History

Thu
30
Apr

Camp Hulen’s mission later expanded to include POW camp

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Camp Hulen mud days January 1940.

Contributed by Mickey Crenshaw
Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Thu
23
Apr

Texas National Guard found Palacios the site for new training ground

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Post card showed Camp Hulen company street.

Contributed by Mickey Crenshaw
Matagorda County TXGenWeb

 

Thu
16
Apr

"Family history online: A wealth of research sites to investigate"By Carol Gibbs Matagorda County TXGenWeb

   Since sheltering in place is necessary in Matagorda County for the time being, especially during the Easter season, families could use some of their time to share family stories and do some online family history research.  
   Family stories are often lost because they are never written down.  
   Now would be a good time to start writing.  
   Many grandparents are limited to only using phone calls and FaceTime to contact their grandchildren.  
   What an excellent time for them to relate a story to the grandchildren from their childhoods.  
   Another good activity is to get out those old family pictures and show them to the children.  
   While you’re looking at them, be sure to label each one for future generations.
Thu
16
Apr

Online research reveals story of Swedish brothers role in Collegeport history

   A good example of a family history created with the use of the sites suggested above is the story of the Drott Brothers of Collegeport.   
   With only a few mentions of them in Collegeport history, the following information was found on the internet.  
   Not all searches are this successful, but with some perseverance, amazing treasures can be uncovered.  
   Albin Drott (1880-1965), a building contractor, advertised his services in the Collegeport Chronicle in 1911 and 1912.   
   He was the oldest of three brothers to emigrate from Sweden to the U.S.   
   He left his two parents and six siblings in Sweden on March 14, 1902 and traveled to Essex, Iowa.   
   He apparently worked until he had enough money to send to his brother, Gustaf (1885-1948), for his passage on March 18, 1904.   
   A third brother, Axel (1891-1911), left Sweden on April 7, 1911.   
   No doubt, his brothers provided the funds for his passage.  

Thu
09
Apr

"Kate Moore also lived in Bay City" By Mary Belle Ingram

   Kate Seaman Moore was born on May 9, 1853, in Clinton, Louisiana.  
   Her father had come from New York and her mother from Mississippi. Kate married Spencer Cone Moore on May 24, 1871.  
   He was a brother of William Erastus Moore, Kate's second husband. Spencer and Kate were married eight years before he died on Jan. 18, 1879, of yellow fever. they had four children, Selkirk Seaman, Oce Anna, David Lewis and Addie May.  
   William E. was born on October 26, 1838, in New Jersey. He had married Mary C. Swift who had died in 1878. He also had four children by this marriage; they were Margaret "Maggie" and Inez and two who died in infancy.  
   On June 15, 1881, William E. and Kate married in Indianola. Their children were Hamilton Cecil, Vera, William Ashby, Winifred and Gladys. 
   Captain William E. and Kate Moore lived in Ashby, Texas, Matagorda County, where the entire family was quite active in the Ashby Methodist Church.  

Thu
09
Apr

William Moore family made mark in Ashby

   William E. More was born in Rahway, N. J., Oct. 26, 1837, but came with his parents to Texas immediately after its annexation in 1845, and lived several years at Indianola.  
   William E. Moore died at his home at Ashby, in Matagorda County - where he lived for more than 30 years and became a prominent businessman - June 5, 1902. 
   He was a Confederate veteran, having left his home at Indianola, August, 1861, in company with James and Joseph Collins, Hays P. Yarrington, John Collins, and Daniel Hoffman, expecting to go to the front in Virginia.  
   At Houston, however, he and his friends enlisted in the Eighth Texas Cavalry, better known as Terry’s Texas Rangers, and were sent to Bowling Green, Ky., where the regiment was fully organized.  
   A braver set of men never lived.  
   When Gen. Zollicoffer was killed, at Fishing Creek. W.E. Moore was one of the party sent under flag of truce to recover his body.  

Thu
02
Apr

"Matagorda County and the 1918 pandemic impact"

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third and final installment of a multi-part series on the impact of the 1918 Pandemic on Matagorda County.
      As you will read, the disease affected lots of residents.
   
   “Flu” flu in on the Tribune force from delivery boy to the editor this week and up to the present writing it has refused to flu out. We are doing all we possibly can under the circumstances and ask our readers to bear with us until we get going again. Those who have had it will understand this and grant us anything we might want.
   Matagorda County Tribune, Friday, October 18, 1918
  Carrie E. Laxton
April 22, 1884 - October 19, 1918
Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas
Section 2, Block 75
Cedarvale Cemetery, Bay City, Texas
  MRS. BEULAH LANGSTON
Thu
26
Mar

Matagorda County and 1918 pandemic

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second installment of a multi-part series on the impact of the 1918 Pandemic on Matagorda County.
   As you will read, the disease affected lots of residents.

Thu
19
Mar

Matagorda County and 1918 pandemic

   EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first of a multi-part series on the impact of the 1918 Pandemic on Matagorda County.
   As you will read, the disease affected lots of residents.

Thu
12
Mar

A Matagorda County history from 1910

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A painting of Matagorda in 1860 near the start of the Civil War, when there was just one large Matagorda Bay.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: I came across this history by chance and was impressed by its perspective - from the beginning of the 20th Century.
      Historical Review of South-East Texas illustrated, Volume 1,
Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago  1910
Transcribed by FoFG mj
   Matagorda municipality was created by the Coahuila- Texas legislature, March 6,1834. 
   It’s jurisdiction was over the country between the Lavaca and Caney creek, this being the southwest portion of the Austin colonies. 
   The provisional Texas government in December, 1835, created the municipality of Jackson from the west side of Matagorda.  
   The east and west boundaries were thus fixed as they still remain, and when Wharton county was formed in 1846 the north boundary was made. 
   The municipality was organized as a county under the act of congress, December 20, 1836. 
   The town of Matagorda was incorporated by the act of December 14, 1837. 

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