My paternal grandfather, Adolph Carl Schroeder, was born Feb. 16, 1898 in Wied, Lavaca Co., to Heinrich Friedrich Adolph and Emma Wunderlich Schroeder. He was one of nine children. The Schroeder family later moved to the Gruenau Community near Yorktown in DeWitt Co. After finishing public school, Adolph attended a business college in San Antonio.
On Sept. 28, 1921, Adolph married Anna Ella “Annie” Kimmel in Yorktown. They lived at Gruenau during the first year of their marriage, after which they bought a house in Yorktown where they lived for the rest of their lives.
Adolph worked for many years as cashier of the First State Bank. He founded the Yorktown Tractor Company and was president of the Yorktown Warehouse Company. Adolph was always active in community and civic affairs. In the 1950s he served as alderman, and later as mayor of Yorktown. He was first the director, and later president, of the Yorktown Chamber of Commerce. He contributed to the running of the Little World’s Fair and was a long-time member of the Yorktown Fire Department.
Adolph was also deeply interested in the welfare of rural areas and was active with several farm organizations. He served for several years as the president of the local Hermann Sons Lodge. He also served as a council member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church of Yorktown where he and Annie were long-time members. For more than 50 years, Adolph was a member of the Gruenau Turn und Schuetzen Verein, a German club devoted to shooting, gymnastics and other athletic and sporting events. He served as the club’s secretary for many years. He was also a member of the Garfield Shooting Club.
One of Adolph’s favorite pastimes was playing Skat, a German card game. He was also interested in inventions. In the 1930s he invented a concrete culvert, the construction of which he supervised. He donated the use of the culverts to the city of Yorktown, and several are still in use at various intersections around town.
Adolph and Annie had three sons. Adolph III was born on June 25, 1922 in Yorktown but died the following day. Annie herself almost died at this time from blood poisoning, but recovered after the doctor positioned her so that her head and chest hung over the edge of the bed to drain her lungs. On Jan. 7, 1926, she gave birth to James Elliott in Yorktown, and Arlon Clifford “Shrimp” was born June 27, 1931, also in Yorktown. Jimmy married first, Jo Ann Schlinke, and second; Freddie Mann. Shrimp married Clydelle Jacob.
Adolph Carl Schroeder died July 1, 1976, in Yorktown, DeWitt Co., Texas. Anna Ella “Annie” Kimmel Schroeder died Jan. 12, 1996, in Cuero, DeWitt Co, Texas. Both are buried in St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Yorktown.