Notes for Friedrich Hermann * Seele: June 2002 Family Reunion press release, by Elaine Aniol Wilson
Descendants of Hermann and Mathilda Seele have been descending on New Braunfels from California, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin and many Texas locations during June. They are honoring the 100th Anniversary of Hermann's death and the 140th anniversary of Mathilda and Hermann's wedding. The largest group of family members will be celebrating from Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30 and learning New Braunfels history as part of the festivities. The main event, a Saturday picnic in Landa Park near the Founders' Oak includes a family group portrait staged on the steps of The Monument. United for this will be great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren from the lines of Heinrich Carl (Harry) Seele of New Braunfels and Friedrich Hermann (Fritz) Seele, Jr. of San Antonio. The Seele daughters, Mrs. John Faust (Emmie) and Mrs. George Eiband (Hulda), both of whom lived in New Braunfels all their lives, had no surviving descendants. Hermann Seele (1823-1902) arrived in Texas from Hildesheim, Germany in 1843 and joined the colony of New Braunfels on May 6, 1845 with the second group of settlers sponsored by the Adelverein, the Society of Nobles. On August 11 of that year, Seele began teaching 15 of the colony's children beneath the clump of trees at the base of Sophienburg Hill, an event depicted on The Monument. He is recognized as having started the first school in Texas. During his life, Seele, a word that means "soul" in German, was called "eigentliche Seele der Stadt" or the "actual soul of the city." In reality, the city would have lost its right to exist if Seele, a self-taught lawyer, had not won a successful decision from the U.S. Circuit Court in 1879 which kept the Veremendi heirs from dispossessing the citizens of the land that had been sold to Prince Solms in 1845. Seele was New Braunfels Mayor (1861-1866), Comal County's first District Clerk (1846-1854), Postmaster (1889-1895), a member of the Texas Legislature (1863-1865) and a Major in the Confederate Army. His versatility allowed him to also be a farmer, artist, auctioneer and the major speaker for social, civic, cultural and political events in the area. Reunion activities include visits to the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, a Cemetery Tour and Sunday morning services at the First Protestant Church. Seele helped incorporate the church in October, 1845. He was elected the first parish secretary, an office he held for 57 years. He also assisted as a lay minister and preacher. In 1862, Seele married Mathilde Blum (1845-1925), who had come to New Braunfels with her family before 1849. They had five children; four survived to adulthood. Their charming courtship is detailed in The Diary of Hermann Seele & Seele's Sketches from Texas, translated by Theodore Gish and published by the German-Texan Heritage Society in 1995. Hermann Seele was a founding member of Germania, the first singing society in Texas (1850). On his homestead property along the Guadalupe River, he hosted the state's first Sangerfest (Song Festival) in 1853. Two years later, for the third Sangerfest, Seele built the Sangerhalle by his log home. For a later event, Seele wrote what is the only German-Texas musical, Texas Fahrten (Travels in Texas). It was recreated for the Texas Sesquicentennial in 1986 in the Civic Center and published in a translation by Dr. Gish. In 1851, Seele participated in founding the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung. He contributed articles and, for a time, set editorial policy. The newspaper published Die Cypresse, a novel written and illustrated by Seele, at the time of the Texas Centennial in 1936. Translated in 1979 by Edward C. Breitenkamp, The Cypress and Other Writings of a German Pioneer in Texas offers insight into life in Texas at the time of the beginnings of New Braunfels. This Seele book is often cited by historians. Seele made many educational contributions including service as a member of both the board and faculty of the New Braunfels Academy until 1879. In 1871, he organized the first State Teachers' Conference, and his design for teachers' institutes was mandated by the Texas State Board of Education. Seele's innovations for developing independent school districts empowered to finance public schools through taxation became the model for the local tax-based school districts set up by the 1876 Texas Constitution. In New Braunfels, Seele Elementary School honors his memory. The Kindermaskenball, annual parade of costumed children, was started by Seele probably as early as 1846. Ten years later, the first descriptive account of it was written down. Seele also helped start the New Braunfelser Theater-Gesellschaft (Dramatic Society), first Schutzenverein (rifle club), and first Turnverein (athletic club). With ages ranging from infancy to eighty-plus, Seele family members will join together in making family memory books, reading Herman Seele's many writings, creating a miniature model of a Kindermaskenball parade and listening to music from the Texas Fahrten and by George Telemann, the composer connected with the school that trained Seele in Hildesheim. When Seele relatives leave New Braunfels at reunion end, they will take with them a new understanding of their family heritage and an awareness that their legacy challenges them to use their own souls to accomplish good things where they live.
