Bee County Historical Society, Inc

Bee County Historical Society, Inc Historic McClanahan House Museum, built in 1867 206 E. Corpus Christi, Beeville TX - 501c3 Exempt "Keeping Bee County History alive for our youth!!!"
Mailing Address: Bee County Historical Society, Inc P O Box 142 Beeville, TX 78104-0142
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**Open first Sunday of every month 2pm-4pm** We are a 501c3 Exempt Charitable Organization Bee County Historical Society maintains the Historic McClanahan House at 206 E. Corpus Christi, Beeville Texas. George W. McClanahan had come with his family to Texas in the 1850”s hoping that the change would improve his wife’s health. He lived in Goliad for awhile and taught school there. When Bee County and Beeville were established in 1858, he moved to Beeville. Here, he started the first general store, buying lots across from the Courthouse, paying $11.00 for one of them. A smaller building was used at first, but in 1867 the construction of this building was started. The first floor was a large room, where groceries, dry goods and hardware could be bought. One corner was used for the post office. He and his wife also had classes for the children of the community until a school was built. He also taught Sunday school in this house. The upper floor was used for temporary lodgings for people who were passing through. After a number of years McClanahan sold the store to M. Roberts and moved to Corpus Christi. When his wife died there, in an epidemic of yellow fever, he returned to Beeville where he lived until his death. As time passed the building had various uses. A doctor once lived upstairs and had his office downstairs. A speaking tube was connected to the front porch. In 1911 A.Q. Knight moved to Beeville, bought the building, and converted it into a comfortable home with bedrooms upstairs and living room, dining room, and kitchen downstairs. Eventually, the older members of the family died and it was used as rent property. By the late 1950’s parking space for the Courthouse was needed, and the building was going to be torn down. Through the efforts of the Bee County Historical Society it was saved from destruction. The Society bought it from the Knight family for $600.00 and the County moved it to its present site in the early 1960’s. Since then, it has been the project of the Society to restore it and furnish it with furniture and mementoes of the early days of Beeville.

Moving the Old Bee County Jail one last time!!
11/07/2019

Moving the Old Bee County Jail one last time!!

I was contacted by Lilly Henkhaus Wilkinson with Ram House Movers that the old Bee County Jail (built in 1874) was to be moved one final time to a location in front of new Bee County Jail # 5 (yes, there have been 5 jails now). And one “sub-jail” that is located at the Skidmore Historical Society Museum. I got out there at 2pm, just as the crew, including, Chevy the Chief Crew leader fur baby, were finishing up the preparations. The move started right at about 3pm and lasted about 40 minutes. The Jail was placed next to a special pad that was designed for it, it will be completed 11/07/19, hoping for an easy move over to it. It was fascinating to watch the work that was being done by the crew, very nerve wracking too I'm sure, but all went well thanks to the hard working Ram’s crew and Him Above. Hoping you enjoy the photos, it was a great afternoon to take the photos!!

This was from last year 2018, hoping this year it will look just as pretty!! Wish us luck. :)
11/03/2019

This was from last year 2018, hoping this year it will look just as pretty!! Wish us luck. :)

We have 9 trees signed up for the 2019 Christmas Tree Forest, the date of submissions and set ups is getting close. Set ...
11/02/2019

We have 9 trees signed up for the 2019 Christmas Tree Forest, the date of submissions and set ups is getting close. Set up will be from 11/16/19 through 11/30/19, then display will be open from 12/01/19 through 12/16/19, we hope. Needing volunteers to "tree sit" while we have open house. Let us know soon if you'd like to set up a tree. We have a limited number of trees available for use for a small "donation". Come, be part of this fun event. Business, school, organization, individuals, family members, or a "memorial" tree to remember a loved one. Contact us soon!!!! 💖 s

Best I could do 10/31/19, I was busy at the Historic McClanahan House Museum as soon as I arrived at 5pm. I was going to...
11/01/2019

Best I could do 10/31/19, I was busy at the Historic McClanahan House Museum as soon as I arrived at 5pm. I was going to finish the decor, but people were lining up. They did say they'd be back at 6pm, thank YOU ALL. I had nothing ready. Ha!! It was a good turn out. I counted approximately 140+ kids not including the parents, way over 200 people showed up. I didn't have backup until 630pm, but I thank Baldemar Galvan Jr. for coming by. It helped tremendously!! We have a great time seeing all the different costumes. Thank you Beeville for bringing the kids by!! They were all adorable. 💖s

11/01/2019

We are closed 10/31/19!!! Over 140 trick or treators came by. Ran out of candy by 8pm. Thank you so much folks for paying us a visit!!! See you for the Christmas Tree Forest in December!!

