Oral Histories – Interviews
Use your cell phone or another recording device to ask a senior citizen who remembers La Vernia one or more of these interview questions. Send us your video for our permanent archives and possible use in future publications. We suggest all interviews be 30 minutes or less so the interviewee doesn’t get tired.
You may also download the interview form here: Oral Interview form.
Send to email@example.com or via a Facebook message on our page, www.Facebook.com/LaVerniaHistoricalAssociation.
- Why did you or your ancestors settle in La Vernia?
- How did you or your family make a living in La Vernia?
- What is the earliest memory you have of La Vernia?
- What did you enjoy doing around La Vernia?
- If you worked in La Vernia, describe your workday.
5a. Name your co-workers and where you worked.
6. Describe an interesting person who lived in La Vernia.
7. If you attended school in La Vernia, describe a special day or teacher.
8. How did war or national events affect your family in La Vernia?
9. How did your family celebrate holidays?
10. Describe a La Vernia community event you enjoyed in earlier days.
11. Describe your happiest day in La Vernia.
12. What other memory of La Vernia really sticks out in your mind?
Early settlers from Spain and Mexico were the first to claim the tribal lands of Native Americans along the Cibolo. The Republic days of Texas in the 1840s witnessed the creation of settlements in the area when the first wave of settlers came from the Old South in hopes of establishing cotton plantations, followed closely by immigrants from the Prussian Empire, including Germans and Polish.
The settlement was initially given the name, “Post Oak” but in 1859, it was discovered another town already had the name, so it was officially changed to “Lavernia.” The unusual history of the beautiful Italian name can be found in issue #1 of Lavernia Legacies.
Download a pdf brochure map of local historical markers here.
Lavernia Legacies – $8 each or $30 for all five issues.
These 8.5 x11″ fully indexed, softbound issues contain stories, photos, lists, facts and maps about historic La Vernia. Written by local historians, our members, local families and volunteers.
La Vernia – Where the Old South Met the Wild West, by Allen and Regina Kosub
The La Vernia Depot, shared by Helen Freeman
La Vernia as Featured in 19th Century Newspapers, by Allen and Regina Kosub
La Vernia’s Chihuahua Trail, by Regina and Allen Kosub
The Western Chronicle, collected by Allen and Regina Kosub
Deaf Smith Oak Tree, by Shirley Grammer
Thomas Applewhite Homestead, by Shirley Grammer
Samuel Pressley Wiseman Racket Store, by Shirley Grammer
The Lay Hotel, by Shirley Grammer
In Memoriam, and more.
The Homemade Soap Legacy, by Susan Richter
Excerpts from ‘La Vernia Memories, the 1930s’, by Ewald Koepp, Jr.
Excerpts from ‘World War II in La Vernia’, by Ewald Koepp, Jr.
The Way Things Were, by Bill Wiseman
The Lay Hotel Update, by Shirley Grammer
The McAlister Family of Wilson County, by Shirley Grammer
A La Vernia Legacy at the Corner of Hackberry and Seguin, by Susan Richter
Memories of La Vernia, a letter from Ruby Rodewald
The Suttles Pottery, by Elaine Mazurek Stephens
In Memoriam, and more.
Early Schools in the La Vernia Area, by Allen and Regina Kosub
Murder of the La Vernia Postmaster, by Allen and Regina Kosub
Postmasters in La Vernia, provided by Allen and Regina Kosub
Old Timers on the Cibolo, by J. B. Polley
Emma Anna Mattke Schievelbein, by Susan Richter and Elaine Stephens
In Memoriam and more.
Train Track Tales-The Exhibit
Map of Train Tracks Through La Vernia
Photos of the La Vernia Depot
History of the Railroad Through La Vernia
Living In A Train Car
Train Track Tales – Their Stories, by local legends:
Bennie Brooks, Irene Brooks, Eugene C. Duelm, Sr., Frank L. Fischer, Helen Engelhardt Freeman, Juanita Wiseman Grubbs, Gerald Hartmann, Ewald “Junior” Koepp, Tommy Kravitz, Gene “Juney” Lenz, Lewanna Lenz, Vernelle Jane Schraub Richter, Danny Santos, Juanita Vega Santos, Larry Schievelbein, Donald Schroeder, Bill Wiseman, Clydell Witte, Evelyn Koepp Wosnig, Dora Witte Wyatt, Carl Zenner, Robert Zuehl.
Churches in the La Vernia Area
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek
First Baptist Church of La Vernia
Immanuel Lutheran Church
La Vernia United Methodist Church
La Vernia Primitive Baptist Church
St. Ann Catholic Church
Zion Fair Baptist Church
Other Churches in the La Vernia Area
Photos from our Tour of Churches
In Memoriam and more.
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