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Franz H. Kohfeldt

Franz Kohfeldt (1865–1938) was born of German immigrant parents in Illinois and orphaned soon after. He was raised by family friends, the George Brauns, who, according to Jack Maguire in Katy’s Baby, “came to Denison to establish the town’s first ice plant, predecessor of the Arctic Ice Company.” Kohfeldt arrived in town in 1879, managed the Brauns’ ice and wholesale food business, briefly sold fish in the MKT Depot, and apprenticed in Harrison Tone’s abstract office. He and Tone remained close friends, even after Franz opened his own real estate office in the Werneberg Building at 118 West Main. For decades, his Kohfeldt & Son Real Estate was located at 118 or 122 West Main Street, a few doors west of the Lebrecht Building.
Old Kohfeldt & Son Real Estate stickers have the address as 122 West Main Street.)

The Sunday Gazetteer
Sunday, December 24, 1893
pg. 1

How the Date is to be Celebrated by Churches, Societies, and Individuals
Franz Kohfeldt---"I expect to accompany my wife and children to Fort Worth, where we will spend Christmas with Mr. and Mrs. A. Glitky, parents to Mrs. Kohfeldt.  I have not been to Forth Worth in three years, but my wife and children go down every few months.  Of course we are anticipating a nice time.  Mr. Glitky is editor and proprietor of the Fort Worth Anzeiger."

In 1924, Kohfeldt founded Denison Building and Loan Company. He also became convinced that a new port being planned for the Texas Gulf Coast could become “the New York of Texas” and shrewdly invested in property that later became Texas City.

The Kohfeldt office at 118 West Main, originally a merchant tailor’s shop, was designed by a prolific local architect, Joseph Schott, and constructed in 1885. It is distinguished by its Italianate style, carved stone window head moldings, and an overhanging stone cornice with brackets. Unfortunately, the original cornice piece that gave the name and date of the building has been removed.

Kohfeldt & Son Realty
West Main St, 100 Block, south side
ca September 1997

In the year 2000, part of the old block retained its charm. Steve and Sarah Anderson’s law firm and loft apartment occupied the building 118 West Main Street, where Steve’s grandfather, Franz Kohfeldt, had his Kohfeldt & Son Real Estate office (headed for many years by his son-in-law, the late John Anderson, and his granddaughter, Kristine Berry Paddock McKinney).

B. J. Lindsay Insurance
411 W. Woodard St.
Denison, Texas

Built between 1934 and 1940 by Mary Veronica "Vernie" M. Lindsay.  Franz Kohfeldt Jr. and his wife, Irma Riddle Kohfeldt, acquired the structure in the mid 1940s. The home was remodeled in 1950 by architect Donald Mayes.
(Mavis Anne Bryant, Donald Mayes of Denison, Texas: An Architectural Legacy. 2001. pg44)

Kohfeldt Residence
411 W. Woodard St.
Denison, Texas
ca 1997

In a will dated July 6, 1932, Franz provided for his wife, Josie Kohfeldt, his son, George Kohfeldt, his son, Franz H. Kohfeldt, and his daughter-in-law, Irma R. Kohfeldt.  He noted that his and Josie's homestead was Miller's Second Addition, Block 24, Lots 1 and 2. He had served as secretary-treasurer of the Denison Building and Loan Association since its founding in 1924. He asked that his real estate firm of F. Kohfeldt and Son be continued by his son, Franz.
[Maquire, p.43, Abstract of Title, Lots 10 and 11, Block 70, Miller's Second Addition to Denison]

On March 2, 1938, Franz Kohfeldt died in Denison, Texas.

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