|ID# 23083||ORIGINAL USE: Home||PRESENT USE: Commercial||CURRENT OWNER: J &Joint Venture|
|OWNERS: Gottlieb & Johanna Minnich Weiss; Ida Weiss Schmidt||LOCATION: Heffner Addition Lot #:3,4||DATE: c1887 Style/Period: Pioneer German||HISTORICAL DESIGNATION: BHP||BUILDERS: Gottlieb Weiss||CONSTRUCTED OF: Native Limestone, metal roof, 6x6 windows||CONDITION: Fair||DESCRIPTION: One story, symmetrical with two paneled doors and flanking windows at front; porch with turned columns and Victorian bracketing, continuous lintel and sills on side windows and gable.|
HISTORY: The house was built in 1887 by Gottlieb and Johanna
Minnich Weiss, with stone from the Minnich farm. Their building contractor came
from Blanco, Texas. The two main rooms are 16' x 16' and the ceilings are 16'
high. A bathroom was added from part of the back porch. There is also a long
narrow front porch with carved or "turned" railings. Wood stoves heated the
house and they are still in the kitchen and bedroom.
Gottlieb Adolf Weiss was a blacksmith and had his shop behind the house. Some of the tools are still there in a small building. He learned his trade in Germany.
material from Erna Davis, June 1979
Gottlieb Adolph Weiss was born March 22, 1853 in Germany. After finishing high school he took three years of apprentice training in a blacksmith trade school, then immigrated to the United States.
It is not known precisely where Mr. Weiss plied his trade when he first arrived in Boerne during the mid 1870s, but records do show he later bought some property with a member of the Fabra family. On January 30, 1887 he married Johanna Minnich, daughter of Ignatz Minnich, one of the early settlers in Kendall County.
Mr. Weiss built the house on Theissen and a blacksmith shop on the same property facing Main Street in 1887. The house initially had two 16 x 16 ft rooms with 14 ft. ceilings. Two additional rooms were added later on the North side and the front porch was built after Mr. Weiss' death in 1907. Gustav Minnich, Mrs. Weiss' brother, built the porch.
Ida Weiss Schmidt, the youngest of three children, sill lives at the old homeplace. Adolph, age 90 lives on his farm west of town, and Albert, the oldest child died several years ago.
Source:Perry, Garland, "Historic Images of Boerne", 1982.
Since that time Ida Schmidt and her father both have died. The house remains in the Weiss family.(1998)
Since that time Ida Schmidt and her father both have died. The house has been converted to Commercial usage.
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