Historic & Charming Home - 303 W. Dry St.
Ask Martha Leigh Whitten
beautiful home is in a historical area in San Saba, Texas. It was built in 1877
and has quite a history!
lot (block 15) and the 1877 dog trot style home was a wedding gift to John
Isaac Guion & his bride, Armour Fentress (6-4-1877) from his future
father-in-law Mr. Fentress and another San Saba notable, Mr. Harwood. This
block was given as an addition to the town of San Saba. Mr. Guion was a law
professor, born in Mississippi where his father, John Isaac Guion, Sr., served
as governor in 1851. Mr. Guion served 2 years as SS county judge, leaving
office and town to move to Ballinger, TX. Mr. Guion also served as Texas
A&M's board of director's president from 1914-1918 and is the namesake for
Guion Hall, built in 1889. After the Guion family moved to Ballinger, BR
Russell bought the home and made several additions. The Russell family
occupied the home until 1980.
interesting anecdotal account...
the 1950s drought, their crippled, yet enterprising son David planted the
entire block in cactus, then burned thorns off the pads and fed the then
thornless pads to the hungry cattle. This was a common practice during
these difficult years, but David was able to turn this into a successful
business. The Russell's daughter and school teacher, Lucille Russell,
lived in the home until she was 95. She helped to found the San Saba Episcopal
The 2374 square foot home has 3 bedrooms and 2 full
bathrooms, or 2 bedrooms and a large office. It is on a very nice corner lot
with a beautifully landscaped yard and nice white fence. There is central heat
and air, a nice laundry room with sink and countertop and a nice carport. The
home has been loved and well maintained through the years. The present owner is
a master gardener and done a wonderful job of landscaping the entire lot.
The original wood floors, beveled glass doors and glass doorknobs
have been well maintained. There is a claw footed tub in the guest bathroom and
many more nice touches. The kitchen and bathrooms have been updated and a large
deck was added across the back of the entire house. The front porch is also
very inviting, great for afternoon sitting!
This is a very special home and will not last long!
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