George Allen Henshaw, III

                                                            ┌── George Allen Hinshaw
                                                            │    1867-1947 
                              ┌── Walter Anderson Henshaw ──┤
                              │    1893-1966                │
                              │                             └── Nettie E. Anderson
                              │                                  1869-1912 
George Allen Henshaw, III ────┤
B: 1935                       │
D: 2011                       │
                              └── Frances Allen Milner
                                             
M: Virginia Louise Kelso
   ├── Viola Michelle Henshaw (1962-) 1,2

M: Hazel Claire "Mouse" Gasch
   ├── George Allen Henshaw, IV (1963-2010) 1,2,3
   ├── Walter Anderson Henshaw, III (1966-) 1,2,3
   └── Paul Anderson Shody Lee Henshaw (1970-) 1,2,3

George Allen Henshaw, III     [ID 13632] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born Sep 27 1935, Bexar County, Texas.1,2,4  

He married Virginia Louise Kelso.1  

He then married Hazel Claire "Mouse" Gasch, Dec 10 1962.1,2,4,5  Hazel, daughter of Ody Lee Gasch & Felicia Mitchell, was born Jan 31 1941, Atascosa County, Texas.1,5  

Hazel was given her nickname "Mouse" by her husband George.6  

Hazel died Dec 13 2007, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas; buried Rutledge Cemetery, Poteet, Atascosa County, Texas.2,5  Medical: Hazel died from cancer.2  

Hazel's obituary was published in the "Pleasanton Express" (Pleasanton, Texas)7 and the "Express-News" (San Antonio, Texas) on December 16, 2007:5

Hazel G. Henshaw

Hazel Mouse Gasch Henshaw, of Canyon Lake, Texas, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2007, in San Antonio, Texas.  She was born on January 31, 1941 to Ody Lee and Felicia Gasch of Poteet, Texas.  Hazel was raised on her father's dairy farms and grew up in the Rossville/Poteet area.  She was the youngest of seven children.  Her mother died when she was only 5 years old, and she and her other siblings were mothered by their oldest sister, Mildred.  Hazel would be the longest surviving member of her family, having stood by and watched her parents and each of her brothers and sisters die before her.  She married George Allen Henshaw of San Antonio on December 10, 1962.  During their 45 years together, they owned and operated several businesses including Hill Country Dry Cleaners, Lackland Terrance Cleaners, Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios, and eventually a Convenience Store on Hwy 281 N called Henshaw Brothers Store.  Over the years, the store evolved into Mouse's Smokehouse Restaurant and became a popular South Texas eatery on the 281 thoroughfare.  Over some 23 years in the restaurant, the business expanded to include catering and served many travelers and local people, as well as catering many events for local celebrities, including the San Antonio Spurs and many other visiting NBA teams.  Mouse prided herself on serving good, fresh, home cooked food.  Many of her recipes are well known in the local area, including her specialty, Mouse Trap Pie.  She is survived by her husband of 45 years, George Allen Henshaw, and 3 sons and their wives and children.  Allen Henshaw co-owned and operated the family restaurant with his mom from its beginnings as a small barbeque pit which was open only on weekends around the Canyon Lake area.  Allen and his wife Sherri have 2 beautiful children, Ashley and Zachary, who frequently helped their Gramma Mouse in the restaurant.  Andy Henshaw and his wife Lynn live in the Fredericksburg area.  Shody Henshaw and his wife Lisa, along with their beautiful daughter, Shoadi Leigh, live in San Antonio, where Shody serves as a firefighter in the SAFD.  She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews as well as many, many friends and business acquaintances.  She was preceded in death by the other immediate family including: her father, Ody Lee Gasch; her mother, Felicia Mitchell Gasch; sister, Shirley Thompson, Mildred Meadows and brother, Robert Bob Gasch, Oble Lee Gasch, James Gasch and an infant brother who died at birth.  Mouse was a recovered alcoholic who spent every moment of her life (after alcohol) claiming Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and leading others to a personal relationship with God.  She was also a well known local writer and guest speaker.  For many years, she authored a weekly newspaper article, simply known as Mouse where she shared her personal testimony and professed God's work in her life.  She also appeared on a local Christian radio station where she offered commentaries on her life and Christian living.  She was well known for starting both items with the statement, Well, some of you may not like what I'm going to say, but . . .  She took great joy in sharing her Christian faith with others, and led many, many people to know Christ as their personal savior.  A graveside service was held at 2:00 PM at the Rutledge Cemetery in Poteet, Texas.  All arrangements were handled by Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton, Texas.  The Henshaw family would like to invite all family and friends, including any and all past customers of Mouse's Smokehouse to come out and celebrate the beautiful life of Hazel Mouse Henshaw at 1 PM on Saturday, December 22, 2007 at the Bulverde Baptist Church in Bulverde, Texas.  Please feel free to bring your favorite dish or dessert as we celebrate the life of our mother.  Hurley Funeral Home, Pleasanton.

George Allen Henshaw, III died Jul 5 2011, Canyon Lake, Texas; age 75.4  

George's obituary was published in the "Express-News" (San Antonio, Texas) on Friday, July 8, 2011:4,8

George Henshaw

George Allen Henshaw III was born to Walter Anderson & Frances Allen (Milner) Henshaw on September 27, 1935 in Bexar County, Texas.  

He passed away on July 5, 2011 in Canyon Lake, Texas at the age of 75.  He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Henshaw Baur, from his first marriage to Virginia Louise Kelso.  He is also survived by his sons; Walter Anderson Henshaw & wife, Lynne, Paul Anderson Shody Lee Henshaw & wife, Lisa.  He had 7 grandchildren: T.J. Brown, Tasia Jahns, Terrin Ellis Baur, Hailey Savannah Baur, Ashley Nicole Henshaw, Zachary Henshaw, and Shoadi Leigh Henshaw.  

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Claire Gasch Henshaw and son, George Allen Henshaw IV.  George married Hazel Gasch on Dec. 10, 1962 after a brief 10 day courtship.  It was true love at first sight.  George told Hazel on their 1st date he was going to marry her - and he did!  Hazel was raised on her father's dairy farm in Poteet, TX and met George at a local eatery in S. Texas.  Married for 45 years, they owned and operated several businesses including Hill country Dry Cleaners and Lackland Terrace Cleaners in the 1960's and eventually opened a gas station / convenience store out on 281 N in 1971 called the Iron Skillet.  

In 1982, the store was renamed Henshaw Brothers Store.  By selling sausage on a stick and mutton burgers off a small BBQ pit to local workers, the little country store expanded into Mouse's Smokehouse Restaurant in 1985.  "Mouse's" as it became known, grew into a South Texas BBQ icon over the next 23 years.  It became one of the most well known eating establishments and landmarks at the 281 North corridor until the Henshaw family sold the business in 2004.  "Mouse's" was named after George's wife Hazel who he gave the nickname to after lovingly referring to her as the "church mouse" for many years.  Hazel ran the restaurant along with her #1 son Allen and her 2 other children Andy and Shody.  

George grew up in San Antonio and went to Alamo Heights High School in the early 1950's where he starred on the football team and went on to Trinity University and played Football for the Tigers too.  George was brought up in a wealthy oil and cattle family who had their roots in Oklahoma.  The original Henshaw Brothers - George's father Walter and his 2 uncles George Allen II and Paul, struck it rich in the oil fields of Oklahoma and eventually expanded into the cattle business.  The Henshaw Brothers at one time had the largest herd of Red Angus cattle in the world, even presenting President John F. Kennedy with a prized Red Angus on the white house lawn.  George's father Walter was a past president of the Red Angus Association of America.  

Owning several South Texas ranches George's family eventually settled in San Antonio where they became staple members of the San Antonio Country Club and spent their time between their homes in Alamo Heights and their summer home on the San Antonio Riverwalk located at 515 Villita which eventually became the Fig Tree Restaurant which is still in operation today and was known historically as the Gray-Guilbeau House.  It was one of the last private dwellings in LaVillita before the Henshaws sold it to the Phelps family in 1970.  

George and Hazel eventually settled out on 20 acres off 281 N. where they raised their 3 children and ran the family BBQ business.  George spent his later years to himself in retirement and spending time with his family.  

Private Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Rutledge Cemetery in Poteet, Texas.  
doeppenschmidt funeral home
new braunfels, tx.  
830 625-3434

(photo)Photo: Hazel Claire Gasch 5


Sources

  1. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997; http://www.ancestry.com.
  2. Contribution from Shody Henshaw.
  3. Obituary of Hazel Claire (Gasch) Henshaw.
  4. Obituary of George Allen Henshaw, III; "Express-News", Jul 8 2011:
    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?pid=152423303.
  5. Obituary of Hazel G. Henshaw; "Express-News", Dec 16 2007:
    http://www.legacy.com/SanAntonio/Obituaries.asp?Page=LifeStory&PersonId=99642226.
  6. http://www.bulverdechamber.com/October2002.pdf.
  7. Obituary of Hazel "Mouse" Gasch Henshaw; "Pleasanton Express":
    http://www.pleasantonexpress.com.
  8. http://herald-zeitung.com/obituaries/article_02644382-a907-11e0-8fd3-001cc4c03286.html.


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