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Jimmie Charles 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.

 
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Posted by on April 22, 2018 in Adam, Kendall County, Schuetz

 

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Sentimental Sunday: Paul Jones Richardson

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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

 

Indian Depredations in October 1864

12 November 1864 the Dallas Weekly Herald in Dallas, Texas published an article about Indians in Kendall County. The Dallas Herald had picked up the article from the Austin Gazette. George Wilkins Kendall sent a news report on October 28th stating Indians had raided two days before in Kendall County. The first sign of them was near Wasp Creek. They killed one horse with arrows and two horses were wounded and left behind. The next day five Indians were sighted by Mr. Heiligman who lived two miles from Wasp Creek. He saw them herding a group of animals including four of his horses who had been grazing in his pasture.  Once the alarm was raised, Lieutenant O’Grady with a small group of men followed in pursuit.

I have two questions. Who were the men that followed in pursuit?  Could Conrad Adam have been one of them?  Arrgh!  Conrad belonged to the Frontier Guard.  The Guard had been organized by the Confederacy to provide protection for the settlers from Indian attacks and other dangers.  Many men from the area and almost all the soldiers, who had been stationed in the forts along the line of the frontier, were gone and the Guard was just about the only line of defense for the citizens.

“Indians in Kendall County.” Dallas, TX: Dallas Weekly Herald, V. XII, 12, 2p.

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Kendall County

 

Sentimental Sunday

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While looking through my parents photograhs for snow pictures for a Dietert Archives Project, I discovered this photo. The date on the back is December 1957. I’m thinking this is the first time I saw snow and there was enough to build a nice size snowman!   So to family and friends in Indiana where it is snowing with windchill temps in the negative numbers, I just want to say  “Just look, it does snow in the Texas Hill Country!”

Stay warm!

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2014 in Adam, Kendall County, Sentimental Sunday

 

World War I Draft Registration for the Adam Brothers

World War I Draft Registration Cards are on file at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington DC. If a trip to Washington DC is out of the question, you can subscribe to Ancestry.com and read them any time. The copies are not the best but still readable. I searched for my grand-uncle Eugene Conrad Adam and my grandfather Willie Eugene Adam.

Eugene Conrad Adam

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I have transcribed as much of the hazy blur as I could.

Eugene Conradt [sic] Adam; from Boerne, Texas; age 20; born June 1, 1898;  white; farmer; employed by Julius Adam, Boerne, Texas; next of kin  Julius Adam, RFD #1, Boerne, TX, he signed his name as Eugene Conrad Adams; medium height; build ?; eyes blue; hair brown; Registered by Elmer Watts on Sept 12, 1918

Willie Eugene Adam

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Willie Eugene Adam; age 24; Boerne, Texas; Born March 23, 1893; natural-born citizen; place Boerne, Texas; Farmer; next of kin, Julius Adam, Boerne, TX; no children; single; caucasian; signed Willie E. Adam; Tall; Medium build; light blue eyes; Med. Brown Hair; H. O. Adler; Precinct #1, Kendall Co, Texas, June 5, 1917; Aug. Langbein

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2013 in Adam, Kendall County

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: Adam Vogt

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Adam Vogt

Geb May 10, 1822

Gest April 19, 1882

Adam Vogt was one of forty young men who founded the settlement of Bettina in the Fisher Miller Grant under the direction of the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas.  Most were university students from Giessen, Heidelberg and from an industrial school in Darmstadt.  Gustav Schleicher and Dr. Ferdinand von Herff organized the group of men in 1847 and called them “Die Vierziger” or “The Forty”. This settlement was abandoned by the end of summer in 1848.  In 1849 five members of “The Forty”, Adam Vogt, Philip Zoeller, Wilhelm Friedrich, Leopold Schulz, and Christian Flach organized a farm they named Tusculum.  This lasted about two years. Not far from the farm, Gustav Theissen purchased a tract of land on the Cibolo Creek and together with John James surveyed the tract for a town which Theissen named Boerne after Ludwig Boerne, a German writer.  The first settlers in this new town were Adam Vogt, Leopold Schulz, Wilhelm Friedrich and Fritz Louis.  Vogt was actively involved in the town of Boerne and later in helping organize Kendall County.  For a time he was a County Commissioner and later a county judge.

Adam Vogt donated the land to form the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Biesele, Rudolph Leopold. The History of the German Settlements in Texas 1831-1861. Austin, TX: Eakin Press, 1987.

 (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Adam Vogt marker; personally read 2013.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Cemeteries, Kendall County, Tombstone Tuesday

 

Commissioner Court Minutes January term 1867

Commissioner Court Minutes for a county can give tidbits of information about the people who lived there. For example, I read in the January 1867 Kendall County Commissioner Court Minutes that Conrad Adam was an overseer for the upkeep of Road 1 in Kendall County. Who knew? Since there wasn’t a TXDOT in 1867 the men who lived along the road were to keep the part of the road where they lived in good repair. If everyone did their part, then travelers could easily travel down the road. I also learned that Conrad must have been able to speak English fairly well since not all of his road hands were of German descent. Some of the men who were road hands were not on the 1870 Kendall County Census which was taken three years later. I have listed their names at the end of the post.

