Welfare, Texas Timeline

The Early Days

1840 – Carl Phillip Beseler born in 9/3/1840 (September 3) in Wesel, Germany.

1848 – His family, which included his father, Carl Joseph, his mother, Joanna Augusta (Strube), and his brother, Ernst, immigrated to Texas, arriving in Galveston after sailing on the Franziska in 1848.

1849 – 1854 – The family lived in the Sisterdale area as Carl Phillip later details his youth in Sisterdale (1849 to 1854) in a series of articles (eight parts) titled Indian Times (in Kendall County).

Move to Pre-Welfare Land

1854 – Carl Phillip’s father had 160 acres of land surveyed on the September 1854, Survey # 451, Abstract 39, drawn by William Friedrich

1855 – Carl Phillip’s father signed the November 1855 petition asking for the creation of a new county, with the county seat in Boerne.

Kendall County is established in 1862

1862 – The year of Kendall County’s creation, was a significant year for Carl Phillip Beseler:

1/22 – His father, Carl, dies.

4/28 – In the 3rd Kendall County Commissioners Court meeting ever held, Carl Phillip is appointed administrator of Carl’s estate.

6/22 – In one of the earliest recorded land transactions in the newly-created Kendall County, he and his brother Ernst convey a deed.

8/10 – Being a Union loyalist, his brother, Ernst, would die at the Battle of the Nueces.

12/25 (or 26) – Carl Phillip marries Minna Maertz.

Civil War Years of 1863 to 1865

1863 – Carl Phillip’s initial enlistment into the CSA in 1863

1864 – His desertion, reappearing with the Union’s First Regiment Texas Cavalry

1865 – End of Civil War, returns home (all Civil War records need to be correlated by further research).

Community Leader

1870 – Carl Phillip served as an early Kendall County Commissioner for almost six years. His first session was only the 3rd KCCC meeting held in Kendall County’s first courthouse, as its construction took place in 1869/1870.

1876 – The last meeting he attended as a County Commissioner was held on March 28.

Land Acquisitions

1875 – Carl Phillip adds 160 acres to his late father’s and brother’s 160 acre-parcels

1878 – His wife, Minna, patents two separate 320 acres abstracts, bringing their total Welfare land holdings to over 1000 acres. Postmaster of Bonton, Joseway and Welfare

1875 – Carl Phillip served as its first Welfare-area postmaster in 1875 when he submitted paperwork that was approved. The Post Office was called Bonton.

1880 – He continued in the role of Bonton Postmaster until it appears that the Post Office Department changed it to Joseway on 2/3/80, thus becoming the Joseway Postmaster. Carl Phillip fired off a postal document signed on March 11, 1880, stating: “Joseway” is the new name proposed by the Post Office Dept. for “Bonton” in case of a change, but the name was objected to by the people. The future name for Bonton will be “Welfare.” Records show that he was then officially the Welfare Postmaster on March 25, 1880, serving till the post office closed on 6/29/81. So, Carl Phillip Beseler created the name of Welfare and served as its first postmaster.

1887 – Carl Philipp Beseler assisted with Welfare being a railroad shipping point with the    building of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway track section between San Antonio and Kerrville through Welfare on Beseler family land. After the railroad came through, the Welfare P. O. started back up again on November 1, 1887, with Gottfried Knoepfli as postmaster… and then from 8/20/89 till 12/11/97 Beseler again served as postmaster.

Indian Times in the Boerne Post

1890 – Carl Phillip displayed his writing skills when he published Indian Times (in Kendall County); detailing his youth in Sisterdale (1849 to 1854). It was an eight-part series published in The Boerne Post starting in December 11, 1890, and concluding in  the February 5, 1891 edition.

His Poetry in Boerne

1900s – In his final years Carl Phillip is now showcasing poetic talents. Boerne, his newly-adopted town, was the beneficiary of many of his accolades: One Night in Boerne, The Power of Song (Salutation of the Sangerfest at Boerne) (1902), Adieu Boerne and 1906 prose, Our Greeting to the Singers which was written just two years before his passing.

Boerne Residence

1903 – Like many Kendall County stalwarts, Carl Phillip Beseler came to the larger community of Boerne to live out his last years. His son, Max, had a house built for him at 518 North Main Street in Boerne by E. H. Clements (Mr. Clements did the 1909 construction work on the Giles-designed expansion of the old County Courthouse). He lived in Boerne up until his death on April 10th of 1908. His funeral services were conducted at his Main Street home on the following day.

Compiled by Bryden E. Moon Jr.
Kendall County Historical Commission
From Patrick Heath Public Library – Local and Family History Archives (LAFHA) July 13, 2012

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