History

Thu
20
Apr

Mary Sherwood Helm helped frame early Texas history

From online sources
Mary Sherwood Helm, above, wrote Scraps of Early Texas History (right) several decades after she and her first  husband, Elias R. Wightman led the first group of sellters to Matagord in 1828.

From Handbook of Texas Online and Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
06
Apr

Landmark protects site of U-Boat sinking off Matagorda Peninsula

From  online sites
The Mexican cargo ship the SS Oaxaca, which was sunk off 7.7 miles off Matagorda Peninsula July 26, 1942, by the German U-Boat U-171. The sinking is testimony to how closed World War II was to coastal Texans.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Wed
29
Mar

"Wagner ‘typical country doctor’ for Palacios"

Dr. Joseph Ralph Wagner

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Wed
29
Mar

"Scott practiced medicine in Bay City for 31 years" By Dr. Gordon E. Richardson

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E.E. and Mary Scott

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

   Dr. Edward Eugene Scott was born February 20, 1867, in Lampasas, Texas. 
   His parents were Dr. Morgan Jackson and Harriett Kenney Scott. They were natives of Gasconade County, Missouri, both being born there in 1821. 
   This family moved to Texas in 1852 and settled in the town of Lampasas. 
   His father, Dr. Morgan Jackson Scott, was a pioneer doctor, stock raiser and Texas Ranger Captain.
   When Edward was five years of age, his father was killed in a gunfight on the post office steps of Lampasas. 

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Thu
23
Mar

Sutherland’s family had ties to Alamo defenders

   John Sutherland’s grandfather was the Alamo physician Messenger and an uncle to one of the Alamo defenders.
   John Sutherland’s grandfather, Dr. John Sutherland, Jr. (1792-1867) moved to San Antonio in 1835; there the Alamo garrison hired his medical services.  
   He was injured in a fall from a horse and could not fight, so Col. William B. Travis sent him to bring help from Gonzales.  
   Dr. Sutherland returned with a contingent of men only to see the funeral pyres; among the dead was William DePriest Sutherland (1818-1836) the 17-year-old son of his brother George. 
   John Sutherland (1864–1965) and his wife Estelle Anderson Sutherland (1864–1933) are buried at Cedarvale Cemetery in Section 2 Block 59.
 Alamo Defenders

Thu
23
Mar

John Sutherland had long legacy as a Bay City leader

John Sutherland
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   From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
16
Mar

Cedar Lane: Approach to original settlement through lane of cedars

Cedar Lane Map

From Handbook of Texas Online

Thu
16
Mar

Cedar Lane history dates to Caney Creek plantations

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In 1923, there were 39 white children registered who would be attending school in the fall of 1923. In 1938, Cedar Lane students began going to school in Van Vleck. This picture is was taken when the school was much smaller.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
09
Mar

Mistaken orders led to 1916 train wreck

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Troop train was supposed to be held to allow arrival of homeseekers’ special. The troop train was pulling out of the station when wreck occurred.

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

Thu
09
Mar

Wreck gives soldiers first day off; Minnesota troops make best of it

   Although the wreck on the Brownsville yesterday was an unfortunate affair it served a good purpose in that it gave the 600 Minnesota troops en route Brownsville their first day off since they left home five days ago.
   Besides two troops of regular National Guard volunteers, the battalion under Major Leach had along Company “F,” composed of 171 University of Minnesota students and six officers under Capt. W. F. Rhinow, the whole constituting the Minnesota Second Battalion First Field Artillery, carrying 12 3-inch field pieces.
   Many of the boys expressed themselves as delighted with Bay City and took their enforced stop of several hours as an opportunity to attend church and entertain themselves in diverse other ways.
   Their chief amusement seemed to center about the county court house democratic donkey and the republican alligator held captive at the Confederate monument fountain by the Daughters of the Confederacy.

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