History

Thu
13
Feb

"Black rice farmers in Matagorda County history" By Thelma D. Smith From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Separator Thrashing Bundles of Rice: Worker feeds bundles hauled from shocks in the field from the wagon into the throat of the separator. The straw and chaff piled up where the separator ran.

Carlyle Roberson, Continued from History last week
   Carlyle farmed rice for ten to fifteen years. 
   In the late 1940s he bought about 100 acres of land on the Chinquapin Road from a Mrs. Wates whose
husband had died. 
   He farmed cotton, raised stock, drove the school bus, and leased about 50 to 75 acres from LeTulle to farm rice.
   He made an X for his signature, and many times, one of his sons or Mr. Eidlebach signed for him after his X.
Carlyle leased his land to farm rice, signed his lease to contract water for irrigation, purchased his farm equipment, paid his help, and reaped the total percentage for his crops.
   His former house, a two-story building, burned and his later house that he built still stands about 10 miles southeast of Wadsworth on the Chinquapin Road. 
   The land is still owned by the Roberson heirs.
   This information was provided by: Mr. Earl Eidlebach, the “Water Man:” 

Thu
13
Feb

‘Black Art-Ancestral Legacy’ exhibit at Palacios

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org.

   PALACIOS - Palacios Area Historical Association is presenting “Black Art - Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through February at the City by the Sea Museum.
   The traveling display based on the major exhibition organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities began Feb. 4.
   The Black Art display is a photographic exhibition that addresses the question posed by African American poet Countee Cullen in 1926: “What is Africa to me?” 
   This exhibition provides a number of examples from 20th-century African American artists - both trained and untrained - that visually respond to this question.
   These modern artists draw heavily on African influence, while simultaneously reinterpreting it for a different time and place.

Thu
13
Feb

Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church

The state historical marker for Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church on Caney Creek, off FM 527, shows that slaves from nearby plantations on the Lower Caney Creek contined to worship after the Civil War and acquired land where the church is now in 1885 and built a sanctury at the site that was used for several decades. It was a community school until around 1930. A homecoming is held the second Saturday in November.
Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Thu
06
Feb

"Black rice farmers in Matagorda County history" By Thelma D. Smith

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Binding rice into bundles

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
30
Jan

"Elliott’s Ferry important point on roads crossing Matagorda County" By Freda Daniel

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Thu
23
Jan

Nuckols Hotel built shortly after Bay City’s founding

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Nuckols Family in Front of the Nuckols Hotel: Standing, from left, Trannie, Beulah, Andrew, Etta, Harvey, Carrie and Willie; seated, from left, Sarah Jane, Clyde and John V. Nuckols. Daughter Nora was living in Beaumont at the time of the picture and was not present.

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

   On the southwest corner of the square in Bay City there was once a large, two story frame structure known as the Nuckols Hotel. 
   Shortly after Bay City was founded in October, 1894, John Nuckols built the town's first hotel. 
   Adjacent to the two-story Nuckols House, situated on the west side of the square, was a vegetable and flower garden.
   This hostelry bore the name if its owners, John V. and Sarah Jane Nuckols, and served as a “home” to the travelers coming in and out of Bay City for many years. 
   During the devastating storm of 1909, it served as headquarters for those helping with relief work in the storm stricken area, and the Nuckols girls cooked and served meals, dried wet clothing, and provided what help they could for the weary storm victims. 

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Thu
23
Jan

Nuckols fire destroyed 4,000 rent control documents

Photo Courtesy of Matagorda County Museum
Nuckols Hotel was engulfed in flames in this photo of the 1945 fire.

   BAY CITY. Feb. 9. (U.P.) - A fire which took place yesterday leveled the old Nuckols Hotel, Bay City’s oldest building and last remaining wooden structure on the town square, destroyed the rent control registrations of 4,000 houses and apartments in Jackson, Matagorda and Calhoun Counties, it was disclosed today.
   Total damage, including that to the nearby LeTulle Building, was estimated at $50,000.
   Area rent control headquarters were located on the lower floor of the two-story hotel building. 
   The fire, believed to have originated from an oil stove, demolished the old two-story hotel building, despite the efforts of fire fighters from Bay City, El Campo, Wharton and West Columbia.
   The blaze gutted the upper floor of the two-story brick LeTulle building, destroying valuable law books and other property in attorneys’ and doctors’ offices.
   Victoria Advocate, February 9, 1945

 

Thu
16
Jan

Railroad served plantation community

Hawkinsville is shown on this 1907 postal map

Handbook of Texas Online

    Hawkinsville was a plantation community seventeen miles from what is now Van Vleck in southeastern Matagorda County. 
   It was at a site on Caney Creek, where the rich bottomlands supported a thriving plantation economy before the Civil War.   
   The Hawkinsville Tap of the New York, Texas and Mexican Railway, which ran parallel to what is now Farm road 457, had reached Hawkinsville by 1903. 
   The community was named for plantation owner James Boyd Hawkins, who in 1840 or 1845 brought his wife and a number of slaves to lower Caney Creek. 
   They lived in a two-story colonial-style plantation house, the remains of which stood as late as 2011.  

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Thu
16
Jan

"Hawkins, family moved to lower Caney in 1840s"

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Thu
09
Jan

Collegeport New Year’s celebrations

   Matagorda County TXGenWeb

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’re following up on last week’s stories on how the new year was celebrated across the county decades ago.

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