The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 137
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The planning and compiling of this work was a joint effort
of a ten-member committee of the Gillespie County Historical
Society, while the writing was accomplished mainly by Esther
Mueller and Ella Gold. The end product represents ninety-five
biographical sketches of the brave men and courageous women
who established homes in Gillespie County. The authors have
supplied an introduction which is sufficient to acquaint the reader
with a brief history of the German activities in the Hill Country.
The photographs that are included render a personal effect, while
the attractive drawings by Mrs. H. Welge Lewis capture some of
the unique German institutions.
Chronologically, the biographical sketches reflect a wide time
period from the pioneers who founded Fredericksburg in 1846
to those individuals who left impressions on local history in the
late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. In reality,
this book pays tribute to the German pioneers who penetrated
west of the Balcones Escarpment, settled in Gillespie County, and
contributed to the advancement of the frontier. In the biograph-
ical sketches, which are arranged alphabetically, there is evidence
of intensive research conducted in local, state, and national
archives as well as investigations into sources in Germany. Other
primary sources were employed by consulting family diaries and
chronicles. Some of the biographies were compiled or written
by direct descendants; noteworthy among them is the account of
John O. Meusebach, the founder of Fredericksburg, which was
written as a reminiscence by his daughter, Mrs. Lucy Meusebach
Some collectors of Texana might shy from this work in that
on the surface it appears to be of the mug-book category, but the
biographies unfold a high degree of excellence in capturing the
impact and significance of the German frontiersmen by a vivid
display of the pioneer preachers, merchants, ranchers, farmers,
surveyors, doctors, and trail drivers. As a result, the book will
remain a valuable source for the economic, social, political, and
religious activities of the pioneers of Gillespie County. Although
the authors and compilers concentrated on Fredericksburg, the
careful reader will discover the evolution of other settlements in
the Hill Country. Valuable to the researcher are the appendices
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