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Eleanora Reinarz Lindheimer, 1818-1895

Eleanora Reinarz Lindheimer, 1818-1895

Eleonora Reinarz was 28 years old when she and Ferdinand Lindheimer married. Often left alone for long periods of time while Lindheimer collected plants, she seemed uniquely suited to her life as his wife. Highly skilled at preserving the plant specimens he found while collecting, she thoroughly understood the different processes of drying plants for shipment. Lindheimer treasured and valued Eleonora’s help and wrote in an 1846 letter to Georg Engelmann, “I have … a woman who takes part in all my interests with trust and respect.”

More Information

  • Fey, Everett A.: New Braunfels: The First Founders, Eakin Press, 1994
  • Goyne, Minetta A.: A Life Among the Texas Flora, TAMU Press, 1991


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