"The Galveston County
Commissioners Court began planning in 1886 to purchase a farm to
house and care for the county's indigent citizens. A site was
chosen and by June 1887 the county bought 213 acres of land on
the banks of Clear Creek. The first building constructed was
designed by local architect Nicholas J. Clayton and contained a
dining hall. Joe Meyers was hired as the first superintendent.
Those house at the farm included county citizens who were poor,
elderly, mentally ill, and convicted of crimes.All physically
able residents were required to help with farming chores.
Funding for maintaining the farm was inadequate, and complaints
about living conditions were investigated by the county.
Portions of the poor farm land were sold to help finance
operation of the facility. By 1913, the Commissioners Court
closed the site. The land lay dormant until 1928, when the
Galveston County Park was established at the urging of local
citizens. A pavilion was constructed in 1929, and the park
became the site for recreational activities and social
gatherings. The pavilion was refurbished in 1975 and
reconstructed in 1994 after a fire. In 1985 the site was named
the Walter G. Hall Park. (1997)"
NOTES FROM READERS:
"I recently visited with one of my cousins, who just had her 100th
birthday this year. Her father, Robert E. Lee Dick, managed the Galveston
County Poor Farm in the early 1900's. His brother, T. J. "Tump" Dick, was County
Commissioner for Galveston County in League City."
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