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Today is….My Grandpa Willie Adam’s Birthday

Willie E. Adam

I don’t remember Grandpa looking this young, but he looks so handsome in this picture I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to post it for his birthday, number 129 to be exact.  I have very few memories of him, but there are a couple that really stand out. Every Sunday afternoon, my parents and I  would go visit Grandpa and Grandma. Grandpa always gave me a big hug and his whiskers were really scratchy and then sometime during the visit he would make me a paper hat by folding a page from the Sunday newspaper. I remember thinking that was pretty cool but I can’t remember if I ever wore one of those hats.

The hat memory really stuck with me and when I was an elementary school librarian I liked to read aloud the classic story, Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina. Each student would make the same hat my Grandpa used to make for me and then I would read the book and the students would act out the story.  We had such fun and to think the idea started on a Sunday afternoon with my Grandpa.

Happy Birthday!

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


Posted by on March 23, 2012 in Adam



Today is…Veteran’s Day 11/11/11

Willie Adam WWI
Willie E. Adam Private, 32 Co. 8 Bn. 165 Depot Brigade received an
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.


Posted by on November 11, 2011 in Adam, Kendall County, Today is


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Adalbertha Bergmann Adam 1912

Adam Descendants at Julius Adam Home in 1912

Celebration? Relatives visiting on Sunday afternoon? I don’t know, but I love the picture! The family is posed in front of the Julius Adam home on a sunny day in 1912. Adalbertha Bergmann Adam is front row center. On her left is Bertha Adam Froebel Haby, her daughter, Erna Adam, her granddaughter, has her hand on her chair, on her right is Kathinka Adam Toepperwein, her oldest daughter.

Left to right:

Eugene Adam, grandson; Paul Toepperwein, son-in-law; Emma Herms, daughter; Wally Toepperwein, granddaughter; Gus Herms, grandson; Clara Toepperwein, niece; Ida Haufler Adam, daughter-in-law and my great-grandmother; Hilda Adam, granddaughter; Bertha ?; there is a man standing behind Bertha I can’t see his face clearly; Edna Herms, granddaughter; Julius Adam, son; Mousie Goerges, niece; Chris Herms, son-in-law; Willie Adam, grandson and my grandfather.

Adam, Adalbertha. Adam Descendants at the Julius Adam Home 1912. Photograph of the original. 2000. By Gunner Froebel. Digital copy privately held by Regina Adam and Kathryn Adam-Hurst. Boerne, Texas. 2011.

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Posted by on October 22, 2011 in Adam, Balcones Community, Froebel, Herms, Toepperwein


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Balcones School

Balcones School 1930s

For most of the 20th century the school bells did not start ringing until the day after Labor Day. The last day was usually around Memorial Day. In the early part of the 1900s, school sometimes didn’t start until October and ended in March, as was the case in 1900-1901, when my grandfather, Willie Adam, was seven years old. The school year began October 15, 1900, and ended March 16, 1901. He attended the Balcones School  located on the Boerne Stage Road or at that time it was the main road from Boerne to San Antonio. (Highway 9). The school building is located next to the Balcones Creek which is the boundary line between Kendall and Bexar Counties. Most residents in Kendall County call this school the Lower Balcones School.

In 1900-1901 school year, the Balcones School was a one room wooden school house with 20 double desks. During the 1908-1909 school year, Willie was the oldest boy in the school and his younger brother Eugene and his sister Hilda also attended school with him. The building had not changed from the 1901 assessment but in 1910 a new one was built. My father always understood the one room school burned down and in its place a two room school was built.

My father, his brother and many of his cousins attended the Balcones School. His grandfather, Julius Adam, was on the school board for a number of years and later his son, Willie Adam, served on the board. Sometimes during a school year, the school teacher lived with Julius and Ida Adam . It was about a mile walk to school from the Adam farm.

A couple of  memories from attending school there in the 1930s.

One time, the wooden shingle roof on the Julius Adam home caught fire and someone came and got the school kids so they could form a bucket brigade. They put the fire out. Don’t you know that was exciting but hard work!

In 1936, Texas was celebrating its Centennial. The school teacher took a number of the Balcones students on the train to Dallas to experience the State Celebration and Fair.  Daddy, his brother, his cousins Jack, Wallace, Julian, Doris and a number of others went.  They stayed for three days. While on the train, it seems the older boys in the group (brother and cousins) convinced my father that he could fit in the luggage compartment. They assisted in squeezing him into the compartment but he got stuck and couldn’t get out! They had to call a conductor to help him.  While at the fair, the kids rode the carnival rides, looked at the exhibits and had a great time. It was “lots of fun.“

What I want to know is, did the teacher have as good a time as the kids? What were all of there parents doing while practically all the kids in the neighborhood were gone? Were they dancing in the street?

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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Adam, Balcones Community


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Today is…Lillie Katherine Schuetz Adam’s Brithday

Grandpa, Grandma and me

Today is my Grandma’s birthday!

Grandma said she always looked forward to her birthday because it was the only day she was allowed to sleep late. The bad part was she always woke up early.

Lillie Katherine Schuetz was born 8 September 1895 in a cedar log house in Kendalia, Texas. Her parents were Henry and Emma Bauer Schuetz. She had two brothers, Alec and Harry. As a young adult, she loved to go dancing and would go to dances with her younger brother Harry. They would go on horseback, horse and buggy or by car. One time they were headed to a dance in Kendalia when a spinning wheel zipped past the car. They thought that was so funny until they realized it was from their car! She met Willie Adam at one of those dances.

She married, my grandfather, Willie Adam on 16 March 1919, in San Antonio. Returning from their honeymoon in San Antonio they stopped by Willie’s parent’s house and received a special treat to welcome them home, homemade peach ice cream! They settled on a farm down the road from Willie’s parents.

I loved to go to her house for Sunday Kaffeeklatsch. She made the best raisin spice cake. I wish I had the recipe. She made cutout cookies that she kept in an owl cookie jar. You couldn’t eat just one cookie. They were lip smacking good! Now, all I can think about are the dishes she prepared, homemade noodles, fig preserves, homemade bread, homemade pickles. My mouth is watering…

Happy birthday, Grandma!

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Posted by on September 9, 2011 in Adam, Kendall County, Schuetz, Today is


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