[Dallas. 1931]. ,32pp. including portrait frontispiece printed on verso of titlepage. Original printed wrappers, stapled. Minor toning around the edges of the wrappers, bottom corners bumped. Text lightly toned, but clean. Very good. Item #WRCAM55550
A brief but informative account of one German immigrant couple's life in frontier Texas, one of only 100 copies printed and "read by the writer at a family reunion held on the Llano River on August 5, 1931, to commemorate the seventy-fifth anniversary of the coming of Ernst Jordan and family to Upper Willow Creek (now Art, Mason County, Texas)." The author, Gilbert J. Jordan was the pioneer couple's grandson, and his narrative follows his grandparents from their arrival in Galveston in 1845, to Indianola to Fredericksburg to New Braunfels to the small community of Art, Texas in the hill country northwest of Austin. The portrait frontispiece shows both Ernst and Lizette Jordan in middle age. A bibliography at the end records Jordan's sources in writing the larger narrative. The present copy is inscribed by Gilbert Jordan to Fred White, Sr. on the inside front wrapper, with Jordan's additional note reading "One of 100 copies." OCLC locates fourteen copies, all but one of them in Texas institutions. A scarce account of early Texas and its German immigrants. OCLC 2631860.