History

Thu
08
Aug

"BC Historic Commission plans to educate owners on historic preservation" by: Jessica Shepard

  Members of the Bay City Historic Commission committee expressed concerns about businesses that don’t file Certificates of Appropriateness before making changes to historic buildings – or to those in the city’s historic district - during their regular meeting Aug. 5.
   Certificates of Appropriateness (COA) are required by the city’s historic commission for projects that would alter the exterior appearance of a designated historic property. 
   That includes alterations, additions, demolition or relocation of a landmark or structure within a historic district or new construction within a historic district.
   “We’ve got a lot of new businesses coming in downtown,” said committee chairman Michael George
   “I’m really excited to see what they are offering our community. But, they need to know to reach out before they make changes to the building,” George said.

Thu
08
Aug

Mary Belle was widely respected county historian

Mary Belle McAllister Ingram

Mary Belle McAllister Ingram of Bay City, passed away on April 23, 2010 at her home, the Legacy Assisted Living, after fighting a valiant battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and heart disease.
   Mary Belle was born in Mankins, Texas, July 9, 1916, to Vera Frazier Richeson (from Bomerton, Texas) and Watkins L. Richeson (from Cherry Hill, Ala.). 
   After graduating from high school in Mankins, she attended North Texas State Teacher’s College in Denton graduating in 1936 with a Bachelor of Science Degree. 
   In later years she also obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Denton. 
   She taught for one year at South Lockett in West Texas. 
   In the fall of 1937 she moved to Bay City and taught at Bay City High School. 
   In subsequent years she taught fifth grade at Tenie Holmes Elementary and was librarian at Cherry Junior High School and McAllister Junior High School.  

Thu
08
Aug

HJ: 1st business manager, then superintendent for BCISD

Matagorda CountyTXGenWeb
H.J. McAllister

   Harmon Jerome McAllister was born in Quitman, Wood County, n Aug. 5, 1909. His parents were Hugh Hunter McAllister (1876-1964) and June Kendrick (1878-1914). 
   At the age of four, Harmon’s mother died and he and a younger sister lived with an aunt, Goldie Kendrick Cartwright. 
   He and four brothers and three sisters. His mother and father were born in Wood County, Texas; their parents had come from Georgia via Alabama in 1869.
   Harmon graduated from Mineola High School and completed his education at North Texas University at Denton. 
   He began teaching at Carlton, Texas, in 1934, and came to Matagorda County as a teacher and tennis coach in the Bay City High School in 1936.
   Mary Belle Richeson came to Bay City as a teacher in the high school in 1938. She was born on July 9, 1916, in Mankins, Archer County, Texas, the daughter of Watkins L. Richeson (1887-1950) and Vera Frazier (1892-1960). 

Thu
01
Aug

‘Miss Linnie’ left a lasting legacy as teacher, humanitarian

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Linnie and Ikeleys Roberts

   Matagorda County TXGenWeb
 
Linnie McHenry Roberts was born in the small community of Caney in Matagorda County, where she spent her early childhood.    
   Her parents were the late Hale Foster McHenry and Dinah Wiley McHenry.     
   Her father and mother were pioneer landowners in Bay City, Texas. 
   She came from a family of three children.  
   After she completed grade school at Caney and went to Matagorda County public schools.
   Later, she attended Sam Houston College in Austin, and Prairie View A&M University, at Prairie View.     
   She completed her college work at Mary Allen College, Crockett,    
   “Miss Linnie” joined Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church on Caney in her youth.    
   When she established her residence in Bay City, she affiliated with Enterprise Baptist Church.    
Thu
01
Aug

Ikeleys Roberts was 1st black mortician in Matagorda County

Photo from Tresmond Scott
Grave marker at Eastview Cemetery for Linnie and Ikeleys Roberts

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

 

Thu
25
Jul

"Podo: Former Matagorda County slave a forgotten Texan " By John R. Lunberg, Ph.D.

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Above, Dr. John Lundberg examines bricks made on the former John Runnells plantation with Bill Pendergraft who owns the property today. That property is near the site of the John Duncan property where Podo lived - the Runnells-Pierce Ranch today.

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. John R. Lundberg has been in Matagorda County recently doing research on his book, The Texas Lowcountry: Slavery and Freedom on the Gulf Coast 1822-1889. Part of that research includes the story of Podo, a former slave of Matagorda County plantation owner John Duncan.

Thu
18
Jul

Interpreting territories of coastal natives described by Cabeza de Vaca

Contributed photo

TexasCounties.net

Thu
11
Jul

Pledger family held vast plantation in northeast Matagorda County

Matagorda County Museum
The Pledger family

By Dexter Hodge 
Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Thu
04
Jul

"Court recognizes group, hears praise for its own" by: Mike Reddell

Photo/Crystal Morones
Members of Matagorda County Historic Commission and commissioners court join for a photo to mark the historic commission’s Distinguished Service recognition from the state.

   Recognition for the Matagorda County Historic Commission’s Distinguished Service Award and praise for the county’s accounting system topped the commissioners court regular meeting Monday, July 1.
      In addition, the court appointed members to a revived Matagorda County Rail Transportation District and approved Aleigha Galvan as a grant-funded Victim Assistance Coordinator in the District Attorney’s office.
   Underlining the significance of the historic commission’s 2018 Distinguished Service Award from the state, County Judge Nate McDonald pointed out that less than a fifth of Texas’ 254 counties receive this honor.
   He credited the commission’s “exemplary work year in and year out.”
   Commission President Ona Lea Pierce said the honor should go to Carol Gibbs, who manages the online Matagorda County history and genealogy website, and serves as a communications liaison for the group.

Thu
04
Jul

Hurd’s Landing: A popular spot on Tres Palacios

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
The Tres Palacios River was a popular area for outings and picnics, such as the farmers’ picnic above. One of the most popular spots on the river was Hurd’s Landing near the communities of Dunbar and Tres Palacios. A grove of oak trees gave shade during the hot days of summer. Shallow-bottomed boats carried picnickers up the river to the picnic area for the day.

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