Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Cone Car Company/ Voelkel Building

Recently I gave a presentation at the Schreiner Mansion, where I paired historic photographs with snaps I'd taken that day with my phone.  I did this because I realized most people haven't studied area photographs as I have, and so it's sometimes confusing to know where an historic photo was taken.  So I took a copy of each historic photograph with me, and tried to find the exact spot where the old photograph was taken -- and then I took a photo with my cellphone.   Over the next few Wednesdays, I'll publish the results here.  Please feel free to share these with your friends.
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The building, when it was a Service Station, sometime in the early 1950s.
I believe this building started out as the Cone Car Company's service department,
and was built around 1926.
The building as it appears today, home of the Voelkel Engineering company.
Interesting factoid about the building: it has been owned by two separate Kerrville city managers,
first by G. S. Cone (who planted the cork trees by the old city hall),
and later by Dellie Voelkel.
I often post historic photographs on my Facebook page.  If you'd like to visit that page, please visit


  1. I see the word, "Magnolia," on the right side of the building. Also, directly below the Magnolia sign is an old style mail box (mounted to a post). I haven't seen a mailbox like that one in many years.

    Most interesting is the chimney that can be seen behind, and above the building. It would be exciting to see what type of building (home, or commercial) to which the chimney is connected.

  2. Joe,

    Many times I have tried to link to your facebook page ( from this website, however every time that I try it, I get an error message stating that the page could not be found. Is there a problem with the link, or a problem with my computer skills (very possibly my problem)?

    1. I'm wondering... this link might not work if you don't have a Facebook account.

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  3. Back in the 30's and 40's, this was Stehling's (sp) Garage. My father worked there as a young man. A year or so ago, I sent you a picture, Joe, of the crew in this garage from the 30's. The questioned chimney would be for the building next door which was later a funeral home.


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