Bee County Historical Society, Inc
10/31/2019

Bee County Historical Society, Inc

Door creation from 2018 ... haven't photographed this years due to other event. :) s
10/31/2019

Door creation from 2018 ... haven't photographed this years due to other event. :) s

This is still on for 10/31/19, it will be cold, so we might set up inside the building, please don't hesitate to stop by...
10/30/2019

This is still on for 10/31/19, it will be cold, so we might set up inside the building, please don't hesitate to stop by, we will be at the Historic McClanahan House Museum from 6pm to 8pm handing out candy and Glow Necklaces & bracelets until they are gone!! :)

All things Beeville 78102
10/25/2019

All things Beeville 78102

Places for Halloween visits!!

10/20/2019

Our monthly meeting is scheduled for Monday 10/21/19 at 5:30pm at the Historic McClanahan House Museum. Hope to see you there!! s

10/19/2019
Bee is for Books\Ink it Over

Bee is for Books\Ink it Over

join us tomorrow for the Grand Opening of the Bee Perk Gourmet coffee shop. We are having a drawing.
1st Prize a tee shirt
2nd prize a tee shirt
3rd prize 3/4 lb of gourmet coffee
4th prize 3/4 lb gourmet coffee
5th prize cloth book tote
other prizes will be 4 0zs of coffee

The Drawing will be broadcast on facebook. There will be drawings every hour. Need not be present to win.
Come join the fun! 10-4 Tomorrow.
Inside Bee is for Books, at 307 N Washington.

10/18/2019
Bee is for Books\Ink it Over

Bee is for Books\Ink it Over
We now have organic tea to add to our coffee shop menu. We also have an awful lot of boxes if anyone needs any. Come see us. Now open 8-6 m-f and 10-4 sat.

We now have organic tea to add to our coffee shop menu. We also have an awful lot of boxes if anyone needs any. Come see us. Now open 8-6 m-f and 10-4 sat.

Beeville Art Museum
10/16/2019

Beeville Art Museum

OLV Knights of Columbus , Shark Shack Shave Ice, and All Aboard Texas are bringing food and fun to BeeFest this Saturday! Burgers, fries, shaved ice, lemonade and train rides!

Paul
10/16/2019

Paul

Is this one classic or what? (Mom again)

Paul
10/16/2019

Paul

Left to right, back row, Jim Goodwin, who married my Aunty, Winifred Cecelia, Mom, Aunty Marion Agnes and her husband, Clarence Joseph McBride (of Laredo), In W.C. Stephenson's lap is Winifred Cecelia Goodwin, who eventually married Gus Michael Wueste of San Antonio

Thank you Paul for sharing!!
10/16/2019
Paul

Thank you Paul for sharing!!

Decided to just post about a third of the W.C. Stephenson family photos on my website. Here's the link. For those hotrodders out there, click the "Home" button on the upper left for the full story !

Beeville Art Museum
10/15/2019

Beeville Art Museum

Countdown! 4 days until BeeFest!!! We are super excited about the performers and demos scheduled this year.

Also check out https://www.beefest.net to see the list of artisans and community partners.

Paul Gerdes shared this awesome photo of his mother Frances Delores Stephenson Gerdes in front of the WWI tank at the co...
10/15/2019

Paul Gerdes shared this awesome photo of his mother Frances Delores Stephenson Gerdes in front of the WWI tank at the corner of the Bee County Court House around 1917, thank you for sharing Paul ☺️

This is my Mom, Frances Delores Stephenson Gerdes in front of that WWI tank... ! ! ! Approximately 1917

Drive by our locations at 206 E. Corpus Christi after the FUMC & BFD Trunk or Treat!!  👻
10/14/2019

Drive by our locations at 206 E. Corpus Christi after the FUMC & BFD Trunk or Treat!! 👻

Spooky fun times are ahead! Join us Halloween Night at 6 PM for Trunk or Treat, with the Fire Department! There will be trunks of candy, photo opportunities, and more. We hope you'll join us!

