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 December 12, 1907

Esteemed Reader!                 The reason I am reaching for my pen is that I would like to convey some news before it is forgotten.                 A few days ago, the rain subsided, and the sun came out again. One wishes the beautiful weather would stay, otherwise the roads will become totally unsurpassable, because one hears …

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Warda, Texas March 12, 1908

Valued Volksblatt readers.                 So much has been written in previous editions of the Volksblatt about duck and rabbit hunting that it almost gives one a migraine headache; so I will keep quiet about our hunting adventure, or else someone will tell a story that would be better than ours.                 The weather continues to …

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Warda, Texas November 12, 1908

Dear Reader!                     A few lines from our corner of the world again to the Volksblatt that I know you would like to read; so I take my pen to send a few lines.                     Well, the elections are now over again, and therefore everyone knows where he stands. Those who lost are probably grumpily …

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Warda, Texas April 8, 1909

Dear Reader!!                     Must finally dig up some news from our corner of the world, or else the readers will think that the Warda Correspondent doesn’t exist anymore.  However, most probably the Walburg Correspondent will really be worried and he will wonder where I have been.  Well, I haven’t disappeared yet and I am still …

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Warda, Texas April 29, 1909

Dear reader,                 Though little news, I will send you a few lines. The people here are finished with the planting, so now if we will have some good weather, we will have a good harvest.                 On the 7th of April, we had a nice rain filling up the rivers, tanks and cisterns.                 …

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