Julius Lobenstein was born in Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Germany and came to Texas as an infant in 1828 after his father, a gardener by occupation, moved them from Germany to the New Braunfels area.
When Julius was 18, he and his father came to Galveston and purchased 14 acres of land on the island to farm. After several years, young Julius went to work for Gilbert Winnie, receiving $15 a month for services as a stable hand and mail carrier. He married Pauline Werner, also a German immigrant, in 1852 and the couple had seven children: Louis, Bertha, Julius, Julia, Frederick, Wilhelmina, and Pauline.
He remained employed by Mr. Winnie for 11 years, until the beginning of the Civil War, during which he carried mail between Galveston and St. Louis, Texas, near Dallas. After the war, Julius went back to farming, but by 1881, he was finished with the agricultural business and lived out a comfortable life on Avenue L, just around the corner from this house. The house remained in the Lobenstein family until 1943.
Both Julius, who died in 1905 and Pauline, who died in 1892, are buried in Galveston’s Evergreen Cemetery.