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.

10 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

  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.

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