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March 5, 1936 Something About Illness and Visiting the Sick

Saturday 19 November 2016 at 11:23 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, em., and translated by Ray Martens, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 5 March 1936.

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January 23, 1936 The First Conference in Thorndale, Texas, 1897

Saturday 19 November 2016 at 11:19 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, em., and translated by Ray Martens, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 23 January 1936.

As good as Rev Birkmann's memory was, he did make mistakes from time to time and it is one of the purposes of these blogs to not perpetuate mistakes; ie: 

St. Paul Thorndale was founded in 1890 not 1880.The church was built in 1891and Gesterling was ordained in the same year. Gesterling served from 1891 to 1893—two years. (Source:  History of St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church Thorndale, Texas 1890-1940 mimeographed copy.)

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June 6, 1935 Memories of Earlier Conferences

Saturday 19 November 2016 at 5:33 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, em., and translated by Ray Martens, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 6 June 1935. It is allegedly the 9th continuation.

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January 10, 1935 Memories of Earlier Conferences in Texas, Seventh Continuation

Saturday 19 November 2016 at 5:27 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, em., and translated by Ray Martens, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 10 January 1935. Somewhere along the line the numbering system went from 4 to 7 for an unknown reason.

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November 8, 1934 Memories of Earlier Conferences

Saturday 19 November 2016 at 5:23 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, em., and translated by Ray Martens, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 8 November 1934.

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August 30, 1934 Memories of Conferences in Earlier Times, Fourth Continuation

Saturday 19 November 2016 at 5:19 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, em., and translated by Ray Martens first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 30 August 1934.

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August 9, 1934 Memories of Conferences in Earlier Times, Third Continuation

Saturday 19 November 2016 at 5:16 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, em., and translated by Ray Martens, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 9 August 1934.

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July 26, 1934 Memories of Pastor/Teacher Conferences at an Earlier Time, Second Continuation

Saturday 19 November 2016 at 5:12 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, em., and translated by Ray Martens, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 26 July 1934.

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July 12, 1934 Memories of Pastor/Teacher Conferences in Earlier Times, Continuation

Saturday 19 November 2016 at 5:08 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, em., and translated by Ray Martens, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 12 July 1934.

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July 5, 1934 Memories of Pastor/Teacher Conferences in Earlier Times

Saturday 19 November 2016 at 5:05 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, em., and translated by Ray Martens, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 5 July 1934.

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January 21, 1937 Granting a Request

Friday 23 September 2016 at 02:59 am

This article, written in German by Rev. G. Birkmann for the  21 January 1937 edition of the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt was transalted by Ray Martens.

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April 26, 1934 Something About the Pastor/Teacher Conference In Rose Hill, Harris Co., Texas, Held Three Weeks Ago.

Wednesday 21 September 2016 at 4:59 pm

This aritlce was written in German by Rev. G. Birkmann for the 26 April 1934 edition of the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt and translated by Ray Martens.

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

Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 3:53 pm

This article by Rev G. Birkmann, written in German for the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 5 January 1933 was translated by Ray Martens.

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September 1, 1932 Letter from Hufsmith, Texas

Tuesday 20 September 2016 at 03:37 am

This article by Rev G. Birkmann, in the form of a letter to the edtor, first appeared in German in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 1 September 1932. It is presented here translated by Ray Martens.

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March 31, 1932 From the Lutheran Witness

Friday 16 September 2016 at 02:16 am

This article was written by Rev. G. Birkmann in German for the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 31 Mar 1932. It is here translated by Ray Martens, Birkmann’s grandson. The original notices announcing and informing about Rev. Pallmer’s death, those written by Proft and Kilian and those that appeared in Der Lutheraner can be viewed in the Wendish Research Exchange Forum, Texas Wends: Letter and Documents, 124.730, 124.800, and 124.850.

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December 24, 1931 The Rev. C. L. Geyer, Deceased March, 1892, in Serbin, Texas

Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 12:43 am

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann first appeared in German in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on 24 Dec 1931. It is presented here translated by his grandson, Ray Martens.

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

Friday 09 September 2016 at 3:27 pm

This article was writtten in German by Rev Gotthilf Birkmann for the 29 October 1931 edition of the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt and translated by Ray Martens.

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

Sunday 04 September 2016 at 04:04 am

This article by Rev. Birkmann and translated by Ray Martens first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt,Giddings, Texas, on September 24, 1931.

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July 9, 1931. Some Memories and Dates in the History of the Texas District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

Sunday 14 August 2016 at 12:13 am

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on July 9, 1931. It was translated from German by Ray Martens.

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August 19, 1932. Partial List of Giddings People As I Knew Them Fifty Years Ago.

Friday 05 August 2016 at 02:40 am

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, retired, first appeared in The Giddings News on Augusut 19, 1932.

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October 5, 1939. From the First Years of the Congregation in Fedor, Texas, 1870-1875.

Friday 05 August 2016 at 02:11 am

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, Pastor Emeritus, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on October 5, 1939. It is translated from German by Ray Martens.

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February 2, 1939. We Rode With Each Other.

Wednesday 03 August 2016 at 6:41 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, Pastor Emeritus, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on February 2, 1939. It was translated by Ray Martens.

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February 2, 1938. After the Conclusion of the 1890 Convention in Milwaukee I Traveled Across Lake Michigan to Michigan.

Wednesday 03 August 2016 at 6:16 pm

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, Pastor Emeritus, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on February 2, 1938. It was translated from German by Ray Martens.

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November 14, 1915. Sermon delivered at the 25th Anniversary Service of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Thorndale, Texas.

Wednesday 03 August 2016 at 01:28 am

This sermon was delivered by Rev. G. Birkmann at the 25th Anniversary Service of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Thorndale, Texas. It was translated from German by Bill Biar.

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

Wednesday 03 August 2016 at 01:01 am

This article by Rev. G. Birkmann, Pastor Emeritus, first appeared in the Giddings Deutsches Volksblatt on June 9, 1938. It was translated from German by Ray Martens.

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