Charles Schreiner served in the Texas Rangers from 1854 – 1857. During this time he also purchased ranch property in Kerr County and married Mary Magdalena Enderle. After serving in the Confederate Army for 3 1/2 years during the Civil War, Captain Schreiner rejoined his family in Texas in 1865. Just a few years later he started the mercantile business that would culminate in one of the largest mercantile-banking empires of its time in the Southwest. Wealth encouraged philanthropy, and in 1917 Schreiner founded the Schreiner Institute, now Schreiner University. The Cailloux Foundation now operates Schreiner’s turreted 1878 downtown mansion as a historic event center. Period furnishings and distinctive architectural details recall Kerrville’s boom days at the turn of the 20th century.
The Schreiner Mansion
By appointment only.