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Picture & Text Courtesy of Sophienburg - New Braunfels Archive & Museum of History

Five mules powered this mill on the Preiss farm, site of the Western Texas Orphan Asylum

incorporated in 1848 under the direction of Rev. L. C. Ervendburg,

Hermann Spiess, and Ludwig Bene.  The "Waisenfarm" (orphans farm),

as it was known, had been established by Pastor Ervendburg

 to care for the many children who had lost their parents in the epidemic

of 1846, or earlier on shipboard during the journey from Germany.

 

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