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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…