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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Jacob Kuechler, 1840-1900

Marie Petri Kuechler, 1851-1900

Camillo Albrecht Kuechler, 1878-1901

Ralph J. Kuechler, 1876-1884

Richard Kuechler, 1860-1876

Elise Queiser, 1890-1905

Hermann Lungkwitz, 1861-1955

Max Lungkwitz, 1875-1924

Guido Lungkwitz, 1877-1898

Eva Lungkwitz Klappenbach, 1884-1894

Martha Lungkwitz Bickler, 1880-1887

Lungkwitz Relatives, 1882-1895

Else Von Rosenberg Wupperman, 1883-1939

Walter Otto Wupperman, 1874-1920

Otto Wupperman, 1848-1850

Julius Tips, 1849-1859

Assorted Family Photographic Material, Diaries, and Memorabilia 1875-1924, undated

Index

Austin History Center

Kuechler and Wupperman Families Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Kuechler and Wupperman families
Title: Kuechler and Wupperman Families Papers
Dates: 1840-1957
Dates (Bulk): 1864-1895
Abstract: The Kuechler family was a pioneering German family that moved to Texas in the mid-1840s. They settled in Fredericksburg, and the head of the family, Jacob Kuechler, went on to become the Texas Land Commissioner. He wrote frequently to his wife, and his letters, along with those of extended family members, are included in the collection along with family photographs.
Accession number: AR.D.001
Quantity: 2.6 linear feet (3 boxes and 4 photo albums)
Location: Archive stacks, outer vault, rare format storage
Language: English and German
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Jacob Kuechler was born in Hessen Darmstadt, Germany in 1823. He studied mathematics, chemistry, botany, geology, and mineralogy at the University of Giessen. Upon graduating, he immigrated to Texas in 1847 with several other university students to set up a utopian colony near Boerne, which failed after two years. In 1856, he married Marie Petri, and the two settled in Fredericksburg, where Jacob served as County Surveyor until the Civil War broke out in 1861. He sided with the Union and ended up spending four years exiled in Mexico until the war ended. Not long after his return to Texas, he was elected Commissioner of the Land Office in 1869. After serving the public for about half a decade, Jacob briefly became the principal surveyor for the Texas & Pacific Railway Company from August, 1878 until April the following year.

His wife gave birth to three sons, Camillo, Richard, and Ralph. Of the three, two died during Jacob's lifetime: first Richard in 1878, then Ralph in 1883. Jacob himself died in Fredericksburg in 1893 at the age of 70, survived by Marie, who lived until 1900, and his remaining son, Camillo, who lived until 1925 as a rancher near Fredericksburg.

During the Kuechlers' time in Fredericksburg, various relatives visited or moved outright to the city. These included Elise Queiser, Marie's niece, and Hermann Lungkwitz, Marie's brother-in-law, whose descendants stayed in or near Fredericksburg; some, like the Wupperman relations, moved to the city of Austin.

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Scope and Contents

The Kuechler and Wupperman Families Papers (1840-1957) contain mostly handwritten correspondence between family members, largely the Kuechler and Lungkwitz families, but also the Wuppermans and other extended relatives. A significant portion of the collection is devoted to Jacob Kuechler, who was Land Commissioner of Texas from 1869 until 1874. Most of his correspondence is to his wife, Marie Kuechler, as well as his sons, Camillo, Ralph, and Richard, discussing state politics, business dealings, and daily life. The letters written by the Wupperman and Lungkwitz relatives are in the same vein. A majority of the letters are written in German, with a few accompanied by English translations. Also included are records of land sales, personal expenses, and educational documents.

