Mosheim


When I first learned about the school building in Mosheim, there was speculation that it was soon to be torn down.  That resulted a hastily-planned road trip to the area and a sigh of relief that the building was still standing.  The old school building was probably not the original school in Mosheim, but was likely built in the 1910s or 1920s.  Exterior walls were constructed of structural clay tile and brick, then covered with stucco.  Floors, walls, and roofs were framed with dimensional lumber.  The building’s mission-style design is unique for a country school of that period.  It appears that each of the side wings of the building held three classrooms.  The center two-story section of the building contained classrooms on both floors.  Given the small population of Mosheim, the school undoubtedly served students from nearby farms in addition to those from the town.

Mosheim, formerly Live Oak, is at the junction of Farm roads 217 and 215, 7½ miles west of Valley Mills and twenty-three miles northwest of Waco in southwestern Bosque County. The first settler in the area was probably Jonathan Dansby, who arrived in the mid-1850s from Alabama.  Dansby was a Private in the 31st Regiment, Texas Cavalry during the Civil War.  In 1855, he married Sarah Ann Farris, who had migrated with her family from Illinois.  Jeff Howard built the first store in 1886 and established a post office in it the next year; at this time the town received the name Mosheim from the United States postal authorities.

Bosque County, located in North Central Texas, is farming and ranching country.  The county was largely settled by Norwegian immigrants during the 1850s, encouraged by the state of Texas’ offer of 320 acres to each family.  Many descendants of these Norwegian settlers still live in the county today.  By 1896 Mosheim had an estimated population of fifty, a school, a Methodist church, and several businesses.  The number of residents reached a peak of 200 until the late 1960s and then remained stable at seventy-five from the 1970s through 1990.

REFERENCES:  Karen Yancy, “MOSHEIM, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hnm64), accessed February 15, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.  Kristi Strickland, “BOSQUE COUNTY,” Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hcb10), accessed February 15, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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26 comments

  1. That is near my families lake house and had no idea it was ever there. I found some old interesting buildings between there and Austin some years back but can’t remember exactly where. Great site!

  2. I went to 1st grade in Mosheim. 1st through 3rd grades shared a classroom and 4th through 6th shared another. I love telling my grandchildren the stories of my childhood while living with my grandparents, the Warrens.

    1. Cathie, thanks for your comment. Any history on the community of Mosheim that you can share would be appreciated. I haven’t been able to find more than that which is on my blog. I’m looking for a publisher right now to convert my blog into a book.

      Regards,
      Bronson Dorsey

      1. I lived near Mosheim from 1947, left after marriage in 1959, then returned in 1969 and lived there until 1986. I completed all my years of schooling at Mosheim from 1947-till 1959. The high school closed in 1960 and then the rest closed in the late 1960’s. The school building that is left was remodeled and the two wings added, but I’m not sure just when. There is a Bosque County history book that gives a lot more information regarding the school. There are very few old timers left, even those of us who went to school there. We have a school reunion every two years on odd years, the next will be in 2017, probably in early April. There are a lot of interesting tidbits about Mosheim if you would care to research them. One of our high school teachers continued to teach from her bed (she lived close by the school) when she was no longer able to get to the school building. Can you imagine that happening today? I hope you can find all the info you want. It’s always great to have people interested in Texas history. I just wish the old building could be saved. As far as I’m concerned it should have been made into the community center. All the school trophies are now at the community center, which is overseen by the Baptist church out there.

  3. My Great Grandfather Oscar Killgore was from Bosque County and was a Blacksmith in Mosheim, Texas. My Great Grandmother was an immigrant from Norway and Oscar’s second wife. Her name is Julia Albertha Carlsn. Oscar died 28 Nov 1918, Thanksgiving Day, Spainish flu epidemic. My Grandmother was born the next March in Clifton.

    1. Thanks for the information about your family in Mosheim. I love learning details like this about the towns I visit and photographs. Do you know where your great-grandfather’s blacksmith shop was located?

      Bronson

      1. No I wish I did. I know he died at home in Mosheim and is buried at Valley Mills Cemetery next to his first wife Mollie Crump. There maybe some records but I haven’t found them, yet…

    2. I hope you don’t mind my reply. I spent some time on and off in Mosheim when my father was away in the war. I attended 1st grade at the school and very much enjoy telling my stories to my family. I am so very glad it still stands and can’t bare the thought of it not being there in the future. My mother and I stayed with my Grandparents Jess Love and Kitty Ute Warren. I am currently trying to trace there family history.

      1. Hi Cathie. I’m delighted to have your reply. Feel free to share any stories that you care to about Mosheim. I haven’t been able to find much about the town or its inhabitants.

      2. I would be equally delighted to share them with anyone who will listen. Thank you for responding so quickly. I will post what I remember and additionally any new information I may find in my search. At this point it is so exciting to communicate with someone who has relatives also from Mosheim!

      3. I would absolutely love them. I may not see it right a way but I will read it as soon as I can.

  4. The 2nd floor of the building was the auditorium, we had a spring 3 act play there every year. The library was in the large room in the west wing of the school. Just east of the school building was the lunchroom, Mrs. Davis was the one and only cook when I was in school. Next to the lunchroom was the old ag shop, by the time I started in ’66 we only had grades 1 – 6 so no Ag. East of the Ag building was the gym, in the ’60’s we used it as a skating rink on Sunday’s. Ernie Bartels used to bring his record player and rock the old place. 2 of my 3 brothers graduated from Mosheim, Charles Symank and Tommie Symank. My brother James was there till his freshman year, I think, maybe just 6th, and I was last, finished 4th grade in 1970, then the old school closed. Me and my classmates truly were the last Mohicans. Yep, that’s it Mosheim Mohawks!

  5. I currently live on the Mosheim end of CR 3155. My address is Valley Mills…. but I am much closer to Mosheim… and I think 3155 was called Old Mosheim Road. I believe my house was built around 1883. I would love to learn more about the people who built it & lived here!

    1. Thanks for your comments, Robyn. I haven’t found much about Mosheim. If you do find interesting info, please let me know.

  6. Fascinating reading! By coincidence I stumbled upon the Norwegian name “Mosheim” in the middle of Texas! I was flabbergasted when I saw this! As a matter of fact, the Mosheim name is originated only a couple og hundred meters from where I sit right now, in the city of Stavanger – Norway. Probably a group of Norwegian settlers who came up with name of the place. Perhaps a few of them from the small ship “Restauration” who was the first ship with settlers from Scandinavia, crossing the Atlantic as far back as 1825.

  7. I found this page on a search for the old building in Mosheim. We pass by there on the way from my mother-in-law’s house in China Spring to their family land near Turnersville. I’ve seen it for the past few years and always wondered what it was.

    1. Thanks Jamie. I haven’t seen any updates on its status. Hope that it’s not demolished. Better yet, hope someone will take action to halt the deterioration.

      Bronson

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