Laureles Ranch - Housing

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Laureles Ranch - Housing - CITY WITHIN KING EANCH-Ho^mTunits...
CITY WITHIN KING EANCH-Ho^mTunits dMThTcolonT"are arranged in the pattern of a modern miniature city on the Santa Ger- trudas division of the King Ranch. Some 637 persons, including ranch MODERN HOUSING' UNIT . workers, truck and tractor operators and maintenance men and families, reside in The Colony. The attractive housing unit was completed several years ago. 637 .Santa Gerirudis Ranch Workers live in 6 The Colony' J Approximately 637 persons re-1each of two sites near The Colony '' for employes o! the Santa Gertrudis division of the KJng Ranch. Residents of The Colony include ranch workers, truck and tractor operators and maintenance men, and other employes--and their families--who families--who keep alt activities humming humming with precision-like smoothness smoothness at tho Santa Gertrudis division. division. The housing unit known as The Colony is composed of 92 modern ranch-stylo houses completed several several years ago, Jive older brick houses which have been completely completely remodeled. The frame houses are typical examples of construction construction during the:r respective periods periods of the ranch's development. Additional Houses Four additional houses located at j the housing unit. The sites are near the principal cattle-feeding pens ot the' ranch division, and at a location designated as Muerto. Modernization of living quarters ing, electricity, and an adequate water supply. The Colony's water stystem comes from wells which have been drilled on the ranch. C. E. Leslie of Kingsville was contractor in charge o£ constructing constructing the housing unit Ranch is clipped, washed so as to leave the natural oils in the fibers, theti carded and spun into saddle blankets or rugs--is located near the Colony. Adults make use oS a nearby for ranch employes at Nonas and Each family residing in the Co- Encino took place before the work jlony has been responsible for land- started at Santa Gertrudis in 1948, scaping and maintaining their in- Building programs at the other two dividual lawns. Citrus and hack- divisions were much smaller in *£? K«S ^uKM: scope. Renovation of housing facil-jzo, have been planted at many of itics at Laureles followed the work I the homes, Flowering plants, svich - - - - - - as Lantana, a n d a variety o f flowers flowers have been planted. Carpet at Santa Gertrudis. When the ranch management started to rebuild housing accommodations accommodations at Santa Gertrudis, a new site slightly below the main house was selected. Permanency was stressed in the building pro- Race Horses Kamed Before Leaving Ranch King Ranch race horses are not named until Jan. 1 of the year «-- after they are foaled. The horses Some Design m , ,, , gram, and the one-family modern dwellings were constructed with brick walls, concrete floors and roofs. Redwood was used for the interior woodwork portion oJ the homes, and tho exteriors were painted white. must be named before they leave tho ranch {or the tracks so the name can be registered with the Jockey Club, which controls racing racing throughout the country. All of the houses in The Colony nrc essentially ot the same architectural architectural design, although some have slightly different construc- grass has been started in many of the yards, making the Colony lawns bright with color during the spring and early summer. Small. triangular parkwavs which have been laid out adjacent adjacent to the Colony streets also are well-kept and attractive. The Santa Gertrudis Independent School, composed of four ballpark during leisure'hours. Yard improvement and beauti-i fication work at the Colony has! been accelerated by contests held; for several years under' the direction direction of Mrs* Robert J. Kie-' berg. Jr. Prizes were awarded to Colony residents having the most attractive lawns and gardens. Homes in the Colony generally include three bedrooms, a combined combined kitchen-dining room and bath. The houses all are exposed to the southeast to get the benefit of prevailing breezes. In addition to the housing af- forde'd by the Colony, there are a number of brick and masonry homes-for foremen and ranch officials. officials. Other Divisions The King Ranch also provides bousing for its employes at other divisions of the ranch. The old headquarters at Nonas, formerly located by the railroad, was moved about 1933, and new homes for ranch workers were built. Twenty- eight houses were constructed a one ttme and six more have completed in more recent times make a total of 34 homes at ias, exclusive) of the big houses Approximately 150 persons resid at Norias, ranch officials said. Construction of eight new rest- headquarters nences and a new Wild .Turkeys Shipped To Cuba for Tests the Colony, and is surrounded bv an nmpie playground equipped with swings, slides and other entertainment entertainment features lor children. Weaver's Shop A weaver's shop--where wool tion. The residences have gas heat- from sheep raised on the King ped 18 wild turkeys to Cuba for experimentation to see if they can survive the climate there. The turkeys turkeys were iosed on a. plantation near Havana ana a check will bo made soon to determine how tho transplanted turkeys are faring in their new Eurroundincs. at Encino got underway in 1947, and was completed shortly thereafter. thereafter. The modernization program for housing accommodations at Laureles Laureles began in 1951 and was completed last summer. Thirteen houses were built and some of the older residences were recon^ ditioirsd. About 38 King Ranch ployes reside at Laureles. THERE'S NO MIDDLEGROUNB FOR MCCARTHY Clem McCarthy, nationally known radio announcer whose voice is well known to those Who tune in on Kentucky broadcasts, was so flabbergasted flabbergasted when the King Ranch's Middleground came from behind behind to win the racing classic in 1950, he announced him asi "Middleburg." That prompted the author of '"Picayunes" tn the New Orleans Times-Picayune Times-Picayune to pen this verse: "When C T e m McCarthy calls a race. He doesn't fool around. He either calls it right or wrong; There is no Middlcground."

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  1. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times,
  2. 12 Jul 1953, Sun,
  3. Page 71

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