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Ernst Heinrich Barthel Family
By Frances Fox
Taken from Ye Olde Ancestors, April 10, 1991
Written permission given by the New Boston Genealogy Society
to post this information to the Bowie County TXGenWeb site.
Ernst's brother-in-law, Richard Schierz, came to Texas first and had even traveled down into Mexico and bought some land there. When Ernst landed at Galveston, Richard was supposed to meet him. There were two docks and Richard was at the other one. Ernst could not speak English and could not ask for help. He spent the cold night in the bed of a wagon. Maria came to America six months later with two little girls. Some members of the family believe that one of them died on the way over.
Ernst was a mason and one of his early jobs here was laying brick for the First Republic Bank Building in Dallas. He made 50 cents a day. One day a man came up and alarmed Ernst by trying to talk to him. He couldn't understand what the man wanted. One of the other workers asked Ernst why he didn't go with the man, as he was offering to hire Ernst for $5 a day. Maria and Ernst lived several places before coming to Bowie County. They saved up money and bought 220 acres here without seeing it in 1909. It was supposed to be cleared land but was not.
The Bible gives the dates of each child's birth and baptism:
Ernst Barthel had the first dairy in Bowie County and introduced many modern methods of farming here. He died in 1967 and is buried beside Maria at Read Hill Cemetery. Richard Schierz is also buried there.
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