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SCHERER, GIDEON (1811–1861). Gideon Scherer, Lutheran minister and founder of Colorado College, was born near Rural Retreat, Wythe County, Virginia, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Spoon) Scherer, on December 2, 1811. He studied in a country school and probably received further formal training, for he was a practicing minister when, about 1852, he and his wife decided to come to Texas to minister to German Lutheran immigrants. The Scherers made their way by the Kanawha, Ohio, and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans, then to Galveston, and finally to Columbus, where Scherer organized a church. He served as trustee for the congregation in the acquisition of a town lot and the construction of a church building, which was completed by 1854. In 1857 he and his brother, John Jacob Scherer, founded Colorado College in Columbus. Jacob Scherer, their father, who was also a minister and had come to Columbus in 1854 at the age of sixty-nine, taught in the college until his death. Gideon had three sons and two daughters. His wife died before 1860. In 1858 ill health compelled him to resign his ministry; he died in Columbus on June 2, 1861.

Colorado County Historical Commission, Colorado County Chronicles from the Beginning to 1923 (2 vols., Austin: Nortex, 1986).
W. A. Flachmeier

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