Adam, Jimmie. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.
I don’t remember Grandpa looking this young, but he looks so handsome in this picture I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post it for his birthday, number 129 to be exact. I have very few memories of him, but there are a couple that really stand out. Every Sunday afternoon, my parents and I would go visit Grandpa and Grandma. Grandpa always gave me a big hug and his whiskers were really scratchy and then sometime during the visit he would make me a paper hat by folding a page from the Sunday newspaper. I remember thinking that was pretty cool but I can’t remember if I ever wore one of those hats.
The hat memory really stuck with me and when I was an elementary school librarian I liked to read aloud the classic story, Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina. Each student would make the same hat my Grandpa used to make for me and then I would read the book and the students would act out the story. We had such fun and to think the idea started on a Sunday afternoon with my Grandpa.
Adam, Willie. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.
Emilie Adam Schoenert daughter of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam
William H. Emilie A
Feb. 27, 1853 Apr. 27, 1862
Mar. 7, 1924 July 24, 1949
Buried in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex, Austin, Texas
Oakwood Cemetery Annex (Austin, Travis County, Texas). William H. and Emilie A. Schoenert marker; personally read 2012.
Died December 23, 1868
Age 45 years
In a letter dated 1 January 2012, from cousin Robert Clines, “The family history in what is now Kendall County begins in 1849 with Wilhelm Friedrich who arrived in Texas with the famous 40 students who first located at the Bettina Colony on the Llano Creek. He was a fellow student with Dr. Ferdinand Herff at the University of Giessen in Germany. After the colony failed he migrated to the Boerne area and used his college training to survey and locate land grants given to various recipients by the State of Texas. The family referred to him as an uncle. He wrote to Conrad and urged him to come to Texas.”
From a letter dated 27 September 1927 written by Bertha Adam Froebel Haby, “Papa had a rich uncle in America, Wilhelm Friedrich…This uncle persuaded Papa [Conrad Adam] to come to America. This uncle was a surveyor as it was called. It was said that owned a great deal of land…he always was one of the foremost men in Kendall County and a very good friend of old Doctor Herff.”
Research provided by Regina Adam, “William Friedrich had moved to San Antonio in 1861 in order to establish a gun powder factory. He believed that the Civil War was coming and that there was a need for a factory…In 1867, Friedrich was in a financial bind and temporarily resided with his friend Dr. Herff…An unexpected explosion took place at the factory in December, 1868 instantly killing all of his thirteen workmen. William Friedrich lingered on for three days…The Herff’s buried him in City Cemetery Number One in their cemetery plot next to Baldwin Herff.”
City Cemetery No. 1 (San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas). Wm. Friedrich marker; personally read 2011.
Adam, Regina. Family Group Record William Friedrich-7391, n.d.
Clines, Robert. Letter dated 1 January 2012 to Kathryn Adam-Hurst.
Haby, Bertha Adam Froebel dated 27 September 1927 to her son Guenther H. Froebel.
Transcription of Gustav A. Bergmann’s Will
In the Name of God Amen!
Know all men by these presents that I Gustave (sic) A. Bergmann 49 years of age residing in the City of San Antonio Bexar County Texas, being at the present time in good health, and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and knowing that death must eventually come upon me, as it reaches all mankind, do hereby make declare and publish the following to be my Last Will and Testament.
1. I desire that all my indebtedness, if any, legally and equitably established shall be paid,
2. I, Will Give and Bequeath to my beloved wife Wilhelmine Bergmann, my only heir, all that I die possessed of, or have a right to, real estate, personal property and claims or rights of any kind whatever, to be used, controlled and enjoyed by my beloved wife, during her natural life,
3. I hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife, Wilhelmine Bergmann as the Executrix of my estate, without Bond or interference of any Court or relatives, only that this will be filed and admitted to probate as required by law.
In Testimony and confirmation of all of which I hereto subscribe my name, in the presence of the two subscribing witnesses, who sign their names at my request, in my presence and in the presence of each other in the City of San Antonio this 30th day of January A D 1889.
Signed Gustav A. Bergmann
In presence of
Anton Adam – Residing in San Antonio, Texas Moritz Rossy – Residing in San Antonio, Texas
Texas. San Antonio City of. Probate case file 2282, Gustav A. Bergmann 1889, Will of Gustav A. Bergmann, 23 May 1896; Probate County Clerk’s Office, Bexar County Court House, San Antonio.
Kathinka, the eldest daughter of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam, was born on 7 September 1857. Her great-grandson, Marion Toepperwein, told this story about her. “Before her marriage while living at her father’s place near Boerne, Texas. Due to no fences, horses had to be hobbled, a band of Indians rode through scattering the horses. Indians were still wild and would steal cattle and kill white people. Kathinka had just unhobbled one horse and was able to ride back to the farm house in time to escape the Indians.” Can you image how scary that would be?
On 30 December 1875, she married Paul Johannes Toepperwein. Kathinka and Paul lived in Leon Springs until 1882 when they purchased property four miles south of Boerne. They sold the farm after living there thirty years and purchased a smaller farm. In 1919, they purchased a house in Boerne.
Paul and Kathinka had six children: Albert Paul born in 1877, Edwin born in 1882, Ella Clara born in 1884, married Willie Stein, and Wally Bertha born in 1889, married Adolph Wendler, Rudolph Herbert born in 1892, married Alma Pearl Alexander, and one son died as an infant.
Paul was born in Germany on 17 February 1844 to Ferdinand Lucian and Marie Elizabeth Toepperwein. The family settled ten miles east of Fredericksburg on Grape Creek where his father taught school. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in the Confederate Army and was assigned to the regiment band. His brother Herman was the band leader. Paul played the trombone in the band but could play several other instruments. He died 11 July 1929.
Kathinka died in 10 June 1943. Her obituary in the Boerne Star stated, “She was a very good hearted and fine old lady, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, everyone she came in contact with she had a kind and good word for and of course had very many dear friends.”
” Mrs. Kathinka Toepperwein,” obituary, The Boerne Star (Boerne, Texas), 17 June 1943.
Toepperwein, Marion. “Paul Toepperwein.” 1980s.