Turnerville
 




Early picture of Oyster Lake Road Business at Turnerville c 1910 - 1925
1 Matagorda Bay Warehouse & Commission Company founded by F. D. Yott & C. G.Mapes with 2 railroad boxcar on the siding.
3 Store and hardware business operated by Vern Batchelder in later years.
4 Possibly A. G. Hunt blacksmith shop.
5 Collegeport Pharmacy owned by Hugo and Hattie Haisley Kundinger, moved to this location from Central Street c 1922.
 



Matagorda Bay Warehouse and Commission Company
F. D. Yott & C. G. Mapes, Proprietors

 


Turnerville

In 1922 Turner Rice & Irrigation Company brought in rice farmers to farm the DeMoss area land and built a business center south of Collegeport on the road now known as Oyster Lake Road, north of the railroad spur. They had  a large grocery and dry good store, a rice warehouse, A. G. Hunt's blacksmith shop, and homes for the African-American workmen. Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Kundinger moved their drug store from Central Street to Turnerville, which was built on the west side of the road across from the Collegeport shipping pens. From these pens 2,200 cattle were shipped by rail each year. Soon all that was left in that area were the drug store, the lunch stand, and the Bill Fitzgerald Home for Elderly Citizens, which was destroyed by Hurrican Carla. "Miss Hattie" salvaged lumber to build a small home on the drug store site.

Historic Matagorda County, Volume I, pp 330-331
 




Shipping 2200 Cattle From Collegeport, Texas
 


Aerial View of Oyster Lake Road Looking North - 1950s
1-Collegeport Pharmacy          2-Grocery and Dry Goods Store
 


 

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May 15, 2011
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