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Today's Five !!!

Charles Schilling Threshing Crew 1918---- - in/near Holiday Road

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Charles Schilling Threshing Crew


Charles Schilling farm on Holiday road. He is sitting on a Ferguson tractor and George his father is standing next to the tractor. By the size of the haystack it must have been a good year.





Kott Hotel 1890--- - in/near Comfort

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Kott Hotel


424 Main Street, Two story hotel, built by Richard Kott in 1890, originally had eight units and was known as the `Kott Hotel`. Around 1900, Mary Crenwelge of Fredericksburg purchased the hotel. She and new husband, W.L. Surber, ran the hotel under the name `Comfort Hotel`. The Surbers would transport hotel guests to and from the train depot with their horse drawn surrey.Mr. J. Wray purchased the hotel and the entire block in 1945. He converted the hotel rooms and enclosed the porches to become six apartments and rented them until 1978. The 1978 flood caused great damage, and the hotel deteriorated and remained empty for a time. In 2003, Suzanne Wray Smith and brother Steven Wray repaired the hotel and rented the downstairs apartment. The present owners, the Wilkes, have done extensive renovation and created two charming daily guest rentals upstairs, while keeping a long-term rental apartment downstairs. The two upstairs units feature architectural antiques for walls and shelving. Newly added antique metal ceiling tiles adorn a bathroom, and the bead board walls and clawfoot bathtubs keep the early 1900sí look. Another bathroom has a modern touch with a beautiful glass enclosed shower. Furniture pieces are built into the kitchen counters for added period authenticity and are topped with granite.




S.A. & A.P Railroad Bridge across Guadalupe River ------ - in/near Comfort

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S.A. & A.P Railroad Bridge across Guadalupe River


Railroad bridge across the Guadalupe River at Seidensticker Crossing 3 miles east of Comfort. Photo taken before 1930s when side wooden spans were replaced by metal ones.

Brenda Seidensticker



High Street Guesthouse -04- - in/near Comfort

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High Street Guesthouse


This home was built in 1906 for William and Henrietta Bianchi Felbaum. William was the Postmaster for Comfort. He was the son of G. Felbaum who owned the circa 1866 house next door. Both houses remain in the family. The six owners are the children of Paul & Florence Felbaum Dreiss. They are Tina Dreiss Bohnert, Debbie Dreiss Wilke, Carol Dreiss Thomas, Kane Morgan, Ron Morgan and Paul Dreiss, III. They have kept the original charm and workmanship of longleaf pine floors, high ceilings, clawfoot bathtubs and sturdy wooden walls. They have converted this 112-year-old home to a very charming guesthouse, which sleeps up to 8 people. It consists of a front porch, living room, dining room, beautiful updated island kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Collectibles and antiques fill the guesthouse, along with numerous games and TVs that are available for guests. This early 1900s home is located on High Street in the center of Comfort and is close to shops, restaurants, event centers and local wine bars. A walking tour of downtown will delight the guests and allow them to visit many buildings with historical markers.




Camp Capers Bell Tower 1951---- - in/near Waring

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Camp Capers Bell Tower


Steves Hall with Bell Tower 1951, Camp was 93 acre Negley Farm purchased in 1945 and opened in 1947