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Doss, Texas
Unincorporated community
Country United States
State Texas
County Gillespie
Elevation 1,729 ft (527 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 225
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 78618
Area code(s) 830
FIPS code 48-20968
GNIS feature ID 1379674

Doss is an unincorporated farming and ranching community at the crossroads juncture of FM 783 and FM 648 in northwestern Gillespie County, Texas, United States. It is 19 miles NW of Fredericksburg and 14 miles NW of Harper. Postal zip code is 78618. Elevation is 1729 feet.

  • The U.S. Census for year 2000 shows a total population of 225
  • 1914 Lange's Mill community population was 150

History

In 1849, the Doss brothers began operating a mill on Threadgill Creek, north of the current site of Doss. The mill was acquired by William F. Lange in 1859, and was operated by him until 1878 when Julius Lange took over the business.. The Doss community originated at the mill. The first post office was at Lange's Mill in 1898, but by 1907 the community was renamed Doss and received its own post office.

Lange's Mill Cemetery

  • F.W. Lange (b 1817 d 1877) is most likely William F. Lange and has two tombstones – an older one in German, and a more modern one that is a joint grave with his wife. There is no William F. Lange in the cemetery
  • J. F. Lange (b. 1818 d 1910), née Johanna Freidericke Steines, wife of F.W. She is possibly related to, August Steinesz
  • Julius F. Lange (b 1850 d 1926), possibly F.W. Lange's son
  • Lena née-Kensing Lange (b 1859 b 1947) wife of Julius
  • Adolph Lange (b 1884 d 1884)
  • August Steinesz (b 1815 d 1865), also listed as Steiness and Steiner, died only two months after he wed Mary Jackson. No one named Mary is buried in this cemetery
  • August Lange (b 1849 d 1921) buried next to wife
  • Lina née-Menges Lange (b 1853 d 1928) wife of August Lange
  • Balentin Lange (b 1853 d?) no other info – tombstone is in German and badly eroded

Founding families of Doss, Texas

Thomas C Doss

Sept 8, 1852 Thomas C. Doss was Postmaster of "Fredericksburgh"

The 1860 Gillespie Co Census-Cherry Spring

  • 38-year-old Thomas Doss born in Virginia, occupation miller
  • 28-year-old Mary born in Arkansas
  • 60-year-old William born in Virginia, occupation millwright
  • 22-year-old Eckel born in Illinois, occupation miller

LDS Family Research database:

  • Thomas C. Doss born 26 March 1822, Fluvanna, Virginia, died 8 June 1873
  • Parker S. Doss, father of Thomas C. Doss
  • Angelica Epps Cheatham, mother of Thomas C. Doss

Thomas C. Doss final resting place: Der Stadt Friedhof (English translation: The City Cemetery) in Fredericksburg.

John E Doss

The 1860 Gillespie Co Census-South Grape Creek (Luckenbach):

  • 46-year-old John Doss born in Virginia, occupation farmer
  • 17-year-old William born in Texas
  • 12-year-old Sam born in Texas
  • 11-year-old Nanny born in Texas
  • 8-year-old Richard born in Texas

LDS Family Research database:

  • John E. Doss born 16 February 1812, Fluvanna, Virginia, died "about 1863"
  • Parker S. Doss, father of Thomas C. Doss
  • Angelica Epps Cheatham, mother of Thomas C. Doss

Stonemason Philip Buchmeyer

Buchmeyer

was the second husband of the  widowed Auguste Lehmann and stepfather to her sons Herman and Willie.   Both children were kidnapped by Apaches.  Willie was released after days, but Herman Lehmann  didn't return for 9 years and became the area's most famous Apache  captive and later adopted son of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker

Climate

Doss experiences a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and a generally mild winter. Temperatures range from 81 °F (27.2 C) in the summer to 45 °F (7.2 C) during winter.

