1546 North 14th Street – Abilene, Texas
Lovely Historic Home with many features of a newer home. An established home with a rich history. 4 to 5 bedrooms, 3 updated full baths, ample storage throughout. 2 to 3 living areas, exquisite detail. Landscaped lot, Pool with pool house, one of a kind beauty. Tile roof, lovely kitchen with double oven, historic pipe organ for the music lover. Neighboring duplexes for sale also.
The original owner – the story – provided by Jan McCaslin, Realtor.
2500 South Willis, Abilene 79605
Gerard O. Cresswell came to West Texas form England in 1882.
He was born in England at Appleton House, Sandringham Estate, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, on October 9, 1864. He was a boyhood playmate of King George V. His parents were in charge of Appleton House on the king’s estate.
Cresswell, with a desire to become a cowboy, was eighteen years old when he came to Callahan County and started in the ranching business and built his cattle empire. He eventually owned and operated a 20,000 acre ranch along the Jim Ned Creek. He ran a herd of 2,300 mother cows of the Angus breed, and was credited with introducing the Angus cattle in the Southwest.
He once served as Justice of the Peace in Callahan County. He was president of the Aberdeen Angus Association twice president of the Abilene Club and a member of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene.
He married Elsie May Buell on September 7, 1898. the family moved to Abilene in 1906 and built their first home at the corner of North 3rd and Orange streets (now the site of First Christian Church). They later lived on North First Street but eventually constructed a home in 1923 at 1546 North Fourteenth Street.
The Home they built for their family was solidly built with attention to every detail. The families love for music is evident in the room dedicated to a priceless 1920s pipe organ, one of the few that remain in West Texas.
He was a true gentleman with a sense of adventure. A friend once called Cresswell the Duke. It was a nickname used by many of his acquaintances but it was never known how accurate the title fit.