The Cypress and Other Writings of a German Pioneer in Texas, by Hermann Seele, translated by Edward C. Breitenkamp, University of Texas Press, 1979.
Texas Fahrten, Travels in Texas, by Hermann Seele, translated by Theodore Gish, Nortex Press, Austin Texas, 1985.
New Braunfels, Comal county, Texas, A Pictorial History, Edited by Roger Nuhn, Narrative by Rosemarie Leissner Gregory and Myra Lee Adams Goff, The Donning Co., Virginia Beach, VA, 1993.
A Journey in Faith, The History of first Protestant Church, New Braunfels, Texas 1844-1995, by Rosemarie Leissner Gregory and Myra Lee Adams Goff, Nortex Press, Austin, Texas, 1994.
The Diary of Hermann Seele and Seele's Sketches from Texas: Pioneer, Civic and Cultural Leader, German-Texan Writer, Translation, Introduction, and Notes by Theodore Gish, e-mail: email@example.com German-Texan Heritage Society, Austin, TX, 1995. _______________________________________________________________
Fredrick Hermann Seele served as Secretary of the first Protestant Church in New Braunfels from October 1845 to April 1902. In pulpit vacancies, he also served as lay preacher. Introduced and installed nine pastors of the church.
Many references to his life included in A Journey in Faith. Extracts from page 25- 26: Hermann Seele "God appointed some to be apostles, others to be evangelists, others to be pastors and teachers" Ephesians 4:11
Hermann Seele was the secretary of the German Protestant Church for 57 years. He installed nine ministers during his tenure which ended when he died March 18, 1902. He was engaged to teach school by Pastor Ervendberg, was a prolific writer, mayor of New Braunfels, postmaster, and lawyer. An art window, "The Good Shepherd" was given (to the first Protestant Church, New Braunfels) in his honor.
As Seele was a mainstay in the church, he was a mainstay in the community. He was a school teacher, writer, self-taught lawyer, auctioneer, district clerk, mayor of New Braunfels, state legislator, and postmaster. He wrote for the Neu-Braunfelser Zeitung after its founding in 1852 as well as other publications. He was a member of the first singing society, Germania, organized March 2 1850. Above the Guadalupe River on his property he would build the first amusement hall in the area, the Saengerhalle. He would help to found a New Braunfels dramatic society (Neu Braunfelser Theater - Gesellschaft) along with H. Schulz and H. Remer. It was Seele who continued the happy tradition of the Kindermaskenball (children's masquerade) bringing the tradition from the Old Country to New Braunfel In 1862, Seele married Mathilda Blum after her seventeenth birthday. the couple had five children. Their son, Harry , would carry on as church secretary, keeping yet another tradition alive. _____________________________________________________________ From interview with Ruth Seele Aniol:
Hermann Seele left his homeland in his early twenties, from Hildesheim in Hannover, a German state governed by a king. He landed in Galveston on Dec 8, 1843. He stayed with Karl Rossi family. He took many walking tours of the country, looking for work. Hermann Seele came on a wagon train on May 5, 1845 to New Braunfels. Prince Solms came at the same time. He wanted a teacher who could teach both boys and girls in both German and English, and asked Hermann Seele to do this. Hermann Seele kept an extensive diary.
In the new country, there was extensive work to be done. There were fewer women who came than men. Women's jobs were largely in the home. Young unmarried men from New Braunfels would go to meet the boats hoping to find a bride. Hermann Seele married when he was almost 39 and the young woman was about age 17.
Hermann Seele facts: Census of 1850: listed as school teacher Census of 1860: listed as attorney. Helped to organize New Braunfels target club, Germanic singing club, Supported journalism and New Braunfels paper. Organized first state song festival: Saenger Hall Helped organized dramatic society, and suggested money be contributed to school fund. Led German settlers in opposition to Nona party. Delegate to state democratic convention. Organized teachers convention. Civil War: adjutant in state confederate army Served for 56 years as secretary of church, introduced 9 new preachers, served as lay preacher in between ministers. Poet. Poem to grandmother. He married Mathilda in 1862, and they were married until he died in 1902. They first lived in the house that he built on north San Antonio Stree Later they lived in what became the John Faust house. ______________________________________________________________
From New Braunfels
p. 47: (See picture on this page)
Friedrich Hermann Seele, teacher, writer, lawyer, district clerk, major in the Confederate Army and concurrently mayor of the city during the Civil War, state legislator, and postmaster, was born in 1823 in Hanover, and came to Galveston in 1843. Recruited by Prince Carl, he accompanied the settlers' wagon train to New Braunfels in 1845. He married Mathilda Blum in 1862, shortly after her seventeenth birthday. The Seeles had five children.
