Doss, Texas

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Doss, Texas
unincorporated community
Doss, Texas is located in Texas
Doss, Texas
Doss, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°26′41″N 99°07′50″W / 30.44472°N 99.13056°W / 30.44472; -99.13056Coordinates: 30°26′41″N 99°07′50″W / 30.44472°N 99.13056°W / 30.44472; -99.13056
Country United States
State Texas
County Gillespie
Elevation 1,729 ft (527 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 225
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78618
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-20968[1]
GNIS feature ID 1379674[2]

Doss is an unincorporated farming and ranching community at the crossroads juncture of FM 783 and FM 648 in northwestern Gillespie County, Texas, United States. It is 19 miles NW of Fredericksburg and 14 miles NW of Harper. Postal zip code is 78618. Elevation is 1729 feet.

  • The U.S. Census for year 2000 shows a total population of 225 [3]
  • 1914 Lange's Mill community population was 150[4]

History[edit]

In 1849,.Doss brothers began operating a mill on Threadgill Creek, north of the current site of Doss.[5][6] The mill was acquired by Walter F. Lange in 1859, and was operated by him until 1878 when Julius Lange took over the business.. The Doss community originated at the mill. The first post office was at Lange's Mill in 1898, but by 1907 the community was renamed Doss and received its own post office.[7][8]

Lange's Mill Cemetery[edit]

  • F.W. Lange (b 1817 d 1877) is most likely William F. Lange and has two tombstones – an older one in German, and a more modern one that is a joint grave with his wife. There is no William F. Lange in the cemetery
  • J. F. Lange (b. 1818 d 1910), née Johanna Freidericke Steines, wife of F.W. She is possibly related to, August Steinesz
  • Julius F. Lange (b 1850 d 1926), possibly F.W. Lange's son
  • Lena née-Kensing Lange (b 1859 b 1947) wife of Julius
  • Adolph Lange (b 1884 d 1884)
  • August Steinesz (b 1815 d 1865), also listed as Steiness and Steiner, died only two months after he wed Mary Jackson. No one named Mary is buried in this cemetery
  • August Lange (b 1849 d 1921) buried next to wife
  • Lina née-Menges Lange (b 1853 d 1928) wife of August Lange
  • Balentin Lange (b 1853 d?) no other info – tombstone is in German and badly eroded

Founding families of Doss, Texas[edit]

Thomas C Doss[edit]

Sept 8, 1852 Thomas C. Doss was Postmaster of "Fredericksburgh"[7]

The 1860 Gillespie Co Census-Cherry Spring

[9]
  • 38-year-old Thomas Doss born in Virginia, occupation miller
  • 28 year-old Mary born in Arkansas
  • 60 year-old William born in Virginia, occupation millwright
  • 22 year-old Eckel born in Illinois, occupation miller

LDS Family Research database:[10]

  • Thomas C. Doss born 26 March 1822, Fluvanna, Virginia, died 8 June 1873
  • Parker S. Doss, father of Thomas C. Doss
  • Angelica Epps Cheatham, mother of Thomas C. Doss

Thomas C. Doss final resting place: Der Stadt Friedhof[11] (English translation: The City Cemetery) in Fredericksburg.

John E Doss[edit]

The 1860 Gillespie Co Census-South Grape Creek (Luckenbach):[12]

  • 46-year-old John Doss born in Virginia, occupation farmer
  • 17-year-old William born in Texas
  • 12 year-old Sam born in Texas
  • 11 year-old Nanny born in Texas
  • 8-year-old Richard born in Texas

LDS Family Research database:[13]

  • John E. Doss born 16 February 1812, Fluvanna, Virginia, died "about 1863"
  • Parker S. Doss, father of Thomas C. Doss
  • Angelica Epps Cheatham, mother of Thomas C. Doss

Stonemason Philip Buchmeyer[edit]

Buchmeyer [14] was the second husband of the widowed Auguste Lehmann and stepfather to her sons Herman and Willie. Both children were kidnapped by Apaches. Willie was released after days, but Herman Lehmann didn't return for 9 years and became the area's most famous Apache captive and later adopted son of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker

Climate[edit]

Doss experiences a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and a generally mild winter. Temperatures range from 81 °F (27.2 C) in the summer to 45 °F (7.2 C) during winter.

