History Corner – Columns by J Guthrie Ford

Articles about Port Aransas History by JG Ford. Published first in the Port Aransas South Jetty.

A Man of Unique Experiences

July 18th, 2014|History Corner - Columns by J Guthrie Ford|

by John Guthrie Ford Some people, like the fellow in this article, are magnets for the unique and unusual. If the stars do influence things, then Byrd Lee Minter (1906-1997) was born under the Unique Experiences Star. Byrd had some Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer DNA. Like Tom’s station in life, Byrd’s Aransas Pass family [...]

Letters from “Post Aransas”

July 17th, 2014|History Corner - Columns by J Guthrie Ford|

by John Guthrie Ford You might think “Post” is a misprint of Port, but it is not. Post Aransas on Mustang Island was home during eight months of the Civil War to Federal (U.S.) soldiers hailing from Iowa. How did these men, and their leader William G. Thompson, get so far from home? Major Thompson [...]

Island’s Rich in Maritime History

July 17th, 2014|History Corner - Columns by J Guthrie Ford|

by John Guthrie Ford The Aransas Pass has allowed Port Aransans to benefit from the sea for a long time. Sport fishing, and its related businesses, began circa 1880 when mainlanders building the jetties discovered the pass was alive with tarpon. The jetties led to the rapid rise of maritime enterprises on close by Harbor [...]

Story of Water on the Island

June 28th, 2014|History Corner - Columns by J Guthrie Ford|

by John Guthrie Ford If you have bought rural property, you can appreciate the question, “What is the water source?”  That was on the mind of the pioneers who settled Mustang Island in the 1850s. They tackled the water problem with 17-foot wells, later supplemented by cypress cisterns to capture rainwater. The island’s wells were [...]