Conrad's Stories

The life and times of the Conrad Adam family in Kendall County, Texas

I have attended RootsTech for the past five years.  Due to COVID-19, this year, it is virtual.  The sessions are engaging, helpful, and shorter than an in-person session.  What I miss is the overall enthusiasm, and there is always lots of it!

One of the features at the RootsTech Conference is connecting with relatives who are registered to attend.  I have never had a close cousin connection. My list usually starts with 5th cousins.  This year I have three third cousins once removed!!  Two are from my father’s side, Adam and Bauer, and one from my mother’s side, Goehring.  So exciting!

The definition of a third cousin once removed is:

Third cousins share great-great grandparents. A child of my third cousin is my third cousin once removed and I am their third cousin once removed.

Here is an example from my family.

Susie and Kathryn are descended from the same great-great grandparents, Philipp and Marie Peters Bauer.

You can use this same format to discover your third cousins once removed.

Signature in April 1873

As a person who has their first name misspelled a lot, I should have checked this sooner. I have seen his first name spelled Phillipp, Philipp, Philip, and Phillip. I usually spell it Phillip, because that is what I am used to seeing in America. Today I decided to locate his signature to see how he spelled his first name. Ugh, I have been misspelling it.

Harriett and Elfrieda Bauer

By the look on her face I do not think Elfrieda wanted her picture taken. I think all parents, at one time or another, experienced the “I don’t want my picture taken.” Poor Frieda, her shoes are probably pinching her feet.

Harriett and Elfrieda are the daughters of Ernst and Rosa Bender Bauer.

They are my grandma Lillie Adam’s first cousins.

Christopher Humboldt’s tombstone in Boerne Cemetery

Christopher Charles Humboldt

born 14 December 1817 in ? ,Germany

died 26 February 1881 in Boerne, Tex

Christopher Humboldt arrived in Texas about 1854. On the 1867 Voter’s Registration of Kendall County he stated he had been living in Texas for thirteen years and five years in Kendall County. He was naturalized in Kerr County on 27 July 1858. In the Kerr County Commissioners Court Minutes on 11 July 1861 “Christoph Humboldt demanded rent due him from the county for a building rented for use as the courthouse, for seven months from December 1, 1860, to July 1, 1861, at $3.50 per month, or a total of $24.50.” After they paid him, the minutes state, “Christoph Humboldt offers his house again to the court at the same rate of rent and it is ordered by the court that the house is and shall be hereby rented for the next six months.”

He was married to Magdalena. They had two daughters Anne and Amelia and one son Christopher who died in 1869 and is buried in the Boerne Cemetery.

Christopher Humboldt was one of thirty-three inhabitants to purchase burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Christopher Humboldt. marker; personally read November 2020.

Watkins, Clara. Kerr County, Texas 1856 – 1976. Hill Country Preservation Society, Inc. Bicentennial Edition, 1975.

Bertha (Georg), Louise (Wessely), Ernst Bauer, and Emma (Schuetz)

On the 1870 Kendall County Census Philip Bauer age 51 is listed with wife Marie, age 43, and children Bertha age 10, Otto age 8, Louise age 6, Ernst age 4 and Emma age 2. I can not find the family is 1860 and 1850 is too early. I believe Philip did not arrive in Texas until 1851. So, this is the census I have used for their children. I recognize everyone but Otto. Who is Otto? I have searched for him.

1870 Kendall County Census for Philip Bauer

In the 1880 Kendall County Census Phillip Bauer age 61, Mary, his wife, age 53, children listed are Louise age 17, Ernst age 14 and Emma age 12. Two children are missing Bertha and Otto. Bertha married Eduard Georg in Comal County on 3 September 1879.

1880 Kendall County Census for Philip Bauer

On the 1900 Kendall County Census, Phillip and Marie Bauer live with Carl and Louise Wessely, their daughter and son-in-law and family. Each time a census is taken, different questions are asked. In 1900, one of the questions is how many children did you have and how many are still alive. If you look in the red box on the line where Marie is listed, you will discover she had seven children, and four are alive in 1900. So, now we know what happened to Otto. He died between 1870 and 1880. Since there are no death records in Texas during those years I have no idea of his actual death date or where he is buried.

1900 Kendall County Census for Phillip Bauer

Bertha born 26 December 1857

Otto born about 1862

Louise born 20 July 1863

Ernst born 20 October 1864

Emma born 27 February 1868

Thank you to Susie McGraw for the photograph of Bertha Bauer Georg.

