Larry Bodin, Freelance Sports Writer

73, of Port Neches, Texas passed away at his residence on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas on November 17, 1947 to the late Vernon and Evelyn Hollifield Bodin.
Larry graduated from Lamar Tech in Beaumont in 1970 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He also went to St. Edward’s University in Austin from 1966-1967, where he was a member of the university’s basketball team. He was also a proud 1966 graduate of Bishop Byrne High School in Port Arthur.
Retiring from the Gulf Oil/Chevron/Clark/Premcor’s Port Arthur refinery in 2002 with 28 years of service in Accounting and Human Resources, Larry also worked for the Port Arthur News for several years in sports and on the news desk following active duty in the Army. Larry’s favorite hobby was his sports writing. For nearly four decades, he was a freelance sportswriter for the Port Arthur News covering local high school teams and their athletes, and Lamar basketball.
He was a parishioner of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Nederland, a proud member of the St. Charles’ ACTS team, served on the St. Charles Parish Council, and a past member of the Nederland Knights of Columbus, and the Fairfield Glade Tennessee Rotary Club.
A baseball and basketball enthusiast, Larry’s favorite past time was watching Houston Astros or Houston Rocket games on television. He also was a loyal Lamar University basketball fan and a Cardinal season ticket holder for over 30 years.

Texas philanthropist Ima Hogg

Texas philanthropist Ima Hogg was born on this day in 1882. She was the daughter of James “Big Jim” Hogg, who would go on to be governor of Texas.
Contrary to popular myth, Ima did not have a sister—named Ura or otherwise.
Ima was much more than the subject of a joke about names. She was raised with a strong sense of public service, and throughout her life she participated in and funded many organizations, spanning mental health, the arts, and historic preservation.
The foundation that Ima established in 1940, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, aimed to bring mental health support out of cloistered institutions and into community-based settings. It is active across the entire state of Texas, devoting millions of dollars each year toward solutions for well-being.
A musician from an early age, Ima helped start the Houston Symphony in 1913. She donated her art collection and a family property, Bayou Bend, to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site was another family property. In 1958, Ima donated the plantation to the state of Texas after furnishing it to reflect her and her father’s love of history. Ima was one of the first commissioners of what is now the Texas Historical Commission.
All this and more made Ima Hogg beloved to people all over the state, who called her “the First Lady of Texas.”

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Demolition of Old Main Office at the Gulf Oil
Granger's Fish and Oysters Resturant
Liz Tieskens and Janis Hamilton meeting up in Colorado
Mary Gates Hospital, built in 1909 by John Gates
Mr. Alfred Hebert (biology teacher) diving
Murphy’s Cake Shop
Norma Gail Guidry and Mary Wells (2020)

Gulf Park, constructed by Gulf Oil for its officials and their families

Gulf Park, constructed by Gulf Oil for its officials and their families. Thelma Tadlock, famous choreographer and dancer, was born in Gulf Park. Her father was a lab foreman and later the fire chief. Babe Didrikson’s parents lived in Gulf Park. Famous actress, Evelyn Keyes, who starred in “Gone With the Wind” and others, called Gulf Park her childhood home. And Bessie Reed, nationally known naturalist and author lived here. Her husband became superintendent in the late 1020’s. The homes were built high off the ground due to being close to Taylor Bayou, making them vulnerable to flooding and wandering reptiles. Almost every home had a cistern that held rainwater from the roof which was used for bathing and washing clothes.

Captain Sam Lee

Sam Lee was the captain of a sailing ship who made stops in Sabine Pass. He liked the rich land near the lake and decided to purchase and raised cotton on an eighty-acre farm. When John Starks and his family moved on Lake Sabine, Sam began visiting them. He eventually married Eliza Jane Sparks, one of Johns daughters. They built their home also by Lake Sabine.
Miss Page, a local resident on the lake, was asked by Sam Lee to teach the kid in the growing settlement. There were six homes along the lake by now. Miss Page became the first teacher on the lake Sabine settlement.