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Matagorda County Tribune
Collegeport Article
May 25, 1933



Thursday, May 25, marks the silver anniversary of the founding of Collegeport. As usual the annual picnic and basket dinner will be the chief feature of the day, followed in the afternoon by a baseball game. Collegeport will play Blessing on the Van Wormer field. Following this there will be a ball game between the Collegeport and Wadsworth woman's baseball teams. Races and other amusements will be staged on the field.


The Collegeport Home Demonstration Club will have a program at the Community House at night. There will be music and other numbers from Bay city and later a dance at the warehouse.


The various clubs will have charge of the concessions and the public is invited to bring their baskets and enjoy a day of Collegeport. Remember the date, Thursday, May 25.


The Misses Frances and Beth Eisel have returned from a week's visit with relatives in Bay City.


Mrs. H. A. Clapp was in Bay City Friday consulting with her dentist.


Mr. Chester A. Boren has been a Collegeport visitor for the past few days.


Dr. Knight and wife, former residents of Collegeport, were guests at the Roy Nelson home last Wednesday.


George Hill and family are moving to the Carl Boeker farm east of here where he has a rice crop.


Miss Ruth Boeker spent the past week in Collegeport. Mr. Boeker has been in Palacios the last week.


The Collegeport ball team played Wadsworth on the Van Wormer field here Sunday. The score was 23-11 in favor of Collegeport.


Mrs. B. V. Merck is visiting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jack Bartin in Houston.


Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Legg were visitors in the Dean Merck home Sunday.


Mrs. Gus Franzen is steadily improving from her recent operation.


Mr. E. W. Turner was a visitor in the English and McCune home on Friday and Saturday. Mrs. McCune accompanied him back to Houston for the week-end.


The Home Demonstration Club will meet at the home of Mrs. Ira Corporon Tuesday, May 23.


The Community House was painted last week.


Mr. and Mrs. John Merck, Mr. Herman Letdje, Mrs. Ben Mowery, Miss Ruth Boeker, Mrs. Carl Boeker and Mr. and Mrs. Everett Tyre of Bay City, enjoyed a picnic and flounder party on the bay Monday night. They reported thirty-four flounders as their catch for the evening.


Mrs. Patricia Martyn spent Saturday in the H. A. Clapp Home.


Miss Mamie Franzen, Miss Rosalie Nelson, Gerald Wells and C. W. Boeker, attended the Franklin Theater in Bay City Friday night.


The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, May 25, 1933


Collegeport Day 1933


Thursday came with a heavy rain which was badly needed by all crops. In spite of the rain more than 100 people assembled to observe Collegeport Day. Among those from other parts of the country I saw Mrs. Claire M. Pollard, county superintendent of schools, Mrs. T. C. Ford, Miss Katherine Ford, the two latter from Orange, Miss Eleanor Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Jeter (Merle Wainer) of Houston, Mrs. Patricia Martyn, county health nurse, Mrs. Della Braden, Will Shuey. Mrs. Burton D. Hurd was in charge of the program and after God's blessing had been asked by H. A. Clapp, she arranged that the pioneers or those who arrived during 1909 should be served first and seated at special tables. The long tables in front of the main room were loaded with chicken fried, chicken pressed, meats of other kinds, potatoes in cream and in salads, vegetables of several kinds, pies and cakes too numerous to mention and glory be to the gods three big tanks of those Famous Carrie Nelson Noodles. Golden in color, all gooey with rich gravy, big gobs of tender chicken floating around, wonder I piled my plate high and for three days went around with a satisfied tummy. Coffee was grand as it always is when made by our official coffee maker the same Carrie. After the dinner Mrs. Hurd started the regular program. Vernon Hurd gave a fine description of the first farming. He was then thirteen years old but turned the first furrow and made a crop of peanuts. I can vouch for the truthfulness of his tale for I saw him plowing, sowing and reaping. H. A. Clapp discussed the pioneer men, while Mrs. Liggett told all about the pioneer women; Mrs. Claire Pollard told about her early impressions. These talks were followed and short talks by L. E. Liggett, Roy Nelson, O. Gableman, Mrs. Robert Murry, Frank King, Mrs. Anna Crane and others. Each of these talks were real gems of briefness. Ice cream and a delicious punch served by the ladies of the clubs. The punch was a delight and the bowl was presided over by she whom I thought was my friend in the person of Emily Hurd. I had left my money at home with the miserable wretch, so when I wanted a drink of that temping punch on credit, my friend coolly informed me that she was doing a cash business, so I was forced to stand around looking at the punch bowl with dribbling lips until Mrs. Martyn came and staked me to a nickel. Boy! That was the finest punch I have ever tasted which had not been spiked. Emily made it. During the program Mrs. Hurd asked all to stand with bowed heads in silent prayer, for one minute in memory of those who had passed. I feel sure that those of the pioneers who are now spying out another country, paused in their trekking and give us their blessing. It was a good day, a fine day of friendship, a day of closer association and all departed determined that so long as they live each year will witness another celebration in memory of the past.


From "Thoughts About The Pioneers" By Harry Austin Clapp

The Daily Tribune, Thursday, May 30, 1933



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