See picture, p. 79.
On August 11, 1845, Hermann Seele began to teach the first school under the elms at the foot of Vereinsburg Hill.
The first singing society in Texas, The Germania, was organized at New Braunfels March 2, 1850. In 1851 the group sponsored a Fourth of July celebration. by 1853 the first Saengerfest (Song Festival) was held at "Elisenruhe,", Hermann Seele's place on the Guadalupe. Land was cleared for dancing and a wagon canvas was used for a roof. Tables and benches were placed in an arbor. French wine, coffee, and pastries were available. In the evening the area was illuminated by oil lamps. Considered the first amusement hall in New Braunfels, the Saengerhalle, also known as Seele's Halle, was built by Seele on his property in 1855 in time for the third Saengerfest to be held there. --- See Picture of Saengerhalle and Seele home, p. 48 __________________________________________________ From New Braunfels, Sophienburg Museum & Archives 200 N. Seguin Street, New Braunfels Texas 78310 Phone 210-629-1900 10 am - 4 pm Mon. - Fri. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org homepage: http:/www.new-braunfels.com/sophienburg
New Braunfels, founded by Prince Carl in 1845, was named for his home, Braunfels, Germany, where he lived in a castle on the River Lahn. The "Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas" appointed Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels to lead a group of emigrants to a new home in Texas. The Prince chose a site on the comal River because of its abundant water, lush vegetation, and what he called..."a good omen".
As mayor, Hermann Seele signed paper money during confederacy. Samples dated from February 18, 1862 to December 11, 1862, for denominations of 10 cents, twenty five cents, fifty cents.
Museum tour in New Braunfels: Original German settlers were sponsored by German nobles escaping environment of political turmoil among German city-states. The settlers were offered 640 acres of free land in Texas. Unfortunately, when they got to Texas, there were Indians on the land. Additional land was purchased in the New Braunfels area. But there was not as much land per settler there. The settlers complained, but when offered free passage home, they all stayed.
The State of Texas, County of Comal, January 1849, City of New Braunfels, ...... Hermann Seele is entitled to receive Three hundred and twenty acres of Land within the limits of the Colony of the said Fisher and Miller ...... ____________________________________________
Plaques in Landa Park, Texas State Park, New Braunfels, Texas
*** Hermann Seele (April 14, 1823 - March 18, 1902) *** A native of Hildesheim, Hanover, Germany, Hermann Seele came to Texas in 1843. He became the first school teacher in New Braunfels on August 11, 1845, when he held class for 15 pupils beneath elm trees at the foot of this hill. Seele helped organize first Protestant Church, the newspaper "Zeitung", and several social and cultural clubs. He was first district clerk for Comal County, 1846-54, State Legislator, 1863-1865, Justice of the peace, mayor, city alderman, and postmaster. A farmer, lawyer, and supporter of public education, Seele left written accounts of pioneer life in New Braunfels. (1976)
*** Founders' Oak *** A Sesquicentennial Project 1700 This tree began as a seedling in this major campsite of central Texas Indians. Archaeology has traced the Indian presence here to 13,000 years ago. Early settlers told that Indians left messages to those who followed by weighting down the upper stems of such young trees horizontally to show the direction they had travelled. Resulting distortion from vertical may be evident in this ancient tree. 1718 San Antonio settled by Spain. Spanish standard raised over junction of Comal and Guadalupe Rivers. 1756 Spanish Mission, Nestra Senora de Guadalupe, was begun on Mission Hill west of New Braunfels, and abandoned after three years because of massacre at San Saba mission by Comanche Indians. 1776 U. S. adopted its declaration of independence. 1803 U. S. purchased Louisiana from Napoleon of France. 1821 Stephen F. Austin's first American colony, "Old Three Hundred", established in South East Mexican Texas. Mexican independence ended three centuries of Spanish Texas. 1836 Major battle fought at the Alamo and Republic of Texas founded. Ferdinand Lindheimer arrived in Texas on April 22 in San Jacinto to help in Texas revolution against Mexico. 1840 Lindheimer collected and classified botanical specimens from central Texas area, and earned the title "father of Texas botany". Restored home at 491 Comal Street. 1845 New Braunfels founded by Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, Germany, as the first wagons with immigrants crossed the Guadalupe River on Good Friday, March 21. Prince Carl lived on site of Sophienburg Museum. Hermann Seele taught first German-English classes under trees at foot of hill near museum. Texas became an American state. 1846 Comal County organized. 1850 Census showed New Braunfels was Texas' fourth largest town. 1852 Lindheimer published first weekly issue of Neu-Braunfelser Zeitung. Not one issuer ever missed, even during the Civil War. 1860 Joseph Landa, German merchant and industrialist, purchased Comal Springs and river area for water power. 1861 Comal County sent about 500 men to confederate forces. 1866 City ordinance prohibiting flammable roofs resulted in New Braunfels becoming "City of Tin Roofs".
