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The beginnings of Comfort - Event in/near Comfort


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The beginnings of Comfort


- The town was laid out by Ernst Hermann Altgelt along the banks of the Cypress Creek above its confluence with the Guadalupe River. Freemasons, freethinkers, and political activists from Bettina and Sisterdale settled the area. The town was a center of Union sentiment during the Civil War and lost many young men at the battle of the Nueces in 1862.


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The beginnings of Comfort

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Main Plaza Gezebo in 1875 1900 - in/near Boerne

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Main Plaza Gezebo in 1875


Main Plaza Gezebo in 1875 At this time Boerne was a health resort area due to the springs and the fresh air. Main plaza and the Gezebo being the center of activity of visitors and weekends for Boerne's farmers and ranchers.

Chat with Col. Bettie Edmonds - Sept 2013


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Comfort's Founding - 50th Anniversary 1900 - in/near Comfort

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Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)

Comfort's Founding - 50th Anniversary


1900 - 50th Anniversary of Comfort's Founding



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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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Roggenbucke house- 1883 - Comfort 1883 - in/near Comfort

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Roggenbucke house- 1883 - Comfort


Carl von Roggenbucke house, built in 1883. Rocks were quarried in the Louis Wiedenfeld place and it was built by Wilhelm Biermann II. It was located on North Creek Road near Comfort.



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Holy Angels Academy Catholic School 1896 - in/near Boerne

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Holy Angels Academy Catholic School


The early German residents of Boerne would have their children first attend a local Catholic school for one or two years to be trained to learn about their religion. Holy Angels Academy began it's schooling in 1899. The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word began the schools and also the medical facilities (sanitariums) in the Boerne area. This building was torn down in 1930.




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Guadalupe Post Office - Est 1874 / 1874
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Boerne Public School - class of 1908 / 1908Boerne Fire DepartmentTelephone Bldg - 1917 / 1917
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