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Bayside in Refugio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Birthplace of Clara Driscoll

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Photographed By Dave W, March 8, 2022
1. Birthplace of Clara Driscoll Marker

The settlement of St. Mary’s was founded in 1857 by Joseph F. Smith, nephew of Texas provisional Gov. Henry Smith. The town flourished from 1850 to 1886 as a viable port city, and was once the county seat of Refugio County. The bustling town attracted entrepreneurs and businessmen, including wealthy rancher, banker and developer Robert Driscoll. On April 2, 1881, Clara Driscoll was born to Robert and Julia Fox Driscoll in St. Mary’s. Clara descended from Irish pioneers who settled in the Power and Hewetson land grants, and both of her grandfathers fought in the Texas revolution. Because her father was a successful businessman in the Corpus Christi area, Clara was sent to private schools in Texas, New York City and France.

After almost a decade of study abroad, Clara returned to Texas. Imbued with an appreciation for historic preservation, she joined the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and immediately began work to save the Alamo which had fallen into disrepair. In 1903, Clara purchased the Alamo with her own money, earning her the title of “Savior of the Alamo.” In addition to her preservation efforts, Clara also was a
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successful writer of short stories and musicals. Though not all her philanthropy was advertised, her presentation of Laguna Gloria to the Texas fine arts association garnered attention. Clara served as a democratic national committee-woman for Texas for 16 years and was an office holder for many organizations. Before her death, she set up the Driscoll foundation to provide medical care for indigent children. Clara died on July 17, 1945, in Corpus Christi and is buried in San Antonio’s Alamo Masonic Cemetery next to her family.
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17651.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWar, Texas IndependenceWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is April 2, 1881.
Location. 28° 5.5′ N, 97° 12.782′ W. Marker is in Bayside, Texas, in Refugio County. Marker is on Copano Bay Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 523 Copano Bay Dr, Bayside TX 78340, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Town of Cópano (here, next to this marker); Copano Bay Claimed (a few steps from this marker); John Howland Wood and Nancy Clark Wood House (within shouting distance of this marker); Old St. Mary's Cemetery
Birthplace of Clara Driscoll Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Dave W, March 8, 2022
2. Birthplace of Clara Driscoll Marker
Driscoll Marker (left) with Copano Marker (center) and local marker (right) in Driscoll Rooke Covenant Park.
(approx. 1.8 miles away); Rincon Ranch (approx. 6.8 miles away); Port Bay Hunting and Fishing Club (approx. 7.6 miles away); McLester Family Cemetery (approx. 8½ miles away); Aransas County Airport (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bayside.
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. This page has been viewed 142 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 8, 2022, by Dave W of Co, Colorado. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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