Several weeks ago, a kind person in Oakland, California, contacted me via email, saying he’d purchased an old scrapbook from 1938-39, which contained photographs, news clippings and football programs from Schreiner Institute.
While going through my collection of historic Kerr County photographs this week, I found some negatives that I’d never scanned. I could tell they were photographs of construction. Intrigued, I put them in the scanner to find out what they were.
Of the men listed on the Kerr County War Memorial, I personally knew only one, and while every soldier listed on that monument left a painful gap in our community when they died, torn away from their families and friends, it’s that young man I think of first on this holiday.
When I study black and white photographs from my collection of historical Kerr County photographs, sometimes I forget how colorful our area was in those days. I suppose my mind processes pre-1940s images as grayscale, and jumps to the conclusion that nothing was in full color in those days.
Driving from Kerrville to Comfort takes about 25 minutes — even if you hit a red light or two leaving Kerrville — and both major routes, taking either Interstate 10 or Texas Highway 27, are smooth and easy drives.
One of the more interesting buildings in town is owned by the Voelkel family and is the home of their company, Voelkel Engineering.
I was reminded this week that the stories we tell about a community’s past and the actual history of a community often are different. I’m not sure one has more value than the other, especially when each provide a way to better understand the forces that shaped today’s community.
The Civilian Conservation Corps made a lasting impression on Texas with its construction of parks all over the state. Notable nearby examples are Garner State Park and Blanco State Park, while the cabins at Bastrop State Park or Indian Lodge at Fort Davis State Park are great examples of bui…
This past weekend I traveled to Comfort, hoping to solve a mystery. Several friends there told me a building once used as Kerr County’s second courthouse was still standing, though in bad repair.
The Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show, which has been underway this week at the Hill Country Youth Event Center on Texas 27 past the V.A. Hospital, has a long history in our community.
More than 20 years ago, I asked readers to share their stories about Kerrville restaurants, describing eateries of old, food palaces now gone, cafes of yesterday.
On Dec. 22, 1899 — 119 years ago today — a remarkable news magazine was published in Kerrville by J.E. Grinstead. The Neunhoffer family kindly let me make a copy of the magazine years ago.
Schools have been an important part of our county since its earliest days, and schools once dotted our hills in places where no schools stand today.
This week, a long-time friend brought by a copy of the 1929 Recall, the yearbook of Schreiner Institute. The book, with an elaborate cover, has about 186 pages and has a lot of wonderful photographs of the school and its students.
As I finished up another slice of leftover Thanksgiving pie, I remembered a story about farmers making sugar from cane right here in Kerr County, taken from my files:
Roughly three years ago, an anonymous donor gave the historic residence of A.C. and Myrta Schreiner, at 529 Water St., to the city of Kerrville. This is the large home between the Butt-Holdsworth Memorial Library and our print shop, on the river side of Water Street.
Ruth Hamilton remembered how cold and clear it was in Kerr County on the morning of Monday, Nov. 11, 1918. She lived a little over a mile from Kerrville, and when she and her family heard the downtown fire bell ringing, they thought a house was burning.
In 1940, when he was a student at the University of Texas at Austin, Forrest Salter wrote a story about the shingle makers who founded Kerr County. The story was for an English class, “Life and Literature of the Southwest,” taught by J. Frank Dobie.
Last week, my friends Sandy and Jon Wolfmueller, of Wolfmueller’s Books, gave me a booklet which included a story by Kerrville’s Forest Salter called “The Saga of the Shingle Camp.”
I’ve noticed posts on social media about the Tivy High School class of 1968, which will be celebrating its 50 year reunion this year. I understand quite a few are hoping to attend the Tivy Homecoming celebrations in a few weeks, when the Antlers play Memorial on Oct. 19 at Antler Stadium.
With the newly reinstituted Texas Arts & Crafts Fair happening in Ingram this weekend at the Hill Country Arts Foundation, I thought a brief history of the fair might be timely.
In the early 1930s, an unknown employee of the city of Kerrville systematically photographed houses and buildings all over town for use in documenting the city’s tax rolls, walking along the street and stopping at each address to snap a photo. While I do not have a complete set of the negati…
Legend says Charles Schreiner started the first bank in Kerrville by putting money and gold entrusted to him by his customers under a loose board in his one-room store. The “safe” was then secured by rolling a flour barrel on top of the loose board.
I was going through old photos of Water Street the other day when I noticed a name on a building. Noticing that name led me to discover an important but forgotten part of our community’s history.
If you were to drive down Washington Street toward the river, cross Water Street, enter the parking area of One Schreiner Center and walk to the edge of the bluff, you’d find a little deck-like area overlooking the river. My longtime friend Ed Hamilton owns the property and has spruced up th…
On Tuesday, April 12, 1927 — 91 years ago — a huge F5 tornado struck Rocksprings, killing more than 70 people and injuring more than 200. Casualties totaled roughly a third of the population of Rocksprings at the time. The number of fatalities make it the third deadliest tornado in Texas.