In 1914, the Collegeport Chronicle became the Collegeport New Era and was published weekly by J. J. Rodebaugh. The January 8, 1914 edition announced that the phone number for the New Era was 10. The rates were $1.50 for one year, $.15 for one month or a special of four weeks on trial for $.10. The rate for Canadian subscribers was $2.00. The January 7, 1915 issue listed individual copies for $.05. The Texas Gazetteer 1914 listed Mr. Rodebaugh as the publisher and job printer.
Both newspapers contained ads from the many Collegeport businesses as well as businesses in Palacios. Ads from Citrusgrove could also be found.
The ten existing issues of the Collegeport papers are housed in the archives of the Matagorda County Museum. One of the nine was taken from the cornerstone of the First Presbyterian Church. The earliest issue of the Collegeport Chronicle (April 28, 1910) does not appear in this group because the corner with the Town Topics column was missing.
Most of the issues have darkened with age and a few are in several pieces because of wear at the folds. It was a guessing game as to which portions belonged together.
As you read Town Topics, be aware that
spelling and capitalization rules were different at that time. Minor
spelling corrections were made in some cases. In the sections where one
line or more might have been lost in the tearing of the fold an ... was
used to indicate that several words were missing. At times a ____ was
included to indicate a few missing letters. Letters or words in [ ] are
guesses based on the context of the surrounding material. Guesses are
also indicated with a ?.
Thursday, June 3, 1910
Thursday, August 4, 1910
Thursday, November 2, 1911
Thursday, September 12, 1912
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Thursday, January 8, 1914
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Thursday, October 15, 1914
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Thursday, November 26, 1914
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Thursday, December 3, 1914
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Thursday, January 7, 1915
|The following issue was not included in the booklet published by the Collegeport Cemetery Association and is not in the following index. It was found in 2007 and the information from it was obtained by courtesy of Mark and Cathy Merck.|
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Thursday, October 29, 1914
|The names in these newspapers are indexed by paper. When you check the index for a surname, the number will indicate the paper in which the name appeared. Click on that paper number below to access the Town Topics column for that issue. Use your browser's search feature to find the name within the text. The search engine on the home page will also find names in these pages.|
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Dec. 17, 2004
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May 10, 2007