The Brazosport Facts from Freeport, Texas on August 30, 1959 · Page 3
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Freeport, Texas
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Sunday, August 30, 1959
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llagbsport and Brazoria County, Texas, Sunday. Augurt 80,19M B_ BRAZ08PORT FACTS -< (panilnutd From Pag* Oni) witt''. living to Houston so the oW*r. children, Fannie . and Courtney, could -be fa good •ehools. Sarah wrote William that she Aeant to leave Eagle Island Plantation to him and his wife, *o why wait til she was dead »nd gone to move there. She aald she needed them now as (he had never needed anyone , Beforei In her life. '•< It Was a sacrifice for them, but William came to Eagle Island Immediately and start' ed putting in a spring crop, ntAvmg his family when school After John A.'« death Penny ana her,- daughter had movec from the ell to a bedroom next to' Sarah's In the main section of the home! wpam W. and his Wife, called Miss Katie moveti Into the ell. Again children dashed throtigh the home and quiet Was banished. >annle was nine, CoHlrtney wag six, and Leila was" two when they came to Eaele Island. The children adored Sarah. Little Leila .often climbed Into her huge four noster bed to sleep at night.: They were considerate of Penny and did.not come to her roam except when asked. Fannie often went to read noems to Penny as she sorrowed In her bed, however. Per- hap*'the poems brought John ; a little closer to Penny. . Miss K:>ti« tutored the children her-;"" ;< >i itnpfllnl hours sel aside for "-it nnrnose at Enirln Island years '"•» Courtney, 14 •••"nt to finish his lege, he classes. mother'" The P' habit o' 'Vhartr-" hy Hill Col ••" ''pad of all his ' :'''mony to hi." '•', "'oked up the '"*> Sarah "Aunt • 'Mr father did '••> name was used ' the people who '••> hurricane which the town of Inr >vn the coast from -..-.. »'<:o took most of the ''omes to Qutntana and Vel- risen. •he Island In 1— Her remains and a letter tell ng of her death came on the ame boat to Velasco. A rider rushed the stunning news to Cagle Island and the man told he family that Aunt Sarah's body was on the boat. True to her last promise, a ocking horse for baby Sarah vas on the boat with her body. The "Princess* for whom Cngle Island's mansion had iccn biidt upon her marriage o Wllllnm H. Wharton was aid to rest in the Eagle. Island amlly cemetery beside the ake on property now owned by Hestwood Memorial Park. Then another death stilled he Battle Island home once (•"in. but permanently. Vnnnie, the oldest daughter of Throu»h the terrible night William w. and Miss Katie -N muffeted the Eagle, died after an Illness when she hotie. hlowin» f«n CP , , vas 14, on M ay 26, 1879. She and sirH«s awav as we!) as the had just returnrd to Eagle Is MONDAY ONLY 9:30 6:00 shall • says. Lately, diggers wen' HOME WORKSHOP TOOLS TIME HAS OBLITERATED SITE OF BAOLE ISLAND »PLEHDOR GraclouiLife, Gram of Those Who Lived It. Buried in Swampy Penlniulm. edge of Clute gradually disappeared under silt and vegeta- tation. " The property was acquired by the Brazoria Cemetery Association and Rcstwood Memorial Park was Initiated when the first burial lot wa* sold In January, 1948. A frequent visitor to Rcst- wood until recent years when she became semi-Invalid was J n , e If* baby born at Eagle susar house. The house stand as firm as the wnman for whom It had been built so many yearp before. But hslf of the Engle Oak had fc">n hinwn off In thp ttorm. A ""T^on the tree today sho"7<: u-hnre the double two Th» YA-.*(f?i87f( was ''marfcejt by th« •'•BtH of Penny, who had ste'-Hiy-grown worse since she hart no will to live. She died nnl-tly In her sleep at Eaule T*i^nd on jj ay 55 Miss W'Btfe had known there was to be an nHHition to the family when Ppnny ,dled but she had not tniri, her in her Weakened condition. This bahv h^uyed up the iTJirits of Sarah — there was again to be a birth at Eagle Island! She started niccing a silk quilt for the baby bed she had used for her son John. The bed was brought out of storage to be readv for the event She Basked Miss Katie and William |>W. If they would name ihe ba- I by William Wharton If it was *n boy. They agreed. . f On Dec. 23, 1876, near mld- 'jWght, a baby girl was bora i^She was named Sarah Wharton ^'for Aunt Sarah