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| June 1, 2010

Annie Zahn and Charles Dolen’s wedding photo.

Charles did not speak German, and Annie did not speak much, if any, English. Somehow, though, he communicated to her that he wanted her for his wife.

One can hardly think of the month of June without also thinking of brides and grooms and marriage. I want to tell you about the marriage of Charles P. Dolen and Annie Zahn of Cypress, which took place in June 1904.

According to Dolen family lore, the Dolens came to Texas from Tennessee in 1891. Their ancestry was Scots-Irish and Saxon. By 1904, they were living on House Hahl Road in Cypress.

Annie Zahn always lived in Cypress. Her family came from Germany in 1847. They lived on a farm near the intersection of what is now Fenske Road and Cypress Church Road.

Exactly how Charles and Annie met is a matter of conjecture, but it could be that she helped her sister Mary Zahn Juergen (wife of E. F. Juergen) in “downtown Cypress” with her housework and other chores, and met Charles when he came to Juergen’s Store.

Charles did not speak German, and Annie did not speak much, if any, English. Somehow, though, he communicated to her that he wanted her for his wife. And somehow, too, they were able to communicate well enough to make plans to elope.

Just as planned, Charles came to Annie’s house with his horse and buggy in the middle of the night. He parked the buggy in the Zahn peach orchard, sneaked up to the house and tapped on Annie’s window. (I wonder how he managed to do that without the Zahn’s dogs barking and waking up everybody in the house?) Anyway, Annie came out; she and Charles climbed into the buggy and headed to Cypress. There they caught the train to Waco where they married.

Upon their return to Cypress, they found the fathers of both Charles and Annie quite upset with them, but “they got over it.” The newlyweds eventually had their own place on House Hahl Road where they raised six children. Several of those children stayed in Cypress and raised their own children here also.

The Dolen family genealogy as well as that of many other old Cypress families is displayed on the walls of Juergen Hall in the Cypress Top Historic Park, 26026 Old Hempstead Highway in Cypress. Cypress Top is one of Commissioner Steve Radack’s Harris County Precinct 3 parks. Museum buildings are open every Tuesday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. for drop-in visitors. The Cypress Historical Society docents conduct tours at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. To schedule a group tour for a different day and time, call this Precinct 3 office number: 281-357-5324. For questions about this article or Cypress genealogy and history, contact Jane Ledbetter at janel_54@att.net.

By Jane Ledbetter

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