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La Grange in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Webb-Schneider House

 
 
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By James Hulse, October 4, 2021
1. Webb-Schneider House Marker
Inscription.  In 1844, Georgia native William Graham Webb (1824-1902) immigrated to Texas and settled in La Grange. Soon after his arrival in Texas, Webb enlisted as a private during the U.S. - Mexico War, where he joined Jack Coffee Hays' Regiment of the Texas Mounted Rifles. Following the war, Webb was elected as a state representative and was a lawyer and newspaper publisher. On May 14, 1848, he married Sarah Hill (1832-1883), daughter of Asa and Elizabeth (Barksdale) Hill. The Webbs purchased this property on February 15, 1850, and built two separate houses. The second house was built as a one-story single passage between 1869 and 1870 and featured a small porch and exterior chimney. The attic may have been used as a living space, and outbuildings included a kitchen, barn and livery.

The second house was on the west half of the property and had several owners and some additions until Louis Schneider (1867-1921), born in Cat Spring (Austin County), purchased the house in 1901. Louis was a merchant, bank cashier, and member of the La Grange Concert Band. He and his wife, Mary (1871-1956), had six children and significantly reconfigured the house,
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By James Hulse, October 4, 2021
2. The Webb-Schneider House and Marker
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which has kept the same appearance since 1908. The Schneiders gave the house a two-story cross-gabled plan, with a front gable with dormer window and sunburst pattern, double gallery porch, clapboard and shingle siding, and jigsawn trim and spindlework. After Louis died in 1921, Mary continued to live here until her death in 1956, and their daughter, Adela, kept the house in the family until her death in 1990. The house is an intact example of a simple 19th century residence incorporated into a more elaborate early 20th century design, and a remembrance of many leading families of La Grange.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2018
 
Erected 2018 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 20072.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceWar, Mexican-AmericanWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is February 15, 1850.
 
Location. 29° 54.463′ N, 96° 52.506′ W. Marker is in La Grange, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of East Colorado Street and North Madison Street, on the left when traveling east on East Colorado Street. The marker is located in front of the house by the road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 311 East Colorado Street, La Grange TX 78945, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of
The view of the Webb-Schneider House from the street image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 4, 2021
3. The view of the Webb-Schneider House from the street
this marker. Bradshaw-Killough House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. James Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); Casino Hall (about 600 feet away); The First U.S. Postal Rural Mail Route in Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away); City Library Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lester Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); Texas Rangers Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); The Dawson Expedition / Historic Oak Tree (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Grange.
 
Also see . . .  Webb, William Graham. William Graham Webb, lawyer, soldier, and newspaperman, son of John Clabourn and Faithy Watkins (Alford) Webb, was born in Covington, Newton County, Georgia, on November 11, 1824. He received his education in Athens and Cassville, Georgia, and was admitted to the bar in Macon in 1844; in the same year he moved to La Grange, Fayette County, Texas. Source : The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on October 6, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The Webb-Schneider House image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 4, 2021
4. The Webb-Schneider House
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 64 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 6, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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