Boerne in Kendall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
In the 1880s, elements of the Old West were fading and became romanticized through Wild West shows. These promotions created opportunities for those with skills, including sharp-shooters. Adolph (Ad) Toepperwein was born in Boerne on October 16, 1869 to Johanna (Bergmann) and Emil Albrecht Ferdinand Toepperwein, who immigrated to Texas from Prussia in 1850. Ad's father was a gunsmith who built and designed guns and, because of this, Ad became proficient with firearms at a young age. By the age of ten, he could outshoot many veteran marksmen. After his father's death, Ad moved to San Antonio to perfect his shooting skills.
In 1889, he quit his cartoonist job at the San Antonio Express and went to New York seeking a Vaudeville job. For two years, he shared the stage with many Vaudeville acts. He then joined the Orin Brothers Circus, with which he toured for eight years. In 1901, the Winchester Repeating Firearms Company signed him to a long-term contract as an exhibition shooter. On a visit to the Winchester plant in Connecticut in 1902, Ad met a cartridge assembler named Elizabeth Servaty. After a short courtship, they
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17654.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports. A significant historical date for this entry is March 4, 1962.
Location. 29° 47.233′ N, 98° 43.74′ W. Marker is in Boerne, Texas, in Kendall County. Marker is at the intersection of South Main Street and West Hosack Street, on the right when traveling south on South Main Street. The marker is located at the street near a bench. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 706 South Main Street, Boerne TX 78006, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Weyrich Building (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Peter's Catholic Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Plaza World War I Memorial (about Veterans Plaza Korean War Memorial (about 500 feet away); US Air Force Captain Mark "Tyler" Voss (about 500 feet away); Veterans Plaza World War II Memorial (about 500 feet away); Veterans Plaza Vietnam War Memorial (about 500 feet away); US Army Spc. James M. Kiehl (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boerne.
Also see . . . Toepperwein, Adolph [Ad] (1869–1962).
Ad Toepperwein's first official record was made at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. In 1906, during a three-day exhibition, he made 19,999 hits out of 20,000 hand-thrown wood blocks. It was in San Antonio during a ten-day period from December 13 to December 22, 1907, where Toepperwein made his famous world record and performed what the San Antonio Daily Express described as “the greatest shooting exhibition ever given.” Using three 1903 model Winchester .22 automatics, he fired at a total of 72,500 wood blocks and missed only 9 during sixty-eight and one-half hours of target shooting. He used up all of the ammunition for sale in the city.(Submitted on April 27, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 27, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 355 times since then and 150 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 27, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.