Elfrieda ” Alpha”, Arnold, Harriett “Hattie” Bauer

Ernst Bauer and Rosa Bender Bauer had three children, and all were born in Kendall County, Texas. 

Elfrieda S. Bauer, born on 27 April 1895/1896. 

Harriett “Hattie” Bauer was born on 11 January 1898.  Eight days before her father died, she marries Richard Gore 9 September 1920 in Kendall County.  A year later, their daughter Constance Lourene was born on 15 August. Times must have been turbulent after her father’s death.  Hattie and Richard divorce, and she married R. L. Schrader on 17 October 1925 in Comal County, Texas.  They divorced, and Hattie and Constance move in with her sister, Elfrieda “Alpha,” at 316 Regina Street in San Antonio.   After she meets  Fritz Klaeden and they marry on 1 May 1930 in Bexar County, her life settles down. 

Fritz was a U. S. Army soldier and was station at Camp Norymale* in Bexar County.   Fritz was born in Luebben, Germany, on 10 September 1906.  In 1925 he sailed to New York on the Ship S.S. Arabic. He stated on his naturalization papers, “I enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1927 and have served continuously since that date.  The several periods of my army service were all terminated honorably with character rating “Excellent.  I am now serving in the Army under Honorable conditions.”  Fritz became a United States citizen on 10 January 1939 in Bexar County. 

Hattie’s daughter Constance was about nine years old when her mother married Fritz Klaeden.  In 1941, Constance married Charles Vinton Slaven in  San Antonio.  Her wedding announcement stated she was a graduate of South San Antonio High School, and the groom from Virginia was employed at Duncan Field.**  Slaven was a widower with one son Charles Slaven, Jr.  Aiter Thornton served as best man and Miss Louise Haire as maid of honor.   The couple had a son and a daughter.  Their daughter Sharon, born in 1944, died when she was a high school student in 1962.  Constance then married Harry Elmo Sutherland.  He  died at age 49 in December 1969.   Harry was an employee of Howell Refining Company.   In 1970 Constance married James Estel Wicke.  They lived at 2250 W. Southcross.  James died in 1982.   After his death, Constance married Vernon Groover.  They divorced in April 1998 in Clark County, Nevada.  She died six months later and is buried in San Fernando Cemetery #3.

Fritz and Hattie had one daughter together.  Jean was born on 23 December 1930 and was called Betty.  At the time of her birth, Hattie was living at 316 Regina.  She was a housewife and Fritz was serving in the U. S. Army.   They eventually moved to another house in the Harlandale School District where Betty graduated from Harlandale High School.  After graduation she attend Draughon’s Business College.   She married Arthur “Red” Weidman,  a soldier she met at the Lackland NCO Club, on 21 November 1953.   He asked her to dance, and the rest is history.  They danced throughout their 63-year marriage.  They entered dance contests and once won a Caribbean cruise.   In the KLRN special San Antonio: The Good Times, they reminisce about their dance club days.  Her obituary states, “Jean danced up until the last few days of her life-even performing her high-kick, which always elicited applause.”  The couple had two children.

Arnold Maney Bauer was born on 14 January 1901.  His World War II Registration Card described him as 6’ feet tall, gray eyes, brown hair, and a ruddy complexion.  In 1930 he was a laborer on the family farm and his mother, Rosa, was the farm manager.  In 1940 Arnold is married,  a carpenter, and living on Lovett Street in rural Bexar County.  He married Hilda Zuercher from Comal County.  The couple had two sons.   Arnold and Hilda eventually moved to New Braunfels where he died in October 1984.  He was a member of the Carpenters Local Union #14 and Texas Farm Bureau.  His survivors were his wife Hilda, one son from Houston, one son from San Antonio, three grandchildren, and two nieces.   Hilda died four years later.  The couple is buried in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park in Comal County.

San Antonio Light, 27 August 1933

*The Handbook of Texas gives a description of Camp Normoyle. “Camp Normoyle was established during World War I. It was located across the railroad at the northeast corner of Kelly Field in western San Antonio. In 1920 the base served as an army vocational school. Camp Normoyle was a quartermaster ordnance and engine-replacement depot for Kelly Field during World War II and was merged into Kelly Field in 1944.”   This camp was named after Major James Edward Normoyle, who died in February 1916 from blood poisoning.  He is remembered for assisting in the Mexican Border mobilization in 1911, directing flood relief in 1912 when the Mississippi River overflowed, and later in the great Dayton flood in March 1913.

