D. G. Benchoff came to Menard about 1895 and opened a Merchantile store. He later moved his store to the location where the present nursing home is now. I don't know if the picture below is from his first location...or the second one.
Original can be viewed in Menard Depot Museum
Pictured below is the store that was completed in 1900 by Mr. Benchoff. Located on the corner of present day San Saba Avenue and Decker Street, they sold general dry goods and hardware and it was said that Mrs. Benchoff also carried a fine line of millinary goods.
D. G. Benchoff left Menard and would open a merchantile store in Nugent, Texas.
NOTE: It's said that the upper floor of this building had meeting rooms, apartments and a dance hall. I'm not sure if this is the setup when the Benchoff's owned the building or something the Wilensky's set up when they moved into the building.
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