BETHEL, TX (SAN SABA COUNTY)
BETHEL, TEXAS (San Saba County). Bethel, formerly known as Velma and Lone Hand, is beside the Cottonbelt Road five miles northeast of the community of Richland Springs in central San Saba County. W. C. Locker and his family settled in this cotton-producing area in the early 1890s and constructed a cotton gin. Lone Hand School, built in 1894, gave the community its first name. Baptist services were held either in the school building or under a brush arbor until a separate structure was built for the church. W. J. Crouch opened his general store in 1897, and on July 5, 1899, he opened the post office under the name of Velma, in honor of Miss Velma Whitehead. After the post office closed in 1906, the community was called Bethel. The school building had been replaced by a new one named Bethel School. After the boll weevil devastated the cotton industry, farmers in the community turned to melon and berry production and pecan and fruit orchards. The farmers continued to diversify by producing peanuts, cattle, and swine. A church and cemetery were located at the townsite in 1984.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Karen Yancy, "Bethel, TX (San Saba County)," accessed May 05, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrb28.
Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles