Tombstone Tuesday: Karl Dienger

Karl and Dorothea Dienger’s tombstone, Boerne Cemetery

Dorothea Dienger

Born in Bodenwerder

Hanover, Ger.

July 7, 1837

Died Sept 29, 1930

Karl Dienger


in Hausen, Baden, Germany

Apr. 26, 1821

Died Apr. 27, 1899

Karl came to Texas with his two sisters, Kundingunda Bertha (married August Staffel) and Caroline. In 1856 he married Dorothea Boerner. For twenty years, Karl taught German and music in the Boerne School. He signed the 1859 petition to form Kendall County, was a founder of the Boerne Genangverein in 1860, and served in a company in the Third Frontier District in Kendall County during the Civil War. The couple had six children.

Karl Dienger was one of thirty-three inhabitants to purchase burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Karl Dienger marker; personally read, November, 2020.

Gray, Edith A. Recollections of Boerne and Kendall County Family Histories. 1949.


Do you recognize this family?

Here is another photograph that was with the Wessely and Bauer photographs. On the back it is labeled Wessely Place. I thought this was Carl and Louise Wessely’s family with either his parents or her parents, but the dates do not line up. Can anyone identify the people or recognize the house? I love the lamb grazing next to the older woman. I bet it is a bottle baby. We have had a few of those. I also like the washing machine on the porch and the children’s toys scattered around the yard.

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Posted by on December 18, 2020 in Bauer, Kendall County



Tombstone Tuesday: Ferdinand E. Harz

Ferdinand and Marie Harz’s Tombstone

Ferdinand E. Harz

Oct. 22, 1824

Apr. 8, 1903

Marie Harz

Feb. 5, 1844

June 2, 1933

Ferdinand Harz was born in Saxony, Germany. He came to Texas in 1853 and lived for a time in New Braunfels and later San Antonio. From 1854-1856 he took freight from Port Lavaca to El Paso. In 1861-1864 he served in the Confederacy with Captain W. E. Jones in a company with the Third Frontier District. He married Marie Beyer. They lived in Sisterdale for a time and later moved to Boerne. They had three children: Clara (Henry Clemens), Bertha (Adolph Weyrich) and Adolph married Ida Phillip.

Ferdinand E. Harz was one of thirty-three inhabitants to purchase burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Ferdinand E. Harz marker; personally read 2020.

Gray, Edith A. Recollections of Boerne and Kendall County Family Histories. 1949.


The Children of Carl and Louise Bauer Wessely

306 Cooper Street, San Antonio, Texas

Last week my husband and I took a field trip to Cooper Street. Otto, Olga, Ida Mae, Ella and Paul all lived on Cooper Street at one time or another. It has lots of charm and vintage houses. It is east of downtown and is slowly being revitalized. I was disappointed in the new square condos that are being built in the area near Cooper Street. I my opinion it totally takes away the charm in the area. The photo is the house at 306 Cooper, where Otto Charles and his family lived and later Ella Wessely. I wonder what it looked like in 1922. I should have done my research before I went because after I got home I discovered this house was built in 1940. So, rather than seeing the actual house I only saw the spot where Otto Charles and his family lived.

I have gathered information from vital records, census records, newspaper articles, and Findagrave.  If you know any stories or additional information, please comment.  Thanks.

All of the children were born in Kendall County, Texas.

Otto Charles was born on 30 October 1885.

Olga Kathrine was born on 1 March 1888.  She married Otto Edward Phillip, Sr. son of Anton Vincent Phillip and Katherine Meckel of Kreutzburg, in 1907.  In the 1910 San Antonio City Directory, the couple is residing at 253 Cooper Street.  Five years later, the 1915 San Antonio Directory lists Olga’s occupation as manager of O & E Phillips and Otto as a clerk at the same business. O & E Phillips is a market, but in 1918 Otto is working for the Duerler Manufacturing Company, and the family is living at 115 St. Francis Street just off South Flores. They had four children: Laurine Barbara Phillip, born 20 February 1910, married Alvin Ferdinand Reininger. She died in 2004 at the age of 94. LeRoy W. Phillip was born 1 September 1912; he married Viola Pearl Home in 1934, and when he died in 1959, he was the owner of Legal Paint & Body Shop and a member of St. Peter Prince of Apostles Catholic Church. Leona Mary Phillip was born on 3 December 1915, married Emil R. Bormann, and lived on a farm in Helotes.  Leona died in 1945 of colon cancer and is buried in  Zion Lutheran Cemetery #1. Their fourth child, Otto Edward Phillip, Jr., was born on 24 October 1917 and married Helen Ruth Williams in 1931.  He worked for Motor Truck Sales and San Antonio Truck Sales for a total of forty years.   Otto died in 2005 at age 87.

