Refugio County Historical Commission

Refugio County Historical Commission The Refugio County Commission was founded to promote and preserve the History of Refugio County. The Commission meets bi-monthly.
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This week's historic Refugio County sports item: 1912 Woodsboro freelance swimmers.  From the Portal to Texas History.
06/19/2020

This week's historic Refugio County sports item: 1912 Woodsboro freelance swimmers. From the Portal to Texas History.

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newsp...
06/18/2020

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newspaper date June 18, 1964. From the Portal to Texas History.

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member:  Joseph D. Simpso...
06/17/2020

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member: Joseph D. Simpson lll. From the Portal to Texas History.

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County.  Tivoli First Bapti...
06/16/2020

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County. Tivoli First Baptist Church. Thanks for the share.
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This Historic week’s noteworthy Refugio County pioneers, benefactors and citizens series:  4H Home Economic Awards. 1968...
06/15/2020

This Historic week’s noteworthy Refugio County pioneers, benefactors and citizens series: 4H Home Economic Awards. 1968 newspaper. From The Portal to Texas History.

This week's historic Refugio County sports item: 1963 Refugio Lions Baseball team.  From the Portal to Texas History.
06/12/2020

This week's historic Refugio County sports item: 1963 Refugio Lions Baseball team. From the Portal to Texas History.

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06/12/2020

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VIRTUAL SUMMER READING CHALLENGE FUN!

The Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library, in partnership with the Refugio County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office are offering an alternative virtual summer reading challenge with "FRED: Families Reading Everyday". Developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, an educational agency affiliated with the Texas A&M System, FRED is designed to encourage parents to read to their children daily. The purpose of FRED is to increase family involvement in children's literacy development, improve the quality of family relationships, and encourage healthy behaviors. FRED is based on the belief that for children to reach their highest academic potential, parents must be actively involved in all aspects of their education and development.

This free program is open to youth of all ages. The program is running July 1st thru Aug. 31st. Registrations are being accepted from July 1st thru Aug. 1st. Registration is done online at https://fch.tamu.edu/fred, and can be completed from a smart device or computer. Instructions and a FRED Family Guide can be downloaded at https://www.dmopl.com/ All children will receive a certificate upon completion of the program (generated by the online system). For more information please contact the library at (361) 526-2608, or email [email protected]

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
― Dr. Seuss

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newsp...
06/11/2020

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newspaper date June 11, 1964. From the Portal to Texas History.

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member:  Charles Jarvis. ...
06/10/2020

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member: Charles Jarvis. From the Portal to Texas History.

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County. Church of Christ Bu...
06/09/2020

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County. Church of Christ Building, Woodsboro, Texas. 1957 newspaper. From the Portal to Texas History.
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This Historic week’s noteworthy Refugio County pioneers, benefactors and citizens series:  Dr. Jack Finn. 1941 newspaper...
06/08/2020

This Historic week’s noteworthy Refugio County pioneers, benefactors and citizens series: Dr. Jack Finn. 1941 newspaper. From The Portal to Texas History.

This week's historic Refugio County sports item: 1962 Refugio High School Home Coming Queen.   From the Portal to Texas ...
06/05/2020

This week's historic Refugio County sports item: 1962 Refugio High School Home Coming Queen. From the Portal to Texas History.

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newsp...
06/04/2020

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newspaper date June 4, 1964. From the Portal to Texas History.

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member: Douglas Albert Ne...
06/03/2020

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member: Douglas Albert Nesloney. From the Portal to Texas History.

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County.  Woodsboro School, ...
06/02/2020

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County. Woodsboro School, finished in 1956, Woodsboro, Texas. From the Portal to Texas History.

This Historic week’s noteworthy Refugio County pioneers, benefactors and citizens series:  Refugio High School new Facul...
06/01/2020

This Historic week’s noteworthy Refugio County pioneers, benefactors and citizens series: Refugio High School new Faculty members. 1965 newspaper. From The Portal to Texas History.

This week's historic Refugio County sports item: 1965 Refugio High School Twirlers.  From the Portal to Texas History.
05/29/2020

This week's historic Refugio County sports item: 1965 Refugio High School Twirlers. From the Portal to Texas History.

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newsp...
05/28/2020

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newspaper date May 28, 1964. From the Portal to Texas History.

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member: Clyde West. From ...
05/27/2020

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member: Clyde West. From the Portal to Texas History.

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County.   St. Therese Catho...
05/26/2020

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County. St. Therese Catholic Church, Woodsboro, Texas. From the Portal to Texas History.

FYI, Listing of deceased Veterans from 1968 newspaper. Memorial Day article.
05/25/2020

FYI, Listing of deceased Veterans from 1968 newspaper. Memorial Day article.

