Tarpon Club is topic of Moloney’s talk Monday

Jim Moloney

Jim Moloney

The sport of big game fishing and the exclusive Tarpon Club of Texas will be the topic at a lecture in the Winter Lecture Series hosted by the Port Aransas Museum on Monday, Jan. 16.

Jim Moloney, a businessman with an extensive knowledge of the history of Texas and the Corpus Christi area, will be the speaker.

Doors open at the museum at 5:30 p.m. for social time including wine, cheese and fruit.

The public is encouraged to browse the museum and gift shop during the social time. The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Community Center next door.

Moloney is one of the owners and a founder of Energy Gas Compression, a Corpus Christi-based company. He also spent several years heading up the Coastal Bend Community Foundation.

Moloney came to South Texas in 1980, where he became interested in collecting post cards and other articles of Texas interest specializing in Aransas, Kenedy, Kleberg, San Patricio and Nueces counties. His postcard collection has more than 6,800 cards.

Moloney has coauthored, edited and/or published 16 books on South Texas history with the recently deceased Murphy Givens and others.

He also is a regular contributor to a weekly segment on South Texas history on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. on 94.7 FM, a local talk radio station, with Blake Farenthold.

“In 1898, the Tarpon Club of Texas was the most expensive and exclusive club in the world,” said a press release from PAPHA.

The club was located on San Jose Island. Its membership consisted of a privileged group with more businessmen and politicians than any other similar organization in the United States, the release said.

“In their pursuit of tarpon, the club members smashed records and set standards in the growing sport of big game fishing,” said the release. “It was America’s gilded sporting era.”

Between 1898 and 1902, press from around the world covered everything about the Tarpon Club. Press coverage ceased in 1903. A year later the club closed.

Future lectures planned include:

• On Jan. 23, Pat Simon, who will speak about the summer of 1942, when the Coastal Bend went to war.

• Dinah Bowman, who will talk about the history of gyotaku. a traditional Japanese method of creating fish-print art, on Feb. 6.

• Mary Jo O’Rear, who will speak on Feb. 20, about her book, the “Barrier to the Bays.”

The museum is located at 101 E. Brundrett St.

For more information, call the museum at (361) 749-3800 or go to portaransasmuseum.org.

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