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It’s not just nuts at...Pape Pecan Co.

It’s not just nuts at...Pape Pecan Co.
Kenneth Pape, owner of the Pape Pecan Co., shows a portion of the large nutcracker collection he has acquired over the years in Seguin, including this life- sized wooden soldier. COURTESY PHOTO

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Wilson County News
December 16, 2008
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Company includes equipment, chemicals, and a nutcracker collection

SEGUIN -- Pape Pecan Co., a family-owned business in Seguin, has served as a wholesale buyer of pecans in South Texas for 47 years. Pape’s is not limited to pecans, since the company also sells harvesting equipment and agriculture chemicals. Parts and services are also available to assist the pecan farmer or anyone growing pecans.

Kenneth Pape and his wife, Zee, now own Pape Pecan Co., established by Hugo Pape and his son, Kenneth, in 1961. The Papes have been involved with raising and processing pecans for three generations.

At the present time, the Papes operate two businesses, Pape Pecan House and Pape Farm & Orchard Equipment. Each business provides a different service to the public.

For the past 35 years, Pape Pecan House, located at 101 S.H. 123 Bypass in Seguin, has served as a place for pecan wholesale buying. The retail shop there sells fresh pecans, candies, honey, and jelly during the Christmas season. This location is also home to the “World’s Largest Mobile Pecan.” This large replica of a pecan, mounted on a trailer, is used for promoting the Pape Pecan Co.

Pape pecans are sold all over the United States by mail order. For the shoppers’ convenience, there also is online shopping on the Web site Products available include extra-large, in-shell pecans, fancy shelled jumbo halves, and fancy shelled extra-large pieces.

They grow their own pecans at Pape’s Pecan Valley Ranch, to sell and purchase from other growers and ship truckloads to Georgia and Mexico. “The big market for the past few seasons that continues to grow is selling to China,” said John Pape, manager of parts and service.

The second location, Pape Farm & Orchard Equipment or Pape Pecan House No. 2, is located 2 miles south of Seguin at 5440 S.H. 123 Bypass. It will soon become the sole location for Pape Pecan House, when the two businesses will be consolidated to the one location. The family has owned this location for 40 years, Kenneth said.

Pecan harvesting equipment is also available from Pape’s. John Pape and James Stone can assist any customer with questions regarding pecan tree and orchard sprayers, long-reach chain saws, and Limb Lopper Hydraulic tree pruning tools.

Pape’s, a Savage equipment dealer, also sells and repairs Nut Hustler pecan and other nut harvesters.

For those having problems with birds, deer, or feral hogs eating or damaging crops, orchards, and property, Pape carries a line of products to help you.

Ag chemicals and pesticides are also sold at Pape’s. For a listing of the products carried at Pape’s, visit the Web site

Nutcracker collection
For those fascinated with nutcrackers, Kenneth offers to the public, for their viewing enjoyment, his famous nutcracker collection at the House No. 2 location.

Kenneth’s “pet project” has more than 6,000 types of nutcrackers -- toy soldiers, Christmas, mechanical, commercial crackers, iron ornate, and even the life-sized wooden soldiers, with one nutcracker soldier that stands 6 feet high.

Kenneth started this collection years ago with mechanical nutcrackers. His impressive collection is the largest anywhere, he said. This project started after he attended a nutcrackers collection club convention 15 years ago.

For more information, call 1-888-688-7273 or 830-379-7442, or visit the Web site

Store hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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