Conrad's Stories

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

Betty Adam’s autograph

The third autograph in Jimmie Adam’s 1938 autograph book is his first cousin, Betty Adam.

Betty is the daughter of Eugene “Gene” and Thelma Carney Adam.

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Adam, Jimmie. Autograph Book. Original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne

Ernst Bauer is buried here

Ernst Bauer does not have a tombstone. He was buried in the Boerne Cemetery is September 1920. I stopped by the Dietert Historical Archives at the Patrick Heath Public Library to see if I could learn exactly where he is buried. He is in Lot 511, NW Section II and 14 rows from the entrance. This is the spot, so he is buried somewhere in that open space.

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Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Ernst Bauer. April 2021.

Lillie Adam’s autograph for her son Jimmie Adam

The second autograph in Jimmie Adam’s 1938 autograph book is his mother Lillie Adam.

Jimmie listened! He was 21 when he married Sally Jo Richardson.

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Adam, Jimmie. Autograph Book. Original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne

Phillip Zoeller, Boerne Cemetery

Hier ruht

in Frieden

Phillip Zoeller

Geb. in


Oct 31, 1818


Mai 29, 1900

Translation of Hier ruht in Frieden is Here Rests in Peace.

Phillip Zoeller was one of the Darmstadt Die Vierziger (the Society of Forty) who came to Texas in July of 1847. The Society of Forty was founded by Herman Spiess, Ferdinand Herff, and Gustav Schleicher. Phillip sailed on the St Pauli with Ferdinand Herff and twenty other young men. They established the Bettina Colony. After the colony failed Phillip Zoeller settled in the Boerne area.

His wife, Margaretha Gretchen Schneider came to Texas in 1853 with Phillip’s orphaned nephew, Adolph Zoeller. Phillip met them in Indianola where he married Margaretha. The couple had eight children.

It has been told that when the Johann Bickel family was murdered in 1868 their son, Henry, ran to the Phillip Zoeller farm for help.

Phillip, a trained architect, designed the first Kendall County Courthouse.

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

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Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Phillip Zoeller. marker; personally read November 2020.

Genealogical Society of Kendall County. The Sheriffs of Kendall County, Texas 1862-2020. Boerne, Texas: The

Genealogical Society of Kendall County, 2020.

Gray, Edith A. Recollections of Boerne and Kendall County: Family Histories, 1949.

Willie Adam’s autograph for his son Jimmie Adam

The first autograph in Jimmie Adam’s 1938 autograph book was written by his Daddy Willie Adam.

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Adam, Jimmie. Autograph Book. Original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

Jimmie Adam’s Autograph Book 1938

I did in elementary school.  It was lots of fun to take the autograph book to school and have my friends write a poem and sign and date it.  It was exciting to read what they wrote.  As I got older, yearbooks  [annuals] took the place of the autograph books.  The difference was very few friends wrote poems. They tended to write a memory, say something about my character, or wished me good luck in the future. 

I discovered my Daddy had an autograph book in 1938 when he was thirteen.  He attended the Balcones School, which was about a mile from his house.  Each morning he would join his cousins, and they would walk to school together.   In April 1938, he carried the autograph book with him to school. He saved the first two pages for his daddy and mother to sign, which they did in May.  I’m guessing most everyone at school had one. 

Remember to blot your ink,

Did you know that autograph books have been around since the 1500s, and it is thought they began in German or Dutch language countries?  Their popularity has come and gone over the centuries, but they were definitely popular in a small country school in Texas in 1938.

First Page in Jimmie’s autograph book.

This autograph book gives a quick snapshot of who was in his class at the Balcones School plus the ink stain on the front cover reminds us ballpoint pens had not been invented! 

The Balcones School was a two-room school located about 4 ½ miles south of Boerne.  In 1938 is was on Highway #6. The road is now called Scenic Loop Road.  The building is still standing and is located next to the Kendall-Bexar County Line and the Balcones Creek. 

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Adam, Jimmie. Autograph Book. Original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

Bexar County Marriage Records, Vol. V, p 215

Bertha Adam Froebel is the fifth child of Conrad and Adalbetha Adam. Her husband, Hilmar Gunther Froebel, died in 1905. Two years later, on 3 April 1907, Bertha married Charles J. Haby in San Antonio. Witnesses for the marriage are Anton Adam (not related, as far as I know) and Guenther Froebel.

Charles J. Haby was born on 10 February 1864 to Joseph and Magdalena Haby. Charles worked at the Office Bar on 215 Water Street in San Antonio as a bartender. He may have owned the business. During the 1905 fair held in San Antonio, Charles operated a bar for the fair visitors. The San Antonio Light reported, “The Buffet bar at the fair grounds has been one of the best patronized bars at the fair ground. It was in charge of [sic] Charles Haby and was noted for polite attention and efficient service. Mr. Haby too is noted for his courtesy…” He died on 21 November 1909 at their home on 126 Kansas Street. He was 45 years old and is buried in City Cemetery #6.

Witnesses: Anton Adam worked in the Bexar County Courthouse as a Clerk for Justice of the Peace Ben S. Fisk. He was born in 1874. His father, Anton Adam, served as a Bexar County Clerk for a several years.

Guenther Froebel was Bertha’s oldest son. He was born in 1889 in Boerne.

Do you have a story about Bertha or her family? Please share in the comments. I would love to learn more about them.

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Bexar County Marriage Records, Bexar County Clerks Office, San Antonio, Texas.

“Pleasant Remembrance.” San Antonio Light. (San Antonio, TX). 30 November 1905.

