History

Thu
05
Nov

Continued: Japanese preacher’s American journey began in Collegeport

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul Watanbe came to America in 1903, at the age of 16, from Japan and made his way to Collegeport in 1909, when he was part of the inaugural class at the Gulf Coast University of Industrial Arts at Collegeport.
   This was the start of a remarkable young man’s journey that would also include Bryan College, Baylor and Simmons College in Abilene.
      Next up was Yale.
   We’ll tell about Watanbe’s experience in the next several issues.

From last week
   Two Japanese-American sisters who attended Hardin-Simmons University during World War II have given $7,500 to the institution’s Loyalty Fund from “redress funds” that they received from the United States Government.
   The Loyalty Fund provides scholarship assistance for current and prospective students.

Thu
29
Oct

Continued: Japanese preacher’s American journey began in Collegeport

Courtesy of Wikipedia
Above, Jessie and Grace Watanbe graduated from Hardin-Simmons in 1946.

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul Watanbe came to America in 1903, at the age of 16, from Japan and made his way to Collegeport in 1909, when he was part of the inaugural class at the Gulf Coast University of Industrial Arts at Collegeport.
   This was the start of a remarkable young man’s journey that would also include Bryan College, Baylor and Simmons College in Abilene.
      Next up was Yale.
   We’ll tell about Watanbe’s experience in the next several issues.
From last week

      Watanabe Sisters Win High Honors
   Jessie Watanabe, 1946 graduate, was awarded the $25 cash prize during the commencement exercises for the best essay on the subject, “How Can I Improve Race Relations,” given by Elta Campbell Roberts in memory of her sis-
ter, Willie Beatrice Campbell, a graduate of 1913.

Thu
22
Oct

Continued: Japanese preacher’s American journey began in Collegeport

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Church service at Poston 1 Internment Camp.

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul Watanbe came to America in 1903, at the age of 16, from Japan and made his way to Collegeport in 1909, when he was part of the inaugural class at the Gulf Coast University of Industrial Arts at Collegeport.
   This was the start of a remarkable young man’s journey that would also include Bryan College, Baylor and Simmons College in Abilene.
      Next up was Yale.
   We’ll tell about Watanbe’s experience in the next several issues.
From last week

      News of evacuation
   When the family received the news of their evacuation, Paul was still at home, though very ill. He packed his library in crates and the Caucasian ministers stored them for him as well as some of the family possessions including Paul’s sermon notes. They sold their appliances and furniture and liquidated their household.

Thu
15
Oct

Continued: Japanese preacher’s American journey began in Collegeport

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul Watanbe came to America in 1903, at the age of 16, from Japan and made his way to Collegeport in 1909, when he was part of the inaugural class at the Gulf Coast University of Industrial Arts at Collegeport.
   This was the start of a remarkable young man’s journey that would also include Bryan College, Baylor and Simmons College in Abilene.
      Next up was Yale.
   We’ll tell about Watanbe’s experience in the next several issues.
From last week

      The (Simmons) Brand editor is disappointed that the students of Simmons College did not respond more freely to the proposition to send a cash contribution to Paul Watanabe, an alumnus of the college who is doing evangelistic work in his native country, Japan. 
   The fact that the collection was so small is probably due to the fact that only a small number of students now in school were here when Paul was a student in Simmons. 

Thu
08
Oct

Continued: Japanese preacher’s American journey began in Collegeport

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
This is one of four pictures that were Paul’s graduation pictures in the
1919 Simmons College Yearbook The Bronco.

