History

Thu
25
Feb

Efforts to organize Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church began in 1906

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Mother Zion Missionary Baptist Church

By Rosa Lee Brown & Kathleen Tatum
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Thu
25
Feb

"Stone showcases Black magazines for Black History exhibit" by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
"African American Magazines: Hot off the Press" is Donnye stone's Black History Month exhibit on display at the Matagorda County Museum now. The display features Root, Jet, Essence, O, and several other publications along with historic details about African American magazines.

   “African American Magazines: Hot off the Press” is the theme of Donnye Stone’s annual Black History Month exhibit in the lobby of the Matagorda County Museum for February.
   Stone’s previous annual exhibits have ranged from black dolls and hats to authors and musicians.
   “I started not to do anything this year, because of the pandemic,” admitted Stone.
   “COVID or not, life goes on. No, we are not living in the norm, but February has been set aside for decades to celebrate, reflect and embrace all of those that have paved the way and put effort into making a difference to make the world we live in a better place.
   “Matagorda County Museum Director Barbara Smith and I talked and she said it was my decision. 
   “I pondered for a while and remembered that I had some old Black magazines on hand,” she added.
   Stone says the goal of her exhibit is to raise awareness and educate the community while tying into Black History Month.

Thu
18
Feb

History of Tyree African Methodist Episcopal Church

Photos courtesy of Roxie O'Neal
Today’s church.

   In the year 1894, Mrs. Jane Lewis, a community spiritual leader, saw the need for an African Methodist Episcopal Church in our then small community. 
   And as a result of her keen vision, this conscientious woman made known her desire throughout the community.  
   She found that there were two other persons, the Rev. Booker McQuirter and Augustus Hardeman, Sr., who also had seen the need and wanted to work toward its fulfillment.  
   These three set about soliciting funds from their generous and well-wishing white friends.  
   The Rev. McQuirter and Augustus Hardeman both were carpenters, and as funds sufficient to purchase land and lumber were received, the community project was begun. In the year 1901 a building for worship though humble was completed. 
   Mrs. Jane Lewis named the church Tyree Chapel A.M.E. Church in honor of the Bishop Evan Tyree, the 26th Bishop of the A.M.E. church. 

Thu
11
Feb

Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church began same year as Markham

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Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church first served blacks living in the ‘Red Town’ of Markham’s early ‘Tent City.’

Compiled by Thelma Smith
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Thu
04
Feb

Enterprise Baptist founders recognized need for new beginning

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Enterprise Baptist Church in Bay City was founded in 1909.

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Thu
28
Jan

Early Sargent, when Caney ran wide, deep

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Sargent had the distinction of having the last swing bridge on the Intercoastal Waterway.

By Billie Jean Sanford
   Sargent, situated on FM 457 three miles from the Gulf, takes its name from George Sargent, a farmer and rancher who decided that the tall, waving prairie grasses which grew so abundantly here would make good pasture for livestock.
   Early in 1834, Sargent and his family emigrated from Cornwall, England, to Texas. Settling first in the Refugio area, they later moved to Victoria where the marauding Indians forced them into another move. By now George Sargent had married and had a family, including an eight-year-old son, John Thomas. 
   George Sargent purchased some Caney bottomland in 1844 and built a ranch house three or four miles inland from the Gulf between Caney Creek and Cedar Lake.
   In those days Caney Creek was both wide and deep and emptied directly into the Gulf. During the war years, Sargent was able to ship his Texas beef and cotton along this water route without being detected, as there was no actual port.

Thu
21
Jan

LeTulle’s legacy long-remembered in Bay City

   Victor Lawrence LeTulle, Bay City businessman, farmer, rancher and philanthropist, was born in Columbus, Texas, on July 5, 1864. 
   His surname was derived from the family’s place of origin, Tulle, France.
   He was the son of Victor D. LeTulle (November 25, 1832 - November 5, 1914), who was born in Guyandotte, Cabell County, West Virginia, and was buried in Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City, and his first wife, Helen Maria Webb (February 28, 1832 - September 3, 1970), daughter of Henry L. Webb and granddaughter of Samuel Blanchley Webb of Revolutionary War fame. 
   She was born in Caledonia, Illinois, and died in Oakland, Texas.
   Victor Lawrence “V. L.” LeTulle was educated in the public schools of Colorado County and was engaged in farming there until 1890, when he came to Matagorda County. 
   Here he acquired land and began his farming and ranching activities. 

Thu
14
Jan

Don Braman: Author, first district clerk, mayor of Matagorda, county judge

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Thu
14
Jan

Bostwick joined early scouting company to control Karankawas

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Thu
14
Jan

Horse Marines won name near Matagorda Bay

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