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and cemented upright into a rectangular stone block, features a carved hand, finger pointing up. Etched in German are the words: zum Andenken an, “In Memory of.” The grave of his wife Marie (1819– 1911) is marked with a gray granite pillar monument, engraved with the well-known epitaph: R. I. P. “Rest in Peace.” Gugger’s wife and descendants donated the acreage that included Gugger’s grave to Zion Lutheran Church in 1906.
Among the early pioneers buried here are Amalie Mueller Boegel (1835-1928) and first husband, Helotes’s first postmaster, Carl Mueller (1832-1878). The couple operated the Helotes stagecoach stop and estab- lished the first post office in 1873. Carl was shot and killed over a boundary dispute, and his killer, Gabriel W. Marnoch, although charged with murder and going through several trials, was eventually acquitted. Amalie married Adolph N. Boegel (1848- 1891) a year after Carl’s death. She is bur- ied between both husbands under a large shade tree. A flat rectangular tombstone for the trio with the epitaph, “Rest in Peace,” marks their graves.
A prominent pioneer ranching family, Jacob Hoffmann (1838-1903) and Carolina Ernst Hoffmann (1842-1927) and several of their six children, are buried here. Son Frank (1870-1919), a cowboy, was accidentally shot and killed when a gun fell over and went off as he got out of his vehicle to open a gate near the entrance of their ranch. Their eldest son Jacob Jr. (1866-1941) had a mental breakdown, purportedly caused by spending weeks alone in the hills tend- ing sheep. In 1900, he was committed to the State Mental Hospital in San Antonio, where he lived until his death, forty-one years later.
Patriarch Jacob Hoffmann’s July 1903 obituary described him as “a wealthy Ger- man farmer,” who “by hard work and thrift ... accumulated considerable valuable hay land near the Helotes settlement... a stock raiser and farmer” with an “estate ... esti- mated to be worth some $80,000,” about $2.4 million in today’s currency. The Hoff- mann ranch included 12,667 acres. Today, much of the original ranch remains intact within Government Canyon State Natural Area.
City Council - continued from page 4 why should Helotes
residents vote for you?
Helotes residents
should vote for me
because I am not
a politician. I am a
mom, a wife, a teacher, a photographer, a friend and a person who loves helping the community I live in. I will make choices for our city from the lens of someone who is like-minded to the families that live here.
3. What do you think are the most important issues facing Helotes and how will you address them?
I believe that our city is growing rapidly
Grey Forest Open Studios Spotlight
    A grave at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, a Texas Historic Cemetery, encrusted with scallop shells.
Cynthia Leal Massey is the author of two books on the history of Helotes. Visit
and the current elected officials have seemed to not put a lot of thought into the direction our city should go.
We need more consideration towards and support of small businesses, we need more thoughtfulness towards what additional business come in and we need to make our city more family/kid-friendly. 4. What are the duties and responsibilities of a City Council member?
The city council member should listen to the concerns of constituents, make sound judgement calls on city matters, vote for what’s best for the whole of Helotes and act as the voting body, balancing the powers of the city.
BAy Natalie Tita Bowen
nnie McEntire was born in Orange County and grew up in Los Angeles. As a child, Annie states,
“I was surrounded by family who taught me to think outside the box and see the world differently. My grandmother was a child prodigy and pianist. My aunt is a well known artist in California and my mother is a poet/writer who taught me to see the beautiful details of life.”
The Quintenntial Artist: Annie McEntire’s recent forays into free lance photography of nature’s beauty have gone absolutely viral. Annie’s work is represented by The Helotes Gallery, located in Old Town Helotes on Bandera Rd. Her work is posted on Facebook as well.
During the 25th Anniversary of the Grey Forest Open Studios Art Show/Sale, Annie’s artwork will be on exhibit at 18419 Sherwood Trail.
Annie moved to Grey Forest 19 years ago and married into the McEntire family spanning four generations.
Education: High School enrolled in digital animation, art & photography. Northside LC, San Antonio -Photography.- Media~IOS operating systen Iphone. Process:Finding the correct lightening to capture the true essence of the subject. Technique/Focus: What captures my eye and inspires me.
McEntire is currently employed at Getty Images as a Content Provider.
The 25th Annual Grey Forest Open Studios Art Show & Sale will be held Saturday, October 10th from noon to 6 P.M. (rain or shine).
The Grey Forest Art Event is free and open to the public to view or purchase original hand-crated artwork. Patrons are able to enjoy a festive friendly atmosphere seeing where resident/visiting artist work and live amid the creeks, woods and old Sunday houses.
For more information, history and updates visit: www.greyforestopenstudios. com.
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