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Bellville in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Joachim H. Hintz

 
 
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By James Hulse, September 19, 2020
1. Joachim H. Hintz Marker
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Johann Joachim Henrich Frederick (J. H.) Hintz (1841-1920), a native of Ziesendorf, Mecklenburg, Germany, immigrated to the U.S. with his family in 1855. The Hintzes settled in the Millheim area, and Joachim joined the Cat Spring Agricultural Society in 1861. During the Civil War, Joachim served in Waul's Texas Legion, was captured in Yazoo City, Mississippi, on July 14, 1863, and was imprisoned at Camp Morton, Indiana, prison until his release on March 15, 1865. In 1866 he became a U.S. Citizen. He married Wilhelmina Schneider in 1870, and the couple had eight children. The family's major source of livelihood was farming such crops as cotton and tobacco.

However, Joachim was also much admired for his skills as a Baumeister or Master Builder. He designed and built variety of buildings and structures in Austin County ranging from bridges at Coshatte and over Bollinger Creek to dance platforms and meeting halls. His greatest legacy is the surviving collection of dance halls where generations have gathered for meetings, meals and music. The Bellville Turnverein Pavilion (1897) is an imaginative 12-sided wood frame hall, 80 feet
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By James Hulse, September 19, 2020
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in diameter with a center pole supporting lofty roof and still used for a variety of functions. Peter Hall (1900) is an eight-sided hall with a center pole and a cupola for ventilation and air circulation. Cat Spring Agricultural Society Pavilion (1903) is a twelve-sided pavilion nearly identical to the one at Bellville. Hintz's projects are often distinguished by precision joinery and elaborate and elegant roof framing systems. His round halls have been hubs of activity for the enjoyment of music, celebrations weddings, and gatherings. They are still functional in their communities and inspirational for visitors who come to Austin County to experience its attractions and its heritage.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17495.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is March 15, 1865.
 
Location. 29° 56.764′ N, 96° 14.825′ W. Marker is in Bellville, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (Farm to Market Road 529) and North Amthor Street, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellville TX 77418, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
The front view of the pavilion. image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, September 19, 2020
3. The front view of the pavilion.
markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bellville Turnverein Pavilion (a few steps from this marker); Oak Knoll Cemetery (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Michael Robert Pilley (approx. ¼ mile away); L.A. and Adelheid Machemehl House (approx. half a mile away); E.O. Finn Building (approx. half a mile away); First National Bank of Bellville (approx. 0.7 miles away); Austin County Jail (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Harigel House (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bellville.
 
Also see . . .  Cat Spring Agricultural Society Hall. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on October 7, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 7, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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