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STIRPES MARCH 1994
The Reitzers settled near the community of Quihi, Texas. There they farmed, as did
the majority of the settlers who came to Texas with the Castro colony. Life was not easy. The
land was altogether untamed wilderness. Indians were very much prevalent. But the hearty settlers
managed to take the wilderness and make it productive. The Reitzers, as with most of
Castro's colony, were Roman Catholic. Worshipping meant a long trip by oxen or miles from
Quihi to Castroville.
The Reitzers were, like most of Castro's colony, Alsatian. That is, they came from that
part of Germany called Alsace-Lorraine which borders France They came from the small city
of Niederbruck.27 It is interesting to note that when Ambrose's father was born, Niederbruck
belonged to Germany. When Ambrose was born, it belonged to France. Now it belongs to
Germany again. The Alsatian language is a mixture of French and German.
On March 25, 1868, Ambrose Reitzer married Ottilie Bihl.28 She was an orphan girl
who also had come with Castro's colony. This marriage would be blessed with 13 children.
Ambrose Reitzer chiefly farmed. However, he also concerned himself with civic affairs. From
1874 to 1876, he was a county commissioner for Medina County. During these same years, he
also served as Justice of the Peace for New Vandenberg, Texas, a small community only a few
miles from Quihi.29
As stated earlier, Alsatian was spoken by the Reitzers from early on. In later years,
however, more pure German was spoken because there were so many other settlers from other
parts of Germany who had come into the area. So it became more convenient to speak only
German. While many held tenaciously to the Alsatian language, the Reitzers gradually moved
to German only.
Aside from this, there is nothing especially spectacular about Ambrose Reitzer. But, I
point with pride to his strong spirit and the fact that in being descended from him, I can truly
say that I am a Texan.
Timothy Martin Goeke's Ahnentafel Chart
1. Timothy Martin GOEKE, b. 3 Dec 1976, San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas.
2. David Lynn GOEKE, b. 1 Aug 1948, Austin, Travis Co., Texas, m. 24 Jun 1973 at San
Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas.
3. Martha Ann MICKAN, b. 26 Jul 1955, Alice, Jim Wells Co., Texas.
4. Albert John GOEKE, b. 22 Sep 1912, Quihi, Medina Co., Texas, d. 18 Feb 1986, Austin,
Travis Co., Texas., m. 23 Aug 1936 at Manheim, Lee Co., Texas.
5. Alwina Magdalena Wilhelmina HORN, b. 5 Dec 1919, Manheim, Lee Co., Texas.
6. Eldor Leonard MICKAN, b. 27 Jul 1917, Copperas Cove, Coryell Co. Texas, m. 16 Apr
1952, Section Cinco, Argentina.
7. Maria Margarita MARX, b. 2 Jan 1933, Posadas, Argentina.
8. John Joseph GOEKE, b. 10 Feb 1879, Frelsburg, Colorado Co., Texas, d. 14 Feb 1960,
Austin, Travis Co., Texas, m. 14 Mar 1911, at Hondo, Medina Co., Texas.
9. Louise Ottilie REITZER, b. 23 Oct 1893, New Fountain, Medina Co., Texas, d. 29 Jun
1980, Austin, Travis Co., Texas.
10. Leopold Hugo HORN, b. 26 Jun 1877, Weisswasser, Germany, d. 2 Jun 1954, Giddings,
Lee Co., Texas, m. 17 Nov 1898, at Manhein, Lee Co., Texas.
27 Birth/Baptismal Records, Roman Catholic Diocese, Niederbruck, Germany.
28 Certificate of Marriage, Medina County Courthouse, 1868, Number 366, Copy at Courthouse in
29 Ibid.. Castro Colonies, p. 13.
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