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Comfort in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Comfort School

 
 
Comfort School Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 30, 2014
1. Comfort School Marker
Inscription.
Comfort was founded by a group of German immigrants in 1854. By 1856, there were enough children in the area to warrant a public school and a one-room log cabin was built on Michael Lindnerís lot no. 258 with some classes held in homes. The school had dirt floors and children sat on backless benches along the walls. Following the Civil War, the Comfort Schulverein (Comfort School Association) was established to oversee education in the area. In 1886, a second building was erected on the west end of Comfort Park. Mr. Carl Herbst taught continuously from 1866 to 1887, and Mr. Fritz Fischer served from 1870 to 1881 and again from 1887 to 1895. Both men received training from universities in Germany and brought success to the Comfort School. Enrollment increased and soon the need for a larger school was evident.

Between 1892 and 1893, the first permanent schoolhouse was built at the corner of 3rd and High Streets. The three-room limestone building was constructed by Christian Lindemann and included a bell tower. The adjoining lots served as a playground for the school children. Around this time, the influx of non-German settlers created a need for language and curriculum changes. In 1904, a fourth classroom and hallway were added and, in 1922, a second story was constructed for the expanding school district. When major
Comfort School Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 30, 2014
2. Comfort School Marker (wide view)
repairs were made to the roof in 1974, the eighty-year-old bell was removed. A replica was constructed in 1987 and is housed on the school grounds. This historic structure is a testament to the enduring service of Comfortís first permanent school.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 2013

 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17739.)
 
Location. 29° 58.241′ N, 98° 54.884′ W. Marker is in Comfort, Texas, in Kendall County. Marker is on High Street 0.1 miles west of 3rd Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located near front entrance to the subject school building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 216 High Street, Comfort TX 78013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Treue Der Union Monument (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Comfort Community Church (about 500 feet away); The Founding Freethinkers (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Gass Schmiede (approx. 0.6 miles away); Apelt Armadillo Farm (approx. 2.4 miles away); Center Point, Texas
Comfort School (<i>old shcool bell tower in foreground</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 30, 2014
3. Comfort School (old shcool bell tower in foreground)
(approx. 7.6 miles away); Camp Verde, Texas (approx. 7.6 miles away); Center Point Cemetery (approx. 7.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comfort.
 
Also see . . .  Comfort, Texas.
Freemasons, freethinkers, and political activists, middle-class German families, and liberals from Bettina and Sisterdale settled the area. Townsmen organized the community along cooperative lines and steadfastly opposed formal local government. Comfort opened a school shortly after its founding, but not until 1892 was a church built. The town was a center of Union sentiment during the Civil War and lost many young men at the battle of the Nueces in 1862. (Submitted on December 10, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Comfort School (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 30, 2014
4. Comfort School (wide view)
Old Comfort School Bell Tower image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 30, 2014
5. Old Comfort School Bell Tower
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 10, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 10, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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