2003 Decatur

This ell-wing Folk Victorian was built in 1897 as a tenant house for the Davies family, who lived next door at 2007, and was sold to Mrs. Rosa Falke, wife of Emil G. Falke, in 1910.  Mr. Falke immigrated to the United States from Germany as a very young child.  Rosa was a member of the Seeburger family (from Switzerland) who founded the town of Swiss Alp in Fayette County, Texas.  Mr. Falke was a carpenter, and it is believed that he changed the appearance of the house by adding a gable on the east side of the roof and updating the porch.  You may have seen it on HGTV's "If These Walls Could Talk".

Emil Falke was still living at 2003 Decatur in 1948.  Rosa died in 1948 and Emil died in 1950.  Their daughter Adela lived with them, and after the death of her parents she continued to live in the house until her death in 1986.  All of them are buried in the Washington Cemetery.

Made in 1973 for appraisal purposes.  Courtesy Harris Co. Archives.

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