Monday, August 31, 2015

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #24--boy with long hair

This boy has long locks, unusual for the time.  If you anything about this boy please reply below or email us at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com


Saturday, August 29, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #22--two old men

On the back is written "Callihan w/ beard & McNealy, 1926".  This may actually be at the 1924 reunion.  They were neighbors of the Wards on Henderson Branch.

If you know more about these men please reply below or email us at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #22--Four Men

In this photo, Jake Masters is standing on left, Shuford Masters is seated on left, Charles Henderson is seated on right.  Man standing on right is unknown.

If you can identify the unknown man, or know more about these men, please post below or email us at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #14, #15, #16, #17--Callihan Reunion 1924

These photos are from the Callihan reunion on Henderson Branch, August 25, 1924.  The Kerrville Mountain Sun, September 4, 1924 reported on the affair.


The men are identified as Jim Dicky, ?, ?, Mr. Moore--TJ Bro., ?, J. O. McNeeley, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, Walter McNeeley,?



The larger man is Walter McNeeley. This girl appears in two photos here.
Although this is labeled "Callihan family on Henderson Branch 1926", this is probably the 1924 reunion.  Note the tree branches, which appear to be the same.

 If you can identify anyone here, please post below or email us at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com





Saturday, August 22, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #13--Tom Thumb wedding

This appears to be a "Tom Thumb Wedding", an event where young children dress as a bride and groom and reenact the wedding ceremony of Gen. Tom Thumb.  It is sometimes a fundraising event.
This photo was taken at Baker & Smith Mountain Studio, Kerrville.
Mesdames Baker & Smith had a photo studio "Opposite Schreiner's Mill" in 1902 and 1903, so this may be the unnamed children in the 1902 event.

Mentions of Tom Thumb weddings in Kerrville:
Kerrville Mountain Sun, March 8, 1902 at Pampell's Opera House. No other information.
Kerrville Mountain Sun, September 27, 1923.  Miss Imogene Duderstadt played the bride and Harvey Stevens, Jr., the groom.  She wore a "sleeveless draped model with veil. " The groom wore a "conventional black dress suit." This was for a wedding shower honoring September brides Maggie Mae Duderstadt and Annie Fay Stevens.
Kerrville Mountain Sun, March 19, 1931 for the "Willing Workers Class" of the Presbyterian Church. Sara Beth Neely played the bride, Jack Stevens the groom.

If you know more about this photo, please comment below or email us at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com


Friday, August 21, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #12--child

This photo was taken by Baker & Smith Mountain Studio, Kerrville.
Do you recognize this child?  If so, please comment below or email us at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #11--Fuller Children

On the back is written "Fuller Children".  Can you tell us any more?
We find one Fuller family 1900 and again in 1920. Are these children from that family?
In 1900 we find this Fuller family in Precinct 2: John 35, Dealia 33, Rena 14, Verana 12, Nora 10, Hurley 5, Hazel 3, Grady 10 months. In the 1920 census the Fuller family in Precinct 2 consists of Delia 48, Violet 17, and Grady 20.  If you know these children, please comment below or email us at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #10--man, Woodman of the World

This man is wearing a Woodman of the World lapel pin.  If you recognize him, please comment below or email us at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com




Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #7--mother and child

Do you recognize this woman and/or the child?  If so, please comment below or email us at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #6--four boys

If you recognize any of these boys, or the screen door design, please comment below or email us at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com


Friday, August 14, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #5--girl

If you recognize this girl please let us know at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com or comment below. 

This photo is part of a group labeled "pictures of Velma Ward Page and William and Lizzie Ward".



Thursday, August 13, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #4--couple

If you recognize this couple please let us know at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com or comment below. 

This photo is part of a group labeled "pictures of Velma Ward Page and William and Lizzie Ward".



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #3--infant

If you recognize this infant please let us know at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com or comment below. 

This photo is part of a group labeled "pictures of Velma Ward Page and William and Lizzie Ward".



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #2--woman

If you recognize anyone please let us know at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com or comment below. 

This photo is part of a group labeled "pictures of Velma Ward Page and William and Lizzie Ward".


Monday, August 10, 2015

Page and Ward Families, West Kerr County #1--family of four

A long-time member of the Kerrville Genealogical Society has given us a set of photos to share.  She is a member of the Ward and Page families around Henderson Branch in west Kerr.  Some of these photos are partially identified, but none are fully identified.  If you recognize anyone please let us know at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com or comment below.  These photos will appear daily until all have been posted.

