Sternenberg Family Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
The Sternenberg family emigrated from Germany (Prussia) in 1849 and Frederick William Sternenberg, Sr. eventually settled in Paige, Texas. Sternenberg, Sr. married Bertha Vogel in 1863 and had at least six children including one son, Frederick William Sternenberg, Jr. born in 1876. Frederick Sternenberg, Sr. opened a retail lumber business which he conducted for more than thirty years. His son, Frederick, Jr. followed his father into the lumber business and in about 1907 he and two of his sisters joined their cousin G. A. Sternenberg at the Sunset Sawmill started by their uncle J. A. Sternenberg and S. C. Olive in Olive, Texas (three miles north of Kountze, Hardin County, Texas). The company was renamed Olive-Sternenberg Lumber Company and was operational until all the timber was gone from the area in about 1912. The company became a real estate firm that leased land to oil drillers. Frederick, Jr. moved his wife Edna and daughter Frances to Austin, Texas in 1912 and went to work at the manager of the Hillyer-Deutsch Lumber Company. In 1914 Sternenberg, John J. Kuntz and Roy S. Hollingsworth bought out Hillyer-Deutsch Lumber Company and formed the Kuntz-Sternenberg Lumber Company. He remained part of owner of the company until his death in 1966.
The Sternenberg Family Papers are a combination of personal papers and business records related to the family dating from 1892 to 1934. Included are legal records, financial records and business correspondence related to a lumber business in Waco, Texas, Olive-Sternenberg Lumber Co. and Kuntz-Sternenberg Lumber Company. Also of interest are letters written by Frederick Sternenberg in 1912 to Travis County lumber yard owners looking for employment. Personal papers consist mainly of correspondence written to Edna Sternenberg and Frances Sternenberg as well as writings association with the Order of the Eastern Star, Olive Chapter 207.
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Purchased from Old 1898 Store, Buda, Texas.
Sternenberg Family Papers (AR.2014.005). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2015.
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