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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS
the reign of terror inaugurated by these ruffians
one of the gang met Mr. Ennis in the street and
introduced himself, thereby giving Mr. Ennis a
During the war between the States, Mr. Ennis
remained in Texas, importing supplies and exporting
cotton. In 1864, he went to Havana by way
of Matamoros and there met Capt. Jack Moore, a
bar pilot of Galveston, whom he sent to New York to
purchase an iron-clad steamer, the " Jeannette," at
an expenditure of $40,000 in gold. He brought
her out to Havana, where he loaded her with munitions
of war, consisting of twelve hundred English
Enfield rifles, ten tons of gunpowder, three million
percussion caps, a large lot of shoes and blankets
and other army supplies for the Confederate army,
all of which he turned over to the Confederate
Mr. Ennis was married in 1841, to Miss Jeannette
Ingals Kimball, a sister of his partner. Miss
Kimball had come to this country with her brother
from Vermont, in October, 1839. She came of
English stock, long settled in New England, and is
related to the Emersons and Ripleys of literary
fame. She was always deeply interested in the
development of her adopted State, and contributed
much to the comfort and happiness of those associated
with her in this pioneer work by her gentle
and efficient ministrations in times of sickness and
epidemics which too frequently attend the opening
up of a new country. Her devotion was especially
marked during the fearful epidemics of yellow
fever. She was noted for her cheerful, generous
and unfailing hospitality and, also, for her efficient
co-operation with her husband in the establishment
of churches and schools. Mr. and Mrs. Ennis have
four children living, three daughters and one son.
The eldest daughter married Col. A. H. Belo,
president of the Galveston and Dallas News. The
next is Mrs. Frank Cargill, of Houston, Texas, and
of the youngest daughter is Mrs. C. Lombardi, also
Houston, Texas. The son, Richard, lives in Mexico.
Mr. Ennis is a man of magnificent physique,
being over six feet in height and now, although
advanced in years, of erect and commanding presence.
His wife is a perfect type of lovely womanhood.
Although Mr. Ennis has passed his long life
in active business pursuits, in which fortunes have
been at intervals made and lost, his name has
always been unsullied and he has been honored for
fair dealing and blameless rectitude in all his business
dealings. And now, with the partner of his
youth and old age still by his side, they are spending
the evening of life serenely and happily at their
home in Houston, surrounded by children, grandchildren
0 _ .
Henry Elmendorf, a prosperous merchant of San
Antonio and mayor of that historic and progressive
city, is a native Texian, born in the town of New
Braunfels, April 7, 1849.
His parents, Charles A. and Amelia Elmendorf,
were born in Prussia. His father emigrated to
America in 1844, and his mother in 1848, and settled
in New Braunfels. In the " Old Country " Mr.
Charles A. Elmendorf was engaged in mercantile
pursuits. He changed to farming upon his arrival
in Texas which he followed until about the year
1852, when he moved to San Antonio. Six or seven
years later he embarked in merchandising again
upon his own account as a member of the house of
Theisen and Deutz, dealers in hardware, and continued
in that pursuit until the beginning of the war
between the States, meeting with a liberal degree of
success in his ventures as a result of his talent as a
financier and fine business capacity. He died in
the Alamo City in 1878. His wife still survives
him and is residing there. Henry Elmendorf, the
subject of this biographical notice, attended local
schools until he was fifteen years of age; then went
to Germany, where he completed his education;
returned home in the fall of 1866, and entered his
father's store as a clerk. After clerking for three
years his father admitted him to a partnership in
the firm of Elmendorf
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