History

Thu
19
Oct

County newspaper gave Kuykendalls a close look

   EDITOR’S NOTE: We thought this feature newspaper article on the Kuykendalls - four years before their deaths in 1920 - provided anecdotes about their personal lives.
PEOPLE WE KNOW 
   Mr. Wiley M. Kuykendall is a native of Fort Bend county, born on the Brazos river 77 years ago. 
   His parents, the Kuykendalls who were among Austin’s first colonists in 1822, died soon after getting the farm home improved, leaving one of Texas’ first natives to hustle for himself at the tender age of 6 years. 
   At about the age of seven years the lad drifted into Matagorda county and worked his way among the hardships of western life, until fortune threw him in with that veteran ranchman, A.H. Pierce, better known all over South Texas as Shanghai Pierce, from which time on Fortune dealt kindly with the young Texan - very kindly when in 1869 he woed and won Miss Pierce, the only sister of A.H. and J. E. Pierce.

Thu
19
Oct

Kuykendall began ranching career at age 10

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Wylie Martin Kuykendall

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Thu
12
Oct

Vietnam casualties from Matagorda County: Part 2

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page   

Thu
05
Oct

Vietnam casualties from Matagorda County: Part 1

   From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a two-part series on the 19 names of casualties from the Vietnam War on the Matagorda County War Memorial.        

Thu
28
Sep

A letter from Matagorda during 1886 hurricane

A photo of the destruction at Indianola from the 1886 hurricane. While Indianola received the brunt - and the historic record of the 1886 storm, Matagorda was hard hit as well.

Compiled by Carol Ann Gibbs
From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page 

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Bay City Sentinel began its history series on hurricanes - in light of Hurricane Harvey and a dangerous hurricane season. 
   This week, Carol Ann Gibbs looks at the 1886 hurricane that wrecked Matagorda and ended Indianoloa.

Thu
21
Sep

"1875 hurricane ended settlement on peninsula" Compiled by Carol Ann Gibbs

Photo courtesy of Pat Nichols
Sarah Decrow (b c 1846) & Cordelia Decrow (b Aug. 4, 1847), daughters of Thomas & Lucretia Decrow. Sarah and her daughter, Azubah Humphrey, died in the 875 hurricane when the Decrow house was swept into Matagorda Bay. Cordelia's house was further down the peninsula. She, her husband, Henry Peaslee and their infant child survived.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
14
Sep

Bruising 1854 hurricane was first recorded in Matagorda County

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Stanley-Fisher House

Compiled by Carol Sue Gibbs
From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
07
Sep

Matagorda County history: From paleo-Indians to STP

This 1920s map of Matagorda County shows how man communities existed in the early 20th Century.

Handbook of Texas Online

Thu
31
Aug

Early newspaper headlines, articles about Bay City

Bay City downtown square in 1937.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
24
Aug

Blessing Masonic Lodge history tied to its community

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Above, the Blessing Masonic Lodge No. 411. Below, the cornerstone of the 1895 lodge building that was originally at Deming’s Bridge.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

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