(Houston Post Special)
BLESSING, Texas, April 9.—John L. Logan will soon start on his two-story brick mercantile building on the corner of Avenue B and Tenth.
R. B. Herring reports that most all his cement blocks are ready and will soon have his two-story, concrete block, residence started.
The two-mile mark has been reached with the cement walks for Blessing. Blessing citizens are glad to hear the ruling made by the townsite company that they have the services of our local cement walk contractor, and from this date all lots sold are with the understanding that the townsite company will construct a cement walk in front of said lots.
At an election held at Blessing the bond issue for an additional $4000 was passed. Said money to be used in the completion of our $11,000 school building, cement walks and any other needed improvements.
J. E. Pierce has announced that he will have the gin at Tidehaven removed and built at Blessing; this in time for this season’s crop. This $15,000 structure will be quite an improvement for Blessing.
Mrs. L. B. Parkins has purchased from the Blessing Townsite company the Hotel Blessing, taking possession of same April 1.
Houston Post, April 10, 1911
J. E. Pierce called at the News office yesterday morning relative to the removal of the cotton gin from Tidehaven to Blessing, and said that the work of moving same would be commenced within a very short time.
The cotton acreage in this vicinity is conservatively estimated by those who have canvassed the territory to be 1300 acres, while many who claim to know, positively say there will be in the neighborhood of 2000 acres. It is expected that the acreage will be considerably increased on account of the cotton gin being moved to Blessing and placed in operation.
Plant as much cotton as you can take care of property. The facilities for ginning will be here as well as the best market. The prices are bound to be high.--Blessing News.
Matagorda County Tribune, April 14, 1911
Blessing, Texas, April 14.--The Blessing Business Men's association have announced that they will give a picnic at Tidehaven Park, May 1, for the citizens of Matagorda county and surrounding country. The same will be the first of an annual "get together" of all the citizens, where they can meet and exchange ideas as to the future of the county and surrounding country and at the same time have a day of good cheer. Blessing, Bay City, Markham, Palacios, Midfields, Collegeport and Matagorda will be represented that day, and the above towns will make same a holiday and close their business houses. Special trains on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio and St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico railways will be placed on schedule for the accommodation of the crowds expected on that day.
Houston Post, April 15, 1911
Mr. and Mrs. Nesbitt of Stephenville are visitors at the A. O. Yeager home.
Mr. and Mrs. V. H. Harding, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Hartwell and Miss Vivian C. Roach were carnival visitors at San Antonio last week.
Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Wheeler entertained at their home Wednesday with an informal dance. The following visitors from Collegeport were present: Mr. Jno. L. Logan and wife, Miss Myrtle Morris, Miss Marie Soekland, Miss Grace Smith, Mr. Arthur Morris, Mr. Lake, Mr. G. C. Lipsitt.
Galveston Daily News, April 30, 1911
Special to The News.
Blessing, Tex., June 17.—D. A. Wheeler has completed his new bungalow on East Hickory street.
John L. Logan has announced that he is ready to accept bids for the plans and specifications for the erection of his new brick block on Avenue B and Tenth street.
Blessing’s cotton gin will be completed this week and will be in readiness for this season’s crop.
Galveston Daily News, June 18, 1911
Matagorda.--Cotton acreage 110; condition 110. Rice acreage 75; condition 100. Corn acreage 100; condition 100.
Collegeport.--Cotton acreage 1910 - 20, 1911 - 700; condition 95; a little too much rain early in season, but coming on fine now, but rain is needed. Corn acreage 300; condition 200. Rice is the big crop here: about 2,000 acres planted and is doing well, but needs rain badly. The pumps are now running and the canal is being filled and the outlook is very encouraging for a good crop.
Blessing.--About five bales from this territory last year. Twenty-five hundred acres in cotton this year. All looking good and will produce at least half bale to the acre this year. Corn acreage in the vicinity of Blessing for the year 1910 was very light, but owing to the failure of the rice crop prompted the farmers to diversify and the consequences is that all farmers have a good stand in corn and the same promises to make at least a forty-bushel crop. Twenty-five hundred acres at least is planted to corn this year.
Galveston Daily News, June 20, 1911
The cotton gin was steamed up Saturday for a trial run and with a few adjustments will be ready for business. At the beginning of the season the gin will be run one day each week and as the season advances will be run three or four days a week, according to the demands of the cotton harvest.
If you are contemplating planting a fig or an orange orchard this year, you will have to get your order for trees in early as the nurserymen say that the amount of orders already received is absolutely without precedent. One nursery has recently closed a contract with a Houston land company for 31,500 orange trees and 31,500 fig trees aggregating $29,138.50. The hard freeze last January has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that the orange and fig can be grown in the Gulf Coast country without danger of being killed by frost.
A petition has been filed with the county clerk asking for a graded road from the draw bridge at Clark's pavilion to Wilson's Creek and connecting with the graded road at Ashby. The petition will be heard at the regular term of the commissioner's court in August. As soon as the road is completed it is proposed to establish a rural route from Blessing to Ashby and on around to the drawbridge below Dunbar and along the boulevard back to Blessing, thus making a complete circuit. This route would mean a great deal to the people who live in that section and also to Blessing.
Matagorda County Tribune, August 4, 1911
Nine bales of cotton were baled at the gin Saturday making a total of eleven for the season. A number of the farmers around Blessing have just commenced picking this week, and several bales were brought to town the first of the week. From now on the cotton will come in at a lively rate and there promises to be a big turn out at the gin, considering that this is the first year of cotton raising at Blessing.
Matagorda County Tribune, August 18, 1911
The Beacon has received a letter from Mr. A. B. Pierce, chairman of the executive committee of the Blessing Fair, announcing that it is to be held on Nov. 10th and 11th, and soliciting, the co-operation of all the people of this part of the country in making the fair a big success. The attendance and exhibits of the people of Palacios and vicinity are especially solicited. We quote the following from Mr. Pierce's letter as giving a comprehensive idea of the plans and purposes of the fair association:
It is the idea to give this Fair for educational purposes, to bring the farmer and the Live Stock grower together, with a view of letting each fellow know what the other one has been doing. There will be no entrance fees to the Fair Ground and there will be no charge made to exhibitors for displaying their product and wares and there will be no cash prizes distributed among the winners, the prizes will simply be ribbons.
Ample tentage and building space has been arranged for to take care of all exhibits. The railroads have granted the usual reduced fares for those two days on all points on the G. H. & S. A. between Wharton and Palacios, and speakers, such as Mr. J. W. Hawley, on good roads, are going to be asked to address our people on Saturday.
While this Fair is being held at Blessing, it is not Blessing's Fair. We realize that we are young and are soliciting exhibits from any resident of Matagorda County. We realize that without co-operation of all of the towns located in the Western half, the best half of Matagorda County, of which Blessing is the geographical center, that we cannot make this a success.
We know that the populous territory surrounding Palacios would furnish many exhibits of produce and live stock and we would like very much to have it all.
Palacios Beacon, September 22, 1911
W. S. Gilbert of Bay City was in Blessing Tuesday, arranging for a moving picture show which he expects to put on here Friday night for the benefit of the school library. The show will be given in the auditorium of the school house and the admission will be 15 and 25 cents. Mr. Gilbert will probably have weekly pictures shows in Blessing.
In three weeks farmers at Blessing will be planting corn. By that time they will have much of their spring gardens planted and plants will be ready to set out from the hotbeds in the fields. With the fine rains we have had recently this promises to be an excellent crop year.
The outlook for a good crop year at Blessing is better than it has been for a number of years. During the past two months we have had over fifteen inches of rain, all of which has soaked into the ground. With a good season in the ground there is no reason why we should not have excellent crops next year.
Matagorda County Tribune, November 29,
Civil Engineer E. N. Gustafson came over from Bay City Tuesday with a number of men to do some surveying here.
Mrs. Minnie G. Harmanson and two daughters went to Bay City Friday to attend the carnival, taking with them an exhibit of the Blessing schools. The exhibit was one of the best at the fair and received much praise.
Judge W. S. Holman of Bay City, was elected vice president for Texas of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress at Washington last week. This is an important office as the congress has been doing some good work in the improvement of the rivers and harbors of the gulf coast of Texas and the vice president for each state has much influence. Judge Holman is entirely worthy and capable of filling this office, and the people of Matagorda county are to be congratulated that one of their number has been selected.