World War I Registration Cards,

Texas Death Records,

Of Captain W. E. Jones,  Company No. _____,   Precinct No. ______,    Kendall County,
Third District,  Texas State Troops, for the Month of February, 1864.
1 W. E. Jones  Captain56   Rifle & Pistol   Volunteer
2 J. G. O’Grady   1st Lieut34   Shot Gun & Pistols   Volunteer (District Clerk)
3 Christoph Flack   2nd Lieut38   Pistol 
1 Leo Schultz   1st Sergeant44   Shot Gun  
2 L. Strohatter   2nd Sergeant29   Shot Gun 
3 E. Voelker   3rd Sergeant34  Shot Gun 
4 A. Neubert   Sergeant43   Rifle & Shot Gun 
5 B. Little   Sergeant30   Shot Gun & Pistols 
1 C. Dinger   Corporal40   Shot Gun 
2 John Stecher   Corporal39   Shot Gun 
3 I. Diedecker   Corporal39   Rifle 
4 F. Sauer   Corporal30   Rifle & Pistols 
5 Ig. Munch   Corporal39   Rifle 
1 Adam, Cornelius    Private37   Pistol 
        [This is Conrad]      
2 Aholger, Wm.  Private26  
3 Amman C  Private48  Rifle & Shot Gun 
4 Brown C S  Private18  Pistol 
5 Brown David  Private43  Rifle  
6 Branch C F  Private30  
7 Borner F  Private37  Rifle & Pistols   Muster Roll
8 Brown E W  Private37  Pistol          of
9 Brown C A  Private47  Rifle Capt. W. E. Jones
10 Bartar A  Private37  Rifle      Company
11 Castanien R Private  37 Shot Gun 
12 Diedert H Private  26 Shot Gun Kendall County
13 Deering G   Private  39 Shot Gun 
14 Erdell G Private  48 Shot Gun      52 men
15 Geils W. I Private  45 Rifle           of
16 Storner John Private  34 Shot Gun3rd  Frontier Dist
17 Storter C Private  46 Shot Gun 
18 Harms H Private  37 Shot Gun 
19 Hains Jo Private  47 Pistols 
20 Hamihs P Private  33  
21 Harz F Private  39 Shot Gun 
22 Heiligmann H Private  33 Rifle & Pistols 
23 Hagemann B Private  48 Shot Gun 
24 Henderson H V Private  36 Shot Gun 
25 Herbst F Private  45  
26 Jung Jocst Private  42 Shot Gun 
27 Koch Anton Private  31 Shot Gun 
28 Lamm Joseph Private  39 Shot Gun 
29Lenz F Private  49 Shot Gun 
30Lohmann F Private  49 Shot Gun 
31Manuguis Eujino Private  21 Rifle 
32Neubert Otto Private  42 Shot Gun 
33Oberwerder P. H Private  34 Rifle 
34 Ochse Julius Private  49 Shot Gun 
35 Pfeiffer V Private  35 Shot Gun 
36 Pohnart Anton Private  35 Shot Gun 
37 Reed Erasmus Private  38 Shot Gun & Pistols 
38 Schilling Ernst Private  30 Rifle & Pistols 
39 Spinrad Franz Private  30 Rifle 
40 Schafer Jo P Private  40 Shot Gun 
41 Schlador F Private  24 Rifle 
42 Schuchard F Private  30 Rifle 
43 Smith James Private  36 Rifle 
44 Staffel August Private  40 Pistols 
45 Tait Joseph Private  37 Shot Gun & Pistols 
46 Voigt W Private  38 Shot Gun 
47 Voigt August Private  40 Rifle 
48 Voigt Adam Private  42 Rifle & Pistols 
49 Wetz H Private  46 Shot Gun 
50 Wendler H Private  34 Rifle 
51Zoller Ph Private  48 Shot Gun 
52Edge W B Private  38 Rifle 
I certify, on honor, that this Muster Roll exhibits the true state of Captain W. E. Jones Company
of Kendall County, Texas State Troops, for the month of February,  1864
Er Ferandsen, Calvalry Officer.
Transcribed copy of by Kathryn Adam Hurst, Confederate Muster Roll, Kendall County, Texas State Archives

I noticed there were a number of misspelling or name changes on this muster roll, for example Cornelius instead of Conrad. Perhaps, Er. Ferandsen was trying to “Americanize” their names. When transcribing the document, I did not add any punctuation because Er. Ferandsen did not either.

An article about Frontier Organization in the Handbook of Texas gives an explanation of why this group was formed and what they were expected to do. Here are two excerpts.

“The law declared that all persons liable for military service who were actual residents of the frontier counties of Texas were to be enrolled into companies of from twenty-five to sixty-five men. The act defined the frontier line and the fifty-nine organized frontier counties of Texas; it also instructed Governor Murrah to divide the designated counties into three districts and to appoint a suitable man with the rank of major of cavalry to take charge of the organization of mounted companies within the district…”

“Companies in the Frontier Organization normally averaged between fifty and fifty-five men in strength, usually with about fifteen men per squad for patrol duty. The length of service at any one time varied according to the task, presence of the enemy, and availability of supplies, but most squads on patrol duty expected to remain out for about ten days at a time. The Frontier Organization not only provided protection against Indian incursions but also enforced Confederate conscription, rounded up deserters, and provided protection to settlers from renegades and bandits. The Frontier Organization assumed chief responsibility for the protection of the Texas frontier from March 1864 until several months after the end of the war…

David Paul Smith, “Frontier Organization,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed March 23, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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