Asa M. French Surveying Field Books
- Majority of material found within 1900-1914
- Asa M. French (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
0.33 Linear Feet
Biographical / Historical
French’s survey material was used by Aransas County Road Engineer Fred M. Percival to create the map “Map of the Gateway to the Southwest” which is one of the foundational maps of Nueces County. French contributed significantly to surveying Kenedy County, Texas, which is halfway between Corpus Christi and Mexico on the Gulf Coast. He worked as Chief Engineer for the San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railway while they were engaged in building railroad tracks to the coast.
French was an original Director of First State Bank when it opened in 1907, and a Director of The Guaranty Title Co., which was a pioneer of title insurance in Texas when organized in 1914. By 1928 it had accumulated $500,000 in net assets.
In 1907 French commissioned the building of a large, two story stately house in the colonial revival style at the corner of Waco and Comanche Streets. He hand selected every cypress and pine plank that went into the construction of the house and allowed nothing with a knothole. Built for entertaining, it has a large second floor balcony and a 24-seat dining room table. Completed in 1908, it was later bought by the famous local Galvan Family in 1942 after French’s passing in 1936. The French-Galvan House was acquired by the City of Corpus Christi in 1982 and repurposed to the Multicultural Center in Heritage Park. It was repainted in its original yellow and white and was given a Texas Historical Marker in 1986. It now hosts weddings, parties, and events.
Asa M. French died on April 22, 1936 at the age of 86. His funeral was held at the French-Galvan House. It was presided over by Reverend Dr. George West Diehl, who was a pastor of the First Presbyterian Church where French had been an elder. He was buried at Rose Hill Memorial Park in Corpus Christi, where he had worked tirelessly to better the community.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Asa M. French Survey Field Notebooks
- Eric Christensen
- Description rules
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- Edition statement
Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository
6300 Ocean Dr.
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States