History

Thu
06
Jun

Rugeley House went from boarding house to city’s 1st hospital

Photos courtesy of Samantha Franzen and Sammy Powell
Rugeley House, through its many storied uses, is a Bay City landmark.

Matagorda County TXGenWeb 

Thu
30
May

1912: A trip on the Intercoastal Canal

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
The Lucy Lee, an early 20th century launch used in Matagorda Bay.

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Thu
23
May

Roy and Carrie Nelson’s family part of Collegeport community

Carrie Belle Shuey Nelson
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From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
16
May

Shueys persevered in difficult times in Collegeport

Front row: Samuel, Fannie, Margaret, Grace
Back row: Samuel Jr., James William, Della, Carrie

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
09
May

The Luther continues to improve in 21st century

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The newly renovated Luther Hotel and auto court in the early 1940s in Palacios.

Matagorda County History Website
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Thu
02
May

Rev. Caleb Ives developed Matagorda Academy, Christ Church

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
In 1839, the Rev. Caleb S. Ives organized what became Christ Church in Matagorda and he and his wife took charge of Matagorda Academy.

   Educational opportunities during the days of the Republic of Texas were few. 
   Children were often taught at home by their mothers, or families in some communities joined together to hire a teacher for their children. 
   The local minister, usually the most educated person in the community, supplemented his religious duties with educational duties.
   The settlement of the town of Matagorda began in the late 1820s after the arrival of the Little Zoe with new residents to join the few already living there.
   The schooling of Matagorda children during the late 1830s through the Civil War was carried out by private academies.
   In May, 1838, Henry M. Shaw posted a notice in the Matagorda Bulletin stating his intention of opening the Matagorda Academy in a building belonging to Colonel J.W.E. Wallace on Cedar Street. 
   Tuition for reading, spelling, and writing $15; higher branches of English $20; Latin and Greek $25.

Thu
25
Apr

‘Shanghai’ Pierce: From stowaway to Texas trailblazer

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Young image of A.H. “Shanghai” Pierce

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page, Handbook of Texas Online

Thu
25
Apr

Shanghai once a rail spur

   Shanghai was a mile from Wharton on the west side of the Colorado River in central Wharton County.  
   It was established on a rail spur from the Southern Pacific Railroad, formerly the New York, Texas and Mexican Railway, in 1899. 
   Abel H. “Shanghai” Pierce decided to farm his land on the west bank of the Colorado River and built a convict settlement. 
   Pierce contracted in 1897 with the state of Texas for convicts to cut off the timber and burn the canebrake.  
   The spur was built to bring in supplies and men and later as a shipping route for the gin that was built. 
   After the fashion set for naming stops along the rail line between Richmond and Victoria, Pierce named this one after himself, by giving it his colorful nickname.  
   The spur was retired in September 1940. 
   All that remains is the quarters that housed the convicts, now used as a barn by the Pierce Ranch.    
   The windows are still barred.

Thu
18
Apr

Colorado House place to stay in Matagorda

Matagorda County History Website
http://www.usgenwebsites.org/TXMatagorda/

Thu
11
Apr

Young Virginia bride lost in Matagorda Bay shipwreck

Eliza ‘Pink’ Dunn
RamblingRoots.com

   EDITOR’S NOTE: In our March 28 History Page on Matagorda Peninsula Bar Pilot George Morgan, the story told how Morgan was among the rescuers of the steamship Independence that broke apart attempting to enter Matagorda Bay at Pass Cavallo March 20, 1852. 
   In preparing that article, we came across the story of a young Virginia bride and her husband, a U.S. Army officer bound for West Texas, who were aboard the Independence when it founded in the waves at Pass Cavallo.
   She perished in the shipwreck, but he lived and never remarried.
   The following comes from:
RamblingRoots.com
Pioneer Families of Washington County, Virginia
   Eliza Margaret "Pink" Dunn was born on 3 May 1834 in Washington County, Virginia.
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