Schutze Family Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
The Schutze family is one of the early pioneer Austin families. Walter Schutze and George Schutze are the sons of Julius and Adela Schutze and the grandsons of Julius Schutze.
Judge Julius Schutze (grandfather) emigrated from Germany to Texas in 1852 and in 1858 he moved to Austin were 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 Schutze (father to George and Walter, son of Judge Julius Schutze) married Adela Groos of Austin in 1900 and 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.
The majority of the collection consists 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).
There is a single letter from Walter 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.
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.
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Schutze Family Papers (AR.2009.001). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2009/004
Donation Date: 2009
Finding aid was prepared by Molly Hults/2009.
Finding aid was encoded by Evan Usler/2010.
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