Who's Who in Galveston's  History

Schmidts Garden
Schmidt's Garden and A Baby Named Quarantine
By Kathleen Maca

If you think some of the names we hear today are unusual, you might be surprised to learn it is nothing new. Imagine going through life with the given name of “Quarantine.” A member of one of Galveston’s most well-known families in the late 1800s did, preferring to be addressed by his full first name rather than shortened versions or nicknames.

Dr. Ashbel Smith
Yellow Jack - The Island's Battle Against the Deadly Plague
By Katherine Adams

In any language, there is a short list of specific words that are reserved for the direst situations. They’re as powerful and as frightening as weapons. The words “Fire!” and “Snake!” will trigger instant panic and clear a room or an area in an instant. During the Civil War, no phrase inspired as much fear as “The Yankees are coming!” The word “hurricane” still sends everyone packing. In 1867, that list of words reserved for the scariest of circumstances included another terrifying phrase at the very top: “Yellow Jack.”

Henry Freudenburg
Henry Freudenburg - A Living Legacy
By Donna Gable Hatch

If you own or rent property, have a vehicle or boat, are a builder or have lived on Galveston Island for any period of time, you undoubtedly know the name Henry Freudenburg. For more than five decades, the man behind the Henry Freudenburg Insurance Agency, Inc. has been helping his community weather the ups and downs of life, helping to provide a safety net, and build for the future through a genuine dedication to serve and a firm commitment to competitive and fair rates.

The Maceos and the Free State of Galveston
By Donna Gable Hatch

Galveston author Kimber Fountain’s genuine love for the island is as strong as the 10-mile long seawall that protects the city from nature’s wrath. The Texas Gulf Coast native has expressed the bond she feels with the island and its storied past in the pages of two books that pay homage to the area: Galveston Seawall Chronicles (2017), and Galveston’s Red Light District: A History of the Line (2018).

John Egert & Son
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Founded by John Egert, Sr., the firm was responsible for elevating numerous residences and public buildings on the island during the post-1900 Storm grade raising project. These items were acquired through the estate of Eva Fritiofson, a descendent of the Egert Family.

Isaac Cline
Isaac Cline - After The Storm
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Most Galvestonians are familiar with the story of Dr. Isaac Cline, the meteorologist who headed the Island’s weather office during the 1900 Storm. As famous as that chapter of this life was, few know what became of him afterward.