Klein Independent School District
In July 1928, the present boundary lines of the school district were established with the consolidation of five common school districts, and the official name became Rural High School District Number One. The district, 88 square miles in size, became one of the largest disticts in land area in Harris County. In 1938, the school district was renamed the Klein Independent School District after the name of the surrounding community...
Early Life in the Klein Community
Excerpt from The Wunderlich & Hofius Families of North Harris County, by Roger Wunderlich, pages 370-378. Life was hard in the early times, but these early settlers perservered. Family histories indicate that log cabins provided the first homes because there were no sawmills at that time. Major problems the early families encountered in Texas were the deadly diseases of malaria, yellow fever and other fevers. Sometimes entire or major portions of families were wiped out. An example is my grandparents, Peter and Sophie (Krimmel) Wunderlich's family...
Adam Klein History
In 1851, Adam Klein, a native of Oberndorf, Germany, and his fiancée, Friedericke Klenk, set out from Europe for America. Married by the captain of the ship Elizabeth Hamilton while crossing the Atlantic, the couple landed in New Orleans in January 1852. They made their way to Hermann, Missouri, where Friedericke had a half-brother. Adam went west to California in the gold rush, found gold, then came to settle in Texas with Friedericke...
Klein Community
During the past thirty years the Klein area has been rapidly transformed from a quiet rural area farmed by descendants of 19th century German immigrants into a bustling suburb of the nation's fourth largest city. Though the land has undergone tremendous change, memories and remains of the early people and their communities can still be found...
The Peter Wunderlich Story
The Wunderlich family was part of a large number of German families who settled in the Klein area in the last half of the 1800s. Political conditions in Germany were unsettled, land there was scarce, and the United States offered a new beginning. Here new immigrants found freedom and vast open spaces. In 1852 Johann Peter Wunderlich became the first of the Wunderlich family to immigrate to the United States. Later his brother, Jost, and a sister, Marie Katherine, would immigrate to Texas with their families. Other family members stayed in Germany, where their descendants still live...