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Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff, announces 1920-2020 Live Oak County Courthouse Centennial this fall TBA.

Centennial Celebration Date to be announced once renovations are complete. Tours, Time Capsule, and Exhibits inside courthouse are just part of celebration. We look forward to seeing all at that time.

Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff and Mary Margaret Campbell, Chairperson for Live Oak County Historical Commission (LOCHC), extend a hearty welcome to this website. 2021-2022 appointees, officers, and chairpersons posted below. 

LOCHC next Quarterly Meeting: Monday, July 19, 2021. Dobie West Performing Arts Theatre, George West, 5:30. 

Don Victoriano and Don Prisciliano Texas Historical Marker making its way to Live Oak County.

Don Victoriano and Don Prisciliano 2019 approved Texas Historical Marker to be delivered soon. Judge Jim Huff and the Live Oak County Commissioners' sanctioned marker placement on Live Oak County Courtyard along with existing J. Frank Dobie (L in photo and Don Prisciliano R.) and Thelma Pugh Lindholm markers. Ross Harris, past LOCHC Chair, sponsored the marker.

Don Victoriano and Don Prisciliano came to Live Oak County in 1870's. Amassed more than 8,000 acres. Chapa's story herePhoto permission from MICHENER CENTER for WRITERS. 

First Baptist Church, George West, "Church with a Mission Heart", unveiled FBCGW Texas Historical Marker Sunday, April 18 at 2:00 PM. Pastor Bobby Hendrick, County Judge Jim Huff, and LOCHC Chair Mary Margaret Campbell along with the people who are FBCGW in joint effort with Live Oak County Historical Commission invited public including all past members. Photo courtesy Richard "Hud" Hudson.

Simmons, City Texas Historical Subject Marker application with1968  narrative destroys myths. Facts sometimes more interesting. Yet 4,200 sales, farms and ranches begun on 60,000+ acre ranch still thrive. Sturdy investor families and re-sale purchasers grow crops, provide recreational hunting, or raise cattle and horses. Continue vital part of present community and county. Photo here and below courtesy Lois Matkin.

"Simmons is Fascinating", 1974 San Antonio Express article serialized to share "fascinating" Dr. C.F. Simmons, his ranch, and farm and ranch community built in 1907. Known for "Affairs of Honor" (duels) and grandfather's "Simmons Liver Regulator" syrup making family millionaries. Iconic church stands in community of descendants and new comers from across the world. Follow Simmons' "fascinating" story narrated by Mrs. Mildred House for George Carmack with us from the above link.

Bone Lake - South Texas 1870's Deep Freeze. A beautiful lake acquired this forboding name after a historical Texas freeze. Read Sue Miller's short story about lake, now part of Lake Corpus Christi, and events that gave the lake notoriety. Photo courtesy of Gerard Miller, Jr. Esq.

Mary Margaret Campbell sworn in by Live Oak County Judge Jim Huff as new Live Oak County Historical Commission Chairman. Full story Feature Article-Mary Margaret Campbell Sworn in as new LOCHC Chair. Photo and story by Jeff Osborne.

Old Cox Stagecoach Stop ruins originally located near Lagarto to the Old Oakville Jailhouse Square on an Interstate 37 access between San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Story on Events Page.

1920-2020 Live Oak County Courthouse receives approval from Texas Historical Commission Staff and Board for 2020 honor as Recorded Texas Historic Landmark!

Honorable Jim Huff, County Judge for Live Oak County, Announces: Texas Historical Commission approves Live Oak County Recorded Texas Historic Landmark! Narrative at Live Oak County Courthouse Registered Texas Historic Landmark (1920-2020). Photo courtesy Richard Hudson.

George West Historic Texas Cemetery receives Texas Historical Commission Staff and Board approval for Historic Texas Cemetery Marker!

Glynis Strause, President of George West Cemetery Association, announces: George West Cemetery honored with Historic Texas Cemetery Marker approval in conjunction with previous Texas Historic Cemetery Designation. Narrative at George West Historic Texas Cemetery Photo courtesy Richard Hudson.

Live Oak County Historical Commission Meetings in 2021.

The first meeting of the 2021-2022 biennium met January 15, 2021 at 5:30 PM at the Buck West House in George West, Texas. Appointee applications for the new biennium were approved by County Judge, Jim Huff, and the Commissioners' Court at their last meeting on December 31, 2020. At that time the Court appointed Mary Margaret Campbell Chair for the 2021-2022 biennium. Campbell chose Richard Hudson to continue as Marker Chair for the new biennium. LOCHC elected officers and committee chairs to serve 2021-2022 at the January 2021 meeting. See below.

Live Oak County Historical Commission exists to preserve the history and culture of  Live Oak County Texas for all citizens past, present, future and all interested in the rich Ranch and Farm histories and cultures of Live Oak County. 

Geronimo, famous international Longhorn icon, preserved since 1927 in George West, Texas.

                                                                                      Photo courtesy Mary Margaret Dougherty Campbell.

Geronimo, historic international Longhorn icon, observed by tourists as they pass through George West, Texas. Since 1927, Geronimo has stood within a glass corral on the courthouse lawn of Live Oak County's county seat. Known to be George West's (traildriver and rancher who founded the town) favorite lead steer.


Geronimo's image was preserved by West's nephew, Albert West, soon after the steer saw his last days. Geronimo's mount traveled as far as Moscow representing Texas in America's 1976 Bicentennial Exposition. Geronimo has been immortalized in books and movies and continues to exemplify the Longhorn and Cowboy mystique today. Though cattlemen and cattlewomen of the West feared Longhorn extinction at the time Geronimo was preserved, Texas Longhorn herds now live in countries across the world.

The Live Oak County Historical Commission (LOCHC) exists to preserve the rich heritage and cultures of Live Oak County and its part in historic preservation not only at home, but in the state of Texas and our nation. The Commission develops local programs and cooperates with other community organizations to encourage understanding and appreciation of Live Oak County's historical significance. Appointees apply and are approved by the Live Oak County Commissioners' Court. Meetings are held quarterly on the third Monday unless announced otherwise above. The public is invited. Each meeting begins at 5:30 PM and ends sometime soon after 7:00 PM.


In 2010 with the appointment of a new Marker Chair, the LOCHC began efforts to revitalize the organization which had become inactive. By 2012, Judge Huff and the Commissioner's Court appointed ten new applicants. First efforts were directed toward honoring historical persons, buildings, and events that deserved Texas Historic Markers which tell their stories for perpetuity.


Since 2012, the organiztion matured and meets quarterly. Appointees have voting privileges and are required to attend at least 3 meeting each year. The revitalized LOCHC planted fifteen additional markers, one more delivered to George West First Baptist Church awaits an unveiling ceremony, the Chapa family at the foundry, and yet another two approved by the 2020 THC Staff await approval from THC Board, then foundry service. This will bring the total LOCHC Texas Historical Markers to 41.  Two more are in process for 2021.


The narratives for all Texas Historical Markers  approved by the THC Board since 2012 can be found on this website under Texas Historic Markers. Unfortunately, previous marker narrative histories had not been passed down. THC has now provided these histories to the webmaster, and this website is providing them as time allows since most of those are either written by hand or old typewriters which do not reproduce readable form.


Archeology, Cemetery, Education, Oral History, Publicity, and Website chairs have active committees and continue historical recognition in numerous county and state events. These include: appropriate relocation of Patrick Allen Randel (Narcotic Agent felled in 1974) monument, Wreaths Across Amerca, Historic Texas Cemetery Designation, reconstructing Geronimo Memorial Site, Chisholm Trail Celebration, Visit to J. Frank Dobie original ranch, and numerous others.


The THC requests each biennium appointment be finalized in the early months of a new biennium. If you are interested in working with us in the 2023-2024 biennium, please consider obtaining an application from Judge Jim Huff's office in the courthouse on Houston Street in George West, Texas when open application period is announced by the Court in late 2022.  


2021-2022 Officers and Committee Chairpersons 


Mary Margaret Dougherty Campbell: LOCHC Chair

Rodney Nance, Vice-Chair

Glynis Strause: Secretary, Oral History Chair

Leslie Walker: Treasurer

Richard "Hud" Hudson: Marker Chair, Publicity Chair 

Jim Warren: Archaeology Chair (Emeritus)

Bernard Lemley: Cemetery Chair

Nancy Coquat: Education Chair

Charlotte Schroeder: Hospitality Chair

Janis Hudson: Webmaster (Associate)


New 2021-2022 Appointees (includes above w voting privileges)


Charles "Chuck" Campbell

Bernadette Cordona Gibson

Ross Harris

Drusanne Hunter

Bernard Lemley

Robin Dawson McKinney

Charles (Gipper) Nelson

Cindi Robinson

Peggy Skoruppa



Associate Appointees (Attendance and comments welcome but not required-no voting privilege)


Conrad Conrad
Sue Denniston
Andrea Estes
Patricia Collins Gendron
Kurt House
Janis Hudson
Charles Kosarek Jr.
Patsy Wells
Grace Wilson



Emeritus Appointees


Virginia Horton

Betty Lyne

Sue Nance

Jim Warren





Live Oak County Courthouse

The Honorable Jim Huff, County Judge for Live Oak County, welcomes you to the Live Oak County Historical Commission (LOCHC) Website. The Live Oak County Historical Commission is an arm of the Live Oak County Commissioners' Court; appointees are selected at the beginning of odd numbered years and serve two year terms. Judge Huff and the Live Oak County Commissioners support and approve actions of the LOCHC in coordination with the Texas Historical Commission (THC).


Live Oak County Commissioners:

Precinct 1: Richard Lee

Precinct 2: Donna Kopplin Mills

Precinct 3: Mitchell Williams

Precinct 4: Emilio Garza

The Commissioner's Court is committed to the preservation of our county's history. Judge Huff and your local commissioner welcome suggestions.

The Honorable Jim Huff, Live Oak County Judge.

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