The Co-Operative Canal company's canal and other assets were sold on the fifth, instant, Mr. R. H. Baker, a Houston capitalist, being a purchaser. The plant will doubtless be operated during the season of 1912, although the plans of the new owners have not been made public. We feel assured that this concern, from now on will be a going one, as it will have ample capital to operate on, and experience men in charge locally. At any rate here's hoping the the enterprise will be more successful than ever.
Notwithstanding the disagreeable weather, the fair at Bay City last week drew large crowds and was a success in every way. The exhibits in the poultry and ladies departments were exceptionally good and worthy of praise. In the agricultural department the exhibits were good, considering the hard frost a few days before the fair. The Riess Carnival company was on the grounds with their numerous shows and attractions and furnished plenty of amusements. Several good parades were made and excellent music was furnished by the Bay City band. The only disappointment was the aeroplane which failed to fly. Quite a number of people attended largely to see the birdman fly and were greatly disappointed. However, this was not the fault of the Bay City people, as they did all they could to have a successful flight.
Matagorda County Tribune, December 22,
Mrs. M. Surprise and son, Moses, and daughter, Miss Julia, are recent arrivals in Blessing from Yates Center, Nebraska, having purchased the Hamilton farm near Dunbar.
Dr. Johnston of Houston was a Blessing visitor Tuesday en route home from Palacios where he had officiated at the dedication of the Presbyterian church at that place.
Stanley J. Wright came up from Collegeport to be present at the McCluhan-Powell wedding Wednesday night.
The marriage of Mr. Chas. McCluhan and Miss Ethel Powell took place last Wednesday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Minich, Rev. Hill officiating. A host of friends of this popular couple witnessed the ceremony and many beautiful and useful gifts were displayed. Mrs. Minich served a most sumptuous luncheon. In cutting the bride cake the ring fell to Miss Maude Harmonson, the thimble to Miss Dora Smith.
Mr. A. B. Pierce made a motor trip to Collegeport Wednesday.
Dr. A. S. Morton of Bay City spent Tuesday in Blessing.
Mrs. K. D. Curtis visited Bay City friends on Monday.
Joe H. Harris, recently transferred from the S. P. station here to El Campo, came in on Wednesday's train to attend the McCluhan-Powell wedding.
Matagorda County Tribune, January 17, 1912
Attorney Mobley, who represents B. F. Yoakum in the Burton D. Hurd loan and land deal recently negotiated, is in Blessing this week handling some of the details of the transaction.
“Bo” McCamly, of the Austin Abstract Co. of Bay City, visited Blessing this week in the interests of fuel oil, and closed a contract with several of our rice farmers for 1913.
County Surveyor elect Gustafson is now in Blessing where he will be engaged for some time in doing cross-section survey work in connection with the big drainage dredge.
Jake Wolters, candidate for U. S. senate, reached Blessing on Tuesday afternoon, and addressed a sympathetic and attentive audience in the auditorium of the school house on Tuesday evening.
Juneteenth was duly celebrated at Tidehaven Park by our colored citizens this year.
Incidentally some of the old, case-hardened rebs of Blessing are chortling with unholy glee over that fact that the balance of power at the Chicago Convention is now in the hands of “de bottom rails.”
H. B. Farwell and H. W. Dean of Palacios and Judge Holman of Bay City were among the distinguished visitors who were at Blessing to attend the political speaking last Tuesday evening.
The new and elegant fixtures and furniture for the Lipsitt Drug Store has arrived and is being installed. It consists of quarter oak and plate glass throughout, for floor and walls, and will be both worthy and characteristic of the way Blessing does things.
The big steam dredger is working steadily day and night, and is rapidly opening up a huge ditch down the channel of Cash Creek.
A heavy morning rain favored the vicinity of Blessing this week, assuring a heavy corn crop and much benefitting our cotton and rice crops.
The Blessing broom factory filled an order an order for 12 doz. Brooms on Wednesday and has orders for 25 doz. More. There is not a better broom made in Texas than those turned out by this factory.
Judge James H Roach of Blessing, candidate for the legislature, is on an extended trip to Kansas City, on land business, and will return about July 1.
Dr. Potthast of Weimar, who has been summoned to appear at Bay City in order to testify in a criminal case on trial there, visited Blessing one day this week, and drove out west of town to look over his large land holdings on the Caranchua. He says that none of his land here is for sale. It is all leased to the Ward Cattle Co. at present.
Hay making has ceased for the present near Blessing for the reason that prices are too low to pay for shipping. Now is the time for some enterprising hay dealer to put up a hay barn in Blessing and buy hay for the winter and early spring market.
Bounce, the much thought of possum dog of J. Wiley Jones, was noticed to cross the road south of town last Tuesday morning engaged in rapidly pursuing a jack rabbit. Your reporter has not yet learned the result of the marathon.
Matagorda County Tribune, June 21, 1912
A safe and sane Fourth was observed at Blessing on Thursday, quite a number of our young folks having gone to Palacios to enjoy the day with their city cousins.
A telegram from Mr. A. B. Pierce was received at Blessing on Wednesday, stating that Dr. Morton of Bay City successfully underwent an operation at Rochester, Minn., on Wednesday morning for appendicitis and stomach ulcers, with every indication of rapid recovery and permanent cure.
Mr. D. W. Kessler, one of Blessing's prominent grocerymen, leaves for New York on Sunday, via New Orleans, at which point he will take steamer. He expects to be away for a month, during which time Mr. Warner Sanford will take his place.
Mr. W. Haggard, the tenant who is cultivating the old Poole place on the bank of the Tres Palacios, says that he expects a yield of 100 bushels of corn per acre on that tract this season. Many other farmers in that vicinity claim a promised yield of 60 to 80 bushels per acre.
The Ward Cattle Company are shipping some fine, fat beef cattle from Blessing this week.
Judge James H. Roach of Blessing, candidate for the legislature from Matagorda and Brazoria counties, returned from an extended trip to Kansas City Wednesday. He says he saw and shook hands with Champ, ___rk's famous houn' dog while in Missouri.
Mr. C. A. Tatum, one of the prominent farmers from the Carancahua, west of Blessing, leaves for Nebraska shortly, for a month's visit to his old home.
Blessing is just now luxuriating in a golden wealth of luscious melons, ranging from 75-pound Georgia Rattlers to delicious cantaloupes, with loads of ripe peaches and plums on the side, all grown by the farmers and truck growers in the vicinity of Blessing.
A joint convention of the Sunday school of Blessing, Midfield, Markham, Dunbar, Ashby and Prairie Center is to be held at Tidehaven on Thursday, July 25th, at which an all day program of unusual merit will be given with a basket dinner at noon. All are invited.
Steady and good progress is being made in the dredging work down Cash creek. Plenty of funds are available, the sum of $7500.00 having been placed in the hands of the commissioners for incidental expenses during the past week.
Mr. Wm. Carpenter, the prominent real estate dealers of Blessing, cut the freak Roosevelt-Bryan melon which he has had on exhibition in his office window during the past week, and informs your reporter that it was perfectly hollow inside.
Rev. W. H. Hill, pastor of the Presbyterian church at Blessing, went to Houston on Monday to visit an oculist, returning on Thursday.
Bounce, the highly respected possum dog of J. Wiley Jones, got lost last week, but he came home Tuesday evening with a piece of old man Clark's bailing rope around his neck, and looking all ornery and fagged out.
Matagorda County Tribune, July 5, 1912
Miss Lena LaBeau [LaBauve] of Houston has been the guest of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Wheeler for several days.
Mrs. Edith Law has been visiting Bay City friends during the past several days.
Mrs Chas. E. Duller entertained on Thursday with four tables of whist. A two-course luncheon was served at the conclusion of the games.
Miss Maggie Jekluyn was severely burned by the explosion of a gasoline stove last Thursday and was taken to the Galveston hospital Tuesday.
Mrs. R. T. Phillips and little daughter returned Saturday from Kansas, where they have been spending the summer.
Miss Rachel Plummer left on Monday to resume her duties as teacher in a San Antonio kindergarten.
A. B. Pierce made a business visit to Victoria Sunday, returning Monday night.
J. Stanley Wright and Charles Wiley, of the Ward Cattle Co., left for Cotulla, Texas Tuesday for a few days' stay.
Mrs. T. J. Poole, Jr., and children of Wadsworth are visiting relatives this week.
J. L. Logan, Sr., made a business trip to Bay City the first of the week.
Dean Kendall of Houston was the guest of Harold Lucas several days this week.
Miss Eleanor Harrison of Bay City was in town between trains on Tuesday.
