Category: South Padre Parade

Rio History: Coil Spring Mattress Contributes to President’s Death

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PARADE President James Garfield survived an assassination attempt on July 2, 1881 but his chances of recovery hinged on his doctors being able to locate and remove a bullet that was lodged somewhere in his chest. The problem was simple; if the bullet had penetrated the liver or other …

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Queen of the Kings: Ladies Kingfish Tournament adds new tournament division

By GAIGE DAVILA Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com This year, for the 38th annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament (LKT), the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce’s tournament planning committee did something different. Kingfish was no longer an exclusively-offshore division catch, meaning competing anglers could weigh in the tournament’s namesake whether they caught them in the bay …

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Rio History: The Casino Hotel of Padre Island

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE One of the first buildings constructed at Tarpon Beach in 1908, (Today’s Isla Blanca Park) the Casino Hotel (AKA the Gulf side Hotel) was only open for a short period before disaster struck. A hurricane coming ashore during the early summer of 1909, forced visitors to evacuate and seek shelter …

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Author of “South Padre Shark” holding book signing this weekend

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the Press Ernest Francis Schanilec, author of the “Hastings series” novels, will be signing copies of his most recent novel, “South Padre Shark,” on Saturday, August 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, at Paragraphs on Padre Bou levard bookstore, located at 5505 Padre Boulevard on the island. …

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History of TIFT: How the tournament’s first year predicted its 80th

By GAIGE DAVILA Port Isabel-South Padre Press In the June 1934 edition of Rio Grande Valleybased Monty’s Monthly News magazine, James Addison Hockaday, or “J.A.,” a Missouri-born physician who moved to Port Isabel, described the philosophy behind the first Rio Grande Valley Fishing Rodeo, two months before the tournament’s start: “At our front door flows …

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Colonel Sam’s Dream Part Two

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE In April of 1926, the Dallas News published a story about a proposed 5000-acre park to be located about halfway down Padre Island from Corpus Christi. Travelers would reach the park by driving along a road of hard-packed beach sand that would connect the north and south end …

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Rio History: Colonel Sam’s Dream

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE We “in the know” celebrated a colorful man who had a dream Colonel Sam was a man unafraid to dream. Born in DeWitt, Missouri, on July 10, 1867, Sam left home at fifteen to work on the railroad. A quick learner, young Sam moved up the ladder and …

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Rio History: An Island called Padre

By Steve Hancock Special to the PARADE July 24, 1907: George Sims, president of the Padre Island Development Company announced one of the most important land deals to date when he and his partners paid $12000 for a fifteen hundred acre parcel of land located on the southern tip of Padre Island. Before the drifting sand had filled the …

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Rio History: Camels in Texas

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Parade   As early as 1836, Maj. George H. Crossman urged the United States War Department to use camels in Indian campaigns in Florida because of the animals’ ability to keep on the move with a minimum of food and water. But twenty years passed before the great experiment …

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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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