La Vernia Connections: La Vernia Heritage Museum receives heirlooms
A 1929 class photo from the Concrete School, donated by Doris Ann Adams Rosendahl, was inscribed with the following on the back of the photo: “(Teacher) Miss Zadie Smith, Backrow: Ernst Sommer, Alvina Young, Siri Perez, Annie Allbritton, Walter Schievelbein, George Lenz, Harry Doege, Alfred Young, Elmer Brieztke. Front row: Maggie Andrada, Virginia Rivas, Fannie Allbritton, Hulda Schmidt, teacher Miss Zadie, Dora Schievelbein, Alvina Schmidt, Wuisla Perez, Margaret Albritton. Holding board Walter Markgraf, and Roland Schievelbien.”
The La Vernia Heritage Museum was the recent recipient of three area family heirlooms. Doris Ann Adams Rosendahl donated the items in memory of her mother, Dora Louise Schievelbein Adams, who was born near New Berlin in 1918 and passed away there in 1990.
One item, a framed diploma commemorating her mother’s graduation from Concrete School, is dated May 5, 1933. The highest grade level at the school was eighth grade, which her mother completed. The school, which Dora attended during the 1920s and 1930s, was located between La Vernia and New Berlin but no longer exists.
The second item is an original photo taken of a 1929 class at Concrete School with the names of each class member clearly recorded on the back. A small metal lunch pail, which belonged to Dora Schievelbein, also was donated to the museum.
Dora was one of seven children born to Willie and Antonette Mittlesteadt Schievelbein, whose farm was located on the Scull Crossing Road and was bordered on one end by the Cibolo Creek. Dora was raised in the Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek, where she was baptized and confirmed. Dora Schievelbein’s family extends to many other families in the La Vernia area, including the Hartwicks, the Esparzas, the Gutzes, the Pulhmanns, the Haeses, the Hartmanns, the Streys, and the Youngs.
The items will be on exhibit at the museum in an upcoming exhibit about La Vernia area schools. The La Vernia Historical Association is seeking items about area schools on loan or by gift.
The La Vernia Heritage Museum is open on the first and third Sunday of the month from noon until 3 p.m. and by appointment.
The museum is operated by the La Vernia Historical Association, www.LaVerniaHistory.com. Appointments may be made by calling museum Director Susan Richter at 210-392-3281.