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Louise Bauer Wessely

Louise is the third of five children born to Philipp and Maria Peters Bauer.  She was born on 20 July 1863 in Spring Branch, located in Comal County, Texas.  When she was twenty-one, she married Carl “Charles” Wessely, Jr., son of Karl and Barbara Schimick Wessely. They married on 27 September 1884 in Kendall County.   Seven months after their marriage, her husband, Charles, purchases 160 acres from his father.  His father obtained the 160 acres in 1869 as Land Patent No. 403 from the State of Texas.  His witnesses were  Daniel Meckel and Karl  Meckel, who were friends and neighbors of the family.  He obtained title in 1874 after proving  he had for three years “actually settled upon and cultivated as a homestead.”  This property is a part of Survey 521 and is located “on the waters of the Sabinas Creek, a southern tributary of Guadalupe River about 5 ½ miles N 26 degrees E from Boerne.”  Charles paid his father $1.00 in cash on 21 April 1885 and signed a promissory note to pay the remaining $350.00 with 10% interest in full by 21 April 1887.

Carl and Louise Bauer Wessely

Charles and Louise raised seven children on the farm: Otto Charles (1885), Olga Kathrine (1888) married Otto Edward Phillips, Bruno (1890),  Ida Mae (1896) married John O. Wolfe, Hugo (1897), Paul (1902), and Ella (1915) married 1m. Andrew C. Davidson and 2m William Keith Salisbury. Of the seven children, four moved to San Antonio, one son joined the navy, and two stayed on the farm.

In 1900 Louise’s parents, Phillip and Marie Bauer are living with the family. Phillip is 80 and dies in 1902 and Marie in 1905. Both are buried in the Kreutzberg Cemetery.

Carl died of influenza on 30 April 1926.  He was sixty-nine years old and was buried in the Kreutzberg Cemetery located on FM 474.   This cemetery is now known as the Phillip Cemetery.    In the 1920 census, four children lived at home, Bruno, Hugo, Paul, and Ella.  With three sons working on the farm, it must have been productive and well run.  By 1930 Louise is 67, widowed, and the head of household.    Only two sons remain on the farm, Bruno and Hugo.  Louise’s occupation is a timber laborer, Bruno is a laborer, and Hugo is a farmer.  Was Louise chopping cedar every day, or did the census taker make a mistake?  The same year Louise becomes the owner of a vendor’s lien on her 160 acres for $3200.00  made by Harry Schuetz, a nephew, the son of her sister Emma.   In July 1934, Harry was not able to make all the payments.  He asks for an extension, which is granted, and then sells the note to Willie Rust.  

On 6 January 1935, Louise, age seventy-one, dies by drowning in the Sabinas Creek sometime between midnight and dawn.  Otto Pfeiffer called Justice of the Peace J. A. Phillip, asking him to come to the Wessely farm.   Phillip and Sheriff Edward Bierschwale show up around 6:30 a.m.  There they hold an inquest and Phillip rules her death as a suicide.   She is buried next to her husband in the Kreutzberg Cemetery.

 Texas. Kendall County Deed Records, V. 8, p 375-376. Kendall County Court House. Boerne.  

Texas. Kendall County Deed Records, V. 54, p. 38. Kendall County Court House. Boerne.

Texas. Kendall County Death Records. Kendall County Court House. Boerne.

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Posted by on December 4, 2020 in Bauer


Ida Mae Wessely Wolfe

Front Row: Ella born 1917, John O., Jr. born 1918, Charles Williams born 1915.
Back row: Mother, Ida Mae Wessely Wolfe and Father, John O. Wolfe, Sr.
Picture taken 1919-1920

When her sister-in-law, Edna Wessely, died, and her brother Otto was in the hospital, Ida Mae helped take care of her nephew and niece, Warren and Dorothy.  At the time of Edna’s death, both families were living on Cooper Street in San Antonio.

Ida Mae is the daughter of Charles and Louise Bauer Wessely and the granddaughter of Phillip and Marie Peters Bauer and Karl and Barbara Schmick Wessely.  She was born on 2 November 1896 in Kendall County, Texas.

