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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: The Adam Boys 1929

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Two brothers working hard on the farm!

Adam, Chester and Jimmie 1929. Photograph of the original held by Jimmie Adam. Digital copy privately held by Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne.

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2013 in Adam, Sentimental Sunday

 

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Sentimental Sunday: Adam Boys

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Two boys and their dog, looks just about perfect. Except no one in the picture looks happy. Why? Chester’s and Jimmie’s dog was very friendly and enjoyed playing. Friends or strangers would come to the visit the Adam family and the dog would welcome them but IF the visitors tried to leave the dog would bark and growl and carry on. He wouldn’t let them out of the house. It was Chester’s and Jimmie’s job to hold the dog while the visitors would make a mad dash to their car. Once in their car the dog was perfectly ok. Jimmie said it was a pain to hold that struggling dog. The boys asked their parents if they could get a smaller dog because this big dog was too hard to hold. After Jimmie told me that story I looked at the picture again and noticed that the boys are hanging tightly to the dog and the dog is looking a little shifty eyed.

Chester and Jimmie Adam. 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 24, 2013 in Adam, Sentimental Sunday

 

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Wordless Wednesday

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Chester and Jimmie Adam on the farm in 1929.

Adam, Chester and Jimmie. circa 1930. 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 13, 2013 in Adam, Wordless Wednesday

 

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Today is….Veterans Day 11/11/13

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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.

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2013 in Adam, Today is

 

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Simply Amazing!

 

Ninety-four years later

I have just returned from a trip to Houston to visit my college buds, Sharen and Rhonda. We had a wonderful time catching up on all the news, attending the Houston International Quilt Show and Discovering the Civil War Exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and attending a one year old birthday party! Great times!

If you are interested in the Civil War, I highly recommend you make plans between now and April to visit the exhibit in Houston. Tons of primary sources, artifacts, and several touch screen interactive programs make the visit well worth the time!

On the way to Houston, Donna and I stopped off in LaGrange to do a little research on her family. We visited the Fayette Heritage Museum and Archives located in the Fayette County Public Library. In a display on one of the tables, I found the book Passenger Lists for Galveston 1850-1855 by Albert J. Blaha, Sr. Joseph Bergmann and family arrived in Texas in 1853 and sure enough there was the listing of the passengers from the ship Texas. Unfortunately, only the head of household is listed with number of persons traveling with them. I was hoping the names of each person on board would be listed because Joseph Bergmann was traveling with 11 people and I want to know their names!

The ship Texas, an Oldenburg brig, was commanded by Captain D. Rabe and landed in Galveston on 12 June 1853 with 171 passengers. There were 11 families from Bohemia and 2 from Poland, and the rest of the families were from “German lands”. Once I saw the list another name caught my eye, Johann Gohring from Garkau, Bohemia. He is also a grandfather but on my mother‘s side. The Gohrings settled in DeWitt County, Texas. Ninety-four years later a descendant from each met in Kendall County and got married. Simply amazing!

Blaha, Albert J. Passenger Lists For Galveston 1850-1855. Houston, Texas, 1985.

 
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Posted by on November 7, 2011 in Bergmann

 

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