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Welcome To the Rev. Gotthilf Birkmann Blog. Please ignore the column on the left titled Archive. 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 addition 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, Rev Johann Pallmer obituary

11. April 21, 1932 – Memories of My First Time in Fedor [Part I]

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. June 3, 1932 - The Lutheran (Missouri Synod) Churches in Lee County, Texas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

34. January 25, 1934 - Pastor Friedrich Wunderlich

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

44. November 8, 1934 – Memories of Earlier Conferences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

70. January 21, 1937 - Granting a Request

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

72. April 15, 1937 – My 1869 Summer Vacation

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

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

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

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

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

78. August 26, 1937 – Letter to the Editor

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

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

81. November 25, 1937 – About Thanksgiving Day

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

83. December 23, 1937 – Christmas Memories

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

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

86. March 17, 1938 – Sixty Years Ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

95. November 17, 1938 – Memories from My Childhood

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

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

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

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

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

101. July 6, 1939 – Your Sons Will Come From Afar, Part 1 [early congregations in Texas]

102. July 13, 1939 – Your Sons Will Come From Afar, Part 2 [list of members at Fedor]

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

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

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

105. January - June 1940 - Memories, 1854-1897

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