Duval County Texas

Violence and politics, always a Duval County staple

While doing research for a Civil War paper I am working on, I have been researching Nueces County Commissioner Court minutes to see how Tejanos were involved in the political life of their county during…


Politics dominated Courthouse activities

On May 18, 1912, three Anglos—C. K. Gravis, Frank Robinson, and Doc Roberts—gunned down three Mexican American officials—Candelario Saenz, Antonio Anguiano, and Pedro Eznal—on grounds of Duval County Courthouse as an election to incorporate San Diego…


Manuel Ancira building housed first courthouse

An election to organize Duval County, Texas was held on November 7, 1876. The newly elected Commissioners Court met at the store of James O. Luby in San Diego where they presented their election certificates…


Duval County Courthouse celebrates centennial

This year, the Duval County Courthouse is celebrating it centennial. It was 100 years ago on October 1916 that the present courthouse was completed and dedicated. Two important events are on tap to observe the momentous…


Even in 1893 lawmen were killed and the killers were able to walk away

On Feb. 6, 1893, two men at a Benavides bar got into a disagreement and were about to start swinging when a newly elected constable stepped in to stop the fight. The constable, who was…


Christmas in Duval County in late 1800s

Christmas in Duval County in the 1880s held many of the same elements of today, although is some respects it was more lively.As Christmas approached stores decorated with holiday displays. Most merchants closed on Christmas day. In San Diego,…