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Date(s) - 01/17/2016
12:00 am

German-Texan Heritage Society

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“To start the new year, on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at 3 pm, at the German Free School,  Chemical Engineer and history buff James V. Woodrick will speak on the book he wrote, Experiences and Observations/Memoirs of a German Texan Newspaperman.  It is the life story of Charles Andreas Trenckmann, born in 1859, and who, like Woodrick, was born in Austin County.  He was in the first graduating class of Texas A&M and graduated as Valedictorian in 1879.  Among many services to Texas A&M, Trenckmann began the organization that became the Association of Former Students and served on the board of directors.  Trenckmann begain his career as a schoolteacher in Frelsberg and Shelby and later was a principal of the Bellville School where her met his wife, the daughter of a Bellville merchant.  In 1891 he began publishing the German newspaper Das Wochenblatt in Austin.  He continued to write, edit and publish the newspaper for 42 years until his death in 1935.  It was a respected voice in the German communities in Texas and beyond.  It was a means of informing immigrants and their descendants about politics, current issues at all levels, and American institutions.  He published his memoirs between 1931 acd 1933 in the newspaper.  His children translated the memoirs and they are published for the first time in Woodrick’s book.  The library in the German Free School Building is named for William’s grandson Charles Trenckmann who was an Austin lawyer.”

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