Honoring Martin DeLeon (1771-1834)
The connection between Martin DeLeon and Victoria County is widely known, but few realize that Calhoun County was also part of Martin DeLeon’s land grant.
Stephen F. Austin was the first to receive an empresarial grant from Mexico. Don Martin de Leon received the second grant, which helped to carve the central Texas Gulf Coast out of the wilderness and towards civilization. The Lavaca and Matagorda Bays separate these two oldest Texas land grants. Stephen F. Austin’s grant ends on the east boundary and Martin DeLeon’s land grant begins on the western boundary.
The Calhoun County Historical Commission is inviting the community to the Martin DeLeon Historical Marker Dedication on June 4, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. The dedication will begin at the Bauer Ag Building on the Fairgrounds in Port Lavaca. After the historical powerpoint presentation by sixth generation John Foester, the audience will move to the Six Mile Park for the marker unveiling. The historical site relevance will be revealed at the park site.
You may download the complete Martin DeLeon marker story at: calhouncountyhc.org
Port O’Connor residents Robbie Hawes and Robin Carville did our town proud on April 16 when they participated in the MS150 bicycle ride, originally scheduled to be from Houston to Austin. These two “senior cyclers” completed day one, 86 miles, in a pedaling time of 5 hours and 40 minutes.
Each has an important person in their lives who is affected by multiple sclerosis, and together they raised over $5,000 in the fight against this disease. Although day two was cancelled due to inclement weather, both of “Team Robs” were ready, willing and able to go again the second day, and are already looking forward to the ride again next year.
Shrimp Cooking Contest
Participants enter at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, June 18th
Turn-In Time: 1:30 p.m. – Winners’ Ceremony: 4:00 p.m.
Shrimp Gumbo Contest – $25 Entry Fee
Shrimp Anything Goes Contest – $15 Entry Fee
People’s Choice Contest – No Fee for Samples
$1 per Vote – No Vote Limits
Best Booth Contest – No Fee Required
No Pre-Cooked Food!
Shrimp Gumbo: 1st Place $200; 2nd Place $100; 3rd Place: $50
People’s Choice: Trophy Oar
Best Booth: Trophy Oar
Register at: http:www.seadriftchamber.com/shrimpfest
Beach Volleyball Tournament
Saturday, June 18th – 9:00 a.m. to ???
Prizes awarded to 1st & 2nd Place Teams
Double Elimination Co-Ed Teams
Entry Fee: $60.00 per team
Entry Deadline – June 17, 2016
Contact: Holly Strakos at 361-648-6054
Online forms: www.seadriftchamber.com/shrimpfest
On April 23, bikers from around the area, members of the Calavaeras Bike Club, rode into Port O’Connor to participate in a poker run honoring Moe Carriles.
With support from Madden’s Lounge and Dock’s Bar & Grill in Port O’Connor; Bubba’s in Seadrift; Legends in Port Lavaca; and Victoria Harley Davidson and Another Round in Victoria, the club raised funds to go towards the purchase of a headstone for Moe.
Abel “Moe” Carriles passed away two years ago from pancreatic cancer. He was a lifelong shrimper who resided in Port O’Connor. He is buried in Port O’Connor Cemetery.
“It is a beautiful thing to come together in this time of need,” said Club spokesperson Amanda Flores. “We all help each other.”