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|Size||0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 9 items)|
|Abstract||John Henry William Bonitz was a German immigrant who came to Goldsboro, N.C., in 1859. He married Mary Stegner (1845-1921), also a German immigrant, in 1862, and moved to Wilmington, N.C., in 1887. He was proprietor, with his brother Julius, of the Goldsboro, N.C., Messenger and the Wilmington, N.C., Messenger newspapers, a hotel, and a farm. The collection includes three scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings of columns written 1902-1912 by Bonitz and his wife, Mary, concerning past days, 1859-1887, in Goldsboro; clippings, mainly 1891-1912, of similar columns by J. M. Hollowell; and items about the Bonitz family, especially Julius August Bonitz (1841-1891), and other German Americans, and about events of the 1890s at Wilmington. Also included are manuscript memoranda on family matters, and a volume entitled "Some Bonitz Families: A Genealogical Survey," written in 1973 by John H. W. Bonitz Jr. (1930- ) of Greensboro, N.C., concerning Bonitz family members in East and West Germany and the United States. Photographs include two of African Americans: Wilmington editor Alexander Manly, 1898; and a man identified only as "Drake," who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Wilmington in 1897.|
|Creator||Bonitz, John Henry William, 1839-1913.|
|Curatorial Unit||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.|
Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, August 1996
Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, June 2007
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John Henry Bonitz of Hanover, Germany, sent three sons to America around 1855: Henry Bonitz; William (or John Henry William); and Julius August Bonitz. On the ship, they met Henry C. Prempert and his wife, formerly married to a Dr. von Stegner as his second wife. With the Premperts were two girls, Lisette Stegner, daughter of Dr. Stegner and his first wife, and Marie Stegner, daughter of Dr. Stegner and Mrs. Prempert. Henry Bonitz married Lisette Stegner and moved to Washington, D.C.
John Henry William Bonitz secured employment in Baltimore, Md., and later in Washington, D.C., before moving in 1859 to Goldsboro, N.C., where the Premperts had settled. He married Marie (Mary) Stegner on 10 June 1862. He went into business and was later joined by Julius; among their enterprises was the the Goldsboro Messenger.
In 1887, William and Julius went to Wilmington, N.C., and ran, unsuccessfully, the Wilmington Messenger. Julius died in 1891. William bought and renovated the Carolina Hotel on Market Street and operated it as the Bonitz Hotel. The Premperts also moved to Wilmington.Back to Top
The collection includes three scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings of columns written 1902-1912 by journalist, editor, and businessman John Henry William Bonitz and his wife, Mary Stegner Bonitz, concerning past days, 1859-1887, in Goldsboro, N.C.; clippings, mainly 1891-1912, of similar columns by J. M. Hollowell; and items about the Bonitz family, especially Julius August Bonitz (1841-1891), and other German Americans, and about events of the 1890s at Wilmington, N.C. Also included are manuscript memoranda on family matters, and a volume entitled "Some Bonitz Families: A Genealogical Survey," written in 1973 by John H. W. Bonitz Jr. (1930- ) of Greensboro, N.C., concerning Bonitz family members in East Germany, West Germany, and the United States. Photographs include two of African Americans: Wilmington editor Alexander Manly, 1898; and a man identified only as "Drake," who ran unsuccessfully for mayor of Wilmington in 1897.Back to Top
Scrapbooks of the Bonitzes and a genealogical volume. The scrapbooks chiefly contain clippings of newspaper columns, circa 1909-1912, by John Henry William Bonitz and his wife, Mary Stegner Bonitz, concerning life in Goldsboro, N.C., 1859-1887. The columns include information about the Bonitz family; personal recollections; biographical and narrative accounts of Goldsboro people and events, and, to some extent, other North Carolinians, especially German Americans; incidents of the Civil War and the Reconstruction period; and local business enterprises in Wayne County.
Other clippings include notices of members of the Bonitz family, their friends, marriages, parties, and obituaries in Goldsboro and Wilmington. There are also items about North Carolina public affairs, Wilmington events and general articles and poems. Mary Bonitz's name does not appear in the newspapers in connection with her pieces which are signed "Priscilla" or "An Old Goldsboroian." Her authorship has been indicated by a member of the family on these copies. She also contributed a series, "Letter from the South," written from Wilmington, N.C., in 1893 to a German language newspaper in Chicago (possibly Die Western or Deutsche Zeitung).
Photographs 1-4 were removed from volume 2; photograph 5 remains mounted in the volume.
Volume 1: 1863-1864, 1981-1917, 1960; 25 pages
Bonitz newspaper columns of reminiscences; clippings about Julius August Bonitz and North Carolina politics and public events; printed forms, 1863-1864, certifying physical unfitness for military duty; and Fred W. Bonitz's examination papers for the Sprague Correspondence School of Law, Detroit, Mich.
Enclosures from Volume 1
Volume 2: 1891-1912; 364 pages
Bonitz columns of reminiscences; Hollowell columns of reminiscences; Hollowell's obituary notice, 1912; several pieces by J. H. W. Bonitz on "Life History of Julius A. Bonitz"; two addresses delivered by Fred W. Bonitz at North Carolina Agricultural and Mechanical College as student orator and alumni speaker; miscellaneous items concerning the Civil War and North Carolina topics of the 1890s; and one albumen print of an unidentified woman (P-3865/5). Pages 287-290 are manuscript pages of personal recollections of John H. W. Bonitz about his coming to Goldsboro in 1859.
Volume 3: 1893-1910
Same material as above, but also a German language column written by Mary Bonitz for a Chicago newspaper, 1893; manuscript notes on family matters; and dates of marriages of her children, births of her grandchildren, and some deaths.
Volume 4: 1973, 110 pages
"Some Bonitz Families: A Genealogical Survey" by John H. Bonitz.
Mounted albumen print (trimmed cabinet card) of (Shoemaker?) Drake, circa 1897
Mounted albumen print (trimmed cabinet card) of Alexander Manly, circa 1870-1890
Cabinet card of the office building of the Messenger, Goldsboro, N.C., circa 1880-1890
Cabinet card of an unidentified young woman, circa 1880-1890
P-3865/5 remains mounted in Volume 2.