Commissioner’s Court Minutes January Term 1867

“The Court proceeded to make appointments for road overseers and to designate the hands liable to work under the resp. overseers; for Precinct No. 1 there was appointed:

Conrad Adam, overseer for Road No. 1
commencing on Balcones crossing of San Antonio Boerne Road, following said Road to Cibolo crossing inclusive.

Hands: Christ. Humbold, Chs. Dienger, J. G. O’Grady, H. W. Topperwein, Ferd. Topperwein, Anton Bergmann, R. Westmoore, A. H. Barter, John Hermann, Chs. Cole, F. V. Henderson, W. V. Henderson, Nelson & George (freedmen)

William Kuhfuss, overseer for Road No. 2
commencing on Cibolo crossing exclusive, following the Boerne – Fredericksburg Road to Joshua crossing inclusive

Hands: Matth Baumann, Aug. Staffel, J. Nagelus, Christ. Jacob, Dei Sheridan, Jac. Theis, Jac. Gass, Henry Wendler, C. H. Clauss, Franz Schaeffer, H. G. Froebel, H. Baumberger, G.A. Topperwein, E. Reed, Jefferson, freedman, John Werner, Ferd. Lohmann, Ant. Koch, Rich. Street /freedm/ Ferd. Harz

Frederic Werner, overseer for Road No. 3
commencing at J. Saner’s residence in the town of Boerne following the Boerne Sisterdale Road to the crossing of Waspe [sic] Creek (exclusive)

Hands: Jul. Fabra. Ign. Minich, R. Brotze, Chas. Adam, Ad. Zoeller, Aug. Pfeiffer jun. W. Pfeiffer, Ernest Pfeiffer, Reinhold Kutzer, Dan. Meckel, Chs. Meckel, Fred. Meckel, Stewart, J. D. Johns

W. Vogt, roadoverseer for Road No. 4
commencing at the public square of the town of Boerne, following the Boerne – Curry’s Creek Road to the Guadalupe crossing at Aman’s place (exclusive)

R. Willke, H. Dietert, Jos Philipp, Jul. Philipp, F. Vanderstraten, F. Boehm, Aug. Vogt, Fred. Haag, Adolph Haag, Gottf. Hauffler, W. Hein, H. Spangenberg

J. F. Stendebach, overseer for Road No. 5
commencing at Cibolo crossing (exclusive) in the town of Boerne following the road towards Dripping Spring to the place where the road intersects the boundary line of the County

Hands: M. Schwarz, F. Schwarz, Bill Logan and son(freedmen) Dimas Huimizo, [B.] Dane, R. Lincoln, Jaco. Dedecker, J. Kraft, H. Scheele.

John Moser, roadoverseer for Precinct, No. 3 and Road No. 6
commencing at the crossing of Waspe[sic] in the Boerne-Sisterdale Road, following said Road and further on from Sisterdale towards Fredericksburg to the boundary line of the County.

Hands: C. Hoffarth, H. Magers, W. Magers, Chs Seewald, Alf Kapp, Rud. Wipprecht, Q. Bunsen, H. Carstanjen, Otto Neuber, J. Siebeneicher,

Charles Beseler, roadoverseer from Prect. No. 3 Road No. 7
commencing at Joshua crossing (exclusive) in Boerne-Fredericksburg Road following said road to the boundary line of the County

Hands: Mc Cluer, D. M. Davis, H. L. Mims, K. Ellis and son, R. B. Wilson, G. Nichols jun. Th. H. Manning, J. W. Manning, John Brown, L. W. Howell

Henry Boerner, roadoverseer for Pct. No. 4, Road No. 8
commencing at the fork of Boerne-Fredericksburg and Boerne-Comfort Road following the road last mentioned to the town of Comfort.

Hands: Alb. Beversdorff, Aug. Beversdorff, Chs. Bonnet, Sam. Ridley (fdmn), Doob, (fdm.) Henry Weber, Justus Sickenius, A. Lieck, A. Faltin, Chs. Kerger, G. Holekamp, F. Spenarth, M. Lindner, Chr Flach, L. Strohacker, V. Pfeuffer, H. Harms, Johns Stecher, G. Moorhoff, Rob. Schladeur, Henry Heinen, E. Serger, P. Hanish, John Hoerner, Jos. Lamm, A. Bohnert, J. Pankratz, Th. Wiedenfeld. O. Brinkmann, W. Heuermann.

The Clerk was ordered, to issue writs to all & each of the above named roadoverseers according to law.”

