Lillie and Willie Adam
Happy Birthday, Grandpa!
When Connie Schneider Krause graciously shared her translation of the obituary of Maria Margarethe Hild Schuetz with me I was so excited! I knew so very little about this grandmother who came from Nassau in 1845. One time I asked my Grandma Lillie if she had any memories of her great- grandmother. She would have died when Grandma was about nine years old. She had a very vivid memory. Grandma told me her great-grandmother always wore an apron with a pocket. Whenever the grandchildren came around she would reach into her pocket and bring out a piece of hard candy for each child.
Maria Margarethe was born 6 December 1807 in Langenbach which was located in the Province of Hacheburg in Nassau (Germany). About 1838 she married Ludwig Schütz. She was almost seven years older than him according to their tombstone dates. Her obituary states “she shared 54 years in a happy marriage.”
In 1845 Ludwig, Maria, and two small sons, Carl, age 7, and Louis (Ludwig Jr?) made the journey to Texas aboard the Bark Harriet with 28 other families and a total of 175 passengers. They sailed from Antwerp on 31st of October and arrived in Texas around the 31st of December. The ship was traveling under the auspices of the Adelsverein and were headed to New Braunfels, a German colony in the Republic of Texas. With all the hardships they had to face just traveling from Nassau to Texas, Maria Margarethe still faced another hardship. Her granddaughter Annie Schuetz Saunders said Louis died during the voyage and was buried at sea. Another fact I found in a one paragraph biography about Ludwig, on file at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels, was a baby girl was born to them in Galveston but did not survive. Her obituary does not make any mention of these hardships but there is one sentence which tells about this time in her life. “On December 27, they landed in Galveston and then from there they went to Indianola where they stayed about 8 days and saw much sickness and had pity for all the suffering occurring there.”
She died at the ripe age of 96 years and 11 months on 4 November 1904. This is my favorite quote from her obituary “The deceased was vigorous for her age; she could still read and do needlework without glasses. She was respected and loved by all those that knew her.” She sounds delightful!
Thank you Connie Schneider Krause for translating and sharing this obituary with me.
“Maria Margarethe Hild Schuetz.” obituary. New Braunfelser Zeitung (New Braunfels), 17 November 1904, sect. C, p 4; translated from German by Connie Schneider Krause.
“Ludwig Schuetz” Sophienburg Museum and Archives, New Braunfels, Texas.
Personal Interview. Annie Schuetz Saunders, 1970.
Personal Interview. Lille Schuetz Adam, 1970.
Every day online records are being transcribed by volunteers to help family researchers. This saves time for the researcher and is very helpful when searching for ancestors who moved around a lot. The handwriting on many of the documents is difficult to read. Looking at census records for my great-grandfather, Henry Schuetz, I found several spelling variations of his last name. When his father Carl came from Germany, he spelled his last name Schütz. Just to illustrate how difficult the handwriting can be, here are the spellings I found for his name from the transcribed census records from 1940 to 1870. Name spellings can make researching your family interesting and challenging! The e and u caused a little trouble for the transcribers.
So what did I find out about Henry from the census records? He was the second oldest son of Charles (Carl) and Catharina Schütz and was born in Texas. In 1870, the family lived in Precinct No. 1 in Blanco County, Texas.
In 1880, the Schutz family is living in Precinct No. 4 in Blanco County. Henry is 16 and a farm laborer along with his older brother Willie. There are now 10 children in the family.
By 1900 he is married to Emma, is 36 years old, was born in December 1863, a farmer, still living in Precinct No. 4 in Blanco County and has three children, Alex, Lillie, and Harry. Henry and Emma have been married for 11 years.
In 1910 he is 45 and has been married for 20 years. The family speaks English. He has three living children out of four and is a self-employed farmer. His father Charley is living with them. He is 71 years old and widowed. The family has moved and are living in Precinct #3 in Kendall County.
In 1920 Henry is 55, owns his farm and ranch. His youngest son, Harry, is the only child living at home with him and his wife Emma. Harry’s occupation is farm helper. They are living in Precinct #1 in Kendall County and all three can read and write.
In 1930 Henry is widowed and 65. Harry, a World War veteran, is living with him in Precinct #1 in Kendall County.
