Conrad's Stories

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

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.

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