This Historical Marker is located in Old Town Helotes. Arnold Gugger built this home in 1881. He married Amilia “Mollie” Benke and they raised six children here. He also provided a mercantile store, blacksmith shop, saloon and post office where he served as postmaster. He sold the land to Bert Hielman in 1908. The current owner is Mr. Hank Cunningham.
The Helotes (read more here) and Gugger Historical Marker stand side by side in front of the Gugger Homestead.
Gugger Homestead is now home to Helotes Bicycle. It was a privilege to speak to Mr. Hank Cunningham, the owner of the property and Helotes Bicycle. Mr Cunningham lived in this home for 30 years so he had some great stories to tell of people who had lived in this home in the past. He told me a story of 2 sisters, in their 90s, that paid him a visit years ago. They had grown up in the home. One sister told the other of the exact location in the house where she was born.
Mr Cunningham also mentioned finding marbles buried in the dirt. He was even given the opportunity to give them back to the owner which had gone back to visit the house. These are the kind of stories I love to hear. Its so nice to be able to speak to someone who can tell you the history of a location. I would highly recommend visiting Helotes Bicycle and taking the time to hear some of the stories Mr. Cunningham has to tell.
Historical Marker Reads:
Arnold Gugger, son of Swiss-born Helotes pioneers Anton and Marie Gugger, built this house and store circa 1881. Its site on the east bank of Helotes Creek was ideal for Gugger’s blacksmith shop, general store and saloon, and Arnold and wife Amalia “Mollie” (Benke) raised their six children on the second floor. The Guggers sold the property to Wilbert Hileman in 1908, and it has subsequently changed hands several times. The home has served as the Helotes post office twice, under postmasters Arnold Gugger (1888-1904) and Blanche Maltsberger (1944-1953). The two-story limestone building features 18-inch thick rough-course walls. An L-shaped wood porch extends around the front and side of both stories.
Recorded Historical Marker Year 2008