The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 76, July 1972 - April, 1973 Page: 202
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
A bed made by Adolph Heusinger, on loan to the Witte Memorial Museum
by Mrs. R. J. Michel, Rudolph Staffel, and Eugene Staffel. Photograph
by Christopher Williams.
cantile trade, first in dry goods and afterwards in hardware. He died
in San Antonio in 1913, at the age of eighty-two."2
Many of the early German institutions have not survived to the
present-homes and stores have been razed to make way for new homes
and stores; clubs and schools are defunct or merged beyond recogni-
tion-and their founders have long since been laid in their graves.
Some could not have survived, because they were exclusively for Ger
mans and their existence was based upon a condition which no longer
remains: a closely-knit, German-born community. By maintaining a
distinctively German flavor, however, these innovators and their inno-
vations did not, even in their time, separate themselves from the mixed
broth that was, and still is, San Antonio. Rather, they added a sub-
stance to the stock which can still be tasted, smacking of hard work
and ingenuity, social concern and Gemiitlichkeit. Even outsiders may
savor it in the month of Oktober when the descendants of these immi-
grants of the 'forties and 'fifties celebrate, in the adopted home of their
fathers, the fests of their grandfathers, and invite the remaining popu-
lation of the city and state as relatives to the feast.
"Heusinger, The Heusinger Family, 8, 14-25.
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