In 1940 Henry is 75, owns his farm, had 4 years of elementary schooling, and is a farmer “working on his own account.” His son Harry, age 41, is living with him. In 1935 they were living at the same address. The week before the census was taken both had worked 48 hours on the farm and in 1939 they each worked 52 weeks. Harry had 6 years of schooling and is a farmer.
Despite the name variations, I found quite a bit of information about Henry Schuetz.
Year: 1870; Census Place: Precinct 1, Blanco, Texas; Roll: M593_1576; Page: 354A; Image: 13; Family History Library Film: 553075.
Year: 1880; Census Place: Precinct 4, Blanco, Texas; Roll: 1291; Family History Film: 1255291; Page: 353D; Enumeration District: 026.
Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 4, Blanco, Texas; Roll: 1612; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 0008; FHL microfilm: 1241612
Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 3, Kendall, Texas; Roll: T624_1570; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0159; FHL microfilm: 1375583.
Year: 1920; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Kendall, Texas; Roll: T625_1821; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 167; Image: 461.
Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 1, Kendall, Texas; Roll: 2364; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0002; Image: 459.0; FHL microfilm: 2342098.
Year: 1940; Census Place: , Kendall, Texas; Roll: T627_4086; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 130-2.
In 1978 I found a voter registration receipt for my great-grandmother, Emma Bauer Schuetz. At the time, I made a copy for my files and then never really looked it again. As I was going through a folder today, I ran across the copy and read it and noticed the date was 5 July 1918. Whoa, I thought 1920 was the date women started voting. I immediately went to my go-to site about Texas, The Texas Handbook Online. I learned in March 1918 a bill was introduced that would allow women to vote in the Texas primary. It passed in the House, the Senate and was signed by Governor William P. Hobby. Emma, a 50-year-old housewife from Kendalia, Texas, and daughter of immigrant parents stepped right up and registered to vote. She was in tune with her times. You go, girl! The first Democratic primary was held on 26 July 1918. I wonder who she voted for…
State of Texas, County of Kendall No. 16
I, Emma Schuetz, of Kendall County, Texas, am 50 years of age; Color White, Race American Occupation Housewife
Residence no. Kendalia, Voting Precinct No. 3, P.O. Address Kendalia, Have lived at said place 9 years.
Signed Emma Schuetz
Sworn to and subscribed before me this day 5 day of July 1918
Joe Saunders, Tax Collector, Kendall County
I, Joe Saunders, Tax Collector aforesaid, hereby certify that the foregoing registrant personally signed and swore to the facts set out in the above receipt before me, showing her to be a qualified voter in primary election in said county, state and precinct for the year 1918.
Joe Saunders, Tax Collector, Kendall County
A. Elizabeth Taylor, “WOMAN SUFFRAGE,” Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/viw01), accessed March 05, 2014. Uploaded on August 31, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
“Emma Schuetz” Kendall County Texas Voter Registration Receipt. No. 16, 5 July 1918.
Paul Jones “Pop” Richardson, Deputy, Sidney Edge, Sheriff, Ernst Nagel, Deputy
Picture taken in front of the Kendall County Jail
Kendall County Sheriff Department circa 1940s
“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.
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.
My Uncle How-Who was my mother’s older brother. She often talked about him because growing up they played together. She said they would take turns playing each other’s games. She would play what he wanted to play and then he would play house with her. I have often wondered if this was one of the tradeoffs. One day they went behind the barn to smoke grape leaves. My mother was 5 years old. When he lit the cigarette it exploded in her face and burned off her eyelashes and eyebrows. This ended her smoking career but unfortunately not his.
While attending Boerne High School, Uncle Howard was active in the Texas Association of Future Farmers of America. He raised lambs for show. In 1940 he was recognized for fitting and showing fat lambs and in 1941 he received an award for mutton production. The family lived at the corner of Turner and San Antonio Streets on a large lot. While raising lambs and attending high school he had a job at a gas station that was located on the corner of Main and San Antonio Streets. He was working on 7 December 1941 when he heard the news about the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He ran the three blocks from the gas station to the house to tell his parents.
