TEXAS Bee County,
Highway 59 and FM 796
10 Miles W of Beeville
Naylor, A.M. Handly,JR. and Effert Uzzell |
Clareville Texas ca1910
History 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.
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
High School Basketball Team|
Vintage photo courtesy Will