Industry in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Industry Post Office
During Mexican rule of Texas, a post office was established in May of 1830 at San Felipe, the center of Stephen F. Austin's Texas colony. On the Gotier Trace, a road connecting San Felipe to what would become the town of Bastrop, the German family of Johann Friedrich Ernst had settled and established the community of Industry by 1831.
Known as the "Father of German Immigration to Texas," Ernst wrote numerous letters to his native Oldenburg, Germany. One, printed in German newspapers, attracted many German immigrants to Texas. The German settlement of Industry grew around Ernst's property, which included his home and a store. Mail coming to area residents was addressed in care of Ernst, who had worked as a postal clerk before coming to America.
By 1838, during the Republic of Texas era, Johann Gottlieb Sieper, Ernst's partner who later became his son-in-law, acted as Industry's first postmaster. In 1840, his position became official. He continued in this capacity after Texas joined the Union, and he remained postmaster until his death in 1855. A few months later, Ernst Knolle became postmaster, and the Industry post office
The Ernst Store property, long held to be the site of Industry's first post office, remains in the community today as part of Ernst Memorial Park. The restored and stabilized building is a reminder of early Texas settlement and the importance of a mail system to the colonists. Positioned along a route that crossed the early center of Austin's Colony, Industry developed similarly to the rest of the state, with postal service first relying on an individual or small number of residents before evolving into a more established system.
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14053.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Communications • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 29° 58.727′ N, 96° 30.235′ W. Marker is in Industry, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is on Schroeder Road ¼ mile west of Ernst Parkway (Farm to Market Road 109), on the left when traveling west. The marker is located in the western section of the Ernst Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Industry TX 78944, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Friedrich Ernst, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Friedrich Ernst (within shouting distance Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); Charles Fordtran (approx. 1.1 miles away); New Ulm Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Frnka Family Cemetery (approx. 5.2 miles away); Henniger Family Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away); Wesley Brethren Church (approx. 6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Industry.
Also see . . . Industry, Texas. Early residents were described as very industrious, and the cigar industry is purported to be the source for the name of the town. In December 1837 the Republic of Texas authorized a post office. In 1838 Ernst laid out lots on his land for the town of Industry and advertised them for sale. Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on January 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.