weeks visit with his wife in Houston .

T. M. Clark and family were business visitors in Bay City Friday.

Mr. Hamilton and Mr. and Mrs. Shearer were business visitors in Palacios Monday.

Miss Myrtle Morris, Howard and Greydon Morris, all of Houston , spent Chirstmas with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Morris, returning Thursday.

Mr. Wilson and wife of Amarillo came in last week to spend the winter here.

Mr. Jones and wife of Iowa are spending the holidays visiting their nephew, T. M. Clark of this place.

The following were among the business visitors in Bay City Wednesday: W. W. Wilkinson, H. A. Clapp, John Carrick, Arnold Livers, and Burton D. Hurd.

J. L. Logan returned this week from a few days trip to Miss. He and his wife are stopping with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Morris.

H. A. Clapp, who has been in the demonstration work around Corpus Christi , came in this week to spend Christmas with his family.

Mr. Miller of Kingsville is here for about two weeks, taking the place of Mr. Hall as conductor.

Mr. and Mrs. Couch of Corsicana came in Tuesday to spend the winter here with their sons, J. F. and H. C. Couch.

A large number of the younger set attended a social dance at Blessing Wednesday night.

The following are among the business visitors in Palacios Saturday: Mrs. T. M. Clark and son, Miss Mariam Glasser, Mrs. John B. Heisey, Miss Francis Braun, Mrs. Ortese and children, W. W. Wilkinson and family, Mrs. G. A. Duckworth, Mrs. B. V. Merck, Frank Travis, Mr. Hallett, Mrs. Levett.

School will open on Next Monday, Dec. 31st.

Collegeport will have their usual New Year dinner at the church on next Tuesday. Everyone is invited to come and bring a basket. In the afternoon an educational program will be given.

Sam Primm has opened up an office in the bank building. Among other things, he is interested in placing cotton farmers in this country for the coming year.

A social dance was given at the hotel Tuesday night in honor of the young people that are spending the holidays here visiting.

F. M. Pine is spending the holidays visiting relatives in Kansas .

J. T. Parker returned Friday from a few days business visit in Galveston .

Mrs. Clemons, a former resident of this place but now of Bay City , was a visitor here Friday.

Will Thompson of DeMoss, who has been in the Sealy Hospital at Galveston for some time with a crushed ankle had his foot amputated just above the ankle Monday and at last report was resting well.

Cecil Legg spent the Christmas holidays with his brother R. K. Legg of this place.

J. J. Rodebaugh returned this week after a few days business visit to Laporte , Texas .

Miss Sikes, principal of the school at Citrus Grove is spending the holidays with her parents at Palacios.

Mr. and Mrs. Chas. VanRomortel are spending the week visiting friends and relatives in Bay City .

The Palacios Beacon, December 28, 1917  


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