Progressing Palacios Pavilion

Bay City Sentinel/Mike Reddell
With a projected finished date of March 2017, the Palacios Pavilion construction is well under way. Plans cite that the new pavilion will be utilized as a multi-use venue that can help revitalize Palacios, reestablish a historic community icon, serve as a community venue, promote education, and enhance tourism. Having the pavilion adjacent to a wetland area helps further its use for educational purposes. The project began in October 2015.


"Bay City bank once issued own notes" Compiled by Barbara Smith Executive Director Matagorda County Museum

Bay City Sentinel photo/MikeReddell
An example of bank notes issued by The First National Bank of Bay City in 1929. The Bay City bank notes are planned as a future Matagorda County Museum exhibit.

   National Bank Notes were United States currency banknotes issued by National banks chartered by the United States Government. 
   The notes were usually backed by U.S. bonds the bank deposited with the U.S. Treasury. 
   In addition, banks had to maintain a redemption fund amounting to 5 percent of any outstanding note balance, in gold or “lawful money.” 
   Before the Civil War, state banks issued their own banknotes and chartered private banks to issue banknotes as well. 
   Privately issued banknotes were nominally backed by specie or financial securities held by the banks, but oversight of issuing banks often was lax and encouraged wildcat banking, in which fraudulent institutions issued worthless banknotes. 
   During the Civil War, in 1863, the National Banking Act established a system of National Banks empowered to issue National Bank Notes subject to federal oversight. 


Original municipal airport on east side of Bay City

The last photo which has been located showing the Bay City Airport while in operation was a 1965 aerial view. Several more small hangars had been added between 1957 and 1965 and light aircraft were parked outside.

  By Paul Freeman
From Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields;
Texas, Western Houston area


John Barnett: Alabama soldier later became blacksmith

John Edward Barnett was buried in Palacios Cemetery.

Death of John Edward Barnett
Palacios Beacon, Feb. 11, 1913
   Mr. John Edward Barnett died at the home of his son, J. F. Barnett, in this city, Friday evening, the 7th inst., at 7:30 o’clock, from an acute attack of lagrippe, at the age of 66 years, 1 month and 17 days. 
   Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at four o’clock at the home of Mr. J. F. Barnett, conducted by Rev. J. W. Israel, pastor of the Baptist church, followed by interment at the city cemetery. 
   The funeral services were attended by a large company of the sympathizing friends of the family, more than the first floor rooms of the spacious residence could accommodate. 


AP Clark - from Little Round Top to Palacios

Algernon Clark and his wife Katherine are buried in Palacios Cemetery.

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Matagorda County historian Carol Sue Gibbs suggested an interesting story for the Bay City Sentinel’s History Page – Confederates buried in Palacios’ cemetery.
   One story stood out in the Matagorda County history and genealogy page that Gibbs manages – A.P. Clark. 
   Clark was in every major engagement that the Army of Northern Virginia fought in up through the Battle of Gettysburg, where he was captured – at the Little Round Top. 
   He escaped from being prisoner of war cells, was recaptured, then returned to the CSA and his Alabama home, only to find it destroyed.
   He went on in life to become a prominent banker in Texas, took part in the Alaska gold rush and ended up in Palacios and Bay City.


"Marker dedication set for Palacios’ W.C. Williams Building" by: Paul Christensen

Photo courtesy of Paul Christensen
Williams Building in December 1910.

   The historic W. C. Williams Building, built in 1909, will officially be recognized as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) during a ceremony scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.  July 30, at the building location, 456 Commerce Street in Palacios.  
   The public is invited and a tour of the structure will follow the dedication. 
   The building has been a cornerstone and anchor of the commercial and cultural life of Palacios and Matagorda County, Texas for 107 years. 
   The ceremony is sponsored by the Matagorda County Historical Commission (MCHC), and will be attended by members of the commission, including Ona Lee Pierce, Chairman, and David Holubec, County Marker Chairman. Matagorda County Judge Nate McDonald, Palacios Mayor Glenn Smith and Rev. Eric Young, Pastor of Agape Family Outreach Church, will also take part in the ceremony. 


"Victor LeTulle’s legacy lives on in Bay City" By Mignon LeTulle Matthews and Frances V. Parker

Home of Victor and Sallie LeTulle on the corner of Fourth Street and Avenue G, facing Avenue G.
It was later the home of the family of his wife’s niece, Onella Vaughn.

   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. 


"Kate Moore also lived in Bay City " by: 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. 

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William Moore family made mark in Ashby

Matagorda County Museum
William E. Moore

   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 Matagordo 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.  

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"Historical group honored" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda County Historical Commission (MCHC) received a distinguished service award from the Texas Historical Commission during commissioners’ court meeting Monday. Shown, front row from left, are: MCHC members Jerrilyn Capers, Mary Johnston, David Holubec and Ona Lea Pierce and Precinct 2 Commissioner Kent Pollard; back row, from left, Precinct 1 Commissioner Dan Putska, MCHC member Becca Sitz, Precinct 4 Commissioner Bubba Frick, County Judge Nate McDonald and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Gibson.

   Matagorda County Historical Commission was recognized for its distinguished service during commissioners court’s regular meeting Monday.  
   The Texas Historical Commission bestowed its Distinguished Service Award to the local historical commission “for well-rounded preservation programs to save the history and character of Texas and generate interest in the history and character of Texas.” 
   Commission members present for the honor included the group’s president, Ona Lea Pierce, plus members David Holubec, Becca Sitz, Mary Johnston and Jerrilyn Capers. 

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