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Sante Fe Expedition survivor dies


On this day in 1884, Cayton Erhard died in Bastrop. This veteran and prisoner of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition was a native of Munich, Germany. He immigrated to Texas in 1839 and joined the Santa Fe Expedition in 1841. He was taken prisoner by Mexican troops and spent two years in Mexican prisons. Afterward, he was active in organizing the government of Hays County, where he served as the first county clerk and first postmaster. After Reconstruction he moved to Bastrop. There he was elected judge and delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1875. He later wrote reminiscences of the Santa Fe Expedition for the San Marcos Free Press. Erhard is buried in the Bastrop city cemetery.

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