Picture of Hermann Seele teaching children under elm tree: The German pioneers aided the economic life of Texas. They improved the methods of agriculture and animal husbandry and organized horticultural societies. They worked at many crafts in their shops, and their products were widely known along the frontier. They harnessed the water power of the streams for sawmills and gist mills. They favored education and organized schools in many of the settlements. Hermann Seele under the elm trees below the Sophienburg taught the first school in New Braunfels. In 1856 New Braunfels levied the first special school tax in the state. They founded Hermann's University in Fayette County in 1844 and the West Texas University at Neu near New Braunfels.
Plaque at Sophienburg Museum: In memory of Hermann Seele, who was the first German school teacher west of the Colorado River. He taught school and delivered religious sermons under the shade of these trees in the year of A. D. 1845. 1823-1902
Inscription on Seele headstone in New Braunfels: Hermann Seele April 14 1823 March 18 1902 Hildesheim Hannover (translation) Der erste Deutsche Schul-lehrer (The first German school teacher westlich vom Colorado west of the Colorado Wahr ist das Christentum True is Christianity Weil wahr ist, dasz der Christ, Because true is, that the Christian, Der wie sein Stifter lebt, Who lived like its founder, Hier schon im Himmel ist. Is already here in heaven. )
Per Randy Rupley: Taught school children in New Braunfels and adults in sermons that Jesus taught that we should only serve God, and not the king, and that Jesus taught a democratic society. These ideas would have gotten him executed in his home country. For the 4th of July parade, the national anthem was translated into German, which the children sang in the parade. It sounded terrible, because the translation is very difficult to sing.
From "SEELE, FRIEDRICH HERMANN." The Handbook of Texas Online. [Accessed Thu Sep 18 17:57:19 US/Central 2003 ].
SEELE, FRIEDRICH HERMANN (1823-1902). Hermann Seele, educator, public official, writer, and cultural leader, son of Jonas and Anna (Runge) Seele, was born in Hildesheim, Hannover, Germany, on April 14, 1823. He was educated at the Andrenaeum Academy in Hildesheim and subsequently immigrated to Texas. After landing at Galveston on December 12, 1843, he joined the Adelsverein and arrived in May 1845 in the month-old city of New Braunfels, which became his home for the rest of his life. Pastor Louis Cachand Ervendberg, the spiritual leader of the New Braunfels colony, chose Seele to teach the colony's first school, and the community still remembers Hermann Seele as its first teacher. His law career began when he was elected the first Comal County district clerk in 1846. He was admitted to the bar on April 27, 1855. He was active on behalf of the Democratic party and opposed the American (Know-Nothing) party. During the Civil War he served as adjutant and inspector general of the Thirty-first Brigade, Texas Militia, with the rank of major. Concurrently he served as mayor of New Braunfels. He married Mathilde Blum on January 25, 1862, and to them were born three sons and two daughters. From 1863 to 1865 Seele served in the Tenth Texas Legislature. After the Civil War he turned his energies to education and served as a member of the board and faculty of New Braunfels Academy until 1879. In 1871 he organized the first state Teachers Conference, and when in 1872 the Texas State Board of Education mandated the formation of teachers' institutes, Seele's school served as a model. It is attributed to Seele's influence that Jacob Waelder was able to include in the Constitution of 1876 a section establishing independent school districts empowered to finance public schools through taxation. In the fall of 1876 Seele, as attorney, had to give his full attention to the suit of the Veramendi heirs, who sought to gain title to the Comal tract, upon which New Braunfels is built. Seele, who had first joined in defending the New Braunfels citizenry in 1852 against the Veramendi claim, succeeded on April 23, 1879, in winning a decision in the citizens' favor in the United States Circuit Court. Seele became postmaster in New Braunfels on October 1, 1889, and served until February 28, 1895.
