Menger Family photograph collection
Scope and Contents
The Menger Family photograph collection includes photographs of parishes or schools published in the Southern Messenger newspaper and personal photographs of Henry, Ella, Hank, and Matt Menger. The collection consists of three subgroups. The first, Parishes and Schools, includes photographs of newly established parishes and schools throughout Texas. The second subgroup includes photographs of the Menger Family including seminarian photographs of Hank and Matt in Rome. Photographs of Father Matt Menger’s missionary work in Laos are found in the “Father Mathias “Matt Menger, O.M.I.” sub-series. The Unidentified People subgroup includes photographs of unidentified individuals and clergy.
- Creation: c. 1890s-1960s
Conditions Governing Access
Appointment required to access collection, contact archivist for details.
Conditions Governing Use
Do not remove photographs from protective sleeves.
Biographical / Historical
In 1859, William Menger, a Hessen immigrant, opened the Menger Hotel near the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. The Menger Hotel became one of the most well-known hotels in the Southwest and is currently one of the oldest hotels in Texas. William Menger’s wife, Mary Menger, helped establish St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, one of the oldest parishes in San Antonio. The Menger’s son, Louis William Menger provided financial backing for the Southern Messenger Newspaper, the first Catholic newspaper in Texas, in 1893. Louis William Menger and Bernardine Boelhauwe’s son, Henry Joseph Menger, became editor of the newspaper and in 1957, the family sold the newspaper to the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
In 1926, Henry Menger and his wife, Eleonore “Ella” Menger welcomed a son, Henry “Hank” Menger and in 1929, another son, Matthias “Matt” Menger, was born. Both Menger sons were ordained in the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate order and attended seminary in Rome. In 1956, Father Hank Menger was killed in a car accident with his mother and Matt Menger became a missionary in Laos that same year. During his career, Father Matt Menger, served in various Catholic organizations including Catholic Relief Services and Caritas Internationalis before passing away in 2017.
0.33 Linear Feet (1 photograph box)
Language of Materials
The Menger Family photograph collection includes photographs of parishes or schools published in the Southern Messenger newspaper and personal photographs of Henry, Ella, Hank, and Matt Menger.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
No accurals are expected.
Eleanor Stuck, “Menger Hotel,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 23, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/menger-hotel.
“Rev. Matt Menger, O.M.I. Obituary.” Legacy, www.legacy.com/funeral-homes/obituaries/name/rev-matt-menger-omi-obituary?pid=186428415&v=batesville. Accessed 23 Aug. 2022.
This collection was processed by Selena Aleman in August 2022.
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