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52 Ancestors – #23: The Autograph Book That Almost Disappeared

A number of years ago an autograph book belonging to Bertha Adam Froebel Haby was found in a flea market in San Antonio. Fortunately the person who discovered it recognized some of the names, purchased it, and donated it to the Boerne Historical Society Archives. The autograph book was analyzed by a relative, Dorothy Ebert in 1991. Friends and relatives from Boerne, Austin, San Antonio, Clear Spring, and Windsor signed the book. Some of the signers wrote in English but most wrote in German script. The earliest date is 1881. Bertha was 16 years old and perhaps had received  the autograph book as a gift. She continued to collect autographs until 1911. Eleven of the autographs are from people living in Austin in 1881. Perhaps she was visiting her sister Emilie who was living in Austin with her husband William Schoenert. Emilie and William married on her parent’s 24th wedding anniversary, 16 February 1880.

Austin autographs:

Adam, Emilie, December 1881, sister; Behrens, Lina,1881; Kirschwink, Anna and Lina, 2 December 1881; Meyer, Katie, S. A., Susie, 13 & 16 November 1881; Schoenert, Emilie 27, June 1881, sister; Schoenert, William, 14 December 1881, brother-in-law; Weyermann, ?, 8 December 1881

Autographs from Boerne, San Antonio, Clear Spring and Windsor span thirty years,1881-1911.

Boerne Autographs:

Adam, Emma, sister; Bergmann, Bertha, cousin?; Dietert, B and Rosa; Dienger,  Louise; Fabra, L.; Froebel, Hilmar G.; Grady, Mary; Gimbel, E. and Emma, maybe same person; Grossmann, ? and Charles; Harz, B and Bertha, maybe same person; Ransleben, Emilie, Hilmar, Hilmar Fritz; Theis, Anna and Robert; Voges, Therese, sister; Vogt, Emilie and Pauline, Wilhelmine; ?, Anna

Windsor autograph:

Zoeller, Bertha

Clear Spring (near New Braunfels) autograph:

Voges, Wilhelmine

San Antonio Autographs:

Dienger, Joseph; Froebel, Gunther, son; Hannich, Anton; Toepperwein, Ad. and E. A. F., first cousin and uncle

Place not listed:

Bergmann, Minnie; Clemens, Clara; Dietert, Emil, cousin; Froebel, Ralph, son; Froebel, Udo, son; Saner, T. P.

Bertha was the fifth child of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam. She born the summer after the Civil War ended on 8 July 1865.  At the age of 20, she married Hilmar Guenther Froebel on 24 January 1885.  H.G. and Bertha had three children who lived to adulthood, Guenther Hilmar, Udo Julius “Jack”, Ralph Alfred Froebel.  H.G. died in 1905. In 1907 she married Charles J. Haby.

 

Ebert, Dorothy, Alphabetical Index to Bertha Adam’s Autograph Book of 1881, Boerne Historical Archives, 1991.

City Cemetery No. 6 (San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas), Froebel, Hilmar G. and Bertha Haby, personally read, 1979.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Adam, Froebel

 

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Sentimental Sunday: Willie and Hilda Adam

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Brother and Sister

Willie and Hilda Adam

Adam, Willie and Hilda. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2014 in Adam, Sentimental Sunday

 

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Sentimental Sunday: Donnie Phil and Kathy Lou

Kathy Lou and Donnie Phil

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2014 in Adam, Richardson, Sentimental Sunday

 

Sentimental Sunday: Spent with Uncle How-who

Kathryn, Howard Richardson, Phil Asher

A Sunday afternoon with Uncle Howard Richardson

Yours truly, Uncle Howard, Donnie Phil

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Adam, Richardson, Sentimental Sunday

 

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Sentimental Sunday: Willie Adam’s Birthday

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Lillie and Willie Adam

Happy Birthday, Grandpa!

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2014 in Adam, Sentimental Sunday

 

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52 Ancestors – # 9: Donut Sundays, Ida Haufler Adam

“She made the best doughnuts!” is the comment I have most often heard about my Great-Grandma Ida Adam. Her grandchildren and neighbors living in the Balcones Community have commented about those donuts on many occasions. They are always wishing they could have just one more. Sunday afternoon coffee klatch was her usual time to share this tasty treat. Bob Clines, the youngest grandchild describe them as, “wonderful confections that would rise out of the bubbling lard in a roasting pan so light they seemed to me to float above the grease. Turned at the right time and placed at the side of the roasting pan on cookie racks to be dusted with granulated sugar. First she made the regular doughnuts and then the final miracle the jelly filled ones, always last because you could ruin the grease if the jelly leaked out of its doughy cover. Then they sat above the cooking surface of the wood stove in the two warming ovens.” All the family passed through the house on Sunday afternoons and neighbors would frequently find their way there. Allan Stahl said as a young boy he couldn’t get enough of those donuts and would just happen to stop by when she was making them. My father, Jimmie, said the kids ate the donut holes first and then the donut. I just wonder how many dozens she made and if I ever ate one.

