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Francois Arsene Gutziet Papers

Identifier: A-0121

Scope and Contents

This collection includes personal correspondence between Nona Gutzeit and Mrs. Frank G. Trau, both members of the Daughters of American Colonists National Society, which provides a brief genealogical outline of the Gutzeit family. The collection includes legal documents relating to the property of F. A. Gutzeit in Medina County and Bexar County, Texas. Also included are the death certificate of F. A. Gutzeit's sister, Marguerite Clemence Phillipps, and a warranty deed for property willed to his daughter, Emma Gutzeit, as well as other documents and receipts.


  • Creation: 1854-1951

Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Francois Arsene Gutzeit (also Frank A. or Franz A.) was born in the province of Alsace, France, September 3, 1833. His parents were well-to-do French people and he acquired a good education. Attracted by the business opportunities of the United States, he left Alsace in 1854 and came to Texas, to reside at Castroville, a well known Alsatian colony in Medina County. He married Miss Olgatha Ketterer, also a native of Alsace, at Castroville on February 19, 1857. They had thirteen children; the last four died young. The nine surviving children received good educations in San Antonio schools.

F. A. Gutzeit established a farm and stock ranch in Medina County, where he lived until 1868. After leaving Medina County he moved to San Antonio, where he located on a beautiful seven acre place in the first ward fronting Lover's Lane. Through education and experience, he became highly proficient at horticulture and botany, and he adorned his place with many fine specimens of flowers, trees, and plants. Gutzeit died in 1909.


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This collection has 16 items, is described in 6 folders, and housed with another collection in a clamshell box. The collection is organized at the folder level.

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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository