"At the end of each sketch, to the extent possible, is shown the source and date of original publication.  There are numerous sketches from the Fannie O. Jones Scrap Book.  These will be identified by the term, 'FOJ Collection'. In some cases, dates of publication were unavailable."  Wayne Spiller , Compiler of McCulloch County History, Vol. I.   1976

    The Germany of the old days furnished many of Texas' most substantial citizens, the German Immigration Company, sending many immigrants here, particularly to the Fredericksburg and Boerne section.  But these hardy pioneers were not satisfied to remain in these older settled portions, and soon the influx from the old country began pioneering in the newer country farther to the northwest.  Among these early immigrants who located in McCulloch County were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schmidt, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph (parents of G. A. Rudolph), Mr. and Mrs. Baim, a Mr. Ulke, and a Mr. and Mrs. Demute and children.  The latter did not stay here long, but soon moved to New York.
    Along with these immigrants of 1881 came R. I. Richter, 59, of Lohn.  Born August 11, 1876 at Seidorf, Germany, Mr. Richter came directly to Lohn.  Today he still lives on the same place on which he located 54 years ago, owning and operating a 166-acre farm six miles northwest of Lohn.
    In 1898, Mr. Richter was married at Lohn to Miss Laura Bray.  They have six children, Miss Cassie and Nolan Richter, El Centro, Calif., Herman and Floyd of Brady, and Roy and Bessie of Lohn.  Mr. Richter has taken active part in the upbuilding and advance of McCulloch and his home community, among other services having been a trustee for several years of Marion Schools.
    Pioneering in the early days was no soft snap, Mr. Richter recalls.  It took a week to make the journey from San Antonio to Brady, the women and children walking most of the way because of rough roads and the hard riding of the wagons.

    F. O. J. Collection
Submitted by: Louann Hall