theishenry

THEIS, (HENRY) HOUSE
402 E. San Antonio St.,Boerne
Library File # 33
ID# 19950 ORIGINAL USE: Home PRESENT USE: Commercial CURRENT OWNER: James &Georgia McDonald
OWNERS: Henry Theis, Adolph & Jessie Theis LOCATION: OriginalTown Lot : #139 DATE: c1876 Style/Period: Bungalow HISTORICAL DESIGNATION: NO
BUILDER: Theis family helpers CONSTRUCTED OF: Native rock; metal seam roof; 6x6 windows CONDITION: Good DESCRIPTION: One and 1/2 story rock house with stucco-bungalow type; porch with rock posts; upper story with outside steps to entrance.

HISTORY: Henry Theis, former Kendall County Judge and school teacher, built the house. Henry had employed his two brothers-in-law to build this rock home large enough for him to live here with his family and teach in the large front. His son, Adolph P. Theis was born in this house during the time his father was teaching school here. As the family increased Henry sold this rock house to Fritz Gerfers. Mr. Gerfers never lived in it but used it as a rent house. The Ober family lived here several years while Mr. Ober was the depot agent.

The Ober's later moved to San Antonio and this house was for sale. Adolph Theis purchased the house, saying, " I was born in this house and I hope to die in it." He did in the year 1923. Adolph Theis and his wife, Jessie McCrocklin, lived in the house many years. Miss Jessie taught school. She told of her husband's accident, "On Theissen Street Kutzer had a feed store and Reinhard had a cotton gin. In this gin Adolph Theis was accidentally pressed and paralyzed from the waist down."

After Miss Jessie died her son, Jessie Theis, was the heir. The house has been rented to a number of businesses. It was an art studio, and a doctor's office to name a few. [After selling this house to Gerfers, Henry Theis built across the street. The house had eleven rooms. It was later torn down and a church was built. That church building is now Vaughn's Funeral Home]

Source: Boerne Public Library files.- May, 1999

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