History

Thu
27
Apr

Ben Hur Beach: The place to go in early 1900s

This photo’s caption, “A common sight on Ben-Hur Beach,” shows how many local residents traveled there.
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From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following articles are from the Matagorda County Hiistory and Genealogy page and include the promotions and social columns about groups heading for the beach in the early 1900s.
   While it’s noted that the Ben Hurt Motel was located where the mouth of the Colorado River is located today, there was no land bridge then from Matagorda to Matagorda Peninsula.
   Almost all travel was by boats, as one of the photographs on this page shows.

Thu
27
Apr

"Historical fiction author combines research, creative writing" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Linda Pennell is shown with of a cover poster of her latest historical fiction novel, Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel. Pennell recently spoke to Advanced Placement students at Van Vleck High School.

   Historical fiction author Linda Pennell shared her love of anything from the past and for creative writing with Advanced Placement (AP) students at Van Vleck High School recently.
   “I’ve always loved anything in the past – furniture, house, stories - as long as I can remember,” said Pennell, who spoke with students in Kathy Stovall’s AP junior English and freshman writing classes at VVHS.
   Pennell grew up in Cordele, Ga., “in a large extended family that spanned several generations with an oral story tradition.
   “Long summer afternoons on my grandmother’s porch or winter evenings gathered around her fireplace were filled with stories both entertaining and poignant,” she said.  
   “Of course being set in the American South, those stories were also peopled by some very interesting characters, some of whom have found their way into my work.”
   Pennell humorously refers to herself as GRITS – Girl Raised In The South.

Thu
20
Apr

Mary Sherwood Helm helped frame early Texas history

From online sources
Mary Sherwood Helm, above, wrote Scraps of Early Texas History (right) several decades after she and her first  husband, Elias R. Wightman led the first group of sellters to Matagord in 1828.

From Handbook of Texas Online and Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
06
Apr

Landmark protects site of U-Boat sinking off Matagorda Peninsula

From  online sites
The Mexican cargo ship the SS Oaxaca, which was sunk off 7.7 miles off Matagorda Peninsula July 26, 1942, by the German U-Boat U-171. The sinking is testimony to how closed World War II was to coastal Texans.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Wed
29
Mar

"Wagner ‘typical country doctor’ for Palacios"

Dr. Joseph Ralph Wagner

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Wed
29
Mar

"Scott practiced medicine in Bay City for 31 years" By Dr. Gordon E. Richardson

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E.E. and Mary Scott

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

   Dr. Edward Eugene Scott was born February 20, 1867, in Lampasas, Texas. 
   His parents were Dr. Morgan Jackson and Harriett Kenney Scott. They were natives of Gasconade County, Missouri, both being born there in 1821. 
   This family moved to Texas in 1852 and settled in the town of Lampasas. 
   His father, Dr. Morgan Jackson Scott, was a pioneer doctor, stock raiser and Texas Ranger Captain.
   When Edward was five years of age, his father was killed in a gunfight on the post office steps of Lampasas. 

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Thu
23
Mar

Sutherland’s family had ties to Alamo defenders

   John Sutherland’s grandfather was the Alamo physician Messenger and an uncle to one of the Alamo defenders.
   John Sutherland’s grandfather, Dr. John Sutherland, Jr. (1792-1867) moved to San Antonio in 1835; there the Alamo garrison hired his medical services.  
   He was injured in a fall from a horse and could not fight, so Col. William B. Travis sent him to bring help from Gonzales.  
   Dr. Sutherland returned with a contingent of men only to see the funeral pyres; among the dead was William DePriest Sutherland (1818-1836) the 17-year-old son of his brother George. 
   John Sutherland (1864–1965) and his wife Estelle Anderson Sutherland (1864–1933) are buried at Cedarvale Cemetery in Section 2 Block 59.
 Alamo Defenders

Thu
23
Mar

John Sutherland had long legacy as a Bay City leader

John Sutherland
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   From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
16
Mar

Cedar Lane: Approach to original settlement through lane of cedars

Cedar Lane Map

From Handbook of Texas Online

Thu
16
Mar

Cedar Lane history dates to Caney Creek plantations

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In 1923, there were 39 white children registered who would be attending school in the fall of 1923. In 1938, Cedar Lane students began going to school in Van Vleck. This picture is was taken when the school was much smaller.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

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