Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin. Page: 159 of 196
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TEXAS IN 1850.
church was organized at a very early period, and was
sustained mainly through the efforts of the Rev. Mr.
Ives, who came to Matagorda in 1837, and manifested
an untiring zeal in the promotion of the spiritual interests
of the people, until his arduous labors wore out his
constitution and ended his life in 1849. Mr. Ives may
well be regarded as an important benefactor to the moral
nterests of Matagorda. " The memory of the just is
No good school buildings have been erected, as yet,
though such are in contemplation; and if the union and
co-operation of the people could be effected, this place
would afford an excellent location for an institution of
the first order.
Conflicts in school matters have retarded the progress
of education in Matagorda, as has been the case
in numerous other instances in Texas.
This town, for several years, has enjoyed the advantage
of a teacher of music, by which means the youth
have acquired a good degree of proficiency in this
accomplishment, an advantage which is not usually
enjoyed in Texas.
Instrumental and vocal music have not received a
great degree of attention, as yet; but, as the country
advances in improvements, this subject will, probably,
acquire a paramount importance. Competent music
teachers would not fail of meeting with a good degree
of encouragement, at the present, and they might with
much reason be hailed as important agents of usefulness,
in moulding the moral sentiments of youth, by
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Rankin, Melinda. Texas in 1850. By Melinda Rankin., book, 1850; Boston. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6107/m1/159/: accessed January 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .