The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 173
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Early Experiences in Texas.
of animals and plants. On his little Mexican cart he would sally
forth on excursions into the wilds of the Brazos bottom, returning
with a wealth of new and strange forms of plants and animals.2 He
was a fine gentleman and a splendid scholar. In his later years he
published the New Braunfelser Zeitung.
I also remember that Pastor Ehrenberg, who escaped from the
massacre at Goliad and fought with great valor in the battle of San
Jacinto, came to our house and baptized my children.
Of course, I came into contact with the outside world very little.
I was busy with my household, and had a great deal of work on my
hands; but I attended a few social gatherings. I have already men-
tioned the little dance in our house in Harrisburg, and I ought to
have mentioned in that connection the great ball given by the peo-
ple of Harrisburg on the occasion of the capture of the old fort at
Anahuac in 1835. In the early forties, I remember attending a big
dance and barbecue at San Felipe on the anniversary of the battle
of San Jacinto. People came from a radius of forty, miles. In the
open air were two big tables, one covered with barbecued meat and
the other laden with cake. The dance was held in the big hall of
the court house, which accommodated about one hundred couples.
Reels and squares were the favorite dances, and I was much im-
pressed by the loud prompting, which is not customary in Germany.
Col. Pettus and Capt. John York, who had moved to De Witt
county two years before, persuaded us to go west, where we settled
in 1847. The country was very thinly settled, and was not entirely
free from Indians. Capt. York and several others were killed in
a fight on the Escondida, in which my husband participated. Our
neighbors were Pettus, York, Scott, Bell, and my brother, Albrecht
von Roeder. They were a fine lot of people-brave, reliable, and
true. This community built the first school house on the twelve-
mile Coletto, where Rigley, an Englishman, was the first teacher.
There was no postal system to speak of, and letters were carried by
private parties as opportunity afforded.
Our home was the meeting place of many young, educated Ger-
mans, who, driven out by the revolutions of 1848, hoped to find in
Texas the land of freedom. Germans of all classes began to come a
little later, and thus the stream continued until the Civil war.
2 One has only to turn the pages of Coulter's Botany of Western Texas
to satify one's mind as to the magnitude of his work.-R. K., Jn.
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