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at work again this Evening, to make more for the-destroyer-man!"
So little good work has been done on town life and pastimes of
frontier Texans that the availability of Sterne's diary should inspire
other researchers. Sterne was not an insignificant man, but without his
literary remains we would think little about him. His close recording
of trivia and his seemingly unselfconscious personal entries have pre-
served for us a unique glimpse of pioneer East Texas, not even a
generation removed from the initial inflow of the Anglo-Americans.
South Carolina Tricentennial Commission WILLIAM SEALE
Memoirs of a Texas Pioneer Grandmother. By Ottilie Fuchs Goeth;
translated by Irma Goeth Guenther. (Austin: privately published,
1969. Pp. vi + 183. Illustrations, appendices, bibliography, index.)
Originally published in German in 1915 by the Passing Show
Printing Company of San Antonio, Was Grossmutter Erzaehlt, by
Mrs. Ottilie Fuchs Goeth, is found in many bibliographies dealing with
German immigration to Texas in the 1840's. It has now been repub-
lished in English, translated by a granddaughter of the author.
The Goeth book, covering the period 1805 to 1915, contains an
authentic account of life in pioneer Texas, and includes a description
of a transatlantic crossing by two-masted sailing vessel in 1845. A
great part of the story concerns the decision of the Fuchs family to
emigrate to Texas. Included in the appendix material, which was not
a part of the original book, is the farewell sermon preached by Pastor
Fuchs before he left Germany in which material and spiritual rea-
sons for emigration are listed and explained. The actual trip to
Texas, from Mecklenburg-Schwerin to Galveston, is seen through a
child's eyes, since Mrs. Goeth was nine years old at the time. The
Fuchs family came to Texas as Adelsverein immigrants, but due to
sickness among this group they dropped out of that society and
continued the journey on their own, to Houston, Cat Spring, and
finally Burnet County. Mrs. Goeth moved to New Ulm after her
marriage in 1859, and returned to the home of her parents in 1861
when her husband was drafted into Confederate service. In 1867 she
and her husband established their home on Cypress Creek.
The English version of Mrs. Goeth's charming little tale of early
Texas appears to be a careful and faithful translation. As a result, the
English sentences tend to be long and cumbersome. Mrs. Guenther
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 74, July 1970 - April, 1971. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101200/. Accessed March 11, 2014.