The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 82
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
George Kirchner was elected as a county commissioner of Bexar
County in this election. The great voting strength of the eighth
precinct (New Braunfels) is evident from the fact that one of
its residents was elected as a county commissioner. Since no
other election could have been held for another year, George
Kirchner served as commissioner in the county court of Bexar
County until the eighth precinct was organized as Comal
While Kirchner was still holding the office of commissioner
in the county court of Bexar County, that court performed a
function which was imposed on it by the legislature of Texas
in passing an act on March 24, 1846, to create Comal County.20
In pursuance of this act the court provided for the creation of
two election precincts for Comal County. Precinct No. 1 com-
prisedyll of the western part and Precinct No. 2 comprised the
easterh part of the county. Seguin Street, for which a blank
was left in the minutes, was the dividing line between the two
precincts in New Braunfels, and extensions of this street north
and south to the county's limits, by implication, formed the
remainder of the dividing line.31
On July 13, 1846, the election for county officers was held in
Comal County with the following results: M. A. Dooley became
chief justice; Henry Bevenroth, Stephan Klein, John W. Kreitz,
anl*Gabriel Sacherer, county commissioners; Hermann F. Seele,
'district clerk; Conrad Seabaugh, county clerk; Henry Gervin,
sheriff; Julius Rennert, justice of the peace; and Carl Bellmer,
constable.2" At a special session of the court on September 18
Julius Voelker declined the appointment as county treasurer,
whereupon the court chose Charles Wiedenfeld for the position.
The election created quite an excitement among the people,
as Dr. Ferdinand Roemer, who was in New Braunfels at the
time, wrote. He also pointed out that the chief justice and the
county clerk were both Americans, "or more correctly stated,
29Kirchner's associates on the court as commissioners were Louis Huth
of Castroville, which was later made the county seat of Medina County,
Thomas Whitehead, and J. B. Lee. David Morgan was chief justice
and Thomas H. O'S. Addicks was the clerk.
30H. P. N. Gammel, Laws of Texas, II, 1319.
31Bexar County Minutes County Court, 1-A, 72.
32Comal County Minutes County Court, A, 1-4, for the sessions of August
7 and 12, September 18, and October 12, 1846. See also Hermann Seele,
A. Short Sketch of Comal County, 5; Seele, "Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte
von Neu Braunfels," in Schuetze, Jahrbuch fuer Texas (1882), 41-42.
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