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Odem in San Patricio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Early Odem Area Schools

 
 
Early Odem Area Schools Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 11, 2010
1. Early Odem Area Schools Marker
Inscription. As population increased in south central San Patricio County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, independent schools were established in a number of communities, serving students in isolated areas before the construction of a good road system allowed easy travel between towns, the schools played an important role in county history.

The Meansville school (3 mi. SE) opened about 1860 and continued in operation in a combination school/church/lodge hall building until 1881. A school near the Baylor ranch (5 mi.SE), variously called Bonnie View, Valley, or Fair View, operated in the 1880s and 1890s until it was consolidated with the school at Kaleta (7 mi.SE), which was established in the 1880s and also served as a Baptist church. Opened in the 1870s, a one-room school served children in Sharpsburg (9 mi. W), and the citizens of Angelita (4.5 mi. W) established a school in a building shared with a church and community meeting hall in 1904.

The first school in Odem opened in 1911 in a warehouse. Improved county roads brought about a number of school consolidations, and by 1916 the schools at Kaleta, Sharpsburg, and Angelita merged with the Odem school to form Common School District No. 7.
 
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14759.)
 
Location.
Early Odem Area Schools Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 11, 2010
2. Early Odem Area Schools Marker
27° 56.995′ N, 97° 34.988′ W. Marker is in Odem, Texas, in San Patricio County. Marker is at the intersection of Voss Avenue (U.S. 77) and West Humphries Street, on the right when traveling south on Voss Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Odem TX 78370, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. White Point / Rosita (here, next to this marker); Meansville and Kaleta (within shouting distance of this marker); Odem Building (approx. 7.5 miles away); Taft Agricultural Industrial Complex (approx. 11.4 miles away); Education in San Patricio (approx. 11.5 miles away); Saint Patrick's Catholic Church (approx. 11.5 miles away); Old Dougherty House (approx. 11.6 miles away); San Patricio de Hibernia (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Odem.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyEducation
 
James O. Gaffney's Road Map of 1903 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 11, 2010
3. James O. Gaffney's Road Map of 1903 Marker
San Patricio County, Texas Drawn by Randy S. King October 1986
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 28, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 28, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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