Ida married  John Oscar Wolfe, in Kendall County, on 16 April 1914.  John was born in Biltmore, North Carolina.  His is described on his World War I draft registration card as medium height, blue eyes, and brown hair.  By 1920 they are living in San Antonio.  John is a plumber working for the San Antonio City Water Board.  They have two children, a son Charles W. and a daughter Ella.   By 1930 they have moved to 318 Mary Street and two more children have been born to the family, a son John and a daughter Elsie May.  John is a foreman for the San Antonio City Water Board and they own a radio!   Just two months after the census,  John, age 38, died with inflammation of the membrane around the heart and pneumonia.  He was buried in the San Jose Burial Park in San Antonio.  Ida, age 34,  was left with four children to raise.  She never remarried.

Ten years later,  Ida is living at 115 East Baylor Street and working as a seamstress.  Living with her is her nephew Warren, niece Dorothy, and daughter Elsie Mae, age 14. 

Her son John Oscar Wolfe preceded her in death.  He died 5 March 1951 at age 31 and is buried in the San Jose Burial Park.  John was a World War II veteran and was employed by Mayflower Transit Company in Corpus Christi.  He was survived by two sons Larry J. and John and one daughter Peggy Jean.

Ida, age 69,  died on 3 June 1966 at the Santa Rosa Medical Center.  She was survived by Charles W. Wolfe of San Antonio, Mrs. Milton (Ella) Rogers of San Antonio, and Mrs. Alfred (Elsie May) Tobola of Del Rio; a sister Mrs. Ella Davidson of San Antonio and brother Paul Wessely of California; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Ida Mae is Emma Schuetz’s niece.


Posted by on November 18, 2020 in Bauer


Salute to Veteran Otto Charles Wessely

Otto Charles Wessely, son of  Charles and Louise Bauer Wessely, was born in Kendall County, Texas, on 30 October 1885.  Sometime in 1906, he enlisted in the United States Navy.  Eleven years later, on 11 May 1917, Otto entered the Naval Hospital on Mare Island in Vallejo, Solano County, California.  According to the patient listings, he served ten years and ten months in the Navy.  His rank was GM-1 (Gunners Mate First Class).   He is 31 years old and stationed at Puget Sound, Washington.  Otto received treatment for tuberculous a chronic pulmonary condition, which he had before entering the Navy.  On 5 July 1918, he was discharged and on 12 September 1918, he is living in Denver, Colorado, working as a baggage man at the Union Deport for W. P. R.R. Co.  Fortunately, he left the hospital on Mare Island before September 1918.  At that time, the hospital began to see patients with the Spanish Flu, and over a few short months, they acquired 1,500 patients, with many of them dying of complications.

While in Denver, he filled out his required World War I draft registration card.  Otto is described as a tall, slender man with blue eyes and medium brown hair.  He wrote he is unable to serve because he has tuberculosis.  He is living with his wife, Edna, at 226 Inca.  Otto and Edna Tyndall married in King, Washington, on 6 December 1916.  By 1920 they are living in San Antonio in a rented house on Cooper Street, and he is working in a government position as an apprentice electrician.  Ten years later, the 1930 census shows they are still living on Cooper Street, and he is working as a janitor for a Baptist Church. They now have two children, Warren M., age nine, and Dorothy L., age six.  Edna is forty years old and has tuberculosis. She died in November and the doctor listed on her death certificate, she had the disease for about five or six years. She is buried in Mission Park South in San Antonio.

In 1940 Otto is in the Veterans Administration Hospital in Legion, Texas.  Legion is located south of Kerrville, in Kerr County.  His children, Warren and Dorothy, are living with Otto’s youngest sister, Ida Wessely Wolfe in San Antonio.

Otto died on 11 August 1962 at the Veterans Administration Center in Temple, Texas. He was 76 years old.  He was survived by Warren M. Wessely and Mrs. Dorothy Trimmier of San Antonio; 5 grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Ida Wolfe and Mrs. Ella Dickinson both of San Antonio; brother Paul Wessely of Los Angeles, California.

He is the nephew of Emma Bauer Schuetz.  She died of tuberculosis in 1927 in Boerne. Registers of Patients at Naval Hospitals, 1812-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

Otto Wessely Obituary. San Antonio Light (San Antonio, Texas), 13 August 1962.

Registration State: Colorado; Registration County: Denver.

Texas Department of State Health Services; Austin Texas, USA.

