Palacios Beacon (Palacios, Tex.), Vol. 54, No. 1, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 5, 1961 Page: 3 of 8
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Thursday, January 5,1S61
PALACIOS BEACON, PALACIOS. TEXAS
SUBSCRIBE TO THE BEACON
No. 990 A. F. & A. M.
1st Thursday each month 7:30 p.m.
Visiting Brethren Always Welcome
Paul Fields, W. M.
!■• G. Margerum, Sec.
MANY EVENTS TAKE PLACE DURING 1960
good Viilca It the Key
tToeed School Work
Many a child haa been blamed
for a low I.Q. when it was really
a queition of Eye-Q. Doe* he
complain of aching, tired eye*,
or headache*? Do you notice that
he hold* a book too close to hi*
face, tilts his head to one side
when looking at an object? *
If you see any of these sign*
df eyestrain, it’* time for prompt
parental homework. Arrange a
thorough professional eye
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Gas Transmission Company, has
contracted for the construction of a
natural gas processing plant near
Palacios. The plant construction
contract has been awarded to the
0. L. Olsen Company. . . Over 125
boys have registered for Little
League play this summer with
three Major league teams and four
Minor league teams participating.
... A special city election to ful-
fill the unexpired term of city
alderman, created by the resigna-
tion of Marvin Curtis, who took the
oath of office as mayor, was called
for May 7, . . Glen Pore was first
to announce his candidacy for the
office of city alderman. . . The Mat-
agorda County Federation of Wo-
men’s Clubs met Saturday at the
Community House in Blessing.
April 28—Ron C. Huddleston re-
tires after 54 years of barbering
and sells his shop to Charles
Wright. . . The annual flower show
of the Trc3, Palacios Garden Study
Club will be held Saturday. . . .
Thomas F. Anderson works mana-
ger of Aluminum Company of
America's Point Comfort smelting
plant, was named Monday as Point
Comfort operations manager. . . .
The fifth annual Blessing Home-
coming will be held Sunday and a
booklet compiled by Mrs. A. H.
Pierce, containing Minutes of the
Tres Palacios Baptist Church dat-
ing back to 1852 will go on sale. . .
Formal opening of Central Power
and Light Company’s remodeled of-
fice will be held Friday. . . Joe
Tanner and Myron A Spree entered
the city alderman race. . , Senior
Class will present “Wonderful Sum-
mer” Friday night. . .
May 5—The fifth year for Little
League ball for Palacios will get
underway Tuesday when Tom Slone
in the business
He’s out in that weather be-
cause somebody needs him.
There’s a crisis somewhere
... an emergency. And some-
one needs the “backbone”
which he can help build.
Maybe you’ve needed him
yourself. Look under that um-
brella the next time the wind
whips it up. You’ll recognize
your priest or minister or rabbi
—off on the long hours and
countless duties that just begin
when the worship service he
conducts is completed.
A powerful faith gives him
strength for this challenging
task. You can find this same en-
during strength through regu-
lar worship with your family at
your Church or Synagogue.
Find the strength for your life
... worship together this week
throws out the first ball. . . A pub-
lic hearing on the proposal to close
Matagorda Bay to netting will be
held at Bay City, May 18. . . V. J.
Kahlich was elected president of
the Lions Club and will take the
realm July 1. . Three Latin-Amer-
ican boys were apprehended and
charged with robbery of the Pa-
lacios Feed and Milling Co. . . The
annual observance of Collegeport
Day will be held Saturday, May 21
. . Voters will go to the polls
Saturday to cast their ballots for
Glen Pore, Joe Tanner, Myron
Spree or John Raasch as alderman
to fill the one-year term of Marvin
Curtis, created when he was elect-
ed mayor. Other races creating in-
terest were Jack Salyer running
against Fred Holub for county at-
torney and George Pruett running
for State Representative of District
32 against incumbent John Hueb-
ner, Sr. . . .
May 12—The four second grade
classes of Central Elementary
School toured several Palacios busi-
ness houses Tuesday morning, . . .