Climate data for Doss, Texas
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 88
(31.1)
100
(37.8)
98
(36.7)
100
(37.8)
105
(40.6)
108
(42.2)
107
(41.7)
109
(42.8)
108
(42.2)
100
(37.8)
92
(33.3)
98
(36.7)
109
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 60
(15.6)
65
(18.3)
73
(22.8)
80
(26.7)
85
(29.4)
91
(32.8)
95
(35)
94
(34.4)
89
(31.7)
80
(26.7)
70
(21.1)
61
(16.1)
78.6
(25.88)
Daily mean °F (°C) 45
(7.2)
50
(10)
57
(13.9)
65
(18.3)
72
(22.2)
79
(26.1)
82
(27.8)
81
(27.2)
76
(24.4)
66
(18.9)
56
(13.3)
47
(8.3)
64.7
(18.15)
Average low °F (°C) 31
(-0.6)
35
(1.7)
42
(5.6)
50
(10)
59
(15)
67
(19.4)
69
(20.6)
68
(20)
63
(17.2)
52
(11.1)
42
(5.6)
33
(0.6)
50.9
(10.51)
Record low °F (°C) 6
(-14.4)
3
(-16.1)
11
(-11.7)
25
(-3.9)
36
(2.2)
46
(7.8)
54
(12.2)
51
(10.6)
36
(2.2)
26
(-3.3)
14
(-10)
3
(-16.1)
3
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) .91
(23.1)
1.97
(50)
1.74
(44.2)
2.05
(52.1)
3.31
(84.1)
4
(102)
2
(51)
2.52
(64)
3
(76)
3.01
(76.5)
2.07
(52.6)
1.37
(34.8)
27.95
(709.9)
Source: The Weather Channel

Demographics

As of the census of 2000 of 2000, there were 225 people

  • 98.7% White
  • 0.9% Asian
  • 0.4% from two or more races
  • 46.7% male
  • 53.3% female
  • 83.1% 18 years or older
  • 27.6% 65 years or older
  • 62.3% in the labor force
  • $35,625 median household income
  • $42,917 median family income
  • $17,078 per capita income
  • 87.2% high school graduate
  • 27.8% bachelor's degree or higher
  • 13% inactive military veterans
  • 17% disabled
  • 27.2% language other than English at home
  • 3.7% families below poverty level
  • 4.7% individuals below poverty level

Flora and fauna

Prickly pear cactus, pecan trees, a variety of oak and mesquite trees, and abundant wildflower varieties blanket the Doss area of Gillespie County.

Doss has farm livestock and the armadillo and Texas horned lizard. The nature lover will also find

 whitetail deer and birds including spotted towhee, painted bunting, white-crowned sparrow, summer tanager, hummingbird, chickadee, kinglet, goldfinch, warbler, finch and lark sparrow.

Doss Consolidated Common School District

Designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1985. from State of Texas states the school was begun in 1884 on Doss-Spring Creek Road. 1894 land for current site was donated by Tom Nixon, and a small frame structure was built. In 1905, a limestone schoolhouse was built, and in 1927 the present building was added.

Doss Elementary School is across the street from St. Peter Lutheran Church. The K-8 grades have 18 students, 48% male and 52% female, and two teachers.

  • District total revenue is $297,000
  • District expenditure $293,000
  • Doss Public School annual play:

Every year the Doss Public school holds a play performed by the school children. The little room, grades Kindergarten through 4th grade, and the big room, 5th grade through 8th grade, hold plays. The presentation is accompanied by a bake sale and raffle held by the local residents and by the Doss 4H members.

Doss Volunteer Fire Department

Doss VFD Fish Fry annual fundraiser is held Labor Day Weekend.

Almost 3,000 pounds of catfish are fried and served up with homemade potato salad and coleslaw, plus all the trimmings. This benefits the Doss VFD. Entertainment is provided. The Doss Volunteer Fire Department moved into its new Fire Station Building in September 2015 after a year long Building project.

Battle of Iwo Jima re-enactment

Welge Ranch in Doss was the site of a re-enactment of Battle of Iwo Jima, sponsored by the National Museum of the Pacific War for the 60th anniversary of the iconic battle. The event was held on February 19, 2005, ending with a the famous raising of the flag on Mount Suribachi — which was re-enacted on top of Welge Point in Doss.

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