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In a journal by S.O. Eidman Sr. written in 1923 at the age of 91 years, he tells of coming from Breman, Germany to Galveston, Texas after a voyage of eleven weeks. On their way overland to New Braunfels to claim a land grant, they were forced to stop at San Felipe de Austin due to illness in the family. This was in the summer of 1846. Looking about the old town which had been destroyed in 1836, they found a vacant log cabin into which they were given permission to move. In September of that year Mr. Eidman's father died and it became necessary for him to help his mother support the family. One of his first jobs was hauling the lumber by ox team and wagon for John Crutcher from the steamboat landing on the Brazos River for use in constructing the Josey Store building.

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