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CLAREVILLE, TEXAS


Bee County, South Texas

Highway 59 and FM 796
Intersection of Bee County Roads 323 and 332
10 Miles W of Beeville
Population: 23 (2000)

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Clareville Texas old photo - 3 men & buggy on farm - Jim Naylor, A.M. Handly,JR. and Effert Uzzell
Jim Naylor, A.M. Handly,JR. and Effert Uzzell
Clareville, Texas, ca1910

Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp

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 ISD.

Clairville  TX - Clairville High School Basketball Team
Clareville High School Basketball Team
Vintage photo courtesy Will Beauchamp

Clareville Today

Photographer's Note:
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 Beauchamp, 2009

Clareville TX - Old School Lot
"Where the 2 story school stood"
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp
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Clareville Cemetery sign. Notice spelling.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2013


Clareville TX Cemetery
Clareville Cemetery
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp


Clareville TX Cemetery
Clareville Cemetery
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp
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Clareville TX - Old Hay Rake on BA Matheson Farm
Old Hay Rake
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2008


Clareville TX Old Stalk Cutter On BA Matheson Farm
Clareville Farm Old Stalk Cutter
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2008


Clareville TX - BA Matheson Farm Scene
Clareville Farm Scene
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, 2008


Bee County Texas 1907 Postal Map
1907 Bee County postal map showing Clareville
(Below "B" in "BEE")
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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