Freer, Texas

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Freer is a city in Duval County, Texas, United States. The population was 3,241 at the 2000 census. The city and county are heavily Hispanic in ethnicity and Democratic in voting history. From the 1930s-1960s, the county was dominated by the political boss, called a patron in South Texas, George Parr, a supporter of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. Parr's influence waned thereafter, and he committed suicide at his Los Harcones ranch in 1975.

Like Sweetwater, the seat of Nolan County in West Texas, Freer holds an annual rattlesnake roundup in March.

The first oil well in Texas was drilled in Freer in 1860, a year after the discovery in Titusville, Pennsylvania, but it was unproductive. In 1907, oil was again discovered in Duval County, six years after Spindletop near Beaumont.

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Darrell "Hap" Holcomb

Darrell H. "Hap" Holcomb (July 14, 1911—June 14, 1995) was a Freer community leader originally from Tishomingo in Johnston County in southern Oklahoma, whose contributions have been honored with an historical marker. On May 18, 1984, Freer held "Hap Holcomb Day". He was described as "a symbol of the heart and strength of the people of the town he loved --Freer."[3]

Holcomb relocated to Freer in 1938 to work in the oil business. He started Hap's Well Service in 1950. He was active in Little League, Youth Rodeo, Rotary International, Lions Club, and the Quarterback Club. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Freer. He received the "Buckaroo Spirit" award. Holcomb was survived by his wife, Frankie, and four children.[3]

Geography

Freer is located at 27°52′45″N 98°36′58″W / 27.87917°N 98.61611°W / 27.87917; -98.61611 (27.879156, -98.616237)[4].

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