Saturday, January 14, 2012

Saturday Mystery: what do these clues point to?

I need help with this mystery.  I have a series of three images in my collection, scanned from originals owned by a long-time friend.  They're of a parade and a celebration.  I still don't know when they were taken or why.  I thought if I posted them here, along with some of the details enlarged, someone might be able to put the pieces of the puzzle together.  If you've got an idea when and why this photo was taken, please let me know in the comments below.  This image was published in my book.  (Click here for more information about the book.)

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Parade, Kerrville, 800 block of Water Street (where One Schreiner Center is today), 
pre-1908, most likely.

Here are some of the details taken from the above photograph:

Detail, star in archway.  My friend John MacCrossan noticed what appear to be
faces in the center of the star.
Stars, again, from the front.  They do appear
to have portraits in them.
The name H. H. Marshall shows up in a search of old Kerrville newspapers:
he was an early member of Kerrville's Baptist church, and
he was a Civil War veteran.
There are three flags flying here.  I recognize the U.S. and Texas flags, of course.
But the tricolor flag?  I wonder.
A Schellenbaum, a marching chime, or bell tree.
If you have any ideas where these clues lead, please let me know in the comments below.   This image is still a big mystery to me.


  1. Not knowing the exact timeframe, I'm taking a guess, but it may be a good starting point for research.

    In the late 1800's, as now, there were many people living in Kerr County who were of German origin.

    On 18 January 1871, Germany was officially reunited.

    The star, showing two females, may be a mother and daughter, representing a rejoining of the two who were once separated.

    The photos may depict a parade, sponsored by Kerr County citizens of German descent, to celebrate the unification.

    For more information, Google, "unification of Germany 1871."

  2. The tricolor flag could be: black, white and red.

    Those were the flag's colors of the German Empire, 1871 - 1918.

    For more information, Google,


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