2 miles East of Highway 77 at Weser
in a Pecan shell|
Ander started life under the name Hanover.
The settlers were German - and followed a tradition of naming towns after
their towns back in the old country. Westphalia,
New Berlin, and Breman, just to
mention a few more.
The town pre-dates the Civil War and the farmers
were used to driving their turkeys to Cuero
and taking pigs to Yorktown
by wagon, so they weren't too bothered when a railroad never arrived.
|St. Peter's Lutheran
Church became the first church in Goliad County, although the present one only
dates from 1966. Ander's mail was brought weekly from Meyersville until
they applied for their own post office in 1900. They were disappointed in finding
the name taken, so they decided to honor the Pastor of the Church, Theo Ander.
The application was granted and the post office operated until 1920. Rural delivery
started in 1927, eliminating the need to use Weser's
post office. |
The Ander school was consolidated with Goliad
Ander, Texas TodayPhotographer's
The old early
store & post office is getting in pretty rough shape now. It was the center of
the community and sits on the curve on FM Road 1961. It was owned by my GGG-Grandfather
Tobias Willms & Family. Immigrants from Germany, they were one of the prominent
families of the community. The family descendents continued to run the store and
also owned the local Cotton Gin. Many headstones in the Cemetery show there German
heritage. - William
- Tobias Willms Headstone|
R - Antonette Friedrichs Headstone
Beauchamp, October 2008
view of the Ander Cemetery|
The Bell of St. Peter's
Church in Ander
just found your little piece on Ander, TX and thought I would send in a correction.
The piece on the 'old school house' is correct up to the point of it being
the 'community center.' It 'was' the community center for years and served well.
However, in the early 1990s it was decided that there was so little interest in
the organization and they could no longer maintain it and it was sold. It is now
a private residence in Bee County.
I am one of the '35' residence in
Ander and the community was once on our family property. Thanks for including
our little community on your website. - Glen L. Baecker, CLU, September 2,
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