We are collecting a listing of family books that family members have written about members of the family or areas the family has lived.

Lieber Bernard und Elise:  The Lives and Times of a German Texas Family, Bishop Leroy Matthiesen, 2009 Page 220 78 bookBishop Matthiesen’s new book is the story of Bernard and Elisabeth Hoelscher Matthiesen and their family.  With letters from family in Texas to  Bernard’s family in Germany  and back this book shares the lives of the Matthiesen family during the late 1800′s, the World Wars and up to the late 1900′s.  Elisabeth is the daughter of Anton Jr.


Olfen, Genevine Eggemeyer Russell, 2001P44378 book

With many pictures and stories about everything from families to church events, Genevine has collected wonderful information on the community of Olfen.

Down and Out in the Cotton Patch, Bishop Leroy Matthiesen, 2002 Page 220 78 book

Bishop Matthiesen has captured his life about growing up on the farm in Olfen and on into his work as Bishop of the Amarillo Diocese in this book. .

A Wilderness Tamed, The History of Violet, Texas, Loretta Boerner, Chairperson. Evelyn Schroeder  McCumber, Marguerite Hoelscher, Co-chairperson. Florine Dittlinger, Katie Bernsen Burkhardt, Cyndie Goins Hoelscher.  For a copy contact Marguerite Hoelscher  Eakin Publishing Co. 1999