Conrad's Stories

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

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.”

2 thoughts on “The House that Conrad Adam Built

  1. Barbara Schneider says:

    do you know where the house was located at?

    1. Kathryn says:

      Yes, on Scenic Loop Road which is about 4 miles south of Boerne.

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