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Highway 90A, fifteen miles north of Wharton in northeast Wharton County. The community was originally on the east side of the river, where Jethro Spivi built the first residence around ; hence the name East Bernard. A bridge was built, and the depot, Bernard Station, though originally located on the east bank of the river, was moved by to the west side, to the site of East Bernard's future Main Street.
The rest of the town grew up around the railway. The first post office was established in , but the community was probably not officially named East Bernard until After the Civil War the community began to grow rapidly, as new settlers arrived with British surnames. Although Joseph Habermacher operated a store and saddle shop in Bernard Station some time before , the main influx of German and Slavic immigrants came after the s. In the mids the farming community had a population of , and businesses included a steam gin, a gristmill, a telegraph office, and two general stores.
The first church in East Bernard was established in , when German Methodist settlers dismantled their church in Content, three miles south of Weimar, and moved it by rail to East Bernard, where it was rebuilt in Catholic and Baptist congregations started holding services in private homes around ; their sanctuaries were completed between and The present Catholic church, built in , has stained glass windows from Czechoslovakia, mosaics from Munich, a statue of St. Anthony from Italy, and statuary carved in the German Tyrol. An Assembly of God congregation began Pentecostal services in a private home in and moved into a new building by The first school building was erected around one mile north of the depot; by a brick high school had been built in town.
Around East Bernard became an independent school district, and by nearby schools in Nottawa, Muldoon, Bernard Prairie, and Lissie were consolidated with the East Bernard school. A Texas historical marker now marks the site of the original school. East Bernard has had several newspapers, the first of which, the East Bernard Tribune , began in the s. In the late s the town was served by a weekly paper with the same name. Riverside Hall, built in on the east bank of the river, became a popular dance pavilion, where Paul Whiteman was once featured.
In the early years of the settlement pioneer merchants H. Stockton and John G. Leveridge had operated a banking business in the back of Leveridge's General Store; by they had organized the Union State Bank. Boettcher purchased the controlling stock in In J. Peace, owner of a large furniture company, helped organize a chamber of commerce, which, since East Bernard was unincorporated, performed much of the duties of a city government.
The community later incorporated in In the s East Bernard's economy, though centered on agriculture, also included a gas pipeline company, a major kite-manufacturer, and several research corporations. In the population of 1, was served by sixty-three businesses.
In the population was 1,, and in it had grown to 1, In the population was estimated at 2, Kathleen E. Clair, eds. The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style , 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry. Texas Almanac : Peoples Germans. Places: Communities. Published by the Texas State Historical Association. Related Book s :.Find someone in East bernard Texas
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