University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Martin and Hattie Kaiser Schaefer Papers, 1907-1980



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Schaefer, Martin, 1895-1966, Schaefer, Hattie Kaiser, -1980
Title: Martin and Hattie Kaiser Schaefer papers
Dates: 1907-1980
Abstract: Comprised of correspondence, account books, ledgers, bills and receipts, manuals, inventories, deeds, recipes, scrapbooks, and memorabilia, the Martin and Hattie Kaiser Schaefer Papers, 1907-1980 document the personal lives of the Schaefers and the business of their Kenedy, Texas, bakery and Hereford cattle ranch.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02361
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Siegen, Westphalia, Germany, Martin Schaefer (1895-1966) worked as a baker's apprentice before immigrating to San Antonio, Texas, in 1912, where he lived with his brother August. Shortly thereafter, he was hired as a baker in Carl Wolfmueller's City Bakery in Kenedy. In April 1917, Schaefer married Wolfmueller's niece, Hattie Kaiser (d. 1980), the daughter of John August Kaiser of Clifton and Karnes City. The couple had two daughters, Margaret and Lucile, and purchased the City Bakery in 1919. Martin baked while Hattie ran the front of the store, and in the 1930s, they changed the shop's name to Schaefer's Bakery. Frequent travelers, the Schaefers toured across the United States and Germany and Martin took hunting trips to Canada. Also owners of the Black Diamond Ranch in Karnes County, the couple sold the bakery in 1940 to concentrate on raising Hereford cattle.


Scope and Contents

Comprised of correspondence, account books, ledgers, bills and receipts, manuals, inventories, deeds, recipes, scrapbooks, and memorabilia, the Martin and Hattie Kaiser Schaefer Papers, 1907-1980 document the personal lives of the Schaefers and the business of their Kenedy, Texas, bakery and Hereford cattle ranch. The financial records, deeds, equipment manuals, and recipes chronicle the bakery's operations from 1919 to 1940 and the Schaefers' ranching activities. Scrapbooks and memorabilia illustrate their travel cruises to Europe in 1925, 1951, and 1959, while journals (1926-1940) detail Martin's trips to Canada to hunt wild game.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Schaefer, Hattie Kaiser, -1980
Schaefer, Martin, 1895-1966
Family Names
Schaefer (Family)
Corporate Names
City Bakery
Schaefer's Bakery
Subjects
Bakeries
Baking
Germans
Hunting
Ocean travel
Ranching
Places
Germany
Kenedy
Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Martin and Hattie Kaiser Schaefer Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1981-154

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project," 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Bakery records

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3N316 [SRH1230018940] Baking school notebooks, 1909-1912
Equipment and supplies, 1924-1939
Equipment and supplies, 1923-1940
Supplies inventories, 1923-1940, undated
Tax papers, 1931-1938
Recipes, ca., 1912-1938, undated
Account book, 1920-1922
Account book, 1923-1924
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3N317 [SRH1230018941] Account books, 1926-1927
Account books, 1928-1929
Account books, 1930-1931
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3N318 [SRH1230018942] Account books, 1932-1933
Account books, 1934-1935
Account books, 1936-1937
Account book, 1938
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3N319 [SRH1230018943] Account books, 1939-1940
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3S172 Ledger, 1919-1924



Ranching records

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3N319 [SRH1230018943] "Book of Registered Herefords" , 1925-1942
Ledger, 1933-1939
Expense inventories, 1933-1938, undated
Bills and receipts, 1933-1955
Printed material, 1947-1958, undated



Personal records

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3N319 [SRH1230018943] General correspondence, 1913-1973
Social correspondence, 1914-1969, undated
Deeds, 1913-1934
Tax and miscellaneous receipts, 1917-1962
Financial records, 1923-1941, undated
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3N320 [SRH1230018944] Bank deposit slips, 1933-1940
Insurance records, 1933-1940
Probate materials, 1934-1946
Church and club activities, 1934-1973, undated
Hunting journals and expense books, 1926-1946
Travel memorabilia, 1925
European cruise memorabilia, 1925
European cruise memorabilia, 1951
European cruise memorabilia, 1959
Miscellaneous Texas travel materials, 1921-1967, undated
Memorabilia, 1915-1969, undated
Obituaries, 1966, 1980
folder
OD1199 Map of Siegen, Germany, 1907
Plans of steamship, 1924
Map of Atlantic Ocean Cruise itinerary, 1925
Map of Switzerland [German], undated
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3S171 [SRH1230021902] Income tax returns, 1919-1940
Immigration materials, 1924, 1926, undated
Printed material, 1948-1957
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3S173 Scrapbooks, European trip, 1951, 1959



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3S2 [SRH1230027676] Photographs



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3S119b [SRH1230029322] Postcards