This Historic week’s noteworthy Refugio County pioneers, benefactors and citizens series:  VFW Post 6290 Memorial Day Se...
05/25/2020

This Historic week’s noteworthy Refugio County pioneers, benefactors and citizens series: VFW Post 6290 Memorial Day Service. 1966 newspaper. From The Portal to Texas History.

This week's historic Refugio County sports item:  1968 Refugio High School Bobcat Football Squad.  From the Portal to Te...
05/22/2020

This week's historic Refugio County sports item: 1968 Refugio High School Bobcat Football Squad. From the Portal to Texas History.

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newsp...
05/21/2020

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newspaper date May 21, 1964. From the Portal to Texas History.

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member: William G. Boenig...
05/20/2020

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member: William G. Boenig. From the Portal to Texas History.

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05/19/2020

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As families continue to educate students from home and prepare to keep children entertained during the summer, the Texas Historical Commission is providing free instructive resources about Texas history, preservation, and heritage tourism as an alternative to visiting a historic site.

Our Texas History at Home page encourages families to explore activities that include: downloadable coloring sheets for children (pictured), educational video playlists on our YouTube channel, and mobile tours highlighting the Texas Revolution, Chisholm Trail, Texas Military History, and more.

Explore the history of the Texas Revolution and share Texas History at Home: thc.texas.gov/education/texas-history-home

Download coloring pages of our Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, and Casa Navarro State Historic Site.

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County.  Tivoli First Luthe...
05/19/2020

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County. Tivoli First Lutheran Church. Thanks for the picture share!

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05/18/2020

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It wasn't normal for violent storms to come in early summer, so the folks of Goliad went about their usual Sunday routine on 18 May 1902, some expected a rainstorm, perhaps lightening, but...men harnessed their horses and families drove on to church as usual.
There was a wind blowing from the southeast, with gusts up to 40 miles and hour and peopled home after services.
By two o'clock the weather was getting worse. Heavy black clouds formed in the northwest, then lightening flashes and there was the rumble of thunder.
A few miles to the northwest a farmer, who had made several cattle drives to Kansas, looked up from his barnyard chores, then studied the clouds. Here and there, black cones formed, to extend onto long, twisting streamers which reached toward the ground, weighed about, then pulled back into their parent mass, only to stretch down like searching fingers.
Mr. Johnson shook his head and examined the scene thinking to himself, "Them things keep acomin' down and keep on acomin' thisaway, somebody 'round here's gonna get plumb blowed away."
Years later, Mrs.Kate Chilton Talbot described the storm as she had experienced it when she was ten years old.
"There was only three blocks of cyclone, but it was more of an explosion. It just destroyed everything. The Negroes were having a church service down at their church (Fannin Street Methodist Church) and the roof collapsed and everyone in there was killed. It was a very bad thing."
It was later reported that 114 people were killed and 225 injured--this in a town with a population little over 1000. Others died later of lockjaw and blood poisoning.

This Historic week’s noteworthy Refugio County pioneers, benefactors and citizens series: 1933 Refugio High School Gradu...
05/18/2020

This Historic week’s noteworthy Refugio County pioneers, benefactors and citizens series: 1933 Refugio High School Graduates. From The Portal to Texas History.

This week's historic Refugio County sports item:  Woodsboro Woman's Basketball Team, 1918.  From the Portal to Texas His...
05/15/2020

This week's historic Refugio County sports item: Woodsboro Woman's Basketball Team, 1918. From the Portal to Texas History.

FYI
05/15/2020

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Kineños (King's men) on the King Ranch, 1950. In the earliest days of the ranch (1854) there was a terrible drought in South Texas and Northern Mexico. Captain Richard King traveled to the little hamlet of Cruillas in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas, where the townspeople were in such dire straits that they sold all of their cattle to him in an attempt to survive the drought. A short distance out of town, while slowly driving the cattle north toward Texas, Captain King realized that, in solving an immediate problem for the people of Cruillas, he had simultaneously removed their long-term means of livelihood. He turned his horse back toward the town and made its people a proposition. He would provide them with food, shelter, and income if they would move and come to work on his ranch. The townspeople conferred and many of them agreed to move north with Captain King.

Already expert stockmen and horsemen, these resilient denizens of the rugged Mexican range became known as Los Kineños – King’s people. They and many generations of their heirs would go on to weave a large portion of the historical tapestry of King Ranch. The vaqueros shown here are the descendants of the original Kineños.

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newsp...
05/14/2020

This Historic week's Refugio County "Backward Glance" from the years 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, and 1959, using newspaper date May 14, 1964. From the Portal to Texas History.

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member:  Ben F. Kelly. Fr...
05/13/2020

This Historic week’s noteworthy Military Veteran of Refugio County series. This week’s service member: Ben F. Kelly. From the Portal to Texas History.

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County.  Cotton Gin in Tivo...
05/12/2020

Historical photographs/images of past and present buildings, structures and homes in Refugio County. Cotton Gin in Tivoli, Texas around 1910-1911, I assume. Thanks for the picture share!

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