Lloyd D. Chappell was fatally in-
jured Saturday afternoon when a
station wagon driven by Mrs. C. G.
Maddox jumped the curb at the
postoffice and smashed into his
body. . . Interest was high in city
and state elections Saturday when
Myron Spree was elected council-
man for a one-year term; Fred
Holub, county attorney and John
Huebner Sr., state representative
of District 32. . . Dickie Kubecka,
a member of Round-Up 4-II Club
of the Deutschburg community won
first place in the District 11 Trac-
tor Operator's contest in Richmond
and the Round-Up 4-H Club’s
Square Dance team won second
place in the Share the Fun contest.
May 19—Members of the city
council voted a blanket increase on
all property and every property
taxpayer in Palacios will receive a
card within the next few days noti.
fying them of the increase in their
taxes for the year. . . Senior class
members, sponsors and chaperones
returned Sunday from a week end
trip to a dude ranch in Bandera.
. . The body of Ignacio Gonzales
was found floating in Old Brazos
River at Freeport Tuesday. Officers
suspected foul play. . . . Member-
ship drive was underway by the
Palacios Recreation Association. . .
Dortha Mosier was awarded the
Best-of-Breads category prize of
8250 in a molasses recipe contest
May 26—Ohio Oil Company pour-
ed the cement to No. 1 Ellis Gas
Unit as a failure at the depth of
9,180 feet in a sidetracked hole. . .
Olane Robertson, an employee of
the McCullough Tool Company of
Houston, was seriously injured
Monday as he was preparing to
perforate a well on the Texas Co.
lease. . . Coach Charles Shreve was
honored at a special assembly of
the Junior High (Monday. . . W. A.
(Bill) Turek was selected as “Out-
standing Conservation Farmer” for
1959-60 Matagorda County Soil
Conservation District. . . . Forty-
eight seniors will receive their di-
plomas Monday night. Herbert
Henry and Harry Hulen were vale-
dictorian and salutatorian of the
June 2—The Beacon was display-
ing a new masthead, designed by
Joe Dollar of the Public Relations
Dqpt., Alcoa, Point Comfort. . . .
A contract for 4.2 miles of con-
struction of F. M. Road 521 was
awarded to Perry Construction Co.
of San Antonio. . . William Paul
Menn was filling the pulpit of the
First Presbyterian Church of Col-
legeport during the summer. . .
June 9—A colorful program is
scheduled this Sunday from 3 to 4
p.m. at the FM 521 lift span bridge
across the lower Colorado River
where ground will be officially
broken on the Colorado River Feed-
er Channel to the Gulf Intracoastal
Canal. . . The resignation of T. E,
Seigler as administrator of the
Matagorda County Hospital sys-
tem was accepted and Leonard E.
Watson of Hereford, Texas, ap-
pointed as new administrator. . .
A contract had been signed for the
construction and lease to the Post
Office Department of a new Post
Office building in Palacios. The
successful bidder is Wallace L.
Mayfield, Austin. Construction is
expected to begin immediately with
completion due approximately No-
vember 1, 1960. . . The city coun-
cil adopted a new ordinance regu-
lat’ng construction in a district
designated as the “fire zone”.
June 16—The Palacios Recreation
Association was awarded the old
Latin-American school building by
members of the School Board Mon-
day night. . . The Round-Up 4-H
Club’s Indian dance team won sec-
ond place at state eliminations Wed-
nesday at College Station in the
Share-the-Fun contest. . . The Red
Cross Swimming class will begin
Monday in Bay City and many
local children were expected to par-
ticipate. . . The Matagorda County
Fair Association was getting ready
to stage the roughest, toughest in-
door rodeo on June 24-25 at the
IMatagorda County Exposition
Arena, Bay City. . . t
June 23—Over 100 local children
were participating in the Red Cross
Swimming Program at the pool in
Bay City. . . Plans for the annual
boat races and carnival, sponsored
by the Palacios Lions Club on July
School, being conducted this week
on the campus of Texas A. & M.
