Ida Haufler Adam‘s birthday is today! She was born 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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November 11, 1925 – January 23, 2018
Jimmie Charles Adam, 92, went to his Lord on Tuesday, January 23 at the Isle at Watercrest Dominion in Leon Springs. Jimmie was born on November 11, 1925 to Willie Eugene and Lillie Katherine Schuetz Adam at their home in the Balcones Community, located 4 miles south of Boerne in Kendall County.
A lifelong resident of Kendall County, Jimmie is the great-grandson of Conrad Adam who settled in the Kendall County area in 1854. In 1984, Jimmie’s farm was recognized by the Texas Department of Agriculture at the annual Family Land Heritage ceremony, for Texas families who have kept their farms and ranches in continuous agricultural production for 100 years or more.
Jimmie was an Army combat veteran of WWII, serving with distinction in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with Company L, 21st Infantry, 24th Division. He received the Soldiers Medal for outstanding heroism saving a fellow soldier. Following the war, he returned to Kendall County, where he worked at Camp Stanley in addition to farming. He served his community and his church as well as his country. In his community, he served as President of the Kendall County Fair Association, Post Commander of VFW Post 688, President of the local chapter of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), and for 40 years sat on the board of the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Company. He was active at his church, St. John Lutheran where he was a member for 71 years, serving as a member of the Church Council and chief chili cook for the Fall Festival and Wild Game Dinners. He married Sally Jo Richardson December 17, 1947 at St. John Lutheran Church in Boerne.
Sally and Jimmie loved to dance; square dancing with the Boerne Bunch, round dancing and country and western dancing. In later life Jimmie’s motto was “If you can walk, you can dance!” He also enjoyed playing cards and dominos with his friends and family.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Sally Jo Adam, his parents, brother Chester Adam and nephew Chester “Tuffy” Adam, Jr.
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.
A number of years ago an autograph book belonging to Bertha Adam Froebel Haby was found in a flea market in San Antonio. Fortunately the person who discovered it recognized some of the names, purchased it, and donated it to the Boerne Historical Society Archives. The autograph book was analyzed by a relative, Dorothy Ebert in 1991. Friends and relatives from Boerne, Austin, San Antonio, Clear Spring, and Windsor signed the book. Some of the signers wrote in English but most wrote in German script. The earliest date is 1881. Bertha was 16 years old and perhaps had received the autograph book as a gift. She continued to collect autographs until 1911. Eleven of the autographs are from people living in Austin in 1881. Perhaps she was visiting her sister Emilie who was living in Austin with her husband William Schoenert. Emilie and William married on her parent’s 24th wedding anniversary, 16 February 1880.
Adam, Emilie, December 1881, sister; Behrens, Lina,1881; Kirschwink, Anna and Lina, 2 December 1881; Meyer, Katie, S. A., Susie, 13 & 16 November 1881; Schoenert, Emilie 27, June 1881, sister; Schoenert, William, 14 December 1881, brother-in-law; Weyermann, ?, 8 December 1881
Autographs from Boerne, San Antonio, Clear Spring and Windsor span thirty years,1881-1911.
Adam, Emma, sister; Bergmann, Bertha, cousin?; Dietert, B and Rosa; Dienger, Louise; Fabra, L.; Froebel, Hilmar G.; Grady, Mary; Gimbel, E. and Emma, maybe same person; Grossmann, ? and Charles; Harz, B and Bertha, maybe same person; Ransleben, Emilie, Hilmar, Hilmar Fritz; Theis, Anna and Robert; Voges, Therese, sister; Vogt, Emilie and Pauline, Wilhelmine; ?, Anna
Clear Spring (near New Braunfels) autograph:
San Antonio Autographs:
Dienger, Joseph; Froebel, Gunther, son; Hannich, Anton; Toepperwein, Ad. and E. A. F., first cousin and uncle
Place not listed:
Bergmann, Minnie; Clemens, Clara; Dietert, Emil, cousin; Froebel, Ralph, son; Froebel, Udo, son; Saner, T. P.
Bertha was the fifth child of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam. She born the summer after the Civil War ended on 8 July 1865. At the age of 20, she married Hilmar Guenther Froebel on 24 January 1885. H.G. and Bertha had three children who lived to adulthood, Guenther Hilmar, Udo Julius “Jack”, Ralph Alfred Froebel. H.G. died in 1905. In 1907 she married Charles J. Haby.
Ebert, Dorothy, Alphabetical Index to Bertha Adam’s Autograph Book of 1881, Boerne Historical Archives, 1991.
City Cemetery No. 6 (San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas), Froebel, Hilmar G. and Bertha Haby, personally read, 1979.
Brother and Sister
Willie and Hilda Adam
Adam, Willie and Hilda. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.
A Sunday afternoon with Uncle Howard Richardson
Yours truly, Uncle Howard, Donnie Phil
“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.