History

Thu
21
May

Pearl Harbor sailor moved from list of missing in 1941 to killed in action in 2019

   Fireman Third Class Clarence Arvin Blaylock, U.S. Navy was born October 6, 1921, in Tarrant County, Texas to Earnest Ruben Blaylock (February 11, 1901 – June 1, 1959) who was a “tinner” according to the 1920 Federal Census, and later a Bay City businessman who owned and operated E.R. Blaylock Pontiac Co. (car dealership) and E.R. Blaylock Independent Gas & Oil Co. (service station). 
   His mother was Coye Inez (Hawkins) Blaylock (November 30, 1901 – September 23, 1978) who married Earnest while they were living in Tarrant County on May 6, 1920. 
   Their marriage did not work out and ended in divorce sometime before 1930. 
   Arvin and his Mother moved in with his grandparents, Charles M. and Ida E. Hawkins at Polytechnic (a suburb of Fort Worth). 
   Arvin graduated from Polytechnical High School at the age of 17.
Arvin entered the U.S. Navy on December 14, 1940; first training at San Diego, then at the Great Lakes Training Center. 

Thu
14
May

Bay City history boosted by agriculture, oil, industry

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Bay City was regularly flooded by the Colorado River until levees and dams were built along the river in 1924. Among the most damaging of these floods was the one in 1013, shown above. That flood joined the Colorado and Brazos rivers.

   Bay City, the county seat of Matagorda County, is an incorporated city at the junction of Texas 35 and 60, in the north central portion of the county 90 miles southwest of Houston.  
   The community is named for its location on Bay Prairie, between the richly productive bottomlands of the Colorado River and Caney Creek.  
   It was established in 1894, when David Swickheimer, a Colorado mining millionaire and participant in a promotional organization called the Enterprise Land and Colonizing Company, formed the Bay City Town Company in partnership with G. M. Magill, N. M. Vogelsang, and Nicholas King.  
   Planning that Bay City would one day supplant Matagorda as county seat, the men selected two cow pastures on Bay Prairie as the site for a new community.  
   The company bought 320 acres from D.P. Moore and another 320 acres from the Mensing brothers of Galveston.  

Thu
07
May

Aylett ‘Strap’ Buckner one of Texas’ most colorful characters

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
The Legend of Strap Buckner - A Texas Tale was written in 2001.

Matagorda County TXGenWeb

Thu
07
May

History of Battle Island

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
Battle Island Monument about two miles northest of Matagorda.

   In the winter of 1826, the Flowers and Cavanah families who lived on Liveoak Bayou were massacred by the Karankawas.
Charles Cavanah was one of the first immigrants to the first colony of Stephen F. Austin.  
   He was at work some distance from the house when the Indians made the attack. 
   On his return he found his home in possession of the Karankawas. With him were two or three slaves.  
   All of the men were unarmed, hence, they were compelled to retreat. 

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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

Matagorda County TXGenWeb
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.  

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