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By Brian Anderson, April 5, 2019
Brayton Flying Field Marker
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 5907 — Brayton Flying Field — World War II Air Training School — (4.1 mi. NE, on Hwy. FM 766) —
In 1939 when the Nazis threatened world conquest, the United States had immediate need for thousands of pilots - more than could be trained at military fields alone. Aid was enlisted from civilian flying schools. One field was established in Cuero . . . — Map (db m132551) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 14544 — Charles A. Schlinke — (1863-1940)
Community leader and businessman Charles A. Schlinke played a vital role in the development of DeWitt County. Born in Posen, Germany, Schlinke immigrated to the United States with family in 1869, following his father, who settled in Weesatche . . . — Map (db m132625) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 922 — Clinton — (.6 Miles East)
Created in 1846, DeWitt County was named for Empresario Green DeWitt. The county seat, originally at Cameron, was moved in 1848 to the pioneer town of Clinton, named for DeWitt's son. County government returned briefly to Cameron, but Clinton again . . . — Map (db m122101) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 1020 — Concrete College (1865 - 1881) — 1/4 mile east to site of
One of most respected schools in Texas in its day. Founded by the Rev. John Van Epps Covey (1821-1898), noted educator and minister. Embraced primary through collegiate levels, accepting only students over 12 years old for college work. Broad course . . . — Map (db m125622) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 1127 — Cuero Land and Immigration Company
On Dec. 25, 1871, Cuero Land and Immigration Company was formed to develop 4,128 acres of land from J. A. Valdez y Gonzales League (granted 1833 by Mexico). Company charter was issued Feb. 7, 1872. There were four founders and stockholders of . . . — Map (db m132550) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 1191 — De Witt County Courthouse
De Witt County organized in 1846 with Cameron as the first seat of government. Clinton was county seat from 1850 to 1876, when its two-story frame courthouse was moved to the new seat of Cuero. That building burned in April 1894. The present . . . — Map (db m132624) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 1283 — Dr. William Watt White — (1829 - 1914)
Surgeon of Waul's Legion, Confederate Army. Came to Texas about 1850. In 1856 got M.D. degree in Philadelphia. During Civil War, saved many lives, but took typhoid, which contributed to loss of his eyesight. After blindness, practiced rest of . . . — Map (db m125623) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 1356 — Early Texas Bandstands
This bandstand, successor to earlier ones in Cuero, is a replica of the first one erected in this park - used for concerts, patriotic meetings, bazaars, ice cream socials, political rallies, street dances. Cuero musicians won renown as official . . . — Map (db m132549) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 1834 — First Presbyterian Church of Cuero
On July 8, 1849, a group of settlers gathered together under a live oak tree at the home of Dr. Robert and Mary C. Trigg Peebles to form the Live Oak Presbyterian Church, the first Presbyterian congregation in DeWitt County. Led by the Rev. William . . . — Map (db m132588) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 1886 — First United Methodist Church of Cuero
Circuit riders held worship services for Methodists in the Cuero Creek area as early as 1841. It was not until after Cuero's incorporation in 1873, however, that a permanent Methodist church was founded here. Earliest records report eight members on . . . — Map (db m132586) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 4802 — Friar-Cardwell Stage Stand — Site of
In 1839 or 1840 at the junction of the La Grange - La Bahia and Victoria - Gonzales Roads (.5 miles east), Daniel Boone Friar (1800-58) built a home and store that served as a social, political, transportation, and trade center for early De Witt . . . — Map (db m125624) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 2124 — General August C. Buchel — Honoring Texas Confederate — 1811 - 1864 —
(Marker Front) Educated in stern military schools of Prussia. Was in French Legion and Army of Turkey. Knighted in Spain after work in Carlist Wars. Came to Texas 1845. In Mexican War 1846-47. Later became Port of Lavaca customs . . . — Map (db m132585) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 2236 — Grace Episcopal Church
Organized in 1874. First chapel was moved from Port Lavaca; present church, built 1889, was dedicated May 25, 1890, when the Rev. George Hinson was rector. Gothic architecture with clapboard siding, walnut interior, cedar shingle roof. . . . — Map (db m132590) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 2420 — Heaton-Breeden House
This colonial revival house was built about 1880 for the family of David H. Heaton, owner of Cuero's first drugstore. In 1924 it was purchased by prominent civic leader Charles G. Breeden, who had it remodeled to its current appearance shortly . . . — Map (db m132620) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 2560 — Hopkinsville Community — A Colony of Freedmen
