University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Menger (W.A.) Letters, 1861-1863, undated



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Menger, W.A.
Title: W. A. Menger Letters
Dates: 1861-1863, undated
Abstract: The W.A. Menger Letters, 1861-1863, undated, is a collection of correspondence between W.A. Menger of San Antonio and various individuals. Two binders include sixty-one letters written in the 1860s.
Accession No.: 2010-126; 2010-178
Extent: 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

W. A. Menger, a pioneer manufacturer, cooper, brewer and hotel proprietor of San Antonio, was born on March 15, 1827 in Windecken, Hanau, Germany. Menger came to San Antonio, Texas, in 1847 and became a U.S. citizen in 1852. He began a brewery in 1855 and opened the Menger Hotel near the Alamo in 1859.

Gottlieb Pauli was the Postmaster for Giddings, circa 1871, in Lee County, Texas. He was also a member of the Texas Constitutional Convention in 1875 and a member of the Texas Legislature in 1879. Theodore Oswald was a Major in the 4th Infantry Battalion, a home defense unit formed in Galveston of 215 volunteers active from 1861-1862. Oswald was in a business relationship with Menger at Alleyton, Texas during the American Civil War. Friedrich August Faltin was a mercantile businessman who migrated to Comfort, Texas from Prussia in 1856. J. Rosenfield owned a dry goods and notion trade business in Alleyton and Galveston, Texas.

Sources: “Founder of Historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio Cam to this City from Germany in 1847,” The Southern Messenger, November 29, 1945


Scope and Contents

The W.A. Menger Letters, 1861-1863, undated, is a collection of correspondence between W.A. Menger of San Antonio and various individuals. The first binder, “1863 Correspondence,” includes letters to Menger from L. Cahn of Beaumont; J. Cahn of Gonzales; Gottlieb Pauli of La Grange; and Theodore Oswald of Alleyton, Texas. These forty-one letters were written in German between February and December 1863. The second binder, “Civil War Correspondence,” includes twenty letters to Menger from Theodore Oswald, Friedrich August Faltin of Comfort; J. Rosenfield of Alleyton; and Fred Rienhardt of Alleyton, and James Shaw of Alleyton.

Materials are in English and German.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cahn, J.
Cahn, L.
Faltin, Friedrich August
Menger, W.A.-- Archives
Oswald, Theodore
Pauli, Gottlieb
Rienhardt, Fred
Rosenfield, J.
Shaw, James
Subjects (Organizations)
Menger Hotel
Places
Gonzales (Tex.)
La Grange (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

W. A. Menger Letters, 1861-1863, undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Evan Usler, November 2010.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/M87 Correspondence: 1863
L. Cahn, Belmont, Texas to Menger, February-May 1863
L. Cahn, Belmont, Texas to Kocker, May 14, 1863
L. Cahn, Belmont, Texas to Menger, May-July 1863
J. Cahn, Gonzales, Texas to Menger, July 1863
G. Pauli, Farsberg & Pauli, La Grange, Texas to W.A. Menger, July 27, 1863
L. Cahn, Belmont, Texas to Menger, July 1863
J. Cahn, Gonzales, Texas to Menger, August 1863
L. Cahn, Belmont, Texas to Menger, August-December 1863
Theo. Oswald & Co., Alleyton, Texas to W.A. Menger, December 22, 1863
L. Cahn, Belmont, Texas to W.A. Menger, December 24, 1863
Correspondence: 1861-1863, undated
Aug. Faltin, Comfort Texas to Menger, September 20, 1861
J. Rosenfild & Son for [Hudnau], Alleyton, Texas to Menger, December 2, 1861
F. Rienhardt, Alleyton, Texas to Menger, February-March 1863
J. Rosenfild & Son for Th. Oswald, Alleyton, Texas to Menger, April 13, 1863
Theo. Oswald & Co., Alleyton, Texas to W.A. Menger, June 1, 1863
F. Rienhardt, Alleyton, Texas to Menger, June 1863
Theo. Oswald & Co., Alleyton, Texas to W.A. Menger, June-July, 1863
Theo. Oswald & Co., Alleyton, Texas to W.A. Menger, July 22, 1863
F. Rienhardt, Alleyton, Texas to Menger, July 1863
Theo. Oswald & Co., Alleyton, Texas to W.A. Menger, October-November 1863
James Shaw, Alleyton, Texas to W. Menger, undated