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"Hindsights"

Looking back at:

News from 1919

By Michael Barr
Michael Barr

It is worth an occasional look back at the local news of a century ago if only to see that the way we do things may be different, but people really haven't changed that much.

In January 1919 the 36th Texas Legislature convened in Austin where it meets every 2 years. Far too often some say.

As a result of the big rain in January, mail service was "on the bum." Train service came to a screeching halt, and the automobile mail carrier could only make one trip to Kerrville for the entire week.

In February the government issued a warning about scalpers selling phony war bonds.

On March 26, 1919 Old Pete Ferrel died. Everybody knew him. Born into slavery, he worked on Captain Duff's farm 8 miles out the Austin Road. In recent years Old Pete lived in a room at the jail in return for odd jobs. He came down with the flu several months earlier and never regained his strength.

On April 9, 1919 several cars of the eastbound train jumped the tracks near Bankersmith, demolishing the crossties for a short distance. Following the accident, the engine carried the passengers on to the junction. There were no injuries, but the west bound train was a day late getting back to Fredericksburg.

In May a party of prominent Fredericksburg citizens went fishing on the Llano River. Before leaving, they boasted of their angling talents and promised to return with a load of fish. The Fredericksburg Standard reported that "As we don't know how long it will take to catch so many fish, we cannot say when the party will return." After all the crowing ahead of time "they dare not come back empty-handed."

There was a big debate on the street over whether a woman should get a man's wages. The debate was an even split along gender lines.

Messrs. Mueller and Neffendorf butchered and canned an entire beef. Quite a crowd attended the performance. Who says there's nothing to do on Saturday night?

A passing bicycle frightened Paul Bauer's 4-horse team near the fire station on Main Street. The wagon swerved to one side and upset the high load of baled sugar cane. The accident broke the wagon tongue and coupling pole. Mr. Bauer jumped to safety.

On November 1, 1919 a small bridge near the junction gave way under the weight of 2 flat cars loaded with cotton. Several days later a wrecking crew finally got the line operating again. For 5 days there was no passenger or mail service. When the mail finally arrived on Monday, customers swamped the local post office.

Three airplanes flying from Kelly Field in San Antonio to El Paso ran low on gasoline and landed in a muddy field near Fredericksburg. After refueling, the planes tried to take off, but only 1 could gain enough speed and altitude to clear the fence. That plane flew on to El Paso. The other 2 planes took the slow way back to San Antonio - in the back of an army truck.

There has been a rivalry between Fredericksburg and Kerrville for at least a century. In a June 1919 baseball game, the Fredericksburg Giants beat the Kerrville Athletics 1 to 0 in a 15 inning game. According to the Kerrville Mountain Sun "It took the umps and 15 innings to do it." The headline in the Kerrville paper read "After 3 years' efforts Fredericksburg finally wins (?) a game."

John Ostrow, proprietor of the Ostrow Hotel in Fredericksburg, made a trip by automobile to New Braunfels by way of Blanco City. He happily reported that "almost the whole road from New Braunfels to San Antonio is tarviated."

Frank Van der Stucken, world famous composer and Kapellmeister (orchestra conductor), spent Thanksgiving 1919 with his family in Fredericksburg. He spent Christmas at his home in Boston.

As Christmas 1919 approached, the editor of the Fredericksburg Standard offered a prayer. "We give thanks to the Highest for our deliverance from drought, want and bloodshed. May we never have to pass through anything like it again."

[See News in 1920]


Michael Barr
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