searching for the Edwards
County town of Henze, which was
just a name on an old map, we published a plea to the world at large
for information of this nearly-forgotten place. Strangely enough,
we received information “in-house” since frequent contributor Will
Beauchamp has relatives in the area and visited Edwards
County not long ago. Ed.
History in a Pecan Shell
Although Henze is not mentioned in the
text of the historical markers shown, it had to have been woven into
the local historical tapestry. The Thurman Ranch, Kickapoo school
and Henze are interrelated.
Beauchamp writes that the information (other than the markers)
he obtained was from both local residents and a small volume of history
published by the Rocksprings Women’s Club around 1980.
Springs that bubbled to the surface here made it a popular site with
the nomadic Kickapoo Indians, hence the name of Kickapoo for the school.
After settlers arrived, they too used the springs and built the school
for their children. Jerry Roberts Ellis has stated that in addition
to Henze and Kickapoo, there was also
a community of Ellis. Mr. Ellis added that at least one member of
the Ellis family taught at the school, which is said to have been
of log construction. The school had been not far from the present-day
location of the historical markers.
"The town or community of Henze
and the Early Kickapoo Settlement are very much intertwined. The historical
markers on FM Road 674 make no mention of the site Henze.
One of the Ellis family members whose ancestor taught at the Kickapoo
School said the early school was a log cabin located not too far from
the Historical Markers."
of Ranch of the Thurmans of Kickapoo
Photo courtesy William
Beauchamp, June 2012
courtesy The Rocksprings Woman's Club
Submitted by William
From their book
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