Hofheinz Family Photograph Album
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Edmund Julius Hofheinz was a longtime Austin resident and real estate agent. He was born on January 14, 1870 in Comal County to German immigrant parents, C.H. and Johanna Foerster Hofheinz. His father and uncle had founded the community there. Edmund worked as a bookkeeper for an uncle who owned a hardware store in San Antonio before coming to Austin around 1893. For about twelve years he was a bookkeeper for Austin White Lime Company. By 1909 he was working as an expert accountant and real estate agent, which he did for the remainder of his life. His brother, O.G. Hofheinz was also in real estate. They had four sisters. By 1920, Stella Miller (born October 4, 1880 in Kentucky) is listed as Edmund's wife in the city directories. The couple lived at 404 West 8th Street, and Edmund ran his business from their home. Edmund died on August 15, 1949 and Stella died on June 13, 1971. They are both buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
An album with 108 black and white photographs documents family camping, hunting and fishing trips in Central Texas, 1916-1922. Individuals pictured are not identified but locations and dates are inscribed on the backs of many photos; these have been copied to the album pages for easier viewing. The landscape of Central Texas is well represented with images taken at the Guadalupe River, the Blanco River, the Frio River, at Medina Lake, and in San Saba and Llano counties. There are many photographs of children holding caught fish and one of a boy holding a dead hare. There are scenes showing camps set up with tents and tables. A small wooden house appears in some of the images. Men, women, and children are pictured in family group portraits. Automobiles parked at camp sites are in several photos. African American men and women, possibly servants, appear in some photos.
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Hofheinz Family Photograph Album (AR.H.009). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1955/067
Donation Date: 1955
This album was formerly filed as scrapbook #46.
Finding aid created and encoded by Nicole Davis/March 2015.
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