KESSLER, HENRY (?–1840). Henry Kessler (Kesler), businessman and civic leader, was a Silesian who immigrated to Texas by 1836 and is probably the man of that name who was awarded a bounty certificate for 320 acres of land for his services in the Texas army from April 11 to July 20, 1836. As early as November 1837 he was operating a general store in Houston known as Kessler's Arcade; the establishment was enlarged in October 1838 to include a restaurant and bar. Soldiers used scrip at the Round Tent Bar, and the arcade, which provided German newspapers and music, was a popular meetingplace and polling station. Kessler experimented with mulberry trees and had a garden famous for its corn. He served as treasurer of the Buffalo Bayou Company, organized to make the bayou navigable, was a member of the Houston City Council, treasurer of a city school, vice president of the Houston Chamber of Commerce, a member of the board of health, and secretary of the Houston Post Oak Jockey Club. He married Mary Bonzano on March 22, 1838. A notice of December 25, 1840, indicated that Kessler's wife had been appointed his administrator.
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