Clipped From The Brownsville Herald

mwrobbin Member Photo

Clipped by mwrobbin

 - opens Capitol st d e s at Labor Unit to Be ',...
opens Capitol st d e s at Labor Unit to Be ', At Robstown BROWNSVILLE--The Farm Security Administration may cance' its plan* for . building a $300,000 migratory labor camp at Hobstown and remove It to another location It was announced Friday by C. Evans, FSA's regional director. Bids recently opened for a similar camp at Raymondville are now being considered, and options have been taken on land for three other camps, at Weslaco, and Sinton, as well as Robstown. Evans said that objections to locating the camp there have been received from a group of Robstown residents. "We have urgent requests to build such camps at a number of points, and we do not intend build them where they are not wanted," Evans said. FSA surveys have shown that from 100 to 150 thousand migratory laborers, many of them tenant farmers who have been forced off the land in other sections of Texas and Oklahoma as a result of mechanization of farms and large- scale operations generally, are now drifting about the highways, camping along the roadsides and on crowded lots in towns and villages where they constitute a menace to the welfare o£ the state and com; munity. The camp at Robstown would have provided 249 one-room shelter units and 25 three-room cot! tages. The shelter units were to : built around a six-sided court, with central buildings for baths, washrooms, sewing rooms and assembly ' hall. "In two southwest Texas counties alone, Cameron and Hidalgo, migratory laborers employed last year exceeded one-fourth the total number of such laborers living in the entire state of California, where situation has attracted nation-wide concern," Evans said. A prominent feature of the camps will be medical clinics and isolation wards,

Clipped from
  1. The Brownsville Herald,
  2. 26 May 1939, Fri,
  3. Page 12

mwrobbin Member Photo

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in