History of Austin County, Texas

Edited and published in 1899 as a supplement to the Bellville Wochenblatt

In the spring of 1933, exactions of old age forced William Trenckmann to sell his newspaper to the National Weeklies of Minnesota but he remained its editor in all matters pertaining to Texas. Mr. Trenckmann was regarded as one of the best informed men in Texas on state and national affairs and during his many years in the newspaper business wrote considerably about the history of the state and the nation while in the making. From the date of the founding of his newspaper, he wrote each week a summary of national and state news for the readers of his weekly newspaper.

Politically, Mr. Trenckmann was a democrat, not in the partisan interpretation of the word but rather in the light of the tenets of justice, tolerance, freedom of speech and freedom of press, to which ideals he remained loyal throughout life, with a loyalty stimulated by the teachings of his father, a disciple of Kant, who was born in Germany in the time when the teachings of that philosopher on the concept of duty were beginning to spread.

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