Category: Opinion & Advice

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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Letters to the Editor for April 26, 2019

Dear Editor, Notice to incumbents, candidates, and seated officials. We, (property owners and renters) need your help. If not, you’re part of the problem. City of Port Isabel’s forensic audit ended in mid-2018, providing certifiable evidence of many wrong doings. Within three projects: Yacht Club Restoration, E.D.C. Revolving Loan Program, and Event Center Project. The …

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Another Tale of the Bottle

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE   Every once in a while I will get an email from someone asking me for help in identifying something they found while exploring our Island. “Mister Hathcock,” the email started, “I am writing to you, about a bottle we found in a wash-out area about 12 miles north …

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Rio History: Another Tale of the Bottle

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Parade Ellen Smith of Hot Springs, Arkansas sent me an email a while back asking about a bottle she and her husband had found while exploring near the mouth of the Rio Grande after Hurricane Dolly. The bottle you found, I replied, is known as a ceramic, or stoneware, beer …

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Letters to the Editor for April 12, 2019

To the Editor, We are sorry to see Dina Arevalo go. In the past four plus years she’s been the only personality of the Padre Press whom we’ve come to know, and we shall miss her. Good luck, Dina, in whatever your new endeavors will be. Sincerely yours, David A. Sears South Padre Island The …

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Rio History: A Look Back

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Parade   Long before Padre Bali began running cattle on the Island this entire area was a favored destination for wealthy ranchers and their families. At first, the little town that stood on the bay was called El Fronton. Some say it got that name from a sheer cliff that extended …

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Letter to the Editor for April 5, 2019

Special to the Press   To the editor, I believe in freedom of speech, and I believe in freedom of the press. And after reading the March 28 letter (rant) to the editor from Rev. Barry Abraham Zavah of Alpine, Tx, I now believe there is fake news. Amen.   Dennis Moreau Laguna Vista Tweet

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Rio History: The Storm of 1875

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Press    Although the war had ended, the terror had not. A period of lawlessness existed along the Texas border. Because the Rio Grande River was a major artery of ancient trade routes, South Texas suffered the most. The area from the banks of the Nueces River near Corpus …

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