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52 Ancestors – #24 Today is….Julius and Ida Haufler Adam’s Wedding Anniversary

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Julius and Ida Haufler Adam

William Kuhfuss, Justice of the Peace for Precinct 1 in Kendall County, united in marriage Julius Adam and Ida Haufler on 28 December 1890. Ida told the family they met when Julius stopped by her family home in Waring, Texas. The rest is history. She remembered from this visit how dashing he looked sitting on his horse with his shiny black boots. They had five children with four living to adulthood. The children were Willie Eugene born 1893, Hildegarde born 1895, Eugene Conrad born 1898 and Erna born 1902. After Julius’ father Conrad died in 1894, the family moved into the family home in the Balcones Community four miles south of Boerne. Ida was the daughter of Johann Gottfried and Louise Magers Haufler.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Adam, Haufler, Today is

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Julius and Ida Haufler Adam

Tombstone of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam

Ida Haufler Adam was the daughter of Johann (John) Gottfried and Louisa Magers Haufler.

born September 25, 1871

died May 10, 1964

Julius Adam was the son of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam

born March 15, 1864

died August 23, 1952

They are my great-grandparents.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Julius and Ida Adam marker; personally read 2011.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in Adam, Haufler, Tombstone Tuesday

 

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Today is…Ida Haufler Adam’s Birthday!

ida adamIda Haufler Adam‘s birthday is today!  She was born on 25 September 1871 in Kendall County.   When family and friends talked about her, they always had wonderful things to say.   While researching at the Comfort Heritage Foundation Archives in Comfort, Texas, this summer, I discovered she was mentioned in the Boerne portion of the Comfort News.  “About forty friends and neighbors of Mrs. Julius Adam met at her home on Friday night and surprised her in honor of her birthday anniversary.  At the appropriate hour refreshments of cake, sandwiches and coffee were served.”  What a wonderful celebration for a special lady. Happy Birthday, Grandma Adam!

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2019 in Adam, Haufler, Today is

 

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52 Ancestors – # 9: Donut Sundays, Ida Haufler Adam

“She made the best doughnuts!” is the comment I have most often heard about my Great-Grandma Ida Adam. Her grandchildren and neighbors living in the Balcones Community have commented about those donuts on many occasions. They are always wishing they could have just one more. Sunday afternoon coffee klatch was her usual time to share this tasty treat. Bob Clines, the youngest grandchild, describes them as, “wonderful confections that would rise out of the bubbling lard in a roasting pan so light they seemed to me to float above the grease. Turned at the right time and placed at the side of the roasting pan on cookie racks to be dusted with granulated sugar. First, she made the regular doughnuts and then the final miracle the jelly-filled ones, always last because you could ruin the grease if the jelly leaked out of its doughy cover. Then they sat above the cooking surface of the wood stove in the two warming ovens.” All the family passed through the house on Sunday afternoons and neighbors would frequently find their way there. Allan Stahl said as a young boy, he couldn’t get enough of those donuts and would just happen to stop by when she was making them. My father, Jimmie, said the kids ate the donut holes first and then the donut. I wonder how many dozens she made and if I ever ate one.

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Ida and Julius Adam

Jimmie said she made delicious food and if the wind was blowing in the right direction you could smell what she was cooking. As a young boy, he would run to her house when the smell of baking cookies was in the air.  Another of her specialties was Koch Kase. Bob Clines said, “She made Koch Kase by separating the whey from the milk and drying it for a week in cheesecloth then heating the dry curd with a little salt and baking soda. It would spread on bread like butter” She canned fruit, made sauerkraut, baked bread, pies, cobblers, and cakes. Cousin Bob remembers she made German Coffee Cake with strudel on top at Thanksgiving and her devil’s food cake was out of this world. The family agreed she always had something delicious to eat when they came to visit.

Ida was the eighth child out of thirteen children born to Johann Gottfried and Louise Magers Haufler. She liked to tell stories and unfortunately, I was too young to remember them. Her stories were about growing up in Kendall County and her family. One story has stayed in my memory. She said she was out with one of her sisters near their family home. There was a snake and her sister didn’t see it until it was too late. It bit her. Grandma Ida acting quickly sucked out the poison and got her back to the house as fast as she could. Their father immediately put her on a horse and they rode to the nearest doctor.  Ida said the horse was ridden so hard and fast that it collapsed at the doctor’s house.  Her sister survived.

After she married Julius Adam in 1890 and moved to the Balcones Community, she wrote letters to keep in touch with her brothers and sisters who lived in other parts of Kendall County. They regularly corresponded with each other and always wrote in German.