Miss Lillian Hererin left Tuesday for an indefinite visit at Nacogdoches.
The Catholics held services at the home of Mr. J. O. Murphy Thursday.
Miss Dressa Johnson is at home on a two weeks' vacation from her duties in the training class at Sealy Hospital Galveston.
Mrs. F. G. Cobb and sister, Miss Dunn, were visitors to Citrus Grove over Sunday.
Mrs. A. H. Yerxa accompanied Miss Dora Price to her home in Stephenville for a visit of several weeks.
The Matagorda County Tribune, September 13,
M. L. Herboye of Collegeport was a business visitor Wednesday.
A. B. Pierce attended the annual stockholders meeting of the Collegeport State Bank on Wednesday.
J. F. Long and family of Oklahoma have returned to their home after a pleasant visit with his brother J. E. Long.
D. W. Kessler returned on Friday from an extended trip through the North and East.
Mrs. Minnie R. Harmonson and daughter, Miss Nettie, arrived on Friday afternoon from Norton, Kansas, to resume their school duties for the coming year.
W. E. Carpenter was a Bay City visitor one day this week.
Russel E. Ward of Victoria spent Monday here on business.
Mrs. Minnie R. Harmonson visited Bay City on Tuesday.
R. I. Ward has returned from a trip to West Texas.
School opened on Monday morning with an enrollment of about ninety pupils and all ready for a hard year's work.
The Jennings Bros. show has been playing to crowded houses for several nights this week.
Mrs. George Dixon and children are spending the week with Mrs. T. J. Poole at Wadsworth.
A. B. Pierce spent Tuesday in Bay City.
Mrs. A. Fleury died Saturday at her home west of town, and was buried Sunday at the family cemetery on the banks of the Carancahua.
Mrs. E. A. Sanford and baby of Pearland are visiting relatives on Cash Creek.
J. H. Herrin and family of Nacogdoches have left after a pleasant visit with his brother R. B. Herrin.
W. R. Hill returned on Saturday from Virginia, accompanied by his wife and son who will spend the winter here.
C. P. Priedman of Algoa visited here on Monday.
The Matagorda County Tribune, September 20,
Judge F. H. Jones of Collegeport was a Blessing visitor Thursday.
Hon. John W. Gaines and son Carroll of Bay City were in town Friday.
Miss Eleanor Harrison spent Saturday and Sunday at her home in Bay City.
G. M. Magill was a business visitor here several days this week.
Dr. A. S. Morton of Bay City visited in town on Sunday. His many friends are glad to see him looking so well.
Theo. Smith of Collegeport spent Tuesday in Blessing.
A. B. Pierce is having a new tenant ___ erected on his farm near town.
F. H. Bevens left on Tuesday for his home in Denver, Colorado.
Chas. W. Link of Peru, Ill., left for his home Wednesday after spending several days looking after his farming interests near Ashby.
The hotel is being renovated this week and undergoing improvements.
H. H. Lindner returned on Monday from a several weeks' visit to his old home in Colorado.
Mrs. Dora Smith is home from a visit of a couple of months with relatives on Kansas.
Burton D. Hurd of Collegeport attended to business in Blessing this Wednesday.
Misses Jarelia Finley and Katherine Percival returned Monday from a week end visit to Port O'Connor.
Mr. Wylie Kuykendall of Victoria is visiting J. E. and A. B. Pierce for a few days.
The Matagorda County Tribune, September 27,
Mrs. Geo Walker and children have returned from a pleasant visit with relatives in Palacios.
Rev. W. R. Hill left on Tuesday for Austin where he will attend the meeting of the State Synod of the Presbyterian churches.
J. Stanley Wright returned Tuesday for a few days' visit in Collegeport.
Cecil T. Mitchell left Monday for Ft. Worth where he is now located in the lumber business.
Mrs. Jerry Minich spent Wednesday in Bay City.
E. N. Gustafson of Bay City and H. Black of Markham were attending a meeting of the drainage commissioners here on Monday.
G. M. Magill of Bay City was in town Wednesday with a party of homeseekers.
Mrs. C. A. Lucas was a Bay City visitor on Wednesday.
Wm. Carpenter spent Wednesday in the county capitol.
Joe Aiken left Tuesday for California where he has accepted a position.
Mrs. D. A. Wheeler was a Bay City visitor Tuesday.
Thomas H. Lewis, county superintendent of schools, was in town on Monday.
Mrs. Chas. E. Duller spent Tuesday in Bay City.
Mr. Geo Woodruff left last week for Dixon, Ill., to attend the funeral of a sister.
Matagorda County Tribune, October 11, 1912
A meeting for the purpose of discussing a fair for Blessing was held Saturday afternoon in Wm. Carpenter's office. Quite a large number of businessmen and farmers were present, and everybody seemed to be enthusiastic for holding a fair. The probability of securing exhibits and financial backing were discussed. Farmers promised to bring in exhibits and aid in making it a success, while the business men promised to subscribe enough money to pay the running expenses of a fair. It was proposed to hire a good band, arrange for other amusements, and to make the necessary preparations for taking care of the exhibits. To do this it is estimated that about $200 will be necessary, and a petition was gotten up and is being circulated this week to raise the amount. Another meeting will be held next Saturday afternoon at Mr. Carpenter's office at 3 o'clock to report progress and form an organization to make the necessary arrangements.
Matagorda County Tribune, October 11, 1912
Miss Eleanor Harrison spent Saturday and Sunday with her parents in Bay City.
Mrs. L. G. Cobb of Citrus Grove spent the week in Blessing.
Dr. and Mrs. A. L. Smith of Philadelphia spent several days in Blessing this week visiting A. B. Pierce and family.
Rev. W. R. Hill returned Saturday from Austin, where he was in attendance upon a meeting of the Synod of Taxes of the Presbyterian Church.
J. L .Pybus, Sr., of Palacios was a business visitor here Saturday.
J. L. Hartwell returned Monday after several months' absence in Dixon, Ill.
Mrs. A. O. Yeager left Saturday for a short visit in Stephenville. He will be accompanied home by Mrs. Yeager and children who have been with her parents there for several weeks.
About twenty lovers of outdoor sport met at the beautiful home of Mr. and Mrs. Abel B. Pierce on Monday night, for the purpose of organizing a tennis club. Mr. W. R. Hill was unanimously chosen as the president and his duties being fully and carefully outlined. Miss Nettie Harmonson was made secretary.
Those present were Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Hill, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Wheeler, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Duller, Mrs. [line damages] M. Harmonson, Misses Nettie G. Harmonson, Eleanor Harrison, Avis Patterson, and Messrs. Joe Harris, Bernard Hill, Chas. McCluhan, Roy and John Roach, Mrs. Pierce graciously served her guests with delicious ice cream and punch. The club starts out with a great amount of vim and energy and promises to become one of the most popular organizations of the city.
H. A. Linder is in Colorado for a couple of weeks on business.
Wm. Carpenter left on Wednesday for north central Texas, from where he intends bringing homeseekers to Matagorda county, "Uncle Billy" as he is affectionately called, will be greatly missed by his many friends here.
Matagorda County Tribune, October 18, 1912
Mrs. A. B. Pierce gave a delightful party on Saturday in celebration of the third anniversary of the birth of Abel Brown Pierce, Jr. Many games dear to childish hearts were played, after which the guests were served with delicious ice cream, cake and punch. Master Abel's guests were Misses Hazel Hersin, Lucile Wheeler, ____ Cobb, Lillian Phillips, _____, Alice and Gertrude Duller, Master Bernard Hill, Virgil and Waldo Wheeler, Lorain Love, Ethan Duller, James and Victor Logan.
The tennis club held a very interesting business meeting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pierce on Wednesday night.
Miss Emma Dunn visited Bay City friends on Thursday.
D. W. Kessler left Sunday to attend the Dallas Fair.
A. B. Pierce was a Collegeport visitor Tuesday.
Miss Ollie Lohnes is spending the week in Dallas.
Mr. Jack Measles of Bay City spent Sunday with Blessing friends.
R. R. Lewis of Bay City was a business visitor here Monday.
Mr. Elmer Lohnes, our genial editor of the Blessing News, is enjoying a few days vacation in Dallas and taking in the fair.
Matagorda County Tribune, October 25, 1912
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Mr. T. H. H. Harriman and daughter, Miss Maude, arrived Saturday from Norton, Kansas, to spend the winter here.
Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Yeager and children returned last week, after a pleasant visit in Stephenville.
Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Smith have returned from Illinois and Iowa, where they have been spending the summer.
Mr. and Mrs. Thos. H. Lewis accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Fred S. Robbins of Bay City were in Blessing Wednesday.
Miss Emma Dunn, spent several days in Citrusgrove last week.
C. W. Gibson of Ft. Stockton was in town Friday.
Miss Eleanor Harrison attended the Elbert Hubbard lecture at Bay City Thursday night.
D. W. Kessler returned Thursday from Dallas.
John W. Gaines of Bay City was a business visitor Saturday.
Matagorda County Tribune, November 1, 1912
Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Farwell of Palacios returned from an extended tour of the Western States and are now domiciled at Hotel Blessing for an indefinite stay.
Mrs. A. B. Pierce and children were passengers to Bay City on Wednesday.
C. C. Craig has returned from a several months' visit to Chicago.
T. F. Sanders, formerly of Blessing but now of Houston, has been renewing old acquaintances in Blessing for the past several days.
J. O. Murphy made a motor trip to Bay City on Tuesday.
The Blessing Fair on Friday and Saturday with a grand ball on Friday night.
Hon. W. D. Wilson of Bay City spent Monday in Blessing.
Dr. Curtiss of Houston arrived on Saturday and will be located in Blessing.
D. W. Kessler is moving his stock of groceries into the new Logan brick and will put in an up-to-date stock of dry goods, making a high-class store for the town.
G. T. Phelps, S. G. Moore, H. H. Phillips and A. T. Kellogg of Francitas were Blessing visitors Monday.
C. A. Marshall left Tuesday on a prospecting tour through California, Washington and Oregon.
T. J. Mitchell arrived Tuesday from Moody, Texas, and will make Blessing his home.
Claude W. Jester of the Southwestern States Corporation of Collegeport was in town Friday.
W. H. Brooks, cashier of the State Guaranty Bank and Trust Company of Palacios, was a Blessing visitor Tuesday.
The Blessing tennis club held their monthly meeting Monday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duller.
Eugene Block of Bay City was a business visitor in Blessing Thursday.
The young men gave a very enjoyable dance at Hotel Blessing Thursday night (Hallowe'en). In spite of the inclement weather a goodly crowd attended.
John Guinn of Bay City visited Blessing Friday.
Zack Delano of Bay City visited Blessing Thursday.
Matagorda County Tribune, November 8, 1912
Wednesday morning while roping a wild horse, Charley Wiley had the misfortune to have his hand caught in the rope, and the first two fingers cut off close to the palm. Dr. Elliott of Palacios was called and dressed the wound, and the patient is getting along as well as can be expected under the trying circumstances.
Fall gardens are growing fine and although a little early for most fall vegetables, nearly every body who has taken the trouble to cultivate a small garden patch is now enjoying some kind of fresh vegetables. Radishes, turnips, peas, and lettuce are now ready to eat, cabbage, cauliflower and spinach will come on later, and if the weather continues favorable, several will have strawberries by Christmas.
We wish to announce in behalf of the Blessing Fair Association that all bad horses brought in to the fair will be ridden free of charge. All good riders are invited to take part and a good cash purse will be made up for such successful rider, besides the regular prizes awarded by the Fair Association. There will be a large bunch of steers here for the roping contest. This also will be free to all comers. No entrance fee charged.
Matagorda County Tribune, November 8, 1912
The second annual fair of Blessing was successfully carried through on the 8th and 9th inst. The displays were excellent and large crowds from near and far were in attendance both days.
G. M. Magill motored over from Bay City on Tuesday with several middle Texas prospectors to show them the resources of Blessing territory.
D. A. Wheeler was a business visitor to Bay City Monday.
Geo. E. Serrill, our newly elected county treasurer, spent several hours in Blessing Wednesday.
County Attorney Lewis was here the early part of the week on legal business.
Wm. Carpenter returned to north and central Texas on Thursday to continue his good work in interesting farmers in our good lands.
Mrs. B. D. Hurd chaperoned a jolly crowd of young people from Collegeport up to the ball in the Logan Hall last Saturday night.
Stanley Wright has gone to his home in Collegeport to recuperate from a several days' illness.
Dr. and Mrs. McCave of Wichita, Kansas, were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Duller over Sunday.
Jno. L. Logan, Sr., who was injured by being run into at the races on Friday last is recovering rapidly.
J. E. Pierce came up from his ranch to attend a meeting of the drainage commissioners on Tuesday.
J. W. Bowers, our newly elected county commissioner, has purchased the W. O. Moon residence and will move to town at an early date.
Mrs. Chas. E. Duller spent Wednesday and Thursday in Bay City visiting friends and attending the meeting of the "Priscillas" of which popular organization she is an honorary life member.
Matagorda County Tribune, November 15, 1912
A. B. Pierce and Col. Pierce attended a directors' meeting of the Collegeport State Bank Wednesday.
O. W. Rule and family left Thursday for Sherman, Kansas, their former home, where they will spend the winter.
Dr. A. S. Morton of Bay City was in town between trains Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles P. Remler of Oklahoma arrived Tuesday for a visit with their aunt, Mrs. L. B. Parkins.
Mr. G. M. Magill motored over from Bay City Wednesday with a party of prospectors.
C. M. Wooster of the Arpin Dredging Company was a business visitor here Wednesday.
Miss Eleanor Harrison spent Sunday in Bay City with relatives.
The ladies of Blessing gave a Leap-year ball at the Logan Hall Monday night; about twenty couples were present.
R. E. Ward of San Antonio has been spending several days here on business for the Ward Cattle Co.
Miss Martha Wright spent several days in Houston this week.
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Price of Palacios spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Yeager.
J. Chas. McCluhan is spending the week in Austin on business.
Mrs. I. M. Bowers and Miss Fay Bowers were carnival visitors to Houston last week.
Misses Leone and Lucy Yerxa of Buckeye, visited friends here Monday and Tuesday.
Matagorda County Tribune, November 22, 1912
A most delightful dance was given on Friday night at the Logan hall. Music was furnished by the Bay City orchestra. About twenty couples were present, several from Markham and Midfields.
The Blessing Tennis Club held its monthly meeting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Wheeler Monday night. Several new members were taken on the roll. After the business of the evening was transacted, Mrs. Wheeler served most delicious coffee and cake.
Louse J. Woodruff left last week for Markham, where he is erecting a number of new cottages for Mr. Furber.
The youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pierce is rapidly recovering from quite a severe illness.
Miss Eleanor Harrison returned from Port Lavaca on Sunday, having spent the week-end with friends.
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Poole and children of Wadsworth, spent Saturday and Sunday here with relatives.
Dr. E. Randall of Galveston made a professional visit here on Sunday.
Mr. John Corbett of Bay City was in town Tuesday between trains.
A splendid Thanksgiving service was held at the Presbyterian church Thursday morning. By the free-will offering and other means at hand, the church is now practically free from debt.
Mr. P. C. Remler was a Bay City visitor Tuesday.
Mr. W. R. Williard has purchased the R. B. Herrin home and is taking possession of the same at once.
Mr. J. F. Payne, an uncle of F. W. Dyer, accompanied by Mr. Mack, both of Temple, were Blessing visitors on Monday and Tuesday, and were very favorably impressed with the coast country.
Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Wheeler and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duller were guests of Mr. and Mrs. P. C. Remler at six o'clock dinner Tuesday night at the Hotel Blessing.
C. M. Steger of Bay City, county tax collector, is spending several days here on business.
Matagorda County Tribune, December 6, 1912
R. C. Remler left Sunday for Tulsa, Oklahoma, after several weeks visiting in Blessing.
Wm. Carpenter left Tuesday for McGregor, Texas on land business.
Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Phillips were Sunday visitors in Galveston.
F. P. Graham of Brazoria is spending a few days in Blessing.
R. R. Lewis of Bay City was in town Wednesday.
Miss Virgie Yeager of Brady, Texas, is visiting at the home of her uncle, A. O. Yeager.
A. B. Pierce spent Sunday in Galveston.
Burton D. Hurd of Collegeport was a Blessing visitor Wednesday.
Matagorda County Tribune, December 13, 1912
Mrs. T. J. Poole and family of Wadsworth are visiting at the home of John L. Logan, father of Mrs. Poole.
Mrs. J. H. Roach went to Houston on Tuesday morning.
Mrs. G. J. Phelps of Francitas spent Tuesday afternoon with friends at Blessing.
