Lee County

How a Mailbox Full of Dimes from Dime Box, Texas Ended Up in the White House

The population of Dime Box, Texas has remained fairly consistent over the last hundred years, peaking at around five hundred in the Roaring Twenties. If you’re driving up what used to be the Old San Antonio Road (now SH 21), you’ll even miss the town by about three miles, though you will drive right through …

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To Generalize or Not To Generalize, That is the Question

When it comes to the study of history, generalization is (in general) a problem. (See what I did there?) That being said, it’s difficult to begin the study of any historical event without starting with generalities. One such generality is “the Wends came to Texas to preserve their language and culture.” In general, that is …

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“And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone…”

It’s early 1855. You are one of the fortunate ones who survived the two-month trip across the Atlantic in the Ben Nevis. The brutal winter will, in a few months, give way to Spring. Unfortunately, though, your husband was one of the seventy-some souls who perished en route to Galveston. Now that you’re in Texas, …

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Why Wendish Lutherans Moved to Sam Houston’s Texas

[Note: I wrote this after reading in a source that Kilian’s call was on May 25, 1854. However since then I’ve found the actual call document (you can see it online here https://forum.wendishresearch.org/viewthread.php?tid=2644) which is dated May 23. It could be that the original source was just incorrect, or it may be that Kilian officially …

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