COUCH, TEXAS. Couch, on the north bank of Hondo Creek off State Highway 239 seven miles southeast of Kenedy in southeastern Karnes County, was named for D. F. Couch, who was instrumental in bringing settlers from Oklahoma Territory in the early 1890s. The general vicinity of Couch, a rich farming area, was popularly known as the Oklahoma settlement for many years. In the early 1890s Andrew J. Harryman bought sixty acres of land from J. M. and T. Y. Pettus. Eighteen acres of this tract were surveyed and platted as the townsite of Couch. The town had a general store, a post office, a hotel, a Methodist church, and a public school. The post office was established in 1896 and closed in 1909. After the main road from Kenedy to Goliad was moved two miles south of Couch, its post office was moved in 1909 to Runge, and the community declined. State highway maps for the 1960s name the community but show no buildings at the site. The population in 2000 was ten.
Robert H. Thonhoff, History of Karnes County (M.A. thesis, Southwest Texas State College, 1963).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Robert H. Thonhoff, "COUCH, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrc94), accessed February 06, 2016. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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