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Kerrville in Kerr County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

H-E-B

 
 
H-E-B Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, December 30, 2019
1. H-E-B Marker
Inscription.  Charles C. Butt, his wife, Florence (Thornton), and their children moved to San Antonio from Memphis, Tennessee, in 1904. The following year they moved to Kerrville, where Florence invested $60 to open the C. C. Butt Grocery Store on November 26, 1905. Located on Main Street, the store was on the first floor of the building and the family lived above. The youngest son, Howard E. Butt, started in the family business delivering groceries in a baby carriage, then a little red wagon, and later by horse and buggy. He managed the store while finishing school, graduating as valedictorian of Tivy High School in 1914.

Taking over store operations after serving in World War I, Howard E. Butt’s vision for the company resulted in widespread growth. In 1921, he implemented a cash-and-carry system rather than the traditional credit and delivery method. Early attempts to add stores in the Hill Country failed, but the business successfully added locations in the Rio Grande Valley under the name H. E. Butt Grocery Company, moving headquarters to Harlingen and later Corpus Christi. In 1936, the company acquired the Harlingen Canning Company to provide
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“Texas-grown, Texas-packed goods.” In the 1930s and 1940s, H-E-B opened stores in the larger cities of Corpus Christi, Austin, and San Antonio.

Howard E. Butt, Sr., had a personal credo, “he profits most who serves best,” and following his mother’s example, he and his wife, Mary Elizabeth (Holdsworth) Butt, involved themselves in philanthropic giving and charitable activities across the State of Texas. Headquartered in San Antonio since 1985, H-E-B is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States and the largest private employer in Texas.
 
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17715.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical date for this entry is November 26, 1905.
 
Location. 30° 3.059′ N, 99° 8.605′ W. Marker is in Kerrville, Texas, in Kerr County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (State Highway 27) and Hays Street, on the right when traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 Main Street, Kerrville TX 78028, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scott and Josephine Carr Schreiner (approx. 0.2 miles away); Beitel Lumberyard (approx. ¼ mile away); San Antonio & Aransas Pass Passenger Train Depot (approx. ¼ mile
The H-E-B Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 20, 2021
2. The H-E-B Marker
away); Charles A. Schreiner (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kerr County War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Joshua D. Brown (approx. 0.3 miles away); Kerrville (approx. 0.3 miles away); Floyd A. Cailloux (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kerrville.
 
Also see . . .  H-E-B - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on December 31, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.) 
 
H-E-B Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, December 30, 2019
3. H-E-B Marker
The marker is visible just behind the chain-link fence that has been erected during construction on the store.
The H-E-B Marker at the entrance to the HEB grocery store image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 20, 2021
4. The H-E-B Marker at the entrance to the HEB grocery store
This photo is after the recent construction has finished at the store.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 949 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 31, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.   2. submitted on July 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.   3. submitted on December 31, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.   4. submitted on July 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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