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Louis Cachand Ervendberg, 1809-1863

Louis Cachand Ervendberg, 1809-1863

Prince Carl’s sixth report to the Adelsverein described the effect of Rev. Ervendberg’s December 23, 1844, Protestant service for the newly arrived immigrants. “It induced a very earnest and tender feeling in the congregation, & many shed tears of heartfelt emotion.” Delayed by rains, Lindheimer and Ervendberg got these first settlers to New Braunfels on March 21, Good Friday, 1845. Ervendberg became first minister of the German Protestant Church, today’s First Protestant Church. He and his wife established Neu Wied or the Orphans Home near present day Gruene where they cared for 19 orphaned children. Ervendberg was also an accomplished naturalist and botanist. At Neu Wied, he grew silkworms and experimented with exotic wheats. Ervendberg’s tobacco plants made excellent cigars.

More Information

  • Goyne, Minetta A.: A Life Among the Texas Flora, TAMU Press, 1991
  • Geiser, Samuel Wood: Naturalists of the Frontier, SMU Press, 1948

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