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The House that Conrad Adam Built

In 1959 my great grandmother, Ida Adam, moved to the Golden Age Nursing Home in Boerne. She sold the house that Conrad Adam built to the Thompsons. Mrs. Thompson was interested in the history of the place and created a large display with pictures and text.  The fuzzy orange pictures are copies of the ones she placed in the display along with the text.

Adam Home

 Conrad Adam home

Picture taken in 1898 when home was owned by his son Julius Adam

“Home built by Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Adam in 1873.  Mr. William Schoenert contracted to build the house which took him one year.  He was paid one dollar a day and board. Mr. Schoenert later married the third child of Mr. and Mrs. Adam, daughter Emilie.

The house has four bedrooms three upstairs with plenty of storage space and one downstairs. The bedroom downstairs measures 15’x18’ with 11’ceiling. When the house was built the living room  measured 15’x17’ 8” with 11’ ceiling. There is a fireplace in it. There is a bath on both floors.

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Small room added after original kitchen made of wood was torn away (by Julius Adam) room divided equally into four small rooms. The cistern which was on a porch outside  the original kitchen was enclosed in the N.W. corner room and was used for cream separator and milk utensils, S.E. corner room was used by Mrs. Adam for sewing room; S.E. corner room was used for entrance on east side; S.W. corner room was the bathroom. The original [?} Was more narrow but the same length as the rebuilt room, and was entered through an enclosed passage way from the dining room, and was entered through an enclosed passage way from the dining room, double doors were on both east and west sides of the passage way. The dining room was used for kitchen by Adam family.

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East view of smokehouse. The slot in the wall was used to rest guns in guarding off Indians. The round hole in the gable is where a pipe came from the stove in the wash room. The outer toilet was built by WPA on 6 May 1935.”

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Taken from plaque made by Mrs. Thompson who bought house from Ida Adam in 1959.

House served as a stage-coach stop for many years. The drivers would use a trap door in the roof to look for Indians.”

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Adam, Balcones Community

 

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Commissioner Court Minutes January term 1867

Commissioner Court Minutes for a county can give tidbits of information about the people who lived there. For example, I read in the January 1867 Kendall County Commissioner Court Minutes that Conrad Adam was an overseer for the upkeep of Road 1 in Kendall County. Who knew? Since there wasn’t a TXDOT in 1867 the men who lived along the road were to keep the part of the road where they lived in good repair. If everyone did their part, then travelers could easily travel down the road. I also learned that Conrad must have been able to speak English fairly well since not all of his road hands were of German descent. Some of the men who were road hands were not on the 1870 Kendall County Census which was taken three years later. I have listed their names at the end of the post.

Commissioner’s Court Minutes January Term 1867

“The Court proceeded to make appointments for road overseers and to designate the hands liable to work under the resp. overseers; for Precinct No. 1 there was appointed:

Conrad Adam, overseer for Road No. 1
commencing on Balcones crossing of San Antonio Boerne Road, following said Road to Cibolo crossing inclusive.

Hands: Christ. Humbold, Chs. Dienger, J. G. O’Grady, H. W. Topperwein, Ferd. Topperwein, Anton Bergmann, R. Westmoore, A. H. Barter, John Hermann, Chs. Cole, F. V. Henderson, W. V. Henderson, Nelson & George (freedmen)

William Kuhfuss, overseer for Road No. 2
commencing on Cibolo crossing exclusive, following the Boerne – Fredericksburg Road to Joshua crossing inclusive

Hands: Matth Baumann, Aug. Staffel, J. Nagelus, Christ. Jacob, Dei Sheridan, Jac. Theis, Jac. Gass, Henry Wendler, C. H. Clauss, Franz Schaeffer, H. G. Froebel, H. Baumberger, G.A. Topperwein, E. Reed, Jefferson, freedman, John Werner, Ferd. Lohmann, Ant. Koch, Rich. Street /freedm/ Ferd. Harz

Frederic Werner, overseer for Road No. 3
commencing at J. Saner’s residence in the town of Boerne following the Boerne Sisterdale Road to the crossing of Waspe [sic] Creek (exclusive)

Hands: Jul. Fabra. Ign. Minich, R. Brotze, Chas. Adam, Ad. Zoeller, Aug. Pfeiffer jun. W. Pfeiffer, Ernest Pfeiffer, Reinhold Kutzer, Dan. Meckel, Chs. Meckel, Fred. Meckel, Stewart, J. D. Johns

W. Vogt, roadoverseer for Road No. 4
commencing at the public square of the town of Boerne, following the Boerne – Curry’s Creek Road to the Guadalupe crossing at Aman’s place (exclusive)

R. Willke, H. Dietert, Jos Philipp, Jul. Philipp, F. Vanderstraten, F. Boehm, Aug. Vogt, Fred. Haag, Adolph Haag, Gottf. Hauffler, W. Hein, H. Spangenberg

J. F. Stendebach, overseer for Road No. 5
commencing at Cibolo crossing (exclusive) in the town of Boerne following the road towards Dripping Spring to the place where the road intersects the boundary line of the County

Hands: M. Schwarz, F. Schwarz, Bill Logan and son(freedmen) Dimas Huimizo, [B.] Dane, R. Lincoln, Jaco. Dedecker, J. Kraft, H. Scheele.

