University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Frank J. Bosshardt Papers, 1884-1933



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bosshardt, Frank, 1874-1938
Title: Frank J. Bosshardt Papers
Dates: 1884-1933
Creator Abstract: Frank J. Bosshardt was a prominent San Antonio, Texas attorney and property owner. He was active in local San Antonio politics and served as Bexar County Commissioner. He was also a notary public and President of the Medina Highlands Toll Road Association.
Content Abstract: The Frank J. Bosshardt Papers comprise various legal documents from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, created both by Bosshardt and fellow San Antonio attorney Horace Shelton. These materials help to document the geographic and economic growth of San Antonio during this period.
Identification: MS 48
Extent: 1.5 linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Frank J. Bosshardt, a prominent San Antonio, Texas attorney and property owner, was born in Austin, Texas in 1874. He came to San Antonio at the age of two. He was active in local San Antonio politics and served as Bexar County Commissioner. He also was a notary public and President of the Medina Highlands Toll Road Association. After receiving a law degree from Washington and Lee University, Bosshardt entered private practice, he kept promissory notes for people and conducted title research on various properties. Bosshardt also kept papers belonging to Horace Shelton, another San Antonio attorney and President of Industrial Bank and Trust.

Bosshardt married Hettie Koehler, niece of Emma and Otto Koehler, on April 29, 1914. The ceremony and reception were held in the Koehler family home at 310 W. Ashby Place. The Koehlers managed the City brewery for the San Antonio Brewing Association. The Brewery produced Pearl beer and was one of the largest breweries in Texas in the years before prohibition. In 1952, the name of the brewery was changed to Pearl Brewery. The Koehler house was deeded to the Alamo Community College District in 1968 and became the Koehler Cultural Center. Frank Bosshardt and his wife had one daughter, Margaret, in 1919. Mr. Bosshardt died in 1938 at the age of 64.


Scope and Content Note

The papers of Frank J. Bosshardt consist of various legal documents from the early decades of the 20th century. These materials help to document the geographic and economic growth of San Antonio during this period.

The collection is divided into three series. The Financial and Law Practice series contains documents belonging to Mr. Bosshardt or held in trust by him for his clients. These documents include material such as promissory notes and San Antonio business receipts that help to illustrate the economy of San Antonio and South Texas in the early 20th century. Researchers should also be aware of the 1993 video, The Future of the Past: The Koehler Cultural Center narrated in part by Mr. Bosshardt's daughter Margaret. In the video, Margaret discusses her childhood and family history. The video is part of the Mary Carolyn Hollers George papers (RG 51).

The Property Series contains abstracts of title and other legal documents concerning land in Bexar and surrounding counties. Abstracts of title are documents that trace the ownership of a specific piece of land. They consist of copies of deeds, wills, judgements, and other public documents relating to the property. Some of the abstracts contain information about the estate of prominent San Antonio property owners such as Frank Diether. The will of Thos. H. Stribling and his wife is the collection as is the will of Samuel A. "Gus" Maverick. Some of the abstracts include information from the 18th and 19th centuries. Mr. Bosshardt owned some of these pieces of land. This material shows the growth and development of the San Antonio area over long periods of time. Researchers may also want to consult the Bexar Appraisal District Collection to examine more recent block maps of Bexar County.

The collection also includes information about the financial activities of San Antonio attorney Horace Shelton. The Horace Shelton series includes information about Industrial Bank and Trust of which Mr. Shelton was President. The material also provides information about the banking and money lending industry in San Antonio around World War I.


 

Arrangement

  • Financial and Law Practice
  • Properties
  • Horace Shelton

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Frank J. Bosshardt Papers must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Bosshardt, Frank J., 1874-1938
Maverick, Samuel Augustus, 1803-1870
Shelton, Horace
Stribling, Thomas Sigismund, 1881-1965
Organizations
Industrial Bank and Trust (San Antonio, Tex.)
Subjects
Abstracts of title--Texas--San Antonio.
Banks and banking--Texas--San Antonio.
Real property--Texas.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--Banks and banking.
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--19th century.
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Abstracts.
Deeds.
Legal instruments.
Local Subjects
Business
Lawyers/Judges
Politics/Politicians

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frank J. Bosshardt Papers, MS 48, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received in 1989 (Acc. 1989-01).

