History

Thu
27
Jun

Wagner established his Palacios practice as a ‘country doctor’

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Above left, is Dr. Joseph Wagner and, above right, is the former Wagner General Hospital that was named for him.

   Joseph Ralph Wagner, born on May 16, 1870, in Newman, Illinois, was the son of Dr. John Marquand (Marquin) and Sarah Ellen Wagner He attended public school in Newman, and was graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago. 
      He began his practice in 1895 in Newman. About 1902 he moved his family to Crowley, La., and farmed rice for a couple of years. 
   In 1906, they moved to Palacios and bought a farm, intending to raise rice. 
   He soon found that Palacios needed a doctor, so in June, 1907, he took the Texas Medical Examination and opened practice. 
   In the early days Doc had an ad each week in the Palacios Beacon, "DR. WAGNER'S PHONE IS #13," and, of course, his phone number was very important to a lot of people! 
   Doc was a typical "country doctor" of the era, beginning his practice with a horse and buggy, but advancing to an automobile in 1909.  

Thu
20
Jun

Matagorda doctor served in Texas Revolution battles

Matagorda County History Website
The state historical marker, above, and the grave marker, for Dr. Albert Moses Levy at Matagorda Cemetery.

Matagorda County History Website
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Handbook of Texas Online

Thu
20
Jun

Gervais fought in American Revolution, was county judge

Matagorda County History Website
usgenwebsites.org/TXMatagorda/ 

Thu
20
Jun

"‘The Tree of Life’ to raise funds for Matagorda Historical Society" by: Simon DeSoto

Contributed photo

   MATAGORDA – The Matagorda Historical Society is making its own history on July 11, in Bay City, when they bring to Schulman’s Movie Theater, the Academy Award nominated movie, The Tree of Life.
   What makes this historic is that the movie is the first major movie every filmed in Matagorda and also it will be the first time this movie has been shown in Matagorda County on the big screen! 
   The Historical Society wanted to spotlight this movie due to its historical significance by being filmed in Matagorda, but also features many Matagorda County residents in the movie, including the late Joe Faye Deshotels, who was a member of the Historical Society. 
   Her appearance is unique in this movie and you won’t want to miss it. 
   Familiar faces from Matagorda County can be seen in different parts of the movie also. 

Thu
13
Jun

Silas York fought for both sides in Civil War

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Silas W. York’s gravemarker at Palacios Cemetery.

   EDITOR’S NOTE: A grave marker at Palacios Cemetery boasts both Confederate and Union flags that tell a story about a man’s journey in the Civil War and from Missouri to Palacios.
   Wilson Silas York was born on December 21, 1843 near Waynesville, Pulaski County, Missouri to Andrew York, a farmer who was born in Tennessee, and Ellen “Nelly” Evans York, who hailed from Missouri.
   As best as can be ascertained, he had nine brothers and sisters: Henry J. (1836); Louisa J. (1838); William E. (1839); Lucinda E. (1841); Christopher C. (1846); Sarah “Sally” Ann (1849); John (1851); Harriet (1853); and Ann Elizabeth “Eliza”(1856).
   In the 1850 Pulaski County, MO Federal census his name is entered as Wilson  S. York.

Thu
13
Jun

Rugeley founded when Hawkinsville Tap railroad was built though the area

From Handbook of Texas Online

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
Fromrootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago

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

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