History

Thu
14
Nov

Martin served as Matagorda doctor, county sheriff

  From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page, Handbook of Texas Online

 

 James Fisher Martin, doctor, sheriff, and rancher, was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, in 1808. 
   He was educated at Edinburgh, Scotland, and then practiced medicine in Liverpool, England.  
   He immigrated to Anderson County, South Carolina, in 1830, moved to Texas during the Texas Revolution, and attended the wounded after the battle of San Jacinto. 
   Subsequently, he opened a drugstore and doctor’s office in Matagorda. 

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Thu
14
Nov

Williams among Bay Prairie men who died at Goliad

From Handbook of Texas Online   

 

Thu
07
Nov

Burton D. Hurd Land Company’s trip to Collegeport

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Burton D. Hurd showing his Collegeport land development.

 

Matagorda County History Website
www.usgenwebsites.org/TXMatagorda/

Thu
31
Oct

Peden takes over kindergarten school

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The Peden School 1953-54 - kindergarten and first grade.

  By Virginia Peden
Matagorda County History Website
www.usgenwebsites.org/TXMatagorda/

Thu
24
Oct

Kids & Karankawas: A day of learning about tribe most-identified with Matagorda County

Sentinel photo by Mike Reddell
Abby Herreth explained the Karankawa lifestyle to visitors who received a small bag of pecans, one of the foods gathered by the Karankawas.

 

Thu
17
Oct

Karankawas’ resourcefulness helped them to survive

Early image of Karankawas

   The now-extinct Karankawa Indians played an important role in the early history of Texas. 
   The name Karankawa became the accepted designation for several groups or bands of coastal people who shared a common language and culture. 
   Those bands, identified in early historic times, included the Capoques (Coaques, Cocos), Kohanis, Kopanes (Copanes), and Karankawa proper (Carancaquacas). 
   They inhabited the Gulf Coast of Texas from Galveston Bay southwestward to Corpus Christi Bay. 
   All spoke a little-known language called Karankawa, and only about 100 words of that language have been preserved. 
   The significance of the name Karankawa has not been definitely established, although it is generally believed to mean “dog-lovers” or “dog-raisers.” 
   That translation seems plausible, since the Karankawas reportedly kept dogs that were described as a fox-like or coyote-like breed. 

Thu
10
Oct

Blessing High School’s long life serving students

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At the entrance of Blessing High School - opened and dedicated on September 24, 1935 -was a large mural painted by the young Abel B.Pierce Jr. using canvas from a feed store and four colors of house paint depicting a young girl and boy who had visions of their future in the sky. The young lady sees a future in which she is an artist, a ballerina, a nurse, a secretary, or a loving mother. The young man dreams of becoming an airplane pilot, a fiddle player, a rancher, a sailor or a preacher.

Blessing High School
1935 - 1950
Researched by Betty Lou Rickaway 2005
Edited by Mary Belle Ingram

Thu
03
Oct

"Blessing High School’s long life serving students"

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Above, Blessing High School constructed in 1935 - and later Blessing Elementary - and, below, the first brick public school building in Blessing.

Blessing High School 1935 - 1950
Researched by Betty Lou Rickaway 2005
Edited by Mary Belle Ingram

Thu
26
Sep

"Bay City: A settlement that arose from the prairie"

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In 1941, the Bay City Gas Board donated money to build the USO Building that opened in 1942 and stands today as the Service Center.

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the 125th anniversary of Bay City’s founding in 1894.
   Since several events occurred in September that year, the Bay City Sentinel will feature the history of Bay City written the late Matagorda County historian Mary Belle Ingram throughout September.
   This is the final installment of Bay City’s history.
By Mary B. Ingram
From last week on History
   Next week in history
tricity. 
   The controlling company was Texas Public Service Company which had an office in downtown Bay City. 
   Frequent flooding of the Bay City area by water from the Colorado River led to the creation of the Colorado River Association in 1913 which became the Colorado Improvement Association in 1915.
   As early as 1912, a group of interested citizens began forming plans for a public library and tried to obtain funds for an Andrew Carnegie Library. 

Thu
19
Sep

Bay City: A settlement that arose from the prairie

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A fire on the west side of the courthouse square in March 1908 destroyed all of the frame buildings there.

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the 125th anniversary of Bay City’s founding in 1894.
   Since several events occurred in September that year, the Bay City Sentinel will feature the history of Bay City written the late Matagorda County historian Mary Belle Ingram throughout September.
   This is the second installment of Bay City’s history.
By Mary B. Ingram
From last week on History
   The first rice harvested was stored in the county clerk’s office, then transported six miles to Van Vleck to the only railway station in the county, and then shipped by train to mills. Thus that county clerk’s office became the first “rice warehouse.”
   The first man to break rice cultivation in Matagorda County was A.P. Borden of Pierce whose plows went to work three miles north of Bay City in November, 1899. The Matagorda County Rice and Irrigation Company began work the following month.

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