Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 3, Number 2, May, 1993 Page: 90
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The Irwin Addition contained six irregularly shaped blocks and four new
streets. The smallest lots were 60 by 110 feet. Most were somewhat larger. The new
streets were named Irwin Drive, Jane Drive (after Irwin's granddaughter), Marilynn
Street (after Irwin's daughter), and Draper Street (after Jack Draper). One existing
street, Rampart, was extended, albeit at an angle, into the new addition.
Lot owners in the Irwin Addition were called upon to build houses that were
no smaller than 940 square feet and to build them no closer than 25 feet to the front
lot line, 5 feet to a side lot line, or 10 feet to a side street. In addition, no horses, livestock,
chickens, pigs, poultry, swine, or cattle could be kept on the lots, and no billboards or
oil derricks could be erected on them. Further, no "noxious or offensive activity" could
be carried on in the neighborhood.29
Butler, Hodde, and Krupka Additions
A few years before his death on February 15, 1951, Frank Leo Becica, who
owned some 280 acres west of Columbus, hired Brandon Fitzpatrick to divide the
property into seven equal tracts, one for each of his children. Fitzpatrick produced a
division plan that defined seven 39.4 acre tracts. However, even before Becica's death,
problems arose with the division of the property. A second surveyor, J. J. Sula,
uncovered several apparent errors in Fitzpatrick's work, errors which, according to Sula,
allowed one of the children to get more than 48 acres and left others with less than 39.
The matter went to court, and on October 16, 1950, the District Court of Colorado
County, Texas 25th Judicial District ordered a third surveyor, Frank Norris Davidson, to
resurvey the land and divide it into seven equal tracts. His survey of the property, filed
on April 7, 1951, assigned tracts of 40.82 acres to Laura M. (Becica) Hodde (tract
number 5) and Lillie (Becica) Werland (tract number 6), and a tract of 40.81 acres to
Bernice (Becica) Krupka (tract number 7). Less than three weeks later, on April 25, 1951,
the division of the property was amended.30
On April 28, 1951, three days after the amended division of the Frank Leo
Becica property was completed, Lillie (Becica) Werland and her husband, Lee Roy
Werland, sold their part of the land, 40.82 acres, to Oliver Butler. Less than a year later,
on April 5, 1952, Butler sold two acres in the southwestern corner of the land to Harold
and Edith Untermeyer. The Untermeyers thus became the first to own a lot in what would
become the Butler Addition. Though he never filed an official plat at the courthouse,
Butler subsequently laid out nineteen lots on his property, most of which were
approximately one acre in size. On December 12, 1953, he and his neighbors to the
west, Laura M. (Becica) Hodde and her husband, Lawrence Hodde, sold adjacent strips
of 2.34 and 1.91 acres, respectively, to the county for use as a road. That road, now
known as Oak Cluster Drive, fronted eight of the lots described by Butler in his addition.31
In 1954, the Hoddes followed Butler's example. On May 29, 1954, they sold
a lot, which they described as Lot Number 8 of the Hodde Subdivision, to Vladimir J.
and Helen Koss. The Hoddes, however, did subsequently file a plat. The Commissioners
29 See Deed Book 152, pp. 332-334, Deed Book 155, pp. 363-369, and Deed Book 160, pp. 111-
121, Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas, and Minutes of the City Council of the City of
Columbus Book 7, pp. 1524-1527, 1690, Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus, Texas.
30 See Bernice Elizabeth Krupka, et. al., v. Lillie Becica Werland, et. al., Cause File 11523, Office
of the District Clerk, Colorado County, Texas and Deed Book 157, pp. 95-107, Office of the County Clerk,
Colorado County, Texas.
31 See Deed Book 157, pp. 170-172, Deed Book 164, pp. 41-42, and Deed Book 175, pp. 40-44,
Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas.
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