College. . . The City Council ac-
cepted the bid from Maddox Motor
Company on a new vehicle for the
police department. . . Within the
next week or two the third ship-
ment of pipe assigned to Union
Carbide Chemicals Co., Division of
Union Carbide Corp. from Nation-
al Suipp’y Co., Economy, Pennsyl-
vania was expected to arrive at the
local port. The shipment consisting
of 1,976,461 pounds was shipped
July 7 . .
July 28 — Matagorda County’s
first bale of cotton for the 1960
season, produced by Harold Hunt
of Palacios, will be sold at public
auction at the Palacios Chamber of
Commerce building Thursday morn-
4th, were nearing completion. State, ing. The bale was ginned by the
champions, past and present, were
expected to participate in the races,
which was sanctioned by the Lone
Star Boat Racing Association of
Houston. . . Evelyn Lenz was at-
tending the Lions Clubs Crippled
Children summer camp at Kerrville.
... In less than three hours after
the robbery of the Harbor Inn was
reported, the cuLrit was picked up
with the goods taken. . . The city
council approved the work of the
L. L. & B. Construction Company
and the final monies were author-
ized to be paid.
June 30—Mayor Marvin Curtis
and Alderman Homer Aparicio at
tended the first annual seminar for
city officials in Austin. . . Lions
Club members began work setting
up concession stands for their 11th
annual July 4th carnival Tuesday
night. . . The rains came but Pa-
lacios faired much better than many
sections in the area as only a total
of 12.85 inches of rainfall were
recorded at 11,„ • /fi r.A.A. station
at the airportT. . T. D. Matthews,
Matagorda County Commissioner,
was sentenced Friday in U. S. Dis-
trict Court at Houston to two 3-
year prison sentences to be served
concurrently and was also fined
$2,500 for each count of the 2-
count indictment for income tax
evasion and other charges. The pri-
son sentence was suspended with
probation for five years on the
condition that the $5,000 fine be
paid within 30 days.
July 7—Ownership of the Cres-
cent Drug Store changed hands
July 1, when S. W. “Woody” Wil-
son purchased the building, fix-
tures and stock from Mrs. John D.
Bowden. . . Rev. L. Winfield Wick-
ham was to be installed as pastor
of the local Lutheran Church of
Our Redeemer Sunday afternoon
at 3. . . The largest crowd ever
attended the free boat races and
Lions Club carnival July 4th. . .
July 14—Building permits in the
City of Palacios totaled over a
half million dollars during the first
six months of 1960, according to
City Secretary Besse Belknap. . .
Victor J. Kahlich was installed as
[.resident of the Palacios Lions
C’ub at their regular meeting last
week. . . Ralph Bowers and Rus-
sell Corporon, members of the Pa-
lacios F.F.A. Chapter, will attend
the 33rd State Convention of that
national rural boy organization in
Houston, July 20-22. . . Members
of the City Council, acting as the
Board of Equalization, met with a
group of taxpayers and their at-
torney at a meeting called by those
who spearheaded petitions and call-
ing themselves the Palacios Tax-
payers Association, Thursday night.
. . . Lt. A. G. Thompson, for the
past several years officer in charge
of Camp Huien, was transferred to
Fort Chaffee, Ark. . . Mrs. G. A.
Sal:bury resigned as chairman of
the Library Board after 24 years of
faithful service. . .
July 21—R. H. Neeley and J. M.
Treyb'g were attending the 31st
Annual Texas Firemen’s Training
Which of the following is spelled correctly?
Vestabule Vesfebule Vestibule
(Meaning an enclosed entry hall or lobby)
See Hunt’s Food Market Ad for correct answer.
Farmers Coop Gin on July 21.
