Used to Advantage
Federal funds for building programs in Bee County have been used
constructively, and as a result the standard of living has been
raised, particularly with reference to indigent people and those who
have low incomes.
The expansion program, involving the erection of a number of
substantial buildings during the past decade, has led many people to
feel that Chase Field is a permanent institution.
In addition to the housing facilities that have been financed by
Federal grants, private enterprise has kept construction work going
at a rapid speed to keep up with the growth in the population of
Beeville and the various communities. Many large and modern
apartment houses have been erected, and a suburban business mall, to
be known as College North Shopping Center, is being constructed on
the L. W. Bell property on North Washington Street by the D.W.H.
Development Co. at a cost of around $ 1,500,000. There will be
seventeen units in the complex, which is scheduled to be completed
September 1, 1973.
Following is a report from the various agencies that have received
Federal funds for construction work in Bee County. (This does not
include funds for public school buildings.)
COMMUNITY COUNCIL REPORT
Jessy Garza, administrator for the Office of Economic Opportunity,
under the auspices of the Community Council of Bee County, has
issued the following report on the six‑year program (1967‑1973)
carried out here:
Total funding for PA‑36 since the beginning of the program $539,680.
(Part of this money was used to train approximately 160 persons in
the various departments of the building trades.)
Total number of new houses built since the beginning of the
Total number of job repairs on houses and projects‑1,235.
Total number of funds loaned to families in Bee County through the
efforts of the CAA's housing program: a. FHA, $686,018.46‑, b. SBA,
$1,427,435.29; c. First National Bank, $686,018.46‑, d. Veteran's
Administration, $27,185.68‑, e. lumber yards, $2,105.05. Complete
Total amount of funds loaned through the Dougherty Loan Funds $29.2
Total number of houses built or repaired with funds from the
Dougherty Loan Funds‑27.
NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Walter B. Staudt is Executive Director of the Neighborhood
Development Program, which is In the process of completing a huge
drainage project for the western part of Beeville during the latter
part of May this year (1973). Forty-two city blocks of property are
being drained with storm sewers during heavy rains under this
project, and the streets will be paved after the sewer pipes have
The NDP also has started building and repairing houses in a plan to
eliminate shacks from the area. One new residence has been completed
and six others have been started at the time of this writing.
This is a Federal Agency, and the total expenditure on the drainage,
paving, and housing program for the fiscal year ending June 30,
1973, is $1.250,000.
BEEVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY
The Beeville Housing Authority started building housing units in
1956, to be rented to people of low incomes. John English Thames is
the Executive Director. The late Eric J. Spielhagen was the first
chairman of the local building projects, and since his death Edward
N. Jones has served as chairman. Mrs. Joyce Kubala is secretary.
Two projects have been completed and the third is under construction
and is scheduled to be finished by October 1974. All of this work is
Project 1: Ninety units for family occupancy; started in 1956 and
completed in 196 1 ; for low‑income families. Total cost, $875,000.
Project 2: Thirty units for elderly people and twenty units for
families, for a total of fifty units. Started in 1963 and completed
in 1966. Total cost, $660,000.
Project 3: Thirty‑eight units for the elderly in Hotel Kohler and
twenty-two family units on Dolan Street~ under construction, to be
finished in October 1974. Total cost, $1,000,000.
Total expenditures on the three projects: $2,535,100.
CITY OF BEEVILLE'S PROJECTS (web page)
With a Federal grant of $105,000, augmented by city funds to make a
total of $146,427, the City of Beeville purchased 191 acres of land
facing Viggo Road on the north side and Peosta Creek on the east,
and this is being developed into a city park. Purchases were from
Martin Linke, 40 acres; Linke Estate, 20.38; Beatrice Gonzales,
32.14; Pennzoil United Inc., 77.46 (of this amount, 17 acres were
donated); and Raymond Eissler. 21.02. The Chamber of Commerce helped
negotiate the deals. There will be camping facilities, picnic areas,
barbecue pits, bicycle and hiking trails, and eventually a golf
course. Land has been cleared for a Little League baseball field.
Restrooms will be installed.
A 10‑acre park between Alta Vista Boulevard and Minnesota Street
extension (out of the city limits) has been created by the City of
Beeville and is being used by the young people. A wading pool for
small children is planned. as well as baseball diamonds for boys and
girls. Total cost of this project is $10,000.
The H. E. Butt Foundation donated $10,000, the city put up $69,600,
and the Federal Government provided $90,000, making a total
expenditure of $148,600, for a swimming pool with dressing rooms, on
the Fair Grounds property. It was opened in May, 1973.
The city now has a total of 260.8 acres devoted to parks. 'including
in addition to those heretofore mentioned, Klipstein, Poesta,
Flournoy, Moore, Alta Vista, Kohler, and Fair Grounds.
CHASE FIELD IMPROVEMENTS PROGRAM
By far the greatest amount of Federal funds coming info Bee County
during the last decade was for the purpose of expanding the
buildings and facilities at N. A. S. Chase Field, five miles east of
The expenditures for this program (which includes new buildings and
the landing field at Berclair, part of which is in Bee County) total
Bee County College has received a total of $3,437,000 in Federal
grants for capital expenditures for buildings and equipment, Dr.
Grady Hogue, president of the college, stated. Broken down, the
allotments were as follows: Technical Vocational Building, $500,000;
for all buildings except the gymnasium, $500,000; revenue bonds
purchased by the Government, $990,000; Shop Building, $50,000;
Dental Hygiene Building, $100,000; original equipment, $250,000; a
grant to be paid at the rate of $20,000 per year for forty years,
$832,000; Vocational Shop Building (under construction), $215,000.
The Beeville Independent School District received Federal aid
through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. A
ten‑title program was offered but most of the assistance was used in
Title 1, not only in Beeville but throughout the nation. The school
district also received Federal aid from Public Law 874 Impact Aid
because of the many children of military personnel at Chase Field
who attended the Beeville schools. A number of other Federal grants
were channeled through the Texas Education Agency, and this makes if
difficult to obtain an accurate breakdown of figures at the time
this book goes to press.
SUMMARY OF GOVERNMENT FUNDS
Following is a tabulated summary of Government funds that have
helped Bee County grow into one of the soundest and most progressive
areas of South Texas:
Community Council's 0. E. 0 ‑ $ 2,828.762
Neighborhood Development Program - $1,250,000
Beeville Housing Authority - $2,535,100
City of Beeville - $195,000 (web page)
N.A.S. Chase Field - $26,213,19S
Bee County College - $3,437,000 (Now Coastal Bend College (web page)
Total amount of Federal funds - $36,459,057