Misses Emma Dunn and Vivian Roach spent Monday with friends at Collegeport.
Houston Post, April 20, 1913
Lieutenant and Mrs. Wyatt O. Selkirk delightfully entertained with a picnic at Tidehaven Tuesday. The fortunate guests were Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Wheeler, Waldo Wheeler, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Duller, Alice, Gertwell, and Ethan Duller, Mrs. Edith Law.
Mrs. Herman Gober left Tuesday for
Biron Gill left on Sunday for
O. Selkirk of
H. Seade and children left Monday for their home in
Miss Eva Aiken and Mr. Walter Lohnes were quietly married Thursday night at the bride’s home. A number of friends and relatives were present in spite of the downpour of rain. Many handsome gifts were on exhibition and the happy couple starts life with the good wishes of all who know them.
Mrs. Theo. Smith and daughter of Collegeport were registered at Hotel Blessing Thursday.
Black and bride of
Arthur Brown returned from
by Pat Nichols
Rev. W. R. Hill spent several days in Houston this week.
Mrs. Walter Spencer returned to her home in Galveston Monday, after a two weeks' visit with Mrs. F. N. Dyer.
Mrs. R. T. Phillips and Mrs. David Garner are spending encampment week at Palacios.
Mr. and Mrs. F. G. Cobb and children have returned home from a week's visit at Citrusgrove.
Mrs. George Walker and children spent Sunday in Palacios visiting friends.
Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Dyer were Bay City passengers Wednesday.
Darrel Dyer has returned from a few days' outing at Port Lavaca.
The Blessing Tennis Club held its regular monthly meeting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McCluhan on Monday night.
F. N. Dyer was a Bay City visitor Monday morning.
Dr. A. S. Morton and J. M. Corbett of Bay City spent Sunday in Blessing.
Matagorda County Tribune, July 11, 1913
In compliment to Misses Maude S. and Reba Clark and Rachael Plummer, a week-end party was enjoyed by a few of their friends at the home of George R. Woodruff. The Misses Clark leave the latter part of the week of Austin, where they will enter the university, and Miss Plummer will return to San Antonio.
Miss Florence Leaman, who has been a guest at the Clark home on the Trespalacios, left Wednesday morning for Houston.
A two days’ outing to the Gulf was enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Clark and family, accompanied by Miss Leman of Houston, Miss Williamson of Palacios and Messrs. Williamson and Bert of Blessing.
Houston Post, August 17, 1913
Mrs. C. E. Clark and children left Monday for Austin, making the trip by auto.
Mr. C. M. Wooster and family returned to their home in Houston, after a pleasant stay at Hotel Blessing.
George Walker left on Saturday for Houston, for a brief visit to his mother, Mrs. W. W. Dexter, who has lately returned from a European trip.
Miss Lulu Williams of Palacios spent Saturday and Sunday here with her sister Mrs. George Walker.
Miss Ada Berger has returned to her home in Kansas, having spent the summer here with her brother, F. G. Berger and family.
County Attorney R. R. Lewis was over from Bay City between trains Tuesday.
Lewis J. Woodruff has returned from a several months' stay in Texas City.
Miss Sallie Pickle left this week for Bay City
where she has a position with County Clerk W. C. Lloyd.
The Matagorda County Tribune, August 29,
Mrs. F. N. Dyer and son returned Thursday from a several weeks’ stay
in the mountains of
E. Pierce has returned from a pleasant trip to
Mrs. C. P. Theiss of Palacios was in Blessing Wednesday.
Wm Pfeiffer of Collegeport was a business visitor Wednesday to our city.
Oscar Olesen, of the Arpin Dredge Company, left Monday on a vacation
trip to his home in
C. A. Nichols of the Houston Post was in town Thursday.
Mrs. J. P. Plummer have returned to
E. Duller was a
Kathryn Percival has returned to her home in
E. Percival was a
Rev. Yorkey of Midfield has been in Blessing several days.
The tennis club held a very entertaining meeting Monday night at Mrs. D. A. Wheeler’s. The next meeting will be at the Woodruff home.
Olnie Lohnes is in
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Miss Dorothy Roberts of Palacios has been a visitor at the John L. Logan Jr. home this week.
Miss Olive Lohnes of the Kessler Store spent several days at Dallas this week making fall purchases.
Mrs. Thomas Poole Jr. of Wadsworth is a visitor at the home of her sister, Mrs. George Dixon.
Miss Grace Pierce of Palacios was a visitor here last week, coming up in her machine.
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Minnick are visiting at their old home in Northern Illinois.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Dennis were visitors at Palacios last week.
Houston Post, September 14, 1913
Miss Edith Law was a Markham visitor Friday.
Mrs. C. A. Lucas has returned from a pleasant visit in Galveston.
W. E. Percival has sold his ice business to Walter Sanford.
Master Bruce Berger has returned from a trip to Kansas.
Mr. and Mrs. H. Gebers have returned from a summer's visit with relatives in Phillipsburg, Kansas.
Mrs. E. Strawbridge returned on Friday from Wisconsin, where she has spent the summer.
F. N. Dyer has sold his Blessing grocery to S. H. Smith, who will continue the business at the same place.
Col. J. E. Pierce returned Monday from a short visit to Houston.
Mr. Lewis J. Woodruff left on Friday for Houston, where he expects to take a course at the Rice Institute.
The Catholics held mass at the J. O. Murphy home on Sunday morning.
Miss Kate Barnes was a passenger to Bay City Wednesday morning.
Matagorda County Tribune, October 3, 1913
Mrs. H. B. Farwell of Palacios spent Tuesday in Blessing, the guest of Mrs. A. B. Pierce.
C. M. Wooster, superintendent of the Arpin Dredge Company, was in Blessing Tuesday.
A. B. Pierce attended a meeting of the directors of the Collegeport State Bank Wednesday.
A. Wheeler was a
Mrs. L. J. Ducros of
Mollie Logan visited
John Walworth has returned from a trip to
Rev. Beam of Angleton preached two very interesting sermons here on Sunday at the Presbyterian Church.
Mrs. George Walker and children have gone to Palacios for a visit with relatives.
Mrs. F. N. Dyer were
J. Stanley Wright of El Campo was in town Sunday.
Chas. E. Duller visited in
Mrs. Bion Gill have returned from
by Pat Nichols
From the Blessing News
A crowd of young people were delightfully entertained last Saturday evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sanford at a "ghost" party given by Mrs. Sanford in honor of Master Walter Allen Sanford.
More rooms are being built on to the Midfield public school in order to accommodate the increasing attendance.
The Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Blessing have resumed their meetings after a vacation during the absence of several of the members.
The Ladies Aid Society served cake, doughnuts, chocolate and coffee at Hotel Blessing last Friday evening after the regular meeting of the society.
F. N. Dyer went to Bay City Wednesday morning to close a deal for an eighty acre tract of land located two miles west of town, which he purchased of Capt. B. B. Rhodes.
Cotton receipts at the Blessing gin to date with the receipts for the
same period last year are:
Mr. A. F. Johnson was very pleasantly surprised by a number of neighbors and friends on October 2, at his home two miles east of Blessing. The party brought well filled baskets with them and a bountiful feast was spread. This was the fourth annual surprise given Mr. Johnson, his friends insisting that they will make this an annual occurrence until Mr. Johnson changes his present state of single "cussedness" to the blessings of matrimonial "blissfulness."
In the Blessing Orchestra Blessing has a first class musical organization that should be encouraged as much as possible. A boost for the orchestra is a boost for Blessing.
Matagorda News and Midcoast Farmer, November 14, 1913
From the Blessing News.
The next meeting of the Trespalacios River Farmers' Club will be held at Dunbar November 27, Thanksgiving day.
This is the season of the year when the Satsuma orange ripens, and we notice a number of trees in yards in Blessing and vicinity that are now bearing fruit. The trees are all young, not over eighteen months old from the time of budding, and there are not more than three or four on any one tree. Should we have a favorable winter, there are quite a number of trees in this vicinity that will bear good crops of fruit next year.
(The splendid 18-ft. tree laden with golden beauties in the yard of Mr. Chas. Nolte shows what could be done in Matagorda.)
Rice threshing is again in full operation and with a few more days of nice weather, the balance of the crop will be threshed. Among those who expect to thresh their crops this week were C. D. Craig, J. O. Murphy and C. E. Harter.
Harry Guynes purchased the City Meet Market at the public auction last Saturday.
