On Saturday, March 3, a group from Fort Bend County attended the 28th Annual Texas German Convention held in Yoakum, Texas, at the Yoakum Community Center. The event has hosted by the Lavaca-DeWitt County Chapter of the Texas German Society.
The day’s agenda included presentations by Judy Soehnge from Yoakum who spoke on how her descendants of two adults and three children came to America with one small trunk with all of their belongings. On display, she had three rugs that depicted her family’s history that she designed and made herself with hand dyed wool fabric.
Judy’s cousin, Don Kaspar, spoke of the family business of Kaspar Wire Works. The beginnings of the company began when barbed wire came into existence. The frugal German used the discarded slick wire and started making wire baskets mostly to haul corn shucks to the livestock and muzzles for the mules and horses so that while working the fields the mules and horses did not eat their crops. The business continued to grow now producing items like locker baskets used in school gyms, IV poles used in hospitals, wire racks under soft drink dispensers to catch the overflow of drinks in restaurants.
Patsy Hand, a fifth generation Texan, presented her program on Indianola. Because of the great storms from the past, there is nothing left of Indianola. However, many immigrants entered the United States through Indianola. With a mission to document the immigration of German Texans and others into the Port of Indianola, she created the Indianola database. The database is active today with over 2,100 records. It is housed at the Victoria Regional History Center at the Victoria College/University of Houston-Victoria Library.
There was entertainment during the day from the New Braunfels Village Brass Band, Hermann on Keyborad, the Houston Shanty Chor, the Houston Liederkranz and Houston Saengerbund Choir, and Die Rathkamp Deutsche Volkstanz Gruppe.
A German meal was served of Schweinebraten mit Rahmsosse (Roast Pork with Sauce), Bratwurst (Sausage), Butterkartoffeln (German Potatoes), Rot Kohn (Red Cabbage), Gruene Erbsen und Karotten (Green Peas and Carrots), Broetchen (Rolls), Apfelgebaeck mit Vanillesosse (Apple Cobbler with Vanilla Sauce), and Kalter Tee (Iced Tea).