CHARLES ADOLPHUS STERNE
When, in 1925, word was circulated that Charles Adolphus Sterne had passed away in Palestine, the public felt that a striking member of one of the most glamorous families of Texas had gone to his reward.
Mr. Sterne was ninety-five years of age at time of his death. Born October 10, 1830, his life span stretched further by six years than that of the "Lone Star State."
Mr. Sterne was a son of Adolphus Sterne, the founder of the Texas' family of Sternes.
Adolphus Sterne, merchant, gentleman, patriot of Nacogdocqes was identified with Texas History from 1824. Born in Cologne, Germany in 1801 he ran away at sixteen to escape military service. He reached Nacogdoches just before the "Fredonian Rebellion" was suspected of being in league with
Edwards, its leader, and imprisoned by the Mexican authorities. Many stories of his experiences are told. He was sentenced to be shot (one affirms)but persuaded his captors to spare him. His personality was so pleasing he won his jailor's friendship.
Sterne was allowed to attend a Christmas eve bal1. Like "Cinderella" he met his fate; a beautiful girl he met at the ball, Rosine Roff, daughter of a Louisiana planter, listened to his wooing, agreed to marry him "as soon as he could get out of jai1." How the jailor came at 12 to take him back to
prison, and how he eventually became Alcalde of Nacogdoches and married the faithful Rosine would make a story as romantic as that of Cinderella herself.
Sam Houston whom Sterne had met at Nashville,Tennesee, before coming to Texas, was delighted to find Mr. Sterne, Alcalde of Nacogdoches, when he arrived in Texas. The two men were staunch friends for man years.
After the Texas Revolution Sterne was a state senator.
Charles A. Sterne's life in Palestine was lived along the line of other progressive citizens. For many years he kept a hotel, proving an agreeable "Mine Host". He was active in various civic and fraternal organizations. For ten years he was secretary' of the School Board. He was a steward in the Methodist Church for many years, and he reached the 32nd
degree rank in Masonry. General Albert Pike conferred the Scottish Rite degree on him in 1878. Mr. Sterne helped to organize the Masons of Palestine and was said to be the oldest Shriner in the United States. Adolphus Sterne was Worshipful Master of Nacogdoches and his chair is preserved in the Scottish Rite Cathedral of Galveston today. Mr. C.
A. Sterne served as recorder of Palestine Commandary No.3. Knights Templar for six years. He belonged also to the Knights of Honor, Knights of Pythias and the LOOF. Mr. Sterne married a daughter of the Hon. E. Mallard of Cherokee County and had ten childrent nine "daughters and one son. Of the daughters one, Kate, married a member of the prominent Word family, Horace Word of Palestine. Two of the daughters of this marriage reside. in Palestine. They are: Mrs. Anna Word Davis and Mrs. Sallie Word Nance.
Taken from; A Centennial History of Anderson County Texas
By; Pauline Buck Hohes.
Nicholas Adolphus Sterne (1801 - 1852)
Eva Catherine Rosine Ruff Sterne (1810 - 1897)
Sarah Mallard Finch Sterne (1828 - 1903)
Katherine Rosine Sterne Word (1856 - 1929)*
Eldridge M. Sterne (1858 - 1944)*
Charles Adolphus Sterne (1830 - 1926)
Laura Therese Sterne Cave (1840 - 1872)*
Palestine City Cemetery
Maintained by: Gary Sterne
Originally Created by: Lanny Medlin
Record added: Jul 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54387635