John Moser, roadoverseer for Precinct, No. 3 and Road No. 6
commencing at the crossing of Waspe[sic] in the Boerne-Sisterdale Road, following said Road and further on from Sisterdale towards Fredericksburg to the boundary line of the County.

Hands: C. Hoffarth, H. Magers, W. Magers, Chs Seewald, Alf Kapp, Rud. Wipprecht, Q. Bunsen, H. Carstanjen, Otto Neuber, J. Siebeneicher,

Charles Beseler, roadoverseer from Prect. No. 3 Road No. 7
commencing at Joshua crossing (exclusive) in Boerne-Fredericksburg Road following said road to the boundary line of the County

Hands: Mc Cluer, D. M. Davis, H. L. Mims, K. Ellis and son, R. B. Wilson, G. Nichols jun. Th. H. Manning, J. W. Manning, John Brown, L. W. Howell

Henry Boerner, roadoverseer for Pct. No. 4, Road No. 8
commencing at the fork of Boerne-Fredericksburg and Boerne-Comfort Road following the road last mentioned to the town of Comfort.

Hands: Alb. Beversdorff, Aug. Beversdorff, Chs. Bonnet, Sam. Ridley (fdmn), Doob, (fdm.) Henry Weber, Justus Sickenius, A. Lieck, A. Faltin, Chs. Kerger, G. Holekamp, F. Spenarth, M. Lindner, Chr Flach, L. Strohacker, V. Pfeuffer, H. Harms, Johns Stecher, G. Moorhoff, Rob. Schladeur, Henry Heinen, E. Serger, P. Hanish, John Hoerner, Jos. Lamm, A. Bohnert, J. Pankratz, Th. Wiedenfeld. O. Brinkmann, W. Heuermann.

The Clerk was ordered, to issue writs to all & each of the above named roadoverseers according to law.”

Road hands not on the 1870 Kendall County Census are: H. W. Topperwein, Ferd. Topperwein, R. Westmoore, F. V. Henderson, W.V. Henderson, Nelson & George (freedmen), J. Nagelus, Christ. Jacob, Die Sheridan, H. Baumberger, E. Reed, Stewart, W. Hein, H. Spangenberg (murdered 1868), F. Schwarz, Bill Logan and son (freedmen), Dimas Huimio, R. Lincoln, C. Hoffarth, Alf. Kapp, Rud. Wipprecht, Q. Bunsen, McCluer, D. M. Davis, H. L. Mims, K. Ellis and son, J. W. Manning, Sam. Ridley (freedman), Doob (freedman), Justus Sickenius, A. Lieck, Johns Stecher, Henry Heinen.

Texas. Kendall County. Commissioner’s Court Minutes Book 1, pages 67-69.

Adam-Hurst, Kathryn. 1870 Federal Census for Kendall County, Texas. Boerne,TX: The Genealogical Society of Kendall County, 1997.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Adam, Kendall County

 

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Kendall County Grand Jurors for 1864

July 18th 1864

“At a special meeting of the county court held this day the following officers were present Hon Jos. Graham Chief Justice Commissioners Adam Vogt, C. Rhodius, M. Lindner E G Krissner(?). The proceedings of the last meeting were read and approved. The court then proceeded to select the following persons as Grand Jurors for 1864.”

Conrad Adam
A. H. Bartor
F. Doebbeler
Wm Ditret [sic] Dietert?
C. Flach
B. Hagamann
Johns Moses
F. Perner
L. Strotucker
Joseph Tate
Antone Bohnert
Charles Bergstrom
Charles Dinger
Wm Edge
C. Hoffarth
F. Hartz
James M. Patton
F. Sauer
John F. Stendebach
Augt Vogt

Texas. Kendall County Commissioners Minutes, Vol. 1, p. 35.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Adam, Kendall County

 

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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.

Boerne Cemetery_opt

 (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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Will of Adalbertha Bergmann Adam

adam, adalbertha signature_opt The State of Texas

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.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Adam, Bergmann, Herms, Schoenert, Toepperwein, Voges

 

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Today is….Veterans Day 11/11/13

Adam, Jimme WWII_opt

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.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Adam, Today is

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Paul and Bertha Schoenert Munson

Paul L.                                          Bertha S.

Dec 24, 1880                                May 23, 1883

Dec. 30, 1924                               Oct.7,1963

Bertha Schoenert Munson daughter of William H. and Emilie Adam Schoenert

Emilie Adam Schoenert daughter of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam

Buried in the Oakwood Cemetery Annex, Austin, Texas

Oakwood Cemetery Annex (Austin, Travis County, Texas).  Paul L. and Bertha S. Munson marker, personally read 2012.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Cemeteries, Schoenert, Tombstone Tuesday

 

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