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Biographical Sketch of the Author
Dr. Rudolph Menger, of San Antonio, is a native of Texas, and was
born in that city in 1851. He is the son of Simon M. and Augusta Louisa
\Menger, both parents being natives of Thuringia, Germany, who came to
Texas in 1846, landing at old Indianola. Mr. Menger had been well ed-
ucated in Germany, was a thorough musician, and had there taught
school and music. From Indianola he pushed inland to Comal County,
and located on a farm near New Braunfels; at the same time he began
teaching vocal music. He moved to Bexar County, and located on a
farm a few miles from San Antonio, and from his home he rode into San
Antonio and gave singing lessons. Then he located with his family at
Boerne, Texas. About 1850 or a little earlier, he moved to the city, and
probably continued teaching music incidentally for several years. About
1558 he started a soap factory, the first ever conducted in all the south-
west. Several of his sons were associated with him in business, as they
grew to manhood, and his son, Erick, conducted the business later on.
August went to Houston and started in business there for himself, and
established a flourishing business which he conducted until his death, in
1893. Two sons, Oscar and August, served in the Confederate army; Au-
gust served until the close, but Oscar was twice severely wounded, and
disabled from his wounds, and was compelled to return home. The
father died in 1892 at the ripe old age of eighty-five years; he was a
prominent Mason. The mother had died some years prior. Our sub-
ject's primary education was secured in San Antonio, at the old Ger-
man-English school on ;South Alamo street, and he began life as a
clerk in Kalteyer's drug store, and then under the able instructions of
the proprietor, he also began the study of pharmacy. He was thus en-
gag:ed from 1866 to 1869, when he went to Germany, and entered the
University at Leipsic, in Saxony, where he began the study of medicine.
He spent five years in study there, and graduated in November, 1874. He
returned at once to San Antonio, and became assistant surgeon in the
1 United States army until the close of 1875, when he was appointed city
physician, and served until 1881; then for several years he devoted his
time to his private practice which became quite extended. In 1892,
he was again appointed to the office of city physician, where he served
in that office to the satisfaction of all. In fact, he greatly improved the
appointment of the city hospital, and that institution under his direction
was almost perfect in its operation and utility. He also has a large gen-
eial practice; had been an active member of the West Texas Medical
Society, and contributed freely to various medical journals. He was
for a long time medical examiner for the New York Life Insurance Com-
pany, and many other old line companies. He was married in 1879, to
Miss Barbara C. Menger, a native of San Antonio, and daughter of Wil-
liam L. Menger of the same family name, but no kin. HIer father was
an old and well known pioneer to San Antonio, from Germany. He erect-
ed the Menger Hotel, one of the finest hotels in all the United States, and
a popular resort to all visitors to the Alamo City. He was a very prom-
inent and active citizen of San Antonio, and started the first brewery
in the city, conjointly with Charley Degen, lately deceased.
To the union of our subject and wife eight children have been born:
Minnic, (now Mrs. Wm. R. Hoffman), born July 4th, 1880, Edward, August,
Louis, Gustave, Rudolph, Theodore and Margaret Menger. The sons all
have prominent and responsible positions, and the elders are the proprietors
of the elegant "Menger Apartment House" on East Commerce Street.
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Menger, R. Texas Nature Observations and Reminiscenses, book, 1913; San Antonio, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143558/m1/6/: accessed October 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.