"Chiropractor’s Palacios career began at Camp Hulen" Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Norman Runyon

   Back in the year of 1936, with the country just pulling out from under the shroud of depression, the 203rd Coast Artillery from Missouri came to bleak, muddy Camp Hulen for National Guard maneuvers.
   So it was that a young armory custodian by the name of Norman E. Runyon got his first look at Palacios.
   A Lt. McGlothlin, close friend to Runyon, noticed that a family with his name lived here, so he went out to pay a call on the J. F. McGlothlin family.
   While visiting with the family, he met their daughter, Gladys McGlothlin, and mentioned her to Runyon.  
   So it was that he first heard of the woman who was to later become the wife, although he didn’t meet her until 1940 and they weren’t married until 1944.
   Runyon, who now operates Runyon Chiropractic offices here and is active in the Chamber of Commerce and the First Baptist Church, was born in Vernon County, Missouri.


"Remembering Joe Parks: A victim of the Vietnam Conflict" By Thelma Smith Matagorda County TXGenWeb

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A photo of Sergeant First Class Joe Parks.

   According to Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2ab, and 8 there is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven - A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace. So whether one loves, hates, engages in war, or settles in a reign of peace; death is inevitable. All men must come to that end.
   So it was with SSgt. Parks during the Vietnam Conflict.
   SSgt. Parks represented a legacy of military men before him — his uncle Timothy Parks who was a victim of WW I; and many cousins and friends since him. 
   It was in his nature to service his country. 
   He served with all the dignity and perseverance that was a part of his training from his family, friends, teachers and commanding officers.
   Life was not always a bed of roses for him, but he accepted the hardships and disasters without relinquishing.


"MLK featured as museum’s Black History Month exhibit " by: Jessica Shepard

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Donnye Stone’s annual Black History Month exhibit features Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in the lobby of the Matagorda County Museum for February. Stone's showcase highlights King's works, personal history and features a wall of famous quotes. A large cardboard standup of King is the key centerpiece of the exhibit.

   “Who is This Man: Salute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” is the theme of Donnye Stone’s annual Black History Month exhibit in the lobby of the Matagorda County Museum for February. 
   Stone’s annual exhibits have ranged from black dolls and hats to authors and musicians. 
   “I asked God to give me something or someone with a positive spirit,” she said about her exhibit choice this year. 
   “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was my answer, with all the negative and craziness going on in our country and our community today, I needed and wanted someone that showed compassion for others and did some good in this world that we live in. 
   “I needed and wanted someone that put himself and his family on the back burner and put the world first. I needed and wanted someone that was a servant, who served others and Dr. King fits this someone.” 


"Black rice farmers in Matagorda County history" By Thelma D. Smith From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page

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Separator Thrashing Bundles of Rice: Worker feeds bundles hauled from shocks in the field from the wagon into the throat of the separator. The straw and chaff piled up where the separator ran.

Carlyle Roberson, Continued from History last week
   Carlyle farmed rice for ten to fifteen years. 
   In the late 1940s he bought about 100 acres of land on the Chinquapin Road from a Mrs. Wates whose
husband had died. 
   He farmed cotton, raised stock, drove the school bus, and leased about 50 to 75 acres from LeTulle to farm rice.
   He made an X for his signature, and many times, one of his sons or Mr. Eidlebach signed for him after his X.
Carlyle leased his land to farm rice, signed his lease to contract water for irrigation, purchased his farm equipment, paid his help, and reaped the total percentage for his crops.
   His former house, a two-story building, burned and his later house that he built still stands about 10 miles southeast of Wadsworth on the Chinquapin Road. 
   The land is still owned by the Roberson heirs.
   This information was provided by: Mr. Earl Eidlebach, the “Water Man:” 


‘Black Art-Ancestral Legacy’ exhibit at Palacios

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at http://www.humanitiestexas.org.

   PALACIOS - Palacios Area Historical Association is presenting “Black Art - Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through February at the City by the Sea Museum.
   The traveling display based on the major exhibition organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities began Feb. 4.
   The Black Art display is a photographic exhibition that addresses the question posed by African American poet Countee Cullen in 1926: “What is Africa to me?” 
   This exhibition provides a number of examples from 20th-century African American artists - both trained and untrained - that visually respond to this question.
   These modern artists draw heavily on African influence, while simultaneously reinterpreting it for a different time and place.


Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church

The state historical marker for Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church on Caney Creek, off FM 527, shows that slaves from nearby plantations on the Lower Caney Creek contined to worship after the Civil War and acquired land where the church is now in 1885 and built a sanctury at the site that was used for several decades. It was a community school until around 1930. A homecoming is held the second Saturday in November.
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"Black rice farmers in Matagorda County history" By Thelma D. Smith

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Binding rice into bundles

From the Matagorda County History & Genealogy page


"Elliott’s Ferry important point on roads crossing Matagorda County" By Freda Daniel

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Nuckols Hotel built shortly after Bay City’s founding

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Nuckols Family in Front of the Nuckols Hotel: Standing, from left, Trannie, Beulah, Andrew, Etta, Harvey, Carrie and Willie; seated, from left, Sarah Jane, Clyde and John V. Nuckols. Daughter Nora was living in Beaumont at the time of the picture and was not present.

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   On the southwest corner of the square in Bay City there was once a large, two story frame structure known as the Nuckols Hotel. 
   Shortly after Bay City was founded in October, 1894, John Nuckols built the town's first hotel. 
   Adjacent to the two-story Nuckols House, situated on the west side of the square, was a vegetable and flower garden.
   This hostelry bore the name if its owners, John V. and Sarah Jane Nuckols, and served as a “home” to the travelers coming in and out of Bay City for many years. 
   During the devastating storm of 1909, it served as headquarters for those helping with relief work in the storm stricken area, and the Nuckols girls cooked and served meals, dried wet clothing, and provided what help they could for the weary storm victims. 

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Nuckols fire destroyed 4,000 rent control documents

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Nuckols Hotel was engulfed in flames in this photo of the 1945 fire.

   BAY CITY. Feb. 9. (U.P.) - A fire which took place yesterday leveled the old Nuckols Hotel, Bay City’s oldest building and last remaining wooden structure on the town square, destroyed the rent control registrations of 4,000 houses and apartments in Jackson, Matagorda and Calhoun Counties, it was disclosed today.
   Total damage, including that to the nearby LeTulle Building, was estimated at $50,000.
   Area rent control headquarters were located on the lower floor of the two-story hotel building. 
   The fire, believed to have originated from an oil stove, demolished the old two-story hotel building, despite the efforts of fire fighters from Bay City, El Campo, Wharton and West Columbia.
   The blaze gutted the upper floor of the two-story brick LeTulle building, destroying valuable law books and other property in attorneys’ and doctors’ offices.
   Victoria Advocate, February 9, 1945



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