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Olivia in Calhoun County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Olivia

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, July 21, 2018
1. Olivia Marker
Inscription.  Established in 1892, the community of Olivia was named for Olivia Haterius, wife of the Rev. Carl J.E. Haterius, a Swedish Lutheran minister who bought land in the area and advertised a new settlement to other Swedish immigrants in the Midwest. Twelve Swedish families responded to the initial advertisement and moved to Olivia with others following in a few years By 1900 a number of non-Swedish families had settled here, as well.

The first public building in Olivia was a one-room schoolhouse where children were taught during the day and parents attended classes at night to learn English. The Eden Lutheran Church held services in the schoolhouse until 1910, when a sanctuary was built.
John Lind built the first store in the community on Carancahua Bay in 1894. The post office was housed in Lind's store and mail was delivered once a week. Lind moved his store to the center of the townsite in 1900. In 1906 Edward Wilson, another Swedish immigrant, bought the Olivia store and was appointed postmaster. Other businesses included a hotel, doctor's office, grocery store, blacksmith shop, and cotton gin. Since 1900 the thriving community
Olivia Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, July 21, 2018
2. Olivia Marker
has changed and grown, but retains its proud Swedish heritage.
 
Erected 1992 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3855.)
 
Location. 28° 38.476′ N, 96° 27.306′ W. Marker is in Olivia, Texas, in Calhoun County. Marker is on State Highway 172 0.3 miles south of County Road 314, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Lavaca TX 77979, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Olivia Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); The Great Camel Experiment (approx. 8.2 miles away); Mrs. Angelina Bell Peyton Eberly (approx. 8.3 miles away); Indianola (approx. 8 miles away); Rene Robert Cavelier Sieur de la Salle (approx. 8 miles away); Zimmerman Cemetery (approx. 8.7 miles away); The Chihuahua Road (approx. 8.8 miles away); Site of the Town of Indianola (approx. 8.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Olivia, TX - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on July 24, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 

2. Swedes In Texas In Words And Pictures. This book was originally written in Swedish in 1918 and has since been translated into English and digitized. It covers all of the Swedish settlements in Texas including Olivia.
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(Submitted on July 24, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 

3. Becoming American: Swedish American Family Photos 1890 to 1920. A large collection of photos, many of them taken in Olivia, taken by Swedish immigrants around the turn of the century. (Submitted on July 24, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 63 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 24, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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