|Birth: ||Aug. 12, 1842, Germany|
|Death: ||Aug. 16, 1929|
Joseph Carl Petmecky, an immigrant from Germany with his parents: Gottfried J. Petmecky and Anna Huebner Petmecky. He traveled to Austin Texas at age 9 to study to become a Gunsmith. He had the priviledge of studying under Owens. When his mentor died he bought out the business, built a new metal building and named it:J.C. Petmecky, Gunsmith. Since Austin Texas was on the edge of Comanche Country, there was a big demand for his wares, and built several for Governor Sam Houston, and famous Texas Rangers: Ben McCullough, Big Foot Wallace,and Lawrence "Sul" Ross.
In 1861 he closed the doors of a thriving business, to devote his skills to the Confederacy. After marching under Sibley Brigade, they fought and won over the battle of Valverde and occupied Albuquerque and Santa Fe. They were defeated by a large group of Federal troops. He returned to Austin Texas to produce weapons for the Confederacy, while serving in a militia defending the homes and business's of Austin Texas. He was recognized by a grateful community, and awarded from the Texas Legislature for his service.
After the war's end, he returned to reopen his business,under the restrictive and punitive hand of the Union. While President Lincolm promised there would be no rebercussions, doing business was very difficult particularly for anyone branded as "Reb". During this time he expanded his business into becoming a locksmith. As the men returned from the war they found that many of their homes in the area needed to be rebuilt. The Union troops had burned the homes while the mother and children stood by helplessly. Petmecky added bicycle construction to his business. The Federal Government refused to allow anyone to work as a Gunsmith regardless of the oaths that there would be no rebercusions. He continued to work hard helping anyone rebuild their homes. Several years later he married Adolphina Sterzing. When he was able to regain prosperity he donated to numerous local .
Created by: Mary Petmecky Hughes
Record added: Sep 17, 2012
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