Arthur Schott dies
On this day in 1875, scientist, artist, and musician Arthur Schott died in Washington, D. C. Schott, a true Renaissance man, was born in Stuttgart, Württemberg, in 1814. He made significant contributions to Texas as a “special scientific collector” for the United States Boundary Commission beginning in late 1851. Schott worked under William H. Emory in surveying the border between Texas and Mexico. He made notes regarding the animals, plants, and geology of the Texas Rio Grande valley, and he collected botanical, zoological, and geological specimens. In addition to his skills as a naturalist, geologist, and engineer, Schott was also a talented musician, poet, and artist. His drawings published in Emory’s report included illustrations of the Military Plaza in San Antonio and Lipan Apache and Kiowa Indians.