He was a charter member of the First German Protestant Church of New Braunfels. He was elected secretary of the congregation in 1845 and served until his death, when he was succeeded by his son Harry. On occasion Seele also served as lay preacher. As a member of the Germania Singing Society, he helped organize the first and subsequent Sängerfeste (singing festivals) throughout Texas. Seele's Sängerhaus (singers' hall), a thirty-by-eighty-foot brick structure built in 1855 beside the Comal River, was a center not only for singers but also for the New Braunfels Dramatic Society, in which Seele participated. Seele was also a writer of both verse and prose. He was regularly called upon for stanzas to grace birthdays, weddings, and other social and civic events. In 1851 Ferdinand Jacob Lindheimer, the great Texas botanist, founded and edited the Neu Braunfelser Zeitung. Seele participated in the founding, contributed to the newspaper's columns, and later had editorial control. In 1936 his descendants privately published a collection of his writings, Die Cypresse und Gesammelte Schriften. An English edition, The Cypress and Other Writings of a German Pioneer in Texas, was published by the University of Texas Press in 1979. Seele died in New Braunfels on March 18, 1902. He was honored with a monument in Landa Park, New Braunfels, set up in 1936, the Texas Centennial year. In 1954 his portrait was included in a painting, The Heroes and Heroines of Texas Education, commissioned by the Texas Heritage Foundation. In 1976 a marker recounting his achievements was placed on the Sophienburg Museum and Archives grounds, and in Landa Park a large monument named him among the early settlers. The Sixty-fifth Texas Legislature designated April 14, 1977, Hermann Seele Day, and his church named its activities building the Seele Parish House.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Rudolph L. Biesele, The History of the German Settlements in Texas, 1831-1861 (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1930; rpt. 1964). Oscar Haas, History of New Braunfels and Comal County, Texas, 1844-1946 (Austin: Steck, 1968).
Edward C. Breitenkamp
From "Walking Tour of New Braunfels" 308 E. San Antonio: The rear parts of the house are very old, probably 1847 fachwerk walls with a later addition that served as a separate kitchen, now connected to the main house. this lot belonged to Hermann Seele, first schoolmaster, farmer, lawyer, mayor, first state representative from the area, and a Major in the Civil War. George Pfeuffer bought it and probably built the older parts, since Seele built his first house on a farm near town.
From Letter from Aunt Emmie (Hermann Seele's younger daughter Emmie Seele Faust) to Mildred Seele Rupley, January 28th, 1944
Dear Mildred! In answer to your letter I am sending you the details of Opa Seele. He landed in Galveston December 1843 a young man of 20. Two years later he came to New Braunfels with the first settlers of that now thrifty city. He opened a school there that summer under the elm trees just below the hill, and in 1846 he was elected district clerk of Comal county. In 1855 he was justice of the peace, and during the Civil War he was mayor of New Braunfels. Later he was a representative from Comal County in the eleventh state legislature. Opa was one of the founders of the German Protestant congregation in 1845, and during his administration of the affairs of that city he was instrumental in the erection of school buildings and the construction of the waterworks system of New Braunfels. He also served as Postmaster and was also appointed adjutant and general inspector of the Thirty-first Brigade of the Texas State Militia with the rank of Major. I forgot to state that Opa Seele stayed in Galveston and joined the colonists with Prince Solms in 1845. I think I told you all the most important things about him although I could write more and more about his everyday life.
With lots of love to all, Aunt Emmie
From: The First Protestant Church: Its History and Its People 1845-1955 p. 4
The first services of the congregation in New Braunfels were conducted in a grove of trees at the foot of Sophienburg Hill, at or near the site where the so-called Seele Elm, in the middle of Coll Street between Academy Avenue and the Missouri Pacific tracks, died and was removed in 1955. Hermann Seele, who was secretary of the congregation from its incorporation in October 1845 until his death March 1902 has left a description of the hallowed grounds where the faithful gathered on Sunday evenings before the log church was built. The following account was written by Seele in 1888 and is translated from the German.
