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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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Formation of Boerne Cemetery, Kendall County, Texas

Boerne
January 28, 1867

“The undersigned inhabitants of Boerne and neighbourhood oblige themselves to the payment of the following amounts set opposite to their resp. names on the purpose to survey, to fence in etc. a common burring ground, lieing on the San Antonio-Fredericksburg Road above Mr. Joe Saner’s place, which has been granted by Hon. Adam Vogt.

Everybody, who pays $2.00 in specie, will be entitled to a space of 9 feet long and 4 1/2 feet wide for reserved or families graves.

The payment must be made on or before the thirtieth day of April next to the Secretary of the Committee, H. G. Froebel.”

Joe Saner, Sr, $5.00
C. Hugo Claus, $6.00
A. Zoeller, $5.00
H. Wendler, $5.00
Jacob Theis,$2.00
T. F. Stendebach,$10.00
Chris. Humbolt, $5.00
Gottlieb Stephan, $6.00
H. Holekamp?,$3.00
Carl Adam , $2.00
Henry Dietert ,$2.00
Aug. Pfeiffer, Sr., $5.00
Ph. J. Theis, $4.00
W. Dietert , $10.00
I. Minnich,$5.00
Conrad Adam, $5.00
Ferdinand Harz, $2.00
W. Vogt, $4.00
K. Dienger, $4.00
August Staffel $25.00
H.G. Froebel, $4.00
Mrs. Caroline Dienger, $5.00
Wm. Kuhfus, $2.00
P. Werner, $4.00
C. H. Woff Maeson?, $2.00
G. A. Toepperwein, $2.00
Ph. Zoeller, $5.00
C. Theis,$2.00
F. Schaeffer, $3.00
J. D. Johns, $2.00
C. I? Stewart, $2.00
C. Aman, $5.00
Geo. Wilkins Kendall, $25.00

A total of $178.00 was collected by H. G. Froebel.

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 (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Historic Texas Cemetery marker; personally read 2011.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2013 in Adam, Cemeteries, Dietert, Froebel, Kendall County

 

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Obituary of Adalbertha Bergmann Adam

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“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.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Adam, Froebel, Herms, Schoenert, Toepperwein, Voges

 

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Anton Bergmann and Patent #422703

Anton Bergmann

While looking at the newspapers on the Library of Congress web site, I discovered a short article entitled “Texas Patents.” It was front page news on March 5, 1890, in the Fort Worth Daily Gazette. A report from Washington DC stated that Anton Bergmann of Boerne in Kendall County, Texas, was issued a patent on March 4th for an ointment for curing skin disease.

In my search to find out more about this patent I discovered that Google has a patent website. The patent was filed on September 19,1889 and issued March 4, 1890 and was an improved treatment for ringworm or cutaneous troubles. The ointment ingredients were water, turpentine, soap, tobacco extract, and a tincture of arnica. James M. Sauer and Hilmar G. Froebel witnessed the document. For more details about the patent go tohttp://www.google.com/patents/US422703.  I wonder if he ever marketed the ointment.

Anton was the son of Joseph and Theresia Ohnesorge Bergmann.

The Library of Congress website is free and an excellent place to find primary sources. Go to http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ . Take a look! You never know which relative will be in the news!

“Texas Patents.” Fort Worth Daily Gazette. March 5, 1890. Library of Congress. Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers. 13 August 2012. <http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86064205/1890-03-05&gt;

“Ointment for Skin Disease.” Google Patents.  13 August 2012. <http://www.google.com/patents&gt;

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Bergmann, Froebel, Kendall County

 

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Adalbertha Bergmann Adam 1912

Adam Descendants at Julius Adam Home in 1912

Celebration? Relatives visiting on Sunday afternoon? I don’t know, but I love the picture! The family is posed in front of the Julius Adam home on a sunny day in 1912. Adalbertha Bergmann Adam is front row center. On her left is Bertha Adam Froebel Haby, her daughter, Erna Adam, her granddaughter, has her hand on her chair, on her right is Kathinka Adam Toepperwein, her oldest daughter.

Left to right:

Eugene Adam, grandson; Paul Toepperwein, son-in-law; Emma Herms, daughter; Wally Toepperwein, granddaughter; Gus Herms, grandson; Clara Toepperwein, niece; Ida Haufler Adam, daughter-in-law and my great-grandmother; Hilda Adam, granddaughter; Bertha ?; there is a man standing behind Bertha I can’t see his face clearly; Edna Herms, granddaughter; Julius Adam, son; Mousie Goerges, niece; Chris Herms, son-in-law; Willie Adam, grandson and my grandfather.

Adam, Adalbertha. Adam Descendants at the Julius Adam Home 1912. Photograph of the original. 2000. By Gunner Froebel. Digital copy privately held by Regina Adam and Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne, Texas. 2011.

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Adam, Balcones Community, Froebel, Herms, Toepperwein

 

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A Blessed Union: Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam

Conrad Adam Family

Conrad and Adalbertha had seven children with six living to adulthood.

  • Kathinka born 7 September 1857 married Paul. J. F. Toepperwein
  • Therese born 20 August 1859 married Frederick Voges
  • Emilie born 27 April 1862 married William Schoenert
  • Julius Conrad born 15 March 1864 married Ida Haufler
  • Bertha born 8 July 1865 married Hilmar G. Froebel (1) Haby (2)
  • Emma born 11 September 1867 married Christian Herms
  • Amalie born in 1869 lived for 7 days or a few years; the stories vary

I don’t think Amalie had a tombstone but there was a small cemetery within walking distance of the house. When my father was a young boy he was told there was a baby buried in the cemetery. They did not purchase the land until 1874, so I am not sure Amalie is buried there.

Don’t you just love this picture?  I wish it was clearer but you can still see Julius next to his sister Kathinka. He doesn’t look too happy. Conrad and Adalbertha are in the middle and Therese is holding Emilie. I am guessing Bertha and Emma were too small and would not hold still for the picture.

 
 

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Excerpt from Letter written by Bertha Adam Froebel Haby

Bertha Adam Froebel

I thought it would be really easy to come up with a title for this blog, but it wasn’t. Every name I came up with had already been taken or just didn’t sound right and then I remembered a letter written in 1927 by Bertha Adam Froebel Haby, one of Conrad’s daughters, to her grandson Guenther Froebel. In the letter she wrote about her father, one thing she said about him was, “My father was a great story teller when I was a child and I can remember many of his stories…”  and Conrad’s Stories was born!!

There is a copy of the letter on file at the Family History Center, Boerne, TX. The original is owned by the Froebel family.

Do you know any of his stories or stories about other settlers in the Kendall County area?  Just click on comment and tell your story!
 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Adam, Froebel

 

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