Photos courtesy of Renee Huff
M. Claybourn (1860-1936)
and Rose Anna Williams Claybourn (1865-1944) moved to
Palacios in 1907. Cashius owned a red Pope-Hartford automobile and
when he moved it to Palacios on the train, it became the first auto
in town. He farmed rice and did carpentry work. Later he established
a taxi service and raised cattle.
6. Emma Tennessee Shelton Crawford (1861-1938) married John Wesley Crawford (1853-1930) in 1879 and they moved to Palacios in 1912. Their son, Carlton W. Crawford opened a fig preserving business in 1921. He also canned Uncle Ollie’s Hot Tamales, Beans and Stew and finally shrimp.
7. Joseph Hurta (1878-1926) was born in Austria and married Kathryn “Kate” Muscial (1873-1961) who was born in Poland. They sailed from Bremen, Germany to Galveston, TX on the ship Kohn. Joseph was an engineer and a farmer. They had a farm in Deutschburg, a German colony west of Palacios in Jackson County. Kate died on August 2, 1961, a month before Hurricane Carla made landfall in Palacios.
8. Margaret Josephine Herman Rowles (1860-1938) married John Richard Rowles (1847-1933) in 1872. They settled at Grimes Landing on the Tres Palacios River near the old town of Tidehaven. The family ranched and farmed and were members of the Episcopal Church.
Edward “Pap” Smith (1852-1931) and his wife, Luella
James Smith (1855-1946) moved to Ashby in 1888 where Pap farmed.
In 1900 they moved to Matagorda and to Palacios in 1920. Pap was one
of the early Palacios merchants.
11. John Bentler (1861-1939) married Martha E. Rush (1860-1957) in 1883. They moved to Palacios c 1910 where they farmed and John used his carpenter skills to build cabinets and furnishings.
12. Sarah Jane “Sallie” Rowles Wolf (1881-1946) grew up living on the Tres Palacios River near Deming’s Bridge and attended the Tres Palacios School near Tidehaven. She married Louis Wolf (1875-1956) and they lived on Turtle Creek across from Palacios where they farmed and ranched. She is buried in an above ground tomb. Louis was buried at Cedarvale Cemetery in Bay City.
13. Bruce Winfred Trull (1881-1957) married Florence Margaret Roberson (1888-1984) and they traveled to Midfield by train. Bruce sold feed and hardware while farming and selling real estate. They bought the Farmers Canal Co. and then moved to Palacios. They prospered and formed the B. W. Trull Foundation for educational, charitable and religious purposes. In 1967 it became The Trull Foundation and continues to contribute to the Palacios Public Library and other endeavors in the Palacios area.
14. Jessie Pearl Chambers Salsbury (1880-1964) married Guy Alvin Salsbury (1878-1943) in 1911. They moved to Palacios in the same year and Guy headed the Matagorda County Draft Board in WWI. In 1920 they operated a movie theater in Palacios. Jessie was active in the Methodist Church and many community organizations.
Harrison “Harry” Curtis (1861-1941) married Alpha
Retta Wright (1864-1942) and they decided to move to Palacios c
1909 after the deaths of 4 of their 5 children. Harry and Bob Sisson
opened a grocery store on 5th and Main. They attended the
Methodist Church across from their house.
19. Sels B. Buffaloe (1892-1957) was born in Rowlett, TX and married Ruth Beatrice McDonald (1897-1996) in 1911 in Kemp, TX. They were 19 and 14 years old. Sels served in WWII and operated a store on Main Street.
20. Edward Carl Pasal (1868-1961) married Sara Emeline Doss (1870-1955) in 1895 and they moved to Palacios in 1904. They opened a small hotel with a dining room which sold meals and groceries for visitors who wanted to cook their own meals. Edward was assistant Postmaster for 9 years. He used his carpenter skills to craft the baptismal font and altar chairs which are still in use at the First Presbyterian Church.
21. Elizabeth A. Patrick Hensel (1845-1920) married Fredrick Hensel (1846-1932) in 1865. They moved to Palacios in 1920 because their youngest daughter, Edna Elizabeth, and her husband, Robert Jay “Bob” Sisson, were living in Palacios. Elizabeth died the same year they moved to Palacios and Fredrick worked as a traveling salesman.
Robert Jay “Bob” Sisson (1882-1967) married Edna
Elizabeth Hensel (1884-1971) in 1906. They moved to Palacios
because Bob’s father needed to live in a warmer climate. They opened
a grocery store in 1912 and Bob was postmaster for 16 months. The
Quality Grocery was reopened in 1936 and Bob operated it until he
retired. Edna served on the school board and shared her music with