- Freer, Texas
official_name = Freer, Texas
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image_caption = Freer welcome sign
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population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 3241
population_density_km2 = 310.5
population_density_sq_mi = 804.3
timezone = Central (CST)
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elevation_m = 158
elevation_ft = 518
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Freer is a city in Duval County,
Texas, United States. The population was 3,241 at the 2000 census. The city and county are heavily Hispanicin ethnicity and Democratic in voting history. From the 1930s-1960s, the county was dominated by the political boss, called a patron in South Texas, George Parr, a supporter of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. Parr's influence waned thereafter, and he committed suicideat his Los Harcones ranch in 1975.
oilwell in Texas was drilled in Freer in 1860, a year after the discovery in Titusville, Pennsylvania, but it was unproductive. In 1907, oil was again discovered in Duval County, six years after Spindletopnear Beaumont.
Darrell "Hap" Holcomb
Darrell H. "Hap" Holcomb (
July 14, 1911— June 14, 1995) was a Freer community leader originally from Tishomingo in Johnston County in southern Oklahoma, whose contributions have been honored with an historical marker. On May 18, 1984, Freer held "Hap Holcomb Day". He was described as "a symbol of the heart and strength of the people of the town he loved --Freer."Historical marker honoring Darrell "Hap" Holcomb, Freer, Texas]
Holcomb relocated to Freer in 1938 to work in the oil business. He started Hap's Well Service in 1950. He was active in
Little League, Youth Rodeo, Rotary International, Lions Club, and the Quarterback Club. He was a member of the First BaptistChurch of Freer. He received the "Buckaroo Spirit" award. Holcomb was survived by his wife, Frankie, and four children.
Freer is located at coor dms|27|52|45|N|98|36|58|W|city (27.879156, -98.616237)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.5 km²), of which, 4.0 square miles (10.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.98%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 3,241 people, 1,111 households, and 845 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 804.3 people per square mile (310.5/km²). There were 1,334 housing units at an average density of 331.1/sq mi (127.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.59% White, 0.46% African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 14.87% from other races, and 3.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 77.38% of the population.
There were 1,111 households out of which 42.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.40.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.1% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 10.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,078, and the median income for a family was $26,475. Males had a median income of $26,789 versus $17,159 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $11,457. About 18.4% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under age 18 and 25.4% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Freer is served by the
Freer Independent School District.
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