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Hondo in Medina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fohn-Bless Store

 
 
Fohn-Bless Store Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 11, 2020
1. Fohn-Bless Store Marker
Inscription.  

Store-residence built in D'Hanis about 1878 by John Fohn (1839-91), a native of Prussia. In addition to a general mercantile store, the structure was also the site of D'Hanis elections and a Justice of the Peace Court. In 1897, Rolf Frerichs (1833-1913) purchased the building from the Fohn Estate and moved it to this location. Frerichs' son-in-law, C.J. Bless (1864-1944), operated a store here until 1939. Medina Electric Cooperative occupied the building until 1963.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1974
 
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1934.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
 
Location. 29° 20.905′ N, 99° 8.429′ W. Marker is in Hondo, Texas, in Medina County. Marker is at the intersection of 18th Street and Avenue K, on the left when traveling west on 18th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1020 18th Street, Hondo TX 78861, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
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. Leinweber Building (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hondo (about 500 feet away); Hondo Methodist Church (about 700 feet away); Medina County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stephen F. Austin Memorial Oak Tree (approx. 0.2 miles away); Medina County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Medina County Jail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint John The Evangelist Catholic Church (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hondo.
 
Fohn-Bless Store Marker - front view of the building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 11, 2020
2. Fohn-Bless Store Marker - front view of the building
Fohn-Bless Store Marker - side view of the building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, December 11, 2020
3. Fohn-Bless Store Marker - side view of the building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 15, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 230 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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