"Die Kettner Briefe" consists of 39 letters exchanged between Franz
Kettner and his family in Germany from 1850 to 1875. The letters,
printed in German with their English translations, read like a good
adventure novel with each letter providing a much anticipated new
chapter. The story is enhanced by photographs, both old and new,
and other supporting documents. Read the "Die Kettner Briefe" to
learn of hardships and dangers of frontier life faced by Franz in
the Texas Hill Country. Franz was an early farmer and stockman in
Comal, Gillespie, and Mason Counties. He participated in several
campaigns with the Texas Rangers and later, during the Civil War,
was a member of the Minute Men (local militia). He ran a store and
post office in Castell. He hauled freight from the Texas coast to
Fort Mason. He was a sheriff in both Gillespie and Mason Counties
and was the Tax Accessor. Franz held the prestigious position of
Cattle and Hide Inspector during the era of large cattle drives
from Mason County.
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