Weinert, Hilmar Herman (1887–1956)

By: John Gesick

Type: Biography

Published: October 1, 1995

Hilmar Herman Weinert, banker, oil man, and rancher, was born on April 30, 1887, in Seguin, the county seat of Guadalupe County. He was one of eight children of Clara (Bading) and State Senator Ferdinand C. Weinert. H. H. Weinert was educated at the University of Texas, where he lettered in football and received his B.B.A. in 1908. In 1909 he earned his LL.B. and returned to Seguin. He was elected mayor of Seguin, the youngest ever elected in Seguin, and served from 1910 to 1912. In 1914 he joined Seguin State Bank and Trust Company, where he became executive vice president, president, and chairman of the board of directors. On June 23, 1915, Weinert married Hilda P. Blumberg (see WEINERT, HILDA B.), and they had one daughter. Weinert, A. B. Baudman, and another geologist leased land in the Darst Creek oilfield, which had produced over 42 million barrels of oil by December 1937. He expanded his operations into Kentucky and Illinois and became director of H. H. Weinert, Incorporated, Diamond Half Oil Corporation, Trio Oil Company, Tex-Ill Oil and Royalty Company, and the Darst Oil Company. He also was head of Guadalupe River electric power development and owned a large ranch near Seguin. He served on the board of regents of the University of Texas from the 1935 to 1943. He was also a benefactor of education. One of his contributions led to the construction of the Weinert Memorial Chapel of the Abiding Presence on the campus of Texas Lutheran College. He and Hilda Weinert also assisted many students at Texas Lutheran College to complete their education. H. H. Weinert died on June 11, 1956, after a lengthy period of Parkinson's disease, and was buried in Seguin.

Alcalde (magazine of the Ex-Students' Association of the University of Texas), January 1934. Biographical Encyclopedia of the World (3 vols., New York: Institute for Research in Biography, 1940–46). F. E. Lazo et al., Symposium on Edwards Limestone in Central Texas (Austin: Bureau of Economic Geology, 1959). Seguin Enterprise, February 17, 1939. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin. Charles Albert Warner, Texas Oil and Gas Since 1543 (Houston: Gulf, 1939).
  • Oil and Gas Industry
  • Ranching and Cowboys
  • Oil Companies
  • Oil Entrepreneurs and Wildcatters
  • Landowners and Land Developers

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

John Gesick, “Weinert, Hilmar Herman,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 30, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/weinert-hilmar-herman.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

October 1, 1995