Road hands not on the 1870 Kendall County Census are: H. W. Topperwein, Ferd. Topperwein, R. Westmoore, F. V. Henderson, W.V. Henderson, Nelson & George (freedmen), J. Nagelus, Christ. Jacob, Die Sheridan, H. Baumberger, E. Reed, Stewart, W. Hein, H. Spangenberg (murdered 1868), F. Schwarz, Bill Logan and son (freedmen), Dimas Huimio, R. Lincoln, C. Hoffarth, Alf. Kapp, Rud. Wipprecht, Q. Bunsen, McCluer, D. M. Davis, H. L. Mims, K. Ellis and son, J. W. Manning, Sam. Ridley (freedman), Doob (freedman), Justus Sickenius, A. Lieck, Johns Stecher, Henry Heinen.

Texas. Kendall County. Commissioner’s Court Minutes Book 1, pages 67-69.

Adam-Hurst, Kathryn. 1870 Federal Census for Kendall County, Texas. Boerne,TX: The Genealogical Society of Kendall County, 1997.

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2013 in Adam, Kendall County

 

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Kendall County Grand Jurors for 1864

July 18th 1864

“At a special meeting of the county court held this day the following officers were present Hon Jos. Graham Chief Justice Commissioners Adam Vogt, C. Rhodius, M. Lindner E G Krissner(?). The proceedings of the last meeting were read and approved. The court then proceeded to select the following persons as Grand Jurors for 1864.”

Conrad Adam
A. H. Bartor
F. Doebbeler
Wm Ditret [sic] Dietert?
C. Flach
B. Hagamann
Johns Moses
F. Perner
L. Strotucker
Joseph Tate
Antone Bohnert
Charles Bergstrom
Charles Dinger
Wm Edge
C. Hoffarth
F. Hartz
James M. Patton
F. Sauer
John F. Stendebach
Augt Vogt

Texas. Kendall County Commissioners Minutes, Vol. 1, p. 35.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2013 in Adam, Kendall County

 

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Tombstone Tuesday: George Wilkins Kendall

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This marker is located next to George Wilkins Kendall grave.

Kendall County

Created January 10, 1862

Organized February 16, 1862

Named in honor of

George Wilkins Kendall 1800-1867

Poet, Journalist, Author

and Farmer

One of the Founders of

The New Orleans Picayune

Member of the

Santa Fe Expedition

Most successful sheep raiser

 in the Southwest

Boerne, county seat

George Wilkins Kendall started raising French Merino sheep in 1850 along the Nueces River. By 1855 he had moved his herd to a 4000 acres ranch at Post Springs near Boerne. He continued to improve and increase his herd and “in 1858 sheared nine thousand pounds of wool.” The breed name was later changed to Rambouillet because they were developed on an estate near the village of Rambouillet, France. This estate was owned by King Louis XVI. My family raised this breed until 2008. At that time, we switched from Rambouillet wool sheep to Dorper hair sheep. Dorpers originated in South Africa.

To read more about George Wilkins Kendall go to the Texas Handbook Online http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fke19.

George Wilkins Kendall was one of thirty-three inhabitants who purchased burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Gard, Wayne, Rawhide Texas. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1965.

(Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). George Wilkins Kendall marker; personally read 2011.

 
 

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Formation of Boerne Cemetery, Kendall County, Texas

Boerne
January 28, 1867

“The undersigned inhabitants of Boerne and neighbourhood oblige themselves to the payment of the following amounts set opposite to their resp. names on the purpose to survey, to fence in etc. a common burring ground, lieing on the San Antonio-Fredericksburg Road above Mr. Joe Saner’s place, which has been granted by Hon. Adam Vogt.

Everybody, who pays $2.00 in specie, will be entitled to a space of 9 feet long and 4 1/2 feet wide for reserved or families graves.

The payment must be made on or before the thirtieth day of April next to the Secretary of the Committee, H. G. Froebel.”

Joe Saner, Sr, $5.00
C. Hugo Claus, $6.00
A. Zoeller, $5.00
H. Wendler, $5.00
Jacob Theis,$2.00
J. F. Stendebach,$10.00
Chris. Humbolt, $5.00
Gottlieb Stephan, $6.00
H. Holekamp?,$3.00
Carl Adam , $2.00
Henry Dietert ,$2.00
Aug. Pfeiffer, Sr., $5.00
Ph. J. Theis, $4.00
W. Dietert , $10.00
I. Minnich, $5.00
Conrad Adam, $5.00
Ferdinand Harz, $2.00
W. Vogt, $4.00
K. Dienger, $4.00
August Staffel $25.00
H.G. Froebel, $4.00
Mrs. Caroline Dienger, $5.00
Wm. Kuhfus, $2.00
P. Werner, $4.00
C. H. Woff Maeson?, $2.00
G. A. Toepperwein, $2.00
Ph. Zoeller, $5.00
C. Theis,$2.00
F. Schaeffer, $3.00
J. D. Johns, $2.00
C. I? Stewart, $2.00
C. Aman, $5.00
Geo. Wilkins Kendall, $25.00

A total of $178.00 was collected by H. G. Froebel.

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 (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Historic Texas Cemetery marker; personally read 2011.

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2013 in Adam, Cemeteries, Dietert, Froebel, Kendall County

 

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