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.
in a Pecan Shell
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
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." - William
County 1920s Map showing Henze|
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