The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973 Page: 184
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a pioneer surgeon in more senses than one, and Gustav Schleicher, leg-
islator, experimenter with communal life at the colony of Bettina, and
a builder of railroads, both deserve more careful scrutiny than they have
The persons and institutions discussed and pictured in these pages
illustrate the extent of the contribution made, almost overnight, by
San Antonio's Germans to the social, educational, commercial, and
political life of the city. They came, with their compatriots, to a raw
and unfinished town intending to establish and rear their families in
a better way of life than the one they had left. By identifying their
own requirements with those of their new home, they often managed
to act upon both at the same time. In 1854, for instance, when the
"Walter Prescott Webb and H. Bailey Carroll (eds.) , The Handbook of Texas (2 vols.;
Austin, 1952), I, 8oi; II, 578.
The old Menger Soap Works. Courtesy San Antonio Express-News.
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