Daughter of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann 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.”
12 November 1864 the Dallas Weekly Herald in Dallas, Texas published an article about Indians in Kendall County. The Dallas Herald had picked up the article from the Austin Gazette. George Wilkins Kendall sent a news report on October 28th stating Indians had raided two days before in Kendall County. The first sign of them was near Wasp Creek. They killed one horse with arrows and two horses were wounded and left behind. The next day five Indians were sighted by Mr. Heiligman who lived two miles from Wasp Creek. He saw them herding a group of animals including four of his horses who had been grazing in his pasture. Once the alarm was raised, Lieutenant O’Grady with a small group of men followed in pursuit.
I have two questions. Who were the men that followed in pursuit? Could Conrad Adam have been one of them? Arrgh! Conrad belonged to the Frontier Guard. The Guard had been organized by the Confederacy to provide protection for the settlers from Indian attacks and other dangers. Many men from the area and almost all the soldiers, who had been stationed in the forts along the line of the frontier, were gone and the Guard was just about the only line of defense for the citizens.
“Indians in Kendall County.” Dallas, TX: Dallas Weekly Herald, V. XII, 12, 2p.
Carl Wilhelm Kuhfuss
Geb. Sept 14, 1832
Gest. Aug 21, 1894
In Aller von 62 yahren 11 monate
The second photograph shows the view from Conrad’s grave to Wilhelm Kuhfuss’ grave. They are on border of the original part of the cemetery.
(Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Carl Wilhelm Kuhfuss marker; personally read 2014.
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!”
World War I Draft Registration Cards are on file at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC. If a trip to Washington DC is out of the question, you can subscribe to Ancestry.com and read them any time. The copies are not the best but still readable. I searched for my great-uncle Eugene Conrad Adam and my grandfather Willie Eugene Adam.
I have transcribed as much of the hazy blur as I could.
Eugene Conradt [sic] Adam; from Boerne, Texas; age 20; born June 1, 1898; white; farmer; employed by Julius Adam, Boerne, Texas; next of kin Julius Adam, RFD #1, Boerne, TX, he signed his name as Eugene Conrad Adams; medium height; build ?; eyes blue; hair brown; Registered by Elmer Watts on Sept 12, 1918
Willie Eugene Adam; age 24; Boerne, Texas; Born March 23, 1893; natural-born citizen; place Boerne, Texas; Farmer; next of kin, Julius Adam, Boerne, TX; no children; single; caucasian; signed Willie E. Adam; Tall; Medium build; light blue eyes; Med. Brown Hair; H. O. Adler; Precinct #1, Kendall Co, Texas, June 5, 1917; Aug. Langbein