Climate data for Doss, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 88
(31)
100
(38)
98
(37)
100
(38)
105
(41)
108
(42)
107
(42)
109
(43)
108
(42)
100
(38)
92
(33)
98
(37)
109
(43)
Average high °F (°C) 60
(16)
65
(18)
73
(23)
80
(27)
85
(29)
91
(33)
95
(35)
94
(34)
89
(32)
80
(27)
70
(21)
61
(16)
78.6
(25.9)
Daily mean °F (°C) 45
(7)
50
(10)
57
(14)
65
(18)
72
(22)
79
(26)
82
(28)
81
(27)
76
(24)
66
(19)
56
(13)
47
(8)
64.7
(18)
Average low °F (°C) 31
(−1)
35
(2)
42
(6)
50
(10)
59
(15)
67
(19)
69
(21)
68
(20)
63
(17)
52
(11)
42
(6)
33
(1)
50.9
(10.6)
Record low °F (°C) 6
(−14)
3
(−16)
11
(−12)
25
(−4)
36
(2)
46
(8)
54
(12)
51
(11)
36
(2)
26
(−3)
14
(−10)
3
(−16)
3
(−16)
Precipitation inches (mm) .91
(23.1)
1.97
(50)
1.74
(44.2)
2.05
(52.1)
3.31
(84.1)
4
(100)
2
(50)
2.52
(64)
3
(80)
3.01
(76.5)
2.07
(52.6)
1.37
(34.8)
27.95
(711.4)
Source: The Weather Channel [15]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2000[3] of 2000, there were 225 people

  • 98.7% White
  • 0.9% Asian
  • 0.4% from two or more races
  • 46.7% male
  • 53.3% female
  • 83.1% 18 years or older
  • 27.6% 65 years or older
  • 62.3% in the labor force
  • $35,625 median household income
  • $42,917 median family income
  • $17,078 per capita income
  • 87.2% high school graduate
  • 27.8% bachelor's degree or higher
  • 13% inactive military veterans
  • 17% disabled
  • 27.2% language other than English at home
  • 3.7% families below poverty level
  • 4.7% individuals below poverty level

Flora and fauna[edit]

Prickly pear cactus, pecan trees, a variety of oak and mesquite trees, and abundant wildflower varieties blanket the Doss area of Gillespie County.

Doss has farm livestock and the armadillo and Texas horned lizard. The nature lover will also find [16] whitetail deer and birds including spotted towhee, painted bunting, white-crowned sparrow, summer tanager, hummingbird, chickadee, kinglet, goldfinch, warbler, finch and lark sparrow.

Churches[edit]

  • St. Peter Lutheran Church[17] founded 1896 under leadership of Rev. Hugo G.A. Krienke. 1989 dedicated historical marker by Texas Historical Commission.
  • Squaw Creek Primitive Baptist Church[18] constituted 1901 in the Squaw Creek School and Community Building, Elder S. N. Redford, first pastor. 2002 dedicated historical marker by Texas Historical Commission.

Doss Consolidated Common School District[edit]

Designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1985.[19] from State of Texas states the school was begun in 1884 on Doss-Spring Creek Road. 1894 land for current site was donated by Tom Nixon, and a small frame structure was built. In 1905, a limestone schoolhouse was built, and in 1927 the present building was added.

Doss Elementary School[20] is across the street from St. Peter Lutheran Church. The K-8 grades have 18 students, 48% male and 52% female, and two teachers.

  • District total revenue is $297,000
  • District expenditure $293,000
  • Doss Public School annual play:

[21]

Every year the Doss Public school holds a play performed by the school children. The little room, grades Kindergarten through 4th grade, and the big room, 5th grade through 8th grade, hold plays. The presentation is accompanied by a bake sale and raffle held by the local residents and by the Doss 4H members.

