My grandfather, George Strauch, was the builder of Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church in 1900-1901 near the old Mission ruins. He was a skillful and meticulous craftsman.
Many of the fine old homes in Refugio are his work, including the Strauch house on Plasuela and the Strauch windmill on the museum grounds.
The stories were told that his expertise included inspecting ever piece of lumber and material for any imperfection before he used them in his construction. The evidence of this lies in many beautiful old Refugio homes that stand today. And the church was his masterpiece.
There are few descendants of George Strauch in the Refugio area anymore. Sadly, some Refugians have forgotten some of the church’s history.
The book, Sketches of Refugio, by Henkel and Warrick, and of course Hobart Huson’s volumes, are among books which tell of him.
I truly hope that George Strauch’s name will be remembered at the church’s restoration ceremony.
So that current and future residents of Refugio will remember a complete history.