If you look next door to the present-day property, you'll notice a small cottage that appears to be much older than the 1914 home presently on the corner. According to county deed records, this cottage was owned by Sarah Behrman, born in Germany in 1837, who purchased this lot in 1875. However, city directories show that Sarah resided here as early as 1872 with her widowed mother, Rebecca, and her sister, Eliza or "Lizzie." Both Lizzie and Sarah were dressmakers who lived and worked out of this cottage. By 1900, their mother had passed and it was only Lizzie and Sarah living at this address, both in their 60s and never married. It appears that in 1910, their widowed oldest sister, Theresa Aschoff, moved in, which may have prompted Sarah to buy the corner lot next to hers (where this property currently sits).
It's unclear whether Sarah or one of her sisters occupied the corner cottage between 1910 and 1913. Sadly, both Lizzie and Theresa died in 1912 just seven months apart. With memories of her sisters everywhere, it's no wonder that Sarah paid the note on the house and sold it for $600 to Charles Harper Anderson by January of the following year. One year after its purchase, C.H. Anderson demolished the house to build the existing property.
Sarah, perhaps heartbroken after the loss of her sisters, relocated to Houston by 1915, and died in 1920 at age 87. According to their death certificates, all three sisters' cause of death was listed as senility, an obsolete term once used in this context to connote loss of mental or physical abilities due to old age.