Doss Volunteer Fire Department[edit]

Doss VFD Fish Fry annual fundraiser is held Labor Day Weekend.[22]

Almost 3,000 pounds[23] of catfish are fried and served up with homemade potato salad and coleslaw, plus all the trimmings. This benefits the Doss VFD. Entertainment is provided.

Dining, entertainment, accommodations[edit]

  • Doss General Store and Post Office were formerly run under one roof by Fred Itz (1914–2003) and Ruby Oehler Itz (1917–1990).
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine

[24] has this to say:

Sadly, the Doss store has closed, but the new Doss Country Store, opened in 2001, has become a gathering place for hunters in the area. It has a rock front, and there is a metal roof over the wide, spacious front porch, which is populated with dogs as often as people. Patrons sit on split cedar benches on the porch and watch cattle graze in a field across the town’s main street. Inside, the counter and tables are covered with glass plate, under which old newspaper clippings chronicle local events spanning almost a hundred years.

In 2011 the Doss Country Store was purchased and expanded to include a new feed and hardware store. The new Store and Restaurant have been featured in Texas Monthly for its good food.

  • Hill Top Cafe[25] fashioned out of an old gas station, and boasting of Texas comfort foods, as well as Cajun and Greek cuisine, this little spot on Highway 87 between Fredericksburg and Doss also offers bed and breakfast accommodations and the "Old Garage" meeting room. Proprietor Johnny Nicholas is a blues musician who opened the establishment shortly after marrying Brenda. Live music features "Songwriters in the Round".
  • Quiet Hill Ranch[26] bed and breakfast is a combination spa and dude ranch, with a bird watching observatory catering to wildlife enthusiasts.

Battle of Iwo Jima re-enactment[edit]

Welge Ranch in Doss was the site of a re-enactment of Battle of Iwo Jima, sponsored by the National Museum of the Pacific War for the 60th anniversary of the iconic battle. The event was held on February 19, 2005, ending with a the famous raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi — which was re-enacted on top of Welge Point in Doss.[27]

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ a b "Zip Code 78618 Tabulation". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "Lange's Mill". Qualls, Wanda, Gillespie Co TxGenWeb. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Smyrl, Vivian Elizabeth. "Lange's Mill, Tx". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Threadgill Creek". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Doss Postmasters". Jim Wheat. Retrieved 30 April 2010. Jim Wheat
  8. ^ Kohout, Martin Donell. "Doss, Tx". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved August 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Gillespie County Census-Cherry Springs 1860". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "Doss, Thomas C". LDS Family Research. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Doss, Thomas C, Gravestone". Fredericksburg Geneaological Society. Retrieved 30 April 2010.  Fredericksburg Geneaological Society
  12. ^ "Gillespie County Census-South Grape Creek 1860". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Doss, John E". LDS Family Research. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  14. ^ "Philip Buchmeyer". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  15. ^ "Monthly Averages for Doss, Texas". The Weather Channel. 
  16. ^ "Flora and Fauna". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  17. ^ "St. Peter Luthern Church". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  18. ^ "Squaw Creek Baptist Church". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  19. ^ "Doss School". Texas Historical Markers. William Nienke, Sam Morrow. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  20. ^ "Doss Elementary School". Public School Review. Retrieved 30 April 2010.  Public School Review LLC
  21. ^ "Doss, Texas". Century 21 Realtors. Retrieved 30 April 2010.  Century 21 Real Estate LLC
  22. ^ "Doss VFD". Retrieved 30 April 2010. State of Texas
  23. ^ "Doss Fish Fry". EventLister. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  24. ^ "Doss Store". Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Retrieved 30 April 2010.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  25. ^ "Hill Top Cafe". Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 30 April 2010.  Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce
  26. ^ "Quiet Hill Ranch". Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  27. ^ Mason, H.M., Jr. (February 21, 2006). "Museum Of The Pacific War ("Iwo: D+60")". Leatherneck. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 

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