Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 3, Number 3, September, 1993 Page: 168
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Corrections and Additions
One of the advantages of serial publication is that it allows for the rapid
correction of errors that occur. Thanks to input from careful readers, corrections and
additions to some of the articles that appeared in volume 2 and in the first two issues
of volume 3 of this publication are offered below.
Bill Midkiff of Gonzales, the diligent curator of the records of the South
Central Texas Old-Timers Baseball Association and Hall of Fame, and a one-time star first
baseman, pointed out that the South Central Texas League actually started in 1933
rather than in 1940, as was claimed in the article on the Herder Truckers (see volume
2, page 4). That assertion was based on an article in The Weimar Mercury of March 1,
1940, which repeatedly referred to the league as "new." The author, in searching for
the origin of the league, began his search in 1940 for no particular reason, stumbled onto
the article, and foolishly took it at face value.
Secondly, the caption for the photograph of the 1948 Herder Truckers was
completely fouled up. The picture actually shows, on the top row: Murray Wall, Jiggs
Kana, Al Joe Hunt, Johnny Miksch, Francis "Tootsie" Boetcher, Frank Kana; seated:
Jimmy Mazoch, Frank Bartosh, George Billeck, Hilbert Boeer, Dave Keding, Leroy Janda,
Allen Winters; and in front, Michael Kosler.
Anders Saustrup pointed out that Louis Cachand Ervendberg was not, as
was claimed on page 41 of volume 2, a Lutheran minister, but was non-denominational
Elizabeth Pinchback, who died in the yellow fever epidemic on October 29,
1873 (see volume 2, page 155 and footnotes on pages 137, 147, and 148), was born
on February 15, 1829. The date was revealed by her tombstone, which was discovered
in the Pinchback Cemetery south of Columbus.
Dorothy Cragon speculates, quite reasonably, that the man that Dick Dervin
called Bill Huberd (see volume 3, page 7 and footnote 11) was William J. Herbert, who
was both an attorney in Eagle Lake and the owner of a number of slaves.
Two errors have been found in the list of persons who owned at least ten
slaves at some point in Colorado County history that appears on page 29 of volume 3.
The slaveholder listed as Seth H. Doty should be S. H. Doxey. Secondly, Edward
Ruhmann did not own ten, nor, in fact, even one slave. The editor misread the name
"EPNewsom" on the 1860 tax roll as "ERuhmann." The error was discovered thanks
to the polite skepticism and diligence of Ruhmann's descendant, Allen Ruhmann.
William B. Wallace, the Eagle Lake High School football star and the subject
of Rollin Baker's article (see volume 3, pages 38-44), died on May 17, 1993.
Robert Samuel Martin pointed out that one name was excluded from the
article on presidential visits to Colorado County (see volume 3, pages 105-106). He re-
membered a brief visit to Eagle Lake by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1936. Roosevelt,
then coming to the end of his first term as president, did indeed visit Eagle Lake, on June
11, 1936. His visit was similar to that of the only other sitting president known to have
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