John Henry William Bonitz Papers, 1863-1973


John Henry William Bonitz was a German immigrant who came to Goldsboro, NC, in 1859. He married Mary Stegner (1845-1921), also a German immigrant, in 1862, and moved to Wilmington, NC, in 1887. He was proprietor, with his brother Julius, of the Goldsboro, NC, Messenger and the Wilmington, NC, 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.