Spaß und Gemütlichkeit

Spaß und Gemütlichkeit (HM23MR)

Location: New Braunfels, TX 78130 Comal County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 42.091', W 98° 7.502'

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(Fun and Fellowship)

The traditions of spaß (fun) and gemütlichkeit (fellowship) came with the German immigrants to the Texas frontier in 1845.
From the time of their arrival, settlers had to rely on their own skills and ingenuity to provide the necessities of life.
Food, drink and entertainment were home grown, home brewed and home made.

Krause's Café, established on this site in the 1940's, served as a place of gathering around the stammtisch (table) to discuss the topics of the day from current politics to local gossip.
This tradition is still enjoyed today.

Sausage making was a means of preserving venison, pork and beef which was a vital staple to daily life.
Every family had their special recipe and generations still continue these treasured formulas.
Native mustang grapes and agarita berries were the source of wine and jelly making and home brewing beer was an important practice.

Bread making and baking sweets were daily activities. Special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas, Easter and the wonderful informal kaffeeklatch (afternoon coffee) called for kuchen, stolen, strudel and platzchen.
Weihnachten (Christmas) baking preparations began weeks ahead and included cookies such as mandel kranze, lebkuchen, zimtsterne, pfeffernusse and springerle.

These early Germans used their inventiveness in

a new land to carry on their traditions from the old country.
In New Braunfels, you will find many of these same customs still present today.

Who's Who at the stammtisch.
1. Herman Steel educator
2. Nicolaus Zink engineer for Verein
3. Carl Iwonski artist
4. Rev. L.C. Ervendberg Protestant Pastor
5. John Meusebach Verein representative
6. David Karbach Methodist Minister
7. Dr. Theodor Koester apothecary - physician
8. John Torrey trading post
9. W.H. Meriwether 1st U.S. patent for wire fencing
10. Jean Von Coll Verein bookkeeper
11. Joseph Landa industrialist
HM NumberHM23MR
Year Placed2007
Placed ByHistoric Outdoor Art Gallery
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, December 11th, 2017 at 1:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 584641 N 3286031
Decimal Degrees29.70151667, -98.12503333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 42.091', W 98° 7.502'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 42' 5.4600000000001" N, 98° 7' 30.12" W
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Area Code(s)210, 512, 830
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 186 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels TX 78130, US
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