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SCHROEDER, TEXAS

Goliad County, South Texas
FM 622 where it intersects with FM 2987
About 16 Miles NE of Goliad
East of Victoria
2.5 Miles W of the Victoria County Line
Population: 347 (2000)

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Schroeder TX Schroeder Hall
Schroeder Hall
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, May 2009
History in a Pecan Shell

Schroeder was settled by some of the first German immigrants who came ashore at Indianola. The community grew around the local Germantown School. As the town grew, it adopted the name and when a post office was applied for in 1890, the town’s official name became Germantown.

By the 1890s, Germantown had a gin, a blacksmith and a dance hall. The school was used for church services by visiting clergy until 1893 when St. Luke’s Lutheran church was organized. The church built a temporary structure, replacing it in 1905 with a brick building.

The town remained small, with a population under 100. After WWI and a national resentment toward German names and the teaching of German, the residents decided to rename their village. The name of Schroeder was used to honor a soldier killed in “The War to End All Wars.” The town suffered a fire in the mid 1920s that took out most of the businesses, but spared the dance hall. The population increased as the town rebuilt but the post office closed its doors in 1944. The population in the late 1960s had increased to just over 200 residents which grew to 350 over the next 20 years.

The dance hall, which is still in business after 118 years has reached legendary status – being a venue where some of the biggest names in country music have performed.

Schroeder appears on the TxDoT Goliad County map where three cemeteries are shown within a mile of town. The oldest is the Mistletoe Cemetery – due north of Shroeder’s intersection.

A Visit to Schroeder, Texas
Germantown Mistletoe Cemetery

Schroeder TX Town Scene
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, May 2009

A Visit to Schroeder, Texas

Photographer's Note:
Schroeder Texas is located in NE Goliad County on FM-622. About 16 miles NE of Goliad.

Schroeder Hall
Famous for Schroeder Hall supposedly the second oldest Dance Hall in Texas. Many famous Country-Western singers passed through here on there way to stardome.

Picture of the hall shows a bands bus and cargo trailer getting ready for a Saturday Night gig.

I had the experience of being at a dance here in the early 1980's when a hail storm came through. The band had to take an early break as music was drowned out from the roar of the hail on the old metal roof. Worth a trip on a Saturday night if you ever get a chance! - Will Beauchamp, May 2009
Schroeder TX School
The old school has a sign out front showing it can be rented for parties.
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, May 2009
Schroeder TX School 1931
Schroeder School 1931
Old photo courtesy of the Market House Museum in Goliad
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Schroeder TX Schroeder Marcantile
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, May 2009
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Schroeder TX Old Store Gas Station
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, May 2009
Germantown Mistletoe Cemetery
Photographer's Note:
Photos from the Mistletoe Cemetery used before Germantown changed it's name to Shroeder. I believe there are probably quite a few unmarked graves in this place but only a few remain. - Will Beauchamp, May 2009
Shroeder TX Mistletoe Cemetery Marker
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, May 2009
Shroeder TX Mistletoe Cemetery  graves
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, May 2009
Shroeder TX Mistletoe Cemetery  scene
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, May 2009
Shroeder TX Mistletoe Cemetery  tombstone
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, May 2009
Shroeder TX Germantown 1870Mistletoe Cemetery Marker
Germantown 1870 Mistletoe Cemetery Marker
Photo courtesy Will Beauchamp, May 2009
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