Bee County, South
Highway 59 and FM 796
Intersection of Bee County Roads 323 and 332
10 Miles W of Beeville
Clareville Area Hotel > Beeville
|Jim Naylor, A.M.
Handly,JR. and Effert Uzzell
Clareville Texas ca1910
Photo courtesy Will
in a Pecan Shell
Mexican War veteran
and rancher Henry T. Clare, his brother and his five sons founded
the town of Lomita here in the mid 1870s. The name changed
to Clareville in the 1880s. After a Biblical plague of grasshoppers
in 1879, the discouraged family sold out their interests.
The community’s first store opened in 1886. The community’s proximity
to Beeville stunned growth
as the automobile transported fickle shoppers to the county seat.
By the time of the 1940 census, the population had decreased to a
mere 50 people and the local schools merged with the Skidmore-Tynan
Here are a few pic's of what's left of the town of Clareville, Texas.
There are no signs of any businesses left but there is still a nucleus
of a few residences. My Grandparents lived just across the county
line in Live Oak County and claimed being from Clareville as well
as the community of Jarrett which
was the same distance in the opposite direction.
One pic shows where the 2 story school stood. A small little building
covered in brush on the left was the Spanish school and at one time
sat across from the Cemetery. There is one more Cemetery about 2 miles
south that also serves the community.
The one farm scene shows representatives of 3 of Clarevilles family's.
L/R - Jim Naylor, A.M. Handly,Jr. on buggy (my G-Grandfather), & Effert
Uzzell. - Will
School Basketball Team
Vintage photo courtesy Will
|1907 Bee County
postal map showing Clareville
(Below "B" in "BEE")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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