**“Duncan Field, in San Antonio, came into being at the end of World War I as a division of Kelly Field. It was named for Maj. Thomas Duncan, who was killed in an air crash in Washington, D.C., in 1923. Duncan Field was used as an aircraft-repair depot and was joined to Kelly Army Air Field in 1942.”

Bauer, Arnold M., Obituary, San Antonio Light, 14 October 1874, Genealogybank.com.

Bauer, Mrs. Hilda. Obituary. 31 January 1988.  Genealogybank.com.

Bexar County Marriage Records,  https://bexar.tx.publicsearch.us/

Crockett, Kearby C. Obituary. 7 October 1960. Genealogybank.com.

Gore Slaven Marriage. San Antonio Light, 14 July 1941.

Johnston, Leah Carter, San Antonio: St. Anthony’s Town (San Antonio: Librarians Council, 1947). Green Peyton [Wertenbacker], San Antonio (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1946).  Published by the Texas State Historical Association.  TSHA | Home (tshaonline.org).

Kendall County Marriage Records. Kendall County Courthouse. Boerne, Texas.

Klaeden, Mr. Fritz. Obituary. San Antonio Light.  11 November 1983. Genealogybank.com.

Leatherwood, Art, “Camp Normoyle,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed 11 January 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/camp-normoyle. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Major James Edward Normoyle. Arlington National Cemetery. James Edward Normoyle, Major, United States Army (arlingtoncemetery.net).

Texas Birth Certificates. Ancestry.com

Texas Death Certificates, Ancestry.com.

U.S. Census, Ancestry.com

U.S. Naturalization Papers. Ancestry.com.

U. S. World War I Draft Registration Card, Ancestry.com.

U. S. World War II Draft Registration Card, Ancestry.com.

Weidman, Jean Klaeden. Obituary. Legacy.com.

Bexar County Marriage Records, Vol. D-1, p58

1370. The State of Texas } To any person authorized by law,

County of Bexar } to celebrate the Rites of matrimony

Be it known, that I the undersigned, Clerk of

the County Court of said County, by virtue of the

power in me vested by Law, Do hereby License

any person legally authorized to join in the

Bonds of matrimony, Conrad Adam and Miss

Adalberthe Bergmann both of said County and

both of lawful age.  And of this license, and

proceedings had thereon, make due return to the

Clerks office of said County according to law, within

the next sixty days.  Witness my hand and the seal

of the County Court of said (office) County at office in

San Antonio this fifteenth day of February AD 1856

Seal } Sam S. Smith, Clerk County Court, Bexar County

The State of Texas, I Albert Moye, J.P. B. Co.

Do hereby certify, That I have this sixteenth day

of February A. D. 1856 by virtue of the marriage

License herewith attached joined in the bonds of Matrimony

Adalberthe Bergmann & Conrad Adam, in prescace [sic] of H. G.

Froebel and Anton Beyer. A Moye, J. P. C. 3rd Pre.

Filed Feby 18, 1956. Sam S. Smith, Clk, CC B. Co.

Elfrieda S. Bauer, born on 27 April 1895/1896

Elfrieda is the daughter of Ernst Bauer and Rosa Bender Bauer and granddaughter of Phillip and Marie Peters Bauer. Her tombstone and death certificate state she was born in 1895, but most likely, she was born in 1896.   When she was twenty, she married Charles Henry Hoeke on 16 November 1915 in Kendall County.  Her husband Charles was born in New Braunfels on 17 July 1894.  He worked for Wellceus [spelling ?] and Rickmann as a laborer.  He is described as short, slender, with gray eyes and light brown hair on his World War I Draft Registration Card.  In 1920 Charles was a salesman at a local grocery store in Boerne, and he and his wife are living in a rented house.

Seven years later, Elfrieda is going by the name Alpha and is married to Kearby Crockett.  They are living at 316 Regina Street in San Antonio and she is working as a clerk.  Kearby is the manager of the Tent and Awning Company.   In 1930, Alpha states on the census she is divorced.  Her sister Harriet Schrader and niece Constance Gore, age eight, live with her. 

San Antonio Light, 19 November 1928

A few months later, Alpha Crockett married Michael “Mike” Solomon.  Mike was born in Victoria, Canada, on 23 February 1897.  Both of his parents were born in Austria.  On his Naturalization papers completed in 1938, he stated he married Alpha Crockett on 12 July 1930 in San Antonio, but they were no longer married.  He said she was born in Spring Branch on 27 April 1896.  After coming to the United States in 1920, Mike joined the Army and was stationed at Camp Normoyle* with her sister’s future husband Fritz Klaeden.  In 1940, Mike is stationed at Patterson Field in Bath, Greene County, Ohio.  He is a mechanic helper and single.

