Aurora Remembered

Aurora Remembered

In October 1837, two San Augustine men, H. M. Hanks and Colonel Almonzan Huston, former quartermaster general of the Texas army, teamed up to found the townsite of Aurora at present-day Port Arthur.34 One record indicates that the townsite contained 6,677 lots. Although Huston sold some lots to residents of San Augustine, no more than six transactions are recorded in Jefferson County, and the realty venture was soon abandoned. In time, the townsite’s name was transferred to nearby “Sparks’ Settlement,” at the mouth of Taylor’s Bayou, where John and Solomon Sparks settled in 1841 and operated a ferry.
Chapter VI: A History of Jefferson County, Texas Early Town-Building and Government By W. T. Block

Settlement on the Sabine Lake, first known as Sparks Settlement, and is now Port Arthur, where the Sparks, Courts, Gentz, Burrell, Johnson, Clark, Hayes, and other families lived from 1830s until late 1890s when disease, hurricanes, and mosquitos forced the families to abandon their settlement, moving further inland to Port Neches, Groves, and Beaumont.


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Aurora Remembered, Site of Old Aurora
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corner of Woodworth and Procter Streets; Port Arthur, Jefferson Co, Texas 
 
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Aurora Remembered, Site of Old Aurora
Aurora Remembered, Site of Old Aurora
corner of Woodworth and Procter Street, Port Arthur, Jefferson Co, Texas 
 
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1920 Texas, Bexar Co, San Antonio
1920 Texas, Bexar Co, San Antonio
Residence in Jan 1920, where Will and Rose Moyer were living. Raymond was 6, Ruth 3. Maybe this is the house Robert (my dad) was born in following year. (d) 
 
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Mrs. Jack C. Beaumont Recalls Early School Days When She Was One of First Five Port Arthur Pupils
Mrs. Jack C. Beaumont Recalls Early School Days When She Was One of First Five Port Arthur Pupils
Port Arthur News
Sunday, March 22, 1936
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Emma Lee, husband Jack Beaumont, daughter Pearl Beaumont
Fred Gentz and wife Bell Sparks, children Welby Gentz and Helen Gentz and husband M.E. (Mathew Edmond) Nobles
John Sidney Sparks and wife Melinda Jones; their sons: Albert, Frank, William, Thomas, James, Worth, Henry; daughters: Julia, Sarah and husband Frank Brewton and heir children Grace and Frank, Eliza Jane and husband Samuel Lee (parents of Emma Lee); Belle and husband Fred Gentz
 
 


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