Rowena in Runnels County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Sons of Hermann Lodge
Organized in 1904 as Rowena Chapter of the Sons of Hermann, worldwide benevolent fraternal organization.
Named for German national hero and tribal leader Hermann the Defender (18 B.C. - 19 A.D.), who helped break Roman power east of the Rhine River in 9 A.D.
First officers of the Rowena Lodge were Michelus Feist, president; Julius J. Henkhaus, vice president; Walter Schuhmann, secretary; Ignatz Olsak, treasurer. There were ten charter members.
The order maintains a youth camp and home for the aged, for members, at town of Comfort.
Erected 1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4979.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
Location. 31° 38.834′ N, 100° 2.523′ W. Marker is in Rowena, Texas, in Runnels County. Marker is on Edward Street (Farm to Market Road 2133) west of Concho Road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rowena TX 76875, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow SPJST Lodge No. 49 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rowena (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oldest Rock Building in City (approx. half a mile away); Sweet Home School (approx. 4˝ miles away); J.W. Clampitt (approx. 6.6 miles away); San Clemente Mission (approx. 6.9 miles away); Colorado River Ferry Crossing (approx. 8.3 miles away); Carnegie Library Building (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rowena.
Also see . . . Sons of Hermann. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on July 22, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.