Dr Theodor Koester Home

KoesterThe two-story residence of Dr. Theodor Koester at 421 South Seguin St. in New braunfels was designed in Mediterranean style by German architect W. C. A. Thielepape and built in 1859. As a colonist under contract of the German imigration Co., Lr. Koester drew the lot on which it was built soon after the founding of New braunfels in Iviarch 1845.

He had come to Texas in fall 1844 as physician for the emigrants.

A native of Frankfort-am-Maain, he was born June 13, 1817, and studied medicine at the Universities of Tubingen, Gottingen, and Wurzbecg, graduating from the latter in 1841.

Dr. Koester sailed from Germany aboard the "Ferdinand", one of three vessels bringing to Texas the first wave of emigrants -- 392 -- under auspices of tlIB German Emigration Co.

He attended colonists at Carlshafen, their camp on the Gulf Coast, before moving inland to the settlement at New Braunfels. He married Miss Sophie Tolle in August 1846, and his first home on the Seguin St. site was a log house.

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