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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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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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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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