History

Thu
22
Jun

"Remembering World War I: Gold Star Mothers" From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Andrew and Elizabeth Barlow

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of the Bay City Sentinel’s series of Matagorda County’s casualties in the ‘War to End All Wars - 2017 is the 100th year commemoration of WWI. As part of that observation, the Bay City Sentinel will run the stories ,” as well as related local pieces of that time, through the month of June.

 

Thu
15
Jun

Remembering World War I: What movie theaters were showing

   From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of the Bay City Sentinel’s series of Matagorda County’s casualties in the ‘War to End All Wars - 2017 is the 100th year commemoration of WWI. As part of that observation, the Bay City Sentinel will run the stories ,” as well as related local pieces of that time, through the month of June.

 

Thu
08
Jun

"Remembering World War I: Matagorda County casualties" From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of the Bay City Sentinel’s series of Matagorda County’s casualties in the ‘War to End All Wars - 2017 is the 100th year commemoration of WWI. As part of that observation, the Bay City Sentinel will run the stories ,” as well as related local pieces of that time, through the month of June.

Thu
01
Jun

Remembering World War I: Matagorda County casualties

   EDITOR’S NOTE: 2017 is the 100th year commemoration of WWI. As part of that observation, the Bay City Sentinel will run the stories of Matagorda County’s casualties in the ‘War to End All Wars,” as well as related local pieces of that time, through the month of June.

Thu
25
May

Early newspaper headlines, articles about Bay City

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Bay City had a brick factory, to make the bricks needed for the buildings.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
18
May

‘Collegeport climate too healthy to support a physician’ From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

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Dr. G. Edwin Lipsitt

 

   The warm climate of Collegeport and the excitement of a new town lured many homeseekers from the northern states. 
   All communities needed doctors and four doctors moved to Collegeport in its infancy to meet the medical needs of the residents.
   The first two physicians in Collegeport were Canadians, Dr. Erastus S. Darling and Dr. George Edwin Lipsitt.
   Darling, born in Ontario, Canada, in 1872, was a true renaissance man studying science, philosophy and Christian evidence, law, English literature, English history and finally medicine. 
    He practiced in Indiana before moving to Collegeport. 
   He registered at Hotel Collegeport in March and April of 1910, and immediately took part in Collegeport activities. 
   He served as treasurer and entertainment chairman in the Collegeport Industrial League.

Thu
11
May

"Cane Belt Railroad served Matagorda, Old Gulf" From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

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Ambrose A. Plotner and John W. Stoddard, founders of Wadsworth, created the Colonial Land Company and were wise in their promotions to have a railroad through the area. A document filed Aug. 11, 1903, shows the conveyance of a 100-foot right-of-way to the Cane Belt Railroad for the sum of $1 with the stipulation that a spur of siding sufficient in length to accommodate such cars as may be necessary to transport freight to and from said points.

   Taken from “The Railroads of Matagorda County” by Guy Claybourn, Historic Matagorda County, Volume I
 
The Cane Belt Railroad Company, eventually to become the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe, was chartered on March 4, 1898, and was built south from Eagle Lake. 
   The charter was amended to call for an extension to the tidewater of the Gulf of Mexico via Bay City, Matagorda County’s new county seat. 
   It was generally thought that the Cane Belt had Freeport, at the mouth of the Brazos River, as its objective. 
   To forestall such an extension, it was said that the New York, Texas & Mexican Railway (eventually to become the Southern Pacific) built the Hawkinsville Branch beginning at Van Vleck. 
   The line was known as the “Hawkinsville Tap.” 
   In order to obtain the Cane Belt service, it was necessary for Bay City to put up a bonus.  
   The Townsite Company deeded a number of unsold lots to the railroad builders.  

Thu
04
May

"Pearl Pierce Smith made Live Oak Farm a showplace" From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

A gathering at Live Oak Farm.
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From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

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.

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