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Welcome To the Rev. Gotthilf Birkmann Blog. Please read me first!

Monday 23 March 2099 at 5:21 pm. Used tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rev Gotthilf Birkmann was the second pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fedor, Texas. He was an irrepressible force in the life of the early Texas Lutheran church.  For a detailed account of his life I wholeheartedly recommend that you read Worthy of Double Honor, the Rev. G. Birkmann, D.D. by Ray Martens.

This blog is designed to be a repositiory of the articles and letters he wrote during his lifetime that pertain to the Wendish and Texas Lutheran experience. Most were published in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt of Giddings, Texas and then later other Giddings newspapers about life among the Wends and Germans of early Lee County as they were translated by his grandson Ray Martens. Some of these translations have appeared in Worthy of Double Honor and are reprinted with permission of Concordia University Press through David Zersen. Ohers have never been seen elsewhere in translated form.

In additon to being published in the Giddings Deutsches Voklsblatt the articles were published in English in other publications. These articles were found in his file at Concordia Historical Institute in St Louis, Missouri.

A complete list of all of his articles, as best as we can tell, compiled by Ray Martens is shown below. Clicking on the date will take you directly to the article in the blog.

Gotthilf Birkmann Articles and Letters Printed in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt and The Giddings News

1. August 15, 1929 – Report About the Life and Work of the Sainted Johann Kilian, Former Pastor in Serbin, Texas (Reprint of Lutheraner article)

2. February 18, 1931 – Heinrich Nehrling, Teacher and Friend of Nature

3. April 2, 1931 – Memories of My Arrival in Fedor and the First Years There, 1876-79

4. May 28, 1931 – Congratulations . . . [to Holy Cross, Wartburg, IL]

5. July 9, 1931 – Some Reminiscences and Dates of the History of the Texas District

6. August 13, 1931 – Golden Weddings While I was in Fedor

7. September 24, 1931 – What Our Children Gather in Forest and Field

8. October 29, 1931 – St. James Lutheran Church, Lexington, Texas

9. December 24, 1931 – Pastor C. L. Geyer, deceased on March 6, 1892, in Serbin, Texas

10. March 31, 1932 - From The Lutheran Witness

11. April 21, 1932 – Memories of My First Time in Fedor

12. April 28, 1932 – Memories of My First Time in Fedor [Part II]

13. May 6, 1932 - Rev. Birkmann Writes of Lutheran Church Schools in Lee County, 1876-1932

14. May 19, 1932 – Memories of My First Time in Fedor [Part III]

15. July 14, 1932 - My First Trip to Austin

16. August 19, 1932 - Partial list of Giddings Peple As I Knew Them 50 Years Ago

17. September 1, 1932 – Letter to the Editor from Hufsmith, Texas

18. September 2, 1932 - Rev. Birkmann Writes an Interesting Article

19. September 22, 1932 – About the Wendish Colony in Serbin

20. September 29, 1932 - The edition of the Volksblatt  printed on September 29, 1932 does not exist.

21. January 5, 1933 - Memories of an Old Pastor at the Turn of the Year

22. February 2, 1933 - Yes, It Certainly Was Pleasant in Fedor

23. February 16, 1933 - Letter to the Editor from Huffsmith, Texas

24. February 23, 1933 - In Memory of Teacher Gerhard A. Kilian in Serbin, Lee County, Texas

25. March 23, 1933 - In Memory of Former Pastor Hermann T. Kilian, in Serbin, Texas

26. July 20, 1933 - Letter to the Editor from Huffsmith, Texas, 15 July 1933

27. August 10, 1933 – Rev. Birkmann Reports His Experiences in Dallas More Than Fifty Years Ago

28. August 24, 1933 - Pastor Jacob Kaspar is Dead

29. September 14, 1933 – Memories of My Time in Dallas, 1879 to 1882

30. October 6, 1933 – Reminiscences of Fifty-seven Years Ago

31. October 26, 1933 – A Second Trip Fifty Years Ago to the Winklers in The Grove, Coryell Co., Texas

32. December 7, 1933 - Give thanks to the Lord for He is good and His mercy endures forever

33. January 25, 1934 - Pastor Friedrich Wunderlich

34. March 1, 1934 - Letter to the Editor from Huffsmith, Texas, 24 February 1934

35. April 26, 1934 – Something about the Pastor-Teacher Conference in Rose Hill, Harris, Co., Texas, Three Weeks Ago

36. May 31, 1934 – My Visit to my Brother-in-law John Falke in Copperas Cove Forty-two Years Ago

37. July 5, 1934 – Memories of Pastor and Teacher Conferences in Texas in Old Times

38. July 12, 1934 –Memories of Pastor and Teacher Conferences in Texas in Old Times 

39. July 26, 1934 - Memories of Pastor/Teacher Conferences at an Earlier Time

40. August 9, 1934 – Memories of Conferences in Earlier Times

41. August 30, 1934 – Memories of Conferences in Earlier Times 

42. September 27, 1934 – Recollections of Experiences in Fedor in 1883

43. November 8, 1934 – Memories of Earlier Conferences

44. November 22, 1934 – The Assignment of Pastor and Teacher Candidates in the Missouri Synod Seminary Forty-five Years Ago

