TexasEscapes.comTexas Escapes Online Magazine: Travel and History
Columns: History, Humor, Topical and Opinion
Over 1800 Texas Towns & Ghost Towns
NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : TEXAS HOTELS : : FEATURES : : COLUMNS : : ARCHITECTURE : : IMAGES : : SITE MAP : : SEARCH SITE
HOME
SEARCH SITE
ARCHIVES
RESERVATIONS
Texas Hotels
Hotels
Cars
Air
Cruises
 
 Texas : Towns A-Z / South Texas :

ANDER, TEXAS

Goliad County, South Texas
FM 1961
2 miles East of Highway 77 at Weser

Population: 35 (1990)

Book Your Area Hotel Here & Save: San Antonio Hotels | Victoria Hotels

History 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, Oldenburg, 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.
First Turkey Trot, Cuero, Texas  1912 photo
The first Turkey Trot in Cuero, Texas
Vintage photo courtesy William Beauchamp Collection
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 in 1944.
Ander Texas early store  and post office
Ander early store and post office
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2008

Ander, Texas Today

Photographer's Note:
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 Beauchamp
Ander TX Tobias Willms HeadstoneAnder TX Antonette Friedrichs Tombstone1
L - Tobias Willms Headstone
R - Antonette Friedrichs Headstone
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2008
Ander cemetery
A view of the Ander Cemetery
TE photo
church bell in Ander, Texas

The Bell of St. Peter's Church in Ander
TE photo
Ander Texas Lutheran Church & Cemetery
Ander Lutheran Church & Cemetery
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2008
See Texas Churches | Texas Cemeteries | Texas Towns
Ander TX Old Gas Station
Old gas station
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, October 2008
See Texas Gas Stations | Texas Towns

Ander Texas Forum

I 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, 2003


Related Topics:
Texas | Texas Towns | South Texas

Book Your Hotel Here & Save:
San Antonio Hotels
Victoria Hotels
More Hotels

 
HOME | TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE | TEXAS HOTELS
TEXAS TOWN LIST | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS | TEXAS COUNTIES

Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South | West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | MAPS

TEXAS FEATURES
Ghosts | People | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII | History | Black History | Rooms with a Past | Music | Animals | Books
COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters | Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators | Lodges | Museums | Stores | Banks | Gargoyles | Cornerstones | Pitted Dates | Drive-by Architecture | Old Neon | Murals | Signs | Ghost Signs | Then and Now
Vintage Photos

TRAVEL RESERVATIONS | HOTELS | USA | MEXICO

Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Recommend Us | Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
Website Content Copyright 1998-2008. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. All Rights Reserved
This page last modified: May 5, 2009