History

Thu
08
Nov

Matagorda’s count, countess; A tragic tale

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Images of Countess Ludvika and her husband, Count Sebastian Carroll Braganza de la Coralla.

GET MARRIED.
   Mother and father have three daughters and a son. Daughter 16 years old wants to get married. Mother married at 16 years. Wants to get a good wealthy husband of high education, who understands the truth, who would love daughter and keep her as his wife for life. She is 5 feet 5 inches. Who wants to see family may in afternoon at 5 o’clock at Grace street and Sheridan road, by the lake or beach. Mother and daughter wear white waist and black ribbon on neck. North Side, Chicago.
Telephone Graceland 5010
   Thus began a story that would stretch from Chicago to Matagorda in June, 1915 and end in murder in March, 1916.
   Peter Ginetis, a native of Russia, lived with his family in Chicago. He and his wife, Victoria, had five children: Ludvika (b Nov 1899 in Russia), John Peter (Sep 4, 1904 – Dec 12, 1993), Petros, Victoria Astrea (Oct 22, 1912 – Mar 1, 1996) and Cometa Rose (1915 – 2012). 

Thu
01
Nov

Wadsworth sought to have county seat moved there in 1914

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
A 1914 election advertisement for moving the Matagorda County seat to Wadsworth.

A County Divided
   In 1914, the leaders of the young town of Wadsworth ambitiously decided that they would propose the division of Matagorda county into two and establish their town as the county seat of the eastern portion. They enlisted the support of the citizens of Blessing suggesting that Blessing could become the county seat for the western county.
   The coalition began visiting with leaders in other towns such as Palacios, pitching their proposal hinting that it might be possible that Palacios could become the western county seat.
   We the news reached the citizens of Bay City, they hatched a counter-attack knowing if an election was called, there was a five year wait before another one could take place. Bay City’s counter proposal was that they wanted to move the county seat to Chalmers.

Thu
25
Oct

Recalling early Matagorda County Halloweens

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
A Halloween card from the early 1900s.

Palacios 
   The Entre Nous Club gave a Hallowe’en party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. B. Harriman, last Thursday night, Mrs. M. C. Reece, of Vanderbilt, acting as hostess. Promptly at seven thirty the ghosts and witches began to arrive and by eight all had arrived.  
   The forepart of the evening the usual Hallowe’en frolics, such as fortune telling, bobbing for apples, etc., were indulged in. At eleven thirty Mrs. Harriman ushered the guests to the beautifully decorated dining room where an elegant Dutch lunch was served.  
   The merry crowd left at twelve o’clock voting Mr. and Mrs. Harriman royal entertainers and wishing Hallowe’en came more than once a year.
—Palacios Beacon, 
November 15, 1912 
   Hallowe’en at Cash’s Creek 

Thu
18
Oct

Freighter sank by u-boat now historical landmark

The ill-fated Oaxaca. A German-owned ship that Mexico took possession of when World War II started.

   A Matagorda County state historical landmark recognizes and protects a ship sunk by a German U-boat off Matagorda Peninsula in the early months of World War II.
   The landmark is in the Gulf of Mexico, 7.7 miles off Matagorda Peninsula, where the 4,351-ton Mexican general cargo merchant ship, SS Oaxaca was sunk by a single torpedo from the German submarine U-171 in the early-morning hours of July 26, 1942. 
   The Texas Historical Commission (THC) approved Oaxaca's landmark designation in February 2010. 
   A hearing in Austin affirmed THC's decision to accept the landmark's nomination was attended by Craig Hlavinka, representing Matagorda County Historical Commission (MCHC).
   Unlike Matagorda County's numerous other state historical landmarks, the Oaxaca doesn’t have the customary Texas Historical Commission metal marker or any other marker for that matter, Hlavinka said at the time. 

Thu
11
Oct

History of 1928 City Hall, Fire Department

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
The Landmark historic marker for the original city hall and fire station building (1927-1963) is today’s Municipal Court.

Compiled by Mary Belle Ingram  & Wendy Burgess
Written 1996 

Thu
04
Oct

Part 2: Waldman family among Matagorda County’s earliest

Charles F. Waldman’s marker at the Spring Hill Cemetery, Maury County, Tennessee.
Courtesy of Nathaniel Cheairs
Camp, SCV, Spring Hill, Tennessee

Compiled by Carol Sue Gibbs
Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Thu
27
Sep

Francis Waldman family among Matagorda County’s earliest

Charles F. Waldman’s marker at the Spring Hill Cemetery, Maury County, Tennessee.
Courtesy of Nathaniel Cheairs
Camp, SCV, Spring Hill, Tennessee

Compiled by Carol Sue Gibbs
Matagorda County TXGenWeb

 

Thu
20
Sep

1934 hurricane heavily damaged Matagorda, Palacios

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Four feet of water was reported in Matagorda. The town of Gulf suffered considerable damage. “Houses blown down in Matagorda were Harry Phillips house, bus garage blown down and bus turned over, gymnasium blown down and badly damaged. Max Steck’s house was unroofed.”

Hurricane’s Toll Mounts
Several Known Dead as 70 to 80 Mile Wind Hits Matagorda Bay Section
No Known Lives Reported Lost Here, Fear Felt For Some; Few Buildings Escape Wind Damage
Much Damage is Suffered 
At Camp Hulen
Many Buildings At B. Y. P. U. Grounds Demolished; 
Repairing Starts
   Battered for hours by hurricane winds and surging waves, the Texas coast, from Freeport to Corpus Christi, Thursday was counting its dead and injured and adding up a huge property damage.
   The storm moved inland Wednesday, after lashing the coast for several hours, the worst of its fury being spent on the Matagorda Bay section.
   At least eight persons were known to be dead and nine were missing. The dead included five at East Morales [Jackson County], in a tornado which ripped thru the section during the storm; one at Texas City and two at Freeport.

Thu
20
Sep

Palacios tops Tidehaven by 1 in overtime

Sentinel photos/Mike Reddell
Soggy field conditions caused lots of grief to Palacios and Tidehaven football squads last Friday. Palacios won 7-6 in overtime in the muddy contest that also was Tidehaven’s homecoming. Unfortunately, it was the first time Tidehaven was able to use its field after battling turf problems.

Thu
13
Sep

Steve William Parsutt

Steve William Parsutt

Steve William Parsutt
February 14, 1918- August 24, 2018

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