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
Beauchamp has relatives in the area and visited Edwards
County not long ago. Ed.
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
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
"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
1920s Map showing Henze
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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