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Schulenburg in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Carl T. Morene: A Shorthorn Forever

 
 
Carl T. Morene: A Shorthorn Forever Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 20, 2020
1. Carl T. Morene: A Shorthorn Forever Marker
Inscription.  

Through his civic involvement and interest in young people, Carl T. Morene made lasting contributions to the quality of life in his adopted hometown of Schulenburg. Born in nearby Muldoon on November 13, 1887 to Swedish immigrant parents, he served in the Navy and and the Army before embarking on a career in utility management. He worked for the Central Power & Light Company in Gonzales, and in 1928 he came to Schulenburg to manage the utility's operations here.

Morene was active in civic service, and in 1933, when school officials could no longer afford a paid music teacher, he volunteered to lead the program. The origins of his musical talents are unknown, but he proved to be an effective and motivational leader. Following his workday, he instructed students in music at his office. He also used his own money to pay for instruments and sheet music, and during World War II he used his gasoline ration card to ensure all students would have transportation to practice sessions and performances.

Despite the lack of a high school education, Morene received a state teaching certificate in 1934. A bachelor, he selflessly devoted
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his time and energies to help young people learn and appreciate music. His efforts paid off as the Schulenburg program garnered many recognitions and awards for excellence.

Under Morene's direction, the school orchestra performed regularly at school assemblies. In honor of the pride and spirit he observed among the Shorthorns of Schulenburg High, he wrote the official school song, Shorthorns Forever. Morene continued as the city's beloved music man until his death in January 1948. A large crowd of appreciate citizens and former students mourned his passing.
 
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15156.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1948.
 
Location. 29° 41.084′ N, 96° 55.145′ W. Marker is in Schulenburg, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Eilers Street and Schultz Avenue. The marker is located in the Schulenburg City Cemetery near the southwestern section of the cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1111 Eilers Street, Schulenburg TX 78956, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Schulenburg City Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Lyons Family Cemetery (within shouting distance
Carl T. Morene Marker and Gravestone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 20, 2020
2. Carl T. Morene Marker and Gravestone
of this marker); William B. Bridgers (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob Wolters Log Cabin (approx. ¾ mile away); St. James Missionary Baptist Church (approx. ¾ mile away); Schulenburg (approx. 0.8 miles away); Turner Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away); Schulenburg Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schulenburg.
 
Also see . . .  Carl T. Morene (1887–1948). The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on December 24, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Carl T. Morene Tombstone image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 20, 2020
3. Carl T. Morene Tombstone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 24, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 162 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 24, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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