John Schmidt a.k.a. Hans Kower

John Schmidt also known as (AKA) Hans Kowar was the second son of Wendish immigrant Juri Kowar (George Schmidt) and his Texas born Wendish wife Hanna Krause. Educated by Teacher Gerhardt Kilian at St Paul Lutheran School at Serbin he became one of the correspondents to the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt wherever he lived, first at Warda and later in Houston.

Warda, Texas February 6, 1902

Feb. 4: A few things to be announced from our area.                 The overall health conditions here are serious, with colds, pneumonia, as well as small pox are now in large numbers. From all indications, they will not disappear very quickly, since the unfavorable weather does not provide very good conditions.                 Recently, in the …

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Warda, Texas January 6, 1906

Esteemed Readers of the Volksblatt!                 Since my last correspondence was rained out, I want to, at this time, submit a few lines, although I don’t have much too write about.                 The Christmas holidays were very pleasant. There was good weather, so everyone could enjoy the holidays.                 During the holidays, Mr. Traugott Winzer …

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Warda, Texas March 1, 1906

Valued reader!                 A few lines from here again for you to read and ponder.                 Mr Friedrich Schur, with family, has left this week in order to try his luck in Williamson County.                 Mr Curt Guendel, with his special young bride, made a honeymoon stop here in Warda to visit his brothers.                 …

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Warda, Texas February 7, 1907

Valued Volksblatt Reader!                 A few lines from here again ready for you to read.                 Since last Friday we have had pretty good weather, nevertheless we still are not getting any rain. It appears almost as if it is not able to rain here…but hopefully it will happen sometime.                 Since my last writing, …

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