Posted by David Martin on Apr 14, 2019
Robert Puig provided the program on the rich history of Mexican Americans in Kerr County.  Mexican Americans have been in the area for one hundred and forty seven years. His family was one of the first in Kerrville, and his great uncles came to Texas to work as cowboys and found friendship and employment with Captain Charles Schreiner.
The area along Lemos Street (named for a celebrated Mexican American WWI veteran) was the home to their community, and a General Merchandise Store was at the center of their activities.  Father Kemper was one of the first priests in the area, and was disappointed to find out that the Mexican Americans were not welcome at the Catholic Church in town. So, he organized and built them a church and school on the corner of Jefferson and Lemos.