This Victorian house on Bushwhack Creek in the Upper Turtle Creek community originally was at 941 Main Street in Kerrville, about where the Catholic school gym parking lot is today.
Built about 1890 for Green and Mollie Coleman, it was moved in 1985 to a rural property where it remains today. We believe the black and white photo below, which shows the house in rear view, was taken just before the Armistice Day parade in 1919.
This house locally is known as Meta Paul's Boarding House.
Mrs. Paul was the daughter of Henry Henke. In 1922 her huband, Elo Wied, an auto mechanic in Gonzales, died when a car he was working on fell on him. At the age of 27 she was now a widow with three young children to support somehow. She moved back to Kerrville where her father bought the house next door and helped her set up a boarding house. She later married Henry Paul, and while the marriage ended in divorce in a few years, she was ever after known as Meta Paul.
She was well-known for her excellent cooking, especially her cream puffs. There were wait lists for her two lunch seatings every day.
This house is one of the few remaining houses in Kerr County with any connection to Admiral Chester Nimitz. Nimitz, who grew up in Kerrville, was first cousin to Meta Paul and visited this house.
This house is my home. We feel honored to be the caretakers of this very special house.