Old Saint Anthony's Catholic Church

Old Saint Anthony's Catholic Church (HM27OI)

Location: Robstown, TX 78380 Nueces County
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N 27° 46.959', W 97° 35.673'

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In Nov. 1909, the Rev. J. Goebels called a meeting to organize St. Anthony's parish for the recently settled German Catholic farm families in the community of Land Siding, later known as Violet. Louis Petrus donated five acres for a church site, and five additional acres were purchased. The parishioners began construction of this building in 1910, with John W. Hoelscher (1866-1941), one of the earliest settlers here, as foreman of the project. Originally measuring 26 ft. by 40 ft., the frame structure served as a schoolhouse and church.

The congregation enlarged and extensively remodeled the building in 1919. Three towers were added at that time. A bell, purchased earlier from Spohn Sanitarium in Corpus Christi, was installed in one. The rectory, which served as a schoolhouse and living quarters for visiting priests, was attached to the church building in 1920. Members then fenced and landscaped the area.

In 1952 the parish built a larger church, and this structure was moved to serve the parish mission of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in nearby Clarkwood community. In 1975, after that congregation erected a new church facility, the old St. Anthony's building was relocated 200 feet east of its original site and restored as a museum by the Violet Historical Society.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

- 1978
HM NumberHM27OI
Year Placed1978
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 638471 N 3073917
Decimal Degrees27.78265000, -97.59455000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 46.959', W 97° 35.673'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 46' 57.54" N, 97° 35' 40.38" W
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Area Code(s)361
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2832 TX-44, Robstown TX 78380, US
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