Near Frelsburg in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church
Pioneer German Catholic immigrants who settled in this area in the early 1830s founded Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church about 1843. The congregation initially attended services held by itinerant priests known as "Saddle Bag" priests, including the Rev. John Odin and the Rev. J.P. Oge. A log sanctuary was built here in 1844 and in 1847 the church became an official parish; the Rev. J.A. Jacobs served as its first resident priest. A cemetery was established here in 1847 with the burial of Gertrude Schemmer Halfmann.
During the early 1850s the church was led by the Rev. Peter V. Gury and had become the principal religious institution for settlements as distant as 50 miles. Galveston Bishop John Odin and the Rev. Gury founded the first Catholic seminary in Texas here in 1854.
The church erected new sanctuaries here in 1861 and again in 1912. The 1912 structure was destroyed by fire in 1926 and replaced with this sanctuary which was completed in 1927-1928. The building exhibits classical features such as corinthian columns, dentils, and pedimented gable ends. Other prominent features of this building include gothic
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1993
In memory of Lillie & Ewald Stein by Mr. & Mrs. Leroy Stein
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4490.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical year for this entry is 1843.
Location. 29° 51.935′ N, 96° 32.606′ W. Marker is near Frelsburg, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Lane and Farm to Market Road 109 on Church Lane. The marker is located at the entrance to the church. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1031 Church Lane, New Ulm TX 78950, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frelsburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Trinity Lutheran Church (approx. half a mile away); Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Zimmerscheidt School (approx. 2.7 miles away); a different marker also named Zimmerscheidt School (approx. 2.7 miles away); Mike Muckleroy (approx. 3 miles away); Site of the Town of New Ulm (approx. 3.8 miles away); Frnka Family Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frelsburg.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 11, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on July 11, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. 2, 3. submitted on July 12, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.