Tuesday, January 6, 2009

1939 - Seguin News

Ferdinand C. Weinert (the following copied from Texas Handbook Online

WEINERT, FERDINAND C. (1853-1939).

Ferdinand C. Weinert, merchant, justice, and legislator, son of August and Gertrude (Breustedt) Weinert, was born in New Braunfels, Texas, on July 14, 1853. He was reared on a farm in Guadalupe County and educated in New Braunfels Academy. He traveled in the Northwest and in Canada and worked in mercantile businesses in New Braunfels, Austin, and San Antonio. After election as justice of the peace in 1875, he was in some public office from that time until his death. He served as county commissioner and as county judge of Guadalupe County and was a member of the Twenty-second, Thirty-first, Thirty-second, and Thirty-third legislatures of Texas. Weinert coauthored the indeterminate sentence and parole law and was the author of a resolution proposed during Thomas M. Campbell's gubernatorial administration (1907-11) providing for more humane treatment of state convicts. He was coauthor with Capt. A. Schlick of the bill to establish the Pasteur Institute of Texas. In June 1913 Weinert became secretary of state under Oscar B. Colquitt, a position he held until November 1914. With his wife, the former Clara Bading, and their seven children, he maintained homes at Seguin and Austin. He died in Austin on February 19, 1939, and was buried in the family cemetery at Seguin.

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Kibel/Weinert House

Several years ago, friends of ours from Houston visited and they stayed at the Weinert House Bed and Breakfast. This is a very lovely home and is now a private residence and was recently named as a historical site. It is called the Kibel/Weinert House.

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The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise, December 4, 2008

Now, the Steinmeyer-Fey House at 623 Erskine St. and the Weinert House at 1207 N. Austin St. will become more than the subject of local legend — as of Tuesday, both are a permanent part of Seguin history.The two homes were named as the first Seguin Historic Landmarks during this week’s City Council meeting. Both were approved by a committee, the historic commission and finally by council before earning the landmark plaques.


My Very Favorite Place in Seguin

I love visiting our Seguin Guadalupe County Library. The staff is so knowledgeable, helpful and friendly (sometimes I think I just go to say a 'howdy' to them!). There are MANY services the library offers in addition to borrowing books and doing research in reference books. When we first moved here, I spent time in the genealogy section of the library and found among the genealogy books, Seguin Matador yearbooks, women's club scrapbooks, and file drawers with Seguin newsclippings. I dare say that my first glimpse of the town that was to be my home was initially seen at the library.
"A library book...is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, is their only capital."
— Thomas JEFFERSON (1743-1826)

Juan Seguin Statue

The focal point in City Park is the statue of Juan Seguin. When we moved to Seguin, we were very impressed with this sculpture - not at that time knowing anything about Juan Seguin.
An Equestrian statue of Juan Seguin was unveiled on Saturday, October 28, 2000. The detailed bronze was still hot enough for Seguin Town Historian Charley Eckhardt to (respectfully) light a cigar from it. Mr. Eckhardt, who was giving us a personal walking tour of Seguin, took time out to call our attention to details in Mr. Seguin's equipment that we certainly would have missed. We have no details on the foundry, cost or how long this project was in the works, but will be glad to include more on this newest addition to Texas' bronze pantheon as the information becomes available to us. Juan Seguin's grave is here in Segiom as well.
[Written by John Troesser, TexasEscapes.com]

Park Bench in City Park

There are beautiful Memorial Park Benches in City Park that were donated by
individuals, families, and organizations.
These benches are placed strategically throughout the park and are a wonderful addition to a friendly and lovely gathering place.

The Seguin Conservation Society has been instrumental in spearheading many improvements throughout Seguin. Visit their site:

The Gazebo

There is a new look in City Park!
The old slab which was used as a bandstand has been replaced by an exact replica of the Gazebo of days past. It looks great!
Visit the Seguin Main Street site and learn of great plans for Seguin.

In 2006, voters approved propositions in Destination Seguin which allowed for improvements in City Park, which is the gathering place for large events in Seguin. The money was used to repair cracked sidewalks in the park, restore the fountain and build a gazebo over the pumphouse and build a multi-use bandstand. The improvements in City Park are making the place beautiful and inviting. Each time I visit, I see others walking around the Park - admiring the fountain, sitting on the donated park benches and reading, children playing, lovers gazing mostly at each other. We are so fortunate to have this park in our city.