Monthly Archives: November 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Paul and Kathinka Adam Toepperwein

Paul and Kathinka Adam Toepperwein's Tombstone

Kathinka is Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam’s oldest daughter.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Paul and Kathinka Toepperwein marker; personally read 2011.

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Posted by on November 29, 2011 in Adam, Toepperwein, Tombstone Tuesday


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Knights of Honor

Seventeen men, from Louisville, Kentucky, who were members of The Ancient Order of United Workman and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, formed the Knights of Honor on June 30, 1873. The Knights of Honor was a fraternal benefit organization. One of its main objectives was to “provide fraternal unity and benevolent assistance for white men of sound moral character and good physical health.” Members did not have to go through an initiation process to join but each member had to promise “to obey the regulations of the society and to help a “brother” in need.” It was important to help a brother in distress, in business and in need of employment. Each member must believe in God, be “able to earn a livelihood for himself and his family,” and keep the “affairs of the society secret so unworthy men would not falsely obtain benefits.”

Insurance policies of $500, $1000, or $2000 could be purchased by a member. Benefits were provided to widows and orphans in the amount of $500 to $2000 depending on the need. The Supreme Lodge paid the death benefits.

By 1895, the Knights of Honor was considered a successful organization with 126,000 members. In 1907, the Supreme Lodge (national level) was made up of 36 Grand Lodges (state level) and 2,600 subordinate Lodges (local level). When the KOH changed the method of collecting fees for insurance, many members dropped out and by 1916 they disbanded.

Conrad Adam was a charter member of the Kendall Lodge Knights of Honor No. 2597.

Schmidt, Alvin J. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions. Fraternal Organizations. Greenwood Press, 1980. Print.

Stevens, Albert. The Cyclopedia of Fraternities. Trent and Company, 1907. Print.

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Posted by on November 28, 2011 in Adam



Today is…the 117th Anniversary of Conrad Adam’s Passing

Forty years after his arrival in Texas, Conrad Adam passed away on Friday, 23 November 1894. He was 66 years old. In the Sunday Edition of the San Antonio Express dated 25 November 1894, the news from Boerne stated, ”Nov. 23. Mr. Conrad Adam who was injured some weeks ago by a wagon running over him died last night and will be buried today by the Knights of Honor, he being one of the charter members of the Knights of Honor Lodge here.” The funeral took place in the home of William Dietert (his brother-in-law) at 2:00 in the afternoon.

“Boerne.” San Antonio Express, 25 November 1894, p.15. (microfilm, San Antonio Public Library).

Funeral Notice for Conrad Adam. 1894. Privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst, Boerne, Texas. 1979.

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Posted by on November 23, 2011 in Adam, Today is



Tombstone Tuesday: Conrad Adam

Tombstone of Conrad Adam

Hier ruht in Frieden

Here rests in peace

Conrad Adam


Dec. 30, 1828


Nov. 23, 1894

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Conrad Adam marker; personally read 2011.


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Posted by on November 22, 2011 in Adam, Cemeteries, Tombstone Tuesday



Bexar County Deed Records

A while back I was complaining about how I needed to go to the Bexar County Court House to look at deed records. My other option was I could order them on microfilm which I wasn’t too excited about. Mary, who belongs to the Local Family and History Archives at the Patrick Heath Public Library, said, “You don’t need to do either option, just go to this website and register. It’s free and you can search the Bexar County Deed Records from your home computer.” Wow! I had no idea! Since Kendall County was once part of Bexar County I was able to find land information for Joseph Bergmann, Gustav Bergmann, and Conrad Adam. It’s so easy and you can download and print the documents for your files. I’m ready for all counties to jump on the band wagon and digitize! Thank you Mary for this fabulous tip.

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in Adam, Bergmann, Texas


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Tombstone Tuesday: Henry and Emma Bauer Schuetz

Henry and Emma Bauer Schuetz Tombstone

Henry Schuetz


Emma Bauer Schuetz


My Great-Grandparents

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Henry and Emma Bauer Schuetz marker; personally read 2011.

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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Bauer, Cemeteries, Schuetz, Tombstone Tuesday


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Today is…Veteran’s Day 11/11/11

Willie Adam WWI
Willie E. Adam Private, 32 Co. 8 Bn. 165 Depot Brigade received an
honorable discharged  from the United States Army on 24 March 1919. This was one day after his 26th birthday.

He was 25 when he enlisted on 8 August 1918.  He had blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion and was 5 feet 10 in height. He was single with excellent character. On 15 August 1918 he was assigned to the 133 Infantry. He left the United States 17 September 1918 for France and returned 26 February 1919. Willie was paid $111.80 for his service which included a $60.00 bonus as “per the Act Congress  approved 24 February 1919.”

Willie was the grandson of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam and the son of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam and my grandfather.

Thank you Grandpa for defending our freedom.

Adam, Willie. World War I, 1919. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.


Posted by on November 11, 2011 in Adam, Kendall County, Today is


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