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Remembering Teltschik’s Inc.

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Julia Castro
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I visited with Margaret Teltschik at the grocery store recently. I told her that I still miss Teltschik’s. She smiled a wistful smile. I didn’t remember what year she and her husband Wilbert closed the store, so I asked her. She said it was 1985, after Walmart came to Floresville. Everyone flocked to the new store enticed by the promise of discount prices. I suppose I was one of those that followed the trend. But, by then our kids were grown and married except for Frank and Lia, and they bought their own clothes.

As I found out later, as I am sure a lot of other people did too, when you pay less, you get less. Maybe not in quantity but in quality. When you bought something at Teltschik’s, you knew it was going to last a long time and you were going to get your money’s worth.

As a little girl, I used to go with Mamá to pick out materials, since she made all our clothes herself (when she didn’t use feed sacks for me and Dalila). She bought her shoes there. We would call them old-fashioned shoes now -- leather lace-up shoes with a wide heel. Papá bought all his clothes there, as well as his hats and shoes, which lasted a long time. His shoes were the old-fashioned lace-up high tops. Back then, the name of the store was Ellinghausen-Teltschik Dry Good Store. Later it changed to Johns-Teltschik and then Teltschik’s Inc. until the time of closing -- always the Teltschik name was there. Wilbert’s father, Mr. Henry Teltschik, was co-owner of the establishment until he retired, at which time Wilbert and Margaret took over. What a lifetime of serving people. When you walked in that store, someone was always ready to assist you. Sometimes you just wanted to browse around and look at the clothing and shoes and materials.

When our first child, Letty, was getting ready to walk, I wanted the best for her. I had read that a child’s first walking shoes were very important. So I bought her a pair of white Red Goose high-tops. Stride-Rite was another good brand of children’s shoes that they carried.

I remember the “white sale” the store put on every January. I would stock up on their Garza sheets. Of course, they came in colors, too, besides the white ones. At one point, we had two sets of bunk beds and three double-size beds in the five bedrooms. That was a lot of sheets, so I had to take advantage of the sales.

Like I said, merchandise from Teltschik’s lasted a long time, so they endured repeated washings. And a lot of washing that was. I can assure you that I did not change sheets on all the beds at the same time.

Thanks for the memories, Teltschik’s.

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