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six miles to the north of the town, where he opened a farm. Mem-
bers of his family subsequently moved to Houston, where their
descendants now live.
Members of the medical and surgical society in 1840 were
William M. Carper, Robert Watson, C. Herman Jaeger, A. Ewing,
J. Hervey Price, S. Pleasant Baskin, D. H. Leach, Fletcher Dovey,
F. L. Lambert, E. Tucker, M. Forest, J. R. Gardener.
Moritz Tiling in his history of the German element in Texas
says, that "By the year 1840 Houston counted among its inhabi-
tant more than seventy-five German families and single men."
The German Society of Texas organized at this time (November
29, 1840) began with fifty-three members, viz: George Fischer,
Theodore Miller, Henry F. Fischer, Charles Gerlach, Conrad
Franke, Robert H. Levenhagen, Henry Levenhagen, Jacob. Schroe-
der, J. Hermann,4 Joseph Sandman, Gottlieb Gasche, Martin
Rumpff, William Schroeder, Gustav Erichson, Jacob Buchmann, I.
L. Knoll, A. Jung, Emil Simmler, Friedr. Otto, Ch. Rienitz,
Charles Baumann, Henry A. Kuykendall, Wendelin Bock, Ulrich
Fischer, Karl Fischer, John H. Mueller, Friedr. Schiermann, John
Koop, Daniel Super, Joseph Ehlinger, Johann Buhn, Anton
Brueggemann, William Ewald, Casper Gerlach, Friedr. Lemsky,
Friedr. Barthold, K. Hermann Jaeger, Abraham Brodbeck, Johann
Grunder, Christian A. Kasting, Peter Dickmann, William Wei-
gand. Ant. E. Spellenberg, Peter Bohl, Johann William Schrimpf,
I. Anton Fischer, Dr. De Witt, A. Shanten, Johann Schweikert.
Its officers were George Fischer, president; Harry Levenhagen,
first vice-president; Theodore Miller, second vice-president; Henry
F. Fischer, secretary, and John Koop, treasurer.
Mr. Tiling has in his possession the original minutes of the first
meeting of this society-the first German Society of Texas. Mr.
Tiling also mentions that among the German families who arrived
at Galveston in the brig North on Christmas day, 1839, the fam-
'J. Hermann was a native of Switzerland and the father of George
Hermann, who, having accumulated a fortune here, left at his death, which
occurred on October 20, 1914, a bequest of about five million dollars for
the founding of a Charity Hospital for the city of Houston. He had pre-
viously donated valuable acreage for a city park to be known as the Her-
mann Park. Through these benefactions the name of this early emigrant
will be forever endeared to the people of Houston.
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