Category: Opinion & Advice

Rio History: Red Fish Landing

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE Port Mansfield, or Redfish Landing, as it was once called was an isolated fishing camp located on the sandy shores of the Laguna Madre in the early 1930s. Newspaper reports from the time refer to giant redfish over four feet long and trout so numerous that a man …

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Rio History: Pick your Poison (a few stories of the bottle)

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE Ever since humans have had the ability to write, they have enclosed messages in bottles that have been dropped into the sea. The earliest recorded sender was the Greek philosopher Theophrastus who, in around 310 BC, threw sealed bottles into the Mediterranean to prove that the inland body of water was formed …

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Rio History: Treasure Ships of Padre Island

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Parade I remember reading an article one time, where the author wrote; “There is a sunken ship for every mile of shoreline along the Texas Coast.” Early Spanish records are full of shipwreck accounts. For instance; in November 1527, an unexpected, late season storm struck Galveston Island. A merchant …

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Letters to the Editor for May 30, 2019

Bee Friendly Dear Editor, Soon the City of Port Isabel will begin the spraying for mosquitoes. The question was asked at last night’s City Meeting if the spray was “bee friendly.” No one knew for sure. The City Manager noted that the mosquitoes are becoming increasingly resistant to the chemicals used in the spray. The …

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Rio History: The Battle of Palo Alto

By Steve Hathcock (May 14, 1836, Mexican President, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, signed the Treaties of Velasco which effectively established the Republic of Texas as a sovereign nation. In addition, Santa Anna pledged to withdraw his troops south of the Rio Grande River. However, the treaty was never ratified by the Mexican government and …

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Letters to the Editor for the week of May 23, 2019

Dear fellow Texans, As we enjoy the blessings of family and friends this Memorial Day, let us all take a moment to recollect the reason for this day. Today, we honor the men and women who sacrificed their lives, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear. I ask you to unite …

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Rio History: Sam Walker, Texas Ranger

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Parade     May 4, 1846. Across the river from Matamoros, Mexico. Star shaped, the completed fort (named Texas in honor of the new State) consisted of nine and a half foot earthen walls surrounded by an eight and a half foot deep ditch and could hold more than …

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Rio History: A Man Named Isaac and Why the First Singer Sewing Machine Came to Texas

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Parade “The announcement that the will of Mrs. Singer, a relative of the late millionaire sewing machine inventor Isaac Merritt Singer had been read was a sad day for the relatives of the late William A Townsend, former book publisher,” read the headlines of the November 12, 1905 issue of the New York …

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Letters to the Editor for May 2, 2019

Dear Editor, The crew of Coast Guard Station South Padre Island would like to thank our communities within the Rio Grande Valley for the tremendous outpouring of generosity, compassion and support during the lapse in appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security. We are truly humbled, privileged and proud to serve you and will continue …

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Rio History: Mary’s Bean

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE Recently, I received an E-mail from Jean Powers of Minneapolis asking about a sea bean she found while vacationing on South Padre Island. I always like to refer questions of this sort to my friend and partner Kay Lay who identified the find as a Mary’s Bean. “They are really rather …

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