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The beginnings of Comfort - Event in/near Comfort

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The beginnings of Comfort


The town was laid out by Ernst Hermann Altgelt along the banks of the Cypress Creek above its confluence with the Guadalupe River. Freemasons, freethinkers, and political activists from Bettina and Sisterdale settled the area. 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.

Hygieostatic Bat Roost
Treue Der Union (Loyalty to the Union) / Comfort Community Church
Treue der Union
1907 Comfort State Bank BuildingComfort Community Theatre / Arno Schwethelm Building
Freidenker (Nineteenth Century Freethinkers)Otto Brinkmann House / Ludwig Hein Home / Karger Building / Ingenhuett-Karger Saloon
Faltin Homestead / August Faltin BuildingThe Gass Schmiede / Paul Ingenhuett Home / Hermann and Antoine Ingenhuett HomesteadPeter Joseph Ingenhuett HomesteadIngenhuett-Faust Hotel / Comfort Post Office
Hanisch HouseMeyer Hotel Complex

75th Anniversary - Comfort - in/near Comfort

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75th Anniversary - Comfort


75th Anniversary - Comfort



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Comfort Street Scene -- - in/near Comfort

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Comfort Street Scene


7th and Main



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Windmill Inn Guesthaus 2018-04- - in/near Comfort

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Windmill Inn Guesthaus


This home was built for Carl and Louise Ingenhuett Spenrath in 1894. Among his many talents, Carl was an accomplished stone mason. Both he and his wife were descendants of pioneer families who had settled in the Comfort area. The present owners are Kurt and Shirley Pankratz Solis. The handsome original two-story limestone block structure is sturdily intact today. Modifications by previous owners enlarged the home with a complimentary stone and wooden shingle addition. The Inn consists of a foyer, living room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, a study and 2 bathrooms. The 124-year-old home was built on the southern bank of Cypress Creek. It has retained its beautiful pine flooring, high ceilings, bead board interior, as well as its original thick limestone walls. One unique feature, in the living room, is an historic painting by Selena Saur from “Joe’s Café” which Shirley’s father, Joe Pankratz, established in 1954. This painting was part of a panel which hung in the café. This beautiful home is currently used as a Guesthaus and comfortably sleeps up to five people. The Windmill Inn still exemplifies the original charm of its pioneer builders and owners.



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The Holekamp Guest Haus 2018-04- - in/near Comfort

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The Holekamp Guest Haus


This large charming residence was built in 1910 by Mrs. Emilie Hugo of San Antonio. Oral history states this was a Sears & Roebuck Company pre-fabricated home. It was delivered in pieces and assembled by their craftsmen. The stated cost was $5,000. In 1919, Otto Holekamp bought the house, and it stayed in the family until 1976, and it was sold to Roy Matter. Later in 2003, it was purchased by John & Mary Straley. They renovated the home and added 6 private bathrooms for each of the 6 bedrooms and ran a Bed and Breakfast. Current owners, Joe and Ella Gay, are revamping the 108-year-old home, and they plan to continue the guesthouse under the name “Holekamp Guest Haus”. The home, consisting of long leaf pine floors and high ceilings, was built for a large family and their guests. This Sears & Roebuck kit home, shows the original façade, consisting of hints of both Moorish and Victorian design features with bay windows on each side surmounted by gable details. It has a massive central dormer echoing similar gable details. The home consists of 2 stories, a basement, 3 fireplaces and a porte cochere attached covered drive-thru for carriages. The residence also boasts a large updated kitchen, butler’s pantry, owners’ suite and a large utility store room. Beautiful period chandeliers and lighting fixtures adorn each room. Large ornately carved armoires and unique beds enhance the grandeur and mystique in the six large bedrooms. The second floor affords an imposing view of Comfort and the surrounding hills from both the inside and the side balcony above the porte cochere.



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Comfort Storyvill 2018-03- - in/near Comfort

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Comfort Storyvill


This 118 plus year old home was built for Ludwig Hein, who was a blacksmith and had his shop next door to his home. This B & B Victorian Cottage is an historical landmark. It is in the center of Comfort and has been tastefully restored, by the Storys, to a delightful retreat. In the 1920s, Southwestern Bell moved its switchboard into the front parlor of this home. The phone system was locally known as “The Comfort Telephone Company”. It was manned 24 hours per day, 7 days a week by the switchboard operator and several young girls. There was also a small bed in the room for the night person. This was the time of “party lines” with 8-10 people on one line. You would know you had a call by how many long and short rings you heard and would only pick up with your unique combination of “longs and shorts”. For many years this house was the pulse of communication for Greater Comfort. This switchboard system closed when the dial phones came into existence, and the home reverted to a single residence. This very comfortable one-bedroom B & B is lovingly decorated using a neutral white theme of wicker, wrought iron, antiques and leather. The bead board walls, high ceilings and longleaf pine floors keep its authenticity. The antiques and collectibles in this home give you the feeling of staying in a romantic early century home. Its tiny antique baby bed, nestled next to the lovely queen bed makes you instantly feel comfortable and at home. Ed and Joey Story also have available a beautiful shaded patio and back yard for summertime fun.



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Kaffee Kreis (Coffee Circle) - Comfort - in/near Comfort

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Kaffee Kreis (Coffee Circle) - Comfort


Comfort's Kaffee Kreis (Coffee Circle), only members of first families were asked to join. Top row, left to right, Leischen Serger, Toni Flach Brinkmann, Toni Maurhoffer Kott,Toni Flach Ingenhuett. Seated, Agnes Wiedenfeld Doerffler, Anna Meyer Overmann, Ida Flach Ingenhuett, two unknowns, Emmie Kott Below.



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Perserverance Mill -- - in/near Comfort

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Perserverance Mill


First mill built in 1855 on Cypress Creek next to Ernst Altgelt home.



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Comfort's Founding - 50th Anniversary 1900 - in/near Comfort

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Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)

Comfort's Founding - 50th Anniversary


1900 - 50th Anniversary of Comfort's Founding



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Texas Historical Markers in/near Comfort

1907 Comfort State Bank Building - Marker in/near Comfort


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Arno Schwethelm Building - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Col. Bettie Edmonds



August Faltin Building - Marker in/near Comfort



Brownsboro Cemetery - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Natalie Morgan



Comfort Community Church - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Comfort Community Theatre - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Comfort Post Office - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Faltin Homestead - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Ferdinand Hohenberger Farmstead - Marker in/near Comfort



Freidenker (Nineteenth Century Freethinkers) - Marker in/near Comfort


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Hanisch House - Marker in/near Comfort



Hermann and Antoine Ingenhuett Homestead - Marker in/near Comfort


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Hygieostatic Bat Roost - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Idlewilde Lodge - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: U.S. Army



Ingenhuett-Faust Hotel - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Ingenhuett-Karger Saloon - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Karger Building - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Ludwig Hein Home - Marker in/near Comfort


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Meyer Hotel Complex - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Otto Brinkmann House - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Paul Ingenhuett Home - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Col. Bettie Edmonds



Peter Joseph Ingenhuett Homestead - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Bryden Moon



Rice Home - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Col. Bettie Edmonds



Stieler Ranch House - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



The Gass Schmiede - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Treue Der Union (Loyalty to the Union) - Marker in/near Comfort


Photo Credit: Dietert Historical Archives -
Patrick Heath Public Library (Boerne)



Tunnel of the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway - Marker in/near Comfort