Year: 1930; Census Place: San Antonio, Bexar, Texas; Page: 27B; Enumeration District: 0129; FHL microfilm: 2342031

Year: 1940; Census Place: Kerr, Texas; Roll: m-t0627-04086; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 133-4.

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Posted by on November 10, 2020 in Bauer


Wordless Wednesday: Unidentified Woman

This post is an almost Wordless Wednesday. Here is a photograph of a woman that I have been unable to identify. It was in a group of photos that included Louise Bauer Wessely and Ernst Bauer and family. Could this photo be Louise Bauer Wessley or Bertha Bauer Georg, daughters of Phillip and Marie Peters Bauer, or another family member or family friend.? The photograph was taken in New Braunfels.


Posted by on October 29, 2020 in Bauer, Wordless Wednesday



Tombstone Tuesday: Phillip and Marie Peters Bauer

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Hier Ruhet                                                      Hier Ruhet

Marie Bauer                                                   Phillip Bauer

Geb. Den                                                        Geb. Den

20 Ten Aug. 1827                                             21Ten Juni 1820

Gest. Den                                                       Gest. Den

13 Ten Maerz 1905                                          5 Ten Jan 1902

77 yahr 7 monat                                            81 yahr 6 monat

        ALT                                                                 ALT

My second great-grandparents are buried in the Kreutzberg Cemetery which is located about six miles outside of Boerne and one mile from Kreutzberg, Texas.


Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Bauer, Tombstone Tuesday



52 Ancestors – #13: Marie Peters Bauer, My Great-Great Grandmother

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Marie Peters Bauer

Marie Peters traveled from Prussia to New Braunfels with her parents in the 1850s. I heard a story about Marie a number of years ago. She knew Philipp Bauer in Prussia. He must have lived in the same area as her family. Once she arrived in New Braunfels she wrote and told him to come to Texas. He took her advice and on 19 August 1855 they married in New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas. G. W. Eisenlohr a minister of the Gospel performed the ceremony.

Marie and Philipp had five children Bertha, Otto, Louise married Carl Wessley, Ernest married Rosa Bender, and Emma married Henry Schuetz.

She is buried in the Kreutzberg Cemetery in Kendall County. Her tombstone states,

Hier Rubet

Marie Bauer

Geb. Dien

20Ten Aug. 1827

Gest. Dien

13Ten Maerz 1905

77 yahr 7 monat


Comal County, Texas, marriage certificate No. 122 (1855), Bauer-Peters; Comal County Court House,New Braunfels.

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Posted by on March 29, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Bauer



52 Ancestors – #10: You go Girl! Emma Bauer Schuetz

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…


Registration Receipt

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 (, 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.

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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in 52 Ancestors Challenge, Bauer, Schuetz


Wordless Wednesday: Henry and Emma Bauer Schuetz

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Henry and Emma Bauer Schuetz and son Alex

Henry is the son of Carl and Katharina Schuetz

Emma is the daughter of Philip and Marie Peters Bauer

Schuetz, Henry and Emma. 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 27, 2013 in Bauer, Schuetz, Wordless Wednesday


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Tombstone Tuesday: Willie and Lillie Schuetz Adam

Lillie  K.                                  Willie E.

Sept. 8, 1895                             Mar. 23, 1893

Mar. 16, 1975                            July 10, 1955

Willie Eugene is the son of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam

Lillie Katherine is the daughter of Henry and Emma Bauer Schuetz

(Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Willie E. and Lillie K. Adam marker; personally read 2011.


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Philipp and Maria Peters Bauer

Philipp and Maria Peters Bauer

In 1859, Philipp Bauer petitioned the Comal County District Court to become a citizen of the United States. Henry Seele and John Schumacher provided affidavits saying that they had known him for the past five years and was a man of good moral character. He denounced all allegiance to the King of Prussia and was awarded a certificate of citizenship.

Philipp Bauer was born in Prussia on 21 June 1820 and married Maria Peters on 15 August 1855 in New Braunfels, Texas. G. W. Eisenlohr preformed the ceremony. A family story says he corresponded with Maria before he came to Texas. She lived in New Braunfels.

Philipp and Maria had five children: Bertha, Otto, Louise, Ernst, Emma.

Both are buried in the Kreutzberg Cemetery. Philipp died 5 January 1902 and Marie died 13 March 1905.

They are my great-great grandparents.


Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Bauer


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