Ep. 55: A Surly Bartender

Fredericksburg Texas has a very interesting history.  Created during the massive German immigration to Texas in the middle 1800’s, Fredericksburg was not intended to be the city it soon became.  A treaty with the Comanche Indians and the California gold rush made Fredericksburg a prosperous place to set up a store.  John Hunter did just that.  Hunter supplied his patrons with everything they need, including whiskey.  He was also the county clerk.  But Hunter’s temper got the better of him, his store, and the entire early history of Fredericksburg.  Learn more in the latest episode of Wise About Texas.

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3 comments on “Ep. 55: A Surly Bartender

  1. I just listened to the story about Mr Hunter and his difficulties with the soldiers. What a shame to loose all those early records to the fire. I love Texas History and kinda stumbled onto your site. What a gold mine I’ve found! Thank you for the many stories of such interesting subjects. My dad was born and raised in Fredericksburg, he was born in 1920 and he and Oma and Opa spoke German fluently along with the rest of the family. I live in Llano, and love this little town on the Llano River. Thanks again for producing this site.

    1. Ken Wise says:

      Thank you very much and thanks for listening! I’ve got roots in the 1840’s German immigration, including Fredericksburg. I love the German hill country!

  2. Dennis McKay says:

    This is a great site and podcast. My wife and I were just in Fredericksburg and the Hill Country on a vacation from Dallas. She grew up in Texas and I didn’t (Alabama)…we just love it. As an “outsider”, I have become fascinated by the history of this great place.

    Any interest in doing a podcast on Herman Lehmann? A. C. Greene’s edition of Lehmann’s narrative and the various editions of it make for fascinating reading. Keep it up and I’ll keep listening!

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