The following content is copied from Under The Live Oak Tree by John Gesick, with permission.
The journey into Seguin’s past is but a starting point for the future. The future portends more change, a more complex social structure, and greater challenges. How Seguin will fare is found in her past. The reader has been given a glimpse of the past.
Throughout the more than one hundred and fifty year history of this community certain aspects of life keep returning. These aspects of life have always come together to make Seguin just a little better. At the very foundation of Seguin’s wealth are the businesses, farmers, churches, education, and government. These institutions have, through good times and bad times, provided the wise hand of guidance.
Throughout her history Seguin has shown herself to be flexible, willing to change, willing to grow, willing to retrench, but never to remain in a state of limbo.
In these past few pages the journey has been one of pioneer folk who possessed little more than a dream. Indians, the desire for independence from Mexico, revolution, and independent nation, and statehood, all of these were a part of Seguin. She responded to American manifest destiny with the Mexican War, and fought for what she believed in with the Civil War. She responded with maturity during the Reconstruction Period and built a community with frontier determination. Since the 1880s, Seguin has forged ahead by providing notable state and national politicians, nationally recognized academicians, scholars, physicians, lawyers, and businessmen. Her talent in the arts with Vicki de la Rosa, Amy Freeman Lee, and Dotsy Brodt, in agriculture with Joe and Harry Freeman, in education with Mrs. Jane Blumberg and Mrs. H. H Weinert, in politics with Governor John Ireland, Senators F. C. Weinert through John Traeger, and Representative Edmund Kuempel – all have brought recognized respect for the small city of Seguin.
Seguin has shown through her history that she is not afraid to tinker with local change. How many cities in Texas have a woman Mayor? And change in the form of government, after 114 years, is not an easy task. Yet Seguin did change, refusing to live in a state of limbo.
It is this spirit that prevails regardless of the economic times. The recent years have seen a mild recession, but Seguin has seen this before. With quiet, firm leadership Seguin has always adjusted and then forged ahead when the time was right. No doubt she will do so again. History says she will.
If there is a myth or two in these writings, then so be it. They become a folklore enjoyed by many. After all, did George Washington not throw a coin across the Potomac, or cut down a cherry tree? These things find their way into history and history becomes fun. Leave it to the serious scholar to debunk myth.
Well, this journey into the past has been a pleasant journey for the writer. There have been many twists and turns, like a meandering cattle trail, that have kept the task of research and writing interesting. Indeed, the research will continue as the journey itself continues. Certainly Seguin’s journey has not ended. If anything, the future should be as exciting as its past.