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Meanwhile the idea of founding a partnership between Frederickburg
and Montabaur cropped up, as more than 300 people of the Montabaur
region had emigrated to Texas from 1845 to 1847.
n 1993 Ilse and Norbert Reisewitz visited their relatives in Houston.
Mrs. Reisewitz being the third councilor of the borough of Montabaur
she was asked by mayor Dr. Possel-Dölken to visit the city of Fredericksburg.
There they met Ken Knopp, who had already established personal links
with the Westerwald.
On February 23rd, 1994 the "Circle of friends of Texas" was founded.
Some time later, on April 12th, 1994 this group became the nucleus
of the German-Texan Association Montabaur-Fredericksburg e. V. Its
first president is Ilse Reisewitz, its vice-president is Gerhard
This association aims at establishing and maintaining contacts with
the descendants of the emigrants and it will help to organize exchanges
of schools and clubs.
The councilors of the borough of Montabaur favored the idea of a
partnership and in their meeting of Juno 29th, 1995 they decided
on actually founding a partnership with the city of Fredericksburg/Texas.
A party of 40 people from the Montabaur region took part in the
150th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Fredericksburg
on May 8th 1996. On the occasion of that festival the documents
of the Sister-City treaty were signed by the two mayors Linda Langerhans
for Fredericksburg and Dr. Possel-Dölken for the borough of Montabaur.
They confirm cordial links of friendship.
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