This photo is part of a group labeled "pictures of Velma Ward Page and William and Lizzie Ward".


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Looking for family to return memorabilia to

A member of the Kerrville Genealogical Society has some Kerrville-related materials he would like to return to family members. These items date between 1900 and 1944.
Since Dr. Thompson ran Thompson Sanitorium--a tuberculosis sanitorium, it is probably these were either TB patients, or people responsible for the debts for patients.

If you are related to any of the below-named people please contact the Kerrville Genealogical Society at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com

Following are his comments:

In the letters and statements are Dr S. E. Thompson, Miss Bess Booth, John Jackson, Monroe H Rosenfield, Helen Comstock, E Mairs, B H Clark, Major Clayton A. Rust, Mary Clark Chambers and many lists of names I think from Dr Thompsons office of the people who have paid their bill. One list is on a Schreiner Bank statement from the 20’s.

There a 2 Letters to Bessie Maier that I would love to have from my relatives.

A receipt from Sunshine Laundry 1930 and Mcfarland written on it.

Envelope with Miss Mairs from 794 Third ave.
KGS note:  There is no 794 Third Ave. in Kerrville.

I have a Western Union telegram to Bess from Doctor (I assume Thompson) he was in what looks like Berlin and was going to Edinburg Scotland.  1928

I have the bank statements for Dr Thompson Chas. Schreiner Bank.

If you know the relatives of any of these people I would like to make sure they get them.


KGS notes regarding the above named people:
Dr. Samuel E. Thompson was the owner of Thompson Sanatorium, a tuberculosis sanitorium that operated in Kerrville from 1917 to 1936. Today it is the Kerrville State Hospital.
A little history can be found at https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/sbk01
They had no children.

Bess Booth was his assistant, keeping the books and managing the business. She later owned a private sanatorium on Moore St., Kerrville. Dr. Thompson was the consulting physician for the facility. She died in Dallas April, 1981.  She never married but was survived by sisters, 2 nephews, and 7 nieces. 

John Jackson came to Kerrville from east Texas, suffering from tuberculosis, and became the handyman for Dr. Thompson. He died April 1950 at age 55. 

The Sunshine Laundry advertised in newspapers from 1920 to1944.

The others may have been patients, but they may also simply have been responsible for the bills, or had provided services to Thompson Sanatorium.

Monroe H. Rosenfeld was a songwriter in the early 20th century. He coined the term Tin Pan Alley. He was quite famous a century ago.

Miss Mairs at 794 Third Avenue.  There is no such address in Kerrville. Third St. does not have a 700 block. She was from Utica, New York and married Charles E. Merritt.

Major Clayton A. Rust.  A man of this name was in the Army Corps of Engineers and was a Lt. Col. in 1945.

If you are related to any of the above-named people please contact the Kerrville Genealogical Society at kerrvillegensoc@gmail.com



Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hotel Visitors in Early Kerr County, July 1902

Kerrville Mountain Sun, July 5

W. C. Klein of Gonzales, is a guest at the St. Charles.


Sam H. Hill, Jno. Hill and Miss Ella Hill were registered at the St. Charles Wednesday.  They were on the way to the Rill ranch near Mountain Home.

Kerrville Mountain Sun, July 12

Mrs. E. F. Grinstead and daughter, Miss Grinstead, and little son, Carter, are Mrs. T. O. Bass, of Houston, are at the St. Charles, and will spend several weeks in this city recuperating.

G. P. McCorkle, cashier of the First National Bank of Center Point, and Mrs. McCorkle register at the St. Charles, Thursday.

Jas. Paterson, a Kimble county ranchman, is registered at the St. Charles.

Dr. Moore, of Boerne, was a guest at the St. Charles, Thursday.

Kerrville Mountain Sun, July 26

Ed. B. Gerdes, the genial host of the popular Gerdes Hotel, left Monday for a weeks' visit to Junction and other points.

Geo Zoeller, the popular sheriff of Kendall county, was a guest at the Gerdes Hotel.

Mrs. W. C. Linden and little son, of San Antonio, were among the guests at the St. Charles yesterday.

Geo. C. Vaughn and wife and Mrs. J. W. Nelson of Center Point, were among the guests at the St. Charles Wednesday.

E. F. Grinstead, of Houston, arrived in this city Wednesday on a visit to Mrs. Grinstead and children, who are spending the summer at the St. Charles Hotel.

