10th Generation

Extracted from Amslers of Austin's Colony for chronology in the life of Louis Philip Amsler

  1. Extracts from L. P. Amsler
  2. Sophia Flato Amsler
  3. Shiner Gazette, 17 Dec 1908
  4. 1869
  5. 1874
  6. 1880
  7. 1890
  8. 1891

L. P. Amsler, Mayor of Shiner, Texas
Louis Philip Amsler

Louis PhilippelPhilip, fourth son of Charles Conrad and Mary (Lowenb..rger) Amsler, was born 2S Jly 1845 at Cat Spring, Austin County, Texas, and died 14 Jan 1891 in Fayette County (Confederate Pension Application #20049, Texas State Archi es). At "old Flatonia," Fayett' County, on 27 Jly 1869, 1. P. married Sophia FLATO (same source continues to  PG 56 where Sophia F Amsler's  story begins.)

..."Philip's widow Sophia in her first application
for a Confederate pension (1909) stated that he was confined 22 months in Fort Delaware, but 15 would be more accurate since records show he was received there 4/5 Mch 1864 and released 9 June 1865. The rest of the 22 months he was in or en route to and from the military prison at Alton, Illinois, presumably. Unfortunately no letters are available which describe Philip's participation in hard fighting or his capture, but below is a chronological outline of his military service as revealed in his letters home. All were addressed to "Dear Parents and Brethren" except as noted. These highlights were ab- stracted from copies of the letters which were donated to the Texas Collection of Baylor University by Sam H. Amsler Jr. of McGregor, Texas.

..I heard Sibley's Brigade was going to Arizona again but hope dear brother Samuel will not have to go. "Tell Ma that I have a friend now, Rudolph Sternenberg.... he is a good fellow." Address me: L. P. Amsler, Company E Infantry, Captain Voigt, Waul's Legion, Shreveport, Louisiana. "Today we traveled about 10 miles and by taking the right road it would have been but 4.... I have no right to complain yet for we get cornmeal and beef with a little bacon yet. It is certainly not as you may wish but I have not yet suffered for want of provisions."

With account of multiple letters from L. P. Amsler, the account continues to page 59 picking up on

<<Sophia Flato Amsler>>


"Since Sophia's pension file is marked "Dead 3-3-33," it is assumed that a death certificate dated 25 Feb 1933 pertains to her. It was issued in Nueces County under the name "Sophia Augustus Amsler." Sophia was living with her grandson Louis Philip II (son of William Tell) in Robstown when she died, he states. See Eleventh Generation for more details about the following six children of Louis Philip and Sophia (Flato) Amsler:

<<Shiner Gazette, 17 Dec 1908>>

—Miss Cleo Clark of Schulenburg, only daughter of Dr. I. E. Clark, died last Sunday of Typhoid fever. The interment took place Monday and was attended by the following relatives from Shiner: Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Flato, Mrs. Eliza Welhausen, Mrs. E. F. Wolters, and Mrs. Sophie Amsler. Miss Clark had just reached her nineteenth year and was the pride of her parents.

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Mary Amsler: (Wife of CC Amsler, who was wife of the first Amsler to immigrate from Switzerland the Texas)

Shiner Gazette, 27 Feb 1893, page 4:
Death of Mrs. Mary Amsler. Mrs Mary Amsler, aged 93 years, died at Hempstead Thursday, February 20th. The deceased lady with her husband, the late C C Amsler, Sr., came to Texas from Switzerland in 1834 and knew all the early prominent citizens of the state and often rehearsed the stirring times of the early days of Texas, when the settlers combated with Indians and Mexicans. The lady had always up to a few days ago enjoyed good health, and had four generations of her family living under the same roof. (Anyone know who composed the four generations who lived with her?)Her daughter, Mrs. Chas. Welhausen, accompanied by C. B. Welhausen, left here Thursday to attend the funeral.

Contributed by Matt Cross from LouisPhilipAmslertheorch final flare
He married Sophie Flato, spent two [he said four in "The Torch's Final Flare"] years at the sawmill in
<<The Torch's Final Flare>>


John C. Amsler
On page 244 of the "Amslers of Austn's Colony" John wrote accounts of family history in a document entitled:
Uncle Philip in business as he had married Sophia Flato in 1869 and after four years working at the Saw Mill decided to locate in Hempstead.
Grandfather bought blocks 91 and 116, paying according to my memory $1200 each for them or it might have been for the two. The purchase of these blocks was pursuance of two ideas. 116 was selected on which Uncle Philip's residence was built, a planning mill and lumber yard established. A residence for grandfather was also completed in 1874.
The Planning Mill did not prosper, was dismantled and the building converted into the St. Charles Hotel, operated by Uncle Philip. I was present at the opening when free dinners and luncheons were served. Baker C. F. Smith brought his bride, nee Mary Werner, from Kentucky, and they made their temporary stopping place at the hotel. Among some of the men present at this affair was my mother's brother, C. W. MeYN of Fayetteville, and a dentist, or "Hunter", who extracted the first tooth I ever had drawn.
Uncle Philip. Neither the lumber yard nor the hotel kept Uncle Philip interested long. Among other things he started a broom factory.


