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WALTER, HULDA SAENGER

Hulda Saenger Walter
Photograph, Portrait of Hulda Saenger Walter. Image courtesy of the University of North Texas. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.
Grave of Hulda Saenger Walter
Photograph, Grave of Hulda Saenger Walter in Fredericksburg. Image available on the Internet and included in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107.

WALTER, HULDA SAENGER (1867–1929). Hulda Saenger Walter, an early writer of German verse in Texas, was born in Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, on January 7, 1867. She was the daughter of William and Henriette (Klingelhoefer) Saenger. Hulda Saenger's first poem, written when she was eleven years old, was "Jesu meine Zuversicht" (Jesus my confidence). She married Fred Walter on October 2, 1890; they were the parents of a daughter. Throughout her life Hulda Walter published poems in such Texas newspapers as Das Wochenblatt and the Waco Post, as well as in Die Amerika, Die Abendschule,and Die Deutsche Hausfrau. Two of her poems were presented by Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson, wife of the president of the United States, to Frau Luise Erhard, wife of German Chancellor Ludwig Erhard, to commemorate a conference held by their husbands at the Lyndon Baines Johnson ranch in 1963. Hulda Saenger Walter died in Fredericksburg on January 6, 1929, and was buried there.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Gillespie County Historical Society, Pioneers in God's Hills (2 vols., Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1960, 1974). Selma Marie Raunick, "German Verse in Texas," Southwest Review 18 (Autumn 1932). Selma Metzenthin Raunick, "A Survey of German Literature in Texas," Southwestern Historical Quarterly 33 (October 1929). Selma Marie Raunick, Was haben die deutschen Einwanderer und deren Nachkommen in Texas auf dem Gebiet der Dichtkunst geleistet? (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1922).

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Handbook of Texas Online, "Walter, Hulda Saenger," accessed December 06, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwa45.

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on May 11, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.