Four photo albums display portraits of individual family members belonging to the Kuechler family as well as other relatives in the Von Rosenberg, Lungkwitz, Bickler, and Queiser families. There are also group photos of the Wupperman and Klappenbach families, and a few ambrotypes and tintypes of unidentified children belonging to one of the families. There is a name index to the photographs in this collection at the end of this guide.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kuechler, Camillo Albrecht.
Kuechler, Jacob.
Kuechler, Marie Petri.
Kuechler, Ralph J.
Kuechler, Richard.
Klappenbach, Eva Lungkwitz.
Lungkwitz, Guido.
Lungkwitz, Hermann.
Bickler, Martha Lungkwitz.
Lungkwitz, Max.
Queiser, Elise.
Tips, Julius.
Wupperman, Else Von Rosenberg.
Wupperman, Otto.
Wupperman, Walter Otto.
Subjects
German Americans--Texas.
Immigrants--Texas--History.
Family--Texas--Fredericksburg.
Genealogy.
Letters.
Real property--Texas--Fredericksburg.
Political activity.
Places
Fredericksburg (Tex.)--Genealogy.
Austin (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Document Types
Certificates.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Journals.
Legal documents.
Marriage certificates.
Scrapbooks.
Black-and-white photographs.
Ambrotypes.
Tintypes.
Digitized images.

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Related Material

Architectural Archives


  • AR.2009.014 Fehr & Granger and Emerson Fehr Drawings and Records - Wupperman Residence FG-406

Archives & Manuscripts


Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Hermann Lungkwitz
  • AF Biography - Jacob Bickler
  • AF Biography - Kuechler Family (Kuechler, Jacob)
  • AF Biography - Walter Otto Wupperman

General Collection


  • A 709.7640922 VO AA Marjorie Von Rosenberg, German Artists of Early Texas: Hermann Lungkwitz and Richard Petri. 1982.
  • A 759.13 MA AA James Patrick McGuire, Hermann Lungkwitz, Romantic Landscapist on the Texas Frontier. 1983.
  • A MICROFILM MEY Mae Estelle Meyers, The Lives and Works of Hermann Lungkwitz and Richard Petri. 1933.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kuechler and Wupperman Families Papers (AR.D.001). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1966/054

Donation Date: 1966

Processing Information

Original donation arranged by Tim Wilder in 1992. Collection rearranged and finding aid created and encoded by Toni Cirilli in 2018.

Alternative Form Available

An appointment must be made with the photo curator to view the rare format items.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Jacob Kuechler, 1840-1900

Box Folder
1 1 Letters sent, 1852-1893
2 Letters received, 1867-1892
3 Texas & Pacific Railway survey, 1875-1900
4 Land transactions, 1859-1887
5 Personal expenses, 1878-1895
6 Education and interests, 1838-1886
7 Land notes, 1859-1887

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Marie Petri Kuechler, 1851-1900

Box Folder
1 8 Correspondence and land sales

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Camillo Albrecht Kuechler, 1878-1901

Box Folder
1 9 Correspondence and land sales

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Ralph J. Kuechler, 1876-1884

Box Folder
1 10 Correspondence and schoolwork

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Richard Kuechler, 1860-1876

Box Folder
1 11 Personal correspondence

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Elise Queiser, 1890-1905

Box Folder
1 12 Personal correspondence

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Hermann Lungkwitz, 1861-1955

Box Folder
1 13 Personal correspondence

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Max Lungkwitz, 1875-1924

Box Folder
1 14 Personal correspondence

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Guido Lungkwitz, 1877-1898

Box Folder
1 15 Personal correspondence and schoolwork

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Eva Lungkwitz Klappenbach, 1884-1894

Box Folder
1 16 Personal correspondence

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Martha Lungkwitz Bickler, 1880-1887

Box Folder
1 17 Personal correspondence

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Lungkwitz Relatives, 1882-1895

Box Folder
1 18 Personal correspondence

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Else Von Rosenberg Wupperman, 1883-1939

Box Folder
2 1 Personal correspondence and baptismal card

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Walter Otto Wupperman, 1874-1920

Box Folder
2 2 Personal correspondence, property inventory, and identification documents

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Otto Wupperman, 1848-1850

Box Folder
2 3 Personal correspondence

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Julius Tips, 1849-1859

Box Folder
2 4 Personal correspondence and Tips family history

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Assorted Family Photographic Material, Diaries, and Memorabilia 1875-1924, undated