Dr. John Edmund Haggai will be
the principal speaker in each of
the sessions of the 14th annual
District Four Baptist Brotherhood
Encampment. . . M. M. Brooking,
president of the City State Bank
and treasurer of the City of Pa-
lacios, reviewed the bonded indebt-
edness of the City of Palacios as
of June 30, 1960, at the Lions Club
regular meeting Tuesday night. . ,
Col. Harold C. Brown, who suc-
ceeds Col. E. A. Hansen, assumed
his duties as District Engineer of
the Army Engineers’ Galveston
District. . . Fireman Hugh J. Dis-
mukes was awarded the Senior
Fireman Award in the Palacios
Fire Department by the Allstate
August 4—Matagorda County re-
ported two dry holes, one a wildcat
and another a field try, and Whar-
ton County came up with three nice
field eoniplei ns to highlight drill.
ing activity . the area. . . Resi-
dents of Matagorda County Water
Control and Improvement District
No. 5 (Blessing) will go to the
polls Saturday, August 27, to vote
on a $165,000 bond issue to fur-
nish a waterworks and sanitary
sewer system for service within the
said district. . . 47 bales of cotton
had been turned out by the Pa-
lacios Co-op Gin so far this sea-
son. . . Rev. A. J. Pate, present
director of the Baptist Encamp-
ment, has resigned to accept the
pastorate of the First Baptist
Church in Columbus.
August 11—The Sharks will be-
gin two practice sessions a day
Monday to get ready for the open-
ing game with Tidehaven, Sept. 9.
. . Bay Chevrolet Co. of Palacios
was low bidder on the chassis for a
new County Fire Truck for use in
the Palacios area. Simms Fire
Equipment Co. of San Antonio re-
ceived the bid for building the body
and equipping same. . . David De-
Backer has been appointed director
of the Gulf Coast Medical Founda-
tion, Wharton. He assumed his
duties August 8.
August 18—Members of the City
Council, abiding by a building ordi-
nance recently adopted, rejected the
building permit of a new post of-
fice building to be constructed in
the city’s “fire zone”. . . . King
Football took over this week as 33
boys were reporting for practice
for the Sharks and 35 to 37 were
out for the Hornets. . . The High
School band will begin rehearsals
Monday morning. . . Mrs. Ruby
Starr Williams, of Bay City, was
killed in a head-on automobile crash
about 25 miles south of San An-
tonio Tuesday night.
August 25—The congregation of
the Lutheran Church will break
ground for a new church edifice
Sunday morning. . Jimmy Stew-
art was presented the Boy Scout’s
God and Country Award at special
services at the First Methodist
Church. . . Members of the Pa-
laeic: Little League All-Stars were
presented awards at a covered dish
luncheon in Flossing Tuesday night.
. . School registration will be held
at all schools August 30-31 with
the first day of classes on Sep-
tember 1. . . Daily showers had
hampered the 1960 harvest of cot-
September 1—Free Labor Day
Boat Races were being sponsored
by the Palacios Chamber of Com-
merce and the Little League spon-
sors were making plans to serve
600 barbecued chicken that day. . .
Congress completed action on Pub-
lic Works Appropriation Bill speci-
fying $4,000 for Gulf Intercoastal
Waterway Channel to Palacios nav-
igation study. . . The commission-
ers court approved a $1,345,640
budget and reduced the tax rate
by two cents, from $1.05 to $1.03.
September 8—The Sharks open
the 1960 grid season Friday at
Tidehaven against the Tigers, the
Sharks “B” team battled the Clear
Creek “B” team to a 14 to 14 tie
in Clear Creek Saturday. . . Fol-
lowing a lengthy discussion and
the presentation of a letter from
the late A. H. Petersen, former
mayor, the council approved the
building permit for a new post of-
fice building at their meeting Tues-
day. . . A total of 1433 students
had registered at ail schools com-
pared to 1245 at this time last year,
September 15—Graduation ex-
ercises Monday marked the suc-
cessful completion of a tough four
year apprentice training course for
26 young men at Alcoa’s Point
Comfort operations, including Al-
vin Bannert, Robert Holloway,
James Oglesby and Spencer L.
