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 Joseph Cotulla

Joseph Cotulla

Birth
Poland
Death 17 Aug 1923 (aged 79)
Cotulla, La Salle County, Texas, USA
Burial Cotulla, La Salle County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 22210 · View Source
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Western Pioneer. Born in Poland, he migrated to the United States in the 1850s, and joined the Union Army in Brownsville, Texas. After his time in the Army, he arrived in La Salle County in 1868, purchased a large land grant and established big ranching operation. Learning that the Great Northern Railroad was intending to lay tracks in La Salle County, in 1881, he donated 120 acres of his land to the railroad and a depot was constructed in 1882. In 1883, the town of Cotulla was granted a post office and a seat on County of La Salle, as an official registered town of Texas. The town began a rapid growth with residents, three general stores, two weekly newspapers, two churches, a saloon, a bank, a corn mill, a cotton gin and a court house. By the 1890s, the town of Cotulla had a population of over a thousand. Cotulla's economy was largely based on sheep and cattle ranching and by the 1930s, the town a population estimated at 3,175 and seventy-five businesses. During the early 1950s, the discovery of oil in the area bolstered economy and the town had a population of 3,960 and seventy-two businesses in the 1980s. To date, Cotulla has a population of 7,000, is on the La Salle County Historical Commission and is a registered Texas Historical Land Mark.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 16 May 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22210
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Cotulla (19 Mar 1844–17 Aug 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22210, citing Cotulla Cemetery, Cotulla, La Salle County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .