History

Thu
02
Jan

Collegeport New Year’s celebrations

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Collegeport: New Year’s Day 1953
1st row seated: Lynda Wells, Margaret Bryan, Weldon Corporon, Carl Halfen "Spooky,” Russell Corporon, Annie Nell Penland
2nd row: Mrs. Brown, Dick Corporon, A. A. Penland, Mr. Gableman, Paul Penland, Ruby Sanders, Clyde Ware, Jr., ____ Penland?, Sue Penland, Virginia Wells, Joy Corporon, Gerald Wells, Jr., Roy Corporon, unknown
3rd row: Gerald Merck?, Dorothy Franzen Merck, Mae Perciville, Vannie Penland, Mrs. A. G. Fitzgerald, Lena Carrick, Sherry Williams, Phyllis Holsworth, Ellen Franzen, Vick Gallaher, Prudence Gallaher, Lawrence Smith, Grace Smith, Billy Halfen, Juliette Halfen, Clifford Franzen, Della Braden, unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown
4th row: Gilvie Holloway, Rev. A. G. Fitzgerald, LuEllen Corporon, John Carrick, Ellen (Emma) Franzen, Ruby Wells, Gaines Corporon, Dean "Deanie Boy" Merck, Jr., Roy Williams, Lynda Williams, Ethel Williams, Gustave Franzen, Ida Mae Franzen, unknown, Larry Corporon, unknown, Carrie Nelson, unknown, Fred Roessler, Dean Merck, unknown

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

   Four times a year, the residents had special gatherings. Collegeport Day, begun in 1908 continues to today. 
   They joined with the residents of Citrus Grove for their annual Thanksgiving dinner.  
   The third was an annual dinner on February 22nd, to observe the birthday of George Washington, the father of their country. 
   The fourth celebration began on January 1, 1910 when New Year’s Day was celebrated.  
   It continued into the 1960s and in 1926 was observed by only two community members who braved the weather to get together to continue the tradition. 
   The following articles give a glimpse into the celebrations for many year. 
   More information on Collegeport can be found at http://usgenwebsites.org/TXMatagorda/collegeport.htm

Thu
26
Dec

Local Santa letters from 1929-31 show different time

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Thu
19
Dec

Area Christmas happenings in early 20th Century

An aviation-themed Christmas card from the 1930s.

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Thu
12
Dec

Area Christmas happenings in early 20th Century

A vintage Christmas card from the early 1900s.

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

 

Thu
05
Dec

Tidehaven students learn Matagorda County history on tour

Photos courtesy of Crystal Taska
A tour of Matagorda County Museum in Bay City was led by Barbara Smith (above), MCM director and Matagorda County Historical Commission member. Smith explains Rivers, Rice and Railroads exhibit.

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

     Students in Crystal Taska’s Tidehaven/Wharton County Junior College 1301 & 1302 History classes at Tidehaven High School in Tidehaven ISD participated in a Matagorda County History Field Trip on Nov. 21,which was sponsored by the Matagorda County Historical Commission. 
   Students toured sites in Blessing, Matagorda and Bay City. 
   Taska wanted her students to learn more about history in their own backyards, especially since Matagorda County played such an important role in the early history of Texas. 

Thu
28
Nov

Thanksgiving updates from the ’20s and ’30s

Photo: americangrit.com/en.wikipedia.org
American football and Thanksgiving image from the early 1930s.

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

Thu
21
Nov

Palacios Point once hosted town of Portsmouth

Matagorda County Museum
The beach at Portsmouth.

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

 

Thu
14
Nov

Martin served as Matagorda doctor, county sheriff

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

 

 James Fisher Martin, doctor, sheriff, and rancher, was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, England, in 1808. 
   He was educated at Edinburgh, Scotland, and then practiced medicine in Liverpool, England.  
   He immigrated to Anderson County, South Carolina, in 1830, moved to Texas during the Texas Revolution, and attended the wounded after the battle of San Jacinto. 
   Subsequently, he opened a drugstore and doctor’s office in Matagorda. 

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Thu
14
Nov

Williams among Bay Prairie men who died at Goliad

From Handbook of Texas Online   

 

Thu
07
Nov

Burton D. Hurd Land Company’s trip to Collegeport

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Burton D. Hurd showing his Collegeport land development.

 

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

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