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WILLIAM TAUCH
The Schulenburg Photographer
&

His Sculptor Daughter
WALDINE TAUCH

by John Troesser

(Illustrated with 5 vintage photos )

Mr. and Mrs. William Tauch
The Tauchs
(William in his Volunteer Fire Dept Uniform)

Courtesy Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives


William Tauch and 3 Mai brothers
Tauch (kneeling with real mustache) in a play with the Mai Brothers
Courtesy Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives


William Tauch and family
The Tauch Family. Standing: Emma (left) and Waldine
Courtesy Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives

Webmaster's Note:
Due to mix-up of Tauch family members in the original article, the part about William Tauch has been deleted. For information, see Forum below:
Forum

Subject: William Tauch

I'm an archivist in the Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives and I've meant to email you for some time about the story you wrote about William Tauch.

I saw where you based it upon an interview with Martha Tauch. Somehow, you or she combined his history with that of his younger brother, Henry. (Their father was also named Henry Tauch.)

William Tauch did a bit of photographic work in Fayetteville for brief periods in the 1880s, but even then he was based out of Schulenburg where he worked as a photographer from about 1883 to 1906. Waldine Tauch donated his large studio camera to our Archives back in 1980.

The cabinet card photo of the bridal couple on that web page is the work of his brother, Henry, at Fayetteville. See the H in the center of the photo? (William's cards in Schulenburg were usually printed with his name on the back.) Henry was a photographer in Fayetteville from 1892 until at least 1902, when he was elected mayor of Fayetteville — not William. The family left Fayetteville within a few years of that election.

Mrs. William Tauch did cut her throat. However, according to Waldine Tauch's biography, From Chalk to Bronze, written with her cooperation, that did not occur until shortly after the family had left Schulenburg and he was no longer a photographer. The book states the rash act occurred on Mrs. Tauch's brother's farm near Menardville in front of Waldine, not in any town. From there the family moved to Brady.

I thought you'd like to know that the article has some pretty significant errors. - Rox Ann Johnson, Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives, August 18, 2021

Fayetteville TX, Tauch Studio Wedding Cabinet Card
1890s wedding "Cabinet Card" from the Tauch Studio in Fayetteville.
Note imprint at bottom.

From TE photo archives



WALDINE TAUCH


Sunday School class picnic
Waldine and Emma (first seated girls on log (left)
Courtesy Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives

Waldine was so impressed by the detail in an ivory letter opener that she carved an elephant's head in chalk. It was noticed by a neighbor and shortly thereafter she was asked to form a centerpiece (in butter) for The Brady Tuesday Study Club's luncheon. The group, recognized talent when they saw it and collected money to send her to San Antonio to study under the world-renowned sculptor Pompeo Coppini.

Coppini was so impressed with her that he taught her gratis when her tuition ran out. He and his wife asked to legally adopt Waldine, even though she was technically full-grown by this time. Coppini taught her on the condition that she must never wed. She never did and she worked until she was in her 80s.

Today her sculptures and statues are found in San Antonio, Austin, Canton, Dallas, Brownwood, Canyon and Burnet as well as other towns across Texas. An example of her work can be seen by clicking on the Canton page. The monument at Cost near Gonzales is by Waldine Tauch as well as Pippa Passes on the Baylor University campus.


John Troesser
Personal Interview with Martha Tauch, Flatonia, Texas, November, 1999
Forum:

Subject: Waldine Tauch

I read with interest your article on Waldine Tauch and her father. Thank you for this.

However, I would point out that seven Tauch pieces are part of our collection, including the original plasters from which the bronzes were cast for the Texas Ranger, Pippa Passes, Higher Education, and Buckner Group. Tauch had a special relationship with Panhandle-Plains as she also left twelve Pompeo Coppini pieces to PPHM as well. You might add Canyon and Burnet (Buckner Children's Home) to the places one can see her work.

Keep up the good work about Texas.

- Respectfully, Michael R. Grauer, Curator of Art Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas, September 23, 2005



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