One of the saddest deaths in the
history of Palacios, was that of little Jack Glaros, who was drowned in
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
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.
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.
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 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
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
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
I. M. Clark has added an ell to
his house and moved it to the front on
Mrs. McEvers returned to her
Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Hornish have
returned from their summer visit in the North, having spent some time in
R. K. Legg is home from
The Palacios Beacon, November 2, 1917
Matt Pierce was a business
Arnold Livers, who has been in
R. K. Legg and family of
H. W. Haddix of
Wm. Pfeiffer of
W. W. Wilkinson was in
Mr. Hallett of
Mr. and Mrs. Livers of
Mr. Cartwright of
Mr. Roline and T. C. Morris were
business visitors in
Arthur Morris of
Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Roberts
returned Sunday from a few days visit to
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
Will Thompson, who has been
confined to his bed for about a month with a crushed ankle, was taken to
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
John Bowman of
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
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
Mr. Henry Kahnt, who has been on
his farm in
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.
Burton D. Hurd and wife, Albert
Soekland and daughters, all of
Arthur Morris of
E. C. Hall left Friday for about
a two weeks visit with his wife in
T. M. Clark and family were
business visitors in
Mr. Hamilton and Mr. and Mrs. Shearer were business visitors in Palacios Monday.
Miss Myrtle Morris, Howard and
Greydon Morris, all of
Mr. Wilson and wife of
Mr. Jones and wife of
The following were among the
business visitors in
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
Mr. Miller of
Mr. and Mrs. Couch of
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
J. T. Parker returned Friday
from a few days business visit in
Mrs. Clemons, a former resident
of this place but now of
Will Thompson of DeMoss, who has
been in the
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
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
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