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ELLINGER, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas South
Hwy 71
12 miles East of La Grange
15 miles West of Columbus

Population: 200

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Ellinger Texas Brass Band old photo
An endorsement from the Ellinger Texas Brass Band for the C.G. Conn musical instrument company.
Photo Courtesy Fayette County Heritage Museum & Archives
History in a Pecan Shell

Joseph Ehlinger, was born in Alsace, France and actually served in Napoleon's army before its defeat. He at least got to see Moscow. He also was present at San Jacinto and received a grant of land for his service. He had just built a fine house in Fayette County and had gone to Europe to bring his family to their new home. While crossing Buffalo Bayou near Houston, his horse became entangled in wild grapevines and he drowned. The family entered the house he had built for them without Joseph being there to see it.
Charles Ehlinger was Joseph's son and he became a surveyor. He laid out the plat of the original town which was then known as Live Oak Hill and was just north of present day Ellinger - near the old cemetery. He was also the town's first postmaster. His son, Charles W. Ehlinger grew to become a merchant, farmer and a Board Member on the First State Bank of Ellinger.
Charles Ehlinger of Ellinger, Texas
The Southern Pacific Railroad came through the area in 1873 and missed Live Oak Hill by two miles. In 1880, land was donated and a man named Andrea Ondry, suggested they name it after Joseph Ehlinger.

When the Ellinger post office was opened, it was in Colorado County. Sometime between 1877 and 1889 it became part of Fayette County. The location has changed over the years - at one time it was in the former bank.
Ellinger Texas former bank
 
The long vacant Bank of Ellinger. Never robbed, but the doors once had their handles shot off.
TE photo, 2001
Old Ellinger Depot, Texas
The old Ellinger Depot
Courtesy Fayette County Heritage Museum & Archives
W.J. Lemp's Beer & ice House, Ellinger, Texas
"W. J. Lemp's Beer & Ice House"
Courtesy Fayette County Heritage Museum & Archives
The town entertained the idea of becoming the tomato capital of Texas in the 1930s before a late April freeze ended that dream.

Today the blinding lights of modern gas stations distract the Houston-Austin traveler from noticing that there is a community on the north side of the highway.

Old Ellinger Cemetery >
St. Mary's Catholic Church, Ellinger, Texas
St. Mary's Catholic Church about 1.7 miles NE of Ellinger
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, January 2006
St. John Lutheran Church and cemetery Ellinger Texas
St. Mary's Catholic Church and cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, January 2006
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St. John Lutheran Church Ellinger Texas
St. John Lutheran Church north of Ellinger
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, January 2006
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Ehlinger store sign
The Old C.W. Ehlinger Store - (showing the original spelling)
before it collapsed

TE photo, 2001
Old Ellinger Cemetery >

Ellinger Texas Forum

  • Subject: Ellinger, Texas
    Dear TE: The name changed from Ehlinger to Ellinger when the railroad came through the area. In fact the town was originally up the hill (Live Oak Hill) near the church where the graveyard is, and was moved to its current location to induce the railroad to stop there - as my grandfather told me. It was easier for the people to phonetically spell it. The silent "H" is a royal pain, believe me when I tell you as I have to constantly spell it for people.

    My grandfather was Dr. Rancier B. Ehlinger, his father was Dr. Otto Ehlinger - both MD's born in Ellinger, TX, and both were graduates of and the college doctors at Texas A&M (Tulane University MD graduates), and both were descendants of Joseph Ehlinger. The hospital at Bryan was owned at one time by my grandfather in partnership with another Dr., and given to the nuns that now own it when he retired in ca. 1948. - Ladd P. Ehlinger, AIA, August 09, 2005
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