Heritage, Volume 8, Number 1, Winter 1990 Page: 9
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Star Hill Schoolhouse exterior and interior.
house and from that moment on it was
almost impossible for her to drive by an
early Texas log house that was marked for
destruction without wanting to save it."
John and Jeanne lived in Houston, but
after Jeanne became involved in the preservation
project she wanted to spend every
weekend in New Ulm. Finally, John Blocker
bought a ranch about ten miles from the
small town. "Many weekends Jeanne would
leave for New Ulm on a Saturday morning
planning to be home for dinner that night
and I wouldn't see her until early Sunday
morning. She would work half the night in
the office she kept in one of the houses
she'd restored," said John. Over a period of
seven years, Jeanne moved more than
twenty-eight structures to New Ulm onto
land owned by the foundation established
by her and her husband.
Although Jeanne's efforts were more
personal than public, she may have gained
inspiration for her project from distinguished
predecessors at Winedale and at
Round Top-Miss Ima Hogg and Mrs. Faith
Bybee. Jeanne preserved a part of early
Texas' built environment, not necessarily
for public exhibit, though that was a longrange
prospect, but because it satisfied her
1840 House. All photographs on this page by Glenn M. Wolfe
personal desire to see that an important
part of our landscape was preserved for
future generations. She did this without
assistance from any financial source other
than her loyal companion and husband,
John. "When Jeanne bought a house and
had it moved to the site in New Ulm she
had a foundation built under the house and
had the roof restored," said John "Her collection
of buildings grew so quickly that
she couldn't restore each one of them at the
time they were purchased. In fact, I think
it all became a little overwhelming." Jeanne
employed local craftsmen and several
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