WWN Newsletter Helps Rockport Resident at the South Pole!


Dear Friends, We were thrilled and humbled to receive this note from Wayne White, along with a very nice contribution to the WWN. Thank you Wayne!!


NSF photo by Dwight Bohnet | Visit the South Pole webcam
"Hello Alicia, 

I'm Wayne White and besides being a Rockport resident (when I'm actually in the US) I am the Winter Site Manager at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. I was at the South Pole from October 2016 to November 2017. With that, I was at the South Pole in the middle of the Antarctic winter when the storm struck Rockport. At that time it had been dark for 24 hours a day for months and had hit temperatures of minus 100F. There is no possibility of aircraft during the winter so there was no going home.

I own the Baylor-Norvell home on Water Street and my wife Melissa was here alone to deal with the storm and its aftermath. Fortunately, those Texans in 1868 knew how to build a home and our damage was minimal compared to others.

What I'm leading up to, was during the storm and afterward your publication was a lifeline for me at the South Pole to gather information as to how our community was doing. I scoured every edition. 

I had meant to send a donation earlier and hope this modest one helps."

Thank you! Wayne White


Google Street View from April 2011

The Baylor-Norvell home at 617 Water Street also dates to 1868. Built in the Colonial Revival style of architecture, this single story residence has 1,826 sq. ft. John Baylor was the first owner of this house. He was a doctor and wealthy cattleman. Elisha and Irene Norvell lived in the house from 1890 – 1935. Elisha worked as an agent for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad. Irene contributed to the artistic culture of Rockport. This house was one of a handful of homes on Water Street that survived the devastating hurricane of 1919. Melissa and Wayne White have owned the house since 1999. Source page, HCAC


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