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The beginnings of Welfare - Event in/near Welfare


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The beginnings of Welfare


- Once known as Bonton, the original name of the 1875 post office, it was changed to Welfare in 1880, possibly for the German word `Wohlfarht`, meaning pleasant trip. Carl Phillip Beseler was area`s first postmaster: serving Bonton and then as the first postmaster for Welfare.


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Boerne White Sox - 1914 1914 - in/near Boerne

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Boerne White Sox - 1914


Boerne White Sox - 1914 Baseball and the Boerne White Sox were great entertainment for the Boerne public. The team would play other teams in Central and South Texas. Today there is an active Boerne White Sox team in honor of those days and they wear the same team uniforms.

Chat with Col. Bettie Edmonds - Sept 2013


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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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Karger Farm - 1894 - Comfort 1894 - in/near Comfort

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Karger Farm - 1894 - Comfort


The Paul and Dora Karger Farm in 1894. The large irrigation tank was built to irrigate this early commercial produce farm. Produce was taken to the Mexican Market in San Antonio to sell to the highest bidder. George Karger is on the framed structure, left to right, Dora, Paul, Betty, Elspeth and Alfred Karger.



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

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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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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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