Austin History Center

Sternenberg Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Sternenberg family
Title: Sternenberg Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1892-1934
Abstract: The Sternenberg family immigrated from Germany (Prussia) in 1849 and Frederick William Sternenberg, Sr. eventually settled in Paige, Texas. His son, F. W. Sternenberg, Jr. followed his father into the lumber business and eventually moved to Austin, Texas in 1912, establishing Kuntz-Sternenberg Lumber Company two years later. The small collection contains business records of several lumber companies F. W. Sternenberg was involved with, as well as personal correspondence sent to his wife and daughter, and dates from 1892 to 1934.
Identification: AR.2014.005
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archive Stacks
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

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.

Scope and Contents

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.


Arranged into two series:
I. Business Records
II. Personal Papers


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Restrictions on Use

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Sternenberg, Frederick William, Jr.
Sternenberg, Frances.
Sternenberg, Edna.
Sternenberg, Charles A.
Wagner, Fannie Thornton.
Kuntz-Sternenberg Lumber Company.
Sunset Sawmill (Olive, Tex.)
Olive, Sternenberg and Company.
Olive-Sternenberg Lumber Company.
Family Names:
Austin (Tex.).
Sawmills -- Texas -- Olive.
Extinct cities -- Texas -- Olive.
Document Types:
Legal papers.
Financial records.

Related Material

General Collection - A 690.892 KU Kuntz-Sternenberg Lumber Company. Our Farm and Building Book. 1916.

AF Biography - Sternenberg, Frederick William.

AF Subject - Lumberyards - Kuntz-Sternenberg Lumber Company L3600 (10)

The Tyrrell Historical Library has a collection of Olive-Sternenberg Lumber Company Records, 1905-1950.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Old 1898 Store, Buda, Texas.

Preferred Citation

Sternenberg Family Papers (AR.2014.005). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2015.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Business Records, 1892-1930

Box Folder
1 1 F. W. Sternenberg, Waco, Texas account book, 1892
2 Olive-Sternenberg Lumber Company financial records, 1902-1908, undated
3 Olive-Sternenberg Lumber Company stock certificates, 1905-1906
4 Olive-Sternenberg correspondence, 1904-1914
5 F. W. Sternenberg, Jr. correspondence in regards to move to Austin, 1912
6 Kuntz-Sternenberg Lumber Company partnership agreement, 1914
7 Kuntz-Sternenberg Lumber Company assorted records, 1926, 1930

II. Personal Papers, 1904-1934

Box Folder
1 8 Order of the Eastern Star, Olive Chapter 207, undated
9 Frances Sternenberg correspondence, 1928-1930
10 Condolence letters to Edna Sternenberg, 1934
11 Assorted correspondence, 1904, 1914, 1933, undated