The W. C. T. U. met with Mrs. Sanford on Wednesday of this week. A most enjoyable meeting was held. Mrs. Barlow was appointed Superintendent of Literature and a committee was appointed to call upon the "strangers within our gates."
F. N. Dyer is having an addition built on to the
house he recently purchased from Herman Eikenberg in the west part of
The Matagorda News & Midcoast Farmer, Matagorda, Texas, November 24, 1913
Mrs. Emma Murphy and daughter returned Wednesday night from Houston.
Mrs. L. G. Cobb of Citrus Grove spent a few days with Blessing friends this week.
Miss Francis Brown spent Friday in Bay City.
Mr. Andrew Monroe spent Sunday visiting Palacios friends.
Mrs. Edith Law went to Markham Monday.
County Superintendent T. H. Lewis of Bay City was in town Wednesday.
Dr. A. S. Morton was a caller from Bay City Tuesday evening.
Russel E. Ward was down from Victoria on business Thursday.
C. J. Wildman of Palacios was in town Friday.
George W. Walker left on Friday for Palacios to make his home.
Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Farwell motored up from Palacios Friday.
A neat sum was realized at the public school Wednesday for the benefit of the school library.
Mrs. James Mineck and Miss Edna Haver spent Tuesday in Bay City.
The Blessing orchestra gave a Thanksgiving dance at Logan Hall on Thursday night.
Dr. S. A. Foote of Bay City was in town Wednesday between trains.
Miss Kate Barnes spent Saturday and Sunday in Bay City.
Col. J. E. Pierce returned Monday from a few days in Houston.
Dr. Foote of Bay City made a professional call here Sunday.
Mr. Henry Smoot of Seadrift, Texas, is visiting friends in Blessing.
Mrs. L. J. Ducros of Bay City spent Saturday and Sunday with Mrs. Chas. E. Duller.
Matagorda County Tribune, December 5, 1913
Mr. J. Whister of New Salem, N. J. visited his cousin, Wm. Carpenter, last week.
J. Stanley Wright spent the weekend at El Campo visiting with friends.
Hon. Thos. H. Lewis of Bay City was in town Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Knowles left this week for Markham where they will farm next year.
Rev. Hill returned Monday from Angleton where he preached on Sunday.
_____ Johnston of Houston made a business trip to Blessing Friday.
Roland B. Hurd and wife of Chicago are registered at Hotel Blessing.
Mrs. Chas. Duller returned Saturday from a visit with Bay City friends.
Ben Gannon of Angleton spent Sunday in Blessing.
Matt Pierce and W. W. Wilkerson were visitors from Collegeport on Wednesday.
J. W. Bowers spent Thursday in Bay City.
J. B. McCain and Walter Wilkinson were visitors from Collegeport Monday.
Matagorda County Tribune, February 13, 1914
Mrs. Edith Law and Miss Edna Woodruff entertained at cards at their home on Saturday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. K. D. Curtis entertained the Tennis Club at their home last week.
Complimentary to Miss Nettie G. Harmonson, a 6 o’clock dinner at Hotel Blessing, was enjoyed by a few of her friends.
Mrs. K. D. Curtis and Mrs. John L. Logan Jr., were visitors in Houston the past week.
J. H. Roach made a business trip to Bay City this week.
Mrs. F. G. Cobb and children visited at Citrusgrove the past week.
Arthur Morris of Victoria is visiting at the home of John L. Logan.
Rollin V. Hurd and wife of Chicago are visiting in Blessing, expecting to stay about 30 days.
Houston Post, February 15, 1914
T. J. Clarkson of Corpus Christi was in town Tuesday.
W. C. Flick of Quincy, Ill., spent several days in Blessing the past week, looking after his farm interests.
Lieut. W. O. Selkirk, U. S. A., came over from Galveston Saturday.
J. Stanley Wright spent the weekend at Collegeport, visiting his parents.
Mrs. D. A. Wheeler entertained with an auction bridge on Friday night.
C. E. McCutchen of Houston, bank examiner, was in town on Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Murray B. Bright left on Wednesday morning for a few weeks' visit to relatives in Kansas.
Mrs. Edith Law and Miss Woodruff entertained on Saturday night at auction bridge. The decorations were in national colors in compliment to February 22.
Chas. E. Duller attended court at Bay City Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Roland Hurd have been spending several days in Collegeport.
Mrs. Chas. Trego and Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Farwell were visitors from Palacios Sunday.
The Matagorda County Tribune, February 27,
A. B. Pierce and Chas. E. Duller made a motor trip to By City Tuesday.
R. R. Lewis of Bay City spent Wednesday in Blessing.
A. B. Pierce and J. E. Pierce went to Collegeport Wednesday.
Wyatt O. Selkirk arrived Monday with his car of household goods. Mrs. Selkirk will follow in a few weeks.
G. J. Phelps of Francitas attended to business here Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Dyer left on Thursday for Temple to remain two weeks.
W. W. Wilkinson of Collegeport was in town Saturday.
G. B. Truitt of Palacios was in Blessing Saturday mingling with the voters.
Matagorda County Tribune, March 20, 1914
Mrs. W. O. Selkirk arrived Tuesday to make her home in Blessing.
Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Dyer returned Friday from a few weeks' stay in Temple.
Prof. J. L. Ladd of Bay City spent Wednesday and Thursday in town.
Rev. W. R. Hill went to Francitas Thursday noon, returning Friday.
Chas. E. Duller made a business trip to Bay City on Monday.
Mrs. D. A. Wheeler very pleasantly entertained at auction bridge Thursday night. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler, Mrs. T. J. Poole, Jr., of Wadsworth; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. E. Duller, Messrs. Andrew W. Munro, J. Stanley Wright and Lieut. W. O. Selkirk. A delightful luncheon was served after the games.
Matagorda County Tribune, April 3, 1914
John L. Logan Jr., of Bay City, employed by the Arpin Dredge company at Markham, Texas, was brought to St. Joseph’s infirmary Tuesday afternoon suffering from two fractures in the right leg, sustained Monday while at work. The accident occurred on Mr. Logan’s fifth wedding anniversary.
Houston Post, September 29, 1914
Mr. and Mrs. Smith of Alvin are in Blessing at the home of their son, J. O. Smith.
A. D. Peoples of Alvin was in town Tuesday.
Oscar Oleson of the Arpin Dredge force arrived here Sunday for a short stay.
Mrs. W. O. Selkirk was a Bay City visitor Saturday.
Miss Sallie Pickel is over from Bay City for a few days' visit with homefolks.
Rev. W. T. Nicholson returned from Houston Saturday, accompanied by his family.
Miss Edna Woodruff went to Bay City Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Murray B. Bright of Markham are visiting in town this week.
Matagorda County Tribune, December 11, 1914
Mrs. Mamie F. Withers of Kansas City spent the week-end in Blessing with relatives.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. J. Phelps were over from Francitas Friday and visited with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Duller.
Mrs. J. E. Pierce and baby of Houston spent a few days here this week.
Dr. A. S. Morton returned to Bay City Sunday afternoon.
Mrs. A. J. Smith has returned to her home in Philadelphia, after a two-months' visit to her father, J. E. Pierce.
A. W. Munro went to Bay City Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Powell have returned to their home in Kansas, after a month in Texas.
Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Phillips went to Galveston Wednesday for a few days' outing. Mrs. Abel Pierce left Wednesday for a short trip to Philadelphia, Pa., with relatives.
D. C. Dyer spent Sunday in Houston.
Mrs. H. B. Farwell of Palacios was in town Tuesday, visiting with friends.
Mrs. Murray Bright of Markham has been visiting in town this week.
Matagorda County Tribune, February 26, 1915
Hon. and Mrs. J. H. Roach returned Saturday night from Austin.
L. D. Midgett spent Saturday in Bay City.
C. D. Roberts of Kansas City, formerly of Blessing, was in town Sunday, a guest at the Roach home.
E. A. Tolby of Bay City was calling on his Blessing friends Monday and Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Kuykendall returned Monday from Victoria for an indefinite stay here.
Mrs. Abel Pierce has returned from a short trip to Philadelphia.
R. R. Lewis and E. N. Gustafson were over from Bay City Tuesday on business.
A. W. Munro was in Bay City Friday between trains.
A. B. Pierce spent the week-end in Galveston with his father.
Roy and John Roach of Bay City spent Sunday here, visiting at home.
Matagorda County Tribune, March 26, 1915
Miss Cornelia Ward and brother, Ben, were over from the Crescent V ranch last week for several days.
Mrs. Edith Law has been quite ill for the past week.
