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I beg to announce our return home to Matagorda county after an absence in the north of about two years.

During our absence I had many opportunities to become permanently connected in a profitable way, but our home is here and we feel that we have many friends here; besides we believe that Matagorda county and the mid coast country of Texas is the best country to live in and has greater possibilities, more undiscovered and undeveloped resources than any other portion of the United States.

We have returned with the desire and full expectations of spending the balance of our days here and in order that we may be able to account for them as having been well spent we want to devote ourselves to the upbuilding and betterment of the country as a whole, in all respects anf in every impossible way. We are ready to lend ourselves to any and every worthy cause and undertaking which will serve in any way to make the country a better place in which to live, to increase the prosperity of all those now here, who are willing to try, and to attract and induce others to come and locate among us who will be benefitted and who will benefit us by doing so.

It goes without saying that the greatest need of our country is more farmers and better farming. Greater agricultural development and increased production, and it is my desire to devote myself to assisting in supplying this great need by being broadly unselfish and co-operative in all my efforts and plans. I hope to be of service to every one by assisting in creating a greater spirit of co-operation and by inspiring greater efforts to make the most wonderful possibilities we possess, which are already fully demonstrated and proven, and by helping to develop and bring out the further and greater possibilities of which we have knowledge, but which as yet remain dormant and undeveloped and I hope especially to be of benefit to the country as a whole by assisting in inducing and placing good farmers on the thousands of acres of fine, but at present, non-productive lands, all about us which are fairly groaning with undiscovered wealth.

Burton D. Hurd

Daily Tribune, January 11, 1918

Palacios Beacon, January 18, 1918

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Palacios Beacon, February 15, 1918



R. M. Morrison of Lawrence, Kans., is spending the week here visiting Mr. Hazley [Haisley?] and looking after his property interests.

J. J. Rodebaugh, who is employed at the Bay City Tribune office spent Sunday with his family here.

Arnold Livers returned Thursday after spending about a week taking treatment in the Sealy hospital at Galveston

Mr. Smaha of Red Oak, Iowa, came in last week to spend a few weeks visiting his daughter here, Mrs. Matt Pierce.

Ernest Sweet was a business visitor in Bay City Monday.

Burton D. Hurd returned this week after spending about a week looking after business interests in Dallas.

John D. Evans was among those that attended the court in Bay City Monday.

Matt Pierce and family and Mr. Smaha, Mrs. Pierce's father, were visitors in Blessing Sunday.

T. C. Morris made a business trip to Citrusgrove Monday.

Jacob Cline and family and G. Werner and family made a drive to Bay City Tuesday in Mr. Cline's car.

Miss Francis Braun has been elected to take Miss Marguerite [Margaret] Holsworth's place as primary teacher in the Markham school, while Miss Marguerite was elected as principal in the place of Mr. McNeal, who resigned just before Christmas. They began their new duties there Monday, the school having been closed since the vacancy occurred.

T. C. Morris was a business visitor to Bay City Tuesday.

H. N. Sholl and family, who are among the oldest residents of Collegeport, are preparing to leave this week for New Mexico. They have bought property interests there where they expect to make their home.

Mr. Clemmons, who has been employed for some time at Mr. Clarke's grocery store at Bay City, is this week moving his household goods from here to that place, where he will make his home.

Jacob Cline made a drive in his car to Markham Sunday, taking Misses Francis Braun and Margurite Holsworth to their school at their place.

Chas. Yeamans, who is in the army service, returned to Citrusgrove to spend a few days with home folk after undergoing an operation in the hospital at New York City.

Sam Primm was in Bay City on business Saturday.

W. W. Wilkinson was among those that attended court at Bay City Tuesday.

Co. Supt. W. F. Pack was here Tuesday afternoon on his usual round of visiting the schools.

Mrs. Liggett entertained the King's Daughters Sunday school class Wednesday at her residence with an afternoon social and dinner.

Palacios Beacon, January 18, 1918


The Collegeport public school held its closing exercises in the First Church last night. A varied program of music, patriotic drills, tableaux and speaking under the direction of Miss Benedict was presented. Mrs. Burton D. Hurd gave an excellent address on "Education and the War." Judge John F. Perry and Mr. Wm. Cash of Bay City represented the Red Cross. Judge Perry made a convincing address on "The Red Cross an American Opportunity for World Service." Prof. J. W. Kilpatrick and Miss Benedict were heartily congratulated for their successful year's work. There was good attendance and the encores were generous.

Matagorda County Tribune, May 24, 1918


(By H. A. Clapp)

Collegeport , Texas , May 27.--Collegeport has gone over the top in the Red Cross drive with a good surplus. Saturday night with all returns not in more than $600 had been raised. The town's quota was $200. Saturday being the 25th of May it also was Collegeport's birthday and as has been the custom for nine years has been a day of sports, feasts and speeches, but this time in addition to the usual sports the day was devoted to the Red Cross and every cent realized from all sources went to that cause. One of the features was an auction sale of donated articles. Among those was a hen which brought $7 and just before the hen was sold, she laid an egg which sold for the sum of $8.00. Probably six hundred people visited the town during the day. The festivities closed with a dance which was largely attended.

Monday night Miss Pearl Corse, daughter of Judge S. M. Corse will be married to Lieut. Putnam. The wedding will be a military affair. The young couple will spend a few days in Houston and then go to El Paso where Lieut. Putnam is stationed.

Crops while backward are looking good. Corn will begin to produce roasting ears in a few days. Some cotton has not been chopped, but looks good. Much feedstuff has been planted.

The town needs a doctor and offers a splendid opportunity for practice and the running of a drug store.

abstracted from Matagorda County Tribune, May 31, 1918


A few days ago The Patriot commented upon action taken at a conference in Ohio looking towards a federation of the churches in rural regions. Down in Collegeport, Texas, on the bay shore, this has been actually worked out, and it is interesting to note the results. This church has a membership made up of at least twelve denominations their comrades formerly belonged to, so little is said about such things.

Most noteworthy is the fact that fully three-fourths of the population of the town and surrounding country are members of this church. It was started in 1910 and so has had an opportunity to develop into a practical organization. So far it has not been able to pay its minister a large salary, but he is paid cash promptly each month. Another feature of this church that may seem surprising to these familiar with churchgoers as a rule is the fact that there are usually more men than women at the services.

The men and boys have an organization called the Princes of Jonathan, the business of which is to look after the sick and those out of work or discouraged in any way. The Woman’s Union is a combination affair taking the place of both the usual aid and missionary societies. The meetings are well attended, and it is said that programs are given which it would be worth going miles to see and hear. There is a committee on social life whose members welcome and introduce strangers and look after all social matters, but who are not allowed to help with the financial work. The Sunday service is I thre parts, the first devotional, the second preaching, and the last a half hour of Bible study. It is also stated that the church building is used as the real social center of the town life, and when it is put to strictly temporal use, cards bearing the following are placed upon the doors: “The fact that this building is used for the benefit of men makes it no less the house of God.”

And we might add that there is no less of religion in and around Collegeport because the religiously inclined have buried denominational differences and united to serve God and their fellow men in harmony.

Patriot, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, December 16, 1918


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