Walter Otto Wupperman
(January 12, 1874-October 27, 1950)
Elisabeth Marie “Else” von Rosenberg
(August 7, 1880-October 27, 1967)
Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Harry Dinwiddie, grandson of Walter and Else, for his help in identifying family member on this page and in a number of the churches group photos. Also the generous sharing of photos and documents by JT Koenig was extremely useful and enhanced this page immeasurably.
Walter Otto Wupperman
BIRTH 12 JAN 1874 • Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
DEATH 27 OCT 1950 • Austin, Travis, Texas, USA
Arrived in US in 1898.
Married Elisabeth Marie “Else” von Rosenberg on April 20, 1904. Note that the service was performed by the Pastor, R. J. Briggs of the First Congregational Church of Austin. The marriage took place in the home of the bride’s parents, Mr and Mrs. Ernst von Rosenberg at 1304 Guadalupe Street. The paper reported, “The bride is one of Austin’s most charming young ladies, while the groom is a prominent young business man of Seguin and a nephew of ex-Senator Walter Tips of Austin.”
Else was born August 7, 1880 in Austin and died October 27, 1967 in Austin. Her parents were Ernst Johann von Rosenberg (1852-1915) and Helene Clara “Else” Lungkwitz (1857-1925). They were married October 18, 1879. Their children were:
Elizabeth Marie “Else” von Rosenberg
Comelia (infant death}
Ernst (Else’s father}
Walter Otto was a bookkeeper for Austin Gas Light Co in 1918. He and Else lived at 3700 Duval St. He had earned a BA in Germanic Languages for University of Texas in 1916.
The Wupperman’s were a family of Texas Germans, with ties to various other Texas German families such as the Herman Lungkwitz family, the Petri family, and the von Rosenberg family. Otto Wuppermann immigrated to Texas from Germany around 1848, married Elise Tips in 1850, and returned to Düsseldorf, Germany in 1863. They had seven children, of which Walter Otto Wupperman (b. 1875) was the only child born in Germany. In the late 19th century, Walter immigrated to Texas and married Else von Rosenberg, the daughter of Ernst von Rosenberg and Helene Lungkwitz von Rosenberg. Else’s maternal grandfather was the German-Texas painter Hermann Lungkwitz. Furthermore, Walter attended the University of Texas, graduated in 1916 and became an accountant. Walter and Else lived in Austin, Texas and had four children. In his spare time, Walter sketched many views of Texas and Düsseldorf and translated texts from German into English. He returned to Germany several times to visit his parents, during one trip he sketched Ima Hogg, who was a passenger on the same ship. Ima Hogg, during the 1960s, was a friend of Else Wupperman. Walter Wupperman died in 1950 and Else Wupperman in 1967.
The Wupperman Family Papers include extensive correspondence, photographs, manuscripts, sketches and sketchbooks, legal documents, diaries, and books. The papers document the Wupperman Family’s activities in Texas as well as the interactions between the Wupperman Family and members of the von Rosenberg family and the Hermann Lungkwitz family. The first series contains the papers of the Walter and Else Wupperman Family. The bulk of the correspondence is between Walter and Else Wupperman before and after their marriage between 1900 and 1931. However, there is also a significant amount of correspondence with their respective parents and grandparents. Along with this correspondence, the papers hold general correspondence as well as Else’s correspondence with Ima Hogg from the 1960s. The papers also include the sketches of Walter and his brother R. L. Wupperman, along with an Albrecht Dürer print and photo-reproductions of two Friedrich Petri paintings. Petri was the brother-in-law of Herman Lungkwitz, Else Wupperman’s maternal grandfather. The papers also have Elise Petri’s book of religious songs. Furthermore, the papers contain some of Walter Wupperman’s scholarly translations from German to English, his diploma from the University of Texas, his confirmation certificate, and various printed materials from Düsseldorf, Germany. The second series consists of genealogical material concerning the Wupperman, Tips, von Rosenberg, and Lungkwitz families.
Historic home at 506 Texas Avenue, Austin.
Auguste was Else von Rosenberg Wupperman’s grandmother.