Manuscript/Mixed Material Image 2 of [Max Richter]

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While I lived near {Begin deleted text}Fredericksuurg{End deleted text} Fredericksburg the farmers worked their land with oxen, there were no roads, but just trails and we had to cut the brush from them to get thro'. This was mostly a German settlement. But we kept up our way of getting together which we had in Germany. We had our song-fests and our meetings and schools entertainments. A Mr Kleberg of San Antonio was the first man to bring a piano to Texas from Germany. He lived on a ranch to the north of San Antonio. We celebrated the fourth of July with {Begin deleted text}[?]{End deleted text} the American people and trained our children to know about the American holidays, just as we did in Germany for the German celebrations, only we were not as free in Germany as in America. Truly we found this new country of America to be the “land of the free.”

“After I had lived in Texas awhile I married Miss Minna Brase, in Brenham, Prairie , Washington County. She was born in 1869, and we had nine children, five boys and three girls. We moved to the Riesel settlement in 1922. While I lived near Frederiscksburg we carried our produce to Houston and San Antonio, Houston being close to the gulf we took our produce {Begin deleted text}ther{End deleted text} there to be shipped to the {Begin deleted text}forign{End deleted text} foreign countries. The neighbors went together and made us wagon trains to / make these trips in order to help each other if there were any trouble on the way. The country was still infested with robbers and many Mexicans who did not hesitiate to rob these trains. We would be from six weeks to two months on a trip. We had no horses, just oxen {Begin deleted text}then{End deleted text} and they were slow to travel.

“Fredericksburg was a wonderful place for wild game, there were deer and wild turkey plentiful , as well as wild hogs. We used dogs to hunt

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[Max Richter]
Contributor Names
Cowan, Effie (Interviewer)
Richter, Max (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Occupations
-  Folklore
-  Ethnic/National Groups
-  Emigration and Immigration
-  Narratives
-  United States -- Texas -- McLennan County -- Riesel
Call Number/Physical Location
series: Folklore Project, Life Histories, 1936-39
MSS55715: BOX A733
Source Collection
U.S. Work Projects Administration, Federal Writers' Project
Manuscript Division
Online Format
online text

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Suggested credit line: Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, WPA Federal Writers' Project Collection.

The introduction was written by Ann Banks © 1980 and produced by Joanne B. Freeman. The sound recordings were produced by Joan Murphy Stack and engineered by Rob Attinello. The actors who read the manuscripts were Clement Cottingham, Billie Durand, George A. Jackson, Jr., Margaret Root, Edward S. Stout, and Edna Jeweline White.

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Chernoff, George and Hershel Sarbin. Photography and the Law, NY: AMPHOTO, 1971. Library of Congress call number: KF2042.P45C44 1971.

Schultz, John and Barbara Schultz. Picture Research: A Practical Guide, NY: Van Nostrand, 1991. Library of Congress call number: TR147.S38 1991.

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Cowan, Effie, and Max Richter. Max Richter. Texas. Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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