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Yes, very interesting.

Looks as though the house could date to 1856, and was moved to 1518 Weber.

Am I understanding all this?? :unsure:

The Puls house was made of wood, as all rural houses in Houston were in 1856. You couldn't begin to move that brick house unless you moved it brick-by-brick. The Puls house was not the 1518 Weber house. The Puls family had to move their house because otherwise it would have been in the middle of the recently designated streets. As noted in the affidavit, Frederick Puls was still living in the old Puls homestead at 1718 Weber in 1913. Besides that, the Bartels family owned 1518 Weber which was an empy lot unitl 1906.

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This is the verbage of the original sale of lot 2 in block 13 (1518 Weber) in 1906. This should remove any futher lingering doubts, that there was ever any structure on that land before that date

File No 13612 General Warranty Deed

From Julia Bartels To W.H. Taylor

THE STATE OF TEXAS, County of Harris


That I Julia Bartels a feme sole

of Harris County, Texas for and in consideration of the sum of Five Hundred and Fifty ($550.00) dollars to me in hand paid by W. H. Taylor of Harris County, Texas as herinafter set forth and expressed

have granted, bargained, sold and conveyed and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said W. H. Taylor all that certain land and premises situated and described as follows to wit - Lot No Two (2) in Block No Thirteen (13) of the Beauchamp Springs tract, an addition to the City of Houston on the North side of Buffalo Bayou in Harris County, Texas, said lot fronting upon Weber Street- the fuil width thereof and extending back northwardly full depth of said lot according to the plat of said Beauchamp Springs tract recorded in Vol 67 page 194 of the Deed Records of Harris County, Texas, the said W. H. Taylor has executed his eleven certain promissory notes each for the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) payable to the order of said Julia Bartels, the first one of said notes is due and payable six months after date and thereafter at intervals of every six months, one of said notes is due and payable. All of said notes bear interest from date at the rate of eight percent per anum, the interest is due and payable semi-annually. Said notes provide that if default is made in the payment of same at maturity and they are thereafter placed in the hands of an attorney for suit or collection then the futher sum of ten percent of the principal and interest then due shall be paid as attorney's fees. Said notes further provide that all taxes accuring against said property hereafter shall be kept paid and the interest paid semi-anually and any improvements that may be erected must be insured for the benefit of the holder of said notes and failure to pay interest when it is due or the failure to pay taxes on said property till cost accrue or failue to so insure said improvements, or failure to pay either of said notes at maturity shall in either event at the option of the owner and holder cause all of said notes to at once become due and payable, and in order to secure the payment of said notes a Vendor's Lien is hereby retained against the herein above described property to remain in full force and effect until said notes shall have been fully paid.

To Have and to Hold the above described premises, together with all and singular the rights and appurtenances thereto in anywise belonging unto the said W.H. Taylor, his heirs and assigns forever, And I do hereby bind myself, my heirs, executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises unto the said W.H. Taylor, his heirs and assigns, against every person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim same or any part thereof

Witness my hand on the 27th day of February, 1906

Julia Bartels (her mark)

Signed and delivered in the presence of

Ira P. Jones

F.W. Bartels

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Probably one of the best threads on HAIF IMO. Fascinating stuff. This house is pending sale and is slated to close at the end of January. I wonder if the buyer knows that the house was not really built in 1856 and what the new owners new plans will be.

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This map shows the location of the Riordan spring, which had been described as "an inexausible supply of pure water"

Rachel Parker Plumber (1819 ILL -1939 TX),captured by Comanches at Parker's Fort in 1836 and was ransomed back 2 years later, was living with her father James W Parker and uncle Joseph Parker in this vicinity. She died here and is buried within the area of this map. The "dog-trot" log cabin home of Joseph Parker is long gone now.

See The Handbook of Texas Online at:



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Well, I am certainly glad to have come across this thread while searching for something totally different! I have been fascinated by this house since about 1989, as I drove past the back side of it on I-10. The wonderful brick architecture, in an area that typically held wooden frame homes, was very intriguing. About 10 years ago, I was determined to find the front of this house and did some road navigation to find it way back off of Houston Street. Back then, the area had already declined to a sad state. Now, with the developments over the last 5 years, I can see why this property has become lucrative, and I hope it is restored.

Thanks for the wonderful research.

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For some reason I stumbled on this thread and wondered whatever came of this property.. if it will become more townhomes or if it will be restored to somewhat "new" condition..

anyone know?

I'd also like to know...I would like to explore that area off Houston St. (that area behind the main Houston police station to I-10). Those very old wooden & brick (some bungalow-style) houses have always caught my eye as I rounded that corner of I-10, where it meets I-45, going into downtown. You know by the type of roofs they have. Does anyone know what kind of roofs those are? They look like tin roofs, to me.

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