Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Rodolfo Rocha

Second Advisor

Dr. Paul Henggeler

Third Advisor

Dr. Michael Weaver


The purpose of this study was to examine the role that John H. Shary had on the economic development of Hidalgo County, Texas. It discusses the promotion of the Rio Grande Valley, and details Shary's life and development business.

Shary visited the Valley in 1912 and saw the potential for large-scale citrus production. After buying land in the Mission area, he launched the commercial citrus industry. Under his leadership, Mission became the leading citrus producing city in Texas. However, before his citrus business flourished, Shary developed and sold land in Hidalgo County. He actively promoted the area and sponsored train excursions that brought in hundreds of Midwesterners looking for a good investment or a better life.


Copyright 1998 Sylvia Zulema Silva-Bewley. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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