The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 80, July 1976 - April, 1977 Page: 200
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
There is one church in this town. The construction was started two
years ago, but it is only half roofed now, and some of the half-timbered
construction has collapsed. The people have also established a school, but
it is not well attended. The teacher, a man from Wiirttemberg, was satisfied;
'he is not doing too badly. There are very few Americans here. The harvest
looks good this year.
Mr. D6bbler is considered a very industrious and respectable man. He
lives happily with his family, and his little daughter is a joy for him. He
lives in a little house built after the Mexican fashion; it is sixteen feet long
and twelve feet wide. These little Mexican houses are built in the following
manner. A ditch is dug around the place selected for the house. Tree
trunks, naturally unhewn, are set [upright] side by side, and the soil that is
thrown back into the ditch holds the tree trunks firmly in place. The upper
ends are usually tied together with straps made of animal skins. Poles put up
in the shape of rafters form the roof, which is frequently covered with
straw. The joints left by the tree trunks are plastered up with clay. In San
Antonio and New Orleans there were also better Mexican homes built in
Spanish style. They are usually made of stone and have flat roofs.
Dobbler lives in a house of the first type. A fireplace serves as the kitchen,
and the cooking utensils hang by the side of the fireplace. A board placed
on a barrel serves as a table, and a second board placed on blocks of wood
is used as a sofa. The table and the sofa are covered with woolen blankets.
The floor consists of clay. A horse, a yoke of oxen, a few cows, a number
of goats, chickens, and hogs make up his livestock. Beautiful vegetables
are growing in the garden. He has twelve to thirteen acres under cultiva-
tion, and he has a good stand of crops. Theodor helps diligently, and
D6bbler's wife is unusually active and naturally has enough work to do.
We were received in a friendly fashion, and Dobbler goes to all manner
of trouble to acquaint us with the surrounding country. He has not yet
seen his acreage situated in the Fisher-Miller grant. The possibilities of
building on this acreage were discussed in general earlier. Dobbler's chief
food is coffee. Today I kept him company and managed to drink nineteen
cups. The water needed for the household he obtains from the creek that
is only a few minutes walk away. We owe him many thanks for his
[Steinert's account of his travels in Texas will be continued in the January
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