She moved from the family home in 1959 to the Golden Age Nursing Home in Boerne.  She remained there until her death on Mother’s Day, 10 May 1964.

Adam, Jimmie, Personal Interview, 2012.

Clines, Robert “Bob.” Letter dated 17 Feb 2012.

 
 

The House that Conrad Adam Built

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.

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 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.”

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2013 in Adam, Balcones Community

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Eugene “Gene” and Erline Adam

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Erline [Schwenke]

Apr. 27, 1907

May 22, 1966

Gene C. [Conrad]

June 1, 1898

July 2, 1966

Gene is the son of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam.

 (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Erline and Gene C. marker; personally read 2011

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Adam, Tombstone Tuesday

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Erna Adam Clines

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Erna Adam Clines

Daughter of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam

Wife of Lemuel T. Clines

(Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Erna Adam Clines  marker; personally read 2011.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Adam, Cemeteries, Tombstone Tuesday

 

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Will of Adalbertha Bergmann Adam

adam, adalbertha signature_opt The State of Texas

County of Kendall

I Adelbertha Adam,[sic] the widow of Conrad Adam deceased, residing in Kendall County, Texas,

being of sound mind and disposing memory, but well Knowing the uncertainty of this life,

do hereby make this my ”Last Will and Testament”, hereby revoking all wills and codicils heretofore by me made.

Article 1. I hereby direct that my homested,[sic]  consisting of 156 acres of land and all the improvements thereon, situated about 3 ¾ miles in a South Easterly direction from Boerne, on the San Antonio-Fredericksburg road shall be disposed of in the following manner:

Article 2. I hereby give and bequeath to my son Julius Adam said homestead, described in article 1. of this will and consisting of 156 acres of land, under the following conditions:

Article 3. My son Julius Adam shall pay to each of his sisters to wit: 1. Kathinka Toepperwein, 2. Therese Voges , 3. Emilie Schoenert, 4. Bertha Froebel, 5. Emma Herms, the sum of Two hundred dollars, or in case of any of them should die, to their surviving children in the following manner:

Article 4. One year after my death my son Julius Adam shall pay to each one of his sisters or surviving children Twenty Dollars and every succeeding year he shall pay the same amount until each of his sisters, or surviving children, shall have received Two hundred Dollars, and all of his payments amount to One Thousand Dollars.

Article 5. If the aforesaid payments are punctually and promptly made by my son Julius Adam, then he shall pay no interest during the ten years upon any of this money.

Article 6. In case my son Julius Adam should die his wife Ida Adam, nee Hauffler, [sic] shall fill his place as far as this will is concerned as long as she remains unmarried, but should she marry again after the death of my son Julius Adam, then and in that case I hereby direct that said homestead, described in Article 1 of this will shall be owned by my son’s surviving children under the condition that each of my daughters receive their Two hundred dollars out of this my homestead in annual payments of Twenty Dollars each as heretofore directed.

Article 7. I appoint my son Julius Adam the Executor of this my last Will and Testament.

Article 8. I hereby direct that no other action shall be had in the Probate court in regard to the settlement of my Estate than the probating and registration of this will.

Article 9. I direct that my Executor shall not be required to give bond.

Signed at Boerne this 9th day of Aug. 1895

The said Adelbertha Adam on this 9th day of Aug. 1895 signed this instrument and published and declared the same as and for her  “Last Will and Testament,” and We, at her request and in her presence and in presence of each other have hereunto set our names as subscribing witnesses.

Texas, this 9th day of Aug. 1895                                                                Adalbertha Adam

Gus. Dietert          A. Bergmann

(Witnesses are: Gus Dietert is the son of Heinrich and Amalia Bergmann Dietert and Adalbertha’s nephew; A.(Anton) Bergmann is Adalbertha’s brother)

Texas. Kendall County. Probate Minutes. Office of County Clerk. Boerne.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Adam, Bergmann, Herms, Schoenert, Toepperwein, Voges

 

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Sentimental Sunday: The Adam Kids

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This is one of my all time favorite photographs. On the left side of the picture Adalbertha Bergmann Adam is gazing adoringly at her grandchildren, Willie, Eugene (standing on the chair), and Hildegarde. Eugene was born in June of 1898 so I’m estimating the picture was taken in 1900. They are the children of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam. We even get a peek into one of the rooms in the house that Adalbertha and Conrad built. It’s a fabulous picture for a sentimental Sunday!

Adam Kids. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2013 in Adam, Sentimental Sunday

 

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Wordless Wednesday: Erna Adam

Erna Adam

Daughter of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam

Adam, Erna. Photograph of the original held by Doris Koenig family. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

 
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Adam, Wordless Wednesday

 

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