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul Watanbe came to America in 1903, at the age of 16, from Japan and made his way to Collegeport in 1909, when he was part of the inaugural class at the Gulf Coast University of Industrial Arts at Collegeport.
   This was the start of a remarkable young man’s journey that would also include Bryan College, Baylor and Simmons College in Abilene. 
   Next up was Yale.
   We’ll tell about Watanbe’s experience in the next several issues.
From last week 
   The Woman’s Club of Collegeport was treated to a visit from Paul on January 1, 1917.
   Instead of the regular program, a talk on “Japanese Women” was given by Mr. Paul Watanabe, a Japanese. He closed with a Japanese song.— Woman’s Club minutes, Jan 25th 1917
   Paul was enrolled in Simmons College in Abilene, Texas by 1918.
   Paul Watanabe Speaks 
to Students In Chapel

Thu
01
Oct

A Japanese preacher’s early American journey began in Collegeport

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Paul Yorishige Watanabe

   EDITOR’S NOTE: Paul Watanbe came to America in 1903, at the age of 16, from Japan and made his way to Collegeport in 1909, when he was part of the inaugural class at the Gulf Coast University of Industrial Arts.
   This was the start of a remarkable young man’s journey that would also include Bryan College, Baylor and Simmons College in Abilene. 
   Next up was Yale.
   We’ll tell about Watanbe’s experience in the next several issues.

   Family of Paul Yorishige Watanabe & Chie Watanabe Katsuno

Thu
24
Sep

Famed author, detective from Matagorda County

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Charles Siringo with saddled horse in front of the Hotel Palacios in 1913.

   Charles Angelo Siringo, cowboy, author, and detective, was born on February 7, 1855, in Matagorda County, Texas. 
   His father, Italian immigrant Antonio Siringo, died a year later, leaving the boy’s Irish mother, Bridgit (White) Siringo, to care for him and his older sister. 
   After some schooling he made several trips on the Mississippi from New Orleans to St. Louis and back. 
   In 1870, Siringo was in Texas, where he secured work as a cowboy. 
   For six years he worked in the Texas coastal plain region for Joseph Yeamans, W.B. Grimes, and others. 
   For nearly two years in 1871–72 he was employed as a cowboy by Jonathan E. and Abel H. (Shanghai) Pierce on their Rancho Grande near present-day Blessing. 
   In 1876 Siringo became a trail driver and accompanied a herd of 2,500 longhorns over the Chisholm Trail from Austin to Kansas. 

Thu
17
Sep

"Foundation works to obtain acreage once part of delta" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Matagorda Bay Foundation Executive Director Bill Balboa, far right, guided a presentation in Palacios last Saturday about the foundation’s promising efforts to close on Dog Island - once part of the Colorado River delta that’s been cut off - and preserve its resources.

   The Matagorda Bay Foundation is working to preserve more than 1,000 coastal habitat acreage that once was part of the Colorado River delta.
   Foundation Executive Director Bill Balboa led a discussion about Dog Island at a Footprints on the Bay at Palacios’ City by the Sea Museum Saturday, Sept. 12 - part of the Guy and Colleen Claybourn Symposium.
   Dog Island is a coastal “island” a few miles west of Matagorda, between the Colorado River delta, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Mad Island Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and the “open expanse of West Matagorda Bay.”
   “I want to talk about how the past shaped the present and future and will affect the way it looks for future Texans,” Balboa told about 25 people attending his talk at the museum.
   Balboa came to work at the bay in 1988 with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

Thu
17
Sep

"Caney grew where several early roads crossed " By Mary Belle Ingram Matagorda County TXGenWeb

   Situated in the shadows of the Bay City Regional Airport, near the crossroads of FM 457 and FM 2540, is a small cemetery which was a part of the Caney community, and is now only a memory, except for the historical marker placed on the side during the Texas Centennial in 1936. 
   The marker reads: 
Site of Caney Post Office
Established about 1838
In its vicinity members of
Austin’s Colony established 
pioneer sugar plantations.
   During the days of the Republic of Texas – and earlier – the original Caney was once called Caney Crossing.  
   It received its name from the Caney Creek, thought to be an old bed of the Colorado River, which flowed through a dense cane break.  
   Caney Crossing was situated in one of the most historic areas of Matagorda County – the bottom lands of the Colorado River and Caney Creek.  

Thu
10
Sep

1910 Collegeport hotel moved to Houston in 1923

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

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