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1. From the Pioneer Times of an Old Texas Pastor

Saturday 23 March 2097 at 7:52 pm

This article appeared in Worthy of Double Honor: The Rev G. Birkmnn, D. D. written by his grandson Ray Martens and published by Concordia University Press.


The following account was composed and typed by Gotthilf Birkmann to record his experiences in Fedor and is preserved among papers held by Herbert Birkman. It deals with his impressions of the members of his congregation in the 1870's and 1880's, predominantly Wendish in background, either by way of Serbin in the 1850's or directly from Upper Lusatia more recently. The reader will note that his observations are overwhelmingly complimentary and illustrate the love he had for his congregation in Fedor, which he served for forty three years.

"From the Pioneer Time of an Old Texas Pastor" suggests both its purpose and date in its opening sentence: "to portray memories and impressions" of a time between 1875 and 1890 from the vantage point of the 1920's. Form and content suggest that the writing was intended for publication or some other form of dissemination. Whether or how that may have happened is not known. Maybe this will be its first public appearance. The original is in German, here appended my translation.

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