King William has a history of strong-willed women fighting for righteous causes.  Women worked together to get our historic district designations.  Women fought for the Bed and Breakfast Ordinance and the Bus Tour Ordinance.  These actions were done to keep King William a great place to live – not just to visit. 

In celebration of Women’s History Month, here is another example of a dedicated woman who contributed to keeping King William a great place for education.  

"Friends Join Teachers in Fight on Salary Slash" was a headline in the June 4, 1924 edition of the San Antonio Express.  "A mass meeting of 800 persons took up the teachers' fight for better salaries.  The meeting was held in Brackenridge Senior School auditorium.  It adopted resolutions demanding abolition of the 5 per cent cut in teachers' salaries."  The accompanying photo showed a group of mostly women, who represented the parent-teacher association (PTA) and instructors, including Mrs. Ed Basse, president of the Bonham PTA. 

Elfrieda Siemering was born May 21, 1880 in Texas, the fourth child of August and Clara Simering.  She married Edward Basse in 1903.  They resided at 423 Mission.  

- Cherise Bell