Details for Fohn-Bless Store (Atlas Number 5325001934)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5325001934


Marker Number 1934
Atlas Number 5325001934
Marker Title Fohn-Bless Store
Index Entry Fohn-Bless Store
City Hondo
County Medina
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 486399
UTM Northing 3246539
Subject Codes commercial buildings; markets, merchantiles
Marker Year 1974
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 1020 Eighteenth Street, Hondo.
Marker Size 16" x 12" Plate & Medallion
Marker Text Store-residence built in D'Hanis about 1878 by John Fohn (1839-91), a native of Prussia. In addition to a general mercantile store, the structure was also the site of D'Hanis elections and a Justice of the Peace Court. In 1897, Rolf Frerichs (1833-1913) purchased the building from the Fohn Estate and moved it to this location. Frerichs' son-in-law, C.J. Bless (1864-1944), operated a store here until 1939. Medina Electric Cooperative occupied the building until 1963. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1974.