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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Bakery records:

Ranching records:

Personal records:

Photographs

Postcards

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Martin and Hattie Kaiser Schaefer Papers, 1907-1980



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Schaefer, Martin, 1895-1966
Creator: Schaefer, Hattie Kaiser, d. 1980
Title: Schaefer, Martin and Hattie Kaiser, Papers
Dates: 1907-1980
Abstract: Comprised of correspondence, account books, ledgers, bills and receipts, manuals, inventories, deeds, recipes, scrapbooks, and memorabilia, the Martin and Hattie Kaiser Schaefer Papers, 1907-1980 document the personal lives of the Schaefers and the business of their Kenedy, Texas, bakery and Hereford cattle ranch.
Accession No.: 81-154
Extent: 2 ft., 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Siegen, Westphalia, Germany, Martin Schaefer (1895-1966) worked as a baker’s apprentice before immigrating to San Antonio, Texas, in 1912, where he lived with his brother August. Shortly thereafter, he was hired as a baker in Carl Wolfmueller’s City Bakery in Kenedy. In April 1917, Schaefer married Wolfmueller’s niece, Hattie Kaiser (d. 1980), the daughter of John August Kaiser of Clifton and Karnes City. The couple had two daughters, Margaret and Lucile, and purchased the City Bakery in 1919. Martin baked while Hattie ran the front of the store, and in the 1930s, they changed the shop’s name to Schaefer’s Bakery. Frequent travelers, the Schaefers toured across the United States and Germany and Martin took hunting trips to Canada. Also owners of the Black Diamond Ranch in Karnes County, the couple sold the bakery in 1940 to concentrate on raising Hereford cattle.

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Scope and Contents

Comprised of correspondence, account books, ledgers, bills and receipts, manuals, inventories, deeds, recipes, scrapbooks, and memorabilia, the Martin and Hattie Kaiser Schaefer Papers, 1907-1980 document the personal lives of the Schaefers and the business of their Kenedy, Texas, bakery and Hereford cattle ranch. The financial records, deeds, equipment manuals, and recipes chronicle the bakery’s operations from 1919 to 1940 and the Schaefers’ ranching activities. Scrapbooks and memorabilia illustrate their travel cruises to Europe in 1925, 1951, and 1959, while journals (1926-1940) detail Martin’s trips to Canada to hunt wild game.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Schaefer, Martin, 1895-1966 -- Archives
Schaefer family
Schaefer, Hattie Kaiser, d. 1980 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Black Diamond Ranch
City Bakery
Schaefer’s Bakery
Subjects
Bakeries -- Texas -- History
Baking -- Texas
Germans -- Texas.
Hunting -- Canada.
Ocean travel -- History -- 20th century
Ranching -- Texas.
Places
Germany
Karnes County (Tex.)
Kenedy (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Martin and Hattie Kaiser Schaefer Papers, 1907-1980, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Bakery records:

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3N316 Baking school notebooks, 1909-1912.
Equipment and supplies, 1924-1939.
Equipment and supplies, 1923-1940.
Supplies inventories, 1923-1940, undated.
Tax papers, 1931-1938.
Recipes, ca. 1912-1938, undated.
Account book, 1920-1922.
Account book, 1923-1924.
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3N317 Account books, 1926-1927.
Account books, 1928-1929.
Account books, 1930-1931.
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3N318 Account books, 1932-1933.
Account books, 1934-1935.
Account books, 1936-1937.
Account book, 1938.
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3N319 Account books, 1939-1940.
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3S172 Ledger, 1919-1924.

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Ranching records:

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3N319 "Book of Registered Herefords", 1925-1942.
Ledger, 1933-1939.
Expense inventories, 1933-1938, undated.
Bills and receipts, 1933-1955.
Printed material, 1947-1958, undated.

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Personal records:

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3N319 General correspondence, 1913-1973.
Social correspondence, 1914-1969, undated.
Deeds, 1913-1934.
Tax and miscellaneous receipts, 1917-1962.
Financial records, 1923-1941, undated.
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3N320 Bank deposit slips, 1933-1940.
Insurance records, 1933-1940.
Probate materials, 1934-1946.
Church and club activities, 1934-1973, undated.
Hunting journals and expense books, 1926-1946.
Travel memorabilia, 1925.
European cruise memorabilia, 1925.
European cruise memorabilia, 1951.
European cruise memorabilia, 1959.
Miscellaneous Texas travel materials, 1921-1967, undated.
Memorabilia, 1915-1969, undated.
Obituaries, 1966, 1980.
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OD1199 Map of Siegen, Germany, 1907.
Plans of steamship, 1924.
Map of Atlantic Ocean Cruise itinerary, 1925.
Map of Switzerland [German], undated.
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3S171 Income tax returns, 1919-1940.
Immigration materials, 1924, 1926, undated.
Printed material, 1948-1957.
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3S173 Scrapbooks, European trip, 1951, 1959.

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3S2 Photographs

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3S119b Postcards

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