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(The Wendish Crusa…): I wanted to share with you something I saw as I read into King Cnut’s life on Wikipedia. I was surpr…
(Sorbian Proverbs …): Here are two new (new to me, and I assume to you, too) Wendish proverbs I’ve come across:
Hdyž so …
(A Museum to Tell …): Howdy! My word, what an interesting museum! I would so like to visit. The inside of the church looks…
(The Hierarchy of …): I get a bit queazy when anyone talks about the preservation or perpetuation of the language as a mot…
(The Hierarchy of …): Thanks for the interesting e-mail, Richard! You ought to write something up for Weldon’s blog. I’l…
(The Hierarchy of …): For what it is worth regarding question three, not having read the actual article, my father, who wa…
Wednesday 30 September 2015 at 06:01 am
This article by Sigman Byrd first appeared in the "Bird's Eye View" of The Houston Chronicle on February 1 and 2, 1956.
Note: Moerby, a form of Moerbe, is a Wendish name as is Mitschke.
Note: Rev Johann Kilian preached in both German and Wendish.
Wednesday 30 September 2015 at 03:54 am
This article by Paul McKay first appeared in the Bryan-College Station Eagle, Saturday, July 24, 1982.
Note: The Wends bought their parcel of land called the Delaplain League for $1/acre not 50 cents.
Note: The town of Serbin was developed by Carl Lehman.
Tuesday 29 September 2015 at 11:29 pm
This article by Ted J. Simon, Travel Editor for the A-J, first appeared in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Saturday, June 11, 1983.
(Editor's Note: Robert Robinson-Zwahr of Lubbock is a descendant of three pioneer German-Texan families - the Bremers, Seilers, and Kreitzes. The Lubbock man has specialized in historical research pertaining to the Wendish-Geman elements in Texas and has authored a two-volume (1,650 pages) history titled "The Bremers and Their Kin in Germany and Texas. Dr. Robert Elmer Ward-Layerle, founder of the Society of German American Studies, noted of the volumes - "One of the most extensive contributions to German-American family history, it is not only a first-class scholarly work, but one which is interesting and easy to read. The author has uniquely woven historical, sociological, and genealogical information into an excellent form."
Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 08:12 am
This article written by George Carmack appeared in the San Antonio Express News, San Antonio, Texas on 25 July 1981.
Note: The league of land was bought for $1/acre not 50 cents/acre.
Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 06:12 am
This article appeared in the 20 August 1987 edition of the Giddings Times and News, Giddings, Texas.
Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 05:01 am
This article by Daphne Dalton Garrett appeared in the November-December 1980 issue of Deutsche Welt USA.
Note: When the Wends bought their land in 1855 it was in Bastrop County at that time and it did not become a part of Lee county until 1874.
Note: While Karl Teinert was very talented musically, the idea that he made an organ is highly questionable.
Wednesday 16 September 2015 at 02:21 am
This article written by William Marti first appeared in Texas Monthly magazine in August 1980.
Note: The Wends bought land in a part that was originally in Bastrop County before Giddings existed and that became Lee County in 1874.
Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 07:24 am
This article was written by Jack M. Kneece, Washington Bureau of the News and was printed in The Dallas Morning News on Sunday, 14 June 1981.
Note: The Wends landed in Texas in December 1854 and sent Carl Lehmann and John Dube inland to find land. They found a league of land with a clear title and bought it from A. C. Delaplane who had gotten it as a grant from the State of Texas.
Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 06:46 am
This article was written by Jack Maguire for "Profiles" in the Southwest Airlines Magazine of June 1981.
Note: It is generally understood that the trip and the arrangements were made by a steering committee rather than the pastor.
Note: The Delaplane League was purchased in what was then Bastrop County for $1/acre, not 50 cents/acre.
Note: The 1859 church was a wooden frame structure, California style, built just to the north of where the existing church structure is located.
Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 06:00 am
This article was written by Kay Powers but the date and name of the newspaper are unknown.
Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 05:33 am
This article is believed to have been printed in a San Antonio paper on 10 Jul 1969.
Monday 14 September 2015 at 7:53 pm
This article by Samuel Hudson, appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas on 24 May 1983.
Note: Lusatia, Upper Lusatia and Lower Lusatia were not provinces in Germany but rather geographical regions.
Note: Black Wendish wedding dresses were in vogue even into the early years of the 1900s. In the 1920 they started turning gray and then white.
Note: In 1854 the Wends settled in Bastrop county about 26 miles from Bastrop. Giddings and Lee County did not exist then. They bought the Delaplane League for $1/acre not 50 cents/acre. The area was originally called Rabbs Creek or the Low Pinoak Settlement.
Monday 14 September 2015 at 5:56 pm
This article by Mary Lasswell appeared in the "I'll Take Texas" column of The Chronicle, Houston, Texas in December 1963.
Monday 14 September 2015 at 07:34 am
This article was written by Ron Lammert and William G. Wagner for the March 1981 edition of The Lutheran Witness.
Note: When the Wends bought the Delaplane League they paid $1/acre not 50 cents.
Note: C. F. W. Walter and Jan Kilian went to the University of Leipzig at the same time but there is no indication that they were ever close friends while there.
Note: To the best of our knowledge eight Wends did not return from the Civil War. There is no indication that any of them died from wounds received while fighting, just disease.
Monday 14 September 2015 at 06:20 am
This article by George and Bonnie Carmack first appeared in "Weekender Visit..." of the San Antonio Express/News, San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, 21 April 1973.
Note: The Wends bought the Delaplane League for $1/acre not 50 cents.
Monday 14 September 2015 at 05:09 am
This article appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Austin, Texas sometime before August 1970 when Rev Ewald Recks was still the pastor.
Note: The first Serbin church was not built the same month the Wends landed, December 1854, because they did not find the Delaplane League land until January and did not close until 11 Feb 1855.
Note: The Australian migration stated in 1848 and did not end until the 1860s with a few more families arriving in the 1870s.
Note: When the Wends came to Texas they settled in Bastrop County since Lee County was not formed until 1874.
Monday 14 September 2015 at 01:06 am
This article was written for Liberty in its July/August 1975 edition by Michelle Pemberton, a free-lance writer in Austin, Texas.
Note: There is an error in the article. Michael Mickan, while on board the Ben Nevis, had nothing to do with Copperas Cove and was not an ancestor of Lou Ida (Mrs. Ed) Meissner. His entire life in Texas was spent in the Round Top, Texas area of Fayette Lounty. Lou Ida's mother was Pauline Mickan whose father John Mickan came to Texas in 1858 aboard the Fortuna. Pauline's grandfather on her mother's side, Johann Gottlieb Neitsch, who eventually settled in Walburg, had been a Ben Nevis passenger.
Sunday 13 September 2015 at 10:19 pm
It is believed that this article appeared first appeared in The Giddings News, Giddings, Texas, in 1979.
Sunday 13 September 2015 at 10:02 pm
This article by Betty Flinspach first appeared in the Bastrop County Times, Smithville, Texas on Thursday, 26 Feb 1981.