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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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The beginnings of Welfare

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The Boerne Opera House 1888 - in/near Boerne

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The Boerne Opera House


Built in 1888 with opera being the popular entertainment of the times. As vaudeville (comedic acts, song and dance/burlesque) became popular the Opera House became a vaudeville stage and was renamed the Plaza Theatre. As the "talkie" pictures became popular vaudeville faded and the Opera House became a movie theater. In 1966 the Opera House was torn down and the Ebner Pharmacy built their shop there. This photo (1910) shows the Boerne Gesang Verein singing club - that was begun to compliment the Boerne German band.




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The beginnings of Kendalia 1883 - in/near Kendalia

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The beginnings of Kendalia


Kendalia was first surveyed by D. W. Grady in 1883 for early settler Carl Gustav Vogel, who built a gin and gristmill at the town. In 1895 the post office records were transferred from Curry`s Creek to Kendalia.



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Ort`s Saloon Beer Truck - 1900 1900 - in/near Boerne

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Ort`s Saloon Beer Truck - 1900


Ort`s Saloon Beer Truck - 1900

Chat with Col. Bettie Edmonds - Oct 2013


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The beginnings of Bergheim 1901 - in/near Bergheim

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The beginnings of Bergheim


Bergheim (Home in the Hills) was established by Andreas Engel. In 1900 Engel sold his first store and bought three acres of land at the site of the present Bergheim Post Office (1901). A cotton gin was installed in 1900 and he opened the store in 1903.



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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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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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