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LAUNDRY FACILITIES --Families staying at the labor center have the privilege of using the laundry facilities offered by the center without extra cost. Both hot and cold water is provided. Housing for Farm Labor Experience Establishes Success o f County Camp Near Robslowii THE FARM LABOR CAMP AT tobstown is now in its third year^ ,t o[eralion by the Nueces Coun:y- Housing Authority, and re- Hrla of the first two years' op- .·raUoti by the Authority indicate hat the enterprise is a success- .ul one. The Farm Labor Camp Was one j£ nine established in Texas by Jui old Farm Security Adminis,ration, a Federal agency, vide adequate housing' for migratory farm labor. Four of he .camps were in the Rio Grande /alley, two in the Coastal Bend, ind three in North and West Texas. The labor centers were ,-reations of the New Deal, and //ere designed not only to pro- .'ide housing for farm laborers jut also to provide a central ,oint to which farmers could ome to obtain workers. IN THE EARLY DAYS OF lie cental's, considerable oppo- itioti was manifested by some .irmers; but that opposition has been generally dissipated, and operation of the local center by a Housing Authority has practically removed all opposition to the project. The centers offer advantages to both the worker and Uie employer. They tend to attract workers who know that the centers offer comfortable housing; and, at the same time, by attracting workers, they make available at a central location a source or labor to be used in harvesting local crops. On Aug. 11, 1947, the Nueces County. Commissioners' Court voted by resolution to take oVer the Robstown Labor Camp, aftsr it was learned that the Federal . government wished to dispose · oi all such camps then under its con-. trol. On"'Oct. 1, 1947, the county' took over the camp and appointed a group o£ farmers to operate tha camp. ON THE ORIGINAL 'BOARD were George At. Callicoatte, Claude McCain, Heiko Groene- veld. E. E. True, W. L. McBurnett, J. \V. Callaway, A. J. Geistman. J. H. Page, and Arthur Eggleston. The camp was operated under the supervision of the board until the Nueces County Housing Authority was created. With the establishment ofthe. Housing Authority, a five-man board was appointed to supervise operation of the labor camp. Their appointment was effective Aug. 8. 1948. On the board of directors of the Housing' Authority were J. H. Page, George M. Callicoatte, W. L. McBurnett, Claude McCain, and A. J. Geistman. The board authorized the issuance .of time warrants in the amount of $48,000 to purchase (he camp from the county. The warrants, bearing' interest at the rate of 2 J /i percent, will mature Oct. 1, 1968. The warrants will be retired from income of the camp. -*~ THE $48,000 PAID FOR THE camp by the Housing Authority is LABOR CAMP MANAGER--Willard T. Martin is manager of the Farm Labor Camp which is operated at Robstown by the Nueces County Housing Authority. He also served as manager when the camp was still owned and controlled by the federal government. 8 - Sunday, Feb. 18, 1951 - BETTER RANCHES' FARMS far less than the original cost of the physical plant and the land which it is situated. Included in camp are 122.65 acres of land on which are located 20 cottages, 213 shelters for transient farm workers, an auditorium, and administration buildings. The cottages are rented to permanent tenants, while the shelters are rented on a weekly basis at very low rate to farm workers wish to live in the camp. The auditorium has been converted into a shop building and is rented to a veterans vocational school. Rents from Gie various buildings make the camp self supporting. The camp's fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 each year; and at the of the first yeac of operation, Sept. 30. 1948, the camp -showed a net profit of $5,096.08. Rents that year amounted to 525,517.90. while operating expenses amounted to $20,421.82. EEVENUES. FROM R E N ..for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1949, amounted to S26.482.87. while operating expenses were $22,730.22. leaving a net operating profit, of $3,752-65. The biggest jump in operating expenses that year was in maintenance costs which amounted to S3.079.57. For the year ending Sept. 30, 1950, revenues frorft rents showed a drop as compared with the two previous years. The Housing Authority received a total_of $24,947.98 in rentals that year. Total operating expenses for the year were $21,854.39, leaving a. net operating profit of S3.093.54. Profits from operation of the camp are being invested in U. S. Government Bonds. Willard T. Martin is manager-of the labor camp. He managed the camp several years before it was taken, over-by .the Housing Authority. ''A native of Lamesa, Martiii was with the old Farm Securitv Administration as camu manaeer not only in Texas but in other states as well. Stubble Mulching Saves Farms THE PRACTICE OF STUBBLE mulching has saved many farms from severe damage b^ wind erosion during recent periods of high southeast winds. The T y g g a 4 !-1 farm, three miles southwest of Banquete, is a fine example of this practice. ,,' " a a

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  1. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times,
  2. 18 Feb 1951, Sun,
  3. Page 66

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