Wharton. LHUo "jelU, now six yean; ' old, Jwught the new baby was a ['gift to her from Santa Claus. VMlw Katie had made friends nth several Brazoria County ^yeeple. She and her children bWtwtd visit back and forth with tt* Perry Bryan family who .JIvwS near tht present city of f Freeport. T J They visited the Sammy . Bryans at the Durazno Planta- ttoh at Peach Point. The Strat| ton* were good friends, as well " (The James Franklin Pcrrys -j tfie old Perry home across ! J th«.rlver from Engle Island. . After a big Christmas at } Eagl» Island In 1877, featuring ; many visitors and friends and 'barrels of oysters gathered by jr John and his men along the I mouth of Oyster Creek, Aunt f Wharton decided to visit friends ind relatlvej In Oalveston. She had not been away from p E>8'« Island during Penny's, J'long illneii, sj she and Mis'- e got busy ripping and al- ...jg "Aunt Wharton's silk and ilvet dresses, to add style. Ai the family saw Aunt liarah oft on a steamboat, thf-v t;<!id not know they would not f ; i«e her alive again. Aun^ Whar. t ton promised to bring the new Fbiby, Sarah, something nice f When she returned. *•;' Sarah Wharton died In Gal- oeston on Feb. 11, 1878, at the Hiwne of Judge Jack Harris. She f/ti 68 years old. land aftnr a visit to Galveston. TOO many memories were at- inched to the Eatfc Island home with the loss of Fannie. A bo^ch home at old Velasco became family headquarters. Another daughter was born there, Katie Willeen. The chll- ']ren loved ,the sturdily,' built hcach'house, a rambling, struc- t'lre. They took x^sklffr^MfoM the Brazos to Quintan* to" attend Sunday School. When Courtney was sent to the Chapel Hill College and Leila needed a good school, too, the family moved to Houston, then to Richmond. At first they had no intention of selling Eagle Island but eventually realized they would never be happy living there. It had become In need of extensive repairs, too, so they sold the plantation to Harris Mas- terwn, who sold it to a northern syndicate who In turn made the plantation into small farms and sold them. In 1900 the hurricane finished the Eagle Island home which had withstood several other severe storms. Pieces of the woodwork of the horn* was used to repair other damaged homes of the area, It ta report- Through the yean trace* of the home and the family cemetery by the lake at the western CERAMIC TILE • BATHS • SHOWERS • DBAINBOAKD8 PRE - CAST TERRAZZO AND QUARRY CUSTOM TILE W. B O'Han CY 7-4349 WalUot JOOM CY 7-MS6 18 TOOK CAR PROPERLY? PERFORMING ATLAS Motor Analyze. with DYNA-VISION Anmlng new i»i«»fcii4r telli j you exactly what th« troubl* I Is with your aato'i enflai, I THREE FACTOR* TRAINED MECHANICS ON DDT* AT ALL TIMES PENNER'S BUMBLE 8BRVICI 4th * Hickory ,', Freepart , « V baby Sarah - who '* now Mrs Sarah Wharton Grow Mrs. Berlet, now 83 years old, h .« drawn the locations of the old family graves and buildings of the plantation as she r£ members them for Restwood Manager S. G. Marshall. Of the 14 graves he has located around the lake on Rest- wood property, some are covered In marble slabs, Marshall reports. A thick slab of marble Is supported by. four corner posts of marble notched to hold the grave cover. Time had covered these graves ;but he hopes to locate through the brick. and ashes ol an old fireplace. They frequently dig Into several layers of brick from the many drives of the plantation. They dug up a chain recently welded by rust m' an almost solid mass.. A few inches ground parts of .carriages, surreys, farm implements, and wood stove* have been- found, Marshall says. He has also found two enware Jugs. One of the handmade jugs Is misshapen — It won't set straight. The other Is liquid. They dug .Into sugar bins, , with brick Walk eight inches thick arid smoothly finished In ride with concrete. They have number. of cisterns. . Memories of Eagle Island are coming to ilfe dally as. the site . of the fabulous home- became a resting place for the dead. . But the record, of the young "Prince" who first lived In the as many as possible. home with W» "Princess" win a g » , j. .brought to light, Jjfr! FALL IS COMING... Fix up your HOME NOW with* LOW COST HOME IMPROVEMENT LOAN I Borrow up to $9,500.00 and take up to 60 month! to repay. IBANK OF COURTESY PORT MTOMAl BANK 103 CHERRY ST. 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