Online research reveals story of Swedish brothers role in Collegeport history

   A good example of a family history created with the use of the sites suggested above is the story of the Drott Brothers of Collegeport.   
   With only a few mentions of them in Collegeport history, the following information was found on the internet.  
   Not all searches are this successful, but with some perseverance, amazing treasures can be uncovered.  
   Albin Drott (1880-1965), a building contractor, advertised his services in the Collegeport Chronicle in 1911 and 1912.   
   He was the oldest of three brothers to emigrate from Sweden to the U.S.   
   He left his two parents and six siblings in Sweden on March 14, 1902 and traveled to Essex, Iowa.   
   He apparently worked until he had enough money to send to his brother, Gustaf (1885-1948), for his passage on March 18, 1904.   
   A third brother, Axel (1891-1911), left Sweden on April 7, 1911.   
   No doubt, his brothers provided the funds for his passage.  


"Kate Moore also lived in Bay City" By Mary Belle Ingram

   Kate Seaman Moore was born on May 9, 1853, in Clinton, Louisiana.  
   Her father had come from New York and her mother from Mississippi. Kate married Spencer Cone Moore on May 24, 1871.  
   He was a brother of William Erastus Moore, Kate's second husband. Spencer and Kate were married eight years before he died on Jan. 18, 1879, of yellow fever. they had four children, Selkirk Seaman, Oce Anna, David Lewis and Addie May.  
   William E. was born on October 26, 1838, in New Jersey. He had married Mary C. Swift who had died in 1878. He also had four children by this marriage; they were Margaret "Maggie" and Inez and two who died in infancy.  
   On June 15, 1881, William E. and Kate married in Indianola. Their children were Hamilton Cecil, Vera, William Ashby, Winifred and Gladys. 
   Captain William E. and Kate Moore lived in Ashby, Texas, Matagorda County, where the entire family was quite active in the Ashby Methodist Church.  


William Moore family made mark in Ashby

   William E. More was born in Rahway, N. J., Oct. 26, 1837, but came with his parents to Texas immediately after its annexation in 1845, and lived several years at Indianola.  
   William E. Moore died at his home at Ashby, in Matagorda County - where he lived for more than 30 years and became a prominent businessman - June 5, 1902. 
   He was a Confederate veteran, having left his home at Indianola, August, 1861, in company with James and Joseph Collins, Hays P. Yarrington, John Collins, and Daniel Hoffman, expecting to go to the front in Virginia.  
   At Houston, however, he and his friends enlisted in the Eighth Texas Cavalry, better known as Terry’s Texas Rangers, and were sent to Bowling Green, Ky., where the regiment was fully organized.  
   A braver set of men never lived.  
   When Gen. Zollicoffer was killed, at Fishing Creek. W.E. Moore was one of the party sent under flag of truce to recover his body.  


"Matagorda County and the 1918 pandemic impact"

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third and final installment of a multi-part series on the impact of the 1918 Pandemic on Matagorda County.
      As you will read, the disease affected lots of residents.
   “Flu” flu in on the Tribune force from delivery boy to the editor this week and up to the present writing it has refused to flu out. We are doing all we possibly can under the circumstances and ask our readers to bear with us until we get going again. Those who have had it will understand this and grant us anything we might want.
   Matagorda County Tribune, Friday, October 18, 1918
  Carrie E. Laxton
April 22, 1884 - October 19, 1918
Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas
Section 2, Block 75
Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas

Matagorda County and 1918 pandemic

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of a multi-part series on the impact of the 1918 Pandemic on Matagorda County.
   As you will read, the disease affected lots of residents.


Matagorda County and 1918 pandemic

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a multi-part series on the impact of the 1918 Pandemic on Matagorda County.
   As you will read, the disease affected lots of residents.


A Matagorda County history from 1910

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
A painting of Matagorda in 1860 near the start of the Civil War, when there was just one large Matagorda Bay.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: I came across this history by chance and was impressed by its perspective - from the beginning of the 20th Century.
      Historical Review of South-East Texas illustrated, Volume 1,
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago  1910
Transcribed by FoFG mj
   Matagorda municipality was created by the Coahuila- Texas legislature, March 6,1834. 
   It’s jurisdiction was over the country between the Lavaca and Caney creek, this being the southwest portion of the Austin colonies. 
   The provisional Texas government in December, 1835, created the municipality of Jackson from the west side of Matagorda.  
   The east and west boundaries were thus fixed as they still remain, and when Wharton county was formed in 1846 the north boundary was made. 
   The municipality was organized as a county under the act of congress, December 20, 1836. 
   The town of Matagorda was incorporated by the act of December 14, 1837. 


"Chiropractor’s Palacios career began at Camp Hulen" Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Norman Runyon

   Back in the year of 1936, with the country just pulling out from under the shroud of depression, the 203rd Coast Artillery from Missouri came to bleak, muddy Camp Hulen for National Guard maneuvers.
   So it was that a young armory custodian by the name of Norman E. Runyon got his first look at Palacios.
   A Lt. McGlothlin, close friend to Runyon, noticed that a family with his name lived here, so he went out to pay a call on the J. F. McGlothlin family.
   While visiting with the family, he met their daughter, Gladys McGlothlin, and mentioned her to Runyon.  
   So it was that he first heard of the woman who was to later become the wife, although he didn’t meet her until 1940 and they weren’t married until 1944.
   Runyon, who now operates Runyon Chiropractic offices here and is active in the Chamber of Commerce and the First Baptist Church, was born in Vernon County, Missouri.


"Remembering Joe Parks: A victim of the Vietnam Conflict" By Thelma Smith Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
A photo of Sergeant First Class Joe Parks.

   According to Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2ab, and 8 there is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven - A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace. So whether one loves, hates, engages in war, or settles in a reign of peace; death is inevitable. All men must come to that end.
   So it was with SSgt. Parks during the Vietnam Conflict.
   SSgt. Parks represented a legacy of military men before him — his uncle Timothy Parks who was a victim of WW I; and many cousins and friends since him. 
   It was in his nature to service his country. 
   He served with all the dignity and perseverance that was a part of his training from his family, friends, teachers and commanding officers.
   Life was not always a bed of roses for him, but he accepted the hardships and disasters without relinquishing.


"MLK featured as museum’s Black History Month exhibit " by: Jessica Shepard

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Donnye Stone’s annual Black History Month exhibit features Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the lobby of the Matagorda County Museum for February. Stone's showcase highlights King's works, personal history and features a wall of famous quotes. A large cardboard standup of King is the key centerpiece of the exhibit.

   “Who is This Man: Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” is the theme of Donnye Stone’s annual Black History Month exhibit in the lobby of the Matagorda County Museum for February. 
   Stone’s annual exhibits have ranged from black dolls and hats to authors and musicians. 
   “I asked God to give me something or someone with a positive spirit,” she said about her exhibit choice this year. 
   “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was my answer, with all the negative and craziness going on in our country and our community today, I needed and wanted someone that showed compassion for others and did some good in this world that we live in. 
   “I needed and wanted someone that put himself and his family on the back burner and put the world first. I needed and wanted someone that was a servant, who served others and Dr. King fits this someone.” 


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