The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964

Book Reviews

A Texian saying asserts that Texas weather is predicted "only
by damn' fools and strangers." In the light of Oates' volume, only
one of the first category would attempt another edition of the
Ford papers. The impulse is to wave the sombrero in a sweeping
bow and murmur, "Gracias, amigo."
W. J. HUGHES
Mankato State College
Dutchman on the Brazos: Reminiscences of Caesar (Dutch) Hohn.
By Caesar Hohn. Illustrations by E. M. Schiwetz. Austin
(University of Texas Press), 1963. Pp. 194- $4.50.
There were two distinct groups among the Germans who
flocked into young 'Texas in such great numbers in the 1840's and
on into the 186o's. The ones who made the most noise and, hence,
won the most attention in history, were the aristocrats who
financed and managed the immigration and the idealistic liberals
who fled to this new land to escape the overpowering conserva-
tism of the Germany of that era. These idealists were mostly pro-
fessional folk and artists-brilliant, slightly unstable, and often
improvident. They wrote the books, made the music and the
speeches, led the political parties, and created most of the tur-
moils of the German settlements which are recorded in Texas
history.
The second group, much larger in number, but so quiet and
unspectacular as to go almost unnoticed, was made up of stolid,
thrifty, God-fearing farm folk, who came to Texas simply in search
of a piece of land and a chance at independence. It was from these
hard-headed, horny-handed land people that Caesar Hohn sprang.
His reminiscences are significant as a look into the lives of an
important segment of the amazingly diverse nationalistic pattern
of the Texas population.
The story of the Hohns was typical. Caesar's father, Louis
Hohn, landed in this country without a dime, made his way as a
carpenter until he accumulated enough money to make a small
down payment on a piece of land near Cuero, and worked from
daylight to dark throughout his years to pay off the farm and
support his growing family. He was mule-stubborn and as inde-
pendent as a billygoat. He spoke his piece and took his lumps
from life, expecting a great deal of hard work and trouble to be

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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101197/. Accessed September 20, 2014.