His high school years were interrupted in 1943 when he was drafted into the Army Air Force. He became a sergeant in the 877th Bombardment Squadron with a specialty as an Army Air and Engine Mechanic 747. As part of his oversees assignment, he was stationed in Hawaii. When he returned home in 1946 he attended Fox Tech High School in San Antonio. They provided an evening program where WWII veterans could complete high school course work and graduate. After receiving his diploma, he continued his education at the Texas College of Arts and Industries in Kingsville graduating with a Bachelor in Agriculture Education. He student taught at Goliad High School in Goliad, Texas. In 1952 he taught 5th grade in Schertz-Cibolo because there weren’t any job openings for Ag teachers. The next year he was where he wanted to be teaching Ag at Southwest High School in San Antonio.
He would come to Boerne to visit several Sunday afternoons a month. We always enjoyed his visits. He brought stuff, groceries for my grandmother and boxes of magazines and books and other goodies for the rest of us. He always made Christmas so much fun. He lavished gifts on all of the family. One of my favorite Christmas’ with him was while I was in college. He gave all the nieces and nephews framed goofy photographs he had taken of us when were we little. We laughed a lot that Christmas Eve.
One of the goofy pictures I received. It’s cute little me with two of my first cousins.
Uncle Howard made a difference in my life. I was attending Southwest Texas State and did not like my classes so I was thinking of dropping out and getting a job. He asked me how school was and I said I hated it. He asked “Well, what do you want to do?” I said I want to be a librarian. He asked a very simple question, “Why aren’t you doing it?”. Duh! Sometimes you just need a knock on the head.
It was a great loss to the family when he passed away in 1975 with lung cancer.
Richardson. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne, Texas. 2014.
Born Nov. 24, 1832
Died Oct 11, 1908
Christ is my hope
Joseph Dupuy Johns was born in Lunenberg Co.,Virginia in 1832. In 1862 enlisted in the Confederate Army as a Private in Company A of the 33rd Regiment 5th Texas Cavalry, Duff’s Partisan Rangers. Another Kendall County citizen, Carl Adam was a soldier in this unit.
Tapatio Springs is located on the land that was once owned by Johns. The road to the property is named Johns Road in honor of Joseph D. Johns.
(Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Joseph D. Johns Sr. marker; personally read 2014.
“33rd Regiment , Texas Cavalry (Duff’s Partisan Rangers.” The Civil War, National Park Service. U.S. Department of Interior. February 2014. http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/search-soldiers.htm?.
Limuel Roy and Paul Jones Richardson 1899
My maternal grandfather, Paul Jones Richardson, is a relative newcomer to Kendall County. He arrived in 1932 whereas my father’s side had been living there for almost 80 years. Although I don’t know for a fact, I think Paul was named after John Paul Jones, a naval hero during the American Revolution. I think this because he had a brother named Benjamin Franklin Richardson and another named Jesse James Richardson. I was told my great-grandfather, Lemuel Mark, liked to read.
Paul was born in Wilson County, Texas 1 September 1881 on a ranch outside of Floresville. He was the second oldest son of nine brothers and one sister. My grandmother told me a story about him growing up with his brothers. He said they were rowdy bunch. His father, Mark, demanded peace and quiet at the supper table so no one was allowed to talk. If you did, you were sent from the table. He said the brothers would put hot hominy in between the other brothers’ toes trying to get them to make a sound. Can you imagine??
In 1906, Paul married Mary Roberta Watson. They made their home in Stockdale. While living there, they had three children, Lucille, Blake, and Mary Lee. A fourth child, a son, was born in April 1918 but both mother and child died. Paul worked as a Magnolia Petroleum Agent and as a Wilson County Deputy. Since his children were young he needed a babysitter and he hired my grandmother, Ame, to take care of them. She lived with her parents a few door down. In 1921, they married and had three children, Betty, Howard and Sally (my mother).
Paul and Ame Richardson 1921
Looking for a change Paul and Ame decided to move the family from Wilson County to Kendall County. They purchased several hundred acres of land just outside of Boerne in Walnut Grove. After five years they sold the ranch and moved to town. Paul became a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Sidney Edge.
I have one memory of my grandfather. I used to run after my older cousin, Phil. He didn’t appreciate the joy of having a girl cousin follow him around all the time. When I was born his mother, my Aunt Betty Jean, told him he had a new girl cousin. This news made him cry. There was a huge mulberry tree in my grandparent’s yard and Phil and I were running around the tree. I remember my grandfather saying he was going to run and catch us. I remember running as fast as I could but he caught me. Phil got away. His legs were longer. I remember shrieking, laughing and getting a big hug.