Box Folder
2 5 Family and friends writings, 1857-1904, undated
6 Lungkwitz diaries and scrapbook, 1905-1922, undated
7 Wupperman-Von Rosenberg diaries, 1893-1924
8 Wupperman-Klappenbach photos, 1890-1936, undated
Specifically, two black and white photographs, three tintypes, a carte-de-visite, and a cabinet card.
Location BoxItem
qAR 2/20 Capital State Fair Association diploma for Hermann Lungkwitz, 1875
3/24 Germanic newspaper containing a reference to Hermann Lungkwitz, 1900
Location BoxItem
Rare Format Storage 1/12-18 Ambrotypes and tintypes of unidentified children, undated
The glass of both ambrotypes is broken.
7/25 Tintype of C.H. Kuechler, Charles Wicker, and an unidentified third man, undated
Location PhotoAlbum
Outer Vault #79 Lungkwitz, Von Rosenberg, and Bickler families album, undated
#18 Kuechler, Lungkwitz, and Queiser families album, undated
#19 Von Rosenberg and Bickler families album, undated
#20 Lungkwitz, Von Rosenberg, and Kuechler families album, undated

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Index to people represented in photograph albums:

List of names followed by [album number]/[page number]

  • Harry Pitt Bickler - 20/3, 31, 32; 79/23, 37
  • Jacob Bickler - 20/16
  • Jacob Bickler, Jr. - 20/11, 31
  • Martha Lungkwitz Bickler - 18/21; 20/10, 16
  • Max Hermann Bickler - 20/3, 11, 31, 32; 79/23, 24, 37
  • Viola Bickler - 20/31, 33; 79/29
  • Lina Von Rosenberg Bissell - 20/7
  • Julia Emma Bissell Connelly - 20/40
  • August Giesen - 20/12
  • Emma Von Rosenberg Giesen - 20/12
  • Hilmar August Giesen - 20/2, 13
  • Walter Edward Giesen - 20/2, 13
  • Mary Alice Von Rosenberg Goeth - 20/1, 9, 19; 79/27
  • William Hornberger - 20/24
  • Eva Lungkwitz Klappenbach - 18/24
  • Camillo Albrecht Kuechler - 18/23; 20/34
  • Jacob Kuechler - 18/3; 20/8, 28
  • Marie Petri Kuechler - 20/8
  • Ralph J. Kuechler - 18/23
  • Richard Kuechler - 18/23
  • August Koch - 20/22, 29
  • Bertha Koch - 20/22
  • Adolph Lungkwitz - 79/7
  • Alice Lungkwitz - 18/22, 25; 79/8
  • Elise Petri Lungkwitz - 20/40
  • Elizabeth Lungkwitz - 20/6, 13; 79/7
  • Franz Lungkwitz - 20/31
  • Guido Lungkwitz - 20/26; 79/7
  • Herman Lungkwitz - 20/20, 27
  • Marie Lungkwitz - 79/35
  • Martha Lungkwitz - 20/13; 79/8
  • Max Lungkwitz - 18/20; 20/26
  • Toni Lungkwitz Nimitz - 20/20; 79/8
  • Katherine Magdalene Bickler Pittenger - 20/11; 79/24
  • Fritz Queiser - 18/2
  • Karl Queiser - 18/1
  • Gustave Schleicher - 79/32
  • Johanna Helene Von Rosenberg Schenck - 20/9, 19, 37
  • Jennie Marie Bickler Swenson - 20/31, 32; 79/23, 37
  • Cornelia Lungkwitz Van Der Stucken - 20/13; 79/7
  • Camilla Bickler Von Briesen - 20/31, 32; 79/23, 37
  • Laura Von Rosenberg Von Carlowitz - 20/30
  • Augusta Anders Von Rosenberg - 19/3; 20/27
  • Carl William Von Rosenberg - 19/2; 20/27
  • Carl (Charles) William Von Rosenberg - 20/30
  • Devereux Von Rosenberg - 20/5
  • Ernest Jacob Von Rosenberg - 20/9, 25, 37
  • Ernst Johann Von Rosenberg - 19/6; 20/17, 24, 36, 37; 79/6
  • Frederick Charles Von Rosenberg - 20/6, 28, 41
  • Helene Lungkwitz Von Rosenberg - 18/19; 20/17, 36; 79/2, 8
  • Helene Walleska Jenetta Sutor Von Rosenberg - 20/30
  • Minna Von Rosenberg - 20/7
  • Ralph William Von Rosenberg - 20/38
  • William Von Rosenberg - 20/23
  • Else Von Rosenberg Wupperman - 20/1, 9, 19; 79/27, 37

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