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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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.
Jimmie, one of Conrad Adam’s great grandsons, served in the US Army during World War II. He originally trained as a motorcylist and was ready to ship out to Europe when last minute orders sent his unit to Colorado to be trained as infantry soldiers. After training, the unit was sent to San Francisco where they boarded a ship to an unknown destination. It wasn’t until they were out at sea that they were told they were going to the Philippines. During the voyage they ran into a storm. The waves were so strong and violent that it would lift the ship so high out of the water that the propeller was exposed. Jimmie saw action in Leyte, Mindoro and Mindanao and later was part of the occupation army in Yokohama, Japan. One story he has often told is while in the Philippines he was very hungry and he wrote home and told his mother, Lillie, that he was hungry for her cooking especially sausage, cookies and a cake. She received the letter and started to prepare a care package for him. There was a cannery in Boerne during WWII and there she canned sausage she had made and other food items. She baked cookies and a cake and added them to the package. Then she shipped it to him and amazingly the package made it to Jimmie, a little squashed but the food was edible. He said nothing ever tasted as good as the food in that care package. He said he ate bite every down to the last crumb!
Adam, Jimmie. World War II, 1945. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.
Conrad married the girl next door! When he first arrived in Boerne, Conrad lived and worked on the Dr. Ferdinand Herff farm. The Joseph Bergmann family was his closest neighbor. The houses were within easy walking distance from each other and so I think it is safe to say that Conrad saw the Bergmann family fairly regularly. In particular, Adalbertha. They were married on 16 February 1856 by Albert Moye, JP of the third precinct. Witnesses were R. G. ? and Anton Beyer. Their marriage license was recorded in the Bexar County Court House in San Antonio on 18 February 1856.
Bexar County, Texas, Marriage Licenses. No. 1370, Bergmann-Adam, 1856; County Clerk’s Office, San Antonio.
Conrad was born in Tiefenbach, Prussia, a small village in Hesse in 1828. I know the location of his birthplace because on his naturalization papers he states he was from Tiefenbach. But then comes every genealogist’s nightmare, I do not have documentation for the rest of his family tree. I do know that what I have feels right.
About 11 years ago, the Adam family in Kendall County was contacted by Gerhard Adam from Braunfels, Germany. He came to Boerne with his wife, Regina, and shared a copy of the Adam family tree which his father had researched and compiled. Tiefenbach is about 5 miles from Braunfels and yes, Braunfels is the sister city of New Braunfels, Texas.
Conrad and Carl Adam’s parents were Wilhelm Christian and Wilhelmine Klotz Adam. Wilhelm was born on 3 June 1807 in Tiefenbach and married Wilhelmine Klotz on 2 March 1828 in Tiefenbach. She was born 12 August 1809 and died 2 July 1833 of consumption. I am guessing that since his brother Carl, who was born in November 1832, was an infant and Conrad was 5 that it was important to get married right away, so on 22 December 1833 Wilhelm married Anna Elisabeth Muller in Tiefenbach. They had three sons, Frederick, John, and Henry. This goes along with information Bertha Adam Froebel Haby stated in her letter to her son, Guenther in 1927. She says, “ The one thing I can tell you my father was from a very good family, but he lost his mother when he was very young and then went to stay and live with an uncle who owned a large farm and he had to work very hard as a young man. His father married again soon after his mother’s death. From this marriage there are two sons, Henry and John Adam, both whom later moved to America.” Wilhelm died on 27 January 1848. Conrad was 19 years old.
It appears Conrad’s birthday was a day for celebrations. His two oldest daughters, Kathinka and Theresa, were married on his birthday. Kathinka married Paul Toepperwein on 30 December 1874 and Therese married Frederick Voges on 30 December 1878.
I have included a picture that “I think” is Conrad. The original is not in very good shape and I will post the complete picture at another time. It is a family picture of the Toepperweins with a few Adam family members sprinkled in. Paul and Kathinka Toepperwein are in the picture. Anyway, if this is Conrad it gives me a whole different view of him. He looks rather dapper!
Happy Birthday, Papa, and thank you for coming to Texas!
Forty years after his arrival in Texas, Conrad Adam passed away on Friday, 23 November 1894. He was 66 years old. In the Sunday Edition of the San Antonio Express dated 25 November 1894, the news from Boerne stated, ”Nov. 23. Mr. Conrad Adam who was injured some weeks ago by a wagon running over him died last night and will be buried today by the Knights of Honor, he being one of the charter members of the Knights of Honor Lodge here.” The funeral took place in the home of William Dietert (his brother-in-law) at 2:00 in the afternoon.
“Boerne.” San Antonio Express, 25 November 1894, p.15. (microfilm, San Antonio Public Library).
Funeral Notice for Conrad Adam. 1894. Privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst, Boerne, Texas. 1979.
honorable discharged from the United States Army on 24 March 1919. This was one day after his 26th birthday.
He was 25 when he enlisted on 8 August 1918. He had blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion and was 5 feet 10 in height. He was single with excellent character. On 15 August 1918 he was assigned to the 133 Infantry. He left the United States 17 September 1918 for France and returned 26 February 1919. Willie was paid $111.80 for his service which included a $60.00 bonus as “per the Act Congress approved 24 February 1919.”
Willie was the grandson of Conrad and Adalbertha Bergmann Adam and the son of Julius and Ida Haufler Adam and my grandfather.
Thank you Grandpa for defending our freedom.
Adam, Willie. World War I, 1919. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.