The early Texas frontier seaport of Indianola
was struck a devastating blow by a hurricane in 1875. Many of the survivors
moved inland; some moving their homes to Port Lavaca, Victoria, and Cuero.
About a quarter of the citizens decided to remain to rebuild their lives,
homes, and businesses.
Just 11 years later, in the summer of 1886,
another hurricane, much stronger than the one in 1875, again destroyed lives,
homes, businesses and finally... dreams. It was the death of Indianola as
it was known.
On the 125th anniversary of the 1886 hurricane,
Indianola will be "Remembered" at the La Salle Monument on Matagorda
Bay in a ceremony presented by the Calhoun County Historical Commission.
The morning event begins at 9:00 and should last around 1-1/2 hours, or
so... Activities will continue at the Bauer Community Center in Port Lavaca
starting at 11:30...
This will be a very special day for Indianola
and we hope that you will join us.
August 20, 2011
MORNING CEREMONY -
INDIANOLA - LA SALLE Monument (On the Bay)
Starts at 9 AM
- o Welcome - Chairman Phil
- o Native American Blessing
- Isaac Cardenas
- o Invocation - Rev. Howard
- o Presentation of Colors
and Pledges - Boy Scout Troop 361
- o Native American Welcome
Song - Boy Scout Troop 361
- o Introduction of Guests
- Chairman Phil Ellenberger
- o Indianola Diorama - Rev.
- o Texas
Camel Corps - Doug Baum
- o "Indianola" by
- Brian Burns
- o Bandera County Historical
Commission Dedication of a Monument Marker
- o Recognition of Descendants
- Mary Belle Meitzen
- o Traditional German Music
- Dennis Reidesel
- o Indianola Tribute - Leonard
- o Descendant Recognition
and Commemoration - Mary Belle Meitzen
- o Tejano 1890 Period Music
- Robert Ojeda
- o Closing - Wreath - Rev.
- o Taps - Robert Ojeda &
- o Retiring of Colors - Boy
Scout Troop 361
- o Benediction - Rev. Howard
- Cemetery Self Tour -
- o Indianola
Cemetery & Cemetery
on the Ridge (map provided)
BAUER COMMUNITY CENTER
State Hwy 35N
Lavaca (Hwy 35 near the Causeway)
Texas Camel Corps - (Outside - Ongoing through the afternoon) Educational program
by Doug Baum on the role of Indianola in the "Great Camel Experiment
of the Southwest". (And anything else you'd like to know about Camels!)
- 11:30 - Welcome - Mayor Jack Whitlow
- 11:15 - Indianola poem by Tommy Garrison
- 11:30 - Indianola Database by Patsy Hand
- 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch is Served
- 12:00 - 1:00 - Texas Singer/Song Writer BRIAN
- 1:00 - Chihuahua Trail Presentation by Vicki Scism
- 1:45 - Indianola Presentation by Linda Wolff
- 2:30 - Yolanda Chacon Beniquez - Tejano music and Ballet
Folklorico Dancers Perform
- Shop & Look Around
- 3:15 - African Americans at Indianola - Michael Nash
- 4:00 - German Music Presentation by Dennis Reidesel
- 4:30 - Music by Jack Motley
- 5:00 - Close
PLEASE JOIN US AT BOTH EVENTS!
Although the old city is gone, there is
still plenty to see!