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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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The beginnings of Waring 1887 - in/near Waring

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The beginnings of Waring


Originally known as Waringford: R. P. M. Waring, a native of Ireland, provided a right-of-way for the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway for its Kerrville line.



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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

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The beginnings of Welfare 1875 - 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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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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