W. Berry, Superintendent of Construction for the Aransas Pass Railroad, was a guest at the St. Charles hotel last Sunday.

Col. Nat Sulzbacher, the irrepressible San Atonio drummer was a guest at the St. Charles hotel, this city, Wednesday.

Sheriff Jno. Tobin and Alex Frazer of San Antonio, were registered at the St. Charles hotel Tuesday.  The gentlemen left in the afternoon to locate a fishing camp on the upper Guadalupe.  They were joined on the following day by a party from San Antonio composed of W. B. Russ, C. M. Tobin and wife, Misses India King, Mary Johnson and Olivia.





Friday, August 7, 2015

Radio program tomorrow, August 8


Kerrville Genealogical Society Secretary, Deborah Gaudier, will be on radio station 1230 KERV, this Saturday between  noon and 12:30 PM.  You can listen live on the radio or at http://kerv1230.com/
If you miss the program, you can listen later by clicking on "Local Programs", then "Becka Grey Show", then"on demand" and choose 12 p.m. hour.

Deborah will talk about ways to tell your family story.  You don’t have to have a three volume tome tracing your family back to Charlemagne, and you don’t have to be an expert genealogist.  You can tell the story of one person, or one generation, or one place that was important to the family. 
It doesn’t have to be long either. What’s important is getting it down.

She will share some examples.  If you miss the program, you can listen later.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hotel Visitors in Early Kerr County, June 1902

Kerrville Mountain Sun, June 7, 1902

J. S. Baldridge, of Gonzales, has leased the Kentucky House and will continue the business at the old stand.


Kerrville Mountain Sun, June 14, 1902
Rev. A. N. Stockard and son of Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., are guests at the Hutchinson.


Mrs. Volmer and two daughters, Misses Leona and Sadie, of Little Rock, are guests at the St. Charles.

J. A. Ryder, of San Antonio, is a guest at the Tivy House.

S. M. Yates, representing the New York Life Co., is a guest at the Gerdes.

Jas. Wynn, of Rock Springs, was a guest at the Gerdes Wednesday.

A party composed of W. J. Moore, Will Raynor, C. J. Sellers, Fred Whisenhunt, W. D. Coldwell, Isaac Witt, Verett Moore, of Centre Point, were among the guests at the Gerdes Hotel last Sunday.

J. A. Dawson and family, of Gonzales, arrived in Kerrville Wednesday.  They are at present staying at the Steagall House, but will make a home in this city.

W. F. Middleton, formerly a resident of Kerr county, now living at Denver Colorado, is a guest at the Gerdes Hotel, this city.

Kerrville Mountain Sun, June 21, 1902

Simon Frazier, of Noxville, was a guest at the Gerdes hotel Thursday.

Hughes Moore, of Center Point, was a guest at the Gerdes hotel Thursday.

J. H. Harvey, proprietor of the Harvey hotel, at Harper, was a guest at the Gerdes Thursday.

Ex-sheriff John Jones of Kimble county and his son were guests at the Gerdes Hotel Monday.  They had been visiting Bandera and were on the way to their home at Junction.

Tom Rodgers, of Rodger's Well, was a guest at the Gerdes Hotel Thursday.  Mr. Rodgers has recently sold his ranch.

Sam Hill and B. M. Hixson of Mountain Home community were guests at the St. Charles Wednesday.

R. J. Hartman and wife of Mexico city were guests at the St. Charles Tuesday.

Mrs. Volmer, of Little Rock, Ark., died suddenly yesterday at the St. Charles Hotel.
KGS note: This is Rachel Vogel Volmer who was born 1865 Indiana and died June 20, 1902.  She is buried at Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski Co., Arkansas.

Alfred Holmgreen and family, of San Antonio, were guests at the Gerdes last Sunday.

Mr. Baumgarten and family arrived Tuesday from Schulenburg and registered at the Gerdes. They left Thursday for their ranch in Kimble county.

Frank Langford, of Bandera is a guest at the Gerdes.  Mr. Langford is a delegate to the conference now in session here.

Among the guests at the Gerdes Tuesday were Sheriff Bozarth of Edwards county; Sheriff W. W. Taylor of Kimble county; M. M. Parkerson and Wm. Brown of Rock Springs.

A. J. Hamer and family were at the Gerdes Tuesday.  They were returning from a months visit to relatives near Comfort and left this city Wednesday for their home at Junction city.