"Still standing in the center of the streets and in yards near by are trees, remnant of a lordly forest that once skirted the foot of the Sophienburg Hill and extended out into the broad virgin prairie. The trees are grown old, like I; their trunks are bigger, but their tops, formerly thickly leafed boughs reaching aloft, now are broken branches that have weathered storms and drought... Sinking my thoughts in reminiscence of the long past, I am abruptly brought to the realization of the present environs brought about through busy life; the many residences, the railroad, and other business created by human hands.. However, the picture I witnessed there in the early days of the settlement is engraved in my heart and soul and rises in its full charm before my eyes... I see gold beams of sunlight here and there, streaming through the tree tops onto a plain altar, erected before two tall elms that stood to the west of a clump of trees. Roughly hewn from two tree stems, a cross stood between the two trees, the symbol of triumph over Death and the Love of the Son of God for man. This spot of grace was the temple made by the Lord God himself, and pillars of which were constituted by the trees and the roof by the sky, the consecrated spot where in the evening of the Lord's Day the faithful assembled for Divine Worship, to hear in the German language the glad tidings of the all-forgiving Father, in unison to thank Him for protecting them thus far, and to pray for His further blessings upon their efforts to create new homes for themselves and families in the wilderness."
Some indication of the pioneers' day of labor, cutting the virgin cedars and hauling the finished logs to the settlement site for construction of log cabins, and breaking ground for gardens and fields, can be gathered from a paragraph in Hermann Seele's story, "My First Schoolday in New Braunfels." .... Seele wrote: "I was to begin teaching the children on Monday August 11, 1845 and had not the stirring of the men passing our house before daybreak on their way to the market place for the family's daily meat rations awakened us, the shot fired at sunrise by the town militia would have. Thus we had finished our breakfast ere the bell on the Sophienburg Hill at 6 o'clock called the men to work."
_____________________ A Journey in Faith, History of the First Protestant Church, New Braunfels, Texas, 1844-1895
p. 89 The Good Shepherd. Window 16. In memory of Hermann Seele, Secretarius, 1845-1902 This window in the walk between the church and the family life center was moved in 1994 from the chapel, and was at one time to the left of the organ in the old church. "I am the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." John 10: 11
More About Friedrich Hermann * Seele: Baptism: 27 Apr 1823, St. Martini zu Hildesheim, Pastor Bartels.1027 Burial: Unknown, Comal Cemetery, New Braunfels, TX. Census: 1850 Comment 1: Author of The Cypress. Comment 3: Called Hermann Seele, Opa to his grandchildren. Comment 4: 1871, Organized first state teachers' conference. Degree: Andrenaeum Academy in Hildesheim. Education: 11 Aug 1845, 1st school teacher west of Colorado of TX.1028 Elected: 1861, Mayor of New Braunfels 1861-1866. Ethnicity/Relig.: Oct 1845, First Protestant Church, founder, church secretary 1845-1902. Event 3: 06 May 1845, Arrived in New Braunfels, TX by wagontrain. Event 4: 1863, Texas State Legislature Representative 1863-1865. Fact 5: 1853, Elected justice of the peace, Attorney (in 1860 census listing). Graduation: Andrenaeum Academy in Hildesheim. Immigration: 12 Dec 1843, Immigrated to U.S. at Galveston, TX, age 20. Occupation: educator, civil servant, lawyer, writer. Personality/Intrst 1: 1850, lay preacher, Germania Singing Society founder. Personality/Intrst 2: Abt. 1850, Founded "turnverein" athletic club, built Saengerhalle for singing society (Saengerverein). Residence: 1845, New Braunfels, TX.
More About Friedrich Hermann * Seele and Mathilde * Blum: Marriage 1: 25 Jan 1862, New Braunfels, TX. Marriage 2: 04 Jul 1865, Alternate date.
Marriage Notes for Friedrich Hermann * Seele and Mathilde * Blum: Picture from Hermann & Mathilda Seele Family Reunion--June 29, 2002 The Monument, Landa Park, New Braunfels, Texas
Back row: Millie Clarke, Randy Rupley, Britta Rupley, Rocky Rupley, Robert Rupley, Melissa Rupley, Maricela Rupley & Kim Allen
Second row: Rae Rupley, Betty Allen, Liz Allen & John Allen
Third row: Bill Seele, Margo Seele, Merribel Pierce, Ginger Travis, J.R. Travis, Jeannie Harris, Ed Charlesworth, Robin Charlesworth, Allison Charlesworth, Brittany Charlesworth, Leah Allen, Bill Adams, Liz Adams, Dick Wilson & Elaine Wilson
Front row: Kyle Seele, Zach Harris, Josh Harris, Bob Rupley, Katie Gibson, Chris Rupley, Kendall Adams, Megan Wilson, Kevin Wilson & Chris Adams
Missing: Jim Allen, Cesar Arana, Wendy Clark, Andrew Wilson & Veronica Wilson
Children of Friedrich Hermann * Seele and Mathilde * Blum are: