Friday, December 9, 2016

Weston Farm

The 1905 Weston farm house, located on East Main Street, is now part of the Schreiner University campus, the university having taken possession of the house and surrounding acreage in 2012.
Malachi F. "Mack" Weston was the original owner of the house. It remained in the family for more than a century before its transferred to Schreiner.

The first mention of the property is in the March 4, 1905, Kerrville Mountain Sun, which reads,
"Davey & Schott have secured the contract to erect a modern stone residence for Mr. M. F. Weston, on his property recently purchased from the Harris estate east of the city.  Work will begin at once."

Davey & Schott was a prominent builder in Kerrville. The work must indeed have begun "at once", because the July 29, 1905, Kerrville Mountain Sun reported a surprise party was held at the "beautiful new home of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Weston east of town" just four and a half months later. He lived here the rest of his life, passing away at the age of 89 in 1961.

The house originally had expansive sleeping porches on three sides, but one side was later enclosed to allow year-round use.

At the time the house was built Mack Weston operated the Ranch Saloon downtown.  Today the building houses Francisco's Restaurant. Later he ran the Favorite Saloon. In 1914 he began to diversify his business interests by buying the Overland auto dealership. By 1922 the Boeckmann & Weston garage sold and serviced Hupmobile and Dodge automobiles.  His January 1962 obituary reported he was involved in stock farmimg, the automobile and real estate business for the previous half century.

The fireplace is made of local rock.

Beautiful herringbone pattern in ceiling.

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