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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
farm until about twenty-one years of age, when he
went to Austin, where he clerked in a wholesale
grocery store until 1876. He then formed a copartnership
with his brother, C. F. Priess, under
the firm name of C. F. Priess was born August
16th, 1855. His father, August F. Blesse, was a
stock-dealer and a successful business man. Mr.
Blesse received his preliminary education in his
native city, and later served as an accountant and
clerk in the Union Savings Bank at St. Charles,
Mo. He then attended school at the Westminster
College, at Fulton, Mo., for three years, after
which he returned to St. Louis, and soon thereafter
came, in 1881, to San Antonio, Texas. He traveled'over
the State for about six months, and then
went to Eagle Pass and entered the bank of S. P.
Simpson Wm. Hollis, vicepresident,
and W. A. Bonnet, cashier. Directors:
F. V. Blesse, Wm. Hollis, W. A. Bonnet, L.
DeBona, Wm. Nagley, W. Kelso, and Dr. A. H.
Evans. The institution does a general banking
business, and is one of the solid financial houses of
Mr. Blesse married, at Eagle Pass, Miss Nita,
daughter of J. M. Gibbs, and niece of Col. C. C.
Gibbs, of San Antonio. She was born at Navasota,
Texas, and is a lady of refinement and excellent
domestic and social accomplishments. They
have one son, Frederick.
Mr. and Mrs. Blesse affiliate with the Church of
the Redeemer (Episcopalian), of which he is a vestryman.
Mr. Blease is a sound money Republican.
He is considered one of the substantial and
enterprising citizens of the town. He eschews politics
as a business; but, as a citizen, is interested
in political movements in so far as they promise to
affect the well-being of his adopted city, county
and State, and the country at large.
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/816/: accessed January 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .