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CLEMVILLE, TEXAS. Clemville is on Farm Road 1468 just west of the Tres Palacios River, six miles northwest of Markham and twelve miles northwest of Bay City in northwestern Matagorda County. It was named for Charles T. Clem, who in the early 1900s was instrumental in developing several local oilfields. In 1911 Clemville secured its own post office. By 1914 the community had a general store, two hotels, two machinists, a dairy, a telephone connection, and an estimated population of 200. In 1933 the community still had 200 residents but only one business. In 1936 Clemville had three businesses, a church, and thirty dwellings. By 1949 the school had been consolidated with the Tidehaven Independent School District. In 1971 Clemville had a population of fifty-four and two businesses. In 1973 it had several dwellings and a church but no businesses. In 1990 the population was still estimated at fifty-four. The population was forty-five in 2000.


Matagorda County Historical Commission, Historic Matagorda County (3 vols., Houston: Armstrong, 1986).

Stephen L. Hardin


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Stephen L. Hardin, "CLEMVILLE, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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