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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.
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Published in Express-News on July 8, 2011
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