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Ida and Julius Adam

Jimmie said she made delicious food and if the wind was blowing in the right direction you could smell what she was cooking. As a young boy he would run to her house when the smell of baking cookies was in the air.  Another of her specialties was Koch Kase. Bob Clines said, “She made Koch Kase by separating the whey from the milk and drying it for a week in cheesecloth then heating the dry curd with a little salt and baking soda. It would spread on bread like butter” She canned fruit, made sauerkraut, baked bread, pies, cobblers, and cakes. Cousin Bob remembers she made German Coffee Cake with strudel on top at Thanksgiving and her devil’s food cake was out of this world. The family agreed she always had something delicious to eat when they came to visit.

Ida was the seventh child out of 13 children born to Johann Gottfried and Louise Magers Haufler. She liked to tell stories and unfortunately I was too young to remember them. Her stories were about growing up in Kendall County and her family. One story has stayed in my memory. She said she was out with one of her sisters near their family home. There was a snake and her sister didn’t see it until it was too late. It bit her. Grandma Ida acting quickly sucked out the poison and got her back to the house as fast as she could. Their father immediately put her on a horse and they rode to the nearest doctor.  Ida said the horse was ridden so hard and fast that it collapsed at the doctor’s house.  Her sister survived.

After she married Julius Adam in 1890 and moved to the Balcones Community, she wrote letters to keep in touch with her brothers and sisters who lived in other parts of Kendall County. They regularly correspondended with each other and always wrote in German.

She moved from the family home in 1959 to the Golden Age Nursing Home in Boerne.  She remained there until her death on Mother’s Day, 10 May 1964.

Adam, Jimmie, Personal Interview, 2012.

Clines, Robert “Bob.” Letter dated 17 Feb 2012.

 
 

Wordless Wednesday: Emilie Adam Schoenert

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Emilie Adam Schoenert

Daughter of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Adam, Schoenert

 

52 Ancestors – #6: Willie Eugene Adam

While catching up on some genealogy reading, I discovered Amy Johnson Crow’s blog No Story Too Small: Life is Made of Stories. In January she challenged everyone to take the 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks challenge. I’m a little late but have taken the challenge!

In 1911 at the age of 18, Willie purchased 240 acres from his father, Julius Adam.  He bought the land for $3000.00 with $500.00 down and a balance of $2500.00 to be paid in fifteen years with 6 percent interest. The land was just “across the field” from his parents on the San Antonio-Fredericksburg Road, old Highway Number 9.  The back side of the property ended at the Balcones Creek. According to family stories, the property included a two-story house which needed repairs.  Julius purchased this property from George N. Lytle and his wife in 1909.

Willie raised on his parent’s farm was a hard worker. My guess is he wanted his own place but that’s a lot of land and debt for an 18-year-old.  His experience working on his parent’s farm to market farm must have helped him.  Willie pursued farming until he was drafted in 1918 and was sent to France.  Upon his return, he married Lillie Katherine Schuetz from Kendalia on 7 June 1919. Willie  repaired the house, removed the top story and made it ready for his new bride.  Together Willie and Lillie operated a farm-to-market and dairy farm until 1955.  Kendall County, Texas, Deed Book 27 p: 48-49, Willie Adam and Julius Adam, 21 December 1911; County Clerk’s Office, Boerne.

Kendall County, Texas. Deed Book 27: 48-49, Julius Adam and Willie Adam, 11 December 1918; County Clerk’s Office, Boerne.

“All those certain two tracts of land on Balcones Creek, in Kendall County, Texas, being parts of the San Antonio Cruz League and Labor of land. Original Survey No. 170. And described as follows: First, Seventy (70) acres of land of said survey sold by Geo. N. Lytle and wife to Julius Adam by deed dated 12 February 1909 and recorded in Vol. 25, page 5 of the Kendall County Deed records and which Deed contains the field notes…Second, One hundred and seventy (170) acres of said Survey comprising lots and parts of lots numbered Twenty three (23) Twenty six (26) Twenty Seven (27) Thirty (30) Thirty one (31 thirty four (34) and Thirty Five (35) according to plat made by James S. Trueheart and being the same land sold to Julius Adam by Geo. N. Lytle and his wife by deed dated 2nd April 1909. Total 240 acres of land.”

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Adam

 

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Sentimental Sunday

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While looking through my parents photograhs for snow pictures for a Dietert Archives Project, I discovered this photo. The date on the back is December 1957. I’m thinking this is the first time I saw snow and there was enough to build a nice size snowman!   So to family and friends in Indiana where it is snowing with windchill temps in the negative numbers, I just want to say  “Just look, it does snow in the Texas Hill Country!”

Stay warm!

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Adam, Kendall County, Sentimental Sunday

 

Sentimental Sunday: Julius and Willie Adam

Julius and Willie Adam with wagon filled with corn

Julius is driving the wagon loaded with corn. Willie looks like he is enjoying the ride.

Picture taken outside the yard of the Julius Adam home in the Balcones Community.

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Adam, Balcones Community, Sentimental Sunday

 

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