Johnson, Jr. of Palacios. . . Cal-
houn County’s Sandcrabs will in-
vade Palacios Friday night to meet
the Palacios Sharks, who defeat-
ed Tidehaven 20-8. . . Miss Becky
Brandon will be the Rotary Club’s
representative at the Bay City Rice
Festival. . . ,
September 22—The Sharks, de-
feated 34 to 0 by Calhoun County
last week, will tangle with the
West Columbia Roughnecks here
Friday. . . Herbert D. Zapp gov-
ernor of the 589 district of Rotary
International made his annual of-
ficial visit to the local club Wed-
nesday. . . Ground-breaking cere-
monies for the new post office build-
ing were held Monday morning. . .
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Braxton Hogg
celebrated their Golden 'Wedding
Anniversary on September 11. . .
September 29—Matagorda Coun-
ty civic and government officials
were told Friday that the Celanese
Chemical Company of New York
would build a multi-million dollar
petrochemical plant near Bay City.
. . The 1961 Ford line, consisting
of 16 models in four series, went
on display at Maddox’s Motor Co.
today. . . J. D. Park, former mem-
ber of the Palacios School faculty,
had been appointed as president of
Olympic College in Bremerton,
Wash. . . Cooky Maddox was se-
lected as the Lions Club’s repre-
sentative to the Bay City Rice
Festival. . . .
October 6—Deepening the Gulf
Intracoastal Waterway channel to
Palacios and federal maintenance
of the turning basins was cited
hood from the various establish-
ments at Matagorda County Navi-
gation District No. 1. . . A total
of 1153 voters went to the polls
here Tuesday. In a record vote over
the nations the Democrats edged
the Republicans while in the local
box the Republicans led 497 to 461
for the Democrats. . . Nine Sen-
iors and two other members of the
Sharks will be playing their last
game for PHS in the annual Home-
coming game with Ganado Friday.
, . . R. G. Herlin was elected presi.
dent of the Palacios Library Board.
... A breakfast Thursday morn-
ing will kick-off the Salvation
Army drive. . .
November 17—Mr. and Mrs. W.
L. Linton celebrated their Fiftieth
Wedding Anniversary Sunday. . ,
Mrs. Myrtle B. Fagan burned to
death Friday in her trailer home
near Harper’s Grill on Farm-to-
Market Road 521. . . J. J. Barr
celebrated his one hundredth birth-
day Sunday. . . Two Bay City
youths, Jerry Ware and Melvin
Fortenberry, were arrested Tues-
day and charged with robbery. . .
George L. Harrison was re-elected
president of the 'Matagorda Coun-
ty A. & M. Club. . . Miss Judy
Hunt was crowned Homecoming
Queen during half-time ceremonies
of the Palacios-Ganado football
game, which the Sharks won 20-0.
November 24—Members of the
City Council Monday night voted
to file charges on over 100 de-
linquent taxpayers. . . . Principal
speaker at the January 5th foot-
ball banquet will be Jim Meyers,
head coach of the Texas Aggies.
. . . The need for deeper water in
the turning basins and in the en-
trance channel was being stressed
by the owners of businesses located
on the basins.
December 1—Ballots were mail-
ed to Chamber of Commerce mem-
bers for the election of eight new
board members. . . A mass meet-
ing was scheduled for Friday night
to explain the plan for raising
money with which to build a com-
munity center. . . The High School
band came home with the rating of
H in marching and inspection con-
tests in Victoria and were judged
the most improved band in the
region. . . W. T. Jameson of Nor-
man, Okla., spoke to a small group
interested in controlled zoning at
an informal meeting Monday night.
December 8—According to the
population count for the 1960 Cen-
sus, Palacios had a total of 3,676.
I. . . Cactus Petroleum Inc., had
taken a live-year /ease witn a live
year option on 200 foot water front-
Monday as one of the aims of the age on the new turning basin.
Army Corps of Engineers for 1961, Mrs. John W. Boiling had been
. . . The tapping of the new sewer awarded membership in the Na-
iine recently completed, is now
underway. . . Actual construction
was started this week on the new
post office building and the new
telephone building. . •. Scheduled
for display at the Bay Chevrolet
Co. Friday was 20 conventional
models, nine Corvairs and the Cor-
October 13—Secretary of Agri-
culture Benson has authorized
Farmers Home Administration to
make emergency loans to eligible
farmers in Matagorda County. . .