Beeville Main Street
10/14/2019

Beeville Main Street

Need volunteer hours? Fun event!!!
Volunteers are needed for this free community event. Call Michelle at 361-542-8202.

Coming up soon, hoping folks will want to participate, this is a fun event. If you need forms, download from our website...
10/14/2019

Coming up soon, hoping folks will want to participate, this is a fun event. If you need forms, download from our website listed below. :)

That time of year again!!! We need to start getting ready for the 9th Annual Christmas Tree Forest at the Historic McClanahan House Museum. We send it out early because the trees need to be set up and ready between 11/16/19 and 11/30/19. This is a fun event for everyone. We have only a few trees which can be used by folks for a small donation, first come, first served. So start thinking about what you'd like to set up and be a part of it!! s

Download forms from our Website:

https://sites.google.com/site/beecountyhistoricalsoc/in-the-news/2019christmastreeforest

Starting to scan personal photos and found these in one of the boxes I have. I purchased a portable scanner that "seems"...
10/13/2019

Starting to scan personal photos and found these in one of the boxes I have. I purchased a portable scanner that "seems" to be working okay, the first one I purchased lasted only 2 weeks and only did 5 scans then quit working. LOL :D So, I ordered another one and I've been able to scan several yesterday and today. These were scanned at 600ppi, so they came out pretty good. The photos I listed as 66, not sure on the year, if you guys out there can help, that would be cool, I don't know cars very well, especially the older models, so go for it!! :D Many from NAS Chase Field here too!! The ones I put 74-75 on, all I can remember was that I was in high school and the last photo might be the dune buggie that was entered by a friend, no exact year on it, but close. Have fun looking through the memories. Most of these probably taken by my mother Rosa Garcia of Beeville and maybe my Dad, not sure. Mother was a photographer too, starting out with an old Brownie back in the 30s & 40s. NOTE: I just noticed, on the 65 & 66 photos, might be the same parade because the Yorktown float is the same years. sgs

Starting to scan personal photos and found these in one of the boxes I have. I purchased a portable scanner that "seems" to be working okay, the first one I purchased lasted only 2 weeks and only did 5 scans then quit working. LOL :D So, I ordered another one and I've been able to scan several yesterday and today. These were scanned at 600ppi, so they came out pretty good. The photos I listed as 66, not sure on the year, if you guys out there can help, that would be cool, I don't know cars very well, especially the older models, so go for it!! :D Many from NAS Chase Field here too!! The ones I put 74-75 on, all I can remember was that I was in high school and the last photo might be the dune buggie that was entered by a friend, no exact year on it, but close. Have fun looking through the memories. Most of these probably taken by my mother Rosa Garcia of Beeville and maybe my Dad, not sure. Mother was a photographer too, starting out with an old Brownie back in the 30s & 40s. NOTE: I just noticed, on the 65 & 66 photos, might be the same parade because the Yorktown float is the same years. sgs

Beeville Art Museum
10/12/2019

Beeville Art Museum

BeeFest this time next week! Saturday, October 19, 2019. 10 am - 2 pm. Tons of fun planned and great booths and artisians scheduled to attend.

Beeville Art Museum
10/11/2019

Beeville Art Museum

Our BeeFest raffle item this year is a beautiful piece of pottery by Debra Hanus. Make sure you get a free raffle ticket when you arrive. You can't win if you don't play! 🤞

The winning ticket will be pulled at 1:30 pm on the stage. Saturday, October 19th.