In District Court Case 829, Arnold Bauer et al. vs. Rosa Hood et al., in 1934, it is recorded that Elfrieda is a widow.  I located a grave in the Ft. Sam National Cemetery for Mike Solomon, born 23 February 1897  in Canada and died 15 August 1989 at age 92 in Bexar County.  His service years were 1925-1946, and during World War II, his rank was Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps.  I think this is the same Mike Solomon. Perhaps, it was easier to say she was a widow rather divorced.  

I cannot locate her on the 1940 census.  She shows up again in 1942 when she files a quit-claim deed for a ¾ lot in Artesian Gardens to Mike Solomon, a single man.  In 1948 she was listed in the San Antonio City Directory as Mrs. Alpha Solomon living at 111 Wellington and was employed by Grants.  On 22 January 1949 she married Roy L. Gorsic in  Seguin, Guadalupe County, Texas.  They were married by County Judge A. W. Saegert and no witnesses were recorded.  The final time I locate Alpha is on 25 August 1967 in an obituary in the San Antonio Light as Mrs. Alpha S. Gorsic.  She was 72, lived at 111 Wellington, and was a St. Paul Lutheran Church member. The church is located at 106 Roseborough Street.  Reverend Robert H. Studtman signed her death certificate, performed the funeral,   and sold her house on 111 Wellington.    Survivors were her sister Mrs. Hattie Klaeden and brother Arnold M. Bauer, nieces Mrs. Jean Weidman, Mrs. Connie Sutherland, and several great-nieces and nephews.  She was buried in the Roselawn Memorial Park, now San Fernando City Cemetery #3.

*On a side note, I was not familiar with Camp Normoyle and looked it up.  Here is what I learned.  The Handbook of Texas describes this camp. “Camp Normoyle was established during World War I. It was located across the railroad at the northeast corner of Kelly Field in western San Antonio. In 1920 the base served as an army vocational school. Camp Normoyle was a quartermaster ordnance and engine-replacement depot for Kelly Field during World War II and was merged into Kelly Field in 1944.”   This camp was named after Major James Edward Normoyle, who died in February 1916 from blood poisoning.  He is remembered for assisting in the Mexican Border mobilization in 1911, directing flood relief in 1912 when the Mississippi River overflowed, and later in the great Dayton flood in March 1913.

Another fun fact, Elfrieda means elf, magical being with strength.  It is a form of the Old German name Alfreda. Alpha being a nickname.

Alpha is my paternal grandma Lillie Adam’s first cousin.

Crockett, Kearby C. Obituary. 7 October 1960. Genealogybank.com.

“Discharge Four in Row Over Dog.” San Antonio Light (San Antonio, Tx), 19 November 1928. Genealogybank.com.

Grosic, Alpha Solomon. Bexar County Deeds, Vol. 5832, page 634.

Gorsic, Mrs. Alpha. Obituary. San Antonio Light. 25 August 1967. Genealogybank.com.

Kendall County Marriage Records, Kendall County Courthouse, Boerne, Texas.

Leatherwood, Art, “Camp Normoyle,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed 11 January 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/camp-normoyle. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Major James Edward Normoyle. Arlington National Cemetery. James Edward Normoyle, Major, United States Army (arlingtoncemetery.net).

Solomon, Alpha to Mike Solomon. San Antonio Light. 9 October 1942. San Antonio Light. Genealogybank.com.

Texas Death Certificates, Ancestry.com.

U.S. Census, Ancestry.com

U.S. Naturalization Papers. Ancestry.com. U. S. World War I Draft Registration Card, Ancestry.com.

Do you want to know more about the history of Kendall County? 

Click on this link https://patrickheath.libguides.com/dietertarchives to access the Kendall County Local and Family History page on the Patrick Heath Public Library website.  Here you can access The Dietert Historical Archives quarterly newsletter, Echoes From the Archives, about people, places, and events in Kendall County.  You can read past copies, search the newsletter index, and sign up to receive a copy in your email box four times a year.  There are several links, but one of great interest to local researchers of Kendall County is Mrs. Edith Gray’s book Recollections of Boerne and Kendall County, written in 1949.  As described on the website, the book is “A book of histories, stories, documents, images, letters, and lists relevant to Kendall County’s growth and development. The contents focus on the people, geography, and topography of the area. The book also features accounts from eyewitnesses and experts.”

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