New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, September 15, 1991Herald-Z*/fung, New Braunfels, Texas
Restoring a piece of history in Anhalt
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
In an effort to preserve Anhalt Hall, a Comal County landmark since the 1880s, the Germania Farmer Verein will sponsor a fund-raising festival featuring old-time western swing by members of the original Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the hall.
Dancing and music, featuring Dana Wehrmann & the Ranger Band and Dan McCoy, begins at 3 p.m. The former Playboys’ show begins at 9 a .rn. A double elimination horseshoe pitching tournament also starts at 3 p.m.
Other events include a Jackpot Bar-' becue Cook-Off with beef and pork categories. Entries are $50 per team, with tropies and cash prizes to be awarded.
Admission to the grounds and all activities is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 6 through 12. Children under 6 enter free. Food and refreshment concessions also will be available.
Anhalt is located in southwestern Comal County, northwest of Bulverde on Anhalt Road, a little more than a mile off Texas 46 about 4V4 miles westofU.S.281.
The Germania Farmer Verein, or German Farmers Association, started in 1875 when German farmers of that pan of the county banded together against cattle rustlers, according to Henry Schmidt, a resident of the Bulverde area and longtime association member.
Eventually, the association gathered socially twice a year at Anhalt for the annual Mayfest and Oktoberfest, scheduled for the third Sunday of each month, he said. The celebrations continue to be a combination fair, dance and family picnic, as well an effon to preserve the German language and traditions of the area, he pud.
The verein made money on the festivals and, besides building and adding onto the Anhalt structure several times since the first part was built in 1887, assumed its benevolent efforts for members that continues today, Schmidt said.
Anhalt Hall has been an important
• The 18th Reunion for descendants of Julius, Wilhelm, Gotlhilf, Siegfried and Johann Friedrich Schievelbein families will be Sunday, Sept. 15 at the New Berlin Community Center in New Berlin. The center will be open by IO a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Each family should bring food for their family and guests. For more information call Charlie and Lorcnc at (512) 379-5657 or Harold and Joyce Young at (512) 333-5806.
• The 44th Annual Nowotny Family Reunion will be Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Monroe Nowotny Ranch (off Interstate IO between Boerne and Comfort). Bring a main dish and a vegetable, salad or dessert and serving utensils. Registration is set for IO a.m. The covered dish buffet will begin at 12:30 p.m. For more information call (512) 735-9513.
• Adolph Haas descendants will observe their annual family reunion Sunday, Sept. 22 in the Hermann Sons Hall at Clear Springs at 11 a.m. Each family is asked to bring a meat dish and a side dish. Eating utensils, coffee and tea will be provided.
• New Braunfels High School Class of 1951 will hold its 40-ycar reunion Sept. 28 at Eagle’s Hall, located on South Street in New Braunfels. Registration begins at 3 p.m. A dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and a dance is scheduled for 8 p.m. Reservations must be made by Sept. 15. Call Karl Zipp at 625-2270 or Gordon Zunkcr at
• New Braunfels High School Class of 1941 will hold its 50-ycar reunion Oct. 25-26. Formal festivities arc scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 ai Schwamkrug’s Garden. The class will attend the homecoming football garde Friday. An invitation is extended Jo anyone wanting to attend the dutch treat post game party at Bavarian VO Iago to visit with the Class of 1941. F6r more information call Marie Jarisch at 625-2538.
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Posinfl in the front of Anhalt Hall many years ago, front from left, Fredrich Hofheinz, Fredrich Bergman, back, John Krause, George Krause and Werner Krause, officers of the Germania Farmer Verein.
gathering place for Schmidt’s family and all members of the Verein for decades. His father and grandfather were both members, and Schmidt, 70, has been going to Mayfests and Oktoberfests ever since he can remember.
“We’d like to replace that roof because it has been patched and repatched. One time the wind blew pan of it off, and it was patched again and painted over,’’ Schmidt said. “It’s only going to get worse, it’s not going to get any better.”
Today, the one-of-a-kind association has about 600 members, mostly
from Comal and Kendall counties but also from Blanco County and northern Bexar County, said Festival Committee Chairman Darrell Moeller.
The roof of the building sections built in 1908 and earlier is the part most urgently in need of repair. Rerooftng the worst pan is expected to cost at least 530,000, Moeller said.
“We need to repair the roof real badly on this building. It should have been done 30 years ago,’’ Moeller said. “It has gone beyond repairing — it needs to be rebuilt completely with a brand new roof. It’s a tin roof like they all were back then.
“To preserve the old carpentry underneath the roof, especially the wooden dance floor, it just has to be done,” Moeller said. Overall, the building is in good shape. But continued leaks could weaken the foundation and cause other problems, he said.
The Verein has several thousand dollars invested in the event for advertising and big-name entertainment, so they’ll need a good turnout to make money, Moeller said.
For more information, call Alfred “Sonny" Smayken Jr. at 625-1753, Darrell Moeller at 885-7618 or Bill Wet/at 629-6246.
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