Just a heads up, a little late, but since the weather is getting a “little” better. The Museum will be open from 2pm...
10/05/2019

Just a heads up, a little late, but since the weather is getting a “little” better. The Museum will be open from 2pm to 4pm on Sunday 10/06/19. We are planning the renovation on the museum's restroom and the items that it will be needing, to include painting, etc. We have been granted a generous donation from the Texas Preservation Fund via the Coastal Bend Community Foundation and monies must be spent on renovations and repairs as listed, one of them was the restroom update. Another is an awning over the back door and foam core insulation under the structure and in the attic. We can’t use regular roll out insulation due to vermin and the hard part is finding a contractor to do it. So we are looking. The front porch was repaired, at minimal cost. The entire porch was repainted, the gutters were cleared and the awnings spruced up a bit, so things are looking a little better. (Before and after photos of the porch shown here.)

Thank you for being part of the Bee County Historical Society, Inc., all donations and dues go to the upkeep of the structure, we have to pay for water and electricity and you never know what surprises we will get. We had issues with rats in the attic, so bait boxes were placed outside of the building. This is an additional cost, but needs to be done due to damage rats can cause.

October will be busy, we will be open for Halloween from 6pm to 8pm or so, depending on the kids who come for a visit. We will be giving away glow necklaces like last year (donated by a member) and candy, of course, so if you know of anyone whose kids will be trick or treating, have them drop by.

Remember, the 9th Annual Christmas Tree Forest is coming up. Pass the flyer around in case anyone is interested, businesses, schools, churches, groups can set up trees. We are limited in the number of trees we have, but we have a few small 3 and 4 footers and a couple of 6 footers for use for a donation. One has already been claimed for the event. :)

Hope to see you Sunday 10/06/19!! ☺️

That time of year again!!! We need to start getting ready for the 9th Annual Christmas Tree Forest at the Historic McCla...
09/29/2019

That time of year again!!! We need to start getting ready for the 9th Annual Christmas Tree Forest at the Historic McClanahan House Museum. We send it out early because the trees need to be set up and ready between 11/16/19 and 11/30/19. This is a fun event for everyone. We have only a few trees which can be used by folks for a small donation, first come, first served. So start thinking about what you'd like to set up and be a part of it!! s

Download forms from our Website:

https://sites.google.com/site/beecountyhistoricalsoc/in-the-news/2019christmastreeforest

09/26/2019
Barb

Hoping someone might have info on this. More than likely an old ranch cemetery. s

Looking for a source that may have the names of the Robert Monroe Robinson & wife buried in Robinson Cemetery? this is all I have and dont know exactly who is who? any suggestions? This was taken from a book? Interested in the E.P. Brown born 1875? There was an E.P. Brown son of John Edward Brown & Catherine Driscoll, daughter of Drucilla Robinson, had a son Edward P. Brown 1875, any info or where to find this info. would be great.. [email protected]

D. Druscilla ROBINSON Robert M. ROBINSON
November 07, 1835 October 15, 1830
January 15, 1903 December 25, 1900

E. P. BROWN Ed M. BROWN Ada
August 02, 1876 October 15, 1813 October 1889
Febuary 25, 1898 February 25, 1898

Can anyone out there help Kathleen Goodell Brown here?? s
09/25/2019

Can anyone out there help Kathleen Goodell Brown here?? s

My great grandmother is buried in the Allsup Cemetery in Beeville. My grandparents moved from TN sometime after 1890 and then after Laura Mitchell, my great grandmother, died in 1897, my great grandfather Henry Mitchell and the children (Jennie, Floyd, Roy and Henry Overton) moved back to Marion County, TN. I have not been able to find any information about their life in Beeville. I’m wondering if my grandfather might have worked for the Allsup family or had some connection with them since his wife is buried in the family cemetery. When I visited the library in Beeville, I looked through newspapers on microfiche but did not find anything. Does anyone have any information about the Allsup family in this time period (1890-1897)?

Sharing! -C
09/24/2019

Sharing!
-C

Please inform anyone you know who this impacts.

Dobie Dichos:  Campfires, Chili con Carne, and the Words of J. Frank Dobie
09/23/2019

Dobie Dichos: Campfires, Chili con Carne, and the Words of J. Frank Dobie

Through his work as Secretary/Editor of the Texas Folklore Society, J. Frank Dobie was able to publish many, many folktales and legends in the annual TFS publications, which he initiated. Dobie Dichos is appreciative of the continued support of the Texas Folklore Society for our event honoring Dobie!
We encourage everyone interested in folklore to join this prestigious society. Here's the link to the TFS website:
www.texasfolkloresociety.org

Beeville Art Museum
09/23/2019

Beeville Art Museum

Mommy & Me is back this week! Melanie has some fun things planned for Tuesday, September 24th (9:30 am - 11 am).

