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    OLIVIA, TEXAS

    Calhoun County, Texas Gulf Coast
    Hwy 172 and Hwy 159
    2 miles from Port Alto
    14 miles E of Port Lavaca
    12 miles E of Point Comfort
    28 miles SE of Edna

    Population: 215

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    Ibis in Olivia Haterius Park
    TE photo, 2001

    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town has a similar beginning to nearby Danevang. Both we started as Lutheran Colonies within two years of one another (Danevang 1894 and Olivia 1892). The primary difference was Danevang was Danish while Olivia was made up of Swedes.

    The Reverend C.J.E. Haterious brought the settlers to the area and then named the town after his wife, Olivia Olson Haterious.

    Cotton was the primary crop and after taking their cotton all the way to Edna for ginning in 1893; they soon bought a small gin to use right where they were.

    The town had only 50 residents in 1927, but improvements like a highway and electricity brought the population back during the 1930s. The school was consolidated in the wave of statewide school consolidations during the early 1950s. Today it has about the same number of people as it did in 1914.

    See Olivia Historical Marker >

    TX - Olivia Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 2008
    Olivia Texas -View of Kellers Bay
    The park on Kellers Bay
    TE photo 2001
    Marsh in the Texas gulf coast
    A view from the park
    TE photo, 2001
    Today the park at the end of the road (Hwy 172) is a quiet and spacious place to have a picnic or go crabbing. It's relatively isolated location almost guarantees a quiet visit.

    Photographer's Note:
    "The town is off 172 to the right (west) on an unmarked turn." - Ken Rudine
    Olivia TX Historical Marker
    Olivia Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 2008
    TX - Olivia Cemetery
    Olivia Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, 2008
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    Historical Marker Text:

    Olivia Cemetery

    In 1892, the Rev. Carl J. E. Haterius of Galesburg, Illinois, acquired land at this site with the intention of establishing a community for Swedish settlers. He named the settlement for his wife, Olivia. When the townsite was laid out in 1893, land was set aside for this burial ground in association with the Swedish Lutheran Eden Church. The earliest marked grave is that of Anna Bernardino Wilson, who died in 1902. Swedes and non-Swedes together contributed to the early development of Olivia, and the community cemetery serves as a reminder of their contributions.
    (1986)
    Correction: The oldest marked grave in the Olivia Cemetery is that of Christina B. Cavallin, who died in 1897.

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