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The beginnings of Boerne - Event in/near Boerne


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The beginnings of Boerne


- In 1852 Gustav Theissen and John James laid out the town site and named it Boerne in honor of Ludwig Boerne, a German author and publicist. Boerne developed the reputation of having a very healthful environment and quickly became a health resort with the arrival of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway in 1887.


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The beginnings of Boerne

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Adler Hardware 1918 - Snow! 1918 - in/near Boerne

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Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)  
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Adler Hardware 1918 - Snow!


Adler store 1918 - Snow! This location later became Bergmann Lumber & hardware. The streets had only recently been paved for the first time. The wooden built stores in this area burned down in the early 1900s.

Chat with Col. Bettie Edmonds - Sept 2013


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Guadalupe Post Office - Est 1874 1874 - in/near Bergheim

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Guadalupe Post Office - Est 1874


Ever heard of the Guadalupe Post Office…nobody has, even the old timers who were once with us never got it right as to location and postmaster. It opened in 1874 in the home of Charles Wenzel. Here is a small portion of the postal map that was part of the submission process. At the time Charles owned two adjacent 160 acre parcels in eastern Kendall County along the Guadalupe River (hence the name) in what is now the WaterStone subdivision. His neighboring post offices were few…Curry’s Creek was the closest in Kendall County, Spring Branch in Comal County. Charles ran the Guadalupe Post Office for 5 years.



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Boerne Village Band - 1890 1890 - in/near Boerne

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Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)  
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Boerne Village Band - 1890


Boerne Village Band - 1890 This is the oldest continuous German band outside of Germany that still plays outdoor concerts each summer in the Boerne park. Music was very important to the German settlers - many bringing their instruments with them when they came from Germany.

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Kaffee Kreis (Coffee Circle) - Comfort - in/near Comfort

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Kaffee Kreis (Coffee Circle) - Comfort


Comfort's Kaffee Kreis (Coffee Circle), only members of first families were asked to join. Top row, left to right, Leischen Serger, Toni Flach Brinkmann, Toni Maurhoffer Kott,Toni Flach Ingenhuett. Seated, Agnes Wiedenfeld Doerffler, Anna Meyer Overmann, Ida Flach Ingenhuett, two unknowns, Emmie Kott Below.



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St. Mary's Sanitarium 1896 - in/near Boerne

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Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)

St. Mary's Sanitarium


A facility used for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB). One of the founders of this sanitarium was Dr. Ferdinand Herff, a prominent early German settler in Boerne. Dr. Herff was instrumental in getting the railroad from San Antonio to Boerne which would help get his patients to Boerne. Boerne was a center for the treatment of TB due to its fresh air as at this point there were no antibiotics for TB. This building was torn down in 1930.




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