Neelys of Neely’s Canyon

Clyde Verry Neely, that is. Still a bit of a mystery man to us but we know that he owned the land Neely’s Canyon Condominiums was built upon beginning in 1981.

We don’t know how long he owned the land nor much about his wife Annie May Rogers, and we haven’t found any descendants. But the search has just begun.

UPDATE: Clyde and Annie May are buried in the Elgin City Cemetery, according to Find-A-Grave. She apparently died in 1982, just about the time the developers of Mesa Village won an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court of a $62,000 jury judgement against them to the Neelys for flooding caused by the development. The Supremes overturned it and ordered the trial court to reconsider and the Neelys wound up with $2,000 which probably didn’t cover their court costs. According to a longtime resident of Neely’s Canyon Condos, when we get a periodic Hill Country frog strangler you can hear the ghost of Annie May, in the vicinity of their old home, cursing Mesa Village. Ought to be cursing the Supremes, too.

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