The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

finished. Pews were installed. An altar, a pulpit, a tower clock,
and three bells were ready for the celebration of the fiftieth anni-
versary in 1895. A new organ marked the celebration of the
seventy-fifth anniversary, and the women of the church paid for
the installation of electric lights in 19o02. The vigor and progres-
sive spirit of the congregation are evidenced by the recent en-
largement of the church and parish house under the supervision
of architects Marvin Eickenroht of San Antonio and Jeremiah
Schmidt.
The volume is well illustrated and contains short biographical
sketches of pastors and career church workers, along with a listing
of church officers and council members since 1846. Pages 115-167
list the charter members of 1845, the boys and girls of the con-
firmation classes since 1846, and the current membership.
ROBERT C. COTNER
The University of Texas
The Cat Spring Story. By Cat Spring Agricultural Society. San
Antonio. (Lone Star Printing Company), 1956. Pp. vii+ 166.
Photographs.
Published in commemoration of the hundredth anniversary
(1856-1956) of the founding of the Cat Spring Agricultural So-
ciety, the oldest of its kind in Texas today, The Cat Spring Story
purports to be the history of the founding and development of
the German settlement of Cat Spring in Austin County from its
beginning in 1834 (not 1832 as stated in the "Introduction")
to the present time. Yet, the reader will find in this small book an
equal amount of attention devoted to the founding of each of
nineteen other German settlements in Austin, DeWitt, Fayette,
Victoria, and Washington counties. The historical sketch of the
establishment of these settlements is simply a condensed version
of Chapter III of Professor R. L. Biesele's scholarly work on The
History of the German Settlements in Texas, 183r-z861, from
which parts have been lifted verbatim, at times, without quotation
marks but with footnote acknowledgments. On other occasions,
where paraphrasing is used, some distortion of the true picture
has resulted. For instance, to cite only one example, Biesele says
(p. 55), "the census of i86o lists twenty farmers with German

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 60, July 1956 - April, 1957. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101163/. Accessed August 1, 2014.