Members of the Hopkins family came to De Witt County in 1854 as slaves of Judge Henry Clay Pleasants (d. 1899). They worked for a time on a Gonzales County plantation and returned to this area after the Civil War as freedmen. In 1872 Henry Hopkins . . . — Map (db m122056) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 2731 — James Norman Smith — Near Clinton Cemetery, Burial Place — (1789 - 1875) —
"Uncle Jimmy the Peacemaker." Son of Sgt. James Turner Smith, veteran of American Revolution. Born and educated in North Carolina. Lived for 32 years in Tennessee, where he taught James K. Polk, later a U.S. President. Taught first school . . . — Map (db m132587) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 15641 — Knights of Pythias Hall, Jewel Lodge No. 103
In 1864, in response to the tensions surrounding the American Civil War, Justus Henry Rathbone organized the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal order. The first Texas lodge, in Houston, was assembled in 1872; two years later, the Grand Lodge of Texas . . . — Map (db m132591) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 3072 — Leonard Roy Harmon — (1917-1942)
Born in Cuero, Leonard Roy Harmon enlisted in the U.S. Navy in Houston in June 1939. After training in Norfolk, Virginia, he reported for duty on the cruiser “U.S.S. San Francisco” and advanced to Mess Attendant First Class. During . . . — Map (db m34628) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 3705 — Old Chisholm Trail
From site near here, 1800 Longhorns were moved out April 1, 1866, on first trail drive from this area to northern markets. Crockett Cardwell, owner of cattle bed ground, had gathered the herd. The trail boss was Thornton Chisholm, a native of DeWitt . . . — Map (db m125625) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — Old Chisholm Trail Centennial Monument
From Longhorn cattle gathering site, 1800 Longhorns were headed up and moved out of Cardwell Flats near here on April 1, 1866 on first Chisholm cattle drive to northern markets. Crockett Cardwell, owner of cattle bedground had gathered the herd with . . . — Map (db m132626) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 18226 — Proctor-Green House
Harvard graduate and attorney David Cogswell Proctor established his law career in Indianola, Texas, in the late 1840s. He opened a second firm in 1880 in Cuero, fortunately before the 1886 hurricane that destroyed much of Indianola. Finding his . . . — Map (db m132621) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 5058 — St. Mark's Lutheran Church
The great Gulf storm of 1875 in Indianola brought many Lutherans to Cuero. By 1880 German Lutherans were meeting for services conducted by pastors from nearby communities. The 1886 destruction of Indianola brought more Lutherans, and St. Mark's was . . . — Map (db m132559) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 5066 — St. Michael's Catholic Church
The Rt. Rev. Anthony Dominic Pellicer, first Bishop of San Antonio, established St. Michael's Parish in 1875, after the Cuero Land and Immigration Co. donated this site for a church. The name was chosen in memory of Michael O'Brien, whose widow was . . . — Map (db m132589) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Cuero — 5327 — The Edward Mügge House
Built in 1870s by a key man in the activities and ideology that gave the town of Cuero its economic leadership role in late 19th century South Texas. Edward Mügge (1839-97), a native of Germany, arrived in the now-extinct seaport of . . . — Map (db m132622) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Hochheim — 1126 — Cuero I Archeological District
Extending 45 miles along the Guadalupe River Basin, Cuero I Archeological District was created to define and preserve cultural resources threatened by a proposed reservoir. Archeological investigation in 1972-73 revealed 352 significant prehistoric . . . — Map (db m61047) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Hochheim — 5092 — Stagecoach Inn — (.15 mile west)
Built of hand-quarried native stone in 1856 by V. Hoch, a settler. Served as an inn on the Austin-Indianola Stage Road. While drivers changed four-horse teams, the passengers welcomed the chance to enjoy the inn's food and hospitality. — Map (db m61044) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Yorktown — 1189 — De Witt County
Created March 24, 1846 from Gonzales, Victoria and Goliad counties; Organized July 13, 1846, with Cuero as the county seat Named in honor of Green De Witt A Texas Empresario Born in Kentucky September 16, 1797 Died in . . . — Map (db m131927) HM
Texas (DeWitt County), Yorktown — 4679 — Shiloh
The small farming community of Shiloh began about 1847 with settlement by the McBride, Hamilton, McFarland, Odom, Anderson, and Woods families. In 1851 John Keith Rankin helped organize a Methodist Episcopal Church, whose members erected a building . . . — Map (db m132373) HM

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