Processing Information

Processed by Eric Hartmann, February 1999


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Financial and Law Practice, 1892-1926

Documents such as promissory notes and insurance information held by Frank Bosshardt for his clients. The series also includes information about oil stocks owned by Mr. Bosshardt.
Arranged by topic and organized alphabetically.
Box Folder
1 1 Lawsuits, 1922
2 Miscellaneous, 1905-1926
3 Promissory Notes, 1912-1916
4 San Antonio Businesses, 1904-1916
5 Stock - Burke Bennett Oil Company, 1919
6 Stock - Burke Bennett Oil Company, 1920
7 Stock - Weimar Oil Company, undated
8 Taxes, 1913-1926
9 Vincent Sereno Estate, General, 1892-1907
10 Vincent Sereno Estate, Order of the Pendo, (Insurance information), 1896-1908



 

Properties, 1884-1933

Abstracts of title and other information about properties in south Texas, most in and around San Antonio. Mr. Bosshardt owned some of this property. The wills of Thos. H. Strippling (Los Angles Heights and Angles Terrace, Northaven addition), and Samuel A. Maverick (Highlawn subdivision) are in the series. There is also information about Frank Diether and his family. One folder of leases between Mr. Bosshardt and his tenants is included.
Arranged by topic and organized alphabetically.
Box Folder
1 11 Leases, 1910-1915
12 Atascosca County, 12 1887-1930
Bexar County
13 1719 Monterey, 1909-1910
14 1719 Monterey, 1911-1916
15 Lot 3 block 60 new city block 60, (west of San Pedro Creek fronting Rivas St.) 1884-1886
16 Lots 10 and 16 block 43 new city block 652, (North side of Goliad St. East of San Antonio River), 1904-1910
17 Lots 7 and 8 block E new city block 2558, (corner of Frash and Daniel Street East of Flores St.), 1909-1913
Box Folder
2 1 Camada Addition lot 13 new city block 6,008 (south side of Lopez street) 1912-1932
2 Highlawn Subdivision original lot 2 range 1 district 4 blocks 2,4,6, 7,9,10, (Fredricksburg Rd and Cincinnati Ave), 1911
3 Lakeview Addition lots 10, 11, 12 block 25 new city block 3624, 1911-1912
4 Los Angles Heights and Angles Terrace (bordered by Blanco Ave on East and Fredricksburg Rd on West) - Lot 1, Range 6, District 3, 1913-1926
5 Los Angles Heights and Angles Terrace (bordered by Blanco Ave on East and Fredricksburg Rd on West) - Lots 16 and 17 in block 29 Angles Terrace, 1924-1933
6 Miscellaneous, 1907-1927
7 Northaven Addition lots 25, 26, block 13 new city block6435 (San Pedro Ave and W. Kings Highway), 1924
8 Subdivbision 3 Survey 28, 1914-1915
9 Harris County, 1896-1916
10 Medina County, 1930



 

Horace Shelton, 1912-1917

Papers regarding Horace Shelton, San Antonio attorney and banker. The series includes mortgages of horses and other livestock, called chattel mortgages, as well as some promissory notes. There is also information about Industrial Bank and Trust, which operated from 1913 to 1917.
Arranged by topic and organized alphabetically.
Box Folder
3 1 Chattel Mortgages, 1912-1913
2 Chattel Mortgages, 1914
3 Chattel Mortgages, 1915-1916
4 Collateral Notes, 1914-1915
5 Industrial Bank and Trust Miscellaneous, 1913-1916
6 Industrial Bank and Trust Closing, 1917
7 Promissory Notes, 1912-1913 and undated
8 Promissory Notes, 1914-1917