Clipped From The Corpus Christi Caller-Times
to Legislature paid i n c k e t on June 30. That was $21.3 billion cutting taxes. Area Labor Camps Ordered Closed United States Department of- Agriculture farm labor centers at Rotastown and Sinton probably will be dismantled immediately, it became known here" today. Managers of the two migratory labor housing earnps said they had received orders , to "liquidate" by Sept. 30. Press dispatches said similar centers- In Raymondville, Harlingen, Weslaeo, McAllen, Lamesa and Princeton are to be discontinued. Orders to close came as a surprise to the camp managers, as they had been informed the centers would be continued until Dec. 31, with January, 1948, allowed for "liquidation." A pared-down budget in the Department of Agriculture was given as the reason for discontinuing the camps which have served as shelter fpr thousands of migratory field workers for seven years. 525 Workers at Sinton At Sinton Manager Kenneth C. Fowler said some 525 farm workers now are in the camp there. Willard Martin, manager of the Robstown center, listed a tenant roster of 800. The summer peak occupancy at.both centers is expected during September. Martin said he does not understand what the "liquidation" order means and is awaiting clarification. He said it may authorize removal of all tenants before Sept. 30 or discontinuance of additional admissions at that time. In the first case the occupants now will be ordered to clear out, so the buildings can be sold. Otherwise, they may slay until Sept. 30, at which time dismantling begin. The Sinton labor shelter is the oldest in Texas, having been opened In March, 1040. At thnt time Fowler said the camp was to be permanent installation. Peak load at Sinton is 1,200 families, usually carried during cotton picking season. At Sinton are IBS redwood shelters, 30 apartment units, 33 shelters, onÂ« community building and auditorium (usually used by the Klwa-nis Club tor d i n n e r clinic, and other auxiliary housing. They are located on the grounds one mile south of the business district. Medical Care Discontinued During their seven years operation, the centers had free medical clinic care, but this was discontinued in June. The Robstown center was in June, 1940. It consists of 23 homes with 4 rooms and a bath, six-room shelters, 15 metal shelters, and auditorium. Rental on the units ranges from SI.25 to a week a family. Martin said closing of the camps would deluge thousands of farm laborers on other housing facilities. Many of workers will have to sleep in and similar places. "A lot of them will just go somewhere else to work," he said.