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Schutze Family Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
The Schutze family is one of the early pioneer Austin families. Judge Julius Schutze emigrated from Germany to Texas in 1852 and in 1858 he moved to Austin where he worked as a teacher and piano tuner. From 1864 to 1870 Julius Schutze and his family moved to Bastrop were he became the Chief Justice of Bastrop County thus earning the moniker "Judge" that would follow him for the rest of his life even though he never would hold such an office again. Judge Julius and his family returned to Austin in 1870 where he became a publisher of a German newspaper and would live the rest of his life until his death in 1904. Judge Julius had ten children - Albert, Edward, Hugo, Julius, Adolf, Nono, Henrietta, Alvina, Clara, and Julia.
Julius, Jr. was born on March 20, 1869 and married Adela Groos in 1900. He served as secretary of Cherusker Lodge No. 35, Sons of Hermann. He was a volunteer fireman, founded the Ex-Volunteer Firemen’s Association, and before the advent of a paid fire department, served as fire chief of the city. He operated a printing shop at 115 East Ninth Street for 42 years. He was an active member of the Typographical Union and was secretary of the Austin Trades council for several years. Julius, Jr. and Adela had 4 children - Julius Jr., Walter, George and Marie. George Schutze married Frances Julia Tips and had 4 children - Eugene W., George C. Jr., Shari Jane and William. Frances Julia Tips Schutze died on March 18, 1995. During World War II he was a US Army Air Force bombardier and held an Officer rank. Walter Schutze was born February 15, 1907 in Austin. He attended Austin High School and graduated from Texas A&M in 1929. He served in the Army Intelligence Corps during World War II. He married Sara Scott in 1941 in Austin and there were no children. Sara Scott died on April 13, 1992 and Walter died on August 27, 1999.
Edward was born in 1864. He was in the weekly newspaper business for more than 30 years. He served on various state boards including the Board of Trustees of the Deaf Dumb and Blind Institute for Colored Youths, and was an election official in Austin for more than 40 years as part of the Travis County Democratic Committee - serving as presiding judge at all city, county, state and general elections and was chairman of his precinct, Ward 5-A, for many years. He and his wife Emma (Wolf) Schutze lived at 1609 Red River Street for the 56 years of their married life. They had two daughters, Anita and Meta, and a son, Carl Ahrendt. Edward was secretary of Cherusker Lodge for 12 years. At the time of his death in 1947, he was the only remaining original member of the Austin Saengerrunde which was first chartered in 1887. In his later years he was an officer and director of the Austin Saengerrunde Home Company. Anita Schutze owned and managed a travel agency in Austin from 1934 until her death in 1989
Carl Ahrendt Schutze was the first child of Edward and Emma, born in 1895. He married Eleanor Braden and they had two sons - Edbert Julian and Carl Ahrendt, Jr. Carl Ahrendt, Sr. owned and operated C.A. Schutze Insurance Agency in Austin from 1927 until his death in 1960. During World War I he served int he US Army Signal Corps and later became a charter member of Travis Post No. 76 American Legion. He was a founder and president of Texas Ten Pin Bowling League. After WWI, he served as an assistant state highway engineer and editor of Texas Highways until he started his insurance agency. He also served as a precinct chairman for the Travis County Democratic Executive Committee and as chairman of the Travis County Absentee Ballot Canvassing Board. He was also a member of the City Planning Commission and active in civic affairs.
The collection has three main series. The first series contains copies of the family newsletter, Schutzeville News, that Carl Ahrendt Schutze created during World War II to keep his two sons, several cousins, a nephew and others who were in the military service informed on what was happening at home in Austin. They were mostly about family and sports, but also included much information on what was going on week to week in Austin and elsewhere. The originals exist in this collection, while duplicate copies are available in the AHC's Periodicals Collection.
The George Conrad and Walter Schutze materials consist of letters written by George to Walter in the years 1944 to 1945 during their time in the military during World War II. The letters were sent from various locations including Deming, NM; California, Sioux Falls, SD; Grand Island, NE and England. George keeps his brother up-to-date on his military life as well as providing information about life back home in Austin. There are discussions about his plans for employment after he was discharged, the jobs he takes off base to ease the boredom, the birth of his children and flying. Walter spent much of the war in Washington, DC so George often asks Walter to send him items such as stationary and clothing. A particular letter of interest is a letter written by George on a “Wednesday nite” telling Walter about the celebration after the “surrender news came thru” (May 9, 1945, the day after V-E Day (Victory in Europe Day), was a Wednesday). Other items include a Western Union telegram from George to Walter, a war ration book, change of address card, the graduation program from Army Air Forces Bombardier School that lists George Schutze’s name and an unidentified photo. There is a single letter from Walter Schutze to George dated September 6 (1945) answering his brother’s advice about a possible job opportunity at the Walter Tips Company. There is also a single letter written by Walter to his sister Marie discussing the war.
Materials documenting Edward, Emma, and Anita Schutze largely consist of letters between Edward and Emma. Their daughter Anita also writes on some of these letters. There are also materials about Austin Saengerrunde from the 1920s - programs, correspondence, and fliers largely written in German. Monthly certificates from the Cherusker Lodge as well as financial records and correspondence date from 1911-1917. An Immergruen Lodge resolution honoring Adela Schutze after her death in 1950 is also included in the materials documenting the Order of the Sons of Hermann. Of note is a letter from the Secretary of State C.J. Bartlett appointing Edward to the Board of the Deaf Dumb and Blind Institute for Colored Youths in 1917. Anita Schutze received correspondence in the mid 1940s from a man in Flint, Michigan, Arthur J. Kufel. There is also correspondence concerning the initiation ritual for new members of Austin Altrusa Club. For materials documenting Anita's travel business see Anita Schutze Travel Agency Records (AR.2000.005).
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Issues of Schutzeville News were donated by the son of Carl A. Schutze. Correspondence between siblings George, Walter, and Marie Schutze was purchased at an estate sale. Correspondence from Edward, Emma, and Anita Schutze was purchased at an antique store in Buda, Texas.
Schutze Family Papers (AR.2009.001). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #s: DO/1959/010; DO/2009/004; DO/2016/060
Donation Dates: 1997, 2009, 2016
Some materials were purchased by AHC in 2014.
Finding aid was prepared by Molly Hults/2009. Finding aid was encoded by Evan Usler/2010. Additions integrated and finding aid revised by Kelly Hanus in 2019.