Schorlemmer, Miss Lina 1970-01-16

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Lina Schorlemmer recounts the pioneering experiences of the Schorlemmer and Schuessler families, her early life and career as a schoolteacher in the Llano area, and the early history of Llano and its pioneers.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Miss Lina Schorlemmer

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: January 16, 1970

Location: Llano, Texas

Interviewer: Fred Carpenter

Length: 2 hours


Tape 1, Side 1: Schuessler family background, Great-grandparents’ migration from Germany to, Texas in 1846 and their settlement in Fredericksburg, Grandparents’ marriage and early life at Cherry Springs, Story about Indians stealing their laundry, Discusses the families’ move to near Mason, Detailed description of a log cabin they built, Story about boys scaring cattle at the drinking trough, Tells of her grandmother boarding travelers, Tells of her grandfather’s fruit trees, Story about her uncle going to Burnett to sell pecans, Tells of tremendous grasslands in Cherry Creek area, Tells about visits to her grandparents, Schorlemmer family background, Came from Germany in 1848 and settled near Cuero, William Carl Schorlemmer, grandfather.

Tape 1, Side 2: The "communistic" type German colony of Bettina, Dissatisfaction with working arrangements, Grandfather’s craftsmanship, Family members and their occupations, Lina Schorlemmer’s early life, Father and mother’s marriage, Rural schools near Llano, Books available, Her attendance at Texas Lutheran Academy at Seguin.

Tape 2, Side 1: Her attendance at Texas University Summer Normal School, Her teaching career in Washington County, Behavioral problems and her solution, Her job as principal at Carmine School, Closing of school for flu epidemic in 1918, Difficulty of teaching at La Grange, Teaching and acting as Dean of Women at Texas Lutheran College, Describes of Low German community in Texas, Tells of two rich men who controlled the community, Story about a woman who wanted her child confirmed in German, Reaction of Germans and Americans toward one another during World War I, Story about putting her father in jail.

Tape 2, Side 2: Discusses the pioneer families of Llano County, Story about a preacher being killed by an Indian while chopping Wood, Iron boom at Llano in 1892, Tuberculosis clinic built after crash of 1900, Tells about the railroad coming into Llano in 1892, Stagecoach system between Mason and Vernon, Historical hotel that was a stage stop, Story about a granite block road built in Llano, Discusses some of the historical things in the museum.

Range Dates: 1846-1900

Bulk Dates: 1846-1900

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