Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Horner Family Papers, 1877-1914

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Horner Family
Title: Horner Family Papers
Dates: 1877-1914
Creator Abstract: Originally from Germany and France, members of the Horner family resided in San Antonio, Texas.
Content Abstract: The collection contains autograph albums that belonged to Elenora "Lina" Horner and her daughter, Elizabeth "Bessie" Snell, dating from the childhood of each. Also included are printed items, clippings, and genealogical information.
Identification: Doc 6329
Extent: 24 items (5 folders)
Language: Materials are in English and Kurrent German.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

George Horner (1826-1885), a native of Germany, arrived in San Antonio, Texas, in 1840 and worked as a cabinetmaker. He and his wife Josephine Klaus Horner (1830-1900), a native of France, had thirteen children. Their daughter Elenora (also Lina or Lena) Horner was born in San Antonio on 1864 May 24. She married William Gardner Snell (1856-1898) on 1890 December 27; an immigrant from France, Snell was a restaurant manager at San Antonio’s Elite Hotel and secretary of the city’s French Club. William and Elenora Snell had two daughters, Helen Elenore Snell Dahlgren (1891 or 1893-1927) and Elizabeth (Bessie) Snell Dodd, before divorcing in 1895. Lina Horner died on 1912 July 1.

Elizabeth (Bessie) Snell was born in San Antonio on 1894 December 4. Following her mother’s death in 1912, Bessie resided with relatives in San Antonio. She married Georgia native Wilburn Cicero Dodd (1887-1969) in San Antonio on 1920 May 29. The couple moved to Chicago, Illinois, that October and to Rantoul, Illinois, two years later; by 1930 they were residing in Nassau County, New York. The Dodds had two children, Wilburn C. Dodd (born circa 1921) and Helen Eloise Dodd Bickley (born circa 1924), and divorced in 1961. Bessie died in Tacoma, Washington, on 1965 November 10.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains autograph albums, genealogical information, printed items, and clippings. Elenora "Lina" Horner’s album dates from her childhood and is written primarily in Kurrent German. The entries in Elizabeth “Bessie” Snell’s album date from her time at San Antonio’s Bonham School #10. The genealogical information lists the birth and death dates for Lina Horner; her parents George and Josephine Horner; her twelve siblings; and her half-brother Jake Klaus. Printed items include a miniature 1903 calendar and small cards with illustrations and sayings, many of them Bible verses.


Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Horner family.
Snell, Lina Horner, 1864-1916.
Dodd, Bessie Snell, 1894-1965.
German Americans--Texas--San Antonio.
San Antonio (Tex.)
Family papers.
Autograph albums.
Printed ephemera.

Related Material

Elizabeth Snell Dodd Family Photograph Album, circa 1890s-1930s, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Horner-Klaus Family Photograph Album, circa 1870s-1920s, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Helen Dodd Bickley Scrapbook, 1940-1944, Penn State University Archives, Penn State University Libraries, University Park, Pennsylvania.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Horner Family Papers, 1877-1914, Doc 6329, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Helen Dodd Bickley, 1991 August.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1999 January.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Tom D'Amore, 2011 June.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Horner Family Papers, 1877-1914

1 Autograph album: Elenora “Lina” Horner, 1877-1888
2 Autograph album: Elizabeth “Bessie” Snell, 1904-1914
3 Genealogical information: Horner family, 1887
4 Printed cards and calendar: 19 items, 1903 and undated
5 Clippings: 2 items, undated