There’s a mystery hovering over Texas City and it ought to be solved.

Somebody has to come up with an answer before Emken Linton, Larry Edrozo, Tom Cain and I, among many others, pass on to our rewards and everybody else has forgotten.

Where are the banners? We worked on them. Emken was the chairman of the committee. Does he know? I hope so.

The banners were created from news events of the various decades that comprised the 100-year history of Texas City.

Our community was incorporated in 1911. It had been Shoal Point, site of a lighthouse.

The investors from Michigan saw a sheltered cove of Galveston Bay, thought it would make a good port, and the rest is history.

The history of that creation is all captured in 10 banners of photos and stories that hang from their own special standards.

The 1920s come second, as Texas City grows. The 1930s also are depicted and then the big boom of the 1940s as all the industries come to town and make Texas City what it is today.

My decade, gleaned from an old scrapbook and newspaper stores and pictures found at Moore Memorial Public Library, was the 1980s, when I spent most of my time at city hall and the school administration building, covering city and school board meetings. I had picked the ‘80s because that was “my decade” of Texas City.

We built the rainwater pump stations. They helped us survive Hurricane Alicia.

We sent a candidate to Miss America.

We had a big labor union protest march.

Each and every one of those banners tells an important piece of our history.

All these decades became banners, reproduced from all manner of sources and presented in special services at a program at city hall for all to see.

I thought the original intention was for them to be on display at the museum. Their final resting place.

They were in a room at the museum at one time, I heard. They’re not there now.

Mayor Matt Doyle needs to not leave office until they’re found. Former Mayor Chuck Doyle needs to ensure that happens.

I haven’t called anyone because I really don’t know who to call.

I heard they were at one time at the Nessler Center. Does someone there know about them?

I sure would appreciate a call or an email to help solve this mystery.

I have seen all these beautiful banners.

They’re worth seeing again.

Our children and grandchildren need to have access to our illustrious past.

Cathy Gillentine is a Daily News columnist. She may be reached at



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(5) comments

Charles Douglas

Go get them Ms. Cathy! I remember the work yall put in on that project, and it was very significant! I also remember the Beauty Queen who was chosen to compete in the Miss America pageant! She "sho" was pretty! I knew both of her parents!

Amber Wingo

I would love to see these banners! Let's find them!

Carlos Ponce

"A decade-by-decade look at Texas City’s history" By Larry Edrozo Sep 4, 2011

Question for Cathy: Are the panels pictured in Larry's article the banners you mention?

Also of interest:

"Looking at 100 years of Texas City’s history" By Cathy Gillentine Aug 1, 2011

"Research reveals Texas City’s uniqueness" By Cathy Gillentine Jan 23, 2011

"New Texas City Museum surprises many" By Cathy Gillentine Aug 22, 2011

Jack Cross

I think they were big sheets of paper something like 4ft by 6 ft taped to the walls al around the room the room of the Nesler center.

Question, They were for the 100th anniversary of the city. I don't think a pile of paper, no matter how much work was intended to be permanent. That is the question, not where they are at

Jose' Boix

Mr. Ponce: Yes, those are the Decade Panel posters discussed. Great summary search!

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