History

Thu
10
Aug

Leffland left important historical mark on county

Matagorda County Museum - Mary B. McAllister Ingram Archives
The Hotel Blessing was built in 1906 by Jonathan Edwards Pierce and designed by Jules Leffland. The original blueprints drawn and signed by Leffland were discovered in the attic of the historic Pierce home in Blessing in 2005.The design was inspired by the Spanish mission churches and was translated into “Anglo” wood siding construction.

By Mary Belle Ingram

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
03
Aug

Bouldin made his mark as physician, drug store owner

From rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago
The Bouldin Building Landmark Commission Historic Landmark.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
03
Aug

W.W. Bouldin of Bay City shot in head by his tenant

Condition Critical at Houston Hospital, While Tenant is Held in Jail 
   Dr. W. W. Bouldin, 60, physician and drug store owner at Bay City, was in a critical condition in St. Joseph’s infirmary Tuesday night, his face shattered by a charge of buckshot which ripped out both eyes. 
   He was wounded late Monday afternoon on his plantation about 12 miles from Bay City, after engaging in an argument with Dace Layton, his tenant, about pasturing a horse, according to information obtained by officers. 
   Layton was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Harris Milner of Matagorda county and charged with assault to murder before Justice of the Peace D. E. Capes. 
   At a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning, Layton was bound over to await action by the Matagorda county grand jury under $3,000 bound. Layton late Monday still was in jail, unable to furnish bail. 

Thu
27
Jul

Early newspaper headlines, articles about Bay City

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of our occasional review of newspaper articles about Bay City and Matagorda Count .
   We pick up from The Bay City Breeze - the city’s first newspaper - in 1895 and continue through 1896.

Thu
20
Jul

Hosea League was early colonizer for Texas, Matagorda

Texas state marker - erected during the state’s centennial - notes Hosea League’s role in founding Matagorda.

   Hosea H. League, one of the Old Three Hundred colonists, first visited Texas in company with his brother-in-law, William D. Horton. 
   After returning to Tennessee he decided to join the Stephen F. Austin colony and returned to Texas under provisions of the colonization act of March 1825, stating in his petition for land in March 1826 that he was 36 years old and was bringing his wife and five slaves. 
   In August 1826 he signed a petition for the establishment of Matagorda. In January 1827 he was in Nashville, Tennessee, and had twenty families ready to leave for Texas and a group of colonists bound for the colony of Green DeWitt. 
   To broaden his empresario activities, he was appointed agent for the Texas Association in March 1827 and in October 1827 was recognized by Mexican authorities as the agent of the Nashville Company (later Robertson’s colony).

Thu
20
Jul

John Huff was settler, soldier, Matagorda judge

 John Huff, early settler, soldier, and judge, was born in Pennsylvania around 1801 and traveled to Texas in the early 1820s, in time to be one of Stephen F. Austin’s Old Three Hundred colonists.  
   On July 10, 1824, he received title to a sitio on the west side of the San Bernard River, at the head of Bay Prairie, now in Wharton County. George Huff, who was probably his brother, acquired title to the adjoining sitio six weeks later. 
   In the 1826 census John Huff was classified as a blacksmith, a single man aged between twenty-five and forty. 
   In May 1830 he married Sarah Emiline Savage by bond in Austin County.  
   He was elected a sublieutenant for the fourth militia district in 1829. 
   In 1830 he presided over the alcalde election held at Lawrence Ramey’s In February 1836 he was a teller for the election to choose delegates from Bay Prairie to the Convention of 1836.  

Wed
12
Jul

Hawkins Lake House completed in 1854

Photos courtesy of the Lewis Family
Construction began in 1852 and was completed in 1854 on the Hawkins Lake Home, on Lake Austin. Photo above show how the house looked in its early years.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

   EDITOR’S NOTE: We came across this article by Mrs. McElrath that was published in 1956 in the Bay City Herald about the Hawkins Lake House. The articles and phohos of this Matagorda County landmark are found on the Matagorda County History & Genealogy website (rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago).

Thu
06
Jul

Charles L. Langham an active businessman, farmer

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The Classic Revival Charles Langham house, 2501 Matthews, was built in 1910. It was designated a Bay City Landmark Commission Landmark in 2000.

    Charles L. Langham, was a county treasurer of Matagorda County, and had an active business experience of more than half a century. 
   Langham was born in Wilcox, County, Alabama, in Sept. 1850, son of Louis and Catherine (Thompson) Langham, both natives of Alabama, where his father was a farmer and planter. 
   There were seven children in the family: James, who died at the age of twenty-five; Charles L.; John, who died when sixty-six years old; Joseph, who died at the age of three years; Olivia, who died at the age of forty-five; Margaret, deceased; and Mary, who died when six years old. 
   The only two to come to Texas were James and Charles. James settled at Navasota in 1867 and died there in 1869.
   Charles L. Langham during his boyhood in Alabama attended the common schools and also several boarding schools in different parts of the state. 

Thu
06
Jul

"Northern Headquarters: An experiment in irrigated farming"By Mary Belle Ingram

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From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
29
Jun

1942 hurricane storm surge tore up Matagorda, Palacios

Fromrootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago
A soldier sits in front of a damaged Camp Hulen building.

 

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page, National weather records

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