The 1961 Alcoa Employees United
Fund drive at Aluminum Company
of America’s Point Comfort Op-
erations got underway Monday. . .
October 20 — Stanley Tegge,
formerly of Clute, was elected as
assistant vice president of the City
State Bank of Palacios at the
Board of Directors meeting Octo-
ber 13. . . Members of the Pa-
lacios F.F.A. Chapter were busy
making final plans for the Carnival
on Hallowe’en night. . . Members
of the Women’s Division of the
Chamber of Commeice were plan-
ning their annual Football Banquet.
October 27—The Palacios Chap-
ter No. 125, Order of the Eastern
Star, celebrated their 50th anni-
versary Tuesday, October 18. . . .
Dr. L. A. Wilcox and Dr. C. E.
Davis will have the formal opening
of the Wileox-Davis Clinic of Med-
icine and Surgery, Friday, Satur-
day and Sunday. . . The 113th an-
nual session of the Colorado Bap-
tist, Association met at Trinity
Baptist Church in Palacios, Tues-
day, Oct. 18. . . The sale of gas
produced from 18 wells in Jackson
County’s Appling Field to the Ten-
tional Women’s Press Association.
. . . Ralph Bowers, Carl Barrett,
Jamie 'Weaver and Larry Taylor
won berths on the 26-AA District
offensive and defensive teams. . .
East Bay Company, Inc. was to
have Open House Saturday and the
formal opening of the Gulf Coast
Medical Foundation in Wharton was
to be held Sunday.
December 15—Drilling continued
at a fast pace in Matagorda Coun-
ty, hottest county on the Texas
Gulf Coast from the standpoint of
operating rigs. . . . Twenty-eight
cotton and rice growers voted in
the Referendum Election Tuesday,
. . . . Many attended the Open
House at the East Bay Company,
Saturday. . . . “The Holy Birth”
was to be presented by the Metho-
dist Choir Sunday afternoon at 4.
December 22—Fred Huitt, Ver-
lin Murphy, George L. Harrison,
George Kana, S. W. Wilson, Jack
Partain and M. M. Brooking were
elected to the Board of Directors
of the Chamber of Commerce. . .
Santa Claus was to arrive at 2:30
p.m. Thursday. . . The P.-T. A. re-
ceived a check for $322.85 from
General Mills as their profit from
the cake mix sale. . . Twenty prop-
erty owners of Palacios, who owe
appoximately $11,000 in unpaid
taxes to Matagorda County, Pa-
lacios Independent School District
and the City of Palacios, were to
be filed on. . . A total of $1,430.50
for the Palacios Recreation Asso-
ciation had been collected in a
house to house canvass.
December 29—The 1959 Census
of Agriculture, conducted in Mata-
_ _ . . „ gorda County last fall, counted
nessee Gas Transmission Company ^ farms> with a land total 0f
was announced. . . The 1961 Boy
Scout Finance Drive will kick off
with a shrimp supper Nov. t. .
November 3—More than sixty
men and women attended the lunch,
eon meeting of the Texas High-
way 35-U. S, Highway 11 Improve-
ment Association in Port Lavaca
Wednesday. . . Since November 1
the Palacios postoffice was receiv-
ing and dispatching mail thee
times daily instead of twice. . . A
record vote was expected in the
General Election Tuesday. . . The
Sharks will play their final game
away Friday in Sweeny. . . Mata-
gorda Co, Alcoans contributed $1,-
383 to Matagorda County youth,
welfare and health organizations
through the Alcoa Employees Unit-
ed Fund drive.
November 10—A total of 342
people were earning their liveli-
726,574 acres. . . Texas railroads
paid $2,095 in taxes in Matagorda
County^ during 1959. . . Blessing
voters were to elect five directors
of Matagorda County Water Con-
trol and Improvement District No.
5 on January 10. . . Matagorda
County was leading the coastal
area in operating r'gs.
ifie Old limed
“Anybody who wants to live
a peaceful, quiet, uneventful
life has just picked the wrong
time to live.”
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