Mrs. Wylie Kuykendall went to Galveston Monday.
Miss Grace Pierce of Palacios was in town Monday, en route home from Pennsylvania, where she has been attending school.
S. J. Korp spent a few days in Houston last week.
W. D Cleveland of Houston was in town Monday.
County Superintendent of Schools W. C. Gray and Dr. C. R. Byars of Bay City were inspecting the public school Monday.
R. Q. Ward is spending the week here, looking after business affairs.
Rev. W. T. Nicholson returned Monday afternoon from Iago.
J. D. Harris, formerly station agent for the Southern Pacific at this point, was in town last week visiting his brother and many friends. Mr. Harris' mother accompanied him.
Mr. and Mrs. Abel Pierce spent Sunday in Galveston.
Mrs. L. B. Parqins delightfully entertained the Ladies' Aid Society on Thursday afternoon. Hot chocolate and wafers were served.
Mr. and Mrs. E. N. Gustafson, Mrs. Fannie Baker and Mr. George Serrill motored from Bay City Thursday and spent the day here.
R. R. Lewis, J. E. Large, Bert Carr and P. A. McLendon of Bay City were in town Tuesday.
Matagorda County Tribune, April 2, 1915
Mr. John T. Judd left on Saturday for a hurried trip to California.
Mrs. Tom Poole, Jr., and children were over from Bay City for Easter, visiting with relatives.
S. J. Korf spent several days in Houston this week attending to business affairs.
Mrs. Chas. Wylie was a Palacios visitor Tuesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Sol J. Cleveland of Bay City returned home Friday evening.
Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Kuykendall and Miss Winnie Arnett went to Houston Friday for a few days.
Miss Edna Woodruff spent the week end in Houston with friends.
C. G. Kelley of Wharton attended the funeral of J. E. Pierce on Thursday.
Mrs. J. E. Pierce and baby returned to Houston Friday afternoon.
Mrs. R. W. Persons of Bay City was in town Friday.
Mrs. A. J. Smith and Mrs. W. W. Heffelfinger left on Saturday for their homes in Philadelphia and Minneapolis.
Roy and John Roach spent Sunday at home, returning to Bay City Monday.
Miss Womack left Sunday for her home in Kountze, being called there by the illness of a sister.
Dr. A. S. Morton was in town Sunday between trains.
Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Farwell motored up from Palacios Sunday and spent Easter with friends here.
Miss Ella Hatchell and Brown of Palacios spent Sunday with friends here.
Mr. A. T. Kellogg of Francitas spent Tuesday here on business.
Matagorda County Tribune, April 9, 1915
W. S. Wright of Collegeport was in town Monday visiting his son, J. S. Wright, who has recently returned from St. Mary's, Galveston.
T. J. Clarkson of Corpus Christi was calling on his many friends here Monday.
Roy Roach was over from Bay City Sunday.
E. O. Tucker came down from Markham Saturday for a short visit.
Mrs. Abel Pierce, Mrs. Chas. Duller, Miss Edith Law and Mrs. Jerry Minich attended the picnic at Dunbar on Saturday.
Mr. John T. Price and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Price of Palacios were guests of Mr. and Mrs. A. O. Yeager on Sunday.
Miss Sallie Pickel has returned from a short stay in Bay City.
D. C. Dyer spent a few days in Bay City, returning Monday.
Matagorda County Tribune, May 7, 1915
About six inches of rain fell in this vicinity last Friday and Saturday. This will give the rice crop a good start and insure plenty of fresh water to mature the crop
D. H. Garner went to Francitas Tuesday to look after his cattle. On account of the high water in the Carancahua, which washed out the bridge, he made the trip by train.
W. E. McSparran moved down from Midfield this week and is now occupying the Flickwir house in the south part of town.
Mr. A. B. Pierce requests us to announce that Blessing will have a fair some time in the fore part of November. It will be something along the line of the first fair held in Blessing 4 years ago.
The drainage ditches carried off the water in good shape and a few hours after the heavy rain last Friday you could scarcely notice the effects of it as very little water was left standing. The Blessing country is as well drained as any in the gulf coast.
Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, Bay City, May 7, 1915
J. S. Wright went to Collegeport Saturday to visit his parents for a few days.
Misses Baker and Meyers left for their homes in Bay City and Uvalde Saturday.
Mr. and Mrs. Claude Damm left Monday for Houston.
R. I. Ward was in town Friday and Saturday.
J. W. Sartwell has returned from a business trip to New Orleans.
The commencement exercises were concluded on Friday at the High School. The class consisted of Misses Ora Callahan, Alice and Gertrude Duller and Charles Duffy. The short program was enjoyed by a packed house.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wylie went to Victoria Saturday noon.
A. B. Pierce returned Friday night from a short business trip to Houston.
Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Kuykendall left on Sunday for Hot Springs for an indefinite stay.
Rev. Nicholson preached at the old Hawley church on Sunday.
Mr. and Mrs. D. W. Conrad went to Midfield Saturday afternoon.
Dr. C. Pickel and D. A. Garner are in Victoria this week.
Miss Minnie Burdett of Francitas was visiting in town Friday and Saturday.
The Glee Club from the Baptist Academy at Palacios gave an entertainment in Blessing on Saturday night.
J. E. Grace of Bay City was in town Wednesday.
John M. Corbett was over from Bay City Saturday between trains.
Matagorda County Tribune, May 14, 1915
Mr. and Mrs. Byron Aiken of Houston are visiting their relatives here for a few days.
Misses Alice and Gertrude Duller left on Thursday for Chicago to visit their grandparents for the summer. Mr. Duller accompanied them as far as Houston.
Roy and John Roach spent Sunday at home.
Station Agent Beatty of Francitas was the guest of S. J. Korf Sunday.
Prof. Diviney of Austin spent several days in town this week.
Miss Minnie Burdett of Francitas was the guest of Mrs. Millard Saturday and Sunday.
Miss Edna Woodruff returned last Thursday from a week's visit in Houston.
Mrs. Chas. Duller and son, Ethan, spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Bay City, the guests of Mrs. J. W. Gaines.
E. N. Gustafson of Bay City was in town last week on business.
Mr. and Mrs. Abel Pierce entertained with a seven-course dinner Wednesday night. Covers were laid for twenty-four. The out-of-town guests were Mr. and Mrs. G. J Phelps of Francitas and Dr. A. S. Morton of Bay City, Miss Grace Pierce of Palacios.
Matagorda County Tribune, June 4, 1915
Blessing is one of the well built new towns of the county. Like some others, it is experiencing a quietude in business lines, incident to the war, wet seasons, etc. But the people here are of good spirit and hopeful and expectant. The State Bank is a strong institution; the hotel by Mrs. L. B. Parkins is one of the very best in the state which enjoys a good winter business; the Blessing News withstands the siege with almost cheerfulness, editor Lohnes and his sister assistant confident of good times just ahead; merchants and citizens generally fairly optimistic. But withal this there are a few good citizens making the mistake of swapping places with new settlers from Missouri, Kansas and North Texas.
Among the newer residents, there are none more appreciated here and more genuinely pleased with the country than Mr. Jno. T. Judd and wife and little Jno. T., Jr. Mr. Judd has for some years owned a good farm with some 1500 acres a mile and half southwest of town, and a month ago determined to come and live on it. Accepting his invitation to dinner, we had the pleasure not only of his hospitality, but of viewing what soon will be a modern farm. Mr. Judd has choice Jersey cows, good work stock, 50 or 60 thorough-bred Duroc-Jersey hogs that are beauties, well kept and thrifty fig and orange orchards, and melon and truc k patches. Among his melons he has a fine lot of Burbank's new casabar, a cross between the watermelon and cantaloupe. The vines are full, of a peculiar wrinkled melon not yet mature. Mr. Judd is a Massachusetts man, who has traveled pretty well over the world, and picked this climate and his artesian well with its pure and palatable sulphur water as the best and most delightful he has found. It is most refreshing to meet Mr. and Mrs. Judd and imbibe some of their optimism. We believe with him in the country, we share his faith in the success of the orange and the fig, and the ultimate triumph of the men who hold on and contend here for the pleasures and comforts of life.
Mr. J. R. Green of Midfield sent an exhibit of yellow corn which was a good specimen for early corn--the cans were of good size and well filled.
Mr. Watkins Davis, who lives in Blessing, had an interesting exhibit of grapes. A full specimen bunch of each of the following varieties were pinned tastily on a large card: Columbia, Concord, R. W. Munson, Carman, Brilliant, Captivator. In the different shades of green and purple the presented a picture beautified as a painting.
There were also fine specimens of corn on stalk, tomatoes, peppers, beets, sudan grass six and seven feet high, and other products, not labeled. We will have further report of them in next issue.
Quite a number of new subscribers are added to the News-Farmer list, and more are coming.
Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, Bay City, July 9, 1915
Messrs. R. C. Young and W. F. Schwind of Francitas were in town.
R. G. Roach of Bay City was over between trains Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Wylie came over from the Crescent V ranch and visited relatives this week.
Miss Cornelia Ward was in town Thursday and Friday.
Ryfor Q. Ward of San Antonio was in town Friday transacting business.
W. O. Selkirk went to Galveston Thursday and visited with his mother for several days.
Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Kuykendall and granddaughter, Winnie Arnett, returned from Victoria Monday.
J. T. Judd made a business trip to Houston Sunday returning Monday morning.
Matagorda County Tribune, August 27, 1915
Dr. Morton of Bay City was in town Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Lytle Hull of Collegeport spent Monday and Tuesday in Blessing.
Misses Ruth Snedaker and Lillie Smith left this week for Missouri where they will attend school this winter.
Mrs. Geo. Phelps of Francitas visited with friends here the first of the week.
The ladies of the library gave an ice cream social at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Duller Monday night.
Hon. Jno. W. Gaines of Bay City was a business visitor here on Monday.
The Matagorda County Tribune,
September 3, 1915
Dr. Morton of Bay City was in town Friday.
Mr. and Mrs. Lytle Hull of Collegeport spent Monday and Tuesday in Blessing.
Misses Ruth Snedaker and Lillie Smith left this week for Missouri where they will attend school this winter.
Mrs. Geo. Phelps of Francitas visited with friends here the first of the week.
The ladies of the library gave an ice cream social at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Duller Monday night.
Hon. Jno. W. Gaines of Bay City was a business visitor here on Monday.
Matagorda County Tribune, September 3, 1915
Miss Dora Price returned to her home in Stephenville after a pleasant visit to her sister, Mrs. A. O. Yeager.
Mr. and Mrs. David Garner visited in Blessing this week.
J. T. Judd left Sunday for a short business trip to Denver, Colo.
Public school opened on Monday with a large enrollment, with the following corps of teachers for the year: L. D. Midgett, principal, ninth and tenth grades; Miss Bailey, seventh and eight grades; Miss Myers, fifth and sixth grades; Miss Moxley, third and fourth grades; Miss Woodruff, first and second grades.
Rev. W. T. Nicholson held services in Midfield Sunday morning.
Mrs. W. McSparran spent several days in Bay City this week with relatives.
Misses Alice and Gertrude Duller left Sunday for Palacios where they will attend the High School for the coming year.
Mrs. Edith Law went to Markham Monday morning.
Miss Johnnie Mae Myers returned Saturday from her vacation and will resume her school duties.
Mr. J. A. Sartwell left Sunday for Fort Worth on a short business trip.
Dr. A. S. Morton was over from Bay City Friday, professionally.
Mr. Sam Judd of Houston visited his brother, J. T. Judd, last week.
Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Judd gave a most enjoyable "cassaba supper: at Judd ranch on Friday evening to about thirty of their friends.
Mrs. George Phelps of Francitas was in town Friday.
Misses Faith Schwind and Morrison of Francitas and Lincoln, Nebr., were visiting friends here on Friday.
Matagorda County Tribune, September 17, 1915
Mrs. Lytle Hull of Collegeport returned to her home Monday, having spent several days with Mrs. A. B. Pierce.
Dr. A. S. Morton was in town Monday.
Dr. Wagner of Palacios was making professional calls here Monday.
J. S. Wright spent Sunday in Palacios.
Mrs. Edith Law and Miss Woodruff entertained Saturday night with four tables of auction bridge. A most delightful evening was enjoyed.
J. T. Judd returned Wednesday from a short business trip to Denver, Colorado.
Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Tolby of Bay City were in town Monday.
Misses Alice and Gertrude Duller came up from Palacios Saturday and spent the week end at home.
Mr. E. G. Jones of Dallas was in Blessing Tuesday.
Mrs. Edith Law went to Markham on Monday to resume her music class.
A. B. Pierce spent a few days in Houston this week.
The Matagorda County Tribune, September 24,
From the News
Jno. T. Judd has traded his ranch of 1500 acres four miles south of town for a 600 acre ranch near Laramie, Wyoming. Mr. and Mrs. Judd will spend the winter in California before going to their new home.
Rev. W. T. Nicholson and K. M. Aikin went to Palacios Tuesday afternoon to attend the meeting of the Presbytery.
Ed Legg left last Friday for San Angelo, where he has a job as engineer in a cotton gin.
The committees appointed by the Fair Association are hard at work making preparations for the Blessing Fair which will be held November 5-6.
C. W. Woodard shipped two carloads of fat hogs, which he bought from the farmers of this vicinity, to the Houston market Tuesday.
There were some extra fine porkers among the lot, which goes to show that hogs will do extra well here if given proper attention.
Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, October 1, 1915
Rev. W. T. Nicholson and family have moved into the Strawbridge cottage in South Blessing.
Mrs. L. B. Parkins went to Houston Wednesday.
Col. A. B. Pierce was in Bay City Tuesday between trains.
Mr. and Mrs. Burray Bright are rejoicing over the arrival of a baby daughter last week.
The dance at the Logan Hall last Friday night was a great success in every way netting the Library a neat sum.
Mrs. A. B. Pierce spent several days in Houston the past week, attending the Texas Woman's Fair.
Miss Susie Hoffman of Collegeport was the west end guest of Miss Lena Corse.
Mrs. Edith Law went to Houston Tuesday morning to visit friends.
A. W. Munro left Monday for Chicago.
Matagorda County Tribune, October 15, 1915
Mrs. Edith Law went to Markham Monday.
J. S. Wright spent Sunday at his home in Collegeport.
Mrs. A. B. Pierce visited friends in Bay City Saturday and Sunday.
Mrs. Chas. Duller spent Wednesday in Francitas with friends.
Mrs. L. B. Parkins returned Tuesday night from Houston.
J. T. Hartwell returned Wednesday from several weeks' stay in Dixon, Illinois.
Miss Cora Garrett of Palacios was in town Wednesday between trains.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Roach have returned from a Northern trip.
Matagorda County Tribune, October 22, 1915
A couple of hours spent in Blessing Monday was enjoyed by the News-Farmer man. A number of new farmers are coming in to take the place of those going out. Public sales are advertised by Messrs. W. R. Gaumer of Midfield and Ottaway below Blessing. One well informed gentleman remarked that people attended the sales, and in most instances paid more for second-hand goods than they could buy new ones for. Perhaps the holders of new goods do not advertise.
The warehouses are full of rice, and more acreage will be put in next year than ever before.
Mr. A. B. Pierce having bought the Sargent property from Jas. W. Rugeley, Mr. F. W. Brysom goes from the Pierce ranch at Blessing to the Sargent ranch, while Mr. Rugeley's foreman at Sargent comes to the 350-acre farm Mr. Rugeley received in part exchange from Mr. Pierce. The price paid for the Sargent property it is said was $150,000 for the land and $54,000 for the cattle.
Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Pierce are attending the Panama Exposition.
We met Mr. B. Ward, manager of the Ward Cattle and Pasture Co., and he tells us that new people are moving into the El Maton section to put in rice the coming year, and there will be a largely increased acreage. He has a large force busy looking after the large cattle interests.
We met Sam Walton there, a Midfield farmer, who is getting ready for another crop, and thinks things look a little better for the new year. He too, subscribes for the News-Farmer.
The merchants all seemed busy.
There is some little political talk there, Blessing beginning to feel like it was a member of the county political family. We had a hint that there was an eye on one or two county jobs yet.
Wm. Carpenter, a land man of Blessing, has a policy which is a striking contrast to the demands of some landlords that the tenant shall plant cotton or rice, or those other landlords who decline to provide a fence for garden and chickens, and a lot for pigs. Mr. Carpenter urges, in fact stipulates, that tenants shall plant 10 acres each in peanuts, potatoes or corn, sorghum and keep a cow and hogs, and then the balance of the farm can be planted in what they please. He says the farmer with a cow and raising several hogs and a garden, is sure to come out ahead.
Matagorda County News and Midcoast Farmer, Bay City, November 30,
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