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Pioneer Hertz brothers arrive in Nacogdoches


On this day in 1829, brothers Joseph and Hyman Hertz arrived in Nacogdoches from their native Hannover, Saxony. Joseph, born around 1806, established a medical practice in Nacogdoches. During the early 1830s he treated patients in and around Nacogdoches, sometimes traveling up to sixty miles to reach outlying settlements. His patients also included Indians, and it is said that he sometimes traded his work for pelts and hides. In 1835 he moved to Natchez, Mississippi, and a few years later returned to Saxony, where he remained for the rest of his life. Hyman, born around 1808, established a mercantile business in Nacogdoches. He represented the town at the Convention of 1832 and was killed the next year when the steamer Lioness, on which he was traveling to New Orleans, caught fire and sank on the Red River.

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