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The third annual Interscholastic League county meet for the Negro schools was held March 6 at Booker T. Washington school, Bay City. All schools of the county were in attendance and most of the schools were represented in some phase of the league work. County demonstrator Mrs. Washington and the various clubs of the county had a most creditable exhibit of the various types of work done by the several clubs. This work was judged by the committee of ladies from the Missionary Federation of Bay City who serve as an inter-racial committee for that body: Mrs. Amos Lee, Mrs. A. D. Hensley and Mrs. Montague.


The following students were winners in the several classes.


Best bedspreads--

Peyton Creek school, first place, Emma Martin and Willie Moore.

Live Oak school, second.

Clansey Chapel, third.


Pledger first, eighth and ninth grade girls.

Clansey Chapel, third.


Clancey Chapel, Catherine Hayward, first.

El Maton, Eliza Walsey, second.

Ashwood, Z. L. Jefferson, third.



Ashwood, Jeannette King, second


Table Sets--

Lillian Jackson, first

Margie Johnson, second


Dish Towels--

Dola Mae Monroe, first.

Live Oak School, second

Willie Mae Austin, third


Health Hours--

Mabel Kennedy School, first


Wagon--Willie Henderson.



Bay City, first



Velma Jackson, first

Mollie B. Hawkins, second

Margie Ree Johnson, third


Child's Dress--

N. B. Scott, first

Margie Ree Johnson, second

Lottie Bell Boone, third


Pillow Slips--

Bessie Mae Wade, first

Willie Mae Austin, second

Margie Ree Johnson, third



Lena Weldon, second

Clansey Chapel, third


Match Box--

Arthur Baldridge, first



Lucille Weldon, second;

Ethel Brown, third.


Bloomers--Elnora Johnson,  second.


Door Stop--Elnora Johnson, second


Pot Holders--Gertrude Stanford, second; Willie Mae Austin


Pillow Top--Pearl Morgan, first


Towel--Willie Monroe, first.


When all points were counted Clansey Chapel, Blessing, won first place in the county. Pledger, second place and Peyton Creek, third in industrial work.


List of winners in regular league events:


Debate--Boys, Wendle and Lucas, Booker T. Washington school, Bay City.

                Girls, Pearl Morgan and Clemmit Petit, Booker T. Washington school.


Declamation: Class B School


W. W. Smith, Jr, first, Bay City

Dave Young, second, Sargent

Rost Lee Allen, third, Bay City


Christine Roberts, first, Bay City

Mary Louise Stewart, second

Boone, third


Rural Schools


Alberta Eaton, Mabel Kennedy School, Cedar Lane, first place

N. R. Scott, Vann, second

Carrie Lee Chester, Van Vleck, third


Catherine Spiller, Mabel Kennedy School, Cedar Lane, first place

Bennie Allen, Live Oak, second

Mellenry Baldridge, Bernard school, third


Music Memory: Booker T. Washington school, Bay City


Spelling: Mabel Kennedy school, Cedar Lane


Claire Pollard high school, Cedar Lake


Booker T. Washington school, Bay City; Mabel Kennedy, Cedar Lane and Mt. Pilgrim; Bernard School tied for first place



Naomi Boone, Sargent, first place

Vernece Boone, Sargent, second

Desceina Jenkins, Bay City, third




Boys--Pledger boys, first place

Girls--Sargent and Cedar Lane girls tied for first place


Booker Washington, Bay City, won county championship with a total of 45 points. R. Windle, George Eaton, Weldemar Bouldin, Cleo Wiggins and Johnny Hart did much towards bringing the championship to Bay City.


Rhoads of Bernard, Iron, Blessing and Ambrose of Pledger were outstanding performers for the other teams.


A. G. HILLIARD, JR., Director General


The district meet will be held at Kendleton, April 10 and 11. Let all who qualified attend the meet and win honors for Matagorda County.


The Daily Tribune, March 16, 1931

Colored School Takes First Place In County Meet

Prof. and Mrs. G. H. Sanford, with a group of students motored to Bay City Friday morning to represent Palacios in the Interscholastic County meet for the colored schools.

The weather conditions being favorable the attendance was the largest that we have had in recent years. The enthusiasm of the participants ran high.

Although the competition was much keener, the local school was victorious with 120 points toward the Championship Banner in Literary Events and Track.

Places won were:

Deforest Carter and Gloria D. King, essay writing, 1st place
Elrose Adams, Junior Declaming, 1st place
Deforest Carter, Senior Declaming, 1st place
Gloria Dean King, female solo, 1st place
Leon Hebert, male solo, 1st place
Olivia Polk and Lucy Fay Harris, junior spelling, 1st place
Gloria D. King and Leon Hebert, senior spelling, 2nd place
Liddie Irving and Bessie Mae Polk, sub junior spelling, 2nd place
Lonnie Ray Grover and Leon Hebert, arithmetic, 2nd place
Johnnie Polk, 440-yard dash, 2nd place
Lonnie Ray Grover, 220-yard low hurdle, 3rd place.

Every one came home happy, and concluded it was a day well spent filled with success, thus making it, the “End of a Perfect Day.”

All are looking forward to the District Meet to be held in Wharton, Texas, Saturday, April 3.


Palacios Beacon, March 25, 1948


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