Brinkmann, Alexander (1868–1947)

By: Guido E. Ransleben

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: November 1, 1994

Alexander Brinkmann, lumber merchant and Texana collector, was born in a log cabin at Comfort, Texas, on March 26, 1868, the eldest child of Otto and Marie (Ochse) Brinkmann. He attended the six-grade Comfort school and took a business course in San Antonio. In 1890 he married Emmie Bodemann; they had four sons and two daughters. Brinkmann and his father had a lumber business in Comfort. Later Brinkmann formed a partnership with Edward Steves and Sons of San Antonio. In the early 1940s he sold his interest. Brinkmann is best known for his collection of Texana. In 1928 he acquired the library of Carl Assmann of Austin. Brinkmann collected pictures of early settlers of the Hill Country, letters, documents, muster rolls, membership lists, and minutes of various groups and organizations, many of which are displayed in the Comfort Historical Museum, which he helped found in 1933. His library of Texana and western Americana consisted of more than four thousand items at the time of his death in Comfort, on August 29, 1947.

Guido E. Ransleben, A Hundred Years of Comfort in Texas (San Antonio: Naylor, 1954; rev. ed. 1974).
  • Visual Arts
  • Patrons, Collectors, and Philanthropists

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Guido E. Ransleben, “Brinkmann, Alexander,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 29, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994