A Guide to the Louisiana Erwin Strentzel Memoir, 1849
Born to Samuel Augustus and Sallie Rogers (Crisp) Erwin in Tennessee, Louisiana Erwin (1821-1897) moved with her family to Fannin County, Texas, in 1839, settling in Honey Grove three years later. In 1843, Louisiana married John Theophile Strentzel (1813-1890), who had immigrated to Lamar County, Texas, after obtaining his medical degree in Poland. The couple bore a daughter, Louisa Wanda "Louie" in 1847 and a son, John Erwin, in 1848. The next year, the family left Texas on a wagon train to California, where they operated an inn and farm in San Diego. In 1852, the Strentzels moved to Alhambra Valley, where John began the Alhambra Grange of local farmers and horticulturalists. In 1880, their daughter Louie married John Muir, a Scottish naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club.
"Muir History." Martinez Historical Society. Accessed February 28, 2011. http://www.martinezhistory.org/html/muir_history.htm.
Pauly, Steve, and Patty Pauly. "Louie Strentzel Muir." Sierra Club – The John Muir Exhibit. Accessed February 28, 2011. http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/people/louie_muir_bio.aspx.
Thurman, Mary Anne. "Louisiana Erwin Strentzel." Hall-Voyer Foundation. Last modified February 2008. http://honeygrove.fatcow.com/BVML%20Web%20Pages/ Honey%20Grove%20Web%20Pages/Louisiana_Erwin_Strentzel.htm.
Composed of drafts and typescripts annotated by A. W. Neville, the Louisiana Erwin Strentzel Memoir, 1849, contains Strentzel’s narrative about her family’s journey from Texas to San Diego, California, written by Louisiana Strentzel with an addition by her husband John in December 1849. The narrative describes trade with Mexicans and Native Americans; the terrain and availability of water and grass in the Western United States; interactions with other emigrants and American soldiers; the discovery of deserted property from other wagon trains to California; and the family’s plans and activities.
This collection is open for research use.
Louisiana Erwin Strentzel Memoir, 1849, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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