|ID# 62463||ORIGINAL USE: Home||PRESENT USE: Home||CURRENT OWNER: George Garcia|
|OWNERS: Dienger, Max Eckert, Calder, Billingsley||LOCATION: Dienger Block 2; Lot #1.2||DATE: c1850 Style/Period: Victorian mixed||HISTORICAL DESIGNATION: NO|
|BUILDER: Clemens||CONSTRUCTED OF: Stone with brick additions; 6 x 6 windows.||CONDITION: Good||DESCRIPTION: One story stone with several layers of various periods, Victorian brick additions with shingled detailing in gables, hipped gables on roof, double door off-center, 6/6 window, large lintel blocks.;|
HISTORY: Through the years many changes have been made to the
house at 108 Hosack Street, near Main Street, known as the old Dienger, Max
Eckert, Howard Calder house. The land was originally acquired from Maria Ignacia
Leal during the period of the Republic of Texas, on May 13, 1835. Dr. Ferdinand
Herff owned it at one time. Around 1855 Doretta and Carl Dienger bought it along
with other properties for $1000.00. Carl Dienger died in 1899. In 1912 a
contractor named Clemens added several rooms to the original two room stone
house, dismantling the log house which dated c 1848, for Dorothy and August
Dienger, who was the son of Carl Dienger. It was now a rock and frame house.
There were double rock walls and at sometime a porch or gallery ran completely
around the house. The water supply came from a well dug very near the back door
of the house. It was 46 feet deep and still had good water when last tested.
There was never a fireplace in the house. It is told that Mrs. Dienger did all
of her cooking outside the house.
For a period of time, two ladies lived in the house. They were Lena Dienger and Emma Laue. The Max Eckert family purchased this home for $5,000 around 1946. At that time it was a six or seven room house made of brick and rock.
In the early 1970s Howard Calder purchased this old home and restored it to the present comfortable home. There are two bedrooms, a bath, kitchen, living room, dining room and a sun room. There is one room upstairs.
Source: Boerne Public Library files.