09/22/2019
Jarratt School House

Part 9 of "Memories of Jarratt" by Robert “Bobby” Jones (Preacher)...

Part 9 of "Memories of Jarratt" by Robert “Bobby” Jones (Preacher)...

Final Installment :( Hope you have all enjoyed this story!! We have. :) Thank you for being part of this page. Hoping for photos soon!! 💖

One more thing I would like to include in this missive, even though it did not include Jarratt, it was very important to me and has meant a lot to me all these years. When I was in the fifth grade in George West, our classroom was on the second floor of the building just at the top of the stairs. There was a sort of stair landing with our classroom door and another classroom door opening off of it.

Directly across from the fifth-grade classroom door was a large window overlooking the playground. One day I was not out on the playground but being kept upstairs (because of some more or less possible innocent mischievous behavior) (like the little blond headed girl who sat in front of me was always flipping her pig tails into my ink well), but it caused a life changing reaction in my life. I have never forgotten what happened and have thanked God ever since for the revelation He gave me that day. I had innocently walked over to the window and looked down to the playground to see what was happening. There on the playground, directly below the window I was looking out of, stood three fourth grade girls. I have no remembrance of what two of them looked like or who they were. The third little girl was different I had never seen a more beautiful little girl in my life. Her head was adorned with these long beautiful Southern style curls. I do not know what happened to me and did not realize it had happened until a few years later. But it did happen. It was much later that I found out her name. We have now been married for 63 years and would not trade a moment of these 63 years for anything in the whole world.

09/22/2019
Jarratt School House

Part 8 of "Memories of Jarratt" by Robert “Bobby” Jones (Preacher)

NOTE: Tomorrow will be the last installment of this story. :(

We've enjoyed posting them, hoping you have enjoyed reading them!! 💖

Part 8 of "Memories of Jarratt" by Robert “Bobby” Jones (Preacher)

In 1940, as World Wall II approached, the Live Oak County School board consolidated into two primary school Districts – in George West and Three Rivers. This move was to save money by closing all the little country schools. George West agreed to take in the Jarratt School. Because the State of Texas going from an eleven-grade system to a twelve-grade system that year, everyone already enrolled in school simply sipped a grade, so when I was transferred into the George West School System, I simply skipped a grade There was only one catch. Dad had to go along with the consolidation as Principal of the Latin American School in George West and for Mother to be a teacher in the same school. George West would furnish a 100-passenger bus to transport all the children from Jarratt and other small country schools in that area of the county to George West. The deal also required Dad to drive the bus each day. I had been in the third grade at Jarratt and in George West I entered in the fifth grade. By the second year we were in the George West School System, we were deeply embroiled in WW II. Someone else was hired to drive the bus and Dad was moved to be principal of the Elementary School. Mother remained in the Latin American school for one more year and then moved to the Elementary School and taught Social Studies.

That year we built a one room house on the arm and Dad hired one of the aforementioned George’s sons to work on the farm full time and take care of the stock and we moved to a little one bed room garage apartment across the street from the Elementary School. This saved a lot of gasoline – no 44-mile round trips every day. I slept on the couch in the living room and had to pick up and stow my clothes and linens each day. Once a week we could hear a lot of boys yelling and laughing as they played games at the “Boy Scout meeting.” I was not allowed to participate because my Mother thought scouting was earning merit badges, not just whooping and hollering and having a good time. Occasionally, I was allowed to go over to the school and play on the wood pile (the school was heated by wood stoves) if there was no one else there in sight. What Mother did not know is that as often as I could do it and her not see me, I would climb the huge tube that was the fire escape for the second floor of the school. It was slick and dangerous to climb because you could always slip and fall, but once you made it to the top it was a heap of fun sliding down and as long as I did not get caught, what my Mother did not know did not hurt me.

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