“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Main/Military Plaza in San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

O. Henry House

O. Henry House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 17, 2012
1. O. Henry House Marker
Inscription.  (top marker)
O. Henry House

Typical of the homes of early German settlers, this two-room dwelling was built by John Kush about 1855. It originally stood on south Presa Street. It was occupied in 1895-96 by William Sidney Porter, who gained national renown as the short story writer O. Henry. Here he issued a weekly humorous newspaper, "The Rolling Stone". In 1960 the structure was moved to this location by the Kush Family and the Lone Star Brewing Company.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1964

(bottom marker)
The O. Henry House Museum

O.Henry was born at Polecat Creek, North Carolina and moved to Cotulla, Texas in 1883 for health reasons. He then came to San Antonio and rented this house for $6.00 a month. Fascinated by San Antonio’s multi-cultural community, O.Henry chronicled the languages and culture of the native populations, spending many happy and productive hours in “cantinas” (saloons) which once stood on this site. O.Henry published a humorous, tabloid newspaper, called The Rolling Stone, which he filled with poems,
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stories and caricatures of people and races, and for which he was admonished by early German settlers, causing the newspaper to have grave financial problems. San Antonio was the setting of several of O.Henry’s stories including A Fog in Santone, The Higher Abdication and Hygeia at the Solito.

Moving to Austin in 1898, O.Henry worked as a teller in a bank to augment his income, at which time he was convicted of embezzlement. He served three years in prison where he wrote prodigiously and memorized every word in the dictionary.

O.Henry was gifted in his ability to capture the essence of a city by understanding the hearts of people in all walks of life. His wit, skill with words, unusual plot twists and surprise endings brought him international fame. He died in New York in 1910.

In 1998, Wallace and Mary Friedrich Rogers regained ownership of her grandfather’s old Buckhorn Saloon Museum (which included the historic O.Henry House) from the Lone Star Brewing Company. The Rogers then donated this house as a charitable contribution to the Lee and Zachry Carter Memorial Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation.

Chief Probation Officer L. Caesar Garcia of the Bexar County Adult Probation Department is helping his probationers by using O.Henry’s life example as a teaching aid. Probationers get credit for doing their Community Service by acting
O. Henry House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 17, 2012
2. O. Henry House Marker
as docents in the O.Henry House. Following O.Henry’s example of using his own jail time to sharpen his writing skill, the docents utilize their probation period in a constructive way, perhaps discovering their own latent talents.
Erected 1964 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2453.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
Location. 29° 25.461′ N, 98° 29.843′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. It is in Main/Military Plaza. Marker is at the intersection of South Laredo Street and Dolorosa, on the left when traveling south on South Laredo Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Dolorosa, San Antonio TX 78207, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Casa Navarro (here, next to this marker); A Poor Settlement Takes Shape at the Northern Frontier of New Spain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Market Square (about 300 feet away); Laredito and the Tale of Two San Antonios (about 300 feet away); Dolorosa Street (about 300 feet away); The Healing Arts West of the Creek (about 300 feet away); The Buried Past is Never Lost (about
O. Henry House Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 17, 2012
3. O. Henry House Museum Marker
400 feet away); Urban Renewal and the Expansion of Government Buildings (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . .  . “Porter's most prolific writing period started in 1902, when he moved to New York City to be near his publishers. While there, he wrote 381 short stories. He wrote a story a week for over a year for the New York World Sunday Magazine. His wit, characterization, and plot twists were adored by his readers but often panned by critics.” (Submitted on July 22, 2017.) 
O. Henry House and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 17, 2012
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Literary Landmarks Register Plaque image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Paul Fehrenbach, October 17, 2012
5. Literary Landmarks Register Plaque
Friends of Libraries U.S.A. Literary Landmarks Register O. Henry House The first office of O. Henry’s newspaper “The Rolling Stone” Est. 1895 Friends of the San Antonio Public Library January 14, 2000
William Sidney Porter, O.Henry (1862–1910) image. Click for full size.
Via Wikipedia Commons
6. William Sidney Porter, O.Henry (1862–1910)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,145 times since then and 42 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week July 23, 2017. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 20, 2012, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.   6. submitted on July 22, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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