“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Victor Gustafson Home

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By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
1. Victor Gustafson Home Marker
Inscription.  This raised one-story cottage originally was located at 620 Market Street. Before the property was purchased by Victor Gustafson in 1895, it had belonged to Swiss immigrant Henry Rosenburg, who is remembered as a prominent businessman and public benefactor.

The builder of this cottage, Victor Gustafson (1870-1956), was a native of Finland. He worked on the Galveston wharves and constructed this home for his family during the last years of the nineteenth century. Although the house was partially destroyed during the 1900 storm, Gustafson was able to rebuild and to enlarge it as as his family grew in number. A good example of a working class home in the 1800-1900 period of Galveston history, the structure was moved to this site in the East End Historical District in 1979.

From 1918 until 1965, this lot on Postoffice Street was the location of the Cordray Drugstore. Well known to Galvestonians, the business was begun by pharmacist Edmund Joseph Cordray (1879-1965). Cordray was a native of Galveston and a graduate of the University of Texas School of Pharmacy. The drugstore closed upon his death. The structure at the site was
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By Jim Evans, November 24, 2011
2. Victor Gustafson Home Marker
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condemned and torn down leaving an empty lot to which the Victor Gustafson home was moved.
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1895.
Location. 29° 18.41′ N, 94° 47.066′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue E and 15th Street, on the right when traveling east on Avenue E. Avenue E is also know as Postoffice Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Landes-McDonough House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Wilbur Cherry House (about 500 feet away); Jacobs Home (about 600 feet away); Mathilda Wehmeyer German-American Kindergarten School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lockhart House (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Fox House (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away); A. Wilkins Miller Cottage (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
More about this marker. There is supposed to be another marker near this location named "Cordray Drug Store" but I have been unable to find it.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 25, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 825 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on January 3, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 25, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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