45. January 10, 1935 – Memories of Earlier Conferences in Texas

46. January 24, 1935 – Pastor Oswald Lugenheim, 1859-1934

47. February 14, 1935 – Herman Urban died in Fedor

48. March 28, 1935 – My Visit to the Synodical Conference in 1888

49. April 4, 1935 – Memories of the Synodical Conference in Milwaukee in 1888 [Part II]

50. April 11, 1935 –Memories of the Synodical Conference in Milwaukee in 1888 [Part III]

51. May 9, 1935 – Letter to the editor about goings-on in Rose Hill/Hufsmith, Texas

52. June 6, 1935 – Memories of Earlier Conferences [said to be the 9th installment]

53. June 27, 1935 – Recollections of Pastors of the Missouri Synod Who Were Called from Texas to Nebraska

54. July 7, 1935 – Letter to the Editor about the Wunderlichs

55. August 22, 1935 – My Trip to Colorado and Nebraska in 1906

56. October 24, 1935 – Visitations [by church officials] in Texas from 1868 to 1879

57. November 11, 1935 - Pastor C. W. Rische

58. December 19, 1935 – Memories of Christmas Eve in Fedor Many Years Ago

59. January 23, 1936 – The First Conference in Thorndale, Texas, 1897

60. March 5, 1936 – Something about Illness and Visiting the Sick

61. April 2, 1936 – Memories of Earlier Conferences [1901-02]

62. April 9, 1936 – Memories of Earlier Conferences [1902-03]

63. June 11, 1936 – Earlier District Conventions in Serbin, Texas [1878]

64. June 18, 1936 –Earlier District Conventions in Serbin, Texas [Part II, 1904, 1918]

65. October 1, 1936 – Memories of Congregations in Earlier Times I

66. October 8, 1936 – Memories of Congregations in Earlier Times II

67. October 15, 1936 – The Remarkable Growth of the Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States in Texas During the Years 1886 to 1896

68. November 19, 1936 – Something About Presidential Elections in Times Long Ago

69. January 21, 1937 - Granting a Request

70. March 4, 1937 – Memories of the Convention in Warda in February, 1892

71. April 15, 1937 – My 1869 Summer Vacation

72. May 20, 1937 – The Lord Breaks and Restores, He Wounds and Heals [about his 1892 illness, Hulda's death, courtship of Helene]

73. June 24, 1937 – My Recollections of the Western District Convention in 1876 in St. Louis

74. July 1, 1937 – My Recollections of the Western District Convention in 1876 in St. Louis[Part II]

75. August 12, 1937 – My First Ride to Serbin, Texas

76. August 19, 1937 – My First Ride to Serbin, Texas [Part II]

77. August 26, 1937 – Letter to the Editor

78. September 30, 1937 – St. Michael, the Angel Honored on September 29

79. October 28, 1937 – Reformation Festival, Sunday, October 31

80. November 25, 1937 – About Thanksgiving Day

81. December 9, 1937 - Obituary for Anna Louise Kilian

82. December 23, 1937 – Christmas Memories

83. January 27, 1938 – Some Recollections of My Attendance at the General Synod in 1890 in Milwaukee

84. February 2, 1938 – At the Conclusion of the 1890 Convention in Milwaukee, I Crossed the Lake to Michigan

85. March 17, 1938 – Sixty Years Ago

86. April 14, 1938 – We Enjoyed Singing at our Concordia in Fort Wayne

87. May 12, 1938 – We Are Here as Pilgrims; Our Homeland is Above

88. June 9, 1938 – A Confirmation in Shiner, Texas, in 1889

89. July 7, 1938 – My Vacation in Ohio, 1871

90. August 4, 1938 - Waiting for the Robert E. Lee

91. August 25, 1938 – Recollections of the Trip I Took in the Fall of 1893 to Visit [congregations]

92. September 22, 1938 – Something About a Congregation's Constitution and Meetings

93. October 20, 1938 – Memories of Pastor A. W. Kramer, Deceased in 1920

94. November 17, 1938 – Memories from My Childhood

95. December 22, 1938 – My Christmas Vacation as a Student, 1874

96. February 2, 1939 – We Rode Together [trips on horseback with members in the earliest years]

97. April 13, 1939 – More About My Childhood – Farm Experience

98. May 11, 1939 -- Missouri Synod Congregations in Illinois About to Celebrate Their Centennials

99. June 15, 1939 – Memories [stories of the Winkler family, burials]

100. July 6, 1939 – Your Sons Will Come From Afar [early congregations in Texas]

101. July 13, 1939 – Your Sons Will Come From Afar [list of members at Fedor]

102. August 31, 1939 – Memories of My First School Years in Illinois

103. October 5, 1939 – From the First Years of the Congregation in Fedor, 1870 to 1875

104. November 30, 1939 – The Beginning of Our Mission Work in China Through Missionary Arndt Twenty-five Years Ago

105. January 18, 1940 - Memories, 1854-1876

106. January 25, 1940 - Memories, 1877-1881

107. February 8, 1940 - Memories, 1882-1884

108. February 29, 1940 - Memories, 1885 - 1888

109. March 14, 1940 - Memories, 1889 - 1891

110. April 4, 1940 - Memories, 1892 - 1893

111. May 23, 1940 - Memories, 1894 - 1895

112. June 20, 1940 - Memories, 1896 - 1897

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