Wurzbach, Emil Friedrich (1838–1930)

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: May 7, 2016

Emil Friedrich (Frederick) Wurzbach, Texas Ranger, was born in Mannheim, Baden province (now Germany), on January 6, 1838, the son of Jacob D. and Louisa (Schindler) Wurzbach. On January 14, 1844, his parents brought him to Galveston, Texas. In 1846 the family moved to Fredericksburg and, after the death of the mother, settled in Austin in 1847. In 1854 Wurzbach was a member of Capt. Pat Rogers's ranger company. In 1857 Wurzbach was in Utah with Albert Sidney Johnston. Wurzbach married Matilda Stowe on March 15, 1860. They had twelve children. In February 1862 he enlisted in John H. Duncan's company in the Twenty-eighth Regiment, Texas Mounted Volunteers. Soon after the battle of Ft. Dora Bayou Wurzbach became ill and was sent home because of greatly impaired vision, a condition that was not corrected until 1870. In 1915 he wrote a sketch of his wanderings, published in 1937 by the Yanaguana Society as Life and Memoirs of Emil Frederick Wurzbach. He died on April 8, 1930, at San Antonio and was buried there in City Cemetery Six.

San Antonio Express, April 9, 1930. Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


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