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Thu
24
May

Collegeport Day Invitation

Dear friends of Collegeport,
   We cordially invite you and your family to join in celebrating Collegeport Day on Saturday, May 26, at the Mopac House. Our traditional BBQ dinner will begin at noon.  Please bring side dishes, salads and desserts to complete the meal. 
   Collegeport Day commemorates our community’s founding in 1908.  Each year, residents and friends gather to reminisce and enjoy great food and fellowship. The Collegeport Day homecoming is celebrated the LAST Saturday in May. 
   Barbecue preparations begin mid-afternoon on Friday and continue until dinnertime on Saturday.  Come join the BBQ Crew and experience this tradition as well!  Remaining barbecue will be sold at the pit after dinner.
   Volunteers to assist with set-up of tables and chairs on Saturday morning, and with clean-up after dinner, are greatly appreciated!

Thu
24
May

Collegeport Day Saturday honors town’s 110th year

   Collegeport is on Farm Road 1095 and the eastern shore of Tres Palacios Bay, half a mile north of Pelican Slough and two miles northeast of Palacios in southwestern Matagorda County. It was organized by the Hurd Land Company in 1908 as a promotion for selling acreage in Jonathan E. Pierce’s ranch. 
   The company also established the Gulf Coast University of Industrial Arts. 
   The combination of a port and the college gave the settlement its name. 
   The community was organized in the early 1900s and secured a post office in 1909.
   It became a stop on the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway in 1911. By 1914 it had a bank, the college, a weekly newspaper called the Collegeport New Era, and a population of 450. 
   That year an agricultural crisis contributed to a decline in population. 

Thu
17
May

Isaac Zepeda in World War II: Part 2

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the secoond installment of a Bay City man’s account of being captured by the Germans in World War II.
   Isaac
Zepeda  was chosen as an Army scout to go behind enemy lines in Normandy after the D-Day Invasion.
   Born and reared in Bay City, Zepeda was captured by the Germans.
   His incredible story of survival as a POW, followed by a harrowing story about moving around in a devastated Germany at war’s end to find American forces.
   Not only is his story noteworthy because he’s from Matagorda County, Zepeda’s story - as told in his own words - is at once grim, but fascinating.
   We’ll be carrying his story in installments. A longtime employee of Rice Belt Co-op in Markham, Zepeda died in Bay City in 2014.

   Picking up from last week...
he turned around and ordered two of his soldiers to take me prisoner behind their lines. 

Thu
10
May

"Isaac Zepeda remembers World War II" Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Isaac Zepeda

  EDITOR’S NOTE: Isaac Zepeda was born and reared in Bay City and, like many of the city’s native sons, was sent to fight in World War II.
   Chosen as an Army scout to go behind enemy lines in Normandy after the D-Day Invasion, Zepeda was captured by the Germans.
   His incredible story of survival as a POW, followed by a harrowing story about moving around in a devastated Germany at war’s end to find American forces.
   Not only is his story noteworthy because he’s from Matagorda County, Zepeda’s story - as told in his own words - is at once grim, but fascinating.
   We’ll be carrying his story in installments. Zepeda died in Bay City in 2014.

 

Thu
03
May

Manso: The sire of Brahman sires

Courtesy Dr. Carolos Bonnot
Alberta Bonnot Gayle

    The famous American Brahman herd sire, Manso, was born on the Sartwelle Brothers Ranch in Palacios. 
   In the early 1900s, after their Episcopal minister father’s death at age 43 in 1897, W.L.D. Sartwelle relocated his younger siblings from Comanche, Texas, to their 
family’s Sarvaca Ranch in Lavaca County. 
   The Sartwelle’s Canmore Ranch properties in Matagorda County were under lease until 1917. 
   James W. Sartwelle, born in Dallas, after his father’s death was sent to his older sister’s husband’s school in Niagra Falls, NY. 
   He returned to the Gulf Coast as a railroad agent and telegrapher living in LaWard. 
   He later managed cattle operations for the Ward Cattle and Pasture Company where on their behalf he purchased the Brahman bulls and crossbreds cows of O’Connor’s one half of the Borden-Pierce Bos Indicus cattle imported from India in 1906. 

Thu
03
May

Hudgins Ranch state historical marker text

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J. D. Hudgins Ranch

Thu
26
Apr

Matagorda Masons were among first in Texas to organize

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
This painting is believed to be of the first Matagorda Masonic Lodge in the 1850s.

By Mary Belle Ingram
Historic Matagorda County, 
Volume I, pages 450-451
Don Winnett, A History of Matagorda Lodge #7 A. F. & A. M. Matagorda, Texas
 
   On February 11, 1828, Stephen F. Austin called a meeting of Masons at San Felipe for the purpose of electing officers and petitioning the Grand York Lodge of Mexico for a Charter to form a lodge in Texas. 
   As a result of that meeting, the following were elected: Stephen F. Austin, Master; Ira Ingram, Senior Warden; H. H. League, Junior Warden; Thomas M. Duke, Secretary. Ingram, League and Duke were all from the Matagorda area.  
   The petition was never granted and it became apparent that Mexican leaders regarded Masonic activity in Texas with hostility.  
   The Grand Lodge had been formed on December 20, 1837 at a meeting in which President Sam Houston presided. 
Thu
19
Apr

Halfmoon Lighthouse once guided mariners on Matagorda Bay

Halfmoon Lighthouse on land

From Lighthousefriends.com 

Fri
13
Apr

"A.C. Burkhardt’s life provides a look at 1900 Matagorda County "

By Emmie Parris Johnson
From Oak Leaves
Matagorda County Genealogical Society 

Thu
05
Apr

Grimes’ operations stretched from Tres Palacios to Delaware

Picture courtesy of Robert M. Davant & Matagorda County Museum
Grimes Home

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

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