|Birth: ||Dec. 24, 1817, France|
|Death: ||Dec. 22, 1919|
Obituary for Nicholas Boubel - 23 Dec 1919 San Antonio Express, page 22
Nicholas Boubel, San Antonio's oldest citizen, died Monday morning at 9:15, within less than 60 hours of being 102 years old, and 71 years of his life was spent in San Antonio. He was the only surviving charter member of Harmonia Lodge No. 1 of the Hermann Sons. He came to San Antonio behind a mule team and one of the events which he often enjoyed recollecting (?) was the arrival in San Antonio of the first railroad train.
Disease was almost unknown to Mr. Boubel, and up to within a few hours of his death he was able to be about his home. No cause is assigned to his death other than old age. Up to within a day or two of his death he had sat daily in the porch swing at his home and had taken short walks. Sunday night he had retired seemingly in his usual condition. Monday morning his son on passing the bedroom door, discovered that he was breathing with some difficulty, and went to him at once and discovered that he was only partly conscience. Aid was given him and he seemed to revive later. His children, nearly all of whom reside in San Antonio were at once summoned, but he quietly passed away without being able to recognize them or speak to them.
He leaves four sons and three daughters and 41 grandchildren and 48 great-grandchildren, nearly all of whom reside in San Antonio. Of his children, one some, Ambrose A. Boubel, resides in Eagle Pass, Tex., and one daughter, Mrs. J.F. Baier, resides in Houston. The others, all of whom reside in San Antonio, are John, Louis, and Edward Boubel, and Mrs. J. Marsh and Mrs. W.F. Green.
Mr. Boubel was born in Lorraine, France at midnight, December 24, 1817 and was educated as a jeweler. At the age of 19 he went to England, but very soon after came to New Orleans. From there he went to Rio de janeiro and South America points returning to New Orleans in 1848 and the same year came to Powder Horn, Calhoun, Tex.,((*note* Powderhorn, which grew into Indianola and was for a time a chief port of the line. In 1858 the Morgan Lines had three sailings a week from Galveston and two from New Orleans, and by 1860 the company had a monopoly of coastal shipping)) and then to San Antonio. Two years later, he returned to New Orleans, where he married Miss Lena Phillips Tatos, who had come from Germany in 1852, and the next year they came to San Antonio and resided here till the time of their death. Mrs. Boubel passing away four years ago.
Lived 4 years in One House. For 48 years, Mr. Boubel lived in one house, at 815 Austin Street. Ten years ago he moved to 707 Van Ness Street, where he had continued to reside with a son until the time of his death.
Mr. Boubel's residence in San Antonio spans the period of its growth froma frontier mission and village to a metropolitan city. He often recounted how Houston Street was an alley when he first came here, and claimed that if the Alamo was ever rebuilt as it was orginally, Houston Street would be shut off, as he claimed that originally a stone wall enclosing the Alamo grounds stretched across Houston Street toward where the Post Office now stands.
When he first came to San Antonio, Mr. Boubel was a stone mason and many of the earlier buildings were erected by him. They were generally built of adobe and rock, and one of them still stands on Austin Street in the 800 block. It was built by Mr. boubel for Henry Bitter.
Later Mr. Boubel engaged in soap manufacturing, his first factory being on Villita Street, and this engaged his attention until his retirement from business some years ago. His sons engaged in the business with him and it was continued by them.
Mr. Boubel's philosphy of life as often recounted by him was not to worry and live in the open. After retiring from business, he continued to take long walks and in visiting his children about the city would walk to and from their homes. He smoke, drank, and ate what he wished and it is said that his pipe was in his mouth most of the time during the day. While he hesitated ever to give any rules for long life, he nearly every day took 11 or 12 hours of sleep and his feed was always wholesome and mostly vegetable. And while he smoked a pipe incessatnly, he always advised against cigarettes.
He was hospitable in the extremed and was especially pleased to have visits from the earlier residents of the city, and eagerly bade them to come again since his retirement, he spent a great deal of his time in the porch swing at his home and from there greeted his acquaintances as they passed.
He enjoyed both hearing and telling a joke and when pressed for advice of how to attain a long life he would sometimes advise his questioners to laugh heartily.
Followed late War. Mr. Boubel maintained a vigorous mind to the last. He read extensively of newspapers and books. He followed closely the late war, being interested to know if the kaiser would be able to accomplish his ambition to rule the world. For the late kaiser he did not entertain a lofty opinion, but with some pride had related how he had a personal acquaintance with his predecessor.
He followed closely all the leading issues of the day, and was intensely interested in the sucess of women suffrage, and as deeply grieved at the success of prohibition. He followed the coal strike to the end and was thoroughly alive to all the arguments on both side of the Leage of Nations question. He followed closely all city affairs and found time to read some good fiction along with the newspapers and magazines. He was a unique and forceful character and entertained decided opinions.
His eyesight, which in early life, had caused him to leave the jewlers trade, was such in his late life that he could read without glasses.
During 62 years of married life he had never been separated from Mrs. Boubel, and since her death four years ago, he had frequently expressed a wish to be with her. Christmas, however, was annually observed in the family, and he looked forward to spending the coming Christmas surrounded by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence of 707 Van Ness Street and later from St. Patrick's Church. Father Pinnell conducting the services. The interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery.
Wilhelmina Phillips Tatos Boubel (1832 - 1915)
Ambrose August Boubel (1855 - 1928)*
Wilhelmina Maria Boubel Marsch (1859 - 1941)*
Emilia Paulina Boubel Green (1864 - 1946)*
John Boubel (1865 - 1944)*
Carolina Boubel Baier (1866 - 1933)*
Louis Abraham Boubel (1870 - 1947)*
Edward G Boubel (1876 - 1942)*
San Fernando Cemetery #3
Plot: SECTION 7
Created by: Emory Schnuriger
Record added: Mar 24, 2010
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