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Near Schertz in Comal County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Comal Community

 
 
Comal Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, June 3, 2020
1. Comal Community Marker
Inscription.  In the mid-19th century, several German families left nearby New Braunfels and established farms in what would become the village of Comal, Texas. At varying times, Comal has been known as “Wenzel” for one of these founding families, and “Eight-Mile” or “Seven-Mile” for its location in relation to New Braunfels. Comal settlers were among some of the first Germans to emigrate to Texas in the 1840s. The Schwab, Friesenhahn, Wenzel, Fey, Schaefer, Syring and Sahm families established farms, some of which remain productive and run by descendants of these pioneering families.

Throughout the 20th century, Comal remained a small and close-knit agricultural village. The Friesenhahn brothers, influenced by the community’s reliance on cotton as a cash crop, organized a community cooperative gin in 1900 and established a corn shelling plant that served area farmers. Kneupper’s Grocery, in business from 1906 to 1973, provided the community with goods and was a center for social gatherings on Friday and Saturday evenings. A blacksmith shop, owned by the Wenzel and Schwab families, remains standing near the center
Comal Community Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, June 3, 2020
2. Comal Community Marker Area
of town. Most of the infrastructure is present as a reminder of the community. Education and religious commitment among the first settlers (both Catholic and Protestant) was a first priority and many of the Comal family patriarchs were instrumental leaders in forming the first school and church institutions in Comal as well as in New Braunfels. These families and several others built Comal into a thriving and prosperous farming community that survived against difficult odds and helped make Comal, Texas such a storied and historic place.
 
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17149.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 29° 38.74′ N, 98° 13.418′ W. Marker is near Schertz, Texas, in Comal County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Nacogdoches Road and Farm to Market Road 482, on the right when traveling south on Old Nacogdoches Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Braunfels TX 78132, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Schertz Historic Site (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Schertz Historic Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Zions Kirche (approx. 3.2 miles away); West End Park and Dance Hall
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(approx. 5.6 miles away); Carl Heinrich Guenther (approx. 5.7 miles away); The New Braunfels Cemetery (approx. 5.8 miles away); St. Paul Church (approx. 5.9 miles away); Cibolo (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schertz.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 7, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 40 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 7, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.
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