Simnacher Family Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Thomas Simnacher was born in Germany in 1874 and arrived in Texas in 1895. His wife Mary, a Texas native, was born in 1875. The couple had four children: Edmund, Mary Elizabeth, Theodore and Earnest. Thomas Simnacher was a general contractor and at least one of his sons (Edmund) joined him in the business. While living in Austin the family resided at 4608 Harmon Avenue.
The majority of the collection consists of correspondence between family members dating from 1939-1951 when the Simnacher sons were living outside of Austin, Texas. During the 1940's Theodore served in the United States Armed Forces and wrote letters to his parents and brothers from various locations about his World War II experience. Edmund "Slim" was in San Diego, California working in a factory (possibly Vultee Aircraft Corp.) in the early 1940s and his letters contain information about factory life during World War II. Earnest "Doc" wrote from Dallas, Texas and Fort Worth, Texas throughout the 1940s were he was working as a pharmacist. Thomas, Mary and their daughter Elizabeth remained in Austin and the collection contains a few letters written to Edmund, Theodore and Earnest about home life. Also included are a limited amount of greeting cards and letters written to the family from friends and relatives.
In addition to the correspondence there are two diaries - one small notepad maintained by Edmund dated 1944 and a daily report of activities written by Thomas in 1949. There are two legal documents dated circa 1902 and 1911 concerning property owned by Thomas. Also included are tax (poll and property) and merchandise receipts, Theodore's 1940 selective service notice to appear for physical examination, Thomas's business cards and an unidentified photograph of a ship.
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Material was found in the Simnacher house (4608 Harmon Avenue, Austin, TX) before the house was razed in 1982. Donor was unrelated to the family.
Simnacher Family Papers (AR.1992.030). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1972/078
Donation Date: 1992, 2005
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.
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