About the year 1874, grandfather died in his home in Hempstead, recompleted. Grandfather had bought an Iron Safe in Galveston, and when the lumber and hotel business failed to make speed, he sent the safe to Montgomery Co. to the Saw Mill where the writer saw its arrival and use for many years, and now has the safe.
Uncle Philip now moved from Hempstead to Flatonia, where he operated beer brewing for a while. Later he discovered bed of Kaolin and attempted to manufacture pottery. Later he discovered mineral water on this land and established a health resort.  He generally worked as a carpenter when his enterprises went bad.


 About 1880 he went to McGregor, Texas and worked for his brother Sam Amsler for a number of years. About this time father was making arrangements to move to Hempstead and Uncle Philip bought the Montgomery Co. 200acre Homestead and decided to go into the apiary business. However it was not satisfactory and he had the misfortune to suffer a compound fracture of his thigh bone which shortened his limb and made him a cripple for life.
At this time he had one daughter and two sons, Lilly, Charles and Tell. He left the homestead before father moved to Hempstead, and moved to Plantersville and worked at the carpenter trade and sent his children to school.

<<1890 >>


The editior of Amslers of Austin's Colony found no photo of L P. Amsler. However, when L. P Amsler moved to Shiner he became the first Mayor of Shiner; and as a result, in 2012 his framed photo hangs on the wall at Chamber of Commerse building in Shiner with a sucession of photos of Mayors that followed him.

(Thanks to Debbie Atherton for providing this photo)

L.P.Amsler and Sophia(Flato) Amsler's grave marker is shown earlier.Shiner was incorporated in 1890, and L. P. Amsler was elected the first mayor.(Thanks to Debbie(Amsler)Atherton for providing this an other images of L. P. Amsler, my great grandfather)


From Plantersville he moved to Shiner where another daughter Sophie was born. His health failed and he died in January, 1891, having, during all these years, He had the most patient and loving wife I have ever known, who survived him many years,passing on in 1933. Their resting place is in the cemetery just south of I10 to Flatonia.

L. P. Amsler and Sophia Flato Amsler were buried in Flatonia, just off I-10

Photo of this headsone taken 6/16/12 after family gathering in Shiner.

See Eleventh Generation for more details
about the following six children of Louis
Philip and Sophia (Flato) Amsler:
1. Lilly Elizabeth (b. 27 Jly 1870; m. Henry W.
YEAGER), 2. Estella (b. 30 Mch 1874; d. 12 Aug
1876),3. Charles Conrad II, 4. Alma (b. ca 1878?
died young), 5. William Tell (b. 1 Jly 1880), and
(5. Sophia (b. ] 8 Jan 1886).

In 1870 Philip was working for his father at the birth of his first child.

In 1874, when Lilly was born, Philip moved to Flatonia

In 1878 when Charles Conrad was born we believe Philip lived in Flatonia.

In 1880 when William Tell was born Phiip was understood to have lived in McGreggor, but we were unable to determine from page 92 of "Amslers of Austin's Colony" exactly where William Tell was born.

In 1886 when Sophia was born, Philip is believed to live in Plantersville in Grimes County "in order to send his older children to school."

Footnote: We have noted from Amslers of Austin's colony that Sophia lived in Lavaca County, Moulton, Flatonia, Hempstead, McGreggor, Fatonia, Plantersville, Grimes county and Shiner. During their marriage from 1869 to 1991 when Louis Philip passed on they both lived in Hempstead, McGreggor, Flatonia, Plantersville and Shiner. Sophia was a window at 46 and lived to be 81. Louis Phil lived to be 46. We found it somewhat difficult to identify the year that they lived in each location. A predominant source of information as to location and years live is from John C. Amsler's writing of "THE TORCH'S FINAL FLARE" starting on page 244 of "Amsler's of Austin's Colony. This book did not have any photo of Louis Philip Amsler but we have included a separate page for photos of Sophia Flato Amsler. select [Sophia Flato Amsler photos] to view these photos.