History

Thu
19
Sep

Bay City: A settlement that arose from the prairie

Matagorda CountyTXGenWeb
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.

Thu
12
Sep

Bay City: A settlement that arose from the prairie

Matagorda CountyTXGenWeb
This Matagorda County courthouse was built in 1896 and is shown surrounded by flood waters - a big problem until a levee was constructed.

   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
   This stuffy little building first served as a county clerk’s office. At an early date Judge T.J. Hamilton erected a two-story building across from the northwest corner of the square, on lots now occupied by Badouh’s big store.
   This structure was used as a temporary court house and became the focus of the community’s religious life, as a union church and Sunday school held forth there.

Thu
05
Sep

Bay City: A settlement that arose from the prairie

Matagorda CountyTXGenWeb
There was a fence around the Matagorda County courthouse square. This early photo shows a windmill and wooden buildings along one side of the square. Fire was a constant concern with so many wooden buildings and after several fires around the square, buildings were replaced with brick ones.

   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.
By Mary B. Ingram
   “Bay City,” a name often misleading to strangers, is twenty-five miles from the beach and the Gulf of Mexico. 
   It is so named because the town lies in the center of the vast area of prairie land which has been known as Bay Prairie since the days of Stephen F. Austin in the early 1820s.
   J.A. Allhand’s 1931 book, Gringo Builders, tells the beginning of Bay City as follows:   
   You only have to go back to a summer day in 1894 to get the eginning of Bay City. 
   Out of the raw material of rich Bay prairie, whfrom whence Bay City receives its name, and the facile minds of G.M. Magill and N.M. Vogelsang, was this city born. 

Thu
29
Aug

Cane Belt once essential to county transportation

Matagorda CountyTXGenWeb
The railroad depot at Matagorda. The line to Matagorda was closed in 1967.

From Historic Matagorda County and Wikipedia

Thu
22
Aug

Tidehaven was early Tres Palacios River port

Handbook of Texas Online

Thu
15
Aug

Dr. J.E. Simons began practice when Bay City was born

Matagorda CountyTXGenWeb
Simons family in their yard on Fourth Street.

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Much of the following article and personal remembrance was given after Dr. J.E. Simons and his wife Annie died with an hour of each other June 30, 1935 in Bay City.
   Simons began his practice actually before Bay City existed - he was there at the beginning in 1894.
   Simons also began a legacy of descendants following him in the medical professional through the present.
   We’ll have more from the Matagorda County TXGenWeb from the Simons family of doctors in future editions.

Thu
08
Aug

"BC Historic Commission plans to educate owners on historic preservation" by: Jessica Shepard

  Members of the Bay City Historic Commission committee expressed concerns about businesses that don’t file Certificates of Appropriateness before making changes to historic buildings – or to those in the city’s historic district - during their regular meeting Aug. 5.
   Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) are required by the city’s historic commission for projects that would alter the exterior appearance of a designated historic property. 
   That includes alterations, additions, demolition or relocation of a landmark or structure within a historic district or new construction within a historic district.
   “We’ve got a lot of new businesses coming in downtown,” said committee chairman Michael George
   “I’m really excited to see what they are offering our community. But, they need to know to reach out before they make changes to the building,” George said.

Thu
08
Aug

Mary Belle was widely respected county historian

Mary Belle McAllister Ingram

Mary Belle McAllister Ingram of Bay City, passed away on April 23, 2010 at her home, the Legacy Assisted Living, after fighting a valiant battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and heart disease.
   Mary Belle was born in Mankins, Texas, July 9, 1916, to Vera Frazier Richeson (from Bomerton, Texas) and Watkins L. Richeson (from Cherry Hill, Ala.). 
   After graduating from high school in Mankins, she attended North Texas State Teacher’s College in Denton graduating in 1936 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. 
   In later years she also obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Denton. 
   She taught for one year at South Lockett in West Texas. 
   In the fall of 1937 she moved to Bay City and taught at Bay City High School. 
   In subsequent years she taught fifth grade at Tenie Holmes Elementary and was librarian at Cherry Junior High School and McAllister Junior High School.  

Thu
08
Aug

HJ: 1st business manager, then superintendent for BCISD

Matagorda CountyTXGenWeb
H.J. McAllister

   Harmon Jerome McAllister was born in Quitman, Wood County, n Aug. 5, 1909. His parents were Hugh Hunter McAllister (1876-1964) and June Kendrick (1878-1914). 
   At the age of four, Harmon’s mother died and he and a younger sister lived with an aunt, Goldie Kendrick Cartwright. 
   He and four brothers and three sisters. His mother and father were born in Wood County, Texas; their parents had come from Georgia via Alabama in 1869.
   Harmon graduated from Mineola High School and completed his education at North Texas University at Denton. 
   He began teaching at Carlton, Texas, in 1934, and came to Matagorda County as a teacher and tennis coach in the Bay City High School in 1936.
   Mary Belle Richeson came to Bay City as a teacher in the high school in 1938. She was born on July 9, 1916, in Mankins, Archer County, Texas, the daughter of Watkins L. Richeson (1887-1950) and Vera Frazier (1892-1960). 

Thu
01
Aug

‘Miss Linnie’ left a lasting legacy as teacher, humanitarian

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Linnie and Ikeleys Roberts

   Matagorda County TXGenWeb
 
Linnie McHenry Roberts was born in the small community of Caney in Matagorda County, where she spent her early childhood.    
   Her parents were the late Hale Foster McHenry and Dinah Wiley McHenry.     
   Her father and mother were pioneer landowners in Bay City, Texas. 
   She came from a family of three children.  
   After she completed grade school at Caney and went to Matagorda County public schools.
   Later, she attended Sam Houston College in Austin, and Prairie View A&M University, at Prairie View.     
   She completed her college work at Mary Allen College, Crockett,    
   “Miss Linnie” joined Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church on Caney in her youth.    
   When she established her residence in Bay City, she affiliated with Enterprise Baptist Church.    

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