According to an article in the San Antonio Light on 2 October 1919, Olga, age thirty, disappeared from her home.  The neighbors reported she they saw her walking toward the river.  When she did not return home, the family knew something terrible had happened.  They contacted the police. Two days later, her body was found in San Pedro Creek, “a short distance from the point where the stream crosses South Flores Street.”  Her funeral services were held in their home and later at St. Henry’s Church and burial was in the Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Bruno was born on 8 September 1889/1890/1891.  In 1917, when Bruno registered for the World War I draft, his father, Charles Wessely, filled out the form.  Charles stated Bruno was “weak minded’ and “has to be supported by his parents.”  Bruno was described as medium height and build with brown eyes and dark hair. Five years after his mother death, he lives on Hausman Road in San Antonio with his brother Hugo.  Bruno is 51 years old and has completed first grade. When his brother Hugo died, Bruno was sent to the Travis State School in Austin. He died at the age of 80 and is buried in the Travis State School Cemetery located on FM 969 in Austin. According to his death certificate, he lived at the school for thirteen years and was born in 1889.

Ida Mae was  born 2 November 1896

Hugo was born on 14 February 1899.  In 1917 he is working for his father on the family farm.  He is described on his WWI registration form as tall, with a medium build, and light brown eyes and hair.  After his mother died, he moved to San Antonio with his brother Bruno and found a rent house on Hausmann Road.  In 1942 he worked for Mid Seale on the Raven Hill Ranch on Bandera Road in San Antonio.  His description at age 45 was 6’ 2″, weighs 175 lbs., with hazel eyes, brown hair, and a ruddy complexion.  On 30 July 1956, Hugo died in Leon Springs, where he was found in the water of the creek.  The coroner stated his death was undetermined but most likely an accidental drowning.  He is buried in the San Jose Burial Park.

Paul was born on 24 August 1902.  In 1922 he was living at 247 Cooper Street in San Antonio and working for the Duerler Manufacturing Company.  This company was a wholesale candy manufacturer, plus they made confections, bottles, and shelled Texas Pecans for shipment in the United States.  The company address was 224 W. Commerce.  I am unsure how long he stayed in San Antonio.  The next place I find him is in 1942 in Manteca, California.  He is 39 years old and is unemployed.  Although, the registrar for his WWII registration penciled in the word transient.  He is described as 6’1”, weighs 175 lbs., has blue eyes, brown hair, and a ruddy complexion.  In the Social Security Death Index, Paul died California in April 1983.  His last known address was 91020, Montrose, Los Angeles, California.

Ella was born on 5 January 1905. In 1922, she is living at 306 Cooper Street with her brother Otto and family and is working as a telephone operator for South Western Telephone Company. She met Crawford Preston Reagan, an automobile mechanic. Crawford was born in Wilson County, Texas. In 1924 when their son, Preston Wessley Reagan, was born they were living at 211 N. Polaris Street in San Antonio. Preston was born 4 October 1924. On the 29 October 1926 Crawford married Ethel Agnes Brown in Comal County. Ten years later, Ella is married to Andrew Claude Davidson. In 1934 they lived at 1084 Hammond Avenue and Andrew is working as a cleaner at Highland Park Cleaners. Six years later, on the 1940 Census, Andrew is working as a cleaner at a tailor shop, Ella is a checker at the Linen Room, and Preston Reagan is going to school. In 1943 while attending Fox Tech High School, Preston enlists in the Navy. He is assigned to the U.S.S. LCI (L) 366. [LCI- Landing Craft Infantry]. During his time in the Navy, he is injured and receives a Purple Heart. In 1953, Andrew Davidson suddenly died early in the morning on October 8. Ella remarries in 1968 to William Keith Salisbury. She died 7 May 1998 and is buried next to William in the Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio.


Posted by on December 9, 2020 in Bauer



Tombstone Tuesday: Herman G. Froebel

Herman G. Froebel Tombstone in Boerne Cemetery

Herman G. Froebel

Geb. 26 Mai 1827

Zu Schwarzburg, Rudolstadt, Stadtilm

Gest. 25 Aug 1879

Herman G. and his wife, Therese Caroline Elbel, came to Texas in 1852 and settled in the Boerne area the same year. He farmed land he purchased along Bandera Road. When his wife died in December 1865, he moved to town and worked in August Staffel’s store. H.G. and Therese had three children: Hilmar, Rudolph, and Agnes ( August Theis).

Herman Froebel was one of thirty-three inhabitants to purchase burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). H. G. Froebel marker; personally read, November, 2020.

Gray, Edith A. Recollections of Boerne and Kendall County Family Histories. 1949.


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 on 27 September 1884.   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 Phillip, Bruno (1890),  Ida Mae (1896) married John O. Wolfe, Hugo (1899), 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. This cemetery is located on FM 474 and 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. Carl died of influenza on 30 April 1926.  He was sixty-nine years old and was buried in the Kreutzberg Cemetery. 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.

 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.


Posted by on December 4, 2020 in Bauer



Tombstone Tuesday: Christian Ammann


Sophie Ammann

Born March 6, 1824

Died Jan 4, 1914


Christian Ammann

Born April 8, 1815

Died Dec. 14, 1881

Christian Ammann was born in Verlberg, Tyrol, Austria. He came to Texas in 1846 with two brothers, Louis and Andreas, and settled in La Grange. One year later he married Sophia Meckel. They moved to San Antonio and lived there for about four years and then moved to a farm along the Guadalupe River. The river crossing near their home is now called Ammann’s Crossing. He was one of the signers of the 1859 petition to form Kendall County. Christian and Sophia raised seven children, Claudia (1m Ernst Toepperwein, 2m Joe Barino); Carl married Katrina Gombert; Albert married Emma Zimmermann; Mary (Adam Schwarz); Anna (John Reinhard), Adolph married Anna Schwarz; Fannie (Rogers).

Christian Ammann was one of thirty-three inhabitants who purchased burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Christian Ammann marker; personally read, November, 2020.

Gray, Edith A. Recollections of Boerne and Kendall County Family Histories, 1949.


Tombstone Tuesday: Wilhelm Vogt

Hier Ruht

Wilhelm Vogt

Geb Apr 15, 1826 Gest Sept 24, 1912


Hier Ruht

Ernstine Vogt

Geb Apr 8, 1830 Gest Okt 4, 1907


Wilhelm was born in Kamitz, Schlesian, Germany. He came to Texas in 1852 and settled in Seguin. There he farmed and raised stock. He married Ernestine Neisher. In 1856, they moved to Boerne where he continued to farm. The couple had nine children: Joseph, Caroline (Ernst Pfeiffer), Augusta (Jacob Wenz), Pauline (Charles Bergmann), Emma (Adam Phillip), Wilhelmina (Charles Reinhard), Emilie (Ferdinand Zoeller), Ferdinande (Henry Day), and Carl.

Wilhelm Vogt was one of thirty-three inhabitants to purchase burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Wilhelm Vogt and Ernstine Vogt. marker; personally read, 2020.

Gray, Edith A. Recollections of Boerne and Kendall County Family Histories. 1949.


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



Tombstone Tuesday: Ignatz Minnich

Ignatz Minnich Tombstone, Boerne Cemetery

Hier ruhet

Ignatz Minnich

Geb. Maerz den 20th 1825

Gest. Mai den 29th 1901

Age 76 years 2 mths, 9 days

On October 16, 2020 The Genealogical Society of Kendall County posted a biographical sketch of Ignatz Minnich and his wife Barbara on their Facebook page. Click on Ignatz Minnich to read the sketch.

Ignatz Minnich was one of thirty-three inhabitants to purchase burial plots in the Boerne Cemetery in 1867.

Boerne Cemetery (Boerne, Kendall County, Texas). Ignatz Minnich marker; personally read, November, .2020