We hope you enjoy this glimpse into yesteryear. This originally appeared in the May 28, 1915, Floresville Chronicle-Journal, by S.P. Wiseman, correspondent.
La Vernia Letter
La Vernia, May 25, 1915 --
Mrs. T.A. Bowden and adopted son of Palestine is visiting her father, G.W. Suttles, and family this week.
Mrs. W.R. Currie and two daughters, Miss Inez and Edna Mae, are visiting her daughter, Mrs. Nonie Garcia, in Victoria.
T.H. Abbott went to San Antonio Saturday to spend Sunday with his wife and baby who have been with relatives there for some time.
Charlie Lenz of New Braunfels spent Sunday here with his mother, Mrs. J.F. Lenz. Mrs. Lenz went home with him and will spend several days with relatives there.
Mrs. John Richardson of San Antonio is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.K. New. Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Peck spent Sunday at Sutherland Springs. J.W. Beard visited relatives in Nixon Saturday and Sunday.
C.E. Wright and family, accompanied by Miss Cunningham, drove over from San Antonio in their car Sunday and spent the day with relatives.
Jim Irvin, Joe Beck and Roy Barneburg of San Antonio, J.C. Peek of Devine, Ozias Anderson and Jessie Beck of Adkins, and T.O. Calloway of Parita, attended the Masonic Lodge here Saturday night. This was the time for the election of officers and the following are elected for the ensuing year: T.H. Abbott, Worshipful Master; Tillman T. New, Senior Warden; W.R. Calloway, Junior Warden; William. M. Wiseman, Treasurer; Dr. David H. Houston, Secretary, and J.K. New, Tiler.
Mrs. Gus Vorpahl, accompanied by her two daughters, Misses Lena and Elsie, went to San Antonio Monday.
Dr. T.N. Garrison and son, and Charlie Tiner, went to San Antonio and back Monday in the doctor’s car.
The La Vernia Public School closed Friday with a very interesting program by the pupils. There were six graduates, Misses Inez Currie, Libbie Lay, Brent Stuart, Mary Warren, Willie Tampke, and Willie Floyd Warren. The diplomas were delivered by Samuel Presley Wiseman with an appropriate talk, and after singing a farewell song, the young ladies were the recipients of many beautiful bouquets. An exhibition dance by four girls under the auspices of the Mother’s Club, for which a fee of 10 cents was collected, concluded the exercises.
The warning sent out by the Grand Jury last week had a very noticeable effect in our town last Sunday. We trust this is not an idle warning and the Sunday law will be enforced.
This news item was submitted by Wilson County Historian, Shirley Grammer, for Historic Moments in Wilson County, Texas. Wilson County Historical Society, Floresville, Texas 78114; www.wilsoncountyhistory.org.
Historic home tours this Saturday!
On another historical note, plan now to attend the award ceremony this Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Polley Mansion on F.M. 539 near La Vernia. Tours of this historic property, built in the mid-1800s, will be available during the event, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Wilson County Beautification Association will present its first quarter 2017 award to the Polley Mansion. The new owners are working to restore and preserve this grand piece of Wilson County history.
Also known as Whitehall, the property is located at 11432 F.M. 539, 2 miles north of Sutherland Springs.
For information, contact Keith Muschalek, 571-606-3385 or firstname.lastname@example.org.