The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 2, July 1898 - April, 1899 Page: 230
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230 Texas Historical Association Quarterly.
there were about two houses on the road thither. In consequence,
there was no market for anything you could raise, except for cigars
and tobacco, which my father was the first in Texas to put on the
market. He sold them in San Felipe to a Frenchman, D'Orvanne,8
who had a store there, but this was several years afterwards.
We raised barely what we needed, and we kept it. Around San
Felipe certainly it was different, and there were some beautiful
farms in the vicinity.
Before the war, there was a school in Washington, taught by a
Miss Trest, where the Daughertys sent their daughter, boarding
her in the city. Of course, we did not patronize it.
We lived in our doorless and windowless six-cornered pavilion
about three years.
When the war broke out, my father at first intended quietly to
remain at his home. But the Mexicans had induced the Kickapoo
Indians to revolt, and he was warned by Captains Lester, York,
and Pettus against the savages. We then set out with the inten-
tion of crossing the Sabine and seeking safety in the States. When
we arrived at the Brazos, we found so many people assembled at
the ferry that it would have been three days before the one small
ferry-boat could have carried us over the stream. The roads were
almost impassable. So my father pitched his camp in the middle
of the Brazos bottom near Brenham. Here we remained until
after the Battle of San Jacinto.
Thirteen men with their families, mostly Miinsterlinders and
Oldenburgers from Cummins Creek, were in our party. They were
Amsler, Weppler, Oaptain Vrels, Bartels, Damke, Wolters, Piefer,
Boehmen, Schneider, Kleekemp, Kasper, Heimann, Griinder, and
witte. I d !1 I M,, ' 1 lil
Some of the Germans fared ill on account of their tardy flight.
Mrs. Goegens and her children were captured by the Indians and
8 [This man's full name was Alexander Bourgeois D'Orvanne. He
afterwards played a prominent part in the founding of the German colo-
nies of New Braunfels and Fredericksburg in 1843-46 by the Mainser
Adelsverein. See Entwickelungsgeschichte der Deutschen iolonie Friedrichs-
burg by Robert Penniger, Fredericksburg, Texas, 1896. Mrs. Rosa Kle-
berg tells me that her party was very hospitably entertained by him
when they were on their way from Harrisburg to their farm at Cat
Spring in 1835. He had a fine general mercantile business. He im-
pressed her as a very estimable gentleman.-R. K., Jr.]
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