Childers restoring house of early educator Tenie Holmes

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Restoration is under way on historic home of early educator Tenie Holmes on Avenue H.

   I’m proud of our County and the people who care for its historic treasures. 
   I was excited to see two small cottages on Avenue H in Bay City, being restored by local banker, Jason Childers. 
   One of the small homes being restored, at 2504 Ave. H, was the home of early educator Christine “Tenie” M. Holmes. 
   She was a true gift to Bay City.

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Laughter, talk will return to BayTex

An early postcard of the Baytex Hotel.

   The sounds of laughter and conversation will once again fill the rooms inside the long-abandoned BayTex Hotel on 6th street in Bay City as local developer; Stuart A. Lynn begins the preservation attention the historic landmark so greatly deserves. 
   In danger of being demolished more than once, The BayTex will house prestigious loft apartments.
   In 1927, the BayTex Hotel was financed by local businesses - Alamo Lumber Co., Central Power & Light Co., Paris Smith (1887-1978), president of the BayTex Hotel organization, and several other citizens interested in the venture. 
   It was considered modern in every way and had 49 guest rooms. 

State Provides more details on county markers

 EDITOR’S NOTE: The Bay City Sentinel announced state’s approval of four historical markers for Matagorda County in its Feb. 5 edition.
   The Matagorda County Historical Commission had just received the good news that day, so the Sentinel ran a short story on the announcement.
   The following article from the Texas Historical Commission includes more historical information on those markers.
   BAY CITY - Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized two events as significant parts of Texas history by granting an Official Texas Historical Marker for both.   
   In addition, two structures were also recognized as Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks for their history and architectural integrity.    

Palacios Colored School: Then and Now

Photo courtesy of Ernestine Heard Edwin
This undated photo shows students gathering for classes at the Palacios Colored School.

   Lack of education for the African-American population has been a persistent thread throughout U.S. history.  
   Prior to the Civil War, it was illegal in many states for African-Americans to be taught to read and write.  
   There are the stories of slaves, usually the offspring of a white master and a slave mother, who were taught to read and write; however, this was not the usual case. 
   Following the Civil War, schools started educating both white and African-American students.  
   By 1904, there were 32 independent school districts; 19 of them instructed a total of 764 African American students.  
   Conditions in the schools varied from homes to schoolrooms to barns. 
   The first mention of a “Negro” school in Palacios is in the April 4, 1929 edition of the Palacios Beacon: “during the 1928-29 school year...a Negro school has been maintained at a cost of approximately $300.00.”  

Town of Manhatten once planned at Caney Creek mouth

Photo/ Palaciois State Bank from Matagorda County TXgenwebsite

Manhattan was the name of a proposed town in southeastern Matagorda County to be at the mouth of Caney Creek on East Matagorda Bay, the easternmost part of which, at the junction of the mainland and the Matagorda Peninsula, was once called Manhattan Bay. 
   Proposed during the boom in town speculation of 1837–39, Manhattan apparently never developed into much.
   The February 1838 issues of the Matagorda Bulletin reported, however, the packet sloop Manhattan would make weekly trips between Matagorda and the town of Manhattan.

State OKs 4 markers for Matagorda County

Four new state historical markers were approved for Matagorda County by the Texas Historical Commission last week.
   The markers are: the Sargent-Rugeley-Herreth Home in Bay City, the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1862, the Civil War-era Matagorda Incident (1863) and W.C. Williams Building in Palacios.

A hotel’s history in 2 places: Collegeport, Houston

The Avenue Hotel, above, during the good times in Collegeport around 1911 - the year the lodging rate was raised to $1.

Alfred M. Weborg was born July 7, 1867, in Wisconsin, son of Peter Weborg, born in Norway, and Oluffa Elisebet Wiig, born in Sweden. Anna Maria Jacobson was born May 29, 1878 in Illinois, daughter of Gustaf Adolf Jacobson (1846-1910) and Wilhelmina Ostran (1869-1939), who were both born in Sweden.


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