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STOEHR, LOUISE WEBER (1800–1888). Louise Gesine Auguste Weber Stoehr, early German pioneer, daughter of Jacob Ludwig August and Friedrike Catharina Sophie (Meyer) Weber, was born on July 30, 1800, in Ovelgönne, Oldenburg. She immigrated to America in 1829 and moved in 1831 to Industry, the first German settlement in Texas. She and her husband settled on the west bank of Mill Creek in what is now Austin County. Louise Weber married Johann Friedrich Ernst in Oldenburg on October 25, 1818. They had seven children, including Caroline Ernst von Hinueber and John Friedrich Meinhard Ernst. After Ernst died in 1848, Louise married Constantin Stoehr on February 7, 1849. He died around 1858. In 1884, Mrs. Stoehr gave an account of her early experiences in coming to Texas to a reporter from the Texas-Post of Galveston. It was printed in German in Der Deutsche Pionier in 1884. Louise lived the remainder of her life in Industry. She died in 1888, and at her death was buried in the Pilgrims Rest Cemetery.


Gilbert Giddings Benjamin, The Germans in Texas: A Study in Immigration (Austin: Jenkins, 1974). Rudolph L. Biesele, The History of the German Settlements in Texas, 1831–1861 (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1930; rpt. 1964). Crystal Sasse Ragsdale, ed., The Golden Free Land: The Reminiscences and Letters of Women on an American Frontier (Austin: Landmark, 1976). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin (Ernst, Frederich).

Miriam York


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