Yorktown is seventy-five miles east of San Antonio and thirty-six miles northwest of Victoria in southwestern DeWitt County.
Fritz Riedel 1875-1875
Riedel was born in Saxony, Germany in 1842. By 1870, he was a wagoner
and living in DeWitt County. The census spelled his last name "Riedel."
In 1880, "Fritz Riddel," age 38, was still in DeWitt County
and was listed as a saloon keeper. As Dodd said, "He was still
there in 1900, in Yorktown Texas, still a
But why did the brewery only last a year? Perhaps Riedel decided it was easier to buy beer than brewing it. Records indicate that he originally brought his beer on wagons from San Antonio. In 1886 the Aransas Pass Railway was built through a mile to the south of the community and the town slowly relocated to the railway line. Perhaps, he sold the brewery to Micheal Cellmer.
Michael Cellmer 1878-1891