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Industry in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Friedrich Ernst

 
 
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Photographed By James Hulse, January 19, 2021
1. Friedrich Ernst Marker
Inscription.  

Christian Friedrich Ernst (Dirks) was born in Germany in 1796. Friedrich Ernst was inducted into the German Army in 1814 and served for five years. He married Louise Gesine Auguste Weber in 1819. They became the parents of Caroline, John Friedrich, Ludwig, Wilhelmine, and Hermann Ernst.

In 1829 the family sailed to the United States and settled in New York. In 1831 they came to Texas as part of Stephen F. Austin's second colony and are thought to be the first German family in Texas. Ernst received a land grant of 4,428 acres of land on Mill Creek in present day Industry where he grew produce and tobacco and was the first recorded European to manufacture cigars in Texas.

Ernst became active in civic affairs in the area, serving as a Justice of the Peace and as a member of the Commissioners Court. He supported the establishment of Hermann's University and served on its first board of trustees. Ernst, who wrote a series of letters to German officials to encourage their citizens to move to America, was called the Father of German Immigration to Texas. Ernst died in 1848 and is remembered through this park located on land
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he once owned and a scholarship in his name.
 
Erected 1996 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1499.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & SettlersWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical year for this entry is 1796.
 
Location. 29° 58.711′ N, 96° 30.206′ W. Marker is in Industry, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is on Schroeder Road, ¼ mile Ernst Parkway (Farm to Market Road 109), on the right when traveling west. The marker is located in the central 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 walking distance of this marker. Industry (a few steps from this marker); John Friedrich Ernst, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Industry Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Industry Pilgrims Rest Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Industry United Methodist Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Industry Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Industry State Bank (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lindemann - Ott House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Industry.
 
Also see . . .  Friedrich Ernst. In September 1829 Ernst, his wife, and their five surviving
Friedrich Ernst Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, January 19, 2021
2. Friedrich Ernst Marker
children fled Oldenburg; he was subsequently charged by the Duke of Oldenburg with embezzling a large amount of money from the post office. He and his family escaped by way of Bremen, Osnabrück, Münster, and Brussels and eventually sailed from Le Havre for New York, where they arrived in late 1829. For a time Ernst and his family ran a boardinghouse in New York. There he met Charles Fordtran, also a German. They became friends and decided to move together to Missouri. On the ship to New Orleans they read a prospectus about the favorable conditions in Austin's colony in Texas and changed their destination.  Source: The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on January 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the Friedrich Ernst Marker from across the road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, January 19, 2021
3. The view of the Friedrich Ernst Marker from across the road
 
 
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 304 times since then and 25 times this year. 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.

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