Montgomery's hotel in 1849 was the scene of the organization of a boating club, from which grew the Southern Yacht Club of New Orleans, described as the second oldest group of its kind in the United States. A facsimile of the handwritten first minutes of the club hangs in the Pass Christian Yacht Club entrance hall. It reads:
Pass Christian, July 21, 1849.
A meeting of gentlemen interested in boating on the lakeshore called at the Montgomery Hotel, Pass Christian, for the purpose of organizing a boat club.
Present were James W. Behan, Thos. Kershaw, I.O. Nixon, Mortimer Turner, E. Jones McCall, J. B. Walton, L.S. Levy, M. Farrell, H. Fassman, A.B. Cammock, H.E. Lawrence, J.B. Rathbone, John Huddlestone, S.F. Herman, B.F. Timms, John S. Robinson, R.H. Montgomery, H. Rareshide (president of the Stingaree Club), and T.S. Dabney.
The names of the following gentlemen were added to the list of members by the parties whose names are attached:
Jack Campbell of East Pascagoula by S.F. Herman
Thos. Byrne of Biloxi by I.O. Nixon
Jas. Robb of Pass Christian by I.O. Nixon
Jno. M. Bell of Pass Christian by J.W. Behan
Jno. Egerton of Pass Christian by Thos. Kershaw
Jno. O. Woodruff of Pass Christian by H. E. Lawrance
P.B. McCutchon of Pass Christian by H. E. Lawrance
W.S. Balfour of Mississippi City by S.F. Herman
Mr. James W. Behan of P.C. was duly elected president.
Mr. Thos. P. Kershaw, Mr. W.S. Balfour of Mississippi City, Mr. Thos. Byrne of Biloxi, Mr. Jas. Campbell of East Pascagoula, Mr. Geo. Urquhart of Bay St. Louis,
were elected vice-presidents.
O. Nixon of Pass Chrstian was duly elected secretary.
On motion of J.B. Walton the club adopted the name of “Southern Yacht Club.”
On motion of the president a committee of seven was appointed by the President to enact laws, rules, regulations, etc., for the governance of the club.
The secretary was instructed to notify all those whose names had been placed on the list of members, requesting them to advise at an early day, whether it was agreeable to them.
On motion they adjourned to meet on Monday 23rd at 11 a.m.
James W. Behan, Pres.
I.O. Nixon, Sec’ty.