Two brothers working hard on the farm!
Adam, Chester and Jimmie 1929. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.
Two boys and their dog, looks just about perfect. Except no one in the picture looks happy. Why? Chester’s and Jimmie’s dog was very friendly and enjoyed playing. Friends or strangers would come to the visit the Adam family and the dog would welcome them but IF the visitors tried to leave the dog would bark and growl and carry on. He wouldn’t let them out of the house. It was Chester’s and Jimmie’s job to hold the dog while the visitors would make a mad dash to their car. Once in their car the dog was perfectly ok. Jimmie said it was a pain to hold that struggling dog. The boys asked their parents if they could get a smaller dog because this big dog was too hard to hold. After Jimmie told me that story I looked at the picture again and noticed that the boys are hanging tightly to the dog and the dog is looking a little shifty eyed.
Chester and Jimmie Adam. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.
“Mrs. Adallberthe Adam, 77 years old, died at 12:15 o’clock yesterday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Bertha Froebel Haby, 126 Kansas Street. She was a native of Germany and lived in San Antonio for the last fourteen months, coming here from Boerne. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Paul Toepperwein, Mrs. Fritz Voges, and Mrs. Christian Herms, all of Boerne; Mrs. William Schoenert of Austin and Mrs. Bertha F. Haby of San Antonio, and one son Julius Adam of Boerne. The body was prepared by the Riebe Undertaking Company and sent to Boerne last night for interment.”
Adam,Adalbertha. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.
“Mrs. A. Adam.” San Antonio Express, (San Antonio, Texas) 17 March 1914.
Daughter of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam
Wife of Lemuel T. Clines
(Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Erna Adam Clines marker; personally read 2011.
County of Kendall
I Adelbertha Adam,[sic] the widow of Conrad Adam deceased, residing in Kendall County, Texas,
being of sound mind and disposing memory, but well Knowing the uncertainty of this life,
do hereby make this my ”Last Will and Testament”, hereby revoking all wills and codicils heretofore by me made.
Article 1. I hereby direct that my homested,[sic] consisting of 156 acres of land and all the improvements thereon, situated about 3 ¾ miles in a South Easterly direction from Boerne, on the San Antonio-Fredericksburg road shall be disposed of in the following manner:
Article 2. I hereby give and bequeath to my son Julius Adam said homestead, described in article 1. of this will and consisting of 156 acres of land, under the following conditions:
Article 3. My son Julius Adam shall pay to each of his sisters to wit: 1. Kathinka Toepperwein, 2. Therese Voges , 3. Emilie Schoenert, 4. Bertha Froebel, 5. Emma Herms, the sum of Two hundred dollars, or in case of any of them should die, to their surviving children in the following manner:
Article 4. One year after my death my son Julius Adam shall pay to each one of his sisters or surviving children Twenty Dollars and every succeeding year he shall pay the same amount until each of his sisters, or surviving children, shall have received Two hundred Dollars, and all of his payments amount to One Thousand Dollars.
Article 5. If the aforesaid payments are punctually and promptly made by my son Julius Adam, then he shall pay no interest during the ten years upon any of this money.
Article 6. In case my son Julius Adam should die his wife Ida Adam, nee Hauffler, [sic] shall fill his place as far as this will is concerned as long as she remains unmarried, but should she marry again after the death of my son Julius Adam, then and in that case I hereby direct that said homestead, described in Article 1 of this will shall be owned by my son’s surviving children under the condition that each of my daughters receive their Two hundred dollars out of this my homestead in annual payments of Twenty Dollars each as heretofore directed.
Article 7. I appoint my son Julius Adam the Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
Article 8. I hereby direct that no other action shall be had in the Probate court in regard to the settlement of my Estate than the probating and registration of this will.
Article 9. I direct that my Executor shall not be required to give bond.
Signed at Boerne this 9th day of Aug. 1895
The said Adelbertha Adam on this 9th day of Aug. 1895 signed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for her “Last Will and Testament,” and We, at her request and in her presence and in presence of each other have hereunto set our names as subscribing witnesses.
Texas, this 9th day of Aug. 1895 Adalbertha Adam
Gus. Dietert A. Bergmann
(Witnesses are: Gus Dietert is the son of Heinrich and Amalia Bergmann Dietert and Adalbertha’s nephew; A.(Anton) Bergmann is Adalbertha’s brother)
Texas. Kendall County. Probate Minutes. Office of County Clerk. Boerne.
This is one of my all time favorite photographs. On the left side of the picture Adalbertha Bergmann Adam is gazing adoringly at her grandchildren, Willie, Eugene (standing on the chair), and Hildegarde. Eugene was born in June of 1898 so I’m estimating the picture was taken in 1900. They are the children of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam. We even get a peek into one of the rooms in the house that Adalbertha and Conrad built. It’s a fabulous picture for a sentimental Sunday!
Adam Kids. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.
Jimmie, one of Conrad Adam’s great grandsons, served in the US Army during World War II. He originally trained as a motorcylist and was ready to ship out to Europe when last minute orders sent his unit to Colorado to be trained as infantry soldiers. After training, the unit was sent to San Francisco where they boarded a ship to an unknown destination. It wasn’t until they were out at sea that they were told they were going to the Philippines. During the voyage they ran into a storm. The waves were so strong and violent that it would lift the ship so high out of the water that the propeller was exposed. Jimmie saw action in Leyte, Mindoro and Mindanao and later was part of the occupation army in Yokohama, Japan. One story he has often told is while in the Philippines he was very hungry and he wrote home and told his mother, Lillie, that he was hungry for her cooking especially sausage, cookies and a cake. She received the letter and started to prepare a care package for him. There was a cannery in Boerne during WWII and there she canned sausage she had made and other food items. She baked cookies and a cake and added them to the package. Then she shipped it to him and amazingly the package made it to Jimmie, a little squashed but the food was edible. He said nothing ever tasted as good as the food in that care package. He said he ate bite every down to the last crumb!
Adam, Jimmie. World War II, 1945. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.