New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
On the house
Woman calls old Mountain Valley School home
BySANDRAJACKSON Staff writer
Mountain Valley School is alive and well in Sattler. That goes for the modem elementary and middle school as well as the one-room schoolhouse where children studied decades ago.
Mrs. Merle Moore, who bought the building in 1965, still occupies the 2D- by 30-foot structure on Pecan Street, and is very comfortable there.
“I bought it from some Houston people who used it for a weekend cottage,’” she said.
She intended to use the building for a drapery shop.
”1 planned to have the shop there and bought two lots in the Village on which to build my home. But it was so comfortable to live and work here, I never did build.”
When she bought the schoolhouse building, it had already been partitioned into a four-room cottage that had been used by area developer, Tom Sheridan.
”1 thought it had been built before the turn of the century, but oldtimers here told me this one was built around 1907,” Mrs. Moore said. “The original schoolhouse burned down,” she added.
Mountain Valley School had its beginning as the Jacob Creek School in 1867, according to History of New Braunfels and Comal County by Oscar Haas. Oscar Friedrich gave land ”in the comer of the Guadalupe River and the so-called Jacob’s Creek for a school, and residence and field for the teacher,” the book notes.
As settlers moved further up the Guadalupe, and to have a school centrally located, John Marschall conveyed land to Fritz Krause, Fritz Pantermuehl and Joachim Pantermuehl, trustees near Sattler, and changed the name to Mountain Valley School in 1874.
Moore said the schoolhouse she now calls home was originally built across the Guadalupe River on Jacob’s Creek, and was moved to the Sattler side of the fourth crossing later, when more people lived in that area.
It was used until sometime in the 1950’s and was the last one-teacher school in Comal County, according to Haas’ book. Mrs. Moore said the building was moved to Sattler in the early 1960's.
She added a carport and workroom to the small building, where she operated her drapery business until she retired three
years. She also planted trees and shrubs to beautify the large yard.
‘‘Sattler used to be cotton fields, and there were no trees here,” she explained.
”1 just sort of settled in here,” said the lady who used to live in San Antonio and come to the hill country on weekends to explore. Her home now has a combination living room-kitchen, two bedrooms, and me bath — all with ten foot high ceilings.
The school was named for Mountain Creek, which ran from what is now The Oaks subdivision through Sattler, winding through the foothills, and flowing into the Guadalupe River, Mrs. Moore said. When the schoolhouse was built in the valley of the creek, it was named Mountain Valley School.
“When the new school was to be built in Sattler, they put (Hit inquiries as to what to name it,” she recalls. “A lot of us wrote in and said, ‘Mountain Valley’, — I think it’s a beautiful name,” she said, smiling.
What’s it like living in a quaint old schoolhouse? “I guess it’s just like living in any other house, except that I’m fascinated by its history,” Mrs. Moore sd. “I wish I could have kept it more like what it was.”
Richard Krueger (left) presents a resolution he received from the Texas State Library System to Edward Fischer, chairman of the board of directors of Tye Preston Memorial Library at Canyon Lake. Krueger was honored for serving as chairman of the Advisory Council for District 10 of the state system for two years. He was a member of the council for four years, and has served as a director at the local library.
SWH photo bv Sandra Jackson
Week of Feb. 20 to Feb. 24 Smithson Valley High School
Monday • Fried pies, juice and milk Tuesday - Biscuits and sausage, juice and milk Wednesday - Doughnuts, juice and milk Thursday - Cinnamon rolls, juice and milk Friday - French toast, juice and milk
Monday - Tacos, pinto beans, salad, cornbread, pineapples, milk Tuesday - Chicken burger, French fries, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, fruit pit, milk Wednesday - Roast beef, parsleyed potatoes, rolls, broccoli with cheese sauce, salad, milk Thursday - Finger steaks, mashed potatoes, green beans, roll, chocolate pudding, milk Friday • Spaghetti and meat, lima beans, salad, bread sticks, fruits, milk
Mountain Valley Elementary and Middle School
Breakfast Monday - Cereal, juice and milk Tuesday • Eclair, juice and milk Wednesday • Cinnamon toast, juice and milk Thursday • Biscuits and sausage, juice and milk Friday - French toast, juice and milk
Monday • Barbeque burgers, corn, cabbage slaw. Rice Knspie treats, milk Tuesday • Bean and cheese ehalupa, chili, salad, cornbread, gelatin with topping, milk Wednesday • Spaghetti and meat, green beans, sunshine salad. Washington cake, milk Thursday - Turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli and cheese sauce, hot rolls, fruit salad, milk Friday - Hamburgers, French fries, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, icecream, milk
Canyon Lake Lions to help on camps
Members of the Canyon Lake Noon Lions and Evening Lions Club will help sponsor two summer camps for children again this year.
Children who qualify may attend either the Texas Lions Camp for Diabetic Children or the Texas Lions Camp for Handicapped Children, free of charge.
Diabetic children can learn about their disease while enjoying camp this summer. Texas lions are looking for insulin-dependent children ages six to 16, with priority being given to those who have never attended diabetic camp before and who need guidance in their health control.
Two two-week sessions to be held this summer will be on June 4 through 15 for children ages six to 12, and from Aug. 6 to 17 for those ages 13 to Ii. Recreational activities make camp life fun, while a team from the University of Texas at Galveston supervise medical education.
An educational seminar will be held for the parents on the last Friday night of each camp session to update them on the information their children receive about diabetes at camp. This summer’s camp for diabetic children will be the 13th year Lions have provided the free program.
The camp for handicapped children in Kerrville holds four two-week sessions beginning June 17 for children who are blind or visually impaired, deaf or hearing impaired, have physical handicaps affecting one or more limbs, or have epilepsy.
Campers range in age from seven to 16 and must meet certain requirements. Camp
activities include swimming, horseback riding, nature studies, fishing, tennis, golf and other outdoor sports, which are carefully supervised to insure the children’s safety and protection.
Campers are recognized for their outstanding effort and performance at awards night, held at each session. The child’s
transportation to and from camp can be arranged by the local Lions clubs.
More than 20,000 handicapped children have already attended this camp during the past 30 summers.
To receive an application for either camp, contact local lions Roger Gregston at 890-2043, or O.F.Harger at 890-7676 or 964-2515.
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The old Mountain Valley School, now located at 206 Pecan St. in Sattler