To many people reading this column, World War II, the Korean War, and perhaps even the Vietnam War represent ancient history. But time shrinks when I can say that I knew my great-great grandmother who taught school in Seguin during the Civil War. However, if we had just lived during the last 100 years, what big events would we have seen in Seguin and the world?
In the 1920s, Guadalupe County began to enjoy an oil boom. In December 1928, the Darst Creek Oil Field opened 15 miles east of town, and residents were able to rent rooms to oil field workers for cash during the worst years of the Depression. As a result, Seguin was able to collect taxes and used the money to match federal grants for projects. With Mayor Max Starcke’s leadership, a new post office was built, a new art-deco courthouse and jail were built. New storm sewers and sidewalks were constructed, as well as walkways and dams along Walnut Creek, later completed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1941. Three swimming pools were constructed. Max Starcke’s biggest achievement was the large park along the Guadalupe River, designed by Robert Hugman, designer of the San Antonio Riverwalk. The serpentine dam was constructed in 1938.