|Fritz Mumme||Phillipine Mumme||Ludwig Mumme|
The exact date Fritz came to America is not known, but he came several years before his brother, Ludwig, who immigrated in 1849. Phillipine, her 2 year old daughter, Augusta, born out of wedlock, came to America in 1845 on a ship with a Castro party. Later Phillipine Tampke and Fritz Mumme were married and lived on a farm at Vandenberg, Texas. Their children were Ludwig (Louis) Albert, August and Julia. In 1879, their son, August, was ambushed and murdered over a cattle dispute. August is buried in the Quihi Lutheran Cemetery. On his tombstone is a lovely verse written in German, also the initials of the three men who were reported to have murdered him. Besides being a farmer, Fritz was also an excellent carpenter and builder, and this brings up a story which is told, whether it is fact or fiction is not known, but it makes an interesting legend. Fritz, being such a good carpenter, would bore holes in the ends of posts he had cut in the woods. He would put his money in these holes and then reclose the openings so perfectly that only he could tell which posts contained money. He had these posts along with others in a pile on his farm, until one sad day the creek going by his farm overflowed and took the posts with it. So ends a legend! Phillipine was very disillusioned with life in America and finally solved her problem by going to bed and remaining there until her death eight years later. The home of Fritz and Phillipine still stands on the old home place, and the graves of these two early Texans are side by side on the bank of the creek running by their old home.