Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 3, Number 2, May, 1993 Page: 96
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numbered blocks of various sizes, and two new streets, McCormick Street and Bertha
Street, the second of which was named after Alex McCormick's wife, Bertha Dora (Wirtz)
McCormick. The addition encompassed the land that had been described as Blocks 142
and 143 on the map of Columbus that had been filed when the city was reincorporated
in 1927, thus, part of the addition lay within the city limits. The part that did not, 5.59
acres, was annexed by the city on the same day that the plat was approved.
The McCormicks had earlier developed two other additions to the city,
neither of which had been platted. The seven blocks north of the McCormick Addition
Number 3, excluding that on the corner of Harbert and Milam Streets, all of which front
Harbert Street, have since come to be known as McCormick Addition Number 1. The
McCormicks sold their first lot along Tait Street to their daughter, Myrah Jane Draper,
on March 18, 1959. The deed describes the lot as "part of the Elizabeth Tumlinson
League, Abstract 44, being Tract Number One (1) of the McCormick Addition to the
Town of Columbus," then describes a .308 acre tract. All subsequent sales in the
addition, and all sales in the much more amorphous McCormick Addition Number 2,
which includes land to the west and south of the other two McCormick Additions, are
also described as acreage in the Elizabeth Tumlinson Survey rather than as lots in any
Memorial Oaks Subdivision
On October 23, 1974, the Planning Commission of Columbus, Texas
approved the plat of the 10.67 acre Memorial Oaks Subdivision, a neighborhood of
winding streets and cul-de-sacs. The plat described 24 lots of varying shapes and sizes
and four new streets, Memorial Lane, Shady Lane, South Hickory Lane, and North
Hickory Lane, the last three being less than 200 feet long and coming to dead ends. The
subdivision, which was developed by V. L. Marek, Jr., was laid out on part of a 20.326
acre tract directly south of the Krupka Addition that had been conveyed to Marek, Billy
Joe Schindler, Dempsey Calhoun, and George Hagan by Oscar A. and Josephine Henicke
on November 7, 1972.
On July 5, 1978, Harry Thomas Youens, Jr., and wife Judy M. Youens,
bought the remaining 9.856 acres. They in turn sold it to Ervin Mieth, Jr., acting as
trustee for the Colorado County Savings and Loan Association, on February 2, 1982,
and he sold it to Colorado Service Corporation nine days later, on February 11, 1982.
Before the year was out, Colorado Service Corporation had laid out an addition to
Memorial Oaks Subdivision and called it Memorial Oaks Section 2. The addition
contained 30 lots, again of varying sizes and shapes, and two new streets, Creek Bend
Lane, which had the distinction of reaching a dead end at both ends, and Post Oak Lane,
the second of which was less than 200 feet long and also reached a dead end. The city
accepted the plat on October 5, 1982.40
39 See Slide 35 of Plat Records, Deed Book 208, pp. 147-151, and Deed Book 209, pp. 47-48,
Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas, and Minutes of the City Council of the City of Columbus
Book 8, pp. 1898-1901 and Book 10, pp. 2322-2327, Archives of the Nesbitt Memorial Library, Columbus,
40 See Slide 45 and Slide 57 of Plat Records, Deed Book 316, pp. 293-296, Deed Book 324, pp.
911-914, Deed Book 377, pp. 121-123, Deed Book 442, pp. 177-179, 390-392, and Bond and Mortgage
Book 237, pp. 385-388, Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County, Texas.
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