by translated by Regina Beckman Hurst & Walter D. Kamphoefner
In 1848 Carl Hilmar Guenther, 22, dropped his parents a farewell note in the mail and left Germany for America. After checking opportunities in New York, the Midwest and along the Mississippi, he discovered Texas. In 1851 Guenther built a grist mill in the German community of Fredericksburg. Eight years later he moved to nearby San Antonio, where his company has evolved into a major food products company that thrives today.
This immigrant life in letters written back and forth between Old World and New reveals the joys and